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Barack Obama: Me Muslim Friend!

Well, Barack Obama has a new friend, and no, it's not George Bush.

It's the Taliban!

From Reuters:

Obama's move to close Guantanamo detention center is a positive step for peace and stability in the region and the world...," the Taliban said in a message posted on Islamist websites, monitored by the U.S.-based terrorism monitor, the SITE Intelligence Group."

They then elaborate on this friendly advice to B.Hussein:

"If Obama is right and, according to his words, wants to open a new page based on peaceful interaction built on mutual respect with the Islamic world, the first thing he has to do is to stop and annul all these procedures, which were created according to Bush's criminal policy," it said.

He must completely withdraw all his forces from the two occupied Islamic countries (Afghanistan and Iraq), and to stop defending Israel against Islamic interests in the Middle East and the entire world," the Taliban message said.

Oh, is that all? Can't wait for Barack's first speech in a Muslim nation.

The day after this glorious diplomatic breakthrough, The Prez offered these thoughts to his prospective Islamic brethren:

From the TimesOnline:

It is impossible for us to think only in terms of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and not think in terms of what's happening with Syria or Iran or Lebanon or Afghanistan and Pakistan. These things are inter-related," he said. "We are looking at the region as a whole and 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."
Not to forget to throw in the usual blame America first mantra, while Iran still sends explosive devices and infiltrators over the Iraqi border to help kill U.S. troops, Mr. Obama had this to say of his possible friendship with the diplomatic Mullahs:
"In the remarks broadcast yesterday he made a virtue out of his background. "I have Muslim members of my family. I have lived in Muslim countries," he said. "My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy. We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect."

The President confirmed that he would make a speech from an Islamic capital within the coming months, adding that he hoped to do a more effective job of reaching out, listening" to Muslims everywhere "because all too often the United States starts by dictating".

How do you say "chump" in Arabic?


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Obama:"Now, my job... (Below threshold)

Obama:

"Now, my job is to communicate the fact that the United States has a stake in the well-being of the Muslim world, that the language we use has to be a language of respect. I have Muslim members of my family. I have lived in Muslim countries."

I'm more interested in seeing gestures of respect coming from the Muslim world.

Obama, you don't speak for me.

Mecca, Obama needs to go to... (Below threshold)
marybel:

Mecca, Obama needs to go to Mecca and make his speech. He will be allowed.

You really think that the U... (Below threshold)
Brian:

You really think that the US should run itself based on what the Taliban thinks?!

I'm really glad your side isn't in charge anymore.

It is instinctive for Obama... (Below threshold)
MPR:

It is instinctive for Obamalala to blame America first. After all, the United States helped stop the slaughter of Muslims in Europe, thanks to Bill Clinton. Then in Afghanistan and Iraq, 50 million in all and he makes a gratuitous wimpy statement to the Arab world. He is pathetic as a leader of anything let alone the the United States.

You really think that th... (Below threshold)
Sue:

You really think that the US should run itself based on what the Taliban thinks?!

I'm really glad your side isn't in charge anymore.And what is "your side" doing if not saying that the US should run itself based on what the Talaban...and europe....and muslim countries....etc..... think?

Under the circumstances that statement/question is quite ironic as well as hypocritical.

And Joe Biden from Scranton... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

And Joe Biden from Scranton will sell the white flags.

["It is impossible for us t... (Below threshold)
davey:

["It is impossible for us to think only in terms of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and not think in terms of what's happening with Syria or Iran or Lebanon or Afghanistan and Pakistan. These things are inter-related," he said.]... Iraq is conspiculously absent from his list of "inter-related" countries.

Brian"You really t... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Brian

"You really think that the US should run itself based on what the Taliban thinks?!

I'm really glad your side isn't in charge anymore.
"

Lets look at your marvelously thought statement statement.

The Taliban thought that it was wrong that the US went into Iraq.

The Taliban thinks we should leave Iraq and Afghanistan right away.

The Taliban thinks that the US should abandon Israel.

The Taliban thinks that Bush was the devil incarnate.

Now which political party in the US agrees with the above statements? DEMOCRATS. DING DING DING DING DING YES WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!

Bah not my night for typing... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Bah not my night for typing.

Thought = Thoughtful

and one too many statement in there.

And what is "your side" ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

And what is "your side" doing if not saying that the US should run itself based on what the Talaban...and europe....and muslim countries....etc..... think?

I haven't seen any Dems say that. What they do say is that we need to listen to our world neighbors and make rational choices on how we respond to them. But this post is implicitly saying that if the Taliban is happy, that's automatically bad for the US. Funny, though, that no one seems to be bothered about Iran loving us from the minute we entered Iraq.

The Taliban thought that... (Below threshold)
Brian:

The Taliban thought that it was wrong that the US went into Iraq.

And Iran thought that it was wonderful that the US went into Iraq, and they love us to this day for it. So Bush = bad because Iran is happy with his actions? DING DING DING!

For a "retired" guy, you sure can make really immature arguments.

No use getting upset, Obama... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

No use getting upset, Obama effectively ended the war on terror with his executive orders, so we can all relax now.

Side note-everybody get their unicorns?

There hasn't been one terro... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

There hasn't been one terrorist strike on U.S. soil during the entire Obama Administration. Unfortunately, the Bush Administration can't make a similar claim.

Lets pray there's no reason... (Below threshold)
epador:

Lets pray there's no reason to have the urge to shove those letters up your anal conduit in the next 8 months, AB.

And Iran thought that it... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

And Iran thought that it was wonderful that the US went into Iraq, and they love us to this day for it.

This statement is 100% proof Brian is brain-damaged. All of his statements should be taken with that in mind. He's incapable of rational thought.

And The Anointed One has fi... (Below threshold)
CODEKEYGUY:

And The Anointed One has finally admitted he has Muslim family. Who knew? Ol' Hussein is about to sell America to the muslim world. Guess what, people. This is what you voted for. I voted for Palin.

Bwahahaha!Adrian, ... (Below threshold)
apb:

Bwahahaha!

Adrian, you win the coveted "Stupid Douchebag of the Day" award.

Congratulations! May an extra helping of Skittles come your way!

Gee, John, with such a fact... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Gee, John, with such a fact-based and reasoned rebuttal like that, I can see why the other kids on the playground fear you.

The Anointed One has fin... (Below threshold)
Brian:

The Anointed One has finally admitted he has Muslim family. Who knew?

I'm guessing everyone except you.

hey guys, the taliban think... (Below threshold)
peabody3000:

hey guys, the taliban thinks its wrong to pee on electric fences

clearly, you guys need to all start peeing on electric fences

get going einsteins!

=]

"My job to the Muslim wo... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy."

The fact is, over the last eight years Bush has continually stated that we are not at war with all Muslims; that most Muslims are peaceful and honorable people. But to hear Obama now, one would think this is the first time words were ever spoken thus.

The Golden Child is about t... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

The Golden Child is about to get some schooling on middle east politics.

Actually, it's the comments... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Actually, it's the comments here that would make you think so. Bush repeatedly stated that we were not at war with the Muslim world, most Muslims aren't terrorists, etc. When Obama says these things, he's a "chump?"

Brian'And Iran thoug... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Brian
'And Iran thought that it was wonderful that the US went into Iraq, and they love us to this day for it. So Bush = bad because Iran is happy with his actions?"

A. Iran wasnt happy with Bush. WHereas they didnt like Saddam they like us in the country even less (you failed to mention that) and will only be happy if we leave prematurely (which Democrats have been calling for, for the past what 5 years now). Nice try but no cigar.

b. Are you trying to say that we should make the Taliban happy instead of doing something that Iran may partially be happy about (removing Saddam but not leaving Iraq)) and which removed an enemy of the US from the playing field?

Again nice try. Why not be a bit more complete next time in your analysis.

If this is a fuss...what is... (Below threshold)
Banda:

If this is a fuss...what is it all about? Obama is headed in the right direction to resolve issues in the middle east and what's wrong with him saying he's got Muslim members of his family? That's the truth and so what? That's part of his identity and background. This just tells me, may be and just may be that's where America and it's people have been going wrong - the misconceptions about the outside world is so apparent and having a president like Obama who seems to be the right person to bridge this gap should be plausible and not otherwise.

America please wake up and be part of the world!

The Golden Child i... (Below threshold)
The Golden Child is about to get some schooling on middle east politics.

Heh. I agree, if by "some schooling" you mean, "getting rolled like a drunken Bowery bum."

At the rate he's going, Obama is going to make Carter look like Margaret Thatcher.

Ah, Banda, the world. Well,... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Ah, Banda, the world. Well, just to inform you to catch you up on things, the "world" is not trying to kill you and I. The islamofacists are. Cheesh! Get a clue. ww

Dubya did the same thing af... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

Dubya did the same thing after 9-11. Clerics in the White House etc etc.

There's a difference however:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEel9_cFw4E

Getting Obama in the White ... (Below threshold)
Motheroangels:

Getting Obama in the White House is one of the biggest mistakes America has made yet. There hasn't been any terrorist attempts on American soil yet since he has been in office, but he's just getting started! In my opinion, when he was voted into office, a welcome sign was hung out for them to see. I feel like if you don't vote, keep your opinion to yourself but I voted - for Palin. Not sure McCain knew what he was doing either, but one of them had to be in there and I wasn't voting for Obama. All I know is, I'm doing a lot of praying.

The crux of Obama's argumen... (Below threshold)

The crux of Obama's argument is this: Bush didn't really reach out or respect Muslims, but I will.

Oh really? 50 millions free Muslims in Iraq and Afrghanistan say what a load camel dung.

America please wake up and be part of the world!

Please, shut the hell up. There wouldn't be a world to be part of if it weren't for us.

Brian, I'm sure as soon as ... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

Brian, I'm sure as soon as you present a reasoned argument, I'll respond to it. Instead, you continually provide examples of the most brain-dead, useless, pre-programmed thinking imaginable, and therefore deserve nothing but derision.

The fact you think Iran likes having thousands of U.S. troops next door to them is just the latest in your series of ignorant comments.

b henry - "Actually, it... (Below threshold)
Marc:

b henry - "Actually, it's the comments here that would make you think so. Bush repeatedly stated that we were not at war with the Muslim world, most Muslims aren't terrorists, etc. When Obama says these things, he's a "chump?""

Not in my book, however... he's is a chump when he made the plain implication U.S. (Bush if you prefer) has made no effort to reach out to the Muslim world or lumped them into the same group as the jihadist-cut-throats live in.

It was a cheap shot and perpetuated the myth that "America hates" Muslims.

Iraq and Afghanistan has been noted, you can add in Serbia/Bosnia where U.S. intervention aided Muslims escape from the terror and killing within their boarders.

Also added is the great amount of expense in time and money when the Tsunami hit Indonesia (largest Muslim country in the world) and the U.S. was FIRST on the scene with billions in aid and logistics.

The same can be said for the 2003 earthquake in Bam, Iran when the U.S. military spearheaded the airlift bringing food and supplies to the area.

pea[brain]3000 - "hey g... (Below threshold)
Marc:

pea[brain]3000 - "hey guys, the taliban thinks its wrong to pee on electric fences. clearly, you guys need to all start peeing on electric fences"

According to Shariah law, you know that espoused by Osama, the Taliban and al-Qaeda, leaving the Muslim faith is reason for a death sentence to be imposed.

The death penalty for apostasy, although not frequently publicized, is in fact imposed in some Islamic states.

Islam is a one-way street according to them. You can convert to Islam but you are not allowed to convert from Islam. All schools of Islamic law, Shariah, agree on this rule and specify the death sentence for an adult male Muslim who chooses to leave his Islamic faith,

So the question for you peabrain is, Barack Hussein Obama has very publicly stated he has left the Muslim faith and is now a practicing Christian.

Do you really believe the above named jihadist-cut-throats will deal with the U.S. President on any terms other than to call him an apostate, call for his death by whatever means AND use him as a recruiting tool?

marc - your tortured logic ... (Below threshold)
peabody3000:

marc - your tortured logic barely warrants a response, so forgive my dismissive tone

our "eternal allies" as bu$h called them, saudi arabia, is as guilty of the aforementioned atrocities as anyone. but what does that have to do with our foreign policy? nitwits like you can declare your own jihad against the arab world if you want but its just plain stupid to think it will be either a rewarding pursuit, or a productive defensive measure

oh and by the way, obama was never a muslim. sheesh.... i feel like im arguing with the homeless guy outside the liquor store about space aliens.....

peabody " feel lik... (Below threshold)
retired miilitary:

peabody

" feel like im arguing with the homeless guy outside the liquor store about space aliens.....
"

Is that because the homeless guys wins all the time when he is arguing with you?

The fact you think Iran ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

The fact you think Iran likes having thousands of U.S. troops next door to them is just the latest in your series of ignorant comments.

And the fact that you think that's what I said is just the latest in your series of ignorant attempts to understand what you read, or your disingenuous attempts to misrepresent it. Either way, deserving of nothing but derision.

pea[brain]3000 - "oh an... (Below threshold)
Marc:

pea[brain]3000 - "oh and by the way, obama was never a muslim. sheesh...."

An arguable point, none-the-less and to use your terminology, the "tortured logic" of the jihadist-cut-throats will dictate exactly what I have posited.

It will never matter to them, he's publicly noted refs to his Muslim relatives and living in Indonesia.

That you fail to see that only underscores your extreme lack of knowledge of the enemy the western world faces.

marc if you think our forei... (Below threshold)
peabody3000:

marc if you think our foreign policy should be built around a few scraggly throat-cutters, then i can be well assured you have no business at all discussing foreign policy

peabody"marc if yo... (Below threshold)
retired miilitary:

peabody

"marc if you think our foreign policy should be built around a few scraggly throat-cutters, then i can be well assured you have no business at all discussing foreign policy"

Go take a look at ground zero in NYC and then come back and repeat your total ignorance of the danger of terrorists.

retired - kind of a differe... (Below threshold)
peabody3000:

retired - kind of a different issue, isnt it?

and not one that bu$h had the slightest clue how to effectively deal with

and by the way retired - th... (Below threshold)
peabody3000:

and by the way retired - the pentagon actually is engaged in many effective counter-terror strategies these days, but gitmo sure as hell aint one of them, and iraq never was a factor in that either. both of those issues are the main failure of the bu$h-led US government that will haunt us for years. obama will continue the more effective aspects of our defense measures, as you can see happening in pakistan, while doing away with the boondoggles

....AT LAST

pea[brain]3000 - "and b... (Below threshold)
Marc:

pea[brain]3000 - "and by the way retired - the pentagon actually is engaged in many effective counter-terror strategies these days, but gitmo sure as hell aint one of them, and iraq never was a factor in that either."

OK, I'll bite. Which ones have been started since 20 Jan. 2009?

Iraq never a factor in terror activities?

How many Americans, and those of western decent, we killed or injured by Palestinian suicide bombers that were rewarded by $25,000 stipends from Saddam?

As far as I know, NO Americ... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

As far as I know, NO Americans. I could be wrong, though. Got anything to back that up?
Lots of Israelis, maybe most Israelis, are "of Western descent." What's that prove?

Marc, you are wasting your ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Marc, you are wasting your time with pea and Brucy. They have the mentality that the terrorists only hate republicans. They have gone back to the 9/10 world where the clouds are marshmellows. Reality is too much for them. And Obama. That is why he surrendered last week and showed the terrorists that they were right, america does not have the will for a protracted conflict. Thanks Barry. ww

no marc - im talking about ... (Below threshold)
peabody3000:

no marc - im talking about measures that started before jan 20. such things were slow to materialize amidst the concentration devoted to the iraq debacle

i know all about the palestinian condolence money saddam kicked in... if you wanna say saddam was an international terror threat because of that then youre just swallowing more neocon tripe

pea[brain]3000 - "i kno... (Below threshold)
Marc:

pea[brain]3000 - "i know all about the palestinian condolence money saddam kicked in... if you wanna say saddam was an international terror threat because of that then youre just swallowing more neocon tripe"

Lets see if I have this straight.

Hamas and Hezbollah are bought and paid for by Iran and both are classified by the U.S. and the UN as terror organizations.

Yet in your deluded thought process Saddam wasn't an "international terror threat" even though he financially supported the families of suicide bombers acting on behalf of Hamas and did so across international boarders and in violation of UN sanctions.

IS that about it?

Yeah, right, got-ya.

joe - "I never met a mu... (Below threshold)
Marc:

joe - "I never met a muslim I liked. They are all scamming to undermine the USA. They are like pinky and the brain. I wanna make a video game, USA vs allah, the middle east saga..."

And you're hateful misguided bigot.

ww - "And Obama. That i... (Below threshold)
Marc:

ww - "And Obama. That is why he surrendered last week and showed the terrorists that they were right, america does not have the will for a protracted conflict. Thanks Barry"

And ww, you're aren't too much better.

b henry - "As far as I ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

b henry - "As far as I know, NO Americans. I could be wrong, though. Got anything to back that up? Lots of Israelis, maybe most Israelis, are "of Western descent." What's that prove?

Gee, look another useful idiot.

Here, scroll to the bottom of the page.

Not enough, then try this pdf doc: that Sept. 1993 - December 2003.

Isn't it amazing, with all the thousands of HAMAS/Palestinian bombings over the last 15 years, and the hundreds of thousands of American Citizens that visit Israel as tourists or on religious pilgrimages you would so easily question the possibility any would get killed or injured.

Actually no, it isn't amazing. Nitwit.

marc - now this will take a... (Below threshold)
peabody3000:

marc - now this will take a little extra brainpower on your part, so strap yourself in:

do you really think people started blowing themselves up because of the temporary possibility that their bereaved families *might* get a rather small sum of money? maybe you do, maybe you do..... but saddam didnt do so for very long, way back when, so in any case your saddam-the-terror-threat theory is still shot to pieces

pea[brain]3000 - "do yo... (Below threshold)
Marc:

pea[brain]3000 - "do you really think people started blowing themselves up because of the temporary possibility that their bereaved families *might* get a rather small sum of money? maybe you do, maybe you do....."

Might get? Sorry it's not only fact but the amount was increased to $35,000 leading up to Iraqi Freedom.

In a place that is impoverished (regardless of how you think why that is) they blow themselves up for an ideology and if you think a big paycheck in the waiting isn't an incentive your misguided. At best.

peabody"retired - ki... (Below threshold)
retired miilitary:

peabody
"retired - kind of a different issue, isnt it?

and not one that bu$h had the slightest clue how to effectively deal with

"
Umm gee no terrorist attacks on US Soil since 911. I would say that Bush dealt with the issue pretty well.

And not really a different issue since the terrorists are getting killed in Iraq and Afghanistan rather than dying on jets flying into buildings.

Should we just rename you peabrain instead of peabody?

Peebody3000You are... (Below threshold)
914:

Peebody3000

You are truly a joke.

Re. #51

They blow themselves up because they hate infidels, especially jewish ones.

Saddam kickin in cash for the "bereaved" ones was His way of showing He hated the infidels just as much.

Surely no link to terrorism though? sheesh

Why is the word Muslim such... (Below threshold)
Palinisevil:

Why is the word Muslim such a dirty word to some? Why do some froth at the mouth with hatred whenever the religion Islam is mentioned?

It's time we woke up and smelled the coffee, these are multicultural times we live in. Our new President has Muslims in his family. Do i care? Hell no! It means nothing. Muslim does not = terrorist!

I have Irish in my blood, does that make me a terrorist (IRA)?

We need to put aside our bigotry and start seeing people not groups.

Marc:Dude, I said "I... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Marc:
Dude, I said "I could be wrong." Why so much hatred? Why the namecalling?
Which on that list were killed by suicide bombers whose families were later compensated by Saddam? Are you saying that Saddam sent money to the families of the 19?
Guess who else compensates Palestinian suicide bombers? If you guessed oil-rich Saudis, you are correct!
So let's invade Saudi Arabia and occupy it right freaking now!

Remember that DARTH SIDIOUS... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Remember that DARTH SIDIOUS was realy SENATOR PALPATINE later EMPORER PALPATINE




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