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Obama Remembers Mumbai But
Ignores Fort Hood
Obama began his 10-day, pre-holiday Asia vacation in Mumbai, India by
memorializing the victims of the terrorist attacks on Mumbai from two years ago.
In a somber and respectful tone, he declared, "We’ll never forget."
making his remarks, Obama delivered an appropriate message about the tragic
events of November 26, 2008 which resulted in the deaths of 173 innocent people.
All well and good.
Unfortunately, Obama’s staff must have forgotten an equally
memorable terrorist attack, one that took place at Fort Hood, Texas on November
Indeed, while Obama and his entourage were jetting off to India
on what is believed to be a $200-million-a day junket, he was silent about the
one year anniversary of the Fort Hood shooting in which jihadi Maj. Nidal Malik
murdered 13 Americans and
injured 30 others.
Why did Obama choose to ignore the victims of the Fort
Hood massacre on the one-year anniversary of one of the worst mass shootings
ever on an American military base?
Related: Radical Islam Still Not Acknowledged
As Cause Of Post Rampage
From Indian TV -- Karnataka No.1 English News displays an image of
Obama wearing traditional Indian turban from 9:37 to 11:25 in a
video report -- click
watch entire report.
The Daily Mail (UK) says that not since
the days of the Pharaohs or the more ludicrous Roman Emperors has a
head of state travelled in such pomp and expensive grandeur as
While lesser mortals -- the Pope, Queen
Elizabeth and so on -- are usually happy to let their hosts handle
most of the security and transport arrangements when they venture
beyond their home shores, the United States creates a mini-America
on the move to ensure that nothing is left to chance.
this extensive report, with photos,
. . .
|Obama's Ignorance Of World Affairs On Full
Display In India
says when George W. Bush was sworn into office, he was mocked by his
political enemies as a parochial idiot who had no understanding of world
affairs. That proved untrue. By contrast Barack Obama was
touted as a multicultural "citizen of the world" whose childhood
residence in Indonesia, adult trips to Pakistan and Kenya, and Harvard
degree were supposed proof of his sophistication. Obama
subsequently disproved this belief by making reference to "speaking
Austrian" during a European speech and sending Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton to Russia to "press the reset button," (the word "reset"
in Russian was misspelled) a stunt so stupid that a high school girl at
a Model UN conference probably wouldn't do it.
Now, in his
quasi-imperial trip to India, Obama has made ridiculous P.C.-inspired
statements that managed to offend both India and Pakistan and reveal an
astounding ignorance of South Asian politics and history.
Obama told an Indian audience that he supported India's bid to gain a
permanent seat (and veto) on the UN Security Council. Aside from
the fact that this is unlikely to happen, the idea greatly offends
Pakistan, a sworn enemy of India since both countries became independent
in 1947. While Obama's support for an Indian seat on the Security
Council was greeted with applause in India, it was immediately denounced
by Pakistan. Pakistan is our "ally" in the war on terror, but it
is very unstable, partially ungovernable, and likely harboring Osama bin
Laden. Obama gratuitously offended it by supporting its #1 enemy,
India. How can this possibly help our efforts in the Af-Pak
theater of war?
Second, Obama contradicted centuries of Indian
history when he told an Indian schoolgirl that Islam is a "religion of
peace" and that only "extremists" corrupt it. According to The
Hindu newspaper, Obama said Islam is "a religion that reaffirms peace,
fairness, tolerance. I think all of us recognize that this great
religion in the hands of a few extremists has been distorted by
violence." This must be an astonishingly false statement to Indian
ears and to anyone with even a cursory knowledge of Indian history.
India has had virtually non-stop conflict with Islam since it was
first invaded by Muslims in the seventh century. Hindu India and
Muslim Pakistan have been in a virtual state of war since 1947, when
British India was partitioned along religious lines, resulting in nearly
a million casualties. Today, both India and Pakistan are
nuclear-armed powers. There have been at least three shooting wars
since 1947 and constant low-grade war over Kashmir. The attack on
the Indian parliament by Muslim terrorists in 2001 and the Mumbai
Massacre, perpetrated by Pakistani Muslims in 2008, are not the result
of "extremists" who "distort" Islam but merely the latest incidents in
centuries of war and conquest India has suffered at the hands of the
"religion of peace."
It's clear that the Obama foreign policy
isn't based on sophistication or even a basic knowledge of world
affairs. It's based purely on fatuous P.C. sentiments that meet
with approval in faculty lounges, but are downright dangerous to
American security in the real world.
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