Skip to comments.Obama: Not the Balm for Anti-Americanism We Were Promised
Posted on 09/12/2012 7:26:58 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
Remember the expectations for how Barack Obama could transform U.S. relations with the Muslim world once in office?
Andrew Sullivan, writing in The Atlantic, July 2007:
"What does he offer? First and foremost: his face. Think of it as the most effective potential re-branding of the United States since Reagan. Such a re-branding is not trivialits central to an effective war strategy. The war on Islamist terror, after all, is two-pronged: a function of both hard power and soft power. We have seen the potential of hard power in removing the Taliban and Saddam Hussein. We have also seen its inherent weaknesses in Iraq, and its profound limitations in winning a long war against radical Islam. The next president has to create a sophisticated and supple blend of soft and hard power to isolate the enemy, to fight where necessary, but also to create an ideological template that works to the Wests advantage over the long haul. There is simply no other candidate with the potential of Obama to do this. Which is where his face comes in."
"Consider this hypothetical. Its November 2008. A young Pakistani Muslim is watching television and sees that this manBarack Hussein Obamais the new face of America. In one simple image, Americas soft power has been ratcheted up not a notch, but a logarithm. A brown-skinned man whose father was an African, who grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii, who attended a majority-Muslim school as a boy, is now the alleged enemy. If you wanted the crudest but most effective weapon against the demonization of America that fuels Islamist ideology, Obamas face gets close. It proves them wrong about what America is in ways no words can."
And here we are:
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As has been noted elsewhere, in several threads, the Iranian Hostage Crisis ended, when Carter--another apologetic American--left office to be succeeded by that proud traditionally minded American, Ronald Reagan.
Barack "Bo Jangles" Obama
0bama is a Muslim sympathizer. He has outright stated as much.
This doesn’t “salve our relations with Muslims”, it emboldens them in their quest for supremacy.
Obama has showed nothing but weakness, a lack of resolve and vacillation in the face of crisis. Despite his bows to Muslim potentates and pandering to Muslims he is regarded as a push over by radical Islamists.
” The continuing occupation of Palestinian lands and U.S. interference in the Arab world are held to be the greatest obstacles to peace and stability in the Middle East.”
Same old synthetic and tired refrain.