Obama’s Special Insight?

By Robert Spencer, Human Events

[..] Obama has long claimed that he would bring an insight to international relations that other American Presidents have not had. He explained last February:

    “As somebody who has family living overseas, who myself have lived overseas for a time, I would be able to — I think the world would see me as a different kind of President, somebody who could see the world through their eyes….If I convened a meeting with Muslim leaders around the world, to discuss how they can align themselves in our battle against terrorism, but also put our, the relationship between the West and the Islamic world on a more productive footing, I do so with the credibility of somebody who actually lived in a Muslim country for a number of years.”

And indeed, majority-Muslim countries have greeted his candidacy with immense enthusiasm. One Indonesian Christian leader even said: “We are praying for Obama because we feel he can help reduce the widespread stigma and misperception that Muslims in Indonesia are fundamentalists.”

So maybe President Obama would carry two advantages into a meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As one who has lived among Muslims, he would know how they feel, and perhaps they would believe that he, as a black man in America, would understand their grievances against the West. Perhaps the mullahs in Tehran would even be disposed to grant concessions to him, given their solicitude to the “oppressed minorities” among the hostages in 1979.

But how much hope can we really place upon an affirmative action program in Tehran? After all, the Iranian regime is not a champion of the oppressed, and Barack Obama has never been oppressed. Iran is constantly trying to portray itself as the victim of American and Israeli machinations, and these attempts are transparently dishonest. Recently it complained to the UN Security Council about Israel’s threat to its nuclear program – while never mentioning, of course, the oft-repeated Iranian saber-rattling against Israel. Iran’s Foreign Minister has called on Muslim nations to “erase” Israel, and Ahmadinejad himself has frequently indulged in genocidal rhetoric against Israel. He declared at the notorious “World Without Zionism” conference in Tehran in 2005 that “there is no doubt that the new wave (of attacks) in Palestine will wipe off this stigma [Israel] from the face of the Islamic world….Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury, Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury.”

This violent rhetoric belies the victim status the Iranians are trying to claim, and places Obama’s claimed advantage in a vastly different light. Iran has been cloaking its belligerence as a strike against oppression ever since it took those hostages back in the Carter years, and the Khomeini regime’s release of the black hostages was nothing more than a ham-handed endeavor to portray an act of naked aggression as something that soft-hearted and soft-headed Leftists could support. Obama, entering Tehran for talks with all the good will his background and race would afford him, would only reinforce the Iranian regime’s hollow attempts to claim victim status — and thereby win a platform for concessions. And since Obama would really bring to the table only warmed-over Carterism, those concessions would most likely start flowing copiously — to the detriment of American interests and those of our allies.

Barack Obama’s naivete would make Jimmy Carter look like Winston Churchill. Any actual “credibility” he would actually have in Tehran would be based not on his experience in a Muslim country or the color of his skin, but on his readiness to grant concessions. And that readiness could put us all at grave risk.

August 7, 2008 | 2 Comments »

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  1. So Obama IS the missing link between man and ape! And yet, Obama is still not proof that evolution is true – because he will need another billion years to figure out what a retard can just get in a quick moment of clarity! Retarded people are smarter than Obama – that’s a fact! Then again, as Planet of the Apes proved, primitive chimpanzees can actually read, write, and speak – his SPECIAL insight is that he is SPECIAL, like all special people are. What the Obama monkey sees, the Obama monkey does – 300 advisors don’t know how to peel a banana, but Obama goes off by himself, peels a banana, then comes back to train his 300 advisors how to peel a banana. And so Obama creates a new banana Republic! Then the 300 advisors learn to make banana juice while Obama goes on vacation to his own little island, happy that he taught 300 monkeys how to peel a banana. He slips on a banana peel and then smashes a banana and figures out how to create banana juice. He comes back from his vacation to teach his 300 advisors what he learned all by himself – HOW TO CREATE BANANA JUICE! But the 300 advisors already have their coconuts filled with banana juice. And the cycle goes back and forth until all of these monkeys realize that they’ve eaten all the bananas required to appease King Kong! King Kong won’t be very happy to learn that all of his bananas are gone, and so, King Kong will have to market a new product called: OBA-NANA! OBA-NANA screaming like a blond as he tries to flee from King Kong who will say to him: “Who do you think you are? A monkey’s uncle?”

  2. Another example of obama wanting to have it both ways. He doesn’t like the fact that his opponents will bring up his childhood in Indonesia and muslim upbringing to show that he is sympathetic to muslim interests, yet he will use that background when it suits him to claim he is better equipped to handle foreign affairs, especially our islamic enemies. Anyway it’s beyond absurd for him to claim having spent a few years of his childhood in Indonesia makes him an expert of foreign relations.