Obama’s Cairo speech

I’m getting the kids off to school, and haven’t heard or read the speech.  Bob Owens did:

In rhetoric that bared a broad range of thought, from empathy and denial, to wishful thinking and sophomoric ideological fantasy, Barack Obama alarmed allies and confirmed for the nation’s enemies that he will do for democracy and the advancement of human rights what George Tiller did for pediatrics.

So did Charles Hurt (hat tip: The New Editor).

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  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster

    OT: Book, you and others here might be interested in my post about Obama’s upcoming visit to Dresden, the Allied bombing of that city, and the recent German movie on the subject.

  • BrianE

    It was typical Obama– long on platitudes with some historical revisionism thrown in.
    At first I was feeling offended as Obama sent greetings from the Muslims in America, and his rather generous evaluation of Islam as that forward thinking religion that brought Europe out of the dark ages. There was a lot of reminiscing about the past glory of Islam, though I guess that’s all right for a people stuck in the past.
    In general, I though the speech was fine– though the reference to our repudiation of torture seemed hollow given we can just outsource our torture to the Egyptians again.
    His defense of Israel’s right to exist seemed predicated on a basic rationale of “they were seriously harmed in the past so get over it”. It seemed he used history when it suited him, and forgot it when not. I certainly would accept the establishment of Israel along the lines of the spoils of war and all that, but a historical argument predating any Arab claim could also be made.
    As far as the great religions of the world all getting along– my personal marker will be Saud Arabia opening it’s borders to Christians and allowing the Bible to be sold next to the Koran at the local Barnes and Nobles (assuming they even still sell the Bible).
    I’m getting the impression that he really is a meglomaniac and actually believes he can talk Muslims into the 21st century by the power of his oratory.
    As was commented on another blog, some of his speech contained themes from Bush’s speeches.

  • highlander

    Every day more jaw-droppers from the White House.

    I think we are witnessing what could fairly be called “Obama Derangement Syndrome”, except unlike “Bush Derangement Syndrome” it is Obama himself who is deranged.

  • highlander

    On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people – Muslims and Christians – have suffered in pursuit of a homeland. For more than sixty years they have endured the pain of dislocation. Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead. They endure the daily humiliations – large and small – that come with occupation.

    WRONG! The Palestinians are suffering, not because of occupation, but because their own leaders would have it so. It serves the purposes of these leaders that the Palestinian people remain as victims, ostensibly as victims of Israel and the West, but in reality as victims of their own leadership and their own hatred, which their leaders have made sure to keep kindled.

  • Quisp

    Robert Spencer read it, too.

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    Sorry….can’t even read that dreck!

    I admire your stamina, BW…..my gag reflex is too sensitive.

  • suek

    Interesting comment by a 4infidels on the link to Robert Spencer’s analysis:

    “Obama uses language to mislead and obfuscate:

    He says that it is necessary for “friends” to tell “friends” hard truths which is why he is being so direct with Israel. He then avoids telling Muslims anything that might offend them.

    He says both sides have commitments they need to meet. He then offers measurable actions Israel must take while talking vaguely about Palestinian obligations.

    He says Israel must end all “settlement activity.” Palestinians should “make an effort” to “reduce incitement.”

    He says that he won’t avoid making his speech in Egypt due to its poor record on human rights…just because “they haven’t done everything we have asked?” Everything? What exactly have they done that we have asked? Have we even asked anything of Egypt other than perhaps to stop the smuggling of weapons to Hamas, which they didn’t do until they realized that those weapons might pose a threat to Egypt? And are “human rights” only of concern when they are a tool for Palestinians in their war against Israel?

    He says both sides need to take risks for peace as though Israel didn’t put forth an overly generous peace plan in 2000 or make peace deals with Egypt and Jordan or withdraw from Gaza, etc.

    He says we need to respect the outcomes of elections and not impose our standards on other countries. I guess this only goes for anti-American, authoritarian and terrorist governments. He has no problem forcing Netanyahu into taking positions that not only go against his values and nation’s best interest, but could bring down his government.

    I could go on. “

  • Danny Lemieux

    I am with Earl…as a “student of history”, my gag reflexes could not let me finish this dreck.

    Once, right after 9/11, our church’s rector invited an Iranian Muslim woman to come and present on “Islam”, in order to “foster understanding”. The woman, excruciatingly religious, came with a slide presentation extolling the historical accomplishments of Islam. Actually, all she had was a collection of slides showing old Islamic mosques and calligraphy (as she extolled the great accomplishments of Islamic architecture in reverential tones). The piece de resistance was her final slide, a photo of the Grand Mosque of Istanbul. The woman had no idea that it was the Haghia Sophia “Church of St. Sophia”, built by the Eastern Roman Empiror Justinian. She had been taught all of her life that this church was an example of superior Muslim architecture over that of the West. With that one slide, she epitomized so much of what fundamentally ailed the Islamic world.

    Here we had a delusional President of the United States whose world view is built on lies, make believe and mythology addressing a culture built upon lies, make believe and mythology. I fear that our Rorschach president’s tangled webs of ersatz history will lead us to an epic tragedy.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    If DC gets wiped out like in Prayers for the Assassin, I would call that an Epic Conclusion. And perhaps even an Epic Success.