Obama backs off campaign promise to recognize Armenian Holocaust — where 1 to 1.5 million were directly slaughtered, including Assyrians and Greeks — in fear of ‘alienating Turkey’.

by Matt Welch

17 Mar 09 | Reason Hit n’ Run Blog

The sun rises in the east, spring follows winter, and a new American president is backing away from his campaign pledge to refer to the Ottoman-era Turkish genocide of Armenians as a “genocide”, because the White House is “fearful of alienating Turkey when U.S. officials badly want its help.” The L.A. Times has the expectations-lowering story.

Obama’s campaign promise — his “principled commitment to commemorating” a “widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence” — is here. Obama foreign policy guru Samantha Power makes a direct plea to Armenian-Americans about genocide-recognition and other issues in this video [posted on the YouTube Channel, “armeniansforobama”] (4:33):

I wrote about the fascinating politics of saying “genocide” for the L.A. Times in 2007.


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