Obama’s Reading Material

Wow, I don’t know if this is a book Obama should want to be caught reading, given his image as weak on foreign policy:

Here’s an exerpt from the book via Newsweek:

At the military and political level, we still live in a unipolar world. But along every other dimension—industrial, financial, social, cultural—the distribution of power is shifting, moving away from American dominance. In terms of war and peace, economics and business, ideas and art, this will produce a landscape that is quite different from the one we have lived in until now—one defined and directed from many places and by many peoples.

The post-American world is naturally an unsettling prospect for Americans, but it should not be. This will not be a world defined by the decline of America but rather the rise of everyone else. It is the result of a series of positive trends that have been progressing over the last 20 years, trends that have created an international climate of unprecedented peace and prosperity.

A review from NRO:

What Zakaria misses is that the relative decline of the U.S. is real, but that it already happened.  U.S. share of world GDP in 1945 is estimated to have been about 50%; this more than halved between 1945 and 1980.  The U.S. economic crisis of the 1970s was largely the result of this decline.  I’ve argued at length that the Reagan economic program was a creative and successful response to that crisis that has prevented the U.S. economy from going the way of Europe.  This program was focused on two things: sound money and deregulation, broadly defined.  It’s ironic that, despite the rhetoric, Reagan’s program was premised on a very clear-eyed recognition of relative American decline.  (It’s interesting, by the way, to see Reagan’s take on foreign policy commitments in this light.)

The ability of the U.S. economy to defy historical gravity for the past 25 years has not been automatic: it was earned in a set of pivotal political battles that were pretty much complete by 1984.  The next twenty years comprised, within the American economy, a Twenty Years War to implement this less-regulated system that has now reached maturity. We live in the new economy that it has created.  The danger of misdiagnosis of our current situation is that we will fail to understand the sources of our success and unwittingly throw them away.

Anyhoo….I’m not saying it’s a terrible book, (not having read it myself). I’m  just thinking *symbolically* … Not the best choice for Obama.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

 

 

 

 

 

Statement From McCain On Obama

Sen. John McCain issued the following statement, yesterday:

After Senator Obama’s own advisors and supporters backtracked from his stated desire to hold summit meetings with the leaders of the world’s worst regimes, Senator Obama himself has begun to reinterpret his stand. He now claims that some ‘fear’ to ‘negotiate’ with the likes of Iranian President Ahmadinejad, who has called Israel a ‘stinking corpse’ or Ayatollah Khamenei, who called Israel a ‘cancerous tumor.’

 

I have news for Senator Obama: I have met some very bad people before in my life. It is not fear that drives my opposition to unconditional meetings with Ahmadinejad, Khamenei, Kim Jong Il, and Raul Castro; rather it is my clear understanding that such a course will fail to eliminate the threat posed by these rogue regimes. I don’t fear to negotiate. Instead I have the knowledge and experience to understand the dangerous consequences of a naive approach to Presidential summits based entirely on emotion.

“The question before the American people is which candidate is best able to secure the peace for the next generation of Americans, a peace that will keep our nation safe, prosperous and free. Senator Obama’s desire to meet unconditionally in his first year at the presidential level with Iranian leaders is reckless, and demonstrates poor judgment that will make the world more dangerous.

With respect to Cuba, it is not America that needs to make unilateral concessions to the Castros – a ‘gesture of good faith’ as Senator Obama said yesterday – it is the Castro brothers who must allow the freedom they have so long denied to the Cuban people. Free the political prisoners, open the media, allow people to worship, schedule free and fair elections, and the United States will be happy to meet and talk. Until then, we cannot compromise our principles.

“Senator Obama has consistently offered his judgment on Iraq, and he has been consistently wrong. He said that General Petraeus’ new strategy would not reduce sectarian violence, but would worsen it. He was wrong. He said the dynamics in Iraq would not change as a result of the ‘surge.’ He was wrong. One year ago, he voted to cut off all funds for our forces fighting extremists in Iraq. He was wrong. Sectarian violence has been dramatically reduced, Sunnis in Anbar province and throughout Iraq are cooperating in fighting al Qaeda in Iraq, and Shi’ite extremist militias no longer control Basra – the Maliki government and its forces do. British and Iraqi forces now move freely in areas that were controlled by Iranian-backed militias. The fight against al Qaeda in Mosul is succeeding in further weakening that deadly terrorist group, and many key leaders have been killed or captured.

Read the the rest of it at THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS.

Good on ya, Johnny. Give him hell.

 

Free Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani Petition Update

Between the story in The New York Times, a piece in the Swiss paper NZZ and 50+ posts in the blogosphere, Armies of Liberation blogger, Jane Novak has managed to procure 1172 signatures for the petition to free Yemani journalist, al-Khaiwani.

1172 lousy signatures.

WTF? With all due respect…we can do better. How hard is it to spend 30 seconds to sign your name to a petition that has the power to save a person’s life?

A fired up Conservative Belle asks that question and a whole lot more at her website.

Bottom Line:

Go sign the damn petition!

(Please?)

Il State Senator:I have been advised to leave Barack alone…

Very Interesting. In 2002, the ‘Prince of Peace’, ‘Lamb of Chicago’ Barack Obama had to be physically restrained during an altercation in a room off the Il Senate floor where Senators Obama and Rickey Hendon had been shouting at one another.

Jim Geraghty reports:

For his part, the rarely reticent Hendon won’t discuss the altercation, except to confirm that it occurred. “I have been advised to leave Barack alone and that is what I am going to do,” Hendon said. “I am going to let things stay in the past. It happened. That’s all I can say. It happened.”

Some questions from Geraghty:

Lots of people get angry, and even the best of us have our tempers flare every now and then. But is this incident ignored because the image of a furious Obama, having to be physically restrained, so contrasts the nice guy/secular messiah image we’re seeing in the media?

Boy, that quote from Hendon sure sounds like clichéd dialogue from a mob witness from a cop movie, huh? Who “advised him to leave Barack alone”?

Any Democrat want to raise John McCain’s alleged “temper issues” after this?

I’ll answer that last one for him. Yeah. Of course they will.

They’re just that brazen.

Islamofascists In The News

My my…what busy little beavers they’ve been:

Convert To Christianity On Trial In Algeria:

The woman was accused of having “practised a non-Muslim prayer without authorisation”. In fact, the girl was not arrested while praying, but on a bus and because of some gospels that she had with her. “The charge however is not for proselytism, for the first time,” daily El Watan writes adding “the liberty to practice freely the Christian faith is really brought into question”. According to the daily, Habiba, under 30 and converted to Christianity for four years, would not renounce her religion just to avoid the court. “Either it is the mosque or the court,” Tiaret’s prosecutor intimidated her during the first conversation, as El Watan writes. “Did they make you drink from the water which will carry you straight to paradise?”,

I’d have shot back, “It’s better than blowing yourself up to get there, you asshole”. (Okay, I probably wouldn’t, but I’d be thinking it.)

Oh! Another one:

Christian Factory Worker Accused Of Blasphemy For Refusing To Convert To Islam:

The majority of the workers are Taliban, (not friendly to Christians). They accosted this man after days of unsuccessful proselytizing, and threatened to burn him alive and stone his family to death. (Now that’s a great way to win friends and influence people!)

He was briefly held in custody and encouraged to leave town.

What’s Important Is To Kill The Germans:

SPIEGEL ONLINE: One year ago, a suicide bomber killed three Germans and several Afghans at a market in Kunduz. Did you order the bombing?

Qabir Bashir Haqqani: That was the most successful strike of our mujahedeen in Kunduz since the collapse of the Taliban. Our intelligence passed on a message to the bomber, who had been waiting a week for such a golden opportunity to carry out an attack. The bomber was a resident of Kunduz.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: The three Germans killed weren’t even combat troops, they were army employees in charge of purchasing refrigerators for the troops’ kitchen.

Haqqani: It is not important what kind of soldiers they were. What’s important is to kill and hammer out the Germans in Kunduz. The Germans are the most important enemy in the north and because they are stationed in Kunduz, the city will soon become the Kandahar of the north.

Chechen Jihadis Decapitate Captured Solders….

Weasel Zippers: This is Islam. Note: I can’t post this video, way, way, way too graphic, consider yourself warned!….:

Lebanese Lesbians Arrested After UAE Beach Grind:

The passionate lesbians could not control their urges of hot burning love once they stripped down to their beach attire. After the lewd show they put on at the UAE beach, the horny girls found themselves…….

Whoa!!! Wait a minute! Whaa??? That doesn’t belong here. Please disregard that last snip!

Dirty Bomb Warning To Olympics

The International Atomic Energy Agency says a group might try to release radioactivity at an Olympic venue, possibly using a “dirty bomb”.

However, the IAEA says there is no specific information suggesting an imminent attack on the Beijing games.

The IAEA warning comes as it conducts a training exercise in China’s capital.

London threat

The agency says intelligence shows that terrorists are trying to obtain nuclear materials.

Its concern is that they might try to use a “dirty bomb” with conventional explosives in Beijing.

“There is a threat at some level that these [radioactive] materials could be used,” said Dr Anita Nilsson, the IAEA’s head of nuclear security.

“The awareness that these materials do exist in circulation is enough in itself to trigger the measures that we are now working together with the Chinese authorities to implement at the major venues of the Beijing Olympics,” she said.

Jihad Watch: We Know Too Much!

The Pakistan Daily has apparently removed the detailed exposition of jihad warfare and Islamic supremacism, explaining that jihad is not spiritual struggle, but war, and that it is offensive, not defensive, that I linked to this morning.

Could it be that this is the sort of thing that the dirty kuffar are not supposed to know about?

Good thing I copied the whole thing, eh?

Last but not least…the kicker:

Islamists Outraged Anime Japanese Cartoon Insulted Koran, Depicts Muslims As Terrorists

A Japanese cartoon depicting a character reading the Koran while ordering the execution of the animation’s hero and friends sparked protests on Islamic Web sites, Kyodo News reported today.

The scene from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, adapted from a comic strip published from 1987 to 2003, generated angry responses on more than 300 Arab and Islamic Internet forums,with many accusing Japan of insulting the Koran, Kyodo said.

The scene depicts Muslims as terrorists, Kyodo cited Sheikh Abdul Hamid Attrash, chairman of the Fatwa Committee at Cairo’s Al-Azhar University

Muslims terrorists?….nahhhhh. Shame on those Japanese cartoonists for suggesting such a thing!

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers for most of those.