Family Security MattersSeptember 1, 2010 - The Editor
Yesterday evening, President Obama made a speech from the Oval Office, in which he declared that the Combat Mission in Iraq is over. Only last month, Lt. Gen. Babakir Zebari, head of the Iraqi army, was claiming that Iraq was not able to defend itself properly. Zebari suggested that the Iraqi army would not be fully ready until 2020, but it would be inconceivable to imagine America remaining that long.
There will be 50,000 â€œnon-combatantâ€ troops remaining in Iraq until next year, mainly engaging in training of Iraqi armed forces. 80,000 U.S. troops have been withdrawn since Obama took office. He made a point in his speech of reflecting that George Bush had announced, in March 2003, the invasion of Iraq from the same location:
â€œFrom this desk, seven and a half years ago, President Bush announced the beginning of military operations in Iraq. Much has changed since that night. A war to disarm a state became a fight against an insurgency. Terrorism and sectarian warfare threatened to tear Iraq apart. Thousands of Americans gave their lives; tens of thousands have been wounded. Our relations abroad were strained. Our unity at home was tested.â€
The New York Times observes:
With his party facing the prospect of losing control of Congress in this fallâ€™s elections and his own poll numbers depressed in large part because of the lackluster economy and still-high unemployment, he said the nationâ€™s perseverance in Iraq must be matched by determination to address problems at home.
This is the bottom line. The Midterms are coming up, and this address is the nearest that the president can come to making a â€œvictory speech.â€ Only a Pollyanna would fail to notice the timing of this speech, with its deliberate emphasis on attempting to create a â€œfeel-goodâ€ factor, is an attempt to make the Obama administration look good in the eyes of wavering voters. There are plenty of problems at home, as the New York Times admits, but this administration has done little to address those.
This speech, despite its homilies to the efforts of those soldiers who have given their best, and sometimes paid the ultimate sacrifice, is an attempt to a gloss over the shoddy achievements of the administration. Those achievements of the administration could also be seen as its charge-sheet â€“ nationalization of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, a health care bill that was railroaded into law without allowing the people to know what they would be forced to pay for, and stimulus package that was as stimulating as a wet afternoon, which has had virtually no effect on the economy. On the southern border, there is no security. Already 11 million illegal aliens are treated as citizens, even though they bucked all the obligations of citizenship, and the administration has sought to punish Arizona for trying to uphold federal immigration law.
But the speech is also part of another agenda that this administration has encouraged â€“ the wholesale abandonment of Americaâ€™s historical traditions to put Islam center-stage into American politics, and worse â€“ pandering to and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.
Tomorrow, talks will begin in Washington about â€œpeaceâ€ in Israel and the Middle East. As Victor Sharpe points out today, this president has â€œbarely disguised hostility to the Jewish state.â€ Hamas has not been invited to the talks, but do they need to be there? Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian authority has no respect for Israel, and in the West Bank that he controls, terrorists are eulogized in songs, in memorials, and schools.
And Hamas â€“ despite killing hundreds of Israelis, most of its victims being civilians â€“ has an active support network at home in America. And this government, to its eternal shame has done nothing to stop that.
On Tuesday night, four Israeli settlers were killed near Hebron in the West Bank. Hamas declared that it had carried out the attack, and boasted on its website that this is a â€œheroic operation.â€
Hamas is a wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. Its 1988 Charter specifically declares this, and no Hamas member has ever stepped forward to deny its links to the Brotherhood. The last leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mahdi Akef, threatened to send thousands of fighters to engage with Israeli troops during the conflict in Lebanon.
The Hamas Charter states:
The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the wings of Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine. Muslim Brotherhood Movement is a universal organization which constitutes the largest Islamic movement in modern times. It is characterized by its deep understanding, accurate comprehension and its complete embrace of all Islamic concepts of all aspects of life, culture, creed, politics, economics, education, society, justice and judgment, the spreading of Islam, education, art, information, science of the occult and conversion to Islam.
When Hamas kills two unarmed men and two women as they drive in their car, Hamas is a terrorist organization. It is designated as such by the State Department, but people who fundraise for this terrorist organization such as the British Quisling, George Galloway, are allowed to enter the USA with impunity. Just because Hamas does some charity work, which Galloway is always at pains to point out, that does NOT stop it from being a terrorist organization. Charities do not riddle people with bullets or blow their bodies into hunks of torn meat.
Yet Gallowayâ€™s charity Viva Palestina has been involved in fundraising for Hamas, a designated terrorist entity, on American soil. On June 14, 2009, a fundraiser was held at the Al-Ahram Mosque in Florida a front organization for the Muslim Brotherhood. Heading this fundraising drive was Mahdi Bray of the Muslim American Society (a Muslim Brotherhood front group) and also Imam Mohammed Musri.
The mosque is owned by NAIT â€“ the North American Islamic Trust. This is a Muslim Brotherhood organization.
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