Update, 6/4/2008, Candidate Obama: "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided." 6/4/2008, "Transcript: Obama's Speech at AIPAC," NPR, parag. 22
A little passive-aggressive behavior says it all if any doubt remained:
7/28/12, "Carney and WH Web Site 'Follow Up' Won't Admit to What the Law Dictates: Jerusalem Is Israel's Capital," NewsBusters, Tom Blumer
Carney wouldn't answer it, and accused Lawn and relentless national treasure Les Kinsolving of WND.com of asking about something they already knew. Carney's contemptible behavior has been virtually ignored in the establishment press. Here is the complete exchange as relayed at the White House's web site, complete with an asterisk, which I will explain (I have added names of the questioners where needed; a YouTube of part of what follows is here; bolds are mine)....
More to the point, as Rick Santorum noted during his presidential campaign, Congress passed a law in 1995 which, bravely assuming that laws mean anything any more, dictated what Carney's answer should have been:
... the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 made it U.S. law to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and that the waiver provision of the act only applied to moving the embassy to Jerusalem. A letter to President Bill Clinton — signed by 84 U.S. senators, including me — articulated this point.
We know the Obama administration is not complying with U.S. law.
Connie Lawn's question brought this noncompliance out into the open. We know what the answer should have been, and we now know that what should have been the answer isn't the answer -- and worse.
No wonder the rest of the establishment press, whose members at Carney press conference appear to have failed to express even the slightest bit of support for their two stonewalled colleagues, is doing everything it can to ignore what Carney said and didn't say, and the White House's cowardly attempt to "follow up.""
Top Obama adviser Samantha Power was asked in 2002 what she would do about the Israel-Palestinian situation generally:
"INTERVIEWER: "Let me give you a thought experiment here, and it is the following: without addressing the Palestine -- Israel problem, let's say you were an advisor to the President of the United States, how would you respond to current events there? Would you advise him to put a structure in place to monitor that situation, at least if one party or another [starts] looking like they might be moving toward genocide?"
Samantha Power: "Actually investing in the new state of Palestine, in investing the billions of dollars it would probably take, also, to support what will have to be a mammoth protection force, not of the old Rwanda kind, but a meaningful military presence. Because it seems to me at this stage (and this is true of actual genocides as well, and not just major human rights abuses, which were seen there), you have to go in as if you're serious, you have to put something on the line.... And, unfortunately, it does require external intervention."
Ms. Power is a big proponent of volunteering US lives and endless tax dollars in wars all over the world. The left calls this "Responsibility to Protect." They believe they have the moral and intellectual superiority to decide who lives and who dies around the world. The GOP will give the left all the US taxpayer dollars it wants for this, so no problem.