Skip to comments.Barack Obama is blind to his blunders over Islam
Posted on 06/01/2009 2:05:53 PM PDT by Schnucki
The new President's approach discourages change in Middle Eastern countries that need it most
For the past week or so, the Middle East has been abuzz with speculation about Barack Obama's historic address to the Muslim world to be delivered in Cairo on Thursday. During his presidential campaign, Obama had promised to make such a move within his first 100 days at the White House.
In the event, the first 100 days came and went without Obama delivering on his promise. Nevertheless, he granted his first interview as President to Saudi television and, later, made a speech at the Turkish parliament in Ankara. On both occasions he highlighted the Islamic element of his background and solemnly declared that the United States is not and will never be at war with Islam.
Obama has aroused more curiosity in the Middle East than any previous US leader, partly because of his Arabic-Islamic first and middle names. The choice of the date for Obama's address indicates his attention to detail. It coincides with the anniversary of the start of the first battle between Islam, under Prophet Muhammad, and Christendom in the shape of a Byzantine expeditionary force in AD629. The address to Islam also marks the 30th anniversary of Ayatollah Ruhallah Khomeini's demise and the appointment of Ali Khamenei as the new Supreme Guide of the Islamic ummah. More importantly, it also coincides with the rebuilding of the Ka'abah, the stone at the heart of Mecca, which had been destroyed in a Muslim civil war.
Rich in symbolism, Obama's address to Islam is also full of political implications. Obama is the first major Western leader, after Bonaparte, to address Islam as a single bloc, thus adopting the traditional Islamic narrative of dividing the world according to religious beliefs. This ignores the rich and
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Blind? Hardly. Deliberate.
WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE ...
It is a shame we can only get the truth from newspapers in England.
Exactly! I firmly believe he is one of them and enjoys talking with like minded Muslims including bowing to the Saudi King.
Blind — no way — he knows exactly what he is doing.
I thought he kept one of his few honored promises by speaking on Al Jazeera!
an email sent to me.
YA, HAVE TO LOVE HIM....
HE MADE THIS SPEECH IN NEW YORK .
Robin Williams, wearing a shirt that says ‘I love New York ‘ in Arabic.
You gotta love Robin Williams.......Even if he’s nuts! Leave it to Robin Williams to come up with the perfect plan. What we need now is for our UN Ambassador to stand up and repeat this message.
Robin Williams’ plan...(Hard to argue with this logic!)
‘I see a lot of people yelling for peace but I have not heard of a plan for peace. So, here’s one plan.’
1) ‘The US will apologize to the world for our ‘interference’ in their affairs, past & present. You know, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Tojo, Noriega, Milosevic, Hussein, and the rest of those ‘good ‘ole’ boys’, we will never ‘interfere’ again.
2) We will withdraw our troops from all over the world, starting with Germany , South Korea , the Middle East , and the Philippines . They don’t want us there. We would station troops at our borders. No one allowed sneaking through holes in the fence.
3) All illegal aliens have 90 days to get their affairs together and leave We’ll give them a free trip home. After 90 days the remainder will be gathered up and deported immediately, regardless of whom or where they are. They’re illegal!!! France will welcome them.
4) All future visitors will be thoroughly checked and limited to 90 days unless given a special permit!!!! No one from a terrorist nation will be allowed in. If you don’t like it there, change it yourself and don’t hide here. Asylum would never be available to anyone. We don’t need any more cab drivers or 7-11 cashiers.
5) No foreign ‘students’ over age 21. The older ones are the bombers. If they don’t attend classes, they get a ‘D’ and it’s back home baby.
6) The US will make a strong effort to become self-sufficient energy wise. This will include developing nonpolluting sources of energy but will require a temporary drilling of oil in the Alaskan wilderness. The caribou will have to cope for a while
7) Offer Saudi Arabia and other oil producing countries $10 a barrel for their oil. If they don’t like it, we go someplace else. They can go somewhere else to sell their production. (About a week of the wells filling up the storage sites would be enough.)
8) If there is a famine or other natural catastrophe in the world, we will not ‘interfere.’ They can pray to Allah or whomever, for seeds, rain, cement or whatever they need. Besides most of what we give them is stolen or given to the army. The people who need it most get very little, if anything.
9) Ship the UN Headquarters to an isolated island someplace. We don’t need the spies and fair weather friends here. Besides, the building would make a good homeless shelter or lockup for illegal aliens.
10) All Americans must go to charm and beauty school. That way, no one can call us ‘Ugly Americans’ any longer. The Language we speak is ENGLISH..learn it...or LEAVE...Now, isn’t that a winner of a plan?
‘The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.’ She’s got a baseball bat and she’s yelling, ‘you want a piece of me?’ ‘
If you agree with the above forward it to friends...If not, and I would be amazed, DELETE it!!
obammer can’t see the islamo-muzlims through the teleprompter!
Too bad our American journalist have their heads far up their asses, they can see their tonsils and we have to read articles like this in a foreign media.
Is Mr Obama similarly hoping to build a bloc of Arab states led by Egypt and supported by Turkey and Israel? Or, as some Arabs fear, is he reaching out to Iran to resume its position as the local gendarme? The policy of engaging Iran cannot exclude a regional leadership position for the Khomeinist regime.
Robin Williams is a card-carying, certified leftist of the highest order. This e-mail forward has FAKE written all over it.
Obama is blind to his blunders over America.
Still a good act under any name.
If he is blinded by anything it is his racism, his hate for my country, and his drunken stupor of power and money.
Should he ever sober up, that worthless bastard is going to have one heck of a hangover.
Obama’s bow to the Saudi King was the real thing.
Obama plans to destroy America in the next 4-years.
I didn’t think it possible to make Jimmy Carter look good.
Somehow this doesn’t sound like Robin Williams’ philosophy. Did you “Snopes-ize” it?
I Snoped it. It ain’t his.
Obviously just a coincidence. This is the only day cairo isn't scheduled for other events.
Robin Williams made this speech? You can’t be serious; he’s a lefty.
Excellent graphic post potlatch
I don’t know if it was a routine or not. The email said a speech. I like it no matter what side of the fence it came from.
“I like it no matter what side of the fence it came from.”
Me too. But it sure didn’t sound like Robin Williams, unless he’s had an epiphany.
SNIPPET from post no. 1: “Barack Obama is blind to his blunders over Islam”
I believe this article title does an injustice to President Obama.
President Obama knows exactly what he wants and how he would like to fulfill his agenda items.
June, 4, 1805 Tripoli is forced to conclude peace with the United States after a conflict over tribute.
June 2, 1964 - The PLO is formed in Jerusalem.
“President obama knows exactly what he wants and how he would like to fullfill his agenda items”
BINGO! And it has nothing to do with keeping the US as the country in which I grew up. If he could introduce sharia today and have it accepted, he would do it today.
Power has corrupted Barack Obama in his short political career and given him a dangerous, false sense of superior wisdom. One wrong word or phrase in his “major address”—to an audience that includes tens of millions of volatile radicals—could turn into disaster.
Inviting Iranians to our July 4th celebrations wasn’t too smart, as hot dogs, BBQ and Ribs are mostly PORK and an insult to muslims religious food violations.
... Mr. Bush's analysis had been simple, or as Mr. Obama suggests, simplistic: the 9/11 attacks were the result of decades of US support for repressive regimes in the Middle East that had produced closed systems in which terror thrived. In an address to university students in Cairo in 2005, Condoleezza Rice explained the Bush doctrine in these terms: For 60 years, the United States pursued stability at the expense of democracy in the Middle East - and we achieved neither. Now we are taking a different course.
That different course transformed the US from a supporter of the status quo to an active agent for change - including the use of force to remove two obnoxious regimes in Kabul and Baghdad. It also coerced traditional Arab states to adopt constitutions, hold elections, grant women the vote, ease pressure on the media, and allow greater space for debate and dissent.
Mr. Obama has started scrapping that policy in the name of political realism, the currently fashionable phrase in Washington. The political realist school could also be called the let them stew in their juices school. It argues that Arabs, and other Muslims, are not ready for democracy and may not even like it if they encountered it. Rather than trying to shock traditional societies out of their sleep of centuries, Western powers, especially America, should try to maintain stability.
... The problem is that the status quo in the Middle East was and remains unstable. Sixty years of political realist support for the regimes in the region produced five Arab-Israel wars, civil wars in Lebanon and Yemen, military coups d'état in eight Arab countries, the Islamic revolution in Iran, and two wars between US-led international coalitions and Iraq under Saddam Hussein.
... In trying to prove that he is not George Bush, Barack Obama has committed big mistakes on key issues of foreign policy. His Cairo address, and his one-size-fits-all Islam policy, is just the latest. It encourages Islamists and ruling despots, discourages the forces of reform and change and, ultimately, could produce greater resentment of the United States among peoples thirsting for freedom, human rights and decent governance.
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Hell even James Buchanan looks better than this doofus.
Obama believes, as ALL hard core leftist believe, that there is no Evil, only VICTIMS.
Islam therefore has been victimized and the left will place the blame on Western Civilization, Christianity and Capitalism.
They were not blunders.
I think it’s funny....discredit him by putting conservative words in his mouth!! LOL I like it.
I do too. Perfect.
Whatever you may think of Robin Williams; he does go over and entertain the troops too.
No way Robin Williams wrote that he is liberal LOL
Barack Obama is blind to his blunders over Islam
He’s blind to his blunders over... well.. everything.
something I have been wondering; strictly from the muslim point of view, if BHO senior was a muslim, and BHO junior is a christian, doesn’t that necessairly represent a “repudiation of islam”, and isn’t there a fairly severe penalty for that?
I'd pay money to have a picture of that on a 24x36 poster.
You're right. Nailed.
Yep, he is a liberal and he does go visit the troops.
He means to weaken this country on the world stage and to move us rapidly towards the marxist ideals he hold just as quickly as he possibly can.
That is the fundamental change he has promised and is going about making.
I don’t for a second believe that that was Robin Williams.
He’s a big lib and would oppose every one of those points.
Of course it would not be a blunder if he was a Muslim would it.
Of topic, but when is Obamas worldwide tour going to be over? We have this little thing with the economy and could use a president in the office.
Obama, work is calling and wondering if you are “sick” again or what?
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