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Guess Who Hates Us Even More Now Than When Bush Was President?

The French? Well, they might, but no, that’s not who I mean. The British? Well, most likely, especially they way Obama has dissed them (like sending back the bust of Churchill, and that is the mere tip of the iceberg)?

Nope. The Arab World. Yep, that’s right, even after Obama’s bowing and scraping to them, whether it was to Saudi King Abdullah, or the Egyptians after his Cairo speech. Yes, we have lost even more standing in the world now. (Photo found at Atlas Shrugs.)

Indeed, despite Obama’s numerous overtures to the Arab world, seems they aren’t too happy with us. Glenn Greenwald had this article in Salon, US More Unpopular In Arab World Than Under Bush:

I’ve written numerous times over the last year about rapidly worsening perceptions of the U.S. in the Muslim world, including a Pew poll from April finding that Egyptians view the U.S. more unfavorably now than they did during the Bush presidency. A new poll released today of six Arab nations — Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco — contains even worse news on this front:
The hope that the Arab world had not long ago put in the United States and President Obama has all but evaporated.

Two and a half years after Obama came to office, raising expectations for change among many in the Arab world, favorable ratings of the United States have plummeted in the Middle East, according to a new poll conducted by Zogby International for the Arab American Institute Foundation.

In most countries surveyed, favorable attitudes toward the United States dropped to levels lower than they were during the last year of the Bush administration . . . Pollsters began their work shortly after a major speech Obama gave on the Middle East . . . Fewer than 10 percent of respondents described themselves as having a favorable view of Obama.

What’s striking is that none of these is among the growing list of countries we’re occupying and bombing. Indeed, several are considered among the more moderate and U.S.-friendly nations in that region, at least relatively speaking. Yet even in this group of nations, anti-U.S. sentiment is at dangerously (even unprecedentedly) high levels.

Yikes. That is not good. If we were talking Libya, or Iran, this would not be surprising news. But that some of the ones who think less of us now among our friendlier nations is disturbing on a number of levels.

Greenwald continues:

In one sense, this is hardly surprising, given the escalating violence and bombing the U.S. is bringing to that region, its ongoing fealty to Israel, and the dead-ender support the American government gave to that region’s besieged dictators. Though unsurprising, it’s still remarkable. After all, one of the central promises of an Obama presidency was a re-making of America in the eyes of that part of the world, but the opposite is taking place.

More significantly, as democracy slowly but inexorably takes hold, consider the type of leaders that will be elected in light of this pervasive anti-American hostility. When the U.S. propped up dictators to suppress those populations, public opinion was irrelevant; now that that scheme is collapsing, public opinion will become far more consequential, and it does not bode well either for U.S. interests (as defined by the American government) or the U.S.’s ability to extract itself from its posture of Endless War in that region. Given that it is anti-American sentiment that, more than anything else, fuels Terrorism (as the Pentagon itself has long acknowledged), we yet again find the obvious truth: the very policies justified in the name of combating Terrorism are the same ones that do the most to sustain and perpetuate it.

That is precisely the issue, as we have seen in Egypt already. All of the jubilation that this small band of people were able to stage a coup (still don’t know how that happened), and that democracy was coming to Egypt, downplayed the possibility that the Muslim Brotherhood was going to be a big part of the new government. Guess what, they are. And now, our esteemed Secretary of State would welcome dialogue with this group:

“We believe, given the changing political landscape in Egypt, that it is in the interests of the United States to engage with all parties that are peaceful and committed to nonviolence, that intend to compete for the parliament and the presidency,” she told reporters in Budapest, Hungary. “And we welcome, therefore, dialogue with those Muslim Brotherhood members who wish to talk with us.” [snip]

Um, the Muslim Brotherhood has waged jihad against the United State, which spawned Hamas`, which works to impose the law of the Quran (that would be Sharia Law), and which treats women as worse than shit. To characterize it as a “committed to nonviolence” is laughable on its face. And now we are giving it legitimacy. Great job, everyone. Wow.

Believe it or not, there is more:

UPDATE: The full report on the new Middle East poll highlights several other additional striking findings:

In five out of the six countries surveyed, the U.S. was viewed less favorably than Turkey, China, France — or Iran. Far from seeing the U.S. as a leader in the post-Arab Spring environment, the countries surveyed viewed “U.S. interference in the Arab world” as the greatest obstacle to peace and stability in the Middle East, second only to the continued Palestinian occupation. . . . President Obama’s favorable ratings across the Arab world are 10% or less.

While Americans are continuously inculcated with the message that Iran is the greatest threat to that region, the people who actually live there view the U.S. in that light. And as the above-referenced links to other polls demonstrate, that is a routine finding in surveys of Arab and Muslim opinion in that part of the world.[snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

Good grief. You know it is bad when Iran is thought of more highly than the United States. That just boggles the mind, doesn’t it?

Two and a half years after the president who has alienated Israel, our ally; threw former ally Mubarak under the bus; and literally bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, the United States has lost standing with Arab Nations. I admit, I did not see this one coming. How about you?

  • Anonymous

    Taxi-injury-compensation
     A very strong person has saying I only hate three things, bureaucrats, sticky labels and fanatics.’ We in South Africa have an abundance of all three and unfortunately they do lead one to harbour a feeling of distaste and bitterness. The above article is somewhat mischievous in that it only reports on what the Arch had to say about ‘Whites’ and also tends to play down the fact that the  Blacks were subjugated to suite the needs of the white European Businesses as a cheap labour force.

  • Anonymous

    YYYZZ, you have taken what I have written COMPLETELY out of context, assigning an attitude I do not possess. For instance, your claim abt my Lara Logan pieces – that was abt MISOGYNY, which you clearly missed.
     
    I don’t know what your problem is, but it is clearly your problem. You are seeing affronts where there are none, and I am not wasting any more time trying to engage with someone who is completely incapable if reading comprehension.

    And one last time, in case this can filter in at some point – acknowledging what groups do in the name of religion is NOT the same as having an issue with that religion.

    Here’s what I DO know – anyone who wants to comment at NQ MUST use a legitimate email address. Refusal to do so is automatic grounds for banning, regardless of their stand. Though it seems the only people who do so do so to write this kind of harassing drivel/ad hominem attacks. Enough.

  • Anonymous

    YYYZZ, you have taken what I have written COMPLETELY out of context, assigning an attitude I do not possess. For instance, your claim abt my Lara Logan pieces – that was abt MISOGYNY, which you clearly missed.
     
    I don’t know what your problem is, but it is clearly your problem. You are seeing affronts where there are none, and I am not wasting any more time trying to engage with someone who is completely incapable if reading comprehension.

    And one last time, in case this can filter in at some point – acknowledging what groups do in the name of religion is NOT the same as having an issue with that religion.

    Here’s what I DO know – anyone who wants to comment at NQ MUST use a legitimate email address. Refusal to do so is automatic grounds for banning, regardless of their stand. Though it seems the only people who do so do so to write this kind of harassing drivel/ad hominem attacks. Enough.

  • Anonymous

    Amy,

    Given your hatred of Muslims (you never miss an opportunity to bash them), this must be music to your ears that muslims supposively hate us even more? You should be thinking that we must be doing something right?

    “…this is hardly surprising, given the escalating violence and bombing the U.S. is bringing to that region, its ongoing fealty to Israel, and the dead-ender support the American government gave to that region’s besieged dictators.”

    • Anonymous

      Wow – talk abt being completely wrong. I do not hate Muslims, nor do I “bash” them. Calling attention to Islamist organizations that wish to do us harm is not “bashing.” Ignoring serious threats by groups like this is sheer folly. And defending them out of a sense of “political correctness” is absurd.

      You do understand, do you not, that the quote you stated is by Glenn Greenwald of Salon?  Just checking…

      • YYYZZ

        There is no one on NQ that has more consistently bashed and trashed the Islamic religion and muslims more than you have. You have continueously stereotyped, shown great bias, over simplified and generalized over 1.5 billion people. No one has taken a hatchet to one of the great and most diversified religions of the world more often than you have, other than your many ignorant readers.

        Yes, I read Greenwald all the time. He is very far away from your thinking. You actually think keeping someone in power like a Mubarak is a good thing.

        By the way the Saudis Royal family is more pissed with Obama than anyone in the Arab world because he did not back your boy Mubarak, so I am not sure what that “bow” you say Obama did means?

        I think you have got it backward. Many in the Arab world hate Americans more because we were not more forceful in trying to get the dictators out, whether that was in Egypt, Bahrain, Syria or Saudi Arabia. They also hate America for our continuing and non-stop support of Israel and its hardline right-wing government.

        Comments from Zogby himself on the poll you quote:

        Zogby said that he was surprised that favorable attitudes toward the United States had actually dropped to levels below where they were in 2008. By the same token, he said, Obama has been burdened by the fact that “every one of the issues that he’s inherited has been more difficult than he or anyone else expected.”

        Obama, for instance, has had to make difficult decisions on Iraq and on Afghanistan, and try to set down new markers for progress among Israelis and Palestinians.

        “He didn’t get a magic wand when he took the oath office,” Zogby said. “They handed him a shovel to get out of a deep hole.”

        • Anonymous

          YYZZ—Senator Obama was the chair of the sub-committee overseeing Afghanistan—-He never called ONE meeting of his committee. Hello!!
          Your unkind remarks to Rev. Amy are not appreciated, but are certainly expected.
          Oh yeah, almost forgot to say: You suck.

        • Anonymous

          Please show me ONE instance in which I have “taken a hatchet” to ISLAM. Or “bashed” it.

          There is a big difference between Islamist organizations and Islam in general. Perhaps you could educate yourself a bit before launching unsubstantiated attacks on someone. Just a thought.

          And just for the record, I have always been very clear that I have no issues with Islam at all. But I do have problems with Islamic orgs that wish to do us harm. Ever heard of Al Qaeda? Or are we not supposed to say anything you perceive as negative abt them, or the Taliban, or the Muslim Brotherhood?

          The ad hominem tone you take weakens your argument, but thanks for playing.

          • YYYZZ

            “Perhaps you could educate yourself a bit before launching unsubstantiated attacks on someone.”

            This is a rich comment coming from you. This is all you do on NQ with your very narrow views and not well thought out or sourced postings. 90% of the time you just regurgitate far-right commentary that is nothing but unsubstantiated attacks.

            I have read a great many of your posts over the years. I can tell you that your thoughts are 100% trashing Muslims and Islam, whether it was your comments on the Islamic Community center near ground zero, your comments on Egypt or with regard to the treatment of women, etc. You even went so far as to suggest Qatar was no place for a World Cup Soccer Tournment.

            You constantly generalize, you oversimplify and you display outright bigotry. You have continually generalized and basically infered that all muslims treat women “like shit” and that they are basically terrorists. You have created a climate and environment of muslim hate on NQ. The level of vitriol toward muslims by your readers in their comments on this site is unbelieveable. Have you ever banned a reader or erased their posts for their extreme bigoted comments toward muslims on here? You seem to have no problem banning anyone on NQ who actually stands up to you and NQ’s nonsense with actual intelligent discussion. Have you or anyone else ever written anything positive about the muslim religion or muslims on this website? You even go so far as to discount the “Arab Spring” whenever you can. Ridiculous.

            • Anonymous

              Good grief. Your characterizations are completely off the mark. But so much easier for you to get on your high horse, make erroneous assertions, allegations that are blatantly false (not ONE EXAMPLE did you give of ANYTHING I have ever written).

              These kinds of attacks, with no basis in fact, are nothing but casting aspersions. As I said, these ad hominems are unacceptable.

              That you are willing to attack someone with no basis says far more abt you than me. I feel sorry for you that you feel the need to try and smear someone with nothing more than your twisted version of my work.

              Btw, the Imam at the university where I worked attended my ordination as a result of my relationship with him, and the Muslim students. I have nothing but respect for Islam. That said, I will not tolerate organizations that target the United States because of their version of their religion. There is a difference. Again, educate yourself.

            • YYYZZ

              As per you reply below, if that Iman and those muslim students only knew the kind of crap you write about the muslims on this website and the reactions you get from your bigoted fans on here I am sure they would not be thinking too highly of you. Why don’t you give me the email of that Iman and I will send him a link to this website and then lets see how he feels about you.

              Here are a couple examples of a the flood of anti-muslim comments by you on NQ:

              You complained about Obama mentioning a muslim holiday here:

              http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2011/04/28/happy-hajj-everybody/

              In your comments in the comment section in that post you take things further. That is a pattern with you. You hold back what you really think in your original posts, but then you tell us what you really think in the comment sections as you agree with the lunatic fringe comments and expand on your bigotry.

              You continually infer that Obama is a muslim, as if even if that were true there is something wrong with that.

              Your post on the Pakisani riots after bible burning, particularly in the comments section is full of my are muslims doing these extreme things. No only a few muslims are doing this extreme things. That entire post comes off as pretty anti-muslim. By the way there has been plenty of police officers killed in the U.S. in the last three years by far right christian extremists. Where is the outrage? There was even a taxi driver in NYC that was knifed for being a muslim over the Islamic site to be built near ground zero. You cannot focus just on isolated incidents, which is what you always do. You are building up nothing but a oneside hate Muslims or Muslim fear-mongering world.

              You and NQ use a tried an true method to paint the bigoted picture you want. You only focus on the few extreme incidents on just about all the topics you cover and try and make it seem like that is the norm.

              Lara Logan gets attacked and you believe it is religious motivated or blame muslims. No it was a bunch of idiots in a third world country where the rule of law does not hold who were liklely angry at Westerners. No different than the examples of women reports getting attacked in other non-muslim countries. I have seen this in Greece. Again you focus on these incidents to paint the negative picture of the muslim world that you want. Did you mention that muslims also saved her?

              Your articles or commentary on Israel are a joke. All oneside and anti muslim.

              Your comments about Sharia law are completely ignorant. There are many different interpretations of Sharia, but you only choice to focus on the extreme., etc. etc. etc.

              Your opposition to the islamic center new 9-11 was classic ignorance and bigotry. You claim “sensitivity”, but there was no evidence that anyone was particularly sensitive to this until people like you made it a political issue and used it as a means to bash muslims.

              I could go on and on..

              Again, you seem to want to comment on Islam, muslims and religion a lot on this blog. Have you ever written anything positive or cast a positive light on the muslim religion or do you just focus on the controversial and negative stuff? You are the classic fear-monger.

              After reading all your posts related to muslims I certainly do not coming out feeling that you have a very deep hatred for the religion. And you call yourself a Reverand. My ass.

  • an observer

    Oh come on y’all!
    Hates us?
    That is all posturing to cover the truth.
    Bush let them fly out of the country after 911 and covered for them.
    Now Obama is continuing the cover-up by not releasing the 28 pages of the report Bush sealed even though he promised he would.
    In addition, the Obama Whitehouse blocked the 911 victim’s from suing members of the royal family.

    Let’s take a poll:
    How many people that visit this site have read Machiavelli’s “The Prince”?

    Remember the old detective’s rule: Follow the money?
    Clue #1: “Al Yamamah”

    As Walter Donovan told Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade: “Trust no one”.

    • Ferd_Berfle

      Once again, this is about the obot Messiah who went bowing and scraping to Bedouins and how miserably it failed because those he bowed to don’t respect charlatans. Moreover, Bush can’t hurt this country anymore but the idiot currently squatting in the WH can and is. Drop the Bush crap, already, and focus on the real problem here.

  • an observer

    Oh come on y’all!
    Hates us?
    That is all posturing to cover the truth.
    Bush let them fly out of the country after 911 and covered for them.
    Now Obama is continuing the cover-up by not releasing the 28 pages of the report Bush sealed even though he promised he would.
    In addition, the Obama Whitehouse blocked the 911 victim’s from suing members of the royal family.

    Let’s take a poll:
    How many people that visit this site have read Machiavelli’s “The Prince”?

    Remember the old detective’s rule: Follow the money?
    Clue #1: “Al Yamamah”

    As Walter Donovan told Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade: “Trust no one”.

  • MG

    So much for peaceful and accepting religion:

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/07/18/intruders-whip-recently-converted-islamic-man-for-drinking/?test=latestnews

    It’s kinda like the Mafia once in can’t get out.

    Welcome to Sharia Law in Australia.  Don’t believe in anything CAIR says!

    • Anonymous

      Oh, no way in hell would I believe a word out of CAIR’s mouth. As I understand it, CAIR is a part of the Muslim Brotherhood. That CAIR gets so much coverage in our press, and is taken so seriously by our gov’t, is very disturbing…

  • Anonymous

    Please don’t liken jello to obamadinejad.  I LOVE jello; I DESPISE obama and his b.s. with every fiber of my being….

    “Say What You Will…It Feels So Good”
    http://www.saywhatyouwill.proboards.com

  • yttik

    People really hate jello, Rev Amy. That’s really a good description, Obama is jello. He’s also an empty slate for us to project all our hopes and dreams upon.

    The problem with people who don’t have a moral compass, who don’t stand for something, is that they make everybody around them feel insecure and nervous. You can’t predict their behavior and respond accordingly. Just as people in the US are filled with uncertainty and not sure where this driver is taking us, people around the world are feeling the same, especially since the US is such a powerful player on the global scene. We can’t even pin Obama down on domestic issues, imagine how confused the rest of the world is. I can’t explain the “Obama doctrine” on Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Syria, Pakistan, Israel, if I were on the ground in those countries I’d be really starting to resent him and his lack of clear leadership.

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely spot on, yttik. You have nailed it exactly. The lack of a moral compass is such a key component that does not get discussed enough…

  • Anonymous

    A small feel-good story from the Middle East:

    800-Year-Old Oak Tree Stops Traffic in Turkey

    http://www.care2.com/causes/800-year-old-oak-tree-stops-traffic-in-turkey.html

    Decades ago, as a high school foreign exchange student to Turkey, I travelled through that region and saw that magnificent tree! My Turkish “family” lived in Izmir, and we took a lot of road trips south. I’m so glad not everything is shot to hell over there yet.

  • Anonymous

    The problem is not with our treatment of the Arab world, it is with their interpretation of Obama’s attitudes. He is perceived as weak and vacillating. This is not something Arabs respect. They will not respect someone who says, “I will be nice to you if you like me..see, I am being polite and bowing and giving concessions and not getting angry when you kill innocent people.” What they will respect is someone who says, “Like me or I will squash you like a bug!” It’s a cultural thing, and until American politicians realize it and stop pandering to the Arabs in hopes of friendly responses, they will not have any respect for us. If you will pardon the cross-cultural references, the way to deal with Arabs is with a touch of machismo. They will respect that, but not Obama’s sycophantic attitude.

    • Asfasdfasdf

       Well, reading Al Jazeera’s web ads, the majority having anything to do with America have to do with worries about the dollar. That and what Arabs tell me.

      Greenwald is a guy who acts like his awareness is a great awakening.  Old news, the world is worried about the dollar.  The “reserve” currency Bush damaged with his “conservative” (ha ha ha) deficits and which Obama is building upon for disaster, but he gets his trillions to hand out for returned campaign contributions for 2012.  Not that the Republicans could make anything of that, they are only jealous.

      But mention the dollar to your average progressive, they can only fall back on their Israel obsession, which Greenwald seems to be hanging on to still, a little.

    • murray

      …”with a touch of machismo.”

      I can see Palin handle that… :)

  • Anne

    Is he going to try harder? Yikes.

  • jordanian

    I am from jordan and i think the main reason because the american interfer in our own busines in the arab world, espicially the conspiracy you called “arab spring”..we don’t like MUBARAK but it’s not acceptable what the american did to him “revolution” …we don’t like qaddafi but also it’s not your business .. i love my king abdullah of jordan and if anything bad happen to him i will say “america” did it against JORDAN…this is the main reason

  • Ferd_Berfle

    its ongoing fealty to Israel,
    =================
    ?

    Uh, we’re talking about That One here and his administration’s ME policies. His only fealty is to his own monumental ego. Bush was a staunch supporter of Israel yet his standing is higher than That One’s. Like I said earlier, That One is not respected in the ME because they see him for what he is–a conniving panderer with no core principles and no courage. He would sell them out, too.

    • Anonymous

      Isn’t it amazing how libs like Greenwald, so dedicated to democracy, constantly diss the only Democracy in the region. Maybe they only like “burgeoning” democracies.

  • Anonymous

    Sadly, I COULD see it coming. Everybody going ga-ga over the empty rhetoric of his Cairo speech was the tip-off. 

    After 4 years of his talking so big and accomplishing worse than nothing, I wonder how his “soaring” (not) rhetoric will go over this time. Besides the media, is anyone still listening to this clown?

    • Anonymous

      Well, I’m not! :-)

      My friend who is visiting said where she lives, people do NOT like him. Even those who voted for him are very disappointed in him. Of course, had the media done their job, maybe they would have seen through his empty rhetoric, but no…

      • Anonymous

        Media still isn’t doing it’s job. They too busy digging through Sarah Palin’s emails and attacking Rupert Murdock, while ignoring the Media Matters scandal to actually cover the “news.”

        If you watched Face The Nation yesterday you saw a prime example of the media apologists for Oblahblah in Bob, Obama press agent, Schieffer interview with Marco Rubio.

        Don’t expect these slobbering Obamacrats, the Journolist Miscreants to actually do any “journalism.” Slobbering press agents are what they’ve become and it’s disgusting.

        It’s also dangerous because a misinformed or uniformed public cannot make honest assessments. Pravda in media is mostly what we have. And that’s scary.

  • ctfsh

    But don’t they appreciate our NASA chief, who was assigned the task of helping the Muslim world feel better about themselves and their contribution to Math and Science?
    Ingrates!

  • Anonymous

    Cuz’n—WOW! We’re pretty much speechless down here in Central Tejas. Just speechless….
    but, thank you for putting together this post!
    And here’s to poor Barry (ha!)…………..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8Iwmcs1hps

    • Anonymous

      Great vid, Cuz’n! Perfect!

      Yeah, I was pretty shocked, too. But I think Ferd was right – people don’t respect those who are constantly trying to ingratiate themselves, kowtowing, and will not take a firm stand. (Paraphrasing you a bit, Ferd – hope you don’t mind! :-)   )

  • Freddie1

    Maybe they watched him try to get a pitch over home plate?

    • Anonymous

      LOL

  • Fire 0bama

    Since 0bama has come on the scene the US is neither respected nor feared.  0bama is an idiot who had done nothing but knock and wreck the US.

    0bama is not the only lunatic in the asylum, millions of lunatics elected him.  Thanks to the guilty whites and racist blacks the rest of us have to go down with the ship.

    And why would anyone respect guilty whites?  Those morons cannot even respect themselves.  I consider guilty whites as the lowest form of life on the planet. 

       

    • Anonymous

      Damn….I love your way with words.  As I have said many times, obamadinejad does not care for the U.S..  It shows every time he opens his mouth and in his deeds.  Frankly, I believe his goal as president is to bring America to her knees and it would take a whole to convince me otherwise.  We need to be ever vigilant of our domestic terrorists.

      “Say What You Will…It Feels So Good”
      http://www.saywhatyouwill.proboards.com

      • Anonymous

        Me, too – love your comment. Thank you!

        • Anonymous

          And thanks to you for always giving us food for thought!!

          “Say What You Will…It Feels So Good”

  • http://twitter.com/PennsylvaniaRed PennsylvaniaRed

    Gaddafi and the Oil Vampires
    http://yfrog.com/keps9wlj

  • http://twitter.com/PennsylvaniaRed PennsylvaniaRed

    Gaddafi and the Oil Vampires
    http://yfrog.com/keps9wlj

    • Anonymous

      Look at Hillary, where?

  • Virginia Ray

    Can you get a list of the amount of cash and in kind foreign aid we give those countries?  Publish it as an update.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I can. I have company from out of state now, so am taking a break for a couple more days, but I will see what I can find out. Good question!

  • Ferd_Berfle

    What a turnabout, RRRA. The swaggering (called walking in Texas) Texan is liked better than the one with the middle name of Middle Eastern origin. There’s yet another checkmark for the clueless obamabots to put in the what-the-hell-is-going-on column.

    • Anonymous

      Well, of course, they like gwb better.  He allowed them and his family to fly out of the U.S. right after 9/11, no questions asked.

      “Say What You Will…It Feels So Good”

      • Ferd_Berfle

        I agree with your assessment but I am solely focused on the current asshat in the WH who is far worse than his predecessor and will do us far more harm in the long run.

  • Wbboe

    Once upon a time the bamboozled ignoranti selected and then elected a fourflusher who changed his name once or twice, settled on the middle name Hussein to ingratiate himself to the Arab world, apologized for the militarism of his predecessor to ingratiate himself to the Arab world, befriended our enemies to ingratiate himself to the Arab world, delivered dog whistle speeches about Arab Spring to ingratiate himself to the Arab world, bowed and scraped to the Saudis who got him into Harvard to ingratiate himself to the Arab world, worked to undermine our ally  Egypt to ingratiate himself to the Arab world, undermined our friend Israel and dissed its leader to ingratiate himself to the Arab world–yes, yes all that . . only to find at the end of the day that the Arab world sees through him and hates us more now than it did under W.  Far be it for me to disagree with that verdict.
    I am sorry Hillary joined this administration since she was compelled to carry out toothless posturing policies which did not represent her prior views.  I am equally sorry that she did not leave this bamboozler when Gates did.

     

    • Ferd_Berfle

      Yep.

    • Anonymous

      Well said.

      And I am sorry she joined this merry band, too. Now, not only are we giving credibility to the Taliban and Muslim Brotherhood, but to the Libyan rebels, too, even though last I heard, we weren’t sure exactly who they were….

      • Anonymous

        I know I’m not as smart as all those who are in positions of power in this country but isn’t it kind of silly, no make that stupid, to give credibility to a bunch of people when we don’t know who they are or what they stand for? Is our foreign policy now simply reduced, at least in Libya, to the enemy of my enemy is my friend? Cause that seems a tad simplistic to me. But then I’m not one of them smart Washington folks.

        • Anonymous

          I think you are plenty smart, Kenosha. I’d sure as hell rather have YOU in Washington than many there now, that’s for sure. :-)

          And yes, that does seem to be foreign policy we are utilizing. Yikes.

  • Ferd_Berfle

    Excellent essay, RRRA

    “I admit, I did not see this one coming. How about you?. ”

    Moslem, particularly Arab, men truly only respect strength, whether with regard to one of their own or to that of an enemy. It is a legacy of their tribal, nomadic origins. That One is no pillar of strength, no matter how much he talks.

    • yttik

      I think maybe most people are like that, Ferd, they respect strength, or at least having enough strength that you’re able to identify where somebody stands.

      I have some friends who are so flexible, I can’t stand to be around them much. It’s like, “where would you like to go?”
      “I don’t know, where would you like to go?” I spend all my time trying to get their opinion on something and they refuse to give it. You’d think they’re victims or overly compliant or something, but they’re not. They don’t want to take any responsibility for anything so if something goes wrong, it’s not their fault. Obama is a bit like that.

      Yes, I imagine the frustration I feel is magnified in the Muslim world as they try to deal with the WTF President.

  • Anonymous

    TY RRRA for another intuitive article..I am surprised to..I thought Obama was becoming bedfellows with some of the Arab countries.
    I knew most of the world was laughing at us and the rest hated us.
    Oh my do we have any friends left in the world I wonder..Even the countries along our borders think we are screwed up.
    I bet Obama feels like the little boy who is always kissing up to the teachers and bosses, and still gets bad grades and no raises.
    I do have a feeling that Obama’s kissing of the wrong A$$es is going to be one of the reasons he will be looking for a new home in 2013.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, I can only hope you are right, Kin!

      Excellent analogy abt Obama and the teachers.

      Thanks, Kin and Ferd!

    • Anonymous

      From your keyboard to God’s ear Kin!