Category Archives: Middle East

Herman Cain At The National Press Club

The Politico article about two un-named women who claimed that Herman Cain directed ‘inappropriate behavior’ at them immediately cast a huge cloud over his possible presidential future.

After addressing that issue today at the National Press Club’s luncheon, it seems to me that Cain knocked it out of the park as a non-issue. Not only did he knock that one out, but he explained his plans for his administration regarding the economy, foreign relations, and everything else very well.

That said, here is Cain’s date with the National Press Club. For walking into the media’s house and answering all the tough questions squarely, I think he handled himself and his campaign chances very well.

As for the actions of Politico, they are just showing their colors.

Remember: Credit Obama for Seeds of the Egyptian Revolution

While three days of mourning, praying and fasting for the victims for the Egyptian Coptic Christians begins tomorrow, look back eight months ago and see that I wasn’t the only one who thought Obama was a participant in the Egyptian uprising.

Obama sowed the seeds, stoked the fire, then disappeared; allowing the Muslim Brotherhood to take over. It’s like community organizing at the country level.

He has replaced one dictator with another. Only this one is much more violent. This ‘dictator’ burns down Christian churches. Bibles and all. Now they are targeting and killing Christians with much less abandon.

Does this get him a feather for his diplomatic hat?

Link: Credit Obama, Not the Bush Administration, for Seeds of the Egyptian Revolution

Radical Muslims, Egypt’s Military, Kill 26 Christians

It will be revealing to see how, or whether, President Obama deals with the church bombings, rioting, and the killing of 26 Coptic Christians in Egypt over the weekend.

Will he . . .

  1. ask Americans and the rest of the less-free world to join Egypt’s Coptic church in three days of mourning?
  2. publicly and clearly condemn not only the actions of the radical Muslims and Egypt’s military for the role they played, but also condemn the Muslim’s attitude of superiority and religious intolerance that started it all?
  3. humbly accept responsibility for his role in feuling the uprising and apologize? He has made apologies when none was called for. This time, it is called for.
  4. go to a re-election campaign fundraiser?

Associated Press reports . . .

Egypt’s Coptic church blasted authorities Monday for allowing repeated attacks on Christians with impunity as the death toll from a night of rioting rose to 26, most of them Christians who were trying to stage a peaceful protest in Cairo over an attack on a church.

The spiritual leader of the Coptic Christian minority, Pope Shenouda III, declared three days of mourning, praying and fasting for the victims starting on Tuesday and also presided over funerals for some of the Christians killed. Sunday’s sectarian violence was the worst in Egypt since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February.

For the role he claims to have played in the Arab Spring, President Barack Hussein Obama (Mmm, Mmm, mmmm), the one who was going to unify the world,  now has Christians’ blood on his hands.

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Iraq Down, Iran Up

Guess whats been happening in Iraq and Iran? Haven’t you heard?

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says Iran is increasingly being involved in supporting attacks on the U.S. military in Iraq.

During a surprise visit to Baghdad on July 11, Panetta blamed Iran for the spike in Shi’ite militia attacks on the U.S. military. Panetta said the U.S. military would act without Iraq Army approval to stop what he termed the Iranian campaign against American troops, Middle East Newsline reported.

In June, 14 American soldiers were killed in the deadliest month for the U.S. military since 2008 amid what officials said marked intensified Iranian training of Shi’ite proxies.

And Iraq is facing the prospect of secession by its minority Sunni community. The Iraq government “has lost control over much of the Sunni community,” particularly in the western province of Anbar.

Looks like the ‘debt ceiling’ and ‘default’ hysteria has succeeded in keeping the new trouble in the Middle East from being reported. And there is no one in the Obama administration, including the Commander-in-Chief himself, talking about it.

Muslim Mobs Burn Churches

Something strange happened to that whole democracy movement in Egypt.

Muslim mobs set two Cairo churches on fire overnight during sectarian clashes that left 12 dead and more than 200 injured. The deepening religious violence in military-ruled Egypt exacerbated an already chaotic and lawless transition to democracy.

Things sure are better now that Mubarak is out. And we can credit President Obama for that. What?

These church burnings were triggered by rumors of an interfaith couple. She’s Muslim, he’s not Muslim. He’s Christian.

Link: Church burning deepens tumult of Egypt transition | Islamic Mob Burns Down Church in Egypt

United Flight 251 Diverted

News reports are not including the names or nationalities of the three men that caused the Washington D.C. to Portland, OR flight to land in Chicago. But passengers on the flight described them as ‘Middle Eastern.’

What are the chances they were from Israel?  That’s in the Middle East. They were probably just playing a game called ‘test the system.’ Want to play ‘guess their religion?’

More on this story at Debbie Schlussel.

 

Mr. President, What Are We Doing In Libya?

Peggy Noonan wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal that perfectly lays out what Americans are thinking.

I cannot for the life of me see how an American president can launch a serious military action without a full and formal national address in which he explains to the American people why he is doing what he is doing, why it is right, and why it is very much in the national interest.

The absence of such a statement from our President, the Commander In Chief, is especially puzzling when you consider his previous position on the use of our military.

“I don’t oppose all wars … what I am opposed to is a dumb war.” – Barack Obama, 2002

For the first time, Obama is the Commander-in-Chief of a war that he authored rather than inherited. And the man who a decade ago anointed himself the arbiter of intelligent warfare is leading the U.S. into a conflict that is questionable on its merits and incoherent in its execution.

The blatant in-over-his-head behavior of our president is embarrassing. Certainly causing belly laughs in Iran, North Korea, China, and Russia.

Links: The Speech Obama Hasn’t GivenLibya: Confusion, by Committee

No Women’s Day In Egypt

I’ll go out on a limb and suggest that the second-class status of women extends beyond Egypt, to wherever fundamentalist Muslim people live. The United States being the possible exception.

Women in Egypt, celebrating International Women’s Day, were met with angry mobs of men telling them to go back home where they belong.

The N.O.W. gang has a new task ahead of them. Should they choose to accept it.

Link: Egyptian Women’s Rights Protest Marred By HecklersFemale Genital Mutilation Creeping To America

Wussification Of U.S. Navy

For days now we’ve head the story about Somali outlaws that pirated a boat with 4 Americans on board. The Americans were trying to live out their retirement sailing off of the East coast of Africa, and passing out bibles along the way as missionaries. As an aside, merely having bibles can get you killed in Islamic extremist circles.

While being shadowed and finally approached by the U.S. Navy, the Somalis shot and killed all of their hostages several hundred miles south of Oman.

Here’s where the plot thickens. According to The White House . . .

President Barack Obama was awakened to news of the deaths at 4:42 a.m. Washington time Tuesday. He had authorized the military on Saturday to use force in case of an imminent threat to the hostages, said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

And the headlines are US condemns pirate killings, Navy holding suspects. And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement that the killings were “deplorable” and that they underscored the need for international cooperation on fighting the scourge of piracy in waters off the Horn of Africa. Like that’s going to have any consequence.

The remains of the four were taken aboard the USS Enterprise, as were 15 suspected pirates now facing charges in the deaths.

What’s wrong with this picture? If the Navy was authorized by the Commander In Chief to use force, why would there be 15 ‘suspects’ in custody? After all the history of these pirates, using our military to be constables is an abuse of the military. Forget the ‘suspected pirates’ angle, they are confirmed murderers on the high seas.

Just another case where President Obama cares less about protecting and defending Americans than the Islamic goons who murdered them. The Navy should let those prisoners go immediately. And I don’t mean in a boat. Take no prisoners. For their crimes, letting them go 600 miles out at sea is the best place for them.

Who Toppled A Dictator?

Only president I know that toppled a dictator recently was George Bush taking down Saddam Hussein. At that time, the same protesters that took to the streets in Egypt these last two weeks were the same ones that protested the taking down of Saddam Hussein in favor of a democracy. And they were joined by most Democrats and the media.

Today, however, it’s a totally different picture. Today some of the media, like a University of West Florida professor (I’m still trying to find out her name)  that was interviewed by the Florida News Network as an ‘expert’ on Egypt and the Middle East, are trying to attach the overthrow of Mubarak to President Obama. Giving him ‘credit’ for Mubarak’s ouster. As if Obama had anything to do with it. She said it regains America’s trust in President Obama. Well isn’t this rich? Obviously, Obama has lost whatever trust and respect he may have had, as evidenced by this so-called expert, and as confirmed by Oprah yesterday. And for any number of reasons, not the least of which was his and his advisors’ handling of the uprising in Egypt.

And while we’re on the topic of toppling dictators, lets see what side Obama supports this time in Iran. Young people (same as in Egypt) there want to demonstrate in Iran again, this time to support the democracy push in Egypt, but the Mullahs and Ahmadinejad are warning them not do take to the streets. Will President Obama come down on the side of the youths wanting democracy, or on the dictator’s side like he did in 2009?

“I have made it clear that the United States respects the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and is not interfering in Iran’s affairs,” Mr Obama said.

Link: Demonstrations not encouraged in Iran