Losing the Muslim World

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The Obama administration, to prevent public exposure of intelligence-gathering sources and methods, used the same “state secrets” defense in court as did the Bush administration. Obama continues the policy of rendition, the much-maligned practice of transferring a terrorist prisoner of war from one foreign country to another country that utilizes far harsher interrogation techniques. Guantanamo remains open because the prison contains some vicious terrorists that no country wants. The terror surveillance phone-monitoring program remains, as does the Patriot Act. Obama stepped up the use of drone attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Even Obama’s declaration to halt waterboarding contains wiggle room.

To the shock of Bush-haters, the Obama Justice Department — while disagreeing with the conclusions of the Bush lawyers who drafted the so-called “torture memo,” which provided a legal basis for waterboarding — cleared the lawyers of wrongdoing.

Obama negotiated “tough” sanctions against Iran, although Russia, China, India and Turkey continue to trade with that country or have announced plans to do so. Iran remains committed to its nuclear program, continues to threaten Israel, and claims to have dug mass graves in which to deposit bodies of American soldiers should the U.S. use military force to stop its nuclear program.

Despite Obama’s request, NATO allies refuse to commit more combat troops to Afghanistan and some countries announced an end to their involvement. Iraq appears to be winding down along the terms negotiated by the Bush administration, but allies are no more eager to help out in Afghanistan.

Now 20 months into the Obama presidency, the question is this: After Obama’s “detente” — and after alienating our two closest allies — how does the Arab and Muslim world now view America? What percentage in the same six Arab nations — compared with Bush’s last year in office — now views the United States “very unfavorably” or “somewhat unfavorably”?

The answer: 85 percent — 2 points higher than Bush.

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  • Bobbie

    The best scenario for Obama:
    "Chamberlin ….. in his statement to the crowd: "My good friends, this is the second time there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Now I recommend you go home, and sleep quietly in your beds. "

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Actually, I think you described Obama as being Bush on steroids, as when it comes to Islam and combating the jihad it is waging against not just the USA but all unbelievers the world over, both are about as clueless as clueless gets. For instance, we don’t need a Patriot Act to intrude in our lives, we need to outlaw Islam and ban and reverse Muslim immigration. Without any Muslims living in the USA, domestic Islamic terrorist attacks become practically impossible.

    Indeed, since Islam besides being a religion is also a very radical form of totalitarianism that seeks world domination, it isn’t protected by the first amendment of the constitution as widely assumed and, therefore, should be outlawed altogether. We didn’t let millions of communists immigrate and infiltrate our countries during the Cold War because that would have been suicidal, and we shouldn’t let millions of Muslims immigrate and infiltrate our country today because that is likewise suicidal.

    Moreover, the jihad against the USA and all unbelievers will continue forever as long as the Islamic world has oil wealth to finance and fund jihad. Hence, unless we want to endure an endless jihad forever, we better muster up the courage and the will to oust the regimes responsible for financing and funding it and confiscate their oil wealth. Otherwise, they will use their oil wealth to pursue jihad permanently.

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what to do. It just takes a little common sense that’s all. It’s either we confiscate their oil wealth or they will use that oil wealth to finance and fund jihad permanently, which means forever. Hence, what does common sense dictate we do?

    • Andres de Alamaya

      No one could have said this better or more clearly.

    • tanstaafl

      ditto.

    • cafeafuh1

      Very well said.
      Regrettably, not many understand the true nature of Islam, and consider it to be a legitimate religion as any other.
      Islam is a vicious, aggressive, imperialistic ideology masquerading as a religion.
      This masquerading grants Islam undeserved tolerance.

    • Bill Cutting

      Well said!!!

  • sovereignjim

    Obama's acts since election shows that he is a puppet of the Wall Street crowd wanting bailouts, paid by taxpayers, to cover stupid gambling losses and continuation of foreign policy. His end of the bargain is Demo party socialism.

  • aspacia

    I support the reinforcement of the Patriot Act, and the Drone attacks. Hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    Now, let us keep our fingers crossed regarding the economy; an economy that Bush created and Obama is exasperating further.

  • Richard W.

    I don't think the federal thugs will kick down my door for anything I write here. These are, after all, words not actions. So, under the heading "what the hell" here goes.

    Just like Arizona is trying to do the job that the Federal Government refuses to do, (defending the border) there is something that we, the U.S. citizens can do about the malignant virus called Islam. We can take up arms and go after the Islamic enemies among us. They are truly a fifth column, bent on the destruction of our way of life. It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. Islam is pure evil and is at war with the west and all of that which we hold dear.

  • J Wilson

    It's obvious that the occupant of the WH is in bed with the islamists and thus have become the enemy of our freedom. His actions show disregard and contempt for our Constitution. We, the people, must be ready to defend our beloved country. We can't do less than what our founding fathers did when they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. BO cancelled the Christian observance of the National Day of Prayer, but celebrates the break of the fast during ramadan…Actions speak louder than words!

  • Dave

    Timely eradication of Islam is the only answer.

  • George

    Yeah I'm sorry to report you are no closer to starting WWIII but FPM and David Horowitz can always dream.

    • Richard W.

      George, you idiot, WWIII began decades ago. It's islam against the rest of the world. The sooner the non-muslims recognize that, come to their senses, and start to speak the truth, the sooner we can make some progress in taking out the muslim scum before they take out many more of us.

      • DogWithoutSlippers

        AIN'T IT THE TRUTH!