Something Wicked This Way Comes
Has Obama 'Lost the World' and Paved the Way for an Era of Global Conflict?
Has Barack Obama set the stage for nothing less than a war for the Free World? Frank Gaffney makes the argument that this is the case and that Obama's policies have paved the way for a fight to the death with Islamofascists, Muslim extremists driven by a totalitarian political ideology that is determined to destroy freedom and the people who love it:
Conventional wisdom has it that the 2012 presidential election will be all about the dismal economy, unemployment and the soaring deficit. That appears a safe bet because such matters touch the electorate, are much in the news at the moment and have indisputably become worse on Barack Obama's watch.
It seems increasingly likely, however, that the American people will have a whole lot more to worry about by next fall. Indeed, the way things are going, by November 2012, we may see the Middle East - and perhaps other parts of the planet - plunged into a cataclysmic war.
Consider just a few of the straws in the wind of a gathering storm: ... More here ...
Barry Rubin, who claims to have written more thoroughly documented words and provided more factually based analysis explaining why Obama's Middle East policy is so bad than he has, writes that when he's often asked whether he believe this situation is caused by a deliberate, conscious effort to destroy U.S. interests, subvert Israel's existence, and promote anti-American Islamists on the part of the president and his closest colleagues ... he answers no:
... it is the result of ignorance, incompetence, and a ridiculous ideological approach that has nothing to do with reality. But, I add, it certainly says something that the policy is so bad that it makes people think that deliberate treason is a credible explanation.
... First, Obama thinks he's very knowledgeable about Islam, based on very limited personal contacts. Aside from his profound misunderstandings, his experiences come from Indonesia, the place where mainstream Islam was more moderate than in any other Muslim-majority country. And even that predates the infusion of Wahhabi and al-Qaeda radical thinking and theology even in that country.
In my opinion, the worst single blunder of Obama in the Middle East was his Cairo speech telling people in the region that they should perceive their primary identity as Muslim rather than in national terms. The idea that political Islam could be some asset for the United States -- rather than an enemy being held back largely by nationalism -- was like putting a big bomb next to a fragile dam. Yet Obama thought it was some act of far-sighted genius on his part because he could tame political Islam.
Second, Obama is a narrow-minded and arrogant man who understands little about international affairs or the profound differences of other cultures. He neither listens to ideas outside his own conception nor heeds proof that he has failed. A clever evil genius adjusts himself to circumstances, determined he will always look good. Obama is merely wrong and incompetent, openly displaying ignorance.Interestingly, Rubin's views and opinions dovetail nicely with what Gaffney has to say.
Take the time to read Rubin's entire piece here.
And then there's this sobering perspective: From Tunisia To The Justice Department: A Clean Sweep For Islam
Related: Obama's Libyan DisasterHas The Obama Administration's Outreach Affected Muslim Attitudes toward Terrorism and Terrorists?Map of the results of Obama's foreign policy in North Africa & Middle East
Obama/Holder Sharia update: 'Public School Dist. To Pay Muslim Teacher Over Mecca Trip'
When a public school district in the U.S. has to pay a Muslim teacher tens of thousands of dollars and establish a religious accommodation training program for refusing to let the instructor take three weeks off to make a pilgrimage to Mecca ... it leaves no doubt whatsoever that, as Pamela Geller suggests, the continued Islamization of America by the Obama/Holder Department of Justice has earned it recognition as the Department of Sharia:
... employers better get used to changing the way they operate their businesses in order to accommodate Muslim demands, or else.
Obama's Department of Shariah filed this outrageous lawsuit against the school district in December 2010, not to ensure the kids get a good education, mind you, but more importantly, to ensure that the Muslims get special rights and extraordinary accommodation. Obama's Department of Shariah sued to ensure the kids got the shaft but the teacher got the hajj.
This is the same DOJ's Eric Holder who spoke at the Muslim Advocates dinner a few months back and reassured Muslims of "DOJ's anti-bias focus."
This is the same DOJ that scuttled the prosecutions against Muslim Brotherhood-tied groups, i.e. CAIR et al.
This is the same DOJ that is creating Muslim majority legislative districts by converting a religious class into a racial one.
This is the same Eric Holder who sued a New Jersey county demanding that a correction facility change its rules to allow a Muslim prison guard to wear a khimar, an Islamic head covering, even though it's a choke hazard and she will be among prisoners.
The Department of Justice sponsored a booth at the Muslim Brotherhood front ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) convention underwritten by, among others, the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas-linked CAIR.
Further, Obama's Department of Justice dropped the "charges" against the Muslims who blew up the USS Cole.
Geller failed to mention other examples of the Obama/Holder DOJ's appeasement of Islamists, such as eliminating all references to Islam from terror training materials that appears to be the outcome of the same event where Muslims asked the DOJ to criminalize criticism of Islam and re-educate FBI agents as well as cut back anti-terror spending.
Obama, The First Truly 'Un-American' President
Individualism and self-reliance (i.e. standing on one's own feet) have always been cornerstones of American values, and being American has, up to now, helped instill a sense of that individualism and self-reliance. However, as Dan Riehl aptly notes, if that time isn't already gone, Barack Obama is doing everything he can to make it go away. And clearly, no one, let alone someone sitting in the Oval Office, could make this statement if they had any real appreciation for what America has traditionally been.
At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser today, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses the 2012 election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance in America.Freedom for Americans has always meant the right of individuals to control their own destiny without outside interference from government, a ruling class, church or other organized authority. Americans are expected to take the initiative in advancing their own personal interests and well-being. The price that is paid for this individual freedom, as well as its reward, is self-reliance. Until the reign of Barack Obama, most Americans have believed that the individual must learn to rely on themselves or risk losing freedom. This often means achieving financial and emotional independence from parents at the earliest time possible. The need to "stand on one's own feet" has been considered a priority. That is, until Barack Obama and his fellow liberal-progressives took power ... and we're seeing the fruits of their governance in the children and misguided adults of the "occupy" movement - all of whom are still looking to others to take care of them as their parents did..