Obama in Cairo: Sellout or Outreach?
Our Readers Who Comment have been filing furiously about President Obama's speech this morning in Cairo, during which he "urged Islamic nations to embrace democracy, women's rights, religious tolerance and the right of Israel to co-exist with an independent Palestinian state, " as Scott Wilson reported.
Many who comment express support for the President's speech, seeing it as a useful effort to reach out to the Islamic world. Many others see it as a sign of weakness and a sellout of U.S interests. Several suggest Obama has forgotten 9/11.
There was both praise and scorn for Obama's careful parsing of the Israeli-Palestinian situation about which he said, "the only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace and security."
And for some reason several posters suggested that only now was Obama admitting to his Islamic heritage, as if it hadn't come up either directly or in code throughout the presidential campaign.
dbeins was the first to post and said, "The only way there will be a new beginning with the Muslim world is if we stop blindly backing Israel and their illegal expansion."
And crumppie wrote, "He said "the United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements." Talk is cheap. Let's see if he follows through with action."
joeyjoey said, "Obama, Good job sticking up for the Palestinians. Bad job thinking you have to be an apologist for America."
But TexRancher wrote, "Obama is showing his ignorance. Kissing up to these people only makes the U.S. look weak in their eyes. The cycle of suspicion and discord?... Looks like he campaigning for King of the Muslim World rather than acting like a U.S. President!"
And nychap44 suggested that "A good new beginning should include the Muslims letting us know where Oshama Bin Laden is so we can arrest or kill him."
cleancut77 wrote, "The speech will solve nothing but it was good nonetheless. I particularly like his rendition of Israel's founding. If I was in the audience I would have asked what do the Arabs have to do with the Holocaust?..."
DC2Amsterdam said, "This is a great speech. Good job and hitting Israel on the settlements. I am so glad we are going to have more than 7 more years of this man as our President."
whitehousewatcher, who obviously didn't read much of the news coverage during the presidential campaign, wrote, "so now this great man touts his muslim background. wonder why he (and his news friends) hid it during his "buy the presidency" campaign? what a leader."
HassanAliAl-Hadoodi said, "A friend remarked 'He sounded like a Muslim.' Of course, he is one, even though an apostate. On the positive side, he expressed for the first time a really evenhanded policy. The Israelis should be as angry as the Muslims. Curious that he left out gay rights and abortion."
badz34 wrote, "obama has sold the u.s. out to everone else he might as well sale us out to the muslims also."
meltonj1 wrote, "What a farce. All those words about how Muslims should do this and Muslims should do that. Never mind that it is the US that invaded Iraq and Afghanistan and continues to occupy them, and it's the US that's the biggest backer of Israel no matter how much they oppress the Palestinian people. Any new beginning needs to begin with the US."
VirginiaConservative, whose dislike for Obama has populated our message boards for months, said, "Ummm, Barry - the muslims are the occupiers in the Holy Land. The Hebrews... were there hundreds of years - thousands in the case of the Hebrews - before the moslem invasion and occupation. But, like this moron's statement that America is one of the largest muslim countries in the world - he's not one to let little pesky things like facts to get in the way."
To which onsongomk replied, "Virginia,no one is a moron. It doesnt matter how long the "the Muslims" have occupied the "holy land". What the wrld needs right now is peace and stability for economic growth. Ths all we need at this time.let us come together in harmoney despite of our believes,religion and class and work together as a people for the common good of everybody."
And timothy2me added, "...And the "Hebrews" also converted to Islam. Are you one of those people who think the entire population of Egypt was wiped out and replaced? Palestine is occupied by Palestinians, the indiginous population."
egrib wrote, "...Never EVER forget 9/11 Mr. President!!! Never! Your appeasement with the enemy is beyond disgusting. Treason!! You have sold your countrymen down the river - in the hopes of winning something silly like a Nobel Prize... What a disgusting display of weakness, stupidity, and naivete."
willandjansdad1 predicted that "At some point the heads of the wingnuts are going to start exploding."
barnabytwist wrote, "Finally! A president who will put Israel in its place."
tjhall1 said, "As he read from his teleprompter, he sold out America yet again. Gone was his election campaign's forbidden Muslim talk. Gone is Israel's trust. In doing so, he let the Arab despots know that they are safe. Way to go, Odumbo..."
demtse wrote, "My problem with Obama's and other westerners speaking to the peoples of other countries is, talking about the internal affairs of those countries in terms of how they treat their citizens. Its none of the west's business how arabs treat their women. Who is the west to tell anyone, anywhere, how to treat people. The west has bloody hands when it come to violating the human rights of millions of people throughout history. Get off that moral high horse."
akeegan2 said, "The Muslim world does not respect weakness. If the President goes there and apologize for the Actions of the American Goverment The Muslim nation will reguard The President as a coward and that brings shame on American people and there will no respect for Good people of the United States..."
GordonShumway wrote, "The selling of America. He's selling it right from under our noses to the very people we fought to stay free. Way to go, Voters!"
pelham1861 said, "He did not challenge Muslim leaders to denounce radical Muslim terrorists. Therefore, all the flowery language was just that. I hope one day he grows into this job...right now he seems content to be loved by liberal elitists for lofty rhetoric and little actual leadership..."
We'll close with this exchange:
livetrainer wrote,, "First time I am impressed by an American president. He seems to be truthful and sincere. Being a Muslim, I welcome his vision. We do a new start, mutual respect and dialouge. You can have bigger peace of cake but not entire cake. People in Muslim world were never asking more then this (exclude extremists, they are every where)."
But delusional1 replied, "It is folly to exclude extremists. They are precisely who need to be dealt with. Have you forgotten who flew the 4 planes on 9-11? I haven't."
The transcript of the president's speech is here.
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