Friday, September 28, 2012

Obama Peddles Comforting Lies at the UN, Reveals Delusional Thinking

Mike L.

{Originally published at the Times of Israel.}

It's hard to know if in Barack Obama's speech to the UN today whether he was lying only to his audience or whether he was lying to himself, as well. Unlike some people, I do not assume malice on the part of this president. When Obama helped usher the Muslim Brotherhood into power in Egypt, or as he allows the Iranian regime to gain nuclear weaponry, I do not think that he does so out of some malicious intention to see radical Islam thrive throughout the region. Rather, Obama's behavior is based on an ideology that he learned from people like Edward Said and Rashid Khalidi. He is a progressive (pretending to be liberal) president who believes that the US, much like Israel, is, and has been, a racist, imperialist, colonialist, militaristic country. America, therefore, must look deeply into its own soul in order to confront, and expunge, the poisonous and violent tendencies of the past.

It is for this reason that Obama refuses to acknowledge radical Islam, continues to believe that the misnamed "Arab Spring" was about democracy, and draws a moral equivalence between the Jews of the Middle East and those who have sworn to murder them if it is the very last thing that they ever do. What the speech thus reveals more than anything else is Obama's delusional thinking on foreign policy and his chronic dishonesty on the problem of Iran.

Obama said:
It has been less than two years since a vendor in Tunisia set himself on fire to protest the oppressive corruption in his country, and sparked what became known as the Arab Spring. Since then, the world has been captivated by the transformation that has taken place, and the United States has supported the forces of change.
And that's precisely the problem. The United States did, in fact, support the forces of "change," despite the fact that this change consists of a transition from military dictatorships to theocratic dictatorships grounded in Sharia and that must, of ideological necessity, oppress women, threaten Jews and non-Muslims, and murder Gay people outright.

Obama said:
We insisted on change in Egypt, because our support for democracy put us on the side of the people.
The problem here, of course, is that we are not supporting democracy in Egypt, but rather the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. The Brotherhood is not an organization devoted to democracy. Quite the contrary, in fact. The Brotherood is devoted to al-Sharia and is the parent organization of both Hamas and al-Qaeda. In this way Barack Obama reveals the fundamental contradiction at the very core of his thinking on foreign policy. He tells the American people that al-Qaeda is the enemy, yet he embraces the parent organization of the very terrorist group he claims to oppose. Such a policy is logically incoherent, blatantly contradictory, and reveals the cognitive dissonance within a squirming mind. One cannot support the Brotherhood while opposing al-Qaeda because the latter derives from the former and shares the same ideology of oppression.

Obama said:
More broadly, the events of the last two weeks speak to the need for all of us to address honestly the tensions between the West and an Arab World moving to democracy.
This is quite true, but it is also precisely what he is not doing. Obama is not honestly addressing the tensions between the West and the Arab world. If Obama was honestly addressing that tension he would acknowledge the rise of political Islam throughout the Muslim Middle East. Like most progressives (pretending to be liberals) he plays ostrich on this issue. Country after country throughout that part of the world has fallen to the Sharia. The rise of political Islam is the single most significant geo-political development since the fall of the Soviet Union and it has nothing to do with democracy beyond using the vote to gain power. One man. One vote. One time. That Obama continues to believe that the "Arab Spring" was about democracy shows us that he has learned nothing. It shows us the amazing depths of the man's self-delusion. He looks across the Arab world and sees the riots and the rapes and the murders and the mayhem that collectively make up the "Arab Spring" and he tells us that this is about democracy.

It isn't.

Obama said:
The future must not belong to those who target Coptic Christians in Egypt – it must be claimed by those in Tahrir Square who chanted “Muslims, Christians, we are one.” The future must not belong to those who bully women – it must be shaped by girls who go to school, and those who stand for a world where our daughters can live their dreams just like our sons.
Here again we see the essential contradiction at the very heart of Obama foreign policy. If the future must not belong to those who target Coptic Christians in Egypt, how is it that the Obama administration supports an organization that targets Coptic Christians in Egypt?  If the future must not belong to those who bully women, how is it that the Obama administration supports an organization that bullies women?  At its essence Sharia is hostile toward non Muslims and entirely misogynistic.  So, is Obama lying only to us or is he lying to himself, as well?

Obama said:
Among Israelis and Palestinians, the future must not belong to those who turn their backs on the prospect of peace. Let us leave behind those who thrive on conflict, and those who reject the right of Israel to exist. The road is hard but the destination is clear – a secure, Jewish state of Israel; and an independent, prosperous Palestine. Understanding that such a peace must come through a just agreement between the parties, America will walk alongside all who are prepared to make that journey.
Well, those are mighty fine words coming from the guy who wrecked the peace process to begin with. Furthermore, of course, the United States under Barack Obama is not walking alongside anyone when it comes to the long Arab war against the Jews. Instead, he pushed Israel to make unilateral concessions while requiring nothing whatsoever from the Palestinians. His one-sided, anti-Israel approach inclined the Palestinians to walk away from the table because they had no reason to negotiate with Israel while the US was pushing Israel to make concessions. By demanding "total settlement freeze" Obama made it so that dictator Abbas could require nothing less because he could not afford to look softer on Israel than the American president.

Finally, we get this:
the United States will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
This is just false.

No one who has honestly watched this president do everything in his power to prevent Israel from protecting itself from a soon-to-be nuclear Iran could possibly believe that he is actually going to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weaponry. All the evidence suggests that Obama is doing next to nothing to prevent Iranian nukes. The IAEA recently reported that the Iranian nuclear project is advancing at a rapid clip. Obama is not preventing Iranian nukes, but buying Iran the time it needs to complete those nukes.

If Barack Obama believes what he says above then he is delusional and if he doesn't then he is a liar.

I thinks that he's delusional. I think that he suffers from ideological blinkertude, but you will draw your own conclusions.

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