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Echoes

As Glenn always says, being the next Carter is a best-case scenario:

Not only is Barack Obama violating his pledge not to campaign on 9/11, but he is also using the day to issue greetings to the Arab Forum on Asset Recovery, seemingly oblivious to the importance and solemnity of the day, as well as the context of his message.

Obama offers thanks to the Emir of Qatar–showboating some rather halting Arabic skills in addressing “His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani”–and praising the inspiring democratic example of the Arab Spring, which happened to leave the absolute monarchy of Qatar untouched.

The video, posted on the White House YouTube channel today, makes no mention of 9/11, the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, or the role of Qatar-based Al Jazeera in broadcasting radical anti-American propaganda.

Well, of course not. Given who he is, what he is, what he believes, what his rigid ideology supports and condemns, and where his sympathies lie regarding not just our enemies but our allies in the Middle East, how could he possibly have?

Via Jeff, who elsewhere just goes ahead and says it.

Update! “Obama Apologized. American Ambassador Eulogized. First Amendment Marginalized”: Jack M is angry.

I’m angry that a posturing, empty-suit of a president lectures Americans on “denigrating religious views” when he is on record as referring to Americans of faith as “bitter clingers”, and when he has campaign surrogates attacking his opponent for being a Mormon.

I’m angry that our stroke-addled, possibly brain-damaged Vice President describes 9/11 as a “bittersweet” day, as our embassies are burning and Americans are being killed.

I’m angry over the fact that we spent blood and treasure in Obama’s “Lead from Behind Libyan Adventure” only to see our Ambassador murdered and dragged thru the streets by the very people Obama placed in power.

I’m angry that we helped force an ally out in Egypt knowing he’d be replaced with an Al-Qaeda friendly government that enjoyed watching its minions take the first symbolic opportunity they had to burn our flag and replace it with Al-Qaeda’s.

I’m angry that at a time when Al-Qaeda’s flag flies over the Cairo embassy, the mis-administration prepares to forgive over $1 BILLION in Egyptian debt.

I’m angry that “Pimp With A Limp” gets to talk to the president, while Bibi Netanyahu, whose allied country faces a potential nuclear annihilation, gets to talk to the hand.

I’m angry that the gut instinct of this mis-Administration is to sympathize with and excuse those who hold our fundamental values in contempt as they actively seek any pretext they can find to slaughter us where we stand.

There’s plenty more. You might not like Jack when he’s angry. But I do.

Updated update! Hoo boy, does this cartoon say it. But it’s Ogabe’s hand being bitten harder, because of the inevitable and apt Carter comparison–the first US President to be brought down by fecklessness, naiveté, and cowardice in failing to deal with Muslim savages firmly and with resolution. Carter may have been first, but in all likelihood he won’t be the last.

And incidentally: yes, I failed to include the obligatory “radical” in front of “Muslim” there, and I won’t be making the mistake of temporizing with that meaningless distinction again. David French:

By the way, I’m thinking we should stop using the term “radical” to describe what is the majority mindset in the Middle East. In the Arab and Iranian Middle East, jihad is mainstream.

Exactly. Until we understand that simple fact and act accordingly, without equivocation or fear, we can continue to expect dastardly atrocities like this one…and all the others.

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  1. While we’re honoring our forgotten heros on the front lines of democracy:

    June 14, 2002, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
    Suicide bomber kills 12 and injures 51.
    February 20, 2003, international diplomatic compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    Truck bomb kills 17.

    February 28, 2003, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
    Gunmen on motorcycles killed two consulate guards.

    July 30, 2004, U.S. embassy in Taskkent, Uzbekistan
    Suicide bomber kills two.

    December 6, 2004, U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
    Militants stormed and occupied perimeter wall. Five killed, 10 wounded.

    March 2, 2006, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
    Suicide car bomber killed four, including a U.S. diplomate directly targeted by the assailants.

    September 12, 2006, U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria
    Gunmen attacked embassy with grenades, automatic weapons, and a car bomb (though second truck bomb failed to detonate). One killed and 13 wounded.

    January 12, 2007, U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece
    A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the embassy building. No one was injured.

    July 9, 2008, U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey
    Armed men attacked consulate with pistols and shotguns. Three policemen killed.

    March 18, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana’a, Yemen
    Mortar attack misses embassy, hits nearby girls’ school instead.

    September 17, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana’a, Yemen
    Militants dressed as policemen attacked the embassy with RPGs, rifles, grenades and car bombs. Six Yemeni soldiers and seven civilians were killed. Sixteen more were injured.

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