Posted on February 13, 2012 in Arab American Institute
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Barack Obama is the current president of the United States and presumed 2012 nominee for the Democratic Party. His legacy thus far has been controversial: pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, authorizing military force in Libya, leading divisive healthcare reform, and continuing – and expanding – policies of indefinite detention, extraordinary rendition, and targeted assassinations. Though he stated his intention to close the Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp, the promise remains unfulfilled. He has condemned the Israeli construction of settlements and called for greater fairness in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, but has also actively blocked Palestinian efforts at unilateral recognition.