Friday, January 30, 2009

Kissing A@!@# on the Arab Street

...and this is only ONE of the reasons I would have felt a little better with Hillary as the Commander in Chief. But alas, sexism bestowed Barak upon us (and no one will ever convince me otherwise)...

Who got 'the honor' of Obama's first sit down interview after being sworn in...something I am sure CNN, 60 minutes or The View would have killed for? Well, it was none of the was al-Arabiya. And stranger than granting an all Arabic channel the first coveted interview was the fact that it was the White House that "sent out feelers" to Dubai and not the other way around...

"...After [the interviewer] Melhem told the President that his wife and daughter were enthusiastic supporters of Obama's campaign, the President jotted nice notes to them on White House stationery. When Melhem mentioned that he shared Obama's love of Chicago's blues music, the President beamed with satisfaction while White House aides tapped their feet impatiently. "There we were, two blues fanatics, sitting there talking about Muddy Waters," Melhem says.

Whether it was because of the chemistry between the men or Obama's scripted intention, Melhem came away with an interview that amounted to an unprecedented reach-out to the Muslim world by a U.S. President. Unprompted, Obama spoke about his own Islamic connections, noting that some of his family members are Muslim and that he had lived in the largest Muslim country, Indonesia. "My job is to communicate the fact that the United States has a stake in the well-being of the Muslim world, that the language we use has to be a language of respect," Obama said..." (source)

Maybe it's just me, but I think the first interview should have reiterated our country's commitment to standing up against radical Islam and dispelling the myth that Obama is going to kneel before the Arab community in the hope of "curing America's image" at the cost of American lives...

Jimmy Carter's legacy should be one that is looked at closely by Obama right now. The Arab street didn't respect Carter's impotency when it came to dealing with Iran. They taunted and belittled him for his lack of leadership. (He might also want to read up on Neville Chamberlain while he's at it...)

And that being said makes the next article all the more troubling...

"...Officials of Barack Obama's administration have drafted a letter to Iran from the president aimed at unfreezing US-Iranian relations and opening the way for face-to-face talks, the Guardian has learned.

State department officials have composed at least three drafts of the letter, which gives assurances that Washington does not want to overthrow the Islamic regime, but merely seeks a change in its behaviour. The letter would be addressed to the Iranian people and sent directly to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, or released as an open letter.

Although the tone is conciliatory, it also calls on Iran to end what the US calls state sponsorship of terrorism.

In an interview on Monday with the al-Arabiya television network, Obama hinted at a more friendly approach towards the Islamic Republic..." (source)

Teachers have always said that we study history so we don't repeat the same mistakes. Can anyone tell me an instance in history where placating a bully has worked? Even one time?

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