OBAMA’S SIG­NALS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - / Bruce Tins­ley

“Rich in sym­bol­ism, Obama’s ‘ad­dress to Is­lam’ is also full of po­lit­i­cal im­pli­ca­tions,” Amir Ta­heri writes in the Lon­don Times.

“Obama is the first ma­jor West­ern leader, af­ter Bon­a­parte, to ad­dress Is­lam as a sin­gle bloc, thus adopt­ing the tra­di­tional Is­lamic nar­ra­tive of di­vid­ing the world ac­cord­ing to re­li­gious be­liefs. This ig­nores the rich and con­flict-rid­den di­ver­sity of the 57 Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity na­tions and fosters the il­lu­sion, ped­dled by peo­ple such as Osama bin Laden and Mah­moud Ah­madine­jad, that Is­lam is one and in­di­vis­i­ble and should, one day, unite un­der a caliphate,” the con­ser­va­tive Ira­nian-born com­men­ta­tor said.

“By adopt­ing the key el­e­ment of the Is­lamist nar­ra­tive, that is to say the divi­sion of hu­man­ity into re­li­gious blocs, Mr Obama also in­tends to send a sig­nal to the Mid­dle East’s nascent demo­cratic forces that Wash­ing­ton is aban­don­ing with a vengeance Ge­orge W. Bush’s ‘free­dom agenda.’ ...

“In try­ing to prove that he is not Ge­orge Bush, Barack Obama has com­mit­ted big mis­takes on key is­sues of for­eign pol­icy. His Cairo ad­dress, and his ‘one-siz­e­fits-all’ Is­lam pol­icy, is just the lat­est. It en­cour­ages Is­lamists and rul­ing despots, dis­cour­ages the forces of re­form and change and, ul­ti­mately, could pro­duce greater re­sent­ment of the United States among peo­ples thirst­ing for free­dom, hu­man rights and de­cent gov­er­nance.” writes at www.pol­i­tics­daily.com.

“De­spite nearly 29 years in the Se­nate, Con­necti­cut’s scan­daltinged Chris Dodd has mor­phed into the most vul­ner­a­ble Demo­cratic in­cum­bent in 2010, even though Obama car­ried the Nut­meg State with 61 per­cent of the vote. So in a bit of po­lit­i­cal im­agery that is as ob­vi­ous as a can­di­date walk­ing along a beach with a soul­ful, save-the-planet look, the Dodd cam­paign has re­leased its first 30-sec­ond spot with (duh) Obama in the star­ring role.” Mr. Shapiro said.

“The com­mer­cial is built around [the re­cent] sign­ing cer­e­mony for the credit-card re­form bill as Obama an­nounces, ‘I want to give a spe­cial shout-out to Chris Dodd, who has been a re­lent­less fighter for this.’ And the ad ends with the tag line: ‘Chris Dodd. He’s fight­ing back for us.’ Demo­cratic con­sul­tants, by the way, love the verb ‘fight’ with all of its faux-pop­ulist con­no­ta­tions. But the phrase ‘fight back’ sig­nals some­thing new — that the vot­ers

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Sen. Christo­pher J. Dodd, Con­necti­cut Demo­crat, has been be­set by scan­dals and poor de­ci­sions, but his great­est as­set is that he has the pres­i­dent on his side, a Pol­i­tics Daily colum­nist writes.

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