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September 29th, 2013 - 8:42 pm

What drives such nonsense? I call it nonsense, since U.S. popularity is no higher in the Middle East than it was under George Bush. Violence is greater. Christian cleansing is far more prevalent. Iran is closer to the bomb. Bashar Assad never before had so embarrassed a U.S. president. Israel is never more isolated. The Arab Spring is a disaster. Coups, revolutions, mass killings, chaos, and upheaval are the veneer of greater poverty and misery on the Arab Street. There is no such thing anymore as Middle East tourism. U.S. prestige is at an all-time low. The idea that Assad might surrender his WMD in the manner that a terrified Gaddafi did is absurd. Putin, not an American president, exercises the most influence in the Middle East.

a) Obama and his subordinates see most of the tension between the Middle East and United State not as existential, but of recent origin and attributable mostly to one-dimensional American leadership that under Bush heretofore had lacked his own sophistication on matters Islamic. To paraphrase the al Arabiya interview, Obama’s own name, his racial heritage, his father’s Muslim lineage, and his own prior residence in Muslim Indonesia would all ensure that he could communicate and coax Muslims on our collective behalf, at least in a way that evangelical Christians like George W. Bush could hardly imagine.

In other words, most of the past violence was preventable had we listened to the advice listed above, and adjusted our ideas about jihad, the Muslim Brotherhood, and terrorism — or used NASA for its proper larger purpose.  I suppose the Iranians believe likewise in the power of an iconic president, and so they are now trying to send us a smiling imam, who is said to know the West and speak English, and writes us a letter with every T-ball platitude imaginable. Presto, we will change our opinion of the Iranians because of Rouhani in the way they must like us because of Barack Hussein Obama?

b) Obama also looks to particular pretexts for Muslim outrage and in that sense considers them somewhat legitimate. “Terrorism” can be a hurtful word, and to such an extent that it might force otherwise moderate Muslims to resort to it. Would-be terrorists might listen to the Cairo speech or the NASA director and suddenly drop their violent tendencies, snap out of their jihadist personal journeys, and appreciate commonalities with the West and Christians heretofore forgotten or unknown. Just as Barack Obama once wowed his Harvard Law dean, so too imams and ayatollahs will react to his mellifluous outreach, in the way we too are charmed by the smoother, smiling president Rouhani.

Self-reflection to the point of self-condemnation is a common trait among American liberal leadership. If the Israelis would just vacate Sinai, peace might follow. If they withdrew from Lebanon, moderates might respond. If they gave back Gaza, a settlement would be ensured. If we could just solve the “Palestinian question,” then Arabs would like us, and violence from Cairo to Damascus would subside. Few Americans grasp that there will be no peace with Israel unless either Israel is destroyed or its Arab neighbors accept consensual government and simply no longer tolerate tribalism, religious fundamentalism, gender apartheid, or anti-Semitism — a hope that may well be a century away.

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Dr. Hanson, while I applaud your appeal to reason in attempting to explain Obama's actions, I think Occam's Razor applies.

Rather than link his actions to fuzzy-headed leftwingfascist attitudes of appeasement and political correctness, I think it's more instructive to look at who he really is (it was, after all, a Spartan king who noted it was just as important to establish the character of a public speaker as it was to note what he says): He's a demagogue with no experience in foreign policy; he's the product of a broken home; his mother and father were avowed Marxists; and he's associated with self-identified radicals and racists his entire life.

Why is anyone surprised that he loves Islamofascism and hates classical Western Liberalism?
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The truth is that the lefties hate white people who are not guilt-ridden and self-loathing. They especially hate white people who are not guilt-ridden and self-loathing who are Christians.
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Diana West: "There is more at work here than a foundationally flawed strategy. In its drive to win Islamic hearts and minds, COIN doctrine has become an engine of Islamization inside the U.S. military. To win a Muslim population's "trust," U.S. troops are taught deference to Islam -- to revere the Quran; not to spit [or pee] toward Mecca (thousands of miles away); and to condone such un- or anti-Western practices as religious supremacism, misogyny, polygamy, pederasty and cruelty to dogs. Our military has even permitted Islamic law to trump the First Amendment to further COIN goals, as when ISAF commander Petraeus publicly condemned an American citizen for exercising his lawful right to freedom of speech to burn a Quran.

This explains why the reports that CIA director David Petraeus went before the House Intelligence Committee in September and blamed a YouTube Muhammad video for the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, sounded so familiar. Whatever his motivation, it was all too easy for Petraeus to make free speech the scapegoat for Islamic violence. But so it goes in COIN-world, where jihad and Shariah (Islamic law) are off the table and the First Amendment is always to blame. If there is a lesson here, it is simple: A leader who will betray the First Amendment will betray anything."
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Republican popularity will continue to go down if so called expetrs like DrHansen misleads the troops/tea partyers.

It is true Obama was against the raising of the debt ceiling when he was a senator. However, then, there was no threat of a debt ceiling being not raised.

BTW it was Gingrich who decoupled debt ceiling and budget authorization process - a total stupid destructive process. The financing of the budget should be a part of the budget process.

This shut down is different from all other previous shutdowns. All the previous shut downs were on budget amounts; not eliminating a legislation on the books.

iF PEOPLE LIKE dR hANSEN ARE TRUTHFUL, it will be a bit easier to attract young people to the party.
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Also Hansen made one mistake, forgiven of course: Clapper is still the DNI.
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What irks me the most is that we have SUPPOSED intelligent and INDEPENDENT [former] military & State Dept folks who are willing to lie through their teeth in support of a worthless administration.
I put Brennan, Clapper, Bolden, & Casey in those categories! Shame on them!
Further, who is advising them before they open their mouths?
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This BS has been going on a long time. Jefferson was our only President to study the Koran and related writings(Hadith and Surah) and knew that the only way to stop the Islam pirates from attacking, killing and holding for ransom our sailors was to meet force with force. Our proud Marine Force was founded by him and they were the first to 'kick some butt' in Tripoli. They are nicknamed 'Leather Necks' for the leather collars they wore while attacking the pirates and the army of the Sultan of Tripoli to keep the swords from their necks. Since 640AD, Muslims have followed the word of their alleged 'prophet' to subjugate ALL other religions in the name of their moon god allah and will continue to do so until stopped by a people willing to confront the truth of the teachings of Islam.

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Actually, apparently John Quincy Adams, our 6th president also knew a thing or two about them. Check out the following rather damning passages unveiling the "real" Islam.

http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Quotations_on_Islam_from_Notable_Non-Muslims#John_Quincy_Adams

Same thing also at:

http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=7&article=1142

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In the end, denying we have a problem with those who have declared, and practice, war against us is abysmally stupid. Enter Obama, stage left....
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Almost, or hell, maybe all of these jibes at Obama &c have a lot of truth to them, but maybe VDH should mention that the Islamists are killing fellow Islamists at a far greater rate than they are offing Christians or westerners. He could still make the case for them being bloodthirsty loons, but it wouldn't seem quite so politically/culturally driven. One can argue that GWB and VDH (as an advisor) set off Arab Spring with all the concomitant weirdness when they decided to make Iraq safe for democracy. They spun the roulette wheel, and where it stops, nobody knows. GWB did not really know what he was doing; Obama does not really know what he is doing.
VDH is pointing out how messed up the liberals are. I can't argue with that, but it is not as if we have a non-messed-up alternative. What do I know, but it seems to me that waiting and NOT unilaterally bombing Assad's Syria is probably better than than whacking him a few times. Nothing has been, or will be, tidy about any of this mess, but VDH's jibes against the new Iranian nice-talker, lose some of their power when we remember how much opprobrium was heaped upon the previous guy for being a potty mouth. Let me get this straight, we blame the Iranians when they are holocaustian potty-mouths, AND we blame them when they are NOT?

C'mon, VDH, lay it on the line here, should we stop listening to their deceit and BOMB THEM RIGHT NOW? Is jaw, jaw, better than war, war...or not? It all depends, I know, but I'm not comfortable with Ted Cruz making these kinds of decisions.
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Dear Leader, while announcing his "outreach" to Iran, reminded us that the Supreme Leader issued a fatwah against the use of nuclear weapons.
Now you all are supposed to feel more secure! OK?
Michael Savage was correct" "Liberalism IS a mental disorder!"
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Yeah, Dear Leader says there is a fatwa, now, would someone tell the Supreme Leader? Read around, it seems he is denying it and nobody can find any record of it.
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Dr. Hanson, while I applaud your appeal to reason in attempting to explain Obama's actions, I think Occam's Razor applies.

Rather than link his actions to fuzzy-headed leftwingfascist attitudes of appeasement and political correctness, I think it's more instructive to look at who he really is (it was, after all, a Spartan king who noted it was just as important to establish the character of a public speaker as it was to note what he says): He's a demagogue with no experience in foreign policy; he's the product of a broken home; his mother and father were avowed Marxists; and he's associated with self-identified radicals and racists his entire life.

Why is anyone surprised that he loves Islamofascism and hates classical Western Liberalism?
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