Middle East studies in the News
Obama – The Teflon President [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
by Barry Shaw
With only days until the U.S. Presidential elections, Barack Obama has a clear advantage in all the leading polls. With voting less than a few days away, it seems that only a seismic event will reverse this trend and prevent Barack Obama from reaching the White House.
He was little known before he set out on his ambitious journey to be the head of the Free World. The people of America, and interesting observers worldwide, have come to learn something about the man, his personal history, the people who have influenced his political thinking, and the fire that has forged his ambition to take charge of the political life of Americans and, by default, the world.
He has led a glittering and impressive campaign. Yet, to a neutral eye, there have been a series of worrying, even dangerous facts that have come to light that question who, truthfully, is Barack Obama, and what does he really stand for.
His history of associations and close contact with murky characters does not seem to have affected the majority of voters in America. In another world one would say that a life spent in the company of influential people demonstrate the mindset, motivation, and future policy of a presidential candidate. This theory does not seem to have been applied to Obama.
Worrying even more is the Three Monkeys attitude adopted by some Obama defenders. When facts are exposed, or questions raised, they close their ears and eyes in a 'Hear no evil, See no evil' pose. They then counter attack by blaming the opposing camp of conducting a smear campaign, instead of looking at the facts, and accuse them of detracting from the leading issue, namely the economy.
But eventually, important facts must be courageously faced. By not doing so now, Americans could find themselves with a President leading their country in a direction which will be abhorrent to them and the free world.
Surely a young politician's contacts, input, and readings must form his political philosophy and, therefore, create the policies and direction he intends to take the country. In Obama's case, so many strong influences cannot be dismissed as casual contacts. The effect of being in the close and constant company of radical politicals and religious activists must be taken into serious consideration when electing the next leader of the Free World.
Frank Marshall Davis was Obama's early mentor in his days in Hawaii. Davis believed in, and outlined, the Communist plan to take over America from within.This would be done by installing educators at all levels of the education system, gaining control of the media, getting liberal judges appointed, training and financing people to be elected to public office from local level all the way up to the White House.Barack Obama was greatly influenced by, and had his early political career kick-started by, Frank Marshall Davis.
Davis put Obama in contact with the Socialist Party in Chicago. William Ayres was a member of this New Party. Barack Obama joined in 1996. By 1999, the New Party was defunct after losing a Supreme Court challenge that ruled the organization as unconstitutional. By that time, the New Party had gotten Barack Obama and others elected to local office. Today the Democratic Socialists of America and the Democratic National Congress have attempted to cover up and deny any ties between Obama and these socialist organizations, but they do exist.
During his days as a radical local politician a flag showing the portrait of Che Gevara hung prominently in his office.
Obama has tried to deny being influenced by the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the ranting radical preacher of Black Liberation Theology. He has not, however, been questioned on how the writings of James. H. Cone, have influenced his political thought process. Cone advocated radical, even revolutionary, black racist action – the same Black Liberation Theology incited by Wright.
Barack Obama was financially assisted by a Khalid al-Mansour, who has been described as a Black Nationalist and Black Muslim. Mansour who was an influential figure and mentor of the infamous Black Panther movement in the 1960s. Obama knew Mansour. He was influenced by him, and assisted by him. Mansour's funds came from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin-Talal. Bin-Talal is the man who blamed America for 9/11 because of their pro-Israeli policies. Rudy Guliani refused to accept bin-Talal's cheque for $10 million to help rebuild Manhattan.
Regarding Israel, it is clear from the people whose names have been touted in the past by Obama's team that an Obama Administration would swing away from support for the Jewish state. A short list of foreign policy people close to Obama demonstrates a pro-Palestinian bent. Some examples are Samantha Powers, a senior foreign policy adviser to Obama who is quoted as favouring sacrificing millions of dollars to Israel in favour of giving it to Palestinians, and creating a force against the Israeli I.D.F. She was fired after making derogatory remarks about Hilary Clinton.
Obama was forced to fire Robert Malley after he had regular meetings with members of Hamas. In a tight presidential campaign, it would have been embarrassing and a vote-loser to keep close contacts with Malley.
Zbigniew Brzezinski is someone who Obama called "an outstanding friend and one from whom I have learned a lot." This foreign policy 'expert' has a long track record of being anti-Israel.
From his Chicago days, Obama is closely linked to Rashid Khalidi. This Chicago professor has justified suicide bombings if executed against Israelis. He also favors a bi-national state, rather than a two state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Yet Obama said of him, "He is a constant reminder to me of my own blind spots". What is this if not an admission of an influence to his political development?
These political contacts, when taken together, cannot be considered as creating the mindset of a liberal leader. Instead, the repeated contacts and influences over the years of so many radical people must give pause as to the true nature and political intent of Barack Obama.
At an AIPAC gathering Obama declared that he stands for a "Jerusalem undivided". Yet, the next day when criticized by pro-Palestinians he said, "My words were poorly chosen." One must decide between remarks thrown to garner votes, and true intentions. True intentions can be evidenced by the people Obama has around him.
On foreign policy, his running mate, Joe Biden, is put forward as a friend of Israel. Yet Biden's record deserves close scrutiny. Joe Biden was one of only 16 senators who voted against a bill that would add Iran's Revolutionary Guards to the State Department's list of international terrorist organizations, because of its involvement in murdering U.S. troops in Iraq.
Joe Biden's decision to address the American-Iranian Council, and other pro-Teheran groups, has angered many American-Iranians, as well as Israel. Biden's ties to the pro-Iranian regime lobby are a matter of conviction. When criticized for attending a fundraiser organized on his behalf by an Iranian Muslim charity in California, Biden ignored their concerns and attended the event on 19 February 2002. At this event Biden delivered a speech in which he criticized President Bush's State of the Union address which identified Iran as being part of the Axis of Evil. With Obama in the White House, and with Joe Biden as Vice President, what chance does Israel have of America exerting sanctions on Iran?
Obama's Stations of the Cross leading him to his Calvary are replete with statements and actions that are troubling.In his book 'Dreams of my Father' he wrote of his white mother, "I found solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race".
He refused to wear the American pin early in his campaign. He failed to put his hand on his heart during the national anthem. His wife's careless remark about it being the first time she was proud to be an American when he defeated Hilary Clinton is in line with the "God damn America" of her pastor, the Reverend Wright. Taken individually, they may be meaningless. Put together, they expose a thread that is reflects the inner thoughts and feelings of the couple that may soon be residing in the White House.
If the economy really is the main issue on which American's will choose their next President, Obama's role with Freddie Mac and Fanny May, his involvement with ACORN, and the subsequent fallout that is the current financial crisis needs to be addressed. His participation in these companies and organizations activities, have not shown him to be a financial expert. At a minimum he clearly does not understand economics. On a more serious note his political agenda, when linked to financial activities as reflected in the Freddie/Fanny/ACORN loan scandals, is a proven disaster.
When the election campaign is over, and Obama is seated in the Oval Office, in what direction will he take America?
Will the politics of Frank Marshall Davis, William Ayres, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, James.H.Cone, Khalid al-Mansour, Rashid Khalidi, be reflected in the White House? He may be portrayed as a Liberal but his associates have been radical left-wing figures. His close links to these people may be excused as poor judgment, or minimized as part of a damage control exercise. They may also be exposed as a deliberate forging of a political philosophy and action plan that is about to descend on America.
To many, his campaign has been one of stealth, putting out a message acceptable to Americans while disguising the true purpose of his mission. Those eager for change have dismissed the criticism of him. This is allowing Obama to sail through to the White House without having these dubious and dangerous links, suspect political and religious influences, properly addressed by him or the American people.
It may be too late when the man becomes President Barack Hussein Obama of the United States of America.Obama, the Teflon president.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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