Does Obama Deserve A Passing Grade On His Middle East And Islamic Countries Policies

October 2, 2012 5:24 am 0 comments

Mainstream U.S. Media have absolved Obama of responsibility for radical Islamists riots and invasions of U.S. Embassies but viciously attacked Romney for questioning: Obama’s Middle East/Arab countries policies; the lack of heightened embassy security on the 9/11/2012 anniversary.

Obama’s Middle East/Islamic countries policies began with his June 4, 2009 Cairo speech in which Obama apologized to Muslims for what he and they consider U.S .transgressions against them.

My two part article – “Islam for Dummies” was prompted by a “Houston Chronicle” letter headlined “Arab discontent” in which the writer opined the mindless and unrestrained Muslim mob violence, starting 09/11/2012, was “likely the result of our constant interference into the internal affairs of so many important places in the Islamic world over the past decade.”  My letter suggested the writer cited the wrong decade and espoused a very flawed reason for “Arab discontent”.  When my letter wasn’t published, I used the material for the two-part article “Islam for Dummies”.

In his 09/22/2012 “Chronicle” letter – “Educating the Arab world” “… about American values and American laws” – a well-intentioned writer proposed an impossible task because Muslims from Islamic countries and Americans have widely different world views.  He warranted a less harsh response than “Islam for Dummies” so I wrote a kinder, gentler letter to better inform that letter writer.  It wasn’t published but follows as the basis for this article detailing Obama’s accountability and responsibility for Muslim riots and invasions of U.S. embassies in Cairo and Benghazi plus the overall failure of his Middle East/Arab Countries policies.

“Differing world views: patriotic Americans, who still believe the USA is exceptional, see this nation as “that shining city on a hill”, a beacon of hope to others. Citizens of predominantly– Muslim nations, adhering to their Imams’ often radical teachings, see the U.S. as “the great Satan” whose laws and freedoms allow lifestyles abhorrent and offensive to Islam. That’s why 09/11/2001 news reports from those nations showed thousands of Muslims celebrating deadly terrorist attacks on the Twin Trade Towers and the Pentagon.

Our most offensive freedom to Muslims is freedom of speech because – as evidenced by the current uprisings and mindless mob violence – it doesn’t protect the prophet Mohammed, Allah or the Koran as they are protected under Sharia law.  Yet, freedom of speech permits U.S citizens and residents to burn the U.S. flag, create a Broadway play on “The Book of Mormon”, claim: there is no God, God is dead; Jesus was homosexual.

Freedom of speech also allows U.S. Muslims to propagate Mohammed’s teachings: Jesus is a minor prophet; wasn’t the son of God; wasn’t crucified; there was no resurrection – the core concept of Christianity.  Mohammed’s teachings offend some Christians but Muslims seek to prohibit any and all speech they deem critical of Mohammed, Allah, or their holy books. The question: does Muslim freedom of religion trump freedom of speech guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution?

To understand the world view and goal of Islam, one must examine the Muslim Brotherhood now firmly in power in Egypt where the U.S. embassy was invaded 09/11/2012.  In Feb. 2011 Obama granted de facto recognition to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the U.S.  The Muslim Brotherhood was previously outlawed in Egypt because their 21st century objectives include: Goal: “a worldwide caliphate governed by Islamic law”; Motto: “Allah is our objective. The prophet is our leader. Jihad is our way.  Dying in the way of Allah is our greatest hope.”

Later, Obama said: “We do not want a democratic Egypt to be saddled by the debts of its past, so we will relieve a democratic Egypt of up to $1 billion in debt and work with our Egyptian partners to invest these resources to foster growth and entrepreneurship.”

Supported by U.S. funds and election expertise, Muslim Brotherhood candidates won control of the Egyptian presidency and parliament.

During Libya’s “Arab Spring” Obama, without Congressional approval, authorized deployment of U.S. military assets at a total cost of about USD 1 billion.

Ironically, the two Arab nations – in which Obama intervened and invested U.S. taxpayer dollars, Egypt and Libya – were two where uncontrolled Muslim mobs invaded U.S. embassies inflicting great damage to property and, in Libya, four casualties.

The Obama administration continues to blame, and repeatedly denounce, an obscure video that “just happened” to surface 09/11/2012. The administration spent $70,000 of taxpayer money for air time on seven Pakistani television channels to air an ad in which President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced the “anti-Islamic” video they claimed “sparked violent protests in the Middle East and North Africa”.

Yet apologizing for and blaming a video produced in the U.S. – where freedom of speech protects virtually all speech no matter how objectionable – didn’t placate the howling, violent mobs.  Two weeks after 09/11/2012 – aided by his speechwriters and teleprompter – Obama defended U.S. freedom of speech in a UN speech:  “… the strongest weapon against hateful speech is more speech … there is no speech that justifies mindless violence.”

Obama’s defense of U.S. Constitutional freedom of speech was unacceptable to Egyptian President, and Muslim Brotherhood member, Mohammed Morsi.  In his 09/26/2012 UN speech, “in a voice thin with angerMorsi declared: “We will not allow anyone to do this (insult Islamic sanctities) by word or deed.”  Morsi also said: “Egypt respects freedom of expression but not a freedom of expression that targets a specific religion or a specific culture.”

In addition to striking out with President Morsi on U.S. freedom of speech, the administration has been questioned about its claims the Libyan embassy attack and killings were not a premeditated terrorist attack (timed) to occur on 9/11.  The administration circled the wagons against that claim: “16 days after the murder of four Americans in an attack on the Benghazi U.S. mission (because) fears of a near-total lack of security there have kept FBI agents from visiting (the crime scene) and trying to piece together (evidence) from Tripoli, more than 400 miles away.“  Meanwhile, “Defense Secretary Panetta said the government was waiting on the FBI investigation to determine who was responsible.”

Early reports following the 09/11/2012 embassy attacks claimed the administration had no “actionable” intelligence reports of a need for heightened embassy security on the 2012 anniversary of 9/11.  That claim tells more about the lack of capable intelligence gathering than the lack of need for heightened embassy security in Egypt and Libya.

Okay, events aren’t going Obama’s way in Egypt and Libya but he has removed U.S. troops from Iraq and remaining U.S. troops in Afghanistan are due to depart in 2014.  Those are both victories in long-running wars aren’t they?

The “NY Times” reported Sep. 29: “A brazen prison break in Tikrit overnight Thursday appeared to be coordinated by Al Qaeda in Iraq highlighted the deficiencies of Iraq’s security forces, and it raised questions about whether the country’s Sunni insurgency is gaining strength even as some of its militant fighters join the battle against the government in Syria. ”

The “Tribune Company” reported Sep. 28: “The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, Marine Gen. John Allen, is being transferred (but) not forced out; ‘the president wants somebody who can take a fresh look at the effort in Afghanistan and isn’t an architect of the current strategy.’

“There are signs the strain of overseeing the war has worn on the usually taciturn Allen, who in recent days has voiced frustration about the lethal ‘insider’ attacks by Afghan soldiers and police officers that have killed 51 U.S. and coalition troops this year.”

“I’m mad as hell about them, to be honest with you,” he said …”It reverberates everywhere across the United States. You know, we’re willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign, but we’re not willing to be murdered for it.”

The article continues: “But last month still saw nearly 3,000 insurgent attacks. That is down from about 4,000 a month at its worst in 2010, but still up from about 2,000 a month the summer after Obama took office, according to statistics released this week by the International Security and Assistance Force in Kabul, the Afghan capital.”
To summarize:

  • Obama’s intervention and U.S. taxpayer funds failed to protect U.S. assets in Egypt and Libya.  Muslim mobs rioted and demonstrated against the U.S. in many other Middle East and Islamic countries.
  • Iraq’s security forces have serious deficiencies.
  • Allied troops in Afghanistan suffered nearly 3,000 insurgent attacks in August; lethal “insider” attacks by Afghan soldiers and police officers have killed 51 U.S. and coalition troops this year.
  • Obama’s “soft diplomacy”, including sanctions, hasn’t deterred Iran pursuit of nuclear weapons.  However, it has isolated Israel on whom Obama has turned his back.

Yet, mainstream media would award Obama an A+ despite the underwhelming results of his Middle East/Islamic countries policies.  But, due to the highly unfavorable impact of his policies on U.S. national defense and security, Obama deserves a failing grade. On the other hand – in terms of creating a map of the United States of Islam depicted in the movie: “2016: Obama’s America” – Obama’s policies easily earn an A++ .

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