“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
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.