"My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy," Poor choice of words or is Obama a Trojan Horse?
Obama to Muslims: US is ‘not your enemy’
January 27, 2009
BY PAUL SCHEMM
President Barack Obama chose an Arabic satellite TV network for his first formal television interview as president, part of a concerted effort to repair relations with the Muslim world that were damaged under the previous administration.
Obama cited his Muslim background and relatives, practically a taboo issue during the U.S. presidential campaign, and said in the interview, which aired today, that one of his main tasks was to communicate to Muslims “that the Americans are not your enemy.”
The interview on the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya news channel aired as Obama’s new envoy to the region, former Sen. George J. Mitchell, arrived in Egypt today for a visit that also will take him to Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Obama said the U.S. had made mistakes in the past but “that the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there’s no reason why we can’t restore that.”
Obama’s predecessor, former President George W. Bush, launched wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which prompted a massive backlash against the U.S. in the Muslim world.
In contrast to the enthusiastic reception Obama’s victory has garnered around the world, the Arab world has been much more cautious about the new U.S. president - with most people skeptical that American policy in the region will change substantially.
“I can’t be optimistic until I see something tangible,” said Hatem al-Kurdi, 35, a Gaza City engineer who saw parts of the interview. “Anyone can say nice words, but you have to follow with actions.”
“He seems very interested in the Middle East issue but he didn’t say exactly what he’s going to do about it,” Kurdi added.
After earlier dismissing Obama as following the same policies as his predecessor, officials from the militant Palestinian Hamas group softened their stance against the new president today.
“In the last couple of days there have been a lot of statements (from Obama), some of them very positive, and choosing this George Mitchell as an envoy,” said Ahmed Youssef, a senior Hamas official interviewed on the Doha-based Al-Jazeera news network. “I think there are some positive things we have to count.”
Obama’s choice of Al-Arabiya network, which is owned by a Saudi businessman, follows the lead of the Bush administration, which gave several presidential interviews to that news channel.
“The U.S. sees Al-Arabiya as a friendly Arab channel, whereas they see Al-Jazeera as confrontational,” said Lawrence Pintak, director of the journalism training center at the American University in Cairo.
Hady Amr, director of the Brookings Doha Center, an arm of the U.S. think-tank in the Qatari capital, described decision to make the first presidential interview with an Arabic news network as “stunning.”
“President Obama has made it absolutely clear ... that a central priority will be repairing America’s relations with the Muslim world,” he said. “If that’s his objective, I’d say he’s been hitting home run after home run.”
In the interview, Obama called for a new partnership with the Muslim world “based on mutual respect and mutual interest.” He talked about growing up in Indonesia, the Muslim world’s most populous nation, and noted that he has Muslim relatives.
Obama’s Kenyan father was born Muslim, though a self-described atheist, and many of his relatives in Kenya are practicing Muslims. As a child, Obama lived for a number of years in Indonesia while his mother as doing research there.
This appeal does seem to have struck a chord among many Muslims.
“He’s different from the previous presidents, perhaps because of his color or his Islamic background. My views of America are different now than they were during the Bush administration,” said Youssef Ali, 45, who works for the Iraqi Electricity Ministry in Baghdad.
Most of Obama’s interview focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is widely perceived in the Middle East as the most pressing issue in a region filled with animosities.
Obama said he felt it was important to “get engaged right away” in the Middle East and had directed Mitchell to talk to “all the major parties involved.” His administration would craft an approach after that, he said.
“What I told him is start by listening, because all too often the United States starts by dictating,” Obama told the interviewer.
The president reiterated the U.S. commitment to Israel as an ally and to its right to defend itself. But he suggested that both Israel and the Palestinians have hard choices to make.
“I do believe that the moment is ripe for both sides to realize that the path that they are on is one that is not going to result in prosperity and security for their people,” he said, calling for a Palestinian state that is contiguous with internal freedom of movement and can trade with neighboring countries.
On Tuesday, Gaza’s fragile truce was threatened when a bomb detonated by Palestinian militants exploded next to an Israeli army patrol along the border with Gaza, killing one soldier and wounding three.
Obama also said that recent statements and messages issued by the al-Qaida terror network suggest they do not know how to deal with his new approach.
“They seem nervous,” he told the interviewer. “What that tells me is that their ideas are bankrupt.”
In his latest message on Jan. 14, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden said Obama had been left with a “heavy inheritance” of Bush’s wars. Shortly after the election, the network’s number two, Ayman al-Zawahri described Obama with a demeaning racial term for a black American who does the bidding of whites.
The message suggested the terror network was worried Obama could undermine its rallying cry that the U.S. is an enemy oppressor.
“There’s no actions that they’ve taken that say a child in the Muslim world is getting a better education because of them, or has better health care because of them,” said Obama about al-Qaida.
Obama also emphasized the importance of engaging with Iran, a country the Bush administration often singled out as the most dangerous in the region.
Obama condemned Iran’s threats against Israel, pursuit of nuclear weapons and support of terrorist organizations, but said “it is important for us to be willing to talk to Iran, to express very clearly where our differences are, but where there are potential avenues for progress.”
Al-Qaeda's suicide 3 YouTube tribute
Evil intent ... al-Qaeda suicide bombers bragging on YouTube video
A SICK video of three suicide bombings has been posted on YouTube by al-Qaeda.
Terror experts say the film is a twisted “tribute” to the assassins — and a warning of attacks to come in Britain and elsewhere.
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The posting on the world’s most popular website was timed to coincide with Glasgow Airport bomber Bilal Abdulla beginning his jail stretch.. For more go to:
The Sun UK .
Al-Qaeda YouTube Warning To Britain
Posted: 26 Jan 2009 06:50 PM PST
AL-Qaeda last night issued a chilling video threat to Britain — on YouTube.
Rants by key henchmen of Osama bin Laden are accompanied by footage of a black-clad gunman riddling the Union Flag with bullets.
The Stars and Stripes is also peppered — along with Israel’s flag.
Fanatic Abu Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi — a former Guantanamo Bay inmate — vents his fury at the West while fondling an automatic rifle and brandishing a grenade.
The recording was posted on YouTube, which attracts up to 100million visits a day.
It was also downloaded to a number of extremist websites with hundreds of thousands of members.
Analysts said last night the message meant Britain is a revenge target for Israel’s war in Gaza.
Terror expert Chris Dobson warned: “Al-Qaeda is clearly taking aim at Britain. This makes it obvious, if there was any doubt, we rank alongside the US and Israel at the top of their hate list.”
Online terror investigator Neil Doyle added: “There has been a noticeable increase in chatter about attacks at the UK.”
This story comes to us via Homeland Security - National Terror Alert. National Terror Alert is America's trusted source for homeland security news and information.
A comment on Rush Limbaugh's thoughts about Obama's birth certificate issue:
"Rush just said that Obama isn't afraid of him. With one signature, Obama could spell the end to this show. This has to be why he (Limbaugh) and others will not question the Birth Certificate issue." http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2172798/posts
In Reference to Comment:" Dude, the BC is a nonissue. It is only an issue with a tiny portion of a tiny fringe of people who thought it could be an out. BC fanatics are fanatics, hopers and dreamers. There is no BC issue. Get it????? Rush and others would be proclaimed certifiable and rightly so. I repeat it is a nonissue. You are nuts."
Why are you so afraid of a discussion about the requirement of our Constitution to have our President be native born? To date, Barack Obama has yet to produce a long form birth certificate proving he is native born? Why are you so afraid to discuss this? Does it not disturb you that a part of our Constitution is being ignored? Does it not disturb you that Barack Obama may have perpetrated a fraud? Does it not disturb you that this fraud has been facilitated, not only by his minions within the DNC, but by the MSM as well? Does it not disturb you that we have a judiciary, all the way up to the SCOTUS, who are unwilling to address this? Does it not disturb you that our supposed voices in the media (Rush, Sean, Mark and Laura) are unwilling to touch this issue. Why?
Maybe I am asking you the wrong questions. Maybe the question to you should be, what affront to our Constitution would it take for you to exhibit some backbone and stand up for it (our Constitution)?
I often think of those Army Rangers who scaled the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc on D-Day in the face of withering, pointblank machine gun fire. They never stopped their ascent until their goal was accomplished. All to defend our Constitution and our way of life. Are we now going to allow some interloper to skirt around our Constitution and in the process render it meaningless in view of all the sacrifices that have made to date to preserve it?
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Obama’s Intelligence Adviser Involved in Security Breach ("cauterized" O’s passport info)
Obama’s Intelligence Adviser Involved in Security Breach
Obama’s top terrorism and intelligence adviser, John O. Brennan, heads a firm that was cited in March for breaching sensitive files in the State Department’s passport office, according to a State Department Inspector General’s report released this past July.
The security breach, first reported by the Washington Times and later confirmed by State Department spokesman Sean McCormack, involved a contract employee of Brennan’s firm, The Analysis Corp., which has earned millions of dollars providing intelligence-related consulting services to federal agencies and private companies.
During a State Department briefing on March 21, 2008, McCormack confirmed that the contractor had accessed the passport files of presidential candidates Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and John McCain, and that the inspector general had launched an investigation.
Sources who tracked the investigation tell Newsmax that the main target of the breach was the Obama passport file, and that the contractor accessed the file in order to “cauterize” the records of potentially embarrassing information.
“They looked at the McCain and Clinton files as well to create confusion,” one knowledgeable source told Newsmax. “But this was basically an attempt to cauterize the Obama file.”
At the time of the breach, Brennan was working as an unpaid adviser to the Obama campaign.
“This individual’s actions were taken without the knowledge or direction of anyone at The Analysis Corp. and are wholly inconsistent with our professional and ethical standards,” Brennan’s company said in a statement sent to reporters after the passport breach was made public.
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Obama part of group locked up at Russian airport // U.S. delegation stripped of passports as guards demand to inspect plane
Chicago Sun-Times (IL) - Monday, August 29, 2005
Author: Lynn Sweet, Sun-Times Washington Bureau chi
WASHINGTON — Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) were not allowed to leave a Russian airport Sunday and were locked in a room briefly.
The incident prevented their departure for about three hours, but Obama told the Sun-Times “it ended up not being a very big deal.”
The senators had their passports seized by local officials at an airport in Perm. Obama said the officials demanded, unsuccessfully, to inspect the DC-9 military aircraft being used by the congressional delegation for the trip.
Although he was on a first-time diplomatic mission, Obama has traveled extensively, spending part of his youth in Indonesia and visiting Kenya, where his father was born. He noted that as a back- packing college student he had “a lot less leverage than this time.”
Obama , a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Lugar, its chairman, left Wednesday for a trip to inspect sites where nuclear and biological weapons are slated to be destroyed in Russia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan. On Sunday, the U.S. group was scheduled to fly from Perm to Kiev, Ukraine. But border guards wanted proof that the group’s aircraft — which Obama said looked like a “mini-Air Force One” — was really an official U.S. government plane, which would be exempt from an inspection.
Robert Gibbs, Obama ‘s spokesman traveling with him, said in an e-mail that “the border guards took our passports and demanded to inspect our aircraft, which we refused. We were moved to a room to wait.”
“At one point they were demanding to inspect virtually everything, including the gifts their representatives at the missile facility had given us.” The border guard said “they were acting on the authority of the FSB,” the Russian intelligence agency.
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