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September 29th, 2013 - 8:42 pm

The failure of Islamic culture to cope with the modern world also ensures that it will be an elixir in the Middle East for perceived global unfairness. For hundreds of millions who are quite reluctant to change their views about women, other religions, tribal affinities, free expression, and consensual government, it is far easier to blame the logical consequences of their material backwardness on others — most likely Jews, Westerners, and less observant Muslims. The mystery is not that they believe such things, but that we do not believe that they do. When Dr. Zawahiri cites “climate change” as one of the sparks that set him off, I think we have entered the realm of lunacy.

c) Obama believes that something the Bush administration concretely did might have provoked Muslims and explains the present tensions. If a transgression sparked violence, then a non-transgression will prevent it. If we could only close Guantanamo, get out of Iraq, promise to withdraw from Afghanistan, lead meekly from behind in Libya, or stop renditions, then again peace would follow and terrorism would wane. Obama has little concept that terrorists strike when they feel they can, but are more likely not to when they feel they can’t — or that they can hate us for reasons that transcend what Americans do on any given day.  While their hatred, fed by envy, feelings of inadequacy, and appeasement, cannot be moderated by euphemism, the expression of it certainly can be by hard pressure on their sponsors — the very tactic that Obama has derided, as he has sought normalization with Iran, Syria, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Hamas.

d) In the multicultural world of our elites, religious expression and the landscape in which it occurs, like everything else, is a sort of buffet. People take what they want, each according to his taste, no one selection any better or worse than any other. Islam is no different from Buddhism and Christianity, which have had their own zealots and mass-murderers. Islamists grasp the ramifications of this relativism far better than we do, and expect latitude from the West that they would never grant to non-Westerners. Apparently killing a cartoonist can shut down a Western society’s free expression quite quickly. And blowing up a church in an Islamic country is not at odds with demanding subsidies to build a mosque in Europe.

These multicultural doctrines are not subject to empirical data. An epidemic of Muslim terrorism can be ignored when we find isolated examples of Christian intolerance. We can call such relativism moral equivalence and cultural relativism, with a strong dose of utopian pacifism. But the end result is that Western elites have no concept that their culture, religious heritage, or contemporary values have made them in any way exceptional. Apple is in Silicon Valley and not Islamabad: no doubt the legacy of colonialism. Millions seek to reach the U.S.; none wait in line to go to Egypt or Algeria: no doubt imperialism still at work. There is no Princeton or MIT in Syria: again racism or class oppression.

If our elites quoted above are unsure about themselves, why would they not be unsure about their enemies as well?

In terms of their amoral cost-benefit analysis, a few may die, hopefully abroad, on the altar of multicultural piety, so that millions more might live in ecumenical harmony.

The tragic truth is just the opposite: thousands will die on the altar of multicultural piety, so that millions more will not live in any sort of harmony.

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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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