The Day America Lost the War?

January 28, 2009

As I noted a couple of days ago, Mr. Obama made his first interview as president with Al-Arabiya. I implied that this shows cowardice on the part of Mr. Obama, granting that yearned for first interview with a supposedly pro-American Middle Eastern station instead of somewhere that he would be challenged by the people he has yet to win over here. You know, talk to Rush or somebody like that. I guess he was expecting a fluff interview over there.

I guess I was wrong about that.

I did not get a chance to see the interview (I did read the transcript linked below), but Mr. Shapiro did. And the interview is very telling in another way. Obama has little desire to defend us from the Mohammedans who wish to crush America (and the rest of the West) under the Sharia Law foot; he would rather appease them like a modern-day Chamberlain pleading with the tyrants of the world to be satisfied with modern day Czechoslovakia ( letting them annihilate Israel, prosecuting critics of Mohammedanism as purveyors of hate speech, et cetera). And, at risk of losing the argument by “bringing out the Hitler“, we all saw how that worked out…

A look at the snippets Mr. Shaprio pulled suggests Obama views the solution to Mohammedan terror is compromise on our part and not compromise on theirs:

“[All] too often the United States starts by dictating. So let’s listen.”

“[The] language we use matters. And what we need to understand is, is that there are extremist organizations — whether Muslim or any other faith in the past — that will use faith as a justification for violence. We cannot paint with a broad brush a faith as a consequence of the violence that is done in that faith’s name.”

“And my job is to communicate to the American people that the Muslim world is filled with extraordinary people who simply want to live their lives and see their children live better lives.”

Not to belabor the point Mr. Shapiro has made, but notice that Obama says we need to listen, we need use inoffensive language, we need to see the part of the world that ferments Mohammedan terror as “just like us”. There is a minor call for Mohammedans to listen, to stop calling us “The Great Satan”, to see the West as decent, hard-working folks (in the parallel line “My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy”); but the big thrust of it is that the whole terrorism thing is America’s fault.

No, we are just to think of the war on terror like the Rosie O’Donnell parody from American Carol. If I had the “documentary” the Rosie character made, I’d insert it here.

I’m not going to go so far as to say that we have lost. We did not lose the Cold War because Jimmy Carter was president for 4 years of it. We probably can endure 4 years of Obama undermining the current war, too; but it is unsettling to think that Obama is going forward with this kind of mindset.

Transcript and Al-Arabiya Article here.


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