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President Obama Set to Meet Muslim Brotherhood, Snubs Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
President Obama invited Muslim Brotherhood-backed Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi to meet him in New York next week, right after publicly snubbing a request from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet with him and discuss the escalating crisis over a nuclear Iran. The Egyptian president’s invitation follows upon repeated protests at the U.S. embassy in Cairo.
The initial protest at the Cairo embassy began on the eleven-year anniversary of the September 11th attacks, and led to the compound’s breach. An official U.S. flag was confiscated and burned. Renewed clashes with Egyptian protesters have led to more American flag burnings and the firing of tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Oddly enough, several protesters spotted at the Cairo embassy were wearing Guy Fawkes masks, which are popular with members of anarcho-socialist movements. It should be noted that the Muslim Brotherhood is an organization that can be justifiably described as a blending of socialist and Islamist traditions.
Even though the political situation in Egypt is fluid, President Obama forgave a billion dollars owed to the U.S. by the Egyptian government and guaranteed a billion dollar infrastructure loan for the country. A recent intelligence report disclosing increasingly closer ties between Egypt and Iran is a red flag that all effective military aid to the country should undergo further State Department review.
The reaction of the Cairo embassy has been a cause for concern for the Obama administration, which has separated itself from the besieged embassy’s public relations campaign. The Cairo embassy originally condemned “the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”
The embassy’s seemingly sympathetic missive was posted in reference to a widely panned movie criticizing Muslims made by an American filmmaker. The Egyptian President Morsi is now pushing for the Egyptian embassy in Washington to take legal action against the producers of the “Innocence of Muslims” film, as the country’s official news agency MENA reported.
It was not the first time that the embassy had apologized for the free speech behavior of American citizens. Earlier, the embassy condemned the burning of a Koran in Florida. Ironically, the burning of an official American flag on our sovereign territory is yet to be condemned by the embassy or the administration. This should not be a surprise from an embassy that spent $40,000 buying copies of Barack Obama’s book Dreams from my Father.
Meanwhile, a row has developed over the attack of the Benghazi, Libya consulate, which led to the murder of a U.S. ambassador and several civilians. One of the first public responses to the attacks by the Obama campaign was to condemn presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The presidential campaign and the complicit mainstream media have gone on an offensive against Mitt Romney in order to provide a smokescreen for the apparent failure of Barack Obama’s foreign policy.
On September 11th, for example, the same day as the Egyptian and Libyan protests, the President praised the “Arab Spring.” In Obama’s Cairo address to the Muslim World delivered early on in his presidency, he said “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.” The president also said that America and Islam “share common principles — principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”
President Obama later assisted with the rise to power of Mohammad Morsi when he pressured Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak out of power following the Tahrir Square uprisings as one flower of the Arab Spring. Martial law was declared shortly thereafter, and a struggle between the pro-Mubarak military and Islamist parties for a democratically elected parliament and presidency took place. The Muslim Brotherhood eventually gained a plurality of seats in the parliament and its president Mohammad Morsi installed in power.
Many political observers predicted that this would be the end result of removing Mubarak from power. The Obama administration’s now-obvious affinity for the Muslim Brotherhood follows upon a much-ridiculed request by Michele Bachmann to look into improper ties with the Islamist organization within the State Department and other national security agencies. These requests for a more thorough investigation into the matter should be taken much more seriously than they have been thus far.
In the big picture, Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East region, and the Obama administration has demonstrated a noticeable chill towards the tiny Jewish state. So much for being a champion of the underdog.
Ronald Kessler reporting from Washington, D.C. — The financial crisis a few weeks before the last presidential election was enough to push Barack Obama over the top. This week’s Newsweek cover slamming President Obama could have almost as much impact.
“Hit the Road, Barack — Why We Need a New President” the cover says. “Obama’s Gotta Go” the article inside says.
Journalists are not idiots. They recognize that Obama, as the Newsweek cover story documents, has been a failure. But they are also lemmings who will not depart from their traditional support of Democrats unless given permission by their peers. The cover story in Newsweek, one of the most liberal-leaning publications in the country, does just that.
Because of support by the press, Obama became president in the first place and has held his own against Mitt Romney in polls.
Three months before the story of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.’s connection to Obama finally broke in the mainstream media, I began writing stories as chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com about Obama’s close association with his America-bashing minister.
The media, which had known generally about Wright since Obama announced his candidacy in February 2007, ignored the stories. If the media had picked them up then, Obama likely would not be president today.
According to pollsters, largely as a result of the stories the press finally ran about Wright, Obama’s double-digit lead over Hillary Clinton vanished. At the same time, John McCain shot up in the polls, and Hillary began winning the primaries. But by then, Obama was ahead, and it was too late for her to overcome his previous lead.
Indeed, David Remnick’s “The Ridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama” quotes an unidentified Clinton aide as saying, “If Jeremiah Wright had dropped in January , it [Obama’s candidacy] would have been over.”
Today, the media largely ignore Obama’s daily distortions and record of failure, all documented in the Newsweek article. In contrast, after President Bush gave his 2003 State of the Union address, the press attacked him mercilessly for weeks over his 16-word statement that the British government had learned that Saddam Hussein sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.
In fact, the statement was true. After the British House of Commons Intelligence and Security Committee reviewed the MI6 intelligence about the claim involving Niger, it concluded in September 2003 that the British intelligence service was justified in continuing to say that Hussein had tried to obtain uranium from that country. The press then ignored the report showing that Bush’s statement was indeed accurate.
But when Obama says the private sector of the economy is doing fine, belittles success, claims the Supreme Court cannot overrule a law passed by Congress, says he is not divisive even as he attacks Republicans, gratuitously injects race into his comments, or claims Romney and Paul Ryan would end Medicare as we know it, the press gives the president a pass.
None of this is lost on the public.
A recent Rasmussen poll found that 59 percent of likely U.S. voters believe Obama has received the best treatment from the media so far. Just 18 percent think Mitt Romney has been treated better.
Having been a reporter for the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, I know how susceptible journalists are to the herd instinct. The Newsweek cover story in effect tells journalists it’s OK to begin telling the truth about Obama and expose his presidency as the failure Newsweek says it is. For that reason, it could be a turning point in the election.
Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. He is the New York Times bestselling author of books on the Secret Service, FBI, and CIA.
Newsweek magazine is targeting its latest controversial cover at the Obama administration. It’s part of a devastating story written by esteemed British historian Niall Ferguson telling President Obama that it’s time to go and that the only team that can possibly turn the country around is the Romney-Ryan ticket.
“In his inaugural address, Obama promised ‘not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.’” Ferguson writes in the cover story, “Hit the Road, Barack: Why We Need a New President.”
“He promised to ‘build the roads and bridges, the electric grids, and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.’ He promised to ‘restore science to its rightful place and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost.’” wrote Ferguson, who made some of the same arguments in a March 2012 Newsmax cover story, “Decision Time.” “And he promised to ‘transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.’ Unfortunately the president’s scorecard on every single one of those bold pledges is pitiful.”
“Welcome to Obama’s America: nearly half the population is not represented on a taxable return—almost exactly the same proportion that lives in a household where at least one member receives some type of government benefit,” Ferguson writes. “We are becoming the 50–50 nation—half of us paying the taxes, the other half receiving the benefits.”
In all, it’s an uncharacteristically conservative piece for the magazine, which previously has had cover stories celebrating Obama as “the first gay president” for his stand on gay marriage, and has offered lengthy defenses for another four years. Since Tina Brown’s Daily Beast took over Newsweek, which recently said it will soon cease print publication, the magazine has been one of the most left-leaning publications in the country.