What If Islamists Took Control of the White House?

Howard Rotberg is a Canadian writer, businessman and publisher.  He is the author of The Second Catastrophe: A Novel about a Book and its Author, TOLERism: The Ideology Revealed, and Exploring Vancouverism: The Political Culture of Canada’s Lotus Land. He is President of Mantua Books.


whDear me, I worry so much about the future of our freedoms in the West, as so many begin to “submit” to the values and demands of radical Islam, or what is called “Islamism.”

The other day, I began to worry what would happen if the Islamists took over the American government and placed one of their own in the White House.

I started to think about the agenda that an Islamist president would fulfill.   Here are some of my thoughts:

[1] He would make it clear that the American Constitution and the history of American freedoms were no more exemplary than the history of Islam.   He would argue that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition.   Instead, he would say, they overlap and share common principles.  He would be clear in his moral equivalence between America and the totalitarian Islamic regimes.   He might go so far as to say the “common principles” were justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.   And if he got away with comparing the American justice system and the tolerance of most Americans with the totalitarian justice systems of the Islamic states and with comparing American tolerance to the intolerance of peoples who riot and kill if they think political cartoons are offensive, then he would go further:  He would assure everyone that it is Islam that has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibility of religious tolerance and racial equality.   If the American people were too stupid to know about the persecution of Christians and Jews in Muslim countries (including the often-ignored fact of nearly a million Jews being expelled from Arab countries in the ‘40s and ‘50s), then that would just make his task all the easier.

[2] He would as quickly as possible give out important awards, like the Medal of Freedom, to those complicit with the goals of radical Islam, who head NGOs and United Nations bodies that support the notion that the Israelis are the new Nazis and the Palestinians are the new Jews.   And he would announce such awards on a date of symbolic significance to the Jews – Tisha B’Av, the historic day of mourning for the loss of the Jewish temples and the occurrence of other national tragedies, so that the Jews knew that he was putting them in their place, for the sooner they got the message, the better.

[3] He would make a quick symbolic snub to Eastern Europe so as to emphasize that the quid pro quo for Russian support of Islamists (outside the former U.S.S.R only, of course) would be the removal of defensive missiles from Poland.   He would drive home the point by not informing the Poles very much ahead of the announcement and would make the announcement on September 17, 2009, which everyone in Central Europe knew was the 60th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland, followed by the annexation of eastern Poland to the USSR.   This would be another important symbolic act to show how in the future the world would be divided between radical Islam, Russia and China.

[4] To further the goals of Radical Islam, the U.S. must be dramatically weakened from the inside, including its once strong and proud economy.  He would have to create unheard of budget deficits.  He would make a budget that spends more than any other in history, creates the largest deficits in history and imposes the largest tax increases in history.  He would spend over a trillion dollars more each year than he took in, and would project a cumulative deficit within ten years of $14.29 trillion – more than the country’s GNP.  That way, the U.S. would end up being owned by China and other foreign lenders and the American people would be so preoccupied with their economic woes, and his governments lies about the terms of a socialized medical system, there would be little regard paid to the increasing rate of Islamification of its culture and freedoms.

[5] Any captured terrorists would be given civilian trials, with the same constitutional rights as American citizens, rather than giving them military trials like enemy soldiers receive.   This would show that Islamic terrorists are really the same as American citizens and would make it difficult to secure convictions.  It would also make it difficult to keep anti-terrorist measures secret, because they would be subject to pre-trial discovery of civilian trials.

[6] He would change many of the terms that are meant to suggest American values are superior to Islamic values.  He would downplay any sense that America is at war with radical Islam.  In fact, he would avoid using the term “Global War on Terror” [GWOT] and instead use “Overseas Contingency Operation.”

[7] He would refer to any terrorists that kill dozens of Americans on American soil not as “terrorists” or “murderers” or “agents of Islamism” but as mere “extremists” – making such killers no more evil than, say, right-wing Republicans.   He would not do anything to stop Islamists infiltrating the American military.

[8] He would assure Americans that acts of terrorism that obviously should be caught by American authorities, were in fact business as usual, and if he was on vacation during such incidents, he would not bother to return to work. That would show that not only were the terrorists winning but that was entirely normal.

[9] He would appoint an Iranian-born political associate without any special military, security or nuclear knowledge to be put in charge of secret negotiations with Iran and then pretend to make a deal with Iran to stop its nuclear weapon program (which nuclear weapons Iran has been promising since 1996 would be used against Israel, and even a few days before the deal was made, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, who really rules Iran, said that the Jews of Israel “cannot be called humans, they are like animals, some of them” and that Israel was “the rabid dog of the region”). He would, in an act of appeasement that was Chamberlain-like, make an agreement that allowed Iran to keep all its centrifuges and proceed to make its nukes, with the sanctions that have finally begun to bite being eased in return for nothing at all.    He would allow the Parchin site and other secret military installation to be out of sight of the inspectors, allow for the possibility of “dirty bombs” using nuclear material probably through its terrorist arm, Hezbollah, allow it to keep up its production of centrifuges, and boost its stock of 3.5 percent enriched uranium, thereby accumulating enough material to enhance its capacity for producing enough weapons-grade uranium to break through to a nuclear bomb rapidly enough to defy detection by the IAEA or Western intelligence until it is too late.

[10] He would make it clear that Israel would be on its own (at least up until an Iranian first strike nuclear attack killed an estimated 200,000 Israelis) and he would delay the delivery of “bunker busting” bombs promised to be sold to Israel.  He would also delay delivery of helicopters and other military hardware so as to pressure Israel to do nothing in the face of a threatened nuclear war.

[11] He would have his secretary of state warn Israel that unless it gave into demands from a terrorist entity that teaches its children hatred and violence, Israel would end up with a Third Intifada, which presumably would be Israel’s fault.

[12] He would make Israel the object of his demands, and demand nothing from Arab countries or the Palestinians.  He would try to stop all Israeli settlement even within established cities, if they were on “disputed” lands.    He would thus create a situation where the Palestinians had no interest in compromise, since all demands were only made on the Israelis.

[13] He would befriend radical Islamist professors and Americans with records of terrorist violence against American institutions, so young Americans would know who he deemed worthy of the respect inherent in friendship, and they would understand the way of the future.

[14] He would make it clear that the only “radical” part of Islam is Al Qaeda, and therefore there is no threat to America from any other Muslims, who after all, as pointed out in point one above, are tolerant and followers of justice just like all Americans.

[15] He would court the Muslim Brotherhood, support it in Egypt and elsewhere, and allow its operatives to participate at the highest levels of American government.

Oh, dear.  I think we have a problem.

Howard Rotberg is a Canadian writer.  His latest book is TOLERism:  The Ideology Revealed.   He is also President of publisher Mantua Books  (www.mantuabooks.com).

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    If?

  • Kentfromohio

    The article brings to mind a recent book by Diana West, that may have been given airtime on this site. I will have to check.

    • ziggy zoggy

      Don’t bother. Diana Worst and her insane screed didn’t come anywhere near to the subject of Obama’s islamophilia.

      • Kentfromohio

        Yes, the thing I notice most about her insane screed is the facts that she puts on the table (not opinion) about specific cases of government officials operating under foreign direction. There are an incredible number of documented cases going back to the 1930s. The facts she presents are all accepted fact. I have about 75 pages to go, so far it is all fact and intelligent conclusions and speculation based on the facts, but maybe she packed all the “screed” stuff right at the end of the book.

      • Kentfromohio

        By the way, isn’t the article above a “screed”. The author seems to be all “upset” about the possibility of Islam controlling the White House. Why be upset about this? To be upset seems to qualify as a “screed” person.

        • defcon 4

          Yes Mehmet, why would any najjis kaffir be upset about islam0fascism? Persecution of the najjis kaffir is the natural order of things as allah’s last and final messenger has revealed to us all.

          • hiernonymous

            Why do you keep saying “najjis kaffir?” What do you suppose it to mean?

          • RobertLaity

            “Najis” is Arabic for dirt,scum,waste. Infidels are called “Kaffirs” and are referred to as being on the level of dirt and waste. It is Islam that is NAJIS.

          • hiernonymous

            I know what the words mean. They’re being used incorrectly, though. If one is going to try to lend credibility to one’s posts by using the target language, it needs to be done correctly. For starters, the adjective follows the noun in Arabic. One such would be kaafir najis (no doubling of the consonants, btw); many would be kaafirun.

            Interestingly, najis refers to that which is ritually unclean; it’s not an insult, it’s a reference to those things which cause one to be impure for purposes of conducting religious duties, such that one must ritually cleanse oneself before (for example) praying. Kaafirun are not generally considered najis by Sunnis. They are considered so by most Shi’a.

        • RobertLaity

          Have YOU ever lived under Sharia Law? You won’t like it.

          • Kentfromohio

            Don’t like either Sharia law or Communist total evil. Diana West explained how both ideologies had adherents/spies operating at the top levels of our government. Both are equally reprehensible toward human liberty and truth. David Horowitz who puts out FrontPage was once a communist so he knows all of this. Last point, those who “tolerate” the evil of either are complicit in what it ultimately does. The Roosevelt administration not only tolerated communists, it allied itself with the Soviet Union and even worked behind the scenes to advance the Soviet cause, with the able assist of spies like Alger Hiss and many others including Harry Hopkins, who history has not yet treated with the disgust they are owed.

            Now, who in the current government, and the Bush administration, put Islamic interests ahead of our own? John McCain and John Boehner when they punished Michele Bachman for the simple suggestion that people with strong family ties to the Moslem Brotherhood, at top posts in the State Department, should be closely investigated before being given top secret clearance. Why did top leaders in both parties stop dead in its tracks the idea that Huma Abedin should be investigated and closely monitored, given her mother’s history with the Brotherhood.

            Do you want to live under Sharia? Do you support Boehner and Grover Norquist and McCain in protecting Moslems who infiltrate our government?

  • Thomas J.Stratford

    Too late!

    • RobertLaity

      Who says so besides you?

  • Hass

    And that’s just the beginning.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Déjà vu. Over and over and over again.
    What say you Yogi Berra?

  • hatsylady

    Heaven help us all!

  • JOHNNY HINDS

    What do you mean, “What If”……

  • Adheeb

    10 years ago I would have dismissed such a notion without comment. However, I would have done the same thing regarding a presidential candidate like Barack Obama. Not so many years ago both of these scenarios would have been impossible -BUT- America and Americans have changed.

    • Howard Rotberg

      I predicted much of this in my 2002 novel, The Second Catastrophe: A Novel about a Book and its Author. The book was banned by Canada’s monopoly book retailer (owned by a Jew!) after some Islamists complained.
      The main character was obsessed about the idea of Iran getting a nuclear bomb and using it as promised against Israel. Welcome to my 11 year long nightmare.
      Howard Rotberg

    • RobertLaity

      There are some of us that have NOT “Changed”. We are still the freedom loving defenders of the American Republic.

      • Marosheviz11

        Count me in with. Y last breath I will defend our democracy and what it stand for.

  • veritaseequitas

    What do you mean “what if?” Didn’t Obama and Kerry just bend over for the Iranians? What about Valerie Jarrett and Huma Abedin and all the rest of the Muslims and Muslim sympathizers who work in the WH?

    • RobertLaity

      Obama is a Muslim.

  • WaronSociety

    The “what if?” part of the title is asking what would an islamist do in the White House and then Mr. Rotberg lists what an islamist would do. It just so happens that Obama has done all of it. So the article title asks the question and then the article shows that an islamist has indeed taken control of the White House. I read some comments that indicated some were confused.

  • CharlaS

    From Howard Rotberg’s book TOLERism: He argues that we have entered an ideology of “Tolerism” – an unhealthy degree of tolerance without limits, and an excessive leniency towards those who represent the most intolerant and illiberal societies. He observes how cultural and moral relativism, moral equivalency, and political correctness have all contributed to a modern political culture whose elites and cultural symbols evidence, not only an undue tolerance of the illiberals, but a disturbing element of self-hatred, cultural masochism, and delusions about the difference between social tolerance and political tolerance – and an elevation of tolerance over the principle of Justice

  • http://historyscoper.com/ T.L. Winslow

    To take Israel, the Muslim World must first neutralize the U.S. Question: Who was the first president to officially support Israel’s security? Duh, JFK.

    http://tinyurl.com/obamascope

    • logdon

      And why Bobby Kennedy was assassinated because of his pro Israel stance by Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan………

      ‘Kennedy’s assassin was a Palestinian resident of Silwan in East
      Jerusalem, Sirhan Bishara Sirhan. He chose to kill Kennedy on that exact
      date because it coincided with the first anniversary of Israel’s
      stunning victory during the Six-Day War. Sirhan hated Kennedy because he had supported Israel; in fact, that was exactly what Sirhan said when
      he testified at his own trial. He remains in prison, serving a life
      sentence for the murder’.

      http://forward.com/articles/13524/remember-what-bobby-kennedy-died-for-/#ixzz2llP6vDJA

      • nomoretraitors

        “He remains in prison, serving a life sentence for the murder”
        getting free food, free meds and free gym courtesy of the American (infidel) taxpayers

    • Sunny Meadow

      A truly Satanic plot…

  • Avi

    Excellent article, Howard. I have had the same nightmare as you since a certain Obama was first elected. And the worst thing is, our nightmare is turning out to be real life! What bugs me is that almost no one is willing to admit that fact.

    • RobertLaity

      OBAMA IS A SPY AND A TRAITOR! I rest my reputation on this fact.

  • marineh2ominer

    We HAVE an Islamist president , so just observe whats happening and you will have your answer .

    • RobertLaity

      There is an Islamist who is in the Oval Office but is NOT in the “Office” of the Presidency. Obama has never BEEN the bona-fides President. He is a usurper. Obama usurped the Presidency during time of war. That makes Obama a SPY under the UCMJ at S906,A106.

  • yadayadayada

    We almost had a middle east first lady in NYC.

  • Marc

    16.) He would reveal secret Israel missions aimed to prevent Syria from supplying Hezbollah with deadly missiles in an effort to embarrass Syria into retaliating. He would leak Israeli military secrets to limit Israel from attacking Muslim Iran. He would reveal secret agreements between Azerbaijan and Israel that might help Israel prevent Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. He would provide hundreds of millions of dollars to Palestinians supporting terror. He would treat the Prime Minister of Israel in a deliberate and publicly humiliating fashiion.

  • NJK

    Of course we have a problem. We actually have two problems, him being there, and what is or was supposed to be the worlds greatest super power, letting him in there to begin with. And then letting him stay. Willful blindness. The Americans that would vote for someone named Hussein, have thrown away their country.

    • RobertLaity

      Technically,it is called misprision of treason and felony.
      “We are evading the issue”- SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas to Congress when asked about having to be a Natural-Born Citizen to be President. The entire room reacted with raucus laughter at his response,including Congressman Serrano.

  • Rhaidon
  • University of Rembrandt

    “If the American people were too stupid to know about the persecution of Christians and Jews in Muslim countries” Up until 9/11 very few Americans knew anything about Islam. Geez Howard, do you really expect everyone to be Middle Eastern experts or is it just too easy to call people stupid?

    • Howard Rotberg

      After the Holocaust, our media and our education system have a duty to educate about genocides real and threatened. Individuals have a duty to educate themselves as it is so easy in the internet age. If people do not bother to read and work for a better world, they are not only stupid but immoral. I don’t think my expectations are too high. A population pacified with drugs and alcohol and pornography and video games will not only fail to object to the next Holocaust but will lose its precious legacy of liberal democracy and freedoms. They will demonstrate about Arab refugees caused by wars started by Arabs but will ignore the same number of Jewish refugees from Arab countries. That is the real danger of Obama and Hilary Clinton/Huma Abedin.

    • RobertLaity

      We have been warring with Islam since the time of the inception of the U.S.A. Muslims were kidnapping Americans over two hundred years ago.
      The U.S. Marines stormed “The shores of Tripoli” for the reason of rescuing those Americans. See The Barbary Wars. The fight continues TODAY. We ARE at war with Islam.
      “America will never be at war with Islam”-Barack Obama

  • nomoretraitors

    They already have, as of 1/20/09

  • pupsncats

    Not to mention the dozens of things he has done to make it clear to Americans he does not support or defend our Constitution, the rule of law, the separation of powers, or our traditions, principles, and values while stating he will not support federal laws he doesn’t like and go beyond his authority to change laws to benefit and reward his supporters and big donors.

    • RobertLaity

      “The Constitution is flawed”-Barack Obama

  • Felina Flash

    Much of what is described in the piece was already obvious to me. I have trouble understanding why more Americans don’t see this stuff.

    The problem is for most Americans is that even when presented with what has happened, they will not believe it. They are so lulled into believing that what we all have in the great free capitalist tent is static …. always was and always will be.

    That makes it so much easier … when the victim is unaware, one has the element of surprise. One day soon, Americans are going get the surprise of their lives. Not all at once, but as they discover by how much of their freedom is gone, how powerful and domineering big government has gotten, how little opportunity is available anymore … how poor everyone seems to be lately … how unhappy everyone has become.

    BELIEVE IT!!!

    • Sunny Meadow

      He said that in so many speeches. Are we all that dumb?

  • BenJabo1Machal

    Islamists are already in control of the White House, Obama thinks of himself as being the 12th Imam

    • Cuppa

      He told you that?

      • BenJabo1Machal

        He lied about your being able to keep your health plan & Doctor,
        why should I doubt him?

        • Cuppa

          The only people babbling about 12th Imams are you clowns.

          • BenJabo1Machal

            Not at all true, the Muslimes are Gung Ho for their New Caliph, they want the Mahdi in the worst way
            Try reading some news instead of making it uip

          • Cuppa

            You idiots are all about Armageddon. Who’s nuttier? Survey says…all of the above!

    • RobertLaity

      I don’t have the link available right now but google “Pakistani legislator NOMINATES Barack Obama to be Muslim Caliph”.

      • BenJabo1Machal

        Easy enough to find it:

        Pakistani Minister calls for Obama to become “Caliph of …

        http://www.thepostemail.com/2010/09/03/pakistani-minister-calls-for-obama...

        IS THIS OBAMA’S ROLE IN THE … Hussein Obama be named “Caliph of … Article II Atty. Orly Taitz Barack Hussein Obama Barack Obama Bill of Rights Cold Case …

        Muslim Ideological Council: Obama should be named “Caliph …

        atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2010/09/muslim…

        Sep 03, 2010 · … Pak Minister wants Obama to be ”leader of all … “Mullah Barack Hussain Obama” or “Allama … The caliph in Sunni Islam is the successor …

        Spencer: Pakistani Government Minister: Obama For Caliph …

        http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/09/spencer-pakistani…obama-for-caliph.html

        … Pakistani Government Minister: Obama For … Kuffars can’t even nominate anyone to be Caliph? … Barack Obama is s Muslim in the same way that Ronald …

  • defcon 4

    Why don’t we mention the amoral stupidity of practically anything broadcast on television these days? Or the propagation of islam0fascist propaganda by the enemedia, “higher” education, US politicians and public education?

    • Sunny Meadow

      At a press conference today, President Obama announced plans for the first ever federally funded Muslim outreach program. The program will be available nationwide for all elementary school students grade K-12 beginning February 1st, 2014. The program is designed to educate children about the fundamentals of the Muslim religion and Islamic belief.

  • Ratt Stone

    Well, for Christ’s Sake, not a Muslim ?

    The man’s name is Barrack Hussein Obama.

  • Cuppa

    Well, that was absurd.

    • RobertLaity

      Was it?

      • Cuppa

        Yes.

  • Cuppa

    But, but, but what about the Commie Muslim Martian gay Mexican Leprechans? What happens if they take over??!!??! OMG!

    • RobertLaity

      Obama is “Commie”,”Muslim” and “Gay”. Obama is also Irish on his Mother’s side and Arab on his Father’s side, His Mother most likely told Obama bedtime stories about “Leprechauns”. Obama is certainly quite facilitative towards “Mexican[s}” who illegally enter the U.S. Daily. He also facilitates Islamic immigration. So Obama is quite close to the description you gave. “Martian”? I wish he’d be sent there. Obama does worship the false god of the moon (allah) after all.

  • Craven Moorehead

    Muslim brotherhood members who have infiltrated the BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA II administration.

    Arif Alikhan – Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

    Mohammed Elibiary – Homeland Security Adviser.

    Rashad Hussain – Special Envoy to the (OIC) Organization of the Islamic Conference.

    Salam al-Marayati – Obama Adviser, founder of Muslim Public Affairs Council and its current executive director.

    Imam Mohamed Magid – Obama’s Sharia Czar, Islamic Society of North America.

    Eboo Patel – Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

    Valerie Jarrett – Senior Advisor to the President of the United States born in iran and and like Obama, Muslim.

    John Brennan – CIA DIRECTOR who converted to Islam while stationed in Saudi Arabia.

    a who’s who of Muslim Brotherhood members, apparatchiks, and sympathizers. This list included:

    Thomas Pickering: Chairman of the Accountability Review Board (ARB)
    that investigated security lapses in Benghazi prior to the 9/11/12
    attack.

    Nihad Awad: National Executive Director of the Council on American
    Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim Brotherhood group in America.

    Rashad Hussain: Obama administration’s envoy to Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) with Muslim Brotherhood ties.

    John Esposito: Georgetown University Professor and strong Muslim Brotherhood apologist.

    Dalia Mogahed: Muslim and close colleague of Esposito. Also a Muslim Brotherhood apologist.

    Mohamed Magid: President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a Muslim Brotherhood group.

    Mouaz Moustafa: Executive Director of the Syrian Emergency Task
    Force (SETF); works in D.C. and lobbies Congress on behalf of Syrian
    (Muslim Brotherhood) rebels.

    Josh Rogin: Daily Beast writer who referred to Abedin’s familial ties to the Muslim Brotherhood as a “conspiracy theor(y)”.

    Rabbi David Saperstein: A purveyor of interfaith dialogue who vouched for both Abedin and Magid.

    • RobertLaity

      The faux Obama “administration” is a RICO Cabal.

  • RobertLaity

    Obama is a Muslim Supremacist who has usurped the Presidency during time of war. He has an active Islamic agenda.

  • RobertLaity

    Please google: “What Islam is NOT” and “FITNA”.

  • oldwhiteguy

    the country has had a problem for a long time now.

  • Bob

    What do you mean IF? They have taken control…just a “progressive” implementation of the entire Muslim faith & Philosophy….

  • xteeth

    I can’t imagine why anyone that suggests that these things would necessarily follow from having Obama in the white house would be believed. Is there some sort of ridiculousness standard that must be passed for the morons to gather and shout their obeisance? Yep, he’s still black. You are now paying the lowest taxes since
    Truman. The stock market every day has new highs. Corporate taxes are
    lowest ever. Corporate profits are highest ever. Must be that black
    Kenyan Commie bastard Hussein Obama. There can’t be too much restating
    of the truth.

  • xteeth

    First thing that we would need to decide is how Reagan got away with plotting with the Ayotollah of Iran before he was elected president, to put off releasing of the hostages. That is the definitional case of treason. Why aren’t you bothered by that and the subsequent giving of money to the Contras which was exactly prohibited by Congress?

  • joshuasweet

    And they would close the shut down the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See in the Vatican.

  • Hap Harris

    Obviously this is not a “What If”. Obama is the Muslim Brotherhood’s other brother. One report says he has already funneled $1.85 million into their activities.

  • Sugarlarry

    I’m more worried about radical retardation than I am radical Islam. More people seem to suffer from it.

    • BenJabo1Machal

      Speaking about yourself from personal experience

  • Sunny Meadow

    Obama is a fraud.

  • Nicky Verity

    Are you sure your name isn’t Howard Rotbrain? What have you been smokin’, dude?

  • Liberty Survival

    This is all stuff a democrat would do as well, not sure which is worse.