Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Truth 2.0

Okay, I promised to give our new president a chance. Still will.

But this rather blistering insight into hypocrisy and truth-massaging by Andrew Bolt is hard to ignore:

"An astonishing line from Barack Obama in his first TV interview as president, that suggests he knows next to nothing about American history or the Middle East:

'...the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there’s no reason why we can’t restore that.'"

Bolt goes on to point out that 20 or 30 years ago, America was under the leadership of "Cowboy" Ronald Reagan, and during that time:

American hostages were at last being freed by the Ayatollah Khomeini after 444 days in captivity:

Terrorists around the world were being financed by Moammar Qaddafi, whose “respect” for the US led him to bomb even a Berlin disco popular with US soldiers, forcing the US to launch (ineffectual) bombing raids on Tripoli:

Palestinian terrorist leader Mahmoud Abbas was accused of masterminding or planning attacks on American targets, including even one on Reagan’s secretary of state, with the backing of some “partnerships” of his own (including Saddam Hussein):

And so on. If that's "respect," what's disrespect?

Bolt: "Now even John Santor of the Huffington Post is forced to admit that Barack Obama, far from offering “change you can believe in”, is parroting the very kind of words that the despised Bush uttered, at least on the Middle East. But, in analysing Obama’s first interview, Santor bravely attempts to draw a distinction:

"Many of these proclamations were made in some way or another by President Bush. What is different this time, however, is a president who is already coupling them with meaningful action...

"Action? What? Where?"

Indeed. They're still blowing each other to smithereens in Gaza. Reports indicate Al-Qaida and Iranian factions intend to try and derail upcoming elections in Iraq. (Which we helped to make possible.)

So, what "action?"

NB: I attempted to create a user identity to answer some of these egregious allegations on Mysteriously, I'm not allowed to post.

Ulterior motives? Updates will follow.

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