The Bloom Is Definitely Off The Obama Rose

It took a while, but more and more people are finally figuring out that Obama is nothing but a huge bunch of bull[expletive deleted] tethered to a TelePrompTer. It’s bad enough that 57% of Americans disapprove of his performance, but how is his infamous outreach to Islam going? Well, after apologetic, blame America first speeches in Egypt and Turkey, it turns out that Muslims worldwide don’t like Obama much either, their fists are definitely not unclenched.

President Obama losing the confidence of Muslim countries, new survey shows

President Obama can’t seem to please anyone, lately.

He’s losing friends both at home and abroad.

As U.K. pundits and politicians slam the president for assigning blame to Britain over the BP oil spill disaster, a new survey shows Obama falling out of favor in Muslim nations, too.

Overall, confidence Muslim countries have in Obama fell from 41% to 31% in the past year, according to Pew’s Global Attitudes Project.

Turkey, Egypt and Lebanon also posted 10% drops in confidence.

While never a big fan of Obama to begin with, only 5% of Muslims in Pakistan have confidence in Obama.

The over-arching reason: fears the U.S. will become a military threat to their nations.

See also:
How Obama lost Muslim hearts and minds
Poll: Obama’s ranking in Muslim world slides over Mideast
Obama’s ratings ebb in Muslim world
Poll Shows Muslims Leery of U.S.
Global poll shows Muslims leery of US and Obama
Muslims around the world less approving of Obama, poll finds
Poll Reveals Growing Muslim Antipathy to Obama Foreign Policy

The really bad news is that this long national Obama nightmare is far from over.

/seriously, from the economy to foreign policy and everything in between, is there anything Obama has touched that hasn’t turned to [expletive deleted]?

Digging Up The Past To Piss Off A Present Ally

It happened 95 years ago and the United States had absolutely no role in it, yet Congress, once again, sticks its nose where it doesn’t belong and has no business being. The predictable diplomatic fallout quickly ensues.

Turkey recalls Ambassador after US vote on Armenia ‘genocide’

One of the worst massacres of the 20th-century came back to haunt international politics yesterday when a powerful Washington panel voted to call the murder of about 1.5 million Armenians in Turkey “genocide”.

After more than three hours of debate, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs narrowly approved a resolution calling on President Obama to “characterise the systematic and deliberate annihilation of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide”.

The vote went ahead despite last-minute pleas from the White House and State Department and triggered a furious reaction from Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish Prime Minister.

“We condemn this resolution, which accuses the Turkish nation of a crime it did not committ,” he said. As Armenian observers applauded the vote on Capitol Hill, the Turkish Ambassador to Washington was recalled.

The Obama Administration may still be able to prevent a full vote in the House of Representatives but yesterday’s resolution threatened to poison America’s relations with its closest Muslim ally. Washington depends on Turkey for access to northern Iraq and in its regional efforts to isolate Iran.

The vote, with 23 congressmen in favour and 22 against, will also jeopardise historic efforts begun last year to create normal diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenia.

“We are seriously concerned that this resolution approved by the committee despite all our warnings will harm Turkey-US ties and efforts to nomalise Turkey-Armenia relations,” Mr Erdogan added.

Mr Obama promised as a candidate to break with longstanding US practice and start calling the First World War era killings genocide if elected to the White House. He broke the promise last year, refusing to use the word on a visit to Ankara, where he praised Turkey as a model Muslim democracy.

Top defense contractors warn that genocide measure will hurt business

Executives for the nation’s top defense contractors say billions of dollars in business with Turkey could disappear if a genocide resolution advances on Capitol Hill.

Formally recognizing the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks during World War I as genocide could have “unintended consequences,” chief executives for Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and United Technologies Corp. warned in a Feb. 26 letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.).

“There is reason to believe committee passage of the resolution risks a rupture in U.S.-Turkey relations. Alienating a significant NATO ally and trading partner would likely have negative repercussions for U.S. geopolitical interests and efforts to boost both exports and employment,” the letter says.

The executives told Berman that U.S. defense and aerospace exports to Turkey in 2009 were more than $7 billion and that tens of thousands of American jobs depend on “strong relations” between the two countries. It follows a Feb. 24 letter from the Aerospace Industries Association to Berman that expressed similar concerns about the resolution.

See also:
Genocide Vote Riles Turkey
House panel risks Turkey’s ire in approving Armenian ‘genocide’ resolution
Armenian Genocide Resolution Passes US Congress Committee
Turkey condemns US ‘genocide’ vote
House panel approves Armenian genocide resolution
Turkey recalls ambassador after US resolution on ‘Armenian genocide’
House panel approves Armenian genocide resolution
Resolution vote sends the wrong message to Turkey
House Panel Says Armenian Deaths Were Genocide
House committee narrowly passes recognition of Armenian genocide
Turkey recalls envoy after House vote on Armenian genocide
Turkish anger at US Armenian ‘genocide’ vote

Way to go Howard Berman and your House Foreign Affairs Committee Circus! You’ve just alienated a key NATO logistical ally, jepordized billions of dollars in U.S. exports, and threatend tens of thousands of high paying American jobs, all in a single day! Can someone please tell me why the [expletive deleted] U.S. taxpayers are paying these congressional assclowns to damage international alliances and the U.S. economy over something that happened almost 100 years ago, that the United States wasn’t even remotely involved in? I wasn’t even aware that the Ottoman Empire still ruled Turkey.

/hey Howard, what’s on your assclown committee’s alliance busting agenda for tomorrow, chastising Italy for the crucification of Christ, or perhaps condemning Britain and France for the Crusades?

Obama Turkey Trots In Turkey

Remember back during the campaign when it was taboo and tantamount to blasphemy or racism to dare to mention Obama’s Muslim heritage or, for that matter, his middle name?

Obama ‘Muslim’ rumour: Ugly, false and out in the open

Gayle Quinnell is in fact the collective voice of hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of Americans whose nativist fears Republicans have been stoking for months. The Americans who have been passing on smear-mails for years.

“Beware,” said the first one I saw, back in January of 2007. “Obama takes great care to conceal the fact that he is a Muslim.”

It went on to reveal that Obama’s African father was a “radical Muslim.” and that Obama himself had studied at an extremist school in Jakarta. Other messages declare Obama refused to be sworn into the Senate on a Bible. Or that he refuses to recite the pledge of allegiance.

The e-mails are patently false, and have been widely debunked. But whisper campaigns are as persistent as the flu.

Clearly — witness Ms. Quinnell in Minnesota — the message has had an effect. Any reporter who’s covered this campaign has seen it.

I heard it in May, as parishioners gathered outside a Baptist church in North Carolina. And I’ve heard it in the highly-educated, genteel suburbs of Washington.

A colleague says he’s encountered the same thing in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Missouri: “It’s usually ‘I know he says he isn’t, but I think he’s a Muslim.’ You hear it everywhere.”

The whisper campaign seems particularly directed at Jewish voters, playing on their fears that Obama might not be pro-Israel enough, or that he is somehow in league with Muslims, read Arabs, read terrorists.

But Jewish readers of the New York Times might have been surprised this week by an article that identified where a lot of this stuff originated: Andy Martin, a conspiracy theorist who once set for himself the goal of “exterminating Jew power.” Martin is apparently fond of filing lawsuits, some of which use even more pungent anti-Semitic rhetoric. He once filed a brief calling a judge a “crooked, slimy Jew.”

Martin evidently isn’t too keen on Muslims, either, and he was one of the first out of the gate questioning Obama’s heritage.

The Times investigation traced the origin of the smear-mail campaign to Martin’s self-published writings. And by the time the presidential race got under way, the e-mails had laid a foundation for organized conservative attacks.

Speakers at Republican events began referring to “Barack Hussein Obama,” with heavy emphasis on their opponent’s middle name.

See also:
Obama’s verbal slip fuels his critics
McCain’s Last Ditch Effort: Tying Obama To Muslim World
Confirmed: Barack Obama Practiced Islam

Well, now that he’s been safely elected and speaking to Muslims in an Islamic country, Obama’s suddenly proud of his Muslim heritage.

Obama highlights his Muslim roots in Turkey speech

President Barack Obama launched a major outreach initiative to Islam on Monday, urging Muslims to join America in fighting common enemies.

And signaling the strategic importance of the U.S. alliance with this majority-Muslim country, the president made a sharp retreat from a campaign promise to press Turkey on the issue of Armenian genocide.

“Let me say this as clearly as I can: The United States is not at war with Islam,” Obama said. “In fact, our partnership with the Muslim world is critical in rolling back a fringe ideology that people of all faiths reject.”

Obama came to Turkey at the end of a European tour of summits designed to restore ties to nations frustrated with American foreign policy, especially in Iraq.

In a closely watched address to the Turkish assembly, Obama continued a line he started in Europe, admitting American fallibility in an effort to rebuild ties with nations tired of America’s arrogance.

Obama, who downplayed his own family ties to Islam during last year’s presidential campaign, found them of greater use in the Turkish capital, telling a gathering of the Grand National Assembly that “the United States has been enriched by Muslim-Americans.

“Many other Americans have Muslims in their family, or have lived in a Muslim-majority country,” Obama said. “I know, because I am one of them.”

Obama, a Christian whose Kenyan father was Muslim, was raised partly in majority-Muslim Indonesia.

I guess now that it’s convenient and suits his purposes, Obama can openly embrace his Muslim ancestry, instead of hiding it and demonizing Republicans and anyone else who dared to have the audacity to mention it. In fact, whether it’s Shiite Iran or Sunni Saudi Arabia, Obama seems to be going the extra mile to bend over backwards and suck up to Islamic countries, the same countries that equip and fund terrorists that kill Americans.

See also:
Turkey: Obama’s Muslim Outreach
Arabs, Muslims Praise Obama’s Remarks
Obama speech draws praise in Mideast
Syria Praises Obama’s Mideast Approach
Syria: How will Obama’s message coincide with Israel’s policies?

Obama ends Europe trip with tour of Istanbul mosque

US President Barack Obama visited a landmark mosque in Istanbul on Tuesday, following strong messages of US reconciliation with the Islamic world on his maiden trip to a mainly Muslim country.

Taking off his shoes as tradition requires, Obama stepped into the 17th-century Sultanahmet Mosque in the ancient heart of Istanbul, accompanied by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid tight security in the area.

Two Muslim preachers guided Obama inside the grandiose edifice — better known as the Blue Mosque for its blue tileworks — and the president smiled when they showed him a dome scripture mentioning the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Hussein, Obama’s middle name, Anatolia news agency reported.

In a major speech at the Turkish parliament in Ankara Monday, Obama declared that the United States “is not and never will be at war with Islam” and called Turkey a “critical ally,” earning himself much praise in a country where his predecessor left the US image in tatters.

“Obama conquers hearts,” the popular Vatan newspaper trumpeted on its front page, while the liberal Taraf said the speech marked the end of “the bellicose spirit of September 11.”

Turkey, a “critical ally”, really? Turkey, our NATO ally that totally [expletive deleted] up our Operation Iraqi Freedom invasion plans by denying territorial access to the 4th Infantry Division, which cost us untold American lives in the ensuing invasion improvisation, now they’re suddenly our best buddies?

The 4th Infantry Division was alerted for the Iraq War on January 19, 2003. The Division’s mission was to lead an advance from Turkey into Northern Iraq. Unfortunately the Turkish government did not give their permission for U.S. Forces to use Turkey to attack Iraq, and the Ivy Division had to reroute to the war through Kuwait. Arriving after the invasion had started, the 4th Infantry Division entered Iraq as follow-on forces in April of 2003. The 4th ID was deployed in the northern area of the Sunni Triangle near Tikrit. The Ivy Division became a major part of occupation forces during the post-war period.

Obama should stop apologizing and groveling to Islamic countries that not only do nothing to help us, but routinely work against our interests at the ongoing cost of American lives. It’s counterproductive, they only understand strength and collectively laugh at Obama’s numerous displays of impotent weakness.

/Obama, a turkey in Turkey