Wednesday, June 01, 2005

U.S. Public Relations Effort Strikes Out With Palestinian Audience

A coordinated public relations effort to promote U.S. goodwill efforts toward Palestinians late last month didn't go as well as planned.

The first problem came when the U.S. Agency for International Development failed to find a Palestinian spokesman for its advertising campaign for Palestinian viewers. According to the May 27 edition of O'Dwyer's PR Daily, after contacting various Palestinian entertainers and athletes, it settled on an Israeli Arab soccer player.

The ad campaign, which left some observers scratching their heads, was coordinated with First Lady Laura Bush's May 23 trip to Jerusalem.

Unfortunately, her visit to the Dome of the Rock mosque was greeted with a worse reaction than the advertisements.

According to CNN, about 50 protesters surrounded Mrs. Bush and her U.S. Secret Service detail as they departed, pushing to get closer and shouting: "How dare you come here" and "You don't belong in this mosque."

Later, Mrs. Bush said she was not surprised by the protesters. "The protests were very expected. If you didn't expect them, you didn't know what it would be like when you got here," she told CNN.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush's pandering to the "Palestinian Audience" is an utter disgrace. It's a slap in the face to Jews everywhere. Why should the U.S. reward terrorist behavior? Laura Bush's trip there was noble and showed courage. The reaction is to be expected from a class of subhumans hell-bent on killing Jews. Anybody who spins it different is simply blind.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best laid plans ...

I agree. Bush has been extremely cautius with Abbas, whcih makes sense, because as Abba Eban once said, "the Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity."

Still, if U.S. taxpayers are going to pay for some pro-U.S. advertising, it would have made sense to find a recognizable Palestinian. What's the point otherwise? and if the U.S. couldn't find one, then they should have hired someone to draw a billbaord mural (or a cartoon for the tv), or some other neutral thing that got the point acrros.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Sandi said...

No one in the last five years has accussed Bush of being a wise decision maker. Why should we expect different now. I have decided it is pointless to worry about it until the elections next year and we can try to rip his gravy train Congress out from under him.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

anonymous 1 said... " Bush's pandering to the "Palestinian Audience" is an utter disgrace." and "from a class of subhumans hell-bent on killing Jews."

You must have gone to the Dubya school of international relationships. You clearly believe you have some sort of slap-up easy answer to the problem that starts with insults and dismissals.

I suppose you think that if we just "love freedom" hard enough and puff our military-might up big enough all the "terrorists" who have been willing to die for their cause, a cause that has been an ongoing war for decades, will simply play "nice-nice". Yee-haw! Gosh golly! Sounds so easy!

The only problem is, it doesn't work. If it did dozens of similar conflicts wouldn't have taken so many lives and caused so much suffering for so many years.

ETA in Spain, IRA in N. Ireland, PKK in Turkey, the conflicts in Kashmir, Chechnya, Darfur, etc, etc...

Terrorists all, by my definition, no question. But that does not mean the killing can be stopped by simply dismissing them as sub-human or by refusing to engage them in anything other than force.

It seems Laura Bush is aware of the complexity of the situation there. I hope anonymous takes a lesson from her.

5:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush is too blind to see that he himself and his policies are the cause of the discontent in Palestine and throughout the Middle East. No public relations campaign could fix it. Bush talks about the desire for freedom but cozies up with some of the most tyrannical governments on the earth, including Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. How can anyone take this moron seriously.
It is noteworthy that the U.S. mainstream press refuses to print the "other side." Any moron knows the way to resolve disputes and end conflicts and save lives for the betterment of humankind is to attempt to better understand the enemy. This isn't being a wimp. It is simply common sense.
Of course, the Bush Administration does not want us to understand the motivations of the enemy because if we did, it would expose utter hypocrisies of U.S. administrations past and present and their true motivations -- money, greed and oil over overall goodwill for people in foreign lands. Call me nieve, but this is the goddamned truth.

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Bush's policies are the cause of the discontent amongst the Palestinians ? Do you have no historical perspective ? I guess you think that the Palestians were not sending homicide bombers into Israel prior to Bush's election. The sole cause of the Palestinian's discontent is their hatred of Israel.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stand by my statement that Bush policies are the source of discontent among the Palestines, hence they spit at Laura Bush.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you seriously are deluded. if only a US president had the influence..... the israeli-palestinian conflict harkens back to biblical times and more recently to the creation of israel. most of this has little to do with Bush sleeping with saudi arabia etc.

while i think american policy overall has something to do with miscontent amoung nations, so do the policies of most other countries. countries tend to look out for themselves first and others second. altruism is nice when it benefits those in power butotherwise it is scarce. lets be realistic.

get over yourself about bush. he is not the be all, end all of everything wrong in the world. he isnt that powerful and he isnt that evil either. wake the hell up. you sound like its time to move out of the US of A if you havent already.

4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course, your entire argument fails to see why the Palestinians -- or most of the world for that matter -- are upset with Americans.
The Bush Administration has turned the sympathy the world had for the U.S. before and after 9-11 into one of fear, distrust and hatred.
His administration has placed people without a hearing into foreign prisons where they can be quietly tortured.
He talks of freedom, yet supports and throws taxpayer dollars at regimes that openly suppress and torture people.
He endorses Amnesty International when its findings suit his own purposes, but goes on the attack the moment the organization finds problems with his own administration.
He manufactured lies out of intelligence to drag the country into a costly and deadly war.
Of course, you as a sheeple for Bush you will never allow yourself to take a look at any one these problems.
You're the one who better WAKE UP.
Since you like Bush foreign policy so much, why don't you enlist for the Iraq War, or better yet, sign up your son or daughter.
That makes about as much sense as asking anyone who questions the policies of the U.S. government to pack up and leave the country.

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see ... the Palestinian's are upset with us because we support Israel, and they hate Israel. Correct me if I am wrong, which I am not, but I do not recall a period of dancing around in fields of daisies prior to Bush being in office. It might give you some solace to blame President Bush for the the Palestinian homicide bombers and terrorist attacks on Israel, but that does not make it anything less than completely divorced from reality. Repeat after me - the Palestinians hate the Jewish people, hate Israel. They hated them and killed them when Carter was in office, when Reagan was in office, when Bush was in office, when Clinton was in office, and continue to do so today.

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see your point. Mine is that Bush has thrown gasoline on the fire.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there anything that is not President Bush's fault ?

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well seeing that Mr. Bush does not want to be held accountable or is not willing to be held accountable for anything to do with demonstratable problems with his Iraq policies, the deficit, and, as David demonstrates in lhis atest posting, homeland security etc. and considering that Bush denies there any problems in the first place, I guess not. (wink wink).

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is why in a democracy, you can vote someone out of office. that didnt happen.

there is no question that Bush has made mistakes. and there is no question that anyone has the right to question those policies.

however, the bloggers above list out so many issues that any sane human being would read this to mean that america basically is the cause of the problems.....forget this adding gas to the fire junk. you are blaming america for many of the worlds problems here. how does america win....if we do not interfere, we lose. if we do, we lose. should we be held to a higher standard than everyone else in the world--an interesting question that i would answer yes. but we will make mistakes along the way. this happens all the time, especially in war.

this hell bent mentality to suggest everything america does is wrong or evil or even intentional, will ultimately lead to more of our people dying, being attacked etc. i cannot stand the moral equivalence constantly drawn. there just isnt any.

9:12 PM  

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