Obama’s Cairo Speech: Speculation Mounting

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

The political insider is back from vacation, but even the shores of Tuscany weren’t far enough away to block out a faint buzz about President Barack Obama’s upcoming speech to the Muslim world, scheduled for next Thursday in Cairo.

Will Obama simply repeat generalities about America’s respect for Islam and about his desire to reach out? Or will he offer some details about his administration’s nascent Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, and perhaps use the occasion to ratchet up the pressure on the hot-potato issue of Israeli settlements?

And will he give Israel and the Palestinians a two-year deadline for achieving a peace process breakthrough, as some media outlets were reporting today?  What, exactly, will he ask of Arab and Islamic countries in return for all that outreach?

Nobody outside the White House inner sanctums  actually knows, but a lot of people have ideas about what Obama should say.

The Washington Post has a good roundup of expert views on the subject here.

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.