"I have to check the polls first."Politicians are in the business to get elected, and they tailor their statements to get more votes. Some Israeli pundits are pretty sure that current Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu went against all of his previous policies and statements in agreeing to exchange over a thousand convicted Arab terrorists for Gilad Shalit, to increase his standing in the polls. The summer's faux social justice aka Korach demonstrations are making him nervous. Elections can only get sooner, not later.
United States President Barack Hussein Obama's announcement that he plans on returning U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2011 smells of a campaign pledge. It reminds me of the advice that American campaign expert, James Carville, gave to Ehud Barak to promise to leave Southern Lebanon if elected. We did, leaving valuable weapons, equipment and Lebanese who had been loyal to us and now know that you can't rely on Israel.
As the American campaign heats up, this should provide those of us who enjoy observing politics with an interesting year. And Israeli elections are also getting closer. Things won't be boring for sure.