Continuing the failed policies of the last eight years.
April 7, 2009
President Obama made his most direct outreach to Muslims around the world Monday, telling Turkey’s Grand National Assembly that the United States “is not and never will be at war with Islam.”
As the Washingto Post acknowledges, the current President’s message “echoed” the former President’s message, proving once again that President Obama is intent on continuing the failed policies of the last eight years:
Obama’s message to Muslims echoed President George W. Bush, who frequently praised Islam as a religion of peace and humanitarian values that had been distorted by extremists who killed in its name.
Of course, the Post must then qualify W’s efforts with his supposed alienation of Muslims:
But Bush’s invasion of Iraq, imprisonment of Muslims at Guantanamo Bay, isolation of Iran, and support for Israel in its relations with the Palestinians and in the war with Hezbollah made many in Islamic nations believe that his administration was hostile to their religion.
I guess the omission of context is what passes for nuance among the literati. However, “Bush’s” invasion of Iraq (funny how the Post omits mention of the overhwelming Congressional majority supporting the authorization of war) resulted in the ouster of a secular nutjob and the freeing of 30 million Iraqis, the vast majority of whom are Muslims; the “imprisonment of Muslims” at Gitmo included Muslims thought to be radical Islamists waging terror against the U.S. – there was never a “sweep” of random Muslims carted off to Gitmo; the “isolation” of Iran included talks between Iran and European countries; and Bush’s support for Israel included repeated, express calls for a Palestinian state.
President Obama knows that the press will never give Bush the credit he deserves or challenge his criticism of Bush, and so Obama continues to slam his predecessor every chance he gets:
“I know there have been difficulties these last few years. I know that the trust that binds us has been strained, and I know that strain is shared in many places where the Muslim faith is practiced,” Obama told the lawmakers.
I have my criticisms of President Bush, and I don’t intend for this blog to be a defense of everything the former president did. But President Obama’s incessant, classless belittling of W is unbecoming.