Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Obama's First Interview as President to Arab News

So Obama sat down with Al-Arabiya News his first formal television interview as President yesterday, as the American press sat waiting by the phone and checking their hair in the mirror like a moderately attractive prom girl waits for a call from the head quarterback.

But they would be disappointed.

Obama effectively tongue-kissed his date right there on the dance floor in view of those he had left hanging. He spoke sweet nothings into her ear, and told her everything she wanted to hear.

Unfortunately it will take time to see if she responds by fawning over him or by flying another plane into one of his buildings. And judging from how she treats her own family, things don't look too hopeful. Click this link if you need an example: Saudi court punishes rape victim with 200 lashes. And yes, you read that correctly. They punished the victim of the rape.

Here's the interview and transcript.

He says in the interview, "all too often the United States starts by dictating." This is patently false. America usually starts by burying its head in the sand or being extremely patient. That's what led to Hitler taking over most of mainland Europe. It's what led to Pearl Harbor. It's what gave us 3,000 dead Americans lying under a buildings in New York and Washington.

We're patient, forgiving, and sometimes too slow to act. But when we do act the world has usually been warned by countless words and UN resolutions.

Obama also says, "But if you look at the track record, as you say, America was not born as a colonial power, and that the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there's no reason why we can't restore that."

Our relationship with the Muslim world 20 or 30 years ago was held together by a very fine strand called "The enemy of my enemy is my friend." In order to stop Soviet expansion, American joined forces with the Muslim World to fight this common enemy.

The Muslim world said, "Thank you" by blowing up the American embassy in Beirut in 1983, bombing the World Trade Center in 1993, the American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998. The American response to each of these was minimal at best.

After the 9/11 attacks America's response, under the leadership of Former President Bush was swift and decisive. Obama could look to Bush for how to deal with threats to our national security and to the security of our allies (AKA Israel.)

Obama also refuses to explicitly denounce a nuclear Iran near the end of the interview. The same day that Iran intends to have a nuclear weapon by the end of the year.

These comments are not only frustrating and wrong. They are dangerous. I mean seriously, do you want this guy to have a nuke?


Our best hope is that President Obama was as truthful with Al-Arabiya as he was when he spoke about abortion with Rick Warren.

On an unrelated note, does this put Hussein back into the "usable" category when we refer to President Obama?

Is this the change we can believe in?

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