The Pyrite President

It’s the same kind of humiliation that takes place every day in many parts of the world -– the relentless tyranny of governments that deny their citizens dignity.

—Barack Obama, May 19, 2011

“All that glisters is not gold,” said the Bard of Avon, and the shiny words of Barack Obama’s latest Muslim outreach initiative prove the point.  Hidden within the profusion of today’s oratorical fool’s gold offered up by our Pyrite President is this, as pointed out by Frank Gaffney:

The United States is now prepared to do business with the Muslim Brotherhood.

[…] that was surely the practical effect of his effusively depicting the so-called “Arab Spring” as a welcome expression of democratic sentiment throughout the region.  By so doing, he studiously ignored the reality on the ground in virtually every country in the Middle East and North Africa now undergoing political turmoil:  Islamists associated with or akin to the totalitarian, salafist Muslim Brotherhood are poised to be the principal beneficiaries of any balloting that ultimately occurs in Egypt and Tunisia – and, perhaps in due course in, Syria, Yemen, Tunisia, Libya, Bahrain and beyond.

[…] The President’s ongoing efforts to align the United States with Muslims, irrespective of whether they seek to impose shariah or otherwise seek our destruction, is a prescription for furthering what has emerged as the Obama Doctrine: Emboldening our enemies, undermining our friends and diminishing our country.

And what would an Obama speech be without a healthy helping of old fashioned Democrat hypocrisy?

We will support open access to the Internet, and the right of journalists to be heard -– whether it’s a big news organization or a lone blogger. In the 21st century, information is power, the truth cannot be hidden, and the legitimacy of governments will ultimately depend on active and informed citizens.

But how do you reconcile those pretty words with a White House that wants to control the web and that insists, as Keith Koffler writes:

it has the right to limit the access of the Boston Herald to the press pool covering President Obama’s trip to the city because it regards its reporting as unfair.

I can tell you, I’ve covered the White House for many years and I’ve never heard of a publication being excluded from pool duty owing to its politics.

This all comes on the heels of a report the White House banned a San Francisco Chronicle reporter from the press pool for using a camera to record a protest at one of his fundraisers.

 Obama’s latest and perhaps biggest fourberie, however, is this:

He declared that the United States would give up to a billion dollars in debt relief to Egypt and economic, trade and technical aid to the Egyptians and Tunisians. Other nations stand to get similar treatment if only they replace their present autocrats with new ones – provided the latter are prepared to come to power via elections.

 With such a policy, the United States stands to compound the mistake now being made in Libya – where al Qaeda operatives, former Guantanamo Bay detainees and other Islamists are already being given “non-lethal” and “humanitarian assistance” and U.S. political support. Without knowing precisely who are likely to be the beneficiaries of such assistance, we run the very considerable risk that we will effectively be arming, as well as legitimating, our enemies.

Further evidence that Obama’s Muslim outreach bodes ill for American interests is that the mincing RINO Lindsey ‘Grahamnesty’ supports it:

“I am willing to take American dollars at a time when we’re flat broke, go back home and suffer the consequences of sending aid to Egypt at a time when South Carolina has 10 percent unemployment because I believe the Egyptian revolution is about a new way of doing business that’s better for us.”

But the dollars are neither Graham’s to steal nor Obama’s to redistribute, are they? The unbridled arrogance of these political spendthrifts boggles the imagination.   Then there’s the little matter of the president’s call for Israel’s return to its pre-Six Day War borders, a repudiation of previous bi-partisan American commitments.

Mr. Obama’s new position does not appear to rule out Israel’s retaining settlements. But it suggests that the United States would back the Palestinian position that a solution should be close to the 1967 lines and that any retained land would be compensated with other land, which is one reason Mr. Netanyahu’s government firmly opposes the change in position. Dore Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations and a confidant of Mr. Netanyahu’s, lamented by telephone that Mr. Obama’s speech was “a radical shift in United States policy towards Israel.” (Netanyahu Responds Icily to Obama Remarks)

 Seems like every day there’s more and more folks using the word “radical” in combination with the  name of “Obama”.

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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18 Responses to The Pyrite President

  1. so we are going to give the Muslim Brotherhood a billion dollars so they can fund Hamas and Hezbollah against Israel. there is going to be a war and Obama is going to blame on Israel. I’m disgusted with my country right now.

  2. Bob Mack says:

    Obama Pressures Media For Positive Coverage:

    Living up to its reputation as a Leftist administration, the Obama White House appears to be engaged in blatant press intimidation, given emails exchanged with the Boston Herald…Let’s hope the institutions that are home to professors that have commented negatively have their taxes and federal financial aid dealings done correctly. One never knows what lengths a tin-pot dictator might go to get the cooperation he wants from a so called free press.

  3. Freedom, by the way says:

    Our president, who I have feared for quite a while, was the greatest danger to America, has now positioned himself as one of the greatest dangers to western civilization. I have a strong sense of foreboding, Bob. This is not good at all.

  4. loopyloo305 says:

    Our President is a Betrayer! Of our friends, our allies and most of all to us. He is setting Israel up for attack and allowing our enemies access to us. We are rapidly being flanked with bases in Central and South American. We are having our borders erased and we are being divided by the very person that was elected with the specific task of protecting the country.

  5. Good grief. The hits just keep on coming. Can I just bury my head back in the sand now?

    Or maybe suck my thumb?

    • AFVET says:

      No way Nooone.
      We should all send OB a binky.
      Maybe that would make him feel better, poor little @#$%^&*( boy.

  6. Freedom, by the way says:

    No one–what’s going on at the local military base? My hubby works at one and said they had a bunch of extra security today, dogs checking out all of the vehicles. Hmmm.

  7. roblorinov says:

    Freedom same thing here where I live. The Air Force base is on high alert for some reason. Dogs, extra checking of vehicles, only one public gate open today. WTH???

  8. samhenry says:

    Very well written and cogent remarks. Excellent post.

  9. TexasFred says:

    Seems like every day there’s more and more folks using the word “radical” in combination with the name of “Obama”.

    That’s because *radical* is a lot nicer and more acceptable than the OTHER names that sorry SOB gets called… 😈

  10. Bob Mack says:

    Lindsey Grahamnesty lives down to his nickname (Aw: Free Press Hampering Lindsey Graham’s Efforts):

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), when talking to Capitol reporters, said that Fox News makes it difficult for him to garner support for his stance on immigration reform, which includes a “pathway to citizenship” for illegal aliens already living in the country.
    […] “Let’s talk about immigration. When Fox News is saying ‘amnesty’ 24 hours a day, it makes it harder for me to get people on my side,” he added. “When the left, through MSNBC, talks about the tax cuts being a sell-out and going back to Bush policies, it makes harder for our Democratic colleagues.

    “My statement to my colleagues is even though people are loud, that doesn’t mean they’re the majority,” Graham continued. “So if you’re doing things that make sense, just trust the country to figure it out, but in this environment of constant media scrutiny it is very difficult. I don’t know how you would have written the Constitution in this environment.”

  11. Bob, I may be completely out of line here, but there are bloggers being sued by Righthaven for using this photo. I notice that yours is somewhat different, but wanted you to know, in case you are not aware. I think it’s originally a Denver Post pic. If you need more details, just let me know.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Thanks, Maggie. I’ll pull it anyway. People oughta start counter-suing Righthaven for harassment.

      Truly a Troll: Righthaven Suing Over TSA Pat-Down Photo (Blog Law Blog)

      Steve Green in the Las Vegas Sun reports about a new spate of lawsuits filed by Righthaven against bloggers who have reposted a photo from the Denver Post showing a TSA pat-down of a passenger’s crotch: Blogger, websites sued by Righthaven over ‘TSA enhanced pat-down’ photo

      What’s new – and troubling – with these latest lawsuits is that the people being sued may have had no idea that the photo they were using originated with the Denver Post. Since the photo went viral, it’s showed up in Google image search results disconnected from the Denver Post.

      Bloggers worried about getting sued by Righthaven had previously been able to steer clear of newspaper sites owned by companies doing business with Righthaven. But that is no longer a way to insulate yourself from Righthaven’s wrath. Using an image from a completely random website – one you might deem unlike to sue, or at least likely to share a commodious understanding of fair use – might land you in the Righthaven drift nets.

      I am not a big fan of using the word “troll” to describe people enforcing intellectual property rights. And I’ve resisted using it to describe Righthaven litigation against people who reposted stories from newspapers. But what Righthaven is now doing can truly be called trolling.

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