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February 5, 2009
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An interesting article…

Obama Just Flatters Himself
Charles Krauthammer – Jan 30, 2009
WASHINGTON — Every new president flatters himself that he, kinder and gentler, is beginning the
world anew. Yet, when Barack Obama in his inaugural address reached out to Muslims with “to the
Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect,” his
formulation was needlessly defensive and apologetic.
Is it “new” to acknowledge Muslim interests and show respect to the Muslim world? Obama doesn’t
just think so, he said so again to millions in his al-Arabiya interview, insisting on the need to “restore”
the “same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30
years ago.”
Astonishing. In these most recent 20 years — the alleged winter of our disrespect of the Islamic world –
– America did not just respect Muslims, it bled for them. It engaged in five military campaigns, every
one of which involved — and resulted in — the liberation of a Muslim people: Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait,
Afghanistan and Iraq.
The two Balkan interventions — as well as the failed 1992-93 Somali intervention to feed starving
African Muslims (43 Americans were killed) — were humanitarian exercises of the highest order, there
being no significant U.S. strategic interest at stake. In these 20 years, this nation has done more for
suffering and oppressed Muslims than any nation, Muslim or non-Muslim, anywhere on earth. Why
are we apologizing?
And what of that happy U.S.-Muslim relationship that Obama imagines existed “as recently as 20 or
30 years ago” that he has now come to restore? Thirty years ago, 1979, saw the greatest U.S.-Muslim
rupture in our 233-year history: Iran’s radical Islamic revolution, the seizure of the U.S. embassy, the
14 months of America held hostage.
Which came just a few years after the Arab oil embargo that sent the United States into a long and
punishing recession. Which, in turn, was preceded by the kidnapping and cold-blooded execution by
Arab terrorists of the U.S. ambassador in Sudan and his charge d’affaires.
This is to say nothing of the Marine barracks massacre of 1983, and the innumerable attacks on U.S.
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embassies and installations around the world during what Obama now characterizes as the halcyon
days of U.S.-Islamic relations.
Look. If Barack Obama wants to say, as he said to al-Arabiya, I have Muslim roots, Muslim family
members, have lived in a Muslim country — implying a special affinity that uniquely positions him to
establish good relations — that’s fine. But it is both false and deeply injurious to this country to draw a
historical line dividing America under Obama from a benighted past when Islam was supposedly
disrespected and demonized.
As in Obama’s grand admonition: “We cannot paint with a broad brush a faith as a consequence of the
violence that is done in that faith’s name.” Have “we” been doing that, smearing Islam because of a
small minority? George Bush went to the Islamic Center in Washington six days after 9/11, when the
fires of Ground Zero were still smoldering, to declare “Islam is peace,” to extend fellowship and
friendship to Muslims, to insist that Americans treat them with respect and generosity of spirit.
And America listened. In these seven years since 9/11 — seven years during which thousands of
Muslims rioted all over the world (resulting in the death of more than 100) to avenge a bunch of
cartoons — there’s not been a single anti-Muslim riot in the United States to avenge the greatest
massacre in U.S. history. On the contrary. In its aftermath, we elected our first Muslim member of
Congress and our first president of Muslim parentage.
“My job,” says Obama, “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.”
That’s his job? Do the American people think otherwise? Does he think he is bravely breaking new
ground? George Bush, Condoleezza Rice and countless other leaders offered myriad expressions of
that same universalist sentiment.
Every president has the right to portray himself as ushering in a new era of this or that. Obama wants
to pursue new ties with Muslim nations, drawing on his own identity and associations. Good. But
when his self-inflation as redeemer of U.S.-Muslim relations leads him to suggest that pre-Obama
America was disrespectful or insensitive or uncaring of Muslims, he is engaging not just in fiction but
in gratuitous disparagement of the country he is now privileged to lead.


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As I have said in an earlier comment, this has become my favorite show. I must, though, point out that Martin Savidge seemed to imply that, regarding Africa, Obama would give it better attention than the prior administration. While President Bush was not popular, I think it is unjust to not give him credit for leading the effort to expand aid to Africa. Beyond that, implying that President Bush was not a supported of Africa when quite the opposite is true created, for me, a bit of a credibility issue with the reporting. This may have been a ‘one off’ event (the implication against Pres. Bush), I certainly hope full credit is given to whoever is responsible for an issue or position, regardless of popularity.

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