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PresBO don’t know history, can’t deal in reality of Middle East March 1, 2011

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From “Obama’s Democracy Delusions” by Robert Spencer on Jihad Watch of Human Events, March 1, 2011:

“…Obama spoke with satisfaction about “the peaceful transition to democracy in both Tunisia and in Egypt” too, and was pleased that “the change that is taking place across the region is being driven by the people of the region.  This change doesn’t represent the work of the United States or any foreign power.  It represents the aspirations of people who are seeking a better life.”  He vowed that “throughout this time of transition, the United States will continue to stand up for freedom, stand up for justice, and stand up for the dignity of all people.”

The one thing the President didn’t explain was his justification for believing that the Libyan, Tunisian, and Egyptian people actually care as much as he assumes they do about principles and rights such as freedom of speech and the dignity of all people, both of which are mitigated under Islamic law.  Nor did Obama touch on why he assumes that they hold an understanding of freedom and justice that is remotely comparable to that of the American constitutional system.

There are numerous signs that they don’t.  It isn’t insignificant that Libyan protesters have marked Gaddafi’s picture with the Star of David.  Rather, it is an indication of the protesters’ world view, and of the pervasiveness of Islamic anti-Semitism.  Egyptian protesters defaced photos of Mubarak in the same way.  When Muslim protesters want to portray someone as a demon, they draw a Star of David on his picture.”

It has been opined by those much more brilliant than I, that, at very least, we will lose Egypt as a friend like we are losing Turkey. The slide toward Jihadist Islam is obvious to all except our President. I would like to think that he is simply trying to press his rhetorical brilliance to a new high, believing against all objective fact, that his stature as leader of the free world (with a Muslim middle name) will genuinely impact the people of this powder keg of a region. His rhetoric falls on deaf ears. It would be sad to believe he knows it and still persists.

Spencer continues:

“There are also clear indications that the protesters are decidedly anti-American.  Even before CBS reporter Lara Logan was brutally raped in Cairo’s crowded Tahrir Square by a mob chanting, “Jew!  Jew!,” several other mainstream media reporters from the United States were roughed up or otherwise imperiled, including Anderson Cooper and Christiane Amanpour.  These two hard-Left journalists have repeatedly insisted that Islam is a religion of peace and that anyone who says otherwise is bigoted and racist.  In Cairo, they ran up against the buzz saw of reality.”

I readily admit that I haven’t at any time watched Cooper or Logan. I may have listened in briefly to Amanpour once or twice during her early CNN days but not since then. So, I don’t know what they have had to say about their treatment. Let’s re-visit that in a moment. For now, here’s Spencer’s final salvos of this column:

“Indeed, while numerous American analysts praise the “pro-democracy” uprisings in these nations, no secular democratic leadership has yet emerged.  The momentum is moving in the opposite direction—that is, toward the Islamic supremacists.  Aware of this fact, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was more realistic than Obama when he remarked on the Middle East situation on Feb. 22.  “These states are difficult,” Medvedev said, “and it is quite probable that hard times are ahead, including the arrival at power of fanatics.  This will mean fires for decades and the spread of extremism.””

Even a communist can tell a bad political atmosphere when he sees one.

Back to the treatment of the American reporters. The New York Daily News reported on February 10:

“Cooper said he was punched 10 times in the head as a pro-Mubarak mob surrounded him and his crew trying to cover demonstration,” CNN producer Steve Brusk tweeted.

The network reported that even though attackers “pushed and shoved the CNN crew” in Tahrir Square in Cairo, no one was seriously hurt.

Cooper later tweeted, “Got roughed up by thugs in pro-Mubarak crowd..punched and kicked repeatedly. Had to escape. Safe now.” He had previously mentioned that he had been awake for four days in a row.”

So, Cooper blamed those who supported the sitting president of Egypt.

Lara Logan, too, laid the blame on the sitting Egyptian government, in this case, the military:

“We were detained by the Egyptian army,” Logan told Esquire. “Arrested, detained, and interrogated. Blindfolded, handcuffed, taken at gunpoint, our driver beaten. It’s the regime that arrested us. They arrested [our producer] just outside of his hotel, and they took him off the road at gunpoint, threw him against the wall, handcuffed him, blindfolded him. Took him into custody like that.”

There was more: “They blindfolded me, but they said if I didn’t take it off they wouldn’t tie my hands. They kept us in stress positions—they wouldn’t let me put my head down. It was all through the night. We were pretty exhausted… We were accused of being Israeli spies. We were accused of being agents. We were accused of everything.”

Greg Palkot, of Fox News, seems to have received similar treatment from the Egyptian military:

“The Wrap reports that the Fox News team beaten and detained in Egypt were also accused of being Israeli spies.

The site writes that Greg Palkot and Olaf Wiig were taken to the hospital after being severely beaten—at which point they were detained by Egyptian military police, who accused them of being Israeli spies. Palkot was also blindfolded throughout the interrogation.”

Added to by Mediaite on February 16 was this on Palkot:

“Palkot is careful to make clear that he believes he, Wiig and others were targeted and attacked because they were foreigners, not because they were members of the press. Palkot also describes how his captors sought medical treatment for his extensive wounds, including a substantial amount of blood lost after having been struck on or near an artery.”

Finally, as TMZ put it, “Not to be out-done by Anderson Cooper”, Christine reproted an attack (From Mediaite, Febraury 2):

“Amanpour was riding in a car with her ABC crew after attempting to record protesters on the bridge into Tahrir Square. As Amanpour described the attack: An angry mob surrounded us and chased us into the car shouting that they hate America. They kicked in the car doors and broke our windshield as we drove away.

As Amanpour reports, the sudden increase in violence–including automatic gunfire and molotov cocktails being thrown into the crowd–has sent ripples of panic through the city. “The overwhelming feeling on the street is one of fear, of how this is now going to go. If Mubarak leaves precipitously, there could be real chaos.””

Of course, this brings us back to the question: Does President Obama only have rhetoric in this game? Are there no substantive policies and actions to support his delusional democracy whimsy? It appears not.

Today, Ari Shapiro wrote on NPR:

“When protesters took to the streets in Cairo, President Obama spoke early and often, mentioning the crisis in front of TV cameras five times in two weeks.

But the unrest in Libya presents a very different set of political challenges for the White House, and President Obama has responded largely by working behind the scenes.

In his only public comment on Libya thus far, Obama did not call for Gadhafi to leave.

“The Libyan government has a responsibility to refrain from violence, to allow humanitarian assistance to reach those in need, and to respect the rights of its people,” the president said last week.

At that point, Americans were still stuck in Tripoli. Once they reached safety, the president called German Chancellor Angela Merkel. According to the White House, Obama said Gadhafi “needs to do what is right for his country by leaving now.”

That was three days ago.”

To call him a bumbler gives bumblers a bad name. That’s because the majority of bumblers aren’t the leader of the free world..or on his team!

To wit (from the same NPR report):

“White House press secretary Jay Carney was asked Tuesday why President Obama hasn’t been very vocal on the crisis on Libya. Carney said that presidential action takes many different shapes.

“Not everything we do comes in the form of a speech or an announcement,” he said.”

Since when? All the man can do is speak eloquent rhetoric. He has proven incapable of doing anything behind the scenes…because, to be blunt, running this nation isn’t like running a branch of ACORN in Chicago. We don’t believe by default like those followers did. We, as a nation, aren’t simply trying to improve a few city blocks in the Austin or Lawndale neighborhoods of Chicago. This is REALLY important, world-shaping stuff…and, all of a sudden, he goes quiet.

And the only one who sounds cogent is from Human Rights Watch? Now it’s getting scary:

“Tom Malinowski of Human Rights Watch warns that overusing the presidential megaphone diminishes its impact.

“I’m a strong believer in the power of presidential words, and sometimes all you’ve got is words. But in this case, they’ve got so many other, far more tangible tools.”

Malinowski says Gadhafi’s generals might not notice what President Obama said, but they’ll definitely notice American naval vessels heading toward Libya.

“With Egypt, you had perhaps greater use of the bully pulpit, but far more limited American action. With Libya, virtually every tool in the toolbox of American power is now being employed.””

He is right. It’s time to turn to the US Navy and Air Force to flex some muscle…and while we’re at it, let’s destroy a few ships-full of Somali pirates and their land-based operations.

Will PresBO ever understand what it truly means to lead?



1. kathy - March 2, 2011

yeah nice

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