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Barry HUSSEIN Obama on Arab TV January 28, 2009

Posted by vsap in Blogroll, Uncategorized, US Politics.
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From the AP report earlier today regarding President Obama’s interview on Arab TV (I can’t make this stuff up, folks):

“The interview on the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya news channel aired as Obama’s new envoy to the region, former Sen. George J. Mitchell, arrived in Egypt on Tuesday for a visit that will also take him to Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Obama said the U.S. had made mistakes in the past but “that the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there’s no reason why we can’t restore that.”

Obama also emphasized the importance of engaging with Iran, a country the Bush administration often singled out as the most dangerous in the region.

Obama condemned Iran’s threats against Israel, pursuit of nuclear weapons and support of terrorist organizations, but said “it is important for us to be willing to talk to Iran, to express very clearly where our differences are, but where there are potential avenues for progress.”

Obama’s predecessor, former President George W. Bush, launched wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which prompted a massive backlash against the U.S. in the Muslim world.

In contrast to the enthusiastic reception Obama’s victory has garnered around the world, the Arab world has been much more cautious about the new U.S. president — with most people skeptical that American policy in the region will change substantially.

After earlier dismissing Obama as following the same policies as his predecessor, officials from the militant Palestinian Hamas group softened their stance against the new president Tuesday.

“In the last couple of days there have been a lot of statements (from Obama), some of them very positive, and choosing this George Mitchell as an envoy,” said Ahmed Youssef, a senior Hamas official interviewed on the Doha-based Al-Jazeera news network. “I think there are some positive things we have to count.””

How Clintonian. This is your pandering President, offering olive branches where none should be offered and receiving accolades from the very cockroaches that need to be exterminated.

But don’t believe me. Check it out from the same AP report:

“In the interview, Obama called for a new partnership with the Muslim world “based on mutual respect and mutual interest.” He talked about growing up in Indonesia, the Muslim world’s most populous nation, and noted that he has Muslim relatives.

Obama’s Kenyan father was born Muslim, though a self-described atheist, and many of his relatives in Kenya are practicing Muslims. As a child, Obama lived for a number of years in Indonesia while his mother as doing research there.

This appeal does seem to have struck a chord among many Muslims.

“He’s different from the previous presidents, perhaps because of his color or his Islamic background. My views of America are different now than they were during the Bush administration,” said Youssef Ali, 45, who works for the Iraqi Electricity Ministry in Baghdad.”

We are ever so pleased to be able to bring into the flock of America-lovers those who want to see us die like pigs in mud.

And, of course, how could we not have the utmost respect for this President when he demonstrates these characteristics, again from the same AP report:

“Obama said he felt it was important to “get engaged right away” in the Middle East and had directed Mitchell to talk to “all the major parties involved.” His administration would craft an approach after that, he said.

“What I told him is start by listening, because all too often the United States starts by dictating,” Obama told the interviewer.”

Maybe might doesn’t always mean right, but it’s never a bad thing to be at the head of the table as LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD. Obama seems like he’s apologizing for our strength. This is bad form when speaking to the testosterone driven radical Islamist world. Again, the very people who want to wipe Israel and the USA off the map.

To attempt to be fair to this new President, his Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, gave stirring testimony to the House that signals Obama may have at least a grasp on the road ahead in the War On Terror (from NPR, All Things Considered, earlier today):

“My own personal view is that our primary goal is to prevent Afghanistan from being used as a base for terrorists and extremists to attack the United States and our allies,” he (Gates) said. “And whatever else we need to do flows from that objective. Afghanistan is the fourth- or fifth-poorest country in the world, and if we set ourselves the objective of creating some sort of Central Asian Valhalla over there, we will lose.”

Because nobody has that kind of time, patience and money, Gates added.

Several senators praised Gates for his directness. Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina asked point-blank about the consequences of putting more troops in Afghanistan:

“Is it fair to say that casualties in Afghanistan are likely to go up?” Graham asked Gates.

“I think that’s likely,” Gates replied.

“And the amount of money we spend is likely to go up in the short term, maybe foreseeable future?” asked Graham.

“Yes, sir,” said Gates.

Graham wasn’t done. “Bottom line is, it’s going to be tough, it’s going to be difficult, in many ways harder than Iraq,” Graham said. “Do you agree with that?”

“Yes,” replied Gates.””

Re-directing our efforts to Afghanistan, now that the surge in Iraq has worked, is the right thing to do. It’s not too late to keep it from becoming a permanent haven for terrorists and I hope the President sincerely recognizes this and does whatever it takes to bring it back to freedom and peace. Like Iraq, an Afghanistan in liberty would be an outstanding accomplishment for what appears to be a dovish President with an appeasement mentality, more interested in talk than action.

Action in Afghanistan might get me to back off the HUSSEIN a little.

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