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Fools Rush In Where Statesmen Fear to Tread

June 30th, 2013 - 3:23 pm

On the fourth anniversary of President Barack Obama’s Cairo speech–setting the United States on a course of U.S.-backed Islamist revolutions in the Middle East– it’s clear we’ve come a long way. Yet there has still not been anything close to an agonizing reappraisal of what has been done, said, and thought.

Here is an editorial from the 2011 New York Times:

“We sympathize with the frustration and anger that is drawing tens of thousands of Egyptians into the streets of Cairo and other cities this week, the country’s largest demonstrations in years. Citizens of one of the Arab world’s great nations, they struggle with poverty — 40 percent live on less than $2 a day — rising food prices, unemployment and political repression.”

Where is this sympathy now?

So  let’s see: Is the United States supporting an unpopular dictatorship? Yes. Is it backing a country that is making a mess of development and impoverishing the nation? Yes. A country threatening its neighbors? Oppressing minorities and women? Yes. Are truly pro-democratic people marching in the streets denouncing the United States for selling them out? Yes. Is it a policy for which an American president will apologize in the future? Yes.

And this time it is also on top of all that backing a regime that hates the United States, even as it sends it hundreds of millions in weapons and aid, too!

As one Egyptian Christian tweeted: “I must confess this: One of the most painful moments for us was when we discovered that Official U.S. did not support us but the Islamists.”

I am personally very happy because one of the world’s leading Middle East experts helped me figure out what my task is. He explained: “You say what everyone else sensible thinks.” So be it.

Several friends who work on the Middle East and have good sources of direct information in Congress and the government spontaneously told me that it is striking how clueless the Obama administration officials and the foreign policy bureaucracy are about the Middle East. I think you would be shocked to hear about how little people know no matter which side the officials and experts are on. And I’m talking about people whose job it is to know about the region.

In professional intelligence circles, officers read things that conflict with the official line but most of them are scared about losing their jobs. They know what they are supposed to say. And it isn’t the “I” word in any of its permutations.

But then my friends added an interesting point, in almost identical words: It’s remarkable how America’s enemies fool them and the mass media, too.

How many of those enthusiastically cheering on giving arms to the Free Syrian Army really comprehend that they are going directly to the Muslim Brotherhood? Even though they should know this, they don’t really seem to comprehend who these people are and what this means. (We cannot say it too often: the Muslim Brotherhood are unrepentant Nazi collaborators, among other things.) There are about 300 nationalist officers in Turkey, but all the soldiers in the field pretty much are Brotherhood types (though not necessarily under the Muslim Brotherhood’s direct discipline).

One of my friends recounted how during the Libyan operation, some leading rebels praised Usama bin Ladin and al-Qaida in interviews with Arab newspapers, then the same day were praised as moderates in American ones and portrayed favorably in interviews.

A lot of American reporters in Egypt genuinely like the Muslim Brotherhood and have called them “nice guys” personally. In Lebanon, we’ve seen a similar phenomenon with Hizballah, though there is an edge of fear, too.

More productively, the BBC has suddenly discovered what they and others ignored previously: Prime Minister Erdogan is a very nasty elected dictator. They never seemed to have noticed that Turkey has more reporters in prison than any other country; they never saw and  reported the intense intimidation of the mass media also.

(As an aside, in researching this article  I accidentally discovered for the first time that I had written a book translated into Turkish titled Radikal Islam, which was the first I ever heard of it. Guess this publisher just pirated and translated it. As a friend told me many years go, “You are lucky they left your name on it. ” I’ve been pirated in Iran, Turkey, and Lebanon — which I guess is a good thing, but it would be nice if they told me about it.)

One of the problems is that Americans with influence and power simply seem incapable of comprehending that anyone can be a radical, a militant, an ideological extremist, someone who really believes in religion.

A good example is the ridiculous claim that Iran is now moderate. Read the embarrassing naiveté of Doyle McManus. The cutline for the story is:

It’s hard to know how much of a moderate new President Hassan Rowhani will be, but there are ways the U.S. could help him reach a nuclear accord.’’

Actually, it is not at all hard. Rowhani is a veteran national security official from the main faction of the regime which has now ruled Iran for 34 (!) years. Sure, he’s moderate compared to his predecessor, Ahmadinejad, but that’s not saying much.

The way things are going nowadays, though, perhaps Rowhani will get the Nobel Peace Prize even before he does anything (like some other world leader managed to do).

As a public service, let me give a short list on the next page that will save much time:

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Although not an Islamist per se Obama is definitely a strong Muslim sympathizer with whatever the Islamic world is currently in thrall with, excluding Al Qaeda. He comes to his belief set via the influences he was exposed to in his pre-adult years and his life since suggests that he's incapable of a level of critical thinking that would allow him to change it. He will persist on this path until he's out of office. The nature of his foreign policy with respect to the Middle East strongly suggests that the situation throughout the region will only get worse.
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It's amazing that no one ever seems to realize that Obama had a Muslim father. That in and of itself means nothing but to a Muslim, it means that Obama was a Muslim, no matter how he spins it. Same with Judaism, where being a Jew comes from the mother. So Obama is really a Muslim (regardless of how many times he is corrected by George S on ABC's "This Week") or he is an apostate. Which means he is either lying to the American people which is permitted (You don't "go to hell" for lying in Islam as Christians have been threatened with over the years) as a Muslim or he could be a target for Jihadists. The world is upside down.
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I don't know why it doesn't occur to anybody that this is by design. Obama has supported every regime and regime change that is hostile to the US. He has also gone out of his way to insult and belittle every ally we have.

Seems to me he WANTS this country to be completely isolated and hated.

Oh - and lest we forget - he is flooding us with muslims and illegal marxists.
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Breaking news from Al Ahram:

"BREAKING: Egyptian military gives 48 hour ultimatum to Brotherhood, political forces

"The armed forces are giving all political forces 48 hours as a last chance to solve the ongoing problems, or else the armed forces will have to announce a new roadmap for the future, and will enforce certain measures with the help of all factions including the youth, without excluding anyone."
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Yes, Obama is impervious to facts or evidence. He cannot be dissuaded. He loves the Muslim Brotherhood. It's like a religious fervor. Ditto for his embrace of "Global climate change". Being religiously infatuated with such ideologies (incapable of critical thinking), I (in the past) associated with non-Westerners or (more broadly) the ignorant, the superstitious, and the uneducated. Guess this disease is now manifesting itself in the White House and the Havard "educated" (something I never thought possible). Welcome to the brave new world.
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Under Obama administration there are the Arabists influencing (Brennan )-the Irish -IRA (Powers)- the say nothings to keep their employment and benefits. Tell Vladimir- Obama is at heart a community organizer- big spender on others' money. Your articles about ME are always factual and there is an understanding of history and undercurrents fluctuating in different Arab majority countries. Lets take Maisie's counterparts i.e. Egypt. In Pharaohs' time the felines had a great influence (archeological digs supporting this statement). To get an understanding of 'Islam' roots- which are based on oral history (person telling another person about Christianity- Judaism) varying re: comprehension- adding etc. and Persian Fairy Tales. Why American literati are so enamoured with MB all over - is the enigma I'd like to find. MB was the fedeyiin around State of Israel raiding/murdering/butchering innocents over the border 'sorties'. RE: Syria rebels- at least free media in Europe is reporting how many 'refugees' from prior era are seeing their sons going to Syria- lured by Imams and $$$ for one-way ticket (Qatar,Saudis) to take part in jihad-the youtube videos of utter butchery of Syrian soldiers who had surrendered- the beheadings of Christian priests- even the red line Chemical Weapons. No wonder then that NSA in Berlin is using Teufelsberg.
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It just occurred to me that while Obama has been saying we could make the world safer by eliminating nuclear weapons, a better strategy for making a safer world would be to work for an Islam free world.
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I read in Daily Telegraph that on June 23 , Syrian rebels breached a monastery, grabbed the Catholic priest Francois Murad and beheaded him before cheering crowds. These are the people Obama ( and Cameron ) are supporting. Also, where is the MSM here ? Where is the news coverage ?
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It is impossible to aptly describe the maelstrom brewing, particularly with Obama Inc's busybodies shuttling to and fro from Jerusalem to Ramallah, unless they peer through a Palestinian intelligence officer's binoculars! - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/06/27/the-two-state-solution-peering-through-the-binoculars-of-a-palestinian-intelligence-officer-embedded-pictorials-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Mind you, the same dangers lurk inside the entire Mid East, but the Pyromaniac-in-Chief understood - via the coaching from his surrogates - Samantha Powers and Valerie Jarrett in the forefront - where the the fires lie. None of the current chaos is happenstance. None of it. Ordering Mubarak, GO NOW, was their opening shot. Benghazigate followed and so on....rearranging the decks in favor of the Brotherhood Mafia!

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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"What the heck is the U.S. line on Egypt? To support the elected repressive, anti-American, anti-Christian, antisemitic, anti-woman, anti-gay regime which cannot even decide on taking billions of dollars from international banks which would never be paid back?"
That's an easy one! The U.S. line is that of the Muslim Brotherhood line as per Obama's MB advisers with whom he is now joined 100%.
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Although not an Islamist per se Obama is definitely a strong Muslim sympathizer with whatever the Islamic world is currently in thrall with, excluding Al Qaeda. He comes to his belief set via the influences he was exposed to in his pre-adult years and his life since suggests that he's incapable of a level of critical thinking that would allow him to change it. He will persist on this path until he's out of office. The nature of his foreign policy with respect to the Middle East strongly suggests that the situation throughout the region will only get worse.
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The M E Arab nations Mr. Rubin mentioned being, '..is very disunited, very disorganized..' - What else would we expect from the aforementioned nonproductive, fundamentalist, voluntarily devolving peoples the last 1200+ years!?

As for the Uhbama administration - Teleprompter Jesus is STILL referring to his mulatto/bi-racial self as, 'African-American'. The guy continues to believe and espouse the most simplest fiction pertaining to him!

It's all unbelievably sickening and quite sad.

Any who, Happy Canada Day.
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The opposition "...is very disunited, very disorganized" and composed of people very unlike those of us in Western society, which means we can't rationally expect an outcome remotely resembling a Western style democracy.

Still, the "experts" cling to the absurd fantasy that a democracy acceptable to American liberals can emerge from this wasteland.

There is hardly anyone who has not heard SunTzu"s advice.

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself,you will succumb in every battle”

The clueless buffoons in this administration insist on knowing neither the enemy or ourselves, heck, they can't even bring themselves to name the enemy -- Islam. As for knowing ourselves? Obama's mission to show the world that America sucks is not a very effective way to promote our interests.

It doesn't look good.
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The bureaucrats may be clueless functionaries concerned about career preservation. The President is emotionally and practically tied to Islam and the MB, among other manifestations. He made it clear again in South Africa when he termed Islam one of the world's greatest religions. Your knowledge is vast, Barry, but you don't make the leap into acknowledging what Obama actually believes, and how it makes his policies more than clueless bumbling.
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