Obama’s Muslim Outreach: Epic Fail


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When Barack Obama took over the Oval Office from George W. Bush in 2009, he was riding the crest of a tidal wave of gullibility among his supporters, who believed him to be the Chosen One bringing salvation and deliverance from the wasteland of the Bush years. In their fevered imagination, the inept, moronic, old-fashioned cowboy Bush had disastrously bungled his terms in office and caused the world to hate us. Now the multicultural, transnational, post-American demigod Obama had arrived, a deus ex machina from the heavens, offering hope and change to all. He was going to get the world to like us, really like us again.

But this self-delusional, media-assisted narrative has a tragicomic twist: two and a half years into his term, Obama not only hasn’t healed the oceans, harmonized the races, boosted the economy, or repaired our supposedly tattered reputation abroad, he has actually exacerbated all those issues. And now it’s confirmed that he hasn’t been any more successful at resolving the clash of civilizations either.

“My job to the Muslim world,” Obama said in his very first interview as President, for the Arabic-language network Al-Arabiya, “is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy.” In that case, to quote from Cool Hand Luke, what we’ve got here is a failure to communicate. According to a stunning new poll of six Arab nations – Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia – by the nonpartisan Arab American Institute, the United States is viewed even less favorably in the Arab world today than it was during the final year of Bush’s administration.

Obama himself is even less popular in the region than apocalyptic Iranian madman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In fact, the policies of Iran are actually viewed more favorably by the polled countries than those of the U.S. So much for any strategy of enlisting the region’s support in isolating the Iranian regime. Ten percent or less of Arabs in all the countries surveyed agree with the policies pursued by President Obama. His ratings are by far the lowest of the other world leaders listed in the survey, which include France’s Sarkozy, Iran’s Ahmadinejad, even Turkey’s raging Islamist Erdogan.

Interestingly, the two issues on which the Obama administration has expended considerable energy –“engagement with the Muslim world” and “the Palestinian issue”– have garnered the lowest approval ratings: less than 9%. Despite Obama’s assurances that Islamic extremism would dissipate once the people of the Arab world achieve economic equality, that issue is last on the Arabs’ list of concerns (apart from “Iran’s interference in Arab affairs”). They consider the two greatest threats to peace and stability in the Middle East to be “U.S. interference in Arab affairs” and, unsurprisingly, the mythical “continuing occupation of Palestinian lands.” This latter issue ranks highest in importance to the Arab respondents, and widespread disillusionment in the region has resulted from Obama’s failure to make progress on it – presumably because that pesky Israel hasn’t yet been wiped from the map.

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  • ashvin

    the muslim outreach has failed because of two reasons:

    1. Obama is black.
    2. USA is softer now than under the bush administration.

    1. Obama is black.
    In the Arab world, the one with fair skins are always privileged upon those with darker skins. Its is in the Arab culture and very deep rooted in India too.
    Whenever a baby is born, among the first questions from the families will be " how fair is the baby ?".
    Even in marriage (normally arranged marriage) , people with power and money generally looks for a fairer bride who will in turn give the guy a fairer baby. i think psychology calls it "status float": because people with white skin are more successful in theses society and it make sense you conceive a "whiter" baby.
    Coming back to the discussion, Obama is black and it means that he will have less respect than a white guy or bush or clinton etc… . This is done deep in the unconscious mind of the arab society without the arabs even realizing it !. put a white guy , they will have more respect to usa without they themselves knowing it.

    2. USA is softer now than under the bush administration.
    Arab respect only one thing, that is, brute force. They are cultured and educated since their childhood to use force to get something which they dont have. They also expect to show more respect to an adversary who show brute force. The more the adversary wants to sit around a table to discuss , the more they view (again in the unconscious mind) the latter as weak. this is why there is no real democracy in the middle east. its all about who can dominate who !
    Obama is viewed as weak by the Arab despite all the good thing he has done for them. put a guy like Reagan and America will start to gain some respect in the middle east !

    • Stephen_Brady

      Excellent post, and on-target!

    • Eraina

      I heartily agree. The black Sudanese Moslems were not only persecuted and had their homes, property and lives stolen by the ethnic Arabs from the north, they were disparaged for their dark skin and black features. They were told that they could not be true Moslems since "Islam is not for black people." Survivors were enslaved by the Arabs. In Egypt, Sudanese refugees were exploited for work and then often murdered when they tried to collect their pay.

  • kafir4life

    Considering that the vast majority of muslims worship a made up moon god that was invented by a pedophilic madman that's best known as mohamat the pig faced prophet, the most disgusting excuse for a human being (even tho' he was part dog, part pig) and shatter of the most holy terror guide, the koran. Together, this koran and this part dog part pig prophet that the muslims want to emulate created the most evil cult known to man, islam.
    Why would anybody reach out to that (unless it were to throttle it)?

    allahu snackbar!! Today we have mohamat bacon chips. Buy two, and a burkee clad muslim houris (perhaps you'll get Huma of the ummah) will love you long time!!

    • johnnywoods

      Hey kafir4life, Why don`t you tell us how you REALLY feel?

      • kafir4life

        I feel sorry for muslims. the gutter cult of islam disgusts me. It's analogous to dogs. I have no problem with dogs. I'm not particulary a fan, but acknowledge their right to exist. When I look at a dog, I have no way to determine if they have rabies, and with no handy way I can use to quickly determine if they have it, so for my own safety, I avoid them. If shown to have rabies, they have to be destroyed as there is no cure, and the animal's mind is gone.
        It's like that with muslims. You can't tell by looking at them which ones are likey to be 'splodeydopes, so it's best to just avoid them. The muslims themselves (terrorist supporters at the terrorist supporting hamas linked terror supporters at cair), and our PC governement also don't want us to know how to tell them apart. When they get the islam rabies, there is no other option but that taken with the other sick dogs.

        • johnnywoods

          I hardily concur with your assessment.

  • jacob

    Mr. TAPSON enumerated all the deeds the ANNOITED ONE as SEAN HANNITY
    calls BARAK HUSSEIN OBAMA regarding the Muslim world, his apology for the American misdeeds (?), what America owed Muslims for its independence (?)
    and I guess some more "beauties" can be brought to ligth w/o digging too deep

    Now, NIXON said the media can make you or break you and in his case, it broke
    him and with some doubtful reason, since those who are free of guilt, let them
    throw the first stone, which was not precisely the case of the DEMOCRAPS as
    normal people not blinded by political partisanship (except genetically
    DEMOCRAPS as most Jews are, not caring for who the man is as long as he is
    their DEMOCRAP party's choice) since, as LINCOLN i s said to have stated, "You
    can fool some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the
    time" and I firmly believe the ANNOITED ONE will meet his Waterloo…

    And by the way, not precisely because of the color of his skin but because of being
    just a consecrated reputation and a conceited nullity….

  • Asher

    Obama has ignited the Arab World, especially against Israel. He is a Community Organizer for Islam!

  • effemall

    Mr. Tapson tapped the nail on the head. One of the things to add has already been added by "Ashwin" – that Obama is black and when it comes to racism Arabs make the Ku Klux Klan look like loving choir boys. But more important, nobody can recognize BS better than a BS-er and Muslims are taught that from infancy on – taqiyya – the art of deception. They recognized it much faster than Americans did and if American voters had had that kind of sophistication in the BS game, there would be another man in the White House today. Some Americans still wear blinders to reality, such as hemorrhaging-heart liberal East Coast Jews, better known as "suicide voters." Overall, thank God, the majority of Americans are now wise to him and unless we can impeach him sooner, we'll survive another year and a half of the BS.

  • Marty

    The pedophile mohamad referred to Africans as raisenheads. islam has always been racist as well as totalitarian and violent. It's silly to encourage outreach to muslims. The effort will not be reciprocated since islam insists on supremacy and requires non-muslims to be humiliated and brutalized.

  • BLJ

    Screw the Muslim world. I could care less if they hate us. They hate everything including their worthless selves. Anyone who denies that it is a battle between them and the rest of us in living in a fantasy world.

  • BobSmith101

    Would you wear a T-shirt with a Mohammad cartoon printed on it?

    You might in Montana. Don’t try it in Mecca.

    Why?

    Because, Islam trains a small number of its most devout believers it’s OK to kill. And Islamic killers have been trained to kill anyone who insults Allah and/or Mohammad.

    In Montana you’d have a good chance none of these Islamic killers would see you.

    In Mecca you wouldn’t last five minutes. One of Islam’s killers would come from out of nowhere and kill you. It is that simple.

    You don’t believe me? Ask any Muslim!

    Read it all at: http://islamsfatalflaw.blogspot.com/

    • http://http:/zillablog.marezilla.com zillaoftheresistance

      Non-muslims are not permitted to get anywhere near mecca, but they'd kill you just as fast in plenty of western cities too, try doing it in Dearborn, Michigan.

      • BobSmith101

        Read the article – I agree.

  • StephenD

    I too agree with Ashvin. However, you need not "break it down" like that to see clearly the reason for rejecting the USA. Our values are diametrically opposed, period. We hold personal freedoms and individual responsibilities as sacrosanct. Islam and Islamic run societies are exactly opposite. IT is never up to the choice of an individual and an individual is never responsible. “If it be Allah’s will.” Sharia law is so foreign to our ways that, as societies, we can never be any more than trading partners. You can’t force a democracy onto a people that want a king. A Totalitarian Government MUST be hostile to its people getting cozy with democratic ideals. In essence, we can never be friends just business associates and lifetime rivals for the very souls of mankind.

  • trickyblain

    And all this time, I thought that they hated us "for our freedom." Now that a Dem is in office, they Arabs hate us because of something we are doing/not doing to them.

    If the sublimely bizarro right was anything resembling intellectually consistent, and applied the same principles to this administration as they did the last one a) it wouldn't matter how or what they think of the US, and b) they would give Obama credit, as they pounded home with Bush, for preventing any attacks on US soil during his entire term.

    But consistency ain't the name of the game, though. It's writing stuff that makes non-intellectually curious folk weep and tremble in their self-deluded persecution.

    • http://http:/zillablog.marezilla.com zillaoftheresistance

      Obama hasn't prevented any terror attacks on our soil! Fort Hood jihad attack, jihad attack in Arkansas, attempted jihad underwear bombing, are just a few of the jihad islamic terror attacks that have happened and were not prevented by the Obama administration. Nobody got at us after 9/11 with GWB in office, the terror attacks only began succeeding here again since Obama has been in office with his islamocoddling that has emboldened our enemies. The truth clearly isn't the name of your game, as you're making stuff up which have no basis in fact.

      • trickyblain

        An attempted underwear bombing that failed was not prevented? But I see, you're including incidents where folks go insane. Hard to prevent for any administration. Here's what happened under "no attacks" Bush:

        2001:
        September 11: Attacks kill 2,973, and many more later from exposure to toxic dust in a series of hijacked airliner crashes into two U.S. landmarks: the World Trade Center in New York City, New York, and The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. A fourth plane, originally intended to hit the United States Capitol Building, crashes in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, after an apparent revolt against the hijackers by the plane's passengers.

        Anthrax attacks on the offices the United States Congress and New York State Government offices, and on employees of television networks and tabloids.

        December 12: Jewish Defense League plot by Chairman Irv Rubin and follower Earl Krugel to blow up the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City, California, and the office of Lebanese-American Rep. Darrell Issa, foiled.

        December 22: 2001 shoe bomb plot.

        • trickyblain

          Cont…

          2002:
          An Egyptian gunman opens fire at an El Al ticket counter in Los Angeles International Airport, killing two Israelis before being killed himself.

          John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo conduct the Beltway Sniper Attacks, killing ten people in various locations throughout the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area from October 2 until they are arrested on October 24

          2005:
          Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, an Iranian-born graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, drives an SUV onto a crowded part of campus, injuring nine.

          An Afghani Muslim hit 19 pedestrians, killing one, with his SUV in the San Francisco Bay area.

          2006:
          A teenage gunman kills six bystanders and wounds four more in a popular shopping center before being shot dead by police in the Trolley Square shooting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

          • trickyblain

            cont…

            A pair of improvised explosive devices are thrown at the Mexican Consulate in New York City. The fake grenades were filled with black powder and detonated by fuses, causing very minor damage. Police investigate the connection between this and a similar attack against the British Consulate in New York in 2005.

            2008:
            New York. A bomb goes off outside an empty military recruiting station in Times Square

            Dalton, Georgia An explosion at a personal injury law firm in downtown Dalton, Ga., injured four people, including at least one lawyer, and resulted in the death of the apparent bomber in what a federal law enforcement spokesman described as a suicide attack.

        • http://http:/zillablog.marezilla.com zillaoftheresistance

          You claimed that ALL terrorist attacks had been prevented under Obama, the Fort Hood massacre was jihad, as was the killing at the recruiting center in Arkansas. Obama's failed policies did NOT stop the underwear bomber, the jihadi's incompetence did and the passengers on the plane helped. Obama has not made anyone safer, he's made things more dangerous.

          • trickyblain

            You said:

            " Nobody got at us after 9/11 with GWB in office, the terror attacks only began succeeding here again since Obama has been in office with his islamocoddling that has emboldened our enemies."

            The lists I provided to you prove otherwise.

          • http://http:/zillablog.marezilla.com zillaoftheresistance

            YOU said that Obama has prevented any terror attacks from happening on our soil since he's been president. THEY HAVE.

    • Dave

      I guess you don’t count the dead at Ft Hood or in Arkansas a an attack.

    • johnnywoods

      Hey tricky, your brilliance is blinding. Where did I put my sunglasses?

  • CHARLEY 60

    A lot of the attitudes being mentioned in the M E are alive and well in the US also. You will find the different attitudes about peoples religion and skin color as you travel our huge country. If not for our legal and ethics attitudes we would be close to doing a lot of the same things. Just like in our, not so distant, past. All the Mideast wanted from us was money. Anything else and we were not welcome. That is as true today as 10 years ago. It hasn't changed at all, nor will it in the future. Obama didn't expect to change it either. It was a talking point to get elected. That is normal DC politics.

  • dana jones

    A Coup d'etat took place during the 2008 presidential election.

    Obama is not the president, he’s the acting president. He disappeared for 2 weeks after his election win only to reappear looking exhausted sitting next to John McCain, with a bad poker face, for a press photo shoot. Obama is now a Pentagon puppet.

    Here’s what Obama, Osama, Biden, Bin Laden, the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists, and Sarah Palin had to do with the last presidential election and the military’s overthrow of our government. Thousands of people are learning about this and sharing it everyday. Help us restore our democracy now.
    http://electnomorespys.blogspot.com/

    • Ghostwriter

      I hate to tell you this but many people voted for President Obama. I wasn't one of them. I felt then he doesn't have the stomach to fight terrorists. My view of him has changed. He's now a foolish person that doesn't really understand the world around him while he makes this country look foolish. He's basically in over his head.

  • Ghostwriter

    What do you think Americans see about the Muslim world? Most of us are left with the impression that they're just a bunch of violent fanatics who just want war with the rest of the world. That they hate us,they've always hated us,and they always will hate us and that will never really change. I don't necessarily subscribe to that view but it's hard not to.

  • LindaRivera

    It is normal for every leader of a country to put their own country first before other countries. One of the major things that has led to Obama being disrespected is that Obama is seen as not putting his own country, America, first. Not only does this create disrespect, but also creates a lack of trust. The Muslims see very clearly that Obama does not put his own country first and this causes Muslims to both disrespect and distrust Obama. The following is just one example of this:

    The Telegraph

    Barack Obama: Nasa must try to make Muslims 'feel good'
    The head of the Nasa has said Barack Obama told him to make "reaching out to the Muslim world" one of the space agency's top priorities.

    …he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/7875584/

  • LindaRivera

    A president's allegiance is supposed to be to his own country, not to a religion!

    Obama pledges undying allegiance to the Islamic faith.. again and again and again http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBQ0gWqjPeo&fe

    • trickyblain

      Linda, you do know that this video is edited beyond all getup? And baly at that. Terrible. Even by amateur standards.

      Obama may be a lot of things, but he's not a Muslim. Nor has he ever pledged alliance to Islam. Those are facts.

      You should seriously be ashamed for reposting silly lies.

  • Len_Powder

    With regard to domestic failures Obama has blamed George Bush, the Republicans, greedy businessmen, the rich, etc. for the incessantly depressing economic news. Who can he blame for his international failures? Oddly, the administration appears to have no need to fault others for these failures except perhaps for Israel. When someone goes through llife blaming others for all of their troubles and woes what name do you give them? Answer: Statist; Socialist; Communist; Democrat; Liberal, FDR, Carter, Clinton, Obama, etc.

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  • johnnywoods

    Excellent point you make there tiger.