White House

June 4, 2009

Obama invites world's Muslims to seek 'new beginning'

President Barack Obama on Thursday spoke more bluntly than any U.S. president before him about the chasms dividing the Middle East and the political double talk behind them. He called Israel's settlements in the West Bank illegitimate. He chastised Arabs for crude caricatures of America and conspiracy theories about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He called the U.S. invasion of Iraq a "war of choice."

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