Not happy that President Obama didn’t make more of the election in Iraq? There has been nothing like this election in the mostly Muslim Iraq in 40 plus years….
Below by Oliver North:
Failing to declare this election a major victory in the war being waged against us by radical Islam is a mistake. Obama could have mentioned the Iraqi elections in his “first formal television interview” — given on Monday to Hisham Melhem of Saudi-owned, Dubai-based, Al-Arabiya, satellite network. Regrettably, he never mentioned it.
Instead, he talked about “communicating a message to the Arab world and the Muslim world, that we are ready to initiate a new partnership based on mutual respect and mutual interest.” He also responded to his interlocutor in ways that denigrated his predecessors with phrases like, his desire “to listen, set aside some of the preconceptions that have existed and have built up over the last several years.”
During the interview, Obama also spoke wistfully of the “respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago,” and added, “there’s no reason why we can’t restore that.”
Some will say it isn’t fair to make our new commander in chief stick to the facts. That’s the trouble with television interviews. They are on tape and stay around for years. If you are going to do them, it helps to know the facts.
Let’s see, 30 years ago — 1979 — the year that Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran, the “Islamic Revolution” was proclaimed, the U.S. was first described as “the Great Satan,” our embassy in Tehran was sacked and 53 Americans were held hostage for 444 days. That’s probably not the kind of “respect” Mr. Obama had in mind.
How about 20 years ago — 1989: While investigators were still combing the wreckage of PanAm flight 103, in Lockerbie, Scotland, Libyan dictator Muammar Ghadafi sent MiG-23s to attack a U.S. Navy Carrier Battle Group in the Mediterranean. Final score: U.S. Navy 2, Libya 0. Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa to kill Salman Rushdie. Islamic radicals murdered the President of Lebanon and Saddam Hussein issued mobilization orders in preparation for invading Kuwait the following August.
Unfortunately, the Al-Arabiya interview isn’t the only troubling talk coming from the Obama administration that could well leave members of our all-volunteer force wondering just what is expected of them. In congressional testimony this week, Defense Secretary Gates said that even though Afghanistan was the new commander in chief’s “top priority,” we also “ought to keep our objectives realistic and limited in Afghanistan.”
I have spent my life in and around our military. Everyone I’ve ever known in our Armed Forces believes in “realistic” missions and goals. But, I’ve yet to meet the man or woman in uniform who is willing to sacrifice all for “respect,” a “partnership” or a “limited objective.”
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