Obama’s Middle East IslamaPalooza Tour began today and already we are seeing glimpses of his “nuanced” blame America theme.
During his tour, he will go to two of the most heinous human rights hell-holes on the planet, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
When asked if he would be addressing these issues with his host countries, his response was typical Obama-speak:
“(h)e said while there were “obviously” human rights issues to address in some Middle Eastern countries, the job of the US was not to lecture but to encourage what he said were “universal principles” that those countries could “embrace and affirm as part of their national identity”.
“The danger, I think, is when the United States, or any country, thinks that we can simply impose these values on another country with a different history and a different culture,” he said.
Instead, the president said that the most important thing for the US was to “serve as a role model”.
“Part of what we want to affirm to the world is that these are values that are important even when it’s hard, maybe especially when it’s hard and not just when it’s easy.”
“That’s why, for example, closing Guantanamo from my perspective as difficult as it is, is important.”
Ahh, Guantanamo. When in need of a fall back option, bring out old reliable.
What, prey tell, does Obama believe to be “universal principles” when it comes to some of the worst human rights offenders in the world? Their national identities are already defined by actions taken against people who disagree with them, usually in the name of Islam. Is a beheading a universal principle? How about honor killings?
And the danger, of course, is our imposition of values on others, the most important thing for us to do is be a good role model.
Funny how Obama will side step these issues with leaders of morally corrupt nations, but, when it comes to Israel, he has no problem issuing ultimatums and “imposing” his values on the Israelis.
“What we want to do is open a dialog,” Obama told the BBC. “You know, there are misapprehensions about the West, on the part of the Muslim world. And, obviously, there are some big misapprehensions about the Muslim world when it comes to those of us in the West.”
Not just “misapprehensions” on our part, but, BIG misapprehensions. It’s obviously our close mindedness which hinders us from understanding why muslims do the things they do. We should be more understanding of their hatred of Jews, their mistreatment of women, and their willingness to react with hate toward all things different.
In his remarks with the Saudi King today, he spoke of receiving “council” from His Majesty. Council. From a pampered, ruthless king who demands wahabism be taught in Saudi schools.
I guess this is the part where we should be open-minded.
Yesterday he claimed that Iran had a “right” to obtain nuclear power for “peaceful” purposes. Yup. When I hear Iran, the first word that comes to mind is peace.
Any type of nuclear power in Iranian hands has the capacity to be used for purposes of harm. Harm toward Israel.
Obama’s rebuke and rebuff of our only democratic ally in that fetid region should rightly give pause to any objective onlooker wondering where Obama’s true alliances stand. He has time to visit these countries who do not hide their hatred for Israel and the Jewish people, yet he has no time for a visit to Israel during his middle east trip.
One of the tidbits Obama shared with us yesterday was his assertion that the United States is “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.” Huh? There are estimated to be between 5 to 7 million muslims in the US, about the same number of Jewish Americans. In contrast, we have about 60 million Christians. But, during his European apology tour, he made it a point to state we are not a Christian nation.
His speech in Cairo will be alot of things. Pandering to muslim countries who have no interest in the acceptance of our way of life, apologies for our past actions, especially those of the past 8 years, and a bit of anti-Israeli rhetoric which will add a taste of red meat to his grand speech.
Let the spin begin.