"President-elect Barack Obama has so far said nothing about the war raging between Israel and Hamas in Gaza because he has nothing to gain and much to lose by making his position clear. His silence, which he defends deferring to President Bush - - ''We have only one president at a time'' - - is not exactly a shining example of courage and leadership. Instead, it reveals once again a man defined more by caution than boldness. And one who knows just how much is at stake for the Middle East and for his own administration. . . . An Israeli victory could give a big boost to the peace process and to Obama's chances of shining as a peacemaker. Still, this scenario is far from assured. In the meantime, a tragedy is unfolding. Events can easily spin out of control. Obama the prudent is quietly watching and waiting. His ability to remain silent, however, will soon come to an end."
In other words, Obama's concern is not the Israelis. Obama's concern is not the Arabs. It's not even the United States. His concern is Obama.