Friday, June 05, 2009

Obama’s Speech Severely Critiqued by Arab Press – Al Jazeera on Obama’s newfound Muslim Roots and Blame America Proclivities.

The Al JazeeraNews Agency, with offices Worldwide, Including the U.S. has long been known as Osama Bin Laden’s main news outlet – being the first to have access to video missives from the Al Queda Leader. Today’s English Version Website article spoke to the “distinctly American” flavor of Obama’s speech in Cairo, whereby, the President invoked language that, to the Al Jazeera author, appeared to have been said before.

Alternately, there was a bit of angst over the fact that suddenly, Obama has found his muslin origins, using his middle name, one which was banned from his Presidential campaign.
In context: from Al Jazeera:

Obama's constant references to his Muslim background, boyhood days in Indonesia, and frequent citations from the Quran sounded a bit odd coming from a man who made strenuous efforts to ignore those aspects of his autobiography in the 2008 campaign for the White House.

On the Republican’s taking exception to a remark the apologist President made regarding September 11th and the Democrats response:

Joining the Republican chorus was Elizabeth Cheney, a former Bush administration state department official and daughter of the former vice-president, Dick Cheney.
Her comments seemed intended to defend her father from criticism of his actions on waterboarding and selective use of intelligence in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq.
"I, as an American, find it troubling to hear an American president on foreign soil say our reaction to 9/11 was something that betrayed our ideals," she told MSNBC news on Thursday.

Fellow Democrats, meanwhile, praised Obama, with Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives, calling the speech "a great triumph".

The article continues with the remarks made by Obama regarding the U.S. role in the Iranian Government in the 1950’s and closes with his desire to add additional troops in Afghanistan leading to a potential Viet Nam.

One has to understand this article was written by an American, Rob Reynolds, who has obvious sympathies with the Middle East, but also is looking at the actions of this President as an American. Therefore, the less than stellar review represents a meeting of two minds – one that is of the West and at the same time of the East – giving a clear indication that the President is being viewed as a political opportunist, who has less allegiance to the United States than to his own political hide.

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