Obama's Outreach to Muslims Starts New Path in Middle East

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    Obama's Outreach to Muslims Starts New Path in Middle East



    In choosing an Arab network for his first televised interview, President Obama signaled a break with the past.


    Even before crafting its own Middle East strategy, the Obama administration is making clear that its approach will differ -- in tone and style, if not also in substance -- from its predecessor's.

    In choosing an Arab network for his first televised interview to declare, "Americans are not your enemy," President Barack Obama signaled a break with the past. The substance of the shift may have to wait, but the symbolism is immediate and likely to be reinforced with an early presidential visit to a Muslim nation.

    The administration sees a great deal at stake, and not just the future prospect for Arab-Israeli peace. There also is the broader struggle against Islamic extremism -- what the George W. Bush administration called a "global war on terrorism" -- and the prospect for stability and democracy in Iraq.

    The stakes stretch to Afghanistan, the Central Asian launching pad for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and where tens of thousands more U.S. troops are likely to be fighting in the months ahead. At least as important is the related problem of Pakistan, the nuclear-armed Muslim nation whose largely ungoverned areas along the border with Afghanistan are a haven for al-Qaida and other terrorists.

    The list of related issues runs longer: Syria, Lebanon, Iran.

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    Ya know, there's nothing "new" about this other than hussein is doing it. But whatever... if he can do ANYTHING to bring about better relations with the jihad crowd, my hats off to the guy. My guess is though, he's going to find out just like every other President has before him, these cold blooded, manical killers understand one thing and one thing only, BRUTE MILITARY FORCE!
     
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    It is going to be interesting to see how it goes. I think if the US pulls out of hte ME completely, its standing in jihadist's eyes would go up IMO.
     
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    He wasn't talking to the Jihad crowd. He was talking to the moderate Muslims so that they will eventually work with us against the Jihad crowd.
     
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    He might be talking with the moderates, but the intention is clear. He said it in his speech. "America is not your enemy." Well he'll have fun convincing them of that, after they've brain washed just about half of all the children born in the last fifty years to HATE and KILL Americans.

    I just don't think he'll have any effect at all. But one can hope. Try anything. Maybe even his name will give him an edge.
     
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    well, that will fix just about everything. so we are back to square one are we? Just like Boooosh, obamalama ain't talking to terrorists! :lol:


    Change we cannot believe in.
     
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    A few things from the interview,

    Take a good look at the question, it is implied (by the interviewer) that the current strains on the relationship between Palestine and Israel is due to "occupation". Hey, wasn't that occupation of the West Bank, not the Gaza Strip where the current rocket launching from the Palestinians is coming from? Isn't it the violated ceasefire of the Palestinians (firing rockets from the Gaza Strip) that ended the ceasefire? Think about who the audience was that this interview was for. It wasn't Americans. It was Muslims in the Middle East. What do you think they heard?

    Now, isn't that interesting? When he was campaigning for president, it seems that any mention of his Muslim ties was strictly off limits by the press, and anybody that mentioned it was accused of being either a racist or a hater. Quite interesting.

    Full text of interview here, OBAMA AL-ARABIYA INTERVIEW: FULL TEXT
     
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    Looks like conservatives will be the only ones waiting to see how it turns out Willow. Just the fact that hussein is talking to the middle east crowd is GOOD ENOUGH for liberals. They could care less what the outcome is. Obama talked, they swooned, all is good. :doubt:
     
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    They used to tell women that were victims of rape to try and "talk" with their rapists, to try and develop a rapport with them and get their rapists to see them in a human sense. The hope was that the rapist would abandon his actions.

    It doesn't work.
    Now women are advised to fight like hell if somebody is attempting to rape them.

    Seems that Mr Obama has attended one to many "sensitivity training" classes instead of real world "Some of these people hate your damn guts" classes.
     
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    Terrorists and jihadists haven't listened to ANYONE since history has been recorded. As much as I'd like to think hussein can somehow pull one out of his ass, my realistic side says no way in hell. He's got a rude awakening coming. As he's over there kissing muslim ass telling them Americans aren't their enemy, they'll be planning their next attack.
     
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    I'm just wondering why he chose this as his first forum? Why not Americans through an American venue?

    I'm also wondering why no transcripts on whitehouse.gov that we can read, not just listen to?
     
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