Monday, May 12, 2008

Official Western Sahara friend Robert Malley under fire

Robert Malley, the director of the International Crisis Group, gave what I thought was a reasoned critique of the Moroccan autonomy plan at a Center for American Progress event last May. It was also decidedly pro-Sahrawi.

Apparently, he gave Barack Obama foreign policy advice. He won't in the future, though, because he's resigned from the campaign for meeting with Hamas in his capacity as an International Crisis Group analyst.
Rob Malley, a Middle East policy adviser to likely Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, resigned after news surfaced that he had been meeting with Hamas -- something Obama pledged he himself would never do.

Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said Saturday Malley called the Obama campaign on Friday to sever ties with the candidate after learning the Times of London was publishing a story about his contacts with the terrorist group.
I just can't get over how wacky it is that people are freaking out that an analyst at the ICG met with terrorists. It's his job!

Anyway, there is a bright side to this story. I assume Barack Obama and Malley know one another, and if Obama wins Malley stands to get a diplomatic appointment. Even if he's too tainted by this Hamas foolishness, he'll exercise some behind-the-scenes influence. Rob Malley's involvement with a major presidential candidate could herald a more logical US policy towards Western Sahara.

Tip from Sahara-Watch and, alas, Michelle Malkin


  1. Hello Will,

    Sultana is a human right defender who was tortured by the Morrocan police losing one of her eye while she was parcipating in one of the protest that the Saharawi students had last year.

    Hope this answers your question.

  2. Anonymous7:37 AM

    don't think you are accurate to call Malley pro-sahrawi. His view is that independence is unrealistic and that autonomy is the best solution.

  3. Thanks, Agaila. I remember reading about her losing her eye.

    Oh really, anonymous? I got the impression that he was cautiously for a referendum on independence. There might be an article or two you're referring to that I don't know about, though. Link?

  4. please tolk about the turtured people whome visited washington dc, and the european parliament to denounce the atrocity of the polisario, please stop you lobbying to a big algerian lie,i'am sur you will erase my comment, but anyway,you will see that the international legality,will give morocco the right to breath in his southern territory, other thig the person you are talking about i know him, and he never said that. lol wath what you write in this blog, you will get a legal porsuit.for dimation.

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  6. Anonymous6:27 PM

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  7. What did I tell you would happen if you posted multiple times in a row? Seriously, just do one comment because it rips my heart out to delete comments.

    Anyway, I don't know, those people who visited DC were so boring.