Nov 19 2009
In Cairo, when President Obama addressed the Muslim world, global leftists lauded the speech as heralding instant change for the better in the Middle East. The Obama-adoring pundits were right. Change came. But it’s all bad.
By Ralph Peters
Instead of listening to the extravagant claims of our leftward-plunging media about how profoundly that speech affected Muslims, let’s look at what’s actually happened since Obama praised Islam and trashed America:
Iran: No nukes? Strategic cooperation? Rule-of-law democracy? Greater freedom for the Iranian people? Naw. President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad’s regime plays Obama like a card sharp working a hick who just showed up with his life savings in his pocket. Iran’s fanatical rulers make a promise, break a promise, hint at another promise . . . all as their nuclear-weapons program rolls along. Bewildered, the White House warns that if those Iranians aren’t careful, there just might be sanctions, sometime in the future, maybe, if China, Russia and other spoilers agree . . . Meanwhile, Obama still won’t stand up for the millions of Iranians struggling for freedom.
Iraq: Al Qaeda suffered a catastrophic defeat and nearly disappeared from the Iraqi landscape. Now it’s resurgent — encouraged by Obama’s determination to look away. Terror bombings are up. But US troop levels are going down. That’s all that matters to the blinkered White House. Al Qaeda senses a comeback opportunity. Obama’s running away as fast as he can.
Afghanistan: Encouraged by Obama’s evident weakness, the Taliban redoubled its efforts against the hated government of President Hamid Karzai. Obama dithers, Afghan leaders steal, our troops die protecting the thieves — and the Taliban advances with fresh recruits. Our ambassador in Kabul, retired Gen. Karl Eikenberry, took a courageous stand to warn that sending more troops would only encourage Karzai’s cabal to continue to shirk responsibility. But don’t expect similar courage from this White House, which fears tough decisions the way medieval peasants feared the Black Death.
Pakistan: For all the fuss about how well-received Obama’s Cairo confession was among Muslims, anti-Americanism hasincreased in this conflict-torn state of 180 million. We pour in billions of dollars. The Pakistani government, media and citizenry pour out anti-American rhetoric — even blaming us for Taliban terror bombings. And Obama’s a deer in the headlights of history again.
Turkey: Advertised as a marvelous Muslim democracy and NATO member, Turkey has taken another lurch toward Islamic fundamentalism, embracing radical Arab states while slashing cooperation with Israel. Big win there, Mr. President.
Yemen: The Great Muslim Civil War between Sunni and Shia has a new theater, with Saudi Arabia and Iran fighting a proxy campaign in the poorer-than-dirt-poor Yemeni backcountry. A Shia tribal struggle for basic rights found a cynical backer in Tehran; the Sunni-hardline Yemeni government unleashed fundamentalist jihadis — terror, butchery and rape — against its Shia minority. Nervous about its own oppressed Shia population, Saudi Arabia attacked Yemeni territory (with US-made weapons) to support its fellow Sunni fundamentalists. The impoverished Shia suffer grimly as pawns between greater powers. But a US president who bowed to a Saudi king won’t ask the Saudis to show restraint.
Israel: By betraying Israel and glorifying the Palestinian cause in Cairo, Obama encouraged unrealistic expectations among Palestinians and empowered Arab hardliners — always willing to fight to the last Palestinian. Obama’s naive demand for a total freeze on Israeli settlements created a flashpoint while undercutting Palestinian and Israeli moderates. The situation’s far more explosive than it was when Obama took office.
Texas: A Muslim-extremist US Army major expected Obama to end our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan immediately. Obama was too slow, and Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan responded. Shouting “God is great!” he gunned down 54 Americans. The Middle East is here, too. Obama’s Cairo sermon was promptly praised as the greatest speech of our time. Last week, we heard that, no, Obama’s no-mention-of-terror remarks at Fort Hood were the greatest speech of his presidency.
Obama, it seems, just strolls from greatness to greatness. Among world leaders, only North Korea’s Kim Jong-il commands such media adoration from his homies. Not one establishment media outlet will weigh the obvious damage our president’s ludicrous Cairo speech did to the Middle East and to our security. NY POST
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