Friday, September 04, 2009

Friday Afternoon Roundup - The Truth Hurts

To begin the Friday Afternoon Roundup, there's wobbling on Afghanistan, mixed messages on Israel and Obama can't seem to do anything right.

While the media is still in Obama's corner, lately it doesn't seem like anyone else is. After a free ride, all of a sudden anything Obama touches turn to dust. From ObamaCare, which is now the subject of a long protracted Health Care Protest War, to Israel, where it remains unclear what if any commitments have been made, even down to Obama's plans to address the nation's youth and tell them how to serve him... everything he does begins to implode.

The heavily promoted boycott of Glenn Beck, promoted by the media of course, despite the political thuggishness and conflict of interest involved in promoting a boycott against a rival news network, has now turned around into serious questions about Van Jones. Now Jones is retreating from his own record, and the White House may be retreating from Jones.

The Obama admin had clearly learned nothing from its attack on Limbaugh, which only boosted Limbaugh's ratings. A political attack against a single media figure cannot be sustained for very long, and draws attention and boosts ratings. Had conservatives not attacked Michael Moore as much, it is possible that he would have never become as prominent. Beck is now serving as the flip side of that, and the repeated attacks on him are a political dead end. The left can't seem to understand that the political opposition is a niche that can never have a vacuum except through political suppression and repression. If Glenn Beck or Limbaugh die next week, others will step in to take their place.

Similarly ObamaCare has become a disaster, and the Obama admin escalating the conflict has only produced more controversy. And the one thing sure to kill a major government proposal that will impact most Americans is for it to become controversial. But Obama's radicals only understand escalation. They can't accept real bipartisanship, which has pushed even Grassley to the side.

And Obama's constant speechmaking clearly no longer has the impact it once did. Which leaves Obama with little in his arsenal, except the constant media coverage that too is not producing the results it once did.

Moving on to the roundup,

Andrew McCarthy at the NRO looks at the surge, post-surge and why we go to war in the first place
We can’t change that about them, and it cheapens us when we try. The State Department’s new “democratic” constitutions for Afghanistan and Iraq are a disgrace: establishing Islam as the state religion and elevating sharia as fundamental law. That is not exporting our values; it is appeasing Islamism. It is putting on display our lack of will to fight for our principles, which only emboldens our enemies. Recall, for example, the spectacle of the Christian prosecuted for apostasy a couple of years back by the post-Taliban, U.S.-backed Afghan government. He had to be whisked out of the country because it’s not safe for an ex-Muslim religious convert in the new Afghanistan. It’s not safe for non-Muslims, period. We’re not building a democratic culture.
Further, even if we could clear the hurdle that Islamists don’t want Western democracy, there remains the problem that a Muslim country’s becoming a democracy would not make us safer from Islamist terrorists. It is illogical and counter-historical to suppose otherwise. The 9/11 attacks were extensively planned, over long periods of time, in, among other places, Berlin, Madrid, San Diego, Florida, Oklahoma, and Connecticut. Clearly, thriving democracy in those places provided no security. The doctrine that democracy is preferable because democracies don’t make war on one another applies only if your threat matrix consists of hostile nation-states. A transnational terror network with no territory to defend and no normal economic system lacks the incentives a democracy has to avoid war. And, far from discouraging terrorists, democratic liberties work to their advantage.

We can’t stop Muslim countries from being Islamist. That is their choice. It should be no concern of ours who rules them as long as they do not threaten American interests. When they inevitably do threaten us, or allow their territories to be launch pads for terrorists, we should smash them. But the price of defending our nation cannot be spending years — at a cost of precious lives and hundreds of billions of dollars — in a vain attempt to give people who despise us a way of life they don’t want.

Meanwhile, we must accept that Islamism is our enemy and has targeted our constitutional system for destruction by slow strangulation via sharia. Instead of worrying about democracy in Afghanistan, we need to worry about democracy in America. The surge we need is at home: to roll back Islamism’s infiltration of our schools, our financial system, our law, and our government. In addition to not being universal, the “values of the human spirit” are not immortal. If we don’t defend them in the West, they will die.

I would point out that we can stop it, but that nation building is not the ideal tool for that. If Islamism was an issue only in Afghanistan, the situation might be manageable, but it isn't. And the head of the cobra is not on a mountain in Afghanistan, it's in a palace in Riyadh, it's in government buildings in Karachi and skyscrapers in Dubai. Oil money is the fuel of Islamism.

Oh My Valve has a great article on the White House's Racist Israel Policy

As if Marack Pajama's racism toward the Jewish homeland wasn't enough, his administration of stupid zombie leftist idiot morons is taking the racism to the next level...paternalism. Arutz Sheva quotes a senior US official who went on record with Politico's Ben Smith saying:

"Netanyahu's at a pivotal moment. Depending on what he decides, he could wind up with a very strong relationship with President Obama and potentially become a historical figure in Israel."

In other words, if Bibi is a good little Jew boy, lets the PLO cut out the heart of the land of Israel, and withdraws to borders that Abba Eban referred to as "The Auchwitz Lines," Papa Barry will give him poisoned candy. That would certainly put Bibi in the history books; as one of the greatest betrayers of Israel and the Jewish people. I hardly think that's what he's going for, but that is how he will be recorded if he makes the deal with the devils.

What would be historic would be for Bibi to tell the White House to take their freeze and their Falacstinian state and park 'em where the sun don't shine.

So, just so we're clear, Bibi is supposed to submit to the suicide of Israel so that Papa Poison will be good to him and pat him on the head before he shoves us into the line of fire of Arab rockets from all sides.


The US can cut off the money. The EU can demand sanctions. None of these things have halted brutal regimes like North Korea, Iran, or pre-war Iraq. A democracy like Israel with strengthening ties with economic power houses like India has nothing to fear by doing what it has had to do since it was born: stand on her own two feet. She has done it before. She will do it again.

And indeed Israel can. It just needs to find the courage to try. Sharon demonstrated that Israel could take the offensive and earn less backlash than the usual policy of "negotiate, defensive policies, occasional sorties" that has dominated Israeli politics for nearly two decades.

The Vlad Tepes blog has the story and Barbara's Tchatzkah's has the summary of the collision between Noami Wolf and Phyllis Chesler. The original Chesler article can be found here, as well as Chesler's reply to Naomi Wolf.

Naomi Wolf's original article took the now popular PC approach of treating the veil as part of Muslim culture which we Westerners misunderstand... and besides we oppress women too with cosmetics and fashion line.

Of course a fundamental difference is that women in the west are not forced to wear cosmetics or do anything by some authority. Muslim women are. But the larger issue is the way that Wolf's writing represents a larger trend in revisionism toward women under Muslim dominion.

The West interprets veiling as repression of women and suppression of their sexuality. But when I travelled in Muslim countries and was invited to join a discussion in women-only settings within Muslim homes, I learned that Muslim attitudes toward women's appearance and sexuality are not rooted in repression, but in a strong sense of public versus private, of what is due to God and what is due to one's husband. It is not that Islam suppresses sexuality, but that it embodies a strongly developed sense of its appropriate channelling - toward marriage, the bonds that sustain family life, and the attachment that secures a home.

This is all a nice speech, and Naomi Wolf and her cohorts would be the first to mock it if it was addressed as a defense of say the Promise Keepers or some Christian group. But somehow the same people who mock abstinence education in the US, praise covering up women in order to preserve morality.

But let's look at the semantic difference between "repression" and "channeling". The goal of repression is to "channel" the behavior of the people you repress along specific channels. One could say that banning women from voting also "channels" their energy into family life and home life. In fact that very argument was used to bar women from voting by arguing that women belonged in the private sphere, in the home life, not at the polling booth.

That strong sense of public versus private that Noami Wolf refers to does not simply stop with hair covering, it insists that all of a woman is sexual and therefore private. You can see the final logic of that scenario in Saudi Arabia where women must cover themselves from head to toe, and cannot drive and are expected to mainly stay at home.

The bridal videos that I was shown, with the sensuous dancing that the bride learns as part of what makes her a wonderful wife, and which she proudly displays for her bridegroom, suggested that sensuality was not alien to Muslim women. Rather, pleasure and sexuality, both male and female, should not be displayed promiscuously - and possibly destructively - for all to see.

Did anyone seriously assume that sensuality was alien to the Muslim woman? It is baffling that a feminist like Noami Wolf would somehow think that a system in which women are relegated to the home and given fewer rights would somehow preclude this. In fact a system which makes women wholly dependent on men would insure that women would want to please their husbands. And pleasing their husbands is exactly what Noami Wolf is describing here. It is ironic that Wolf has come full circle to essentially arguing that women who exist only to please their husbands is Muslim feminism.
Nor are Muslim women alone. The Western Christian tradition portrays all sexuality, even married sexuality, as sinful. Islam and Judaism never had that same kind of mind-body split.

That of course is because Islam does not have a "mind" in the first place. Islam is all "body". Muslim sexuality is treated as a treat with which Allah rewards men. So for example Allah rewarded Mohammed by letting him have more wives, or by Mohammed marrying his son's wife because he found her attractive.

Judaism and Christianity have codes of sexual behavior. Islam has codes as well, but it does not view sex as an interaction between two people, but as a matter of male appetite.

Among healthy young men in the West, who grow up on pornography and sexual imagery on every street corner, reduced libido is a growing epidemic, so it is easy to imagine the power that sexuality can carry in a more modest culture.

That is ironic because the most modest Muslim culture is Saudi Arabia where pornography dominates mobile phone use. To cite a BBC article that Noami Wolf is surely not familiar with,

p to 70% of files exchanged between Saudi teenagers' mobile phones contain pornography, according to a study in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom. The study quoted in Arab News focussed on the phones of teenagers detained by religious police for harassing girls. The same researcher also found that 88% of girls say they have been victims of harassment using Bluetooth technology

So much for the "freedom from the male gaze" that Wolf celebrates. Clearly it doesn't work.

But for a feminist, a quick read of Naomi Wolf's blog demonstrates that she spends the bulk of her energy fighting not for women, Muslim or otherwise, but for male Muslim fanatics. The bulk of her posts are about the evils of Gitmo and the injstice done to the Taliban and assorted Islamist trash gathered up there.

Only one of her top posts is about a woman. Sarah Palin, who she claims is set to create some sort of Christian dictatorship.

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

IsraPundit has article by Ted Belman that asks Jews to choose between Obama and Israel.

I think Phillips rightly pointed out that Jews embraced Obama for his domestic views and not his views on Israel. Effectively they are saying that they like his domestic policies so they go along with him on his Israel policies. Then again many on the left or liberals believe that to force Israel to give in is in her best interests. So Obama has their support too.

Not me. Totally aside from shared values, Obama’s means are not shared by true liberals including Jews. Jews must evaluate what Obama’s plans for Israel are separate from his domestic policies. Then they must choose whether to defend Obama or Israel.

My own view is that most liberal American Jews care very little about Israel, because they have no real sense of Jewish identity. It's like the division between Irish Americans who can talk about the politics in Ireland, and those to whom it's a sentimental beer and harp logo, and Riverdance. Most of Obama's Jewish supporters are "Riverdance" or "Fiddler on the Roof" Jews. The liberal streams they originate from had discarded Jerusalem from their prayer books even before the creation of the State of Israel.

They may have Jewish last names, but aside from that they are essentially indistinguishable from non-Jewish liberals. They are no more likely to take on Obama over Israel, than the Kennedy family would be to take on Obama if he were to get into a diplomatic war of words with Ireland.

Faith Freedom has an op ed from the renowned Daniel Pipes on the Obama admin's approach to counterterrorism

Barack Obama’s assistant for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, John O. Brennan, conveniently outlined the administration’s present and future policy mistakes in a speech on August 6, “A New Approach for Safeguarding Americans.”

To start with, his address to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, has an unusual tenor. “Sycophantic” is the word that springs to mind, as Brennan ninety times in five thousand words invokes either “President Obama,” “he,” “his,” or “the president.” Disturbingly, Brennan ascribes virtually every thought or policy in his speech to the wisdom of the One. This cringe-inducing lecture reminds one of a North Korean functionary paying homage to the Dear Leader.

Specifics are no better. Most fundamentally, Brennan calls for appeasing terrorists: “Even as we condemn and oppose the illegitimate tactics used by terrorists, we need to acknowledge and address the legitimate needs and grievances of ordinary people those terrorists claim to represent.” Which legitimate needs and grievances, one wonders, does he think Al-Qaeda represents?

Brennan carefully delineates a two-fold threat, one being “Al-Qaida and its allies” and the other “violent extremism.” But the former, self-evidently, is a subset of the latter. This elementary mistake undermines his entire analysis.

The entire thing is worth reading.

Square Mile Wife meanwhile is organizing a counter to Code Pink, which in the Obama era, has decided to focus on bashing Israel, specifically the AHAVA (Love) cosmetics company.

She's also organizing an Ahava Shop a Thon in London, so be sure to check it out.

The Infidel Bloggers Alliance reminds us that September 17th is Constitution Day

Lemon Lime Moon helps Diane Watson turn Obama into a President who really does look just like her

Solstice has the latest from the National Terror Alert Response Center

The Dame Truth looks at the coming of Propaganda 2.0

The stakes get bigger as the scene darkens and We The People turn on the lights in our ever growing commitment to expose the darkness the surrounds this government and its Usurper in the White House. Never before has a populace had so much access to knowledge and communication, and never before have they needed it more. Thanks to American ingenuity, resourcefulness and spirit of independence, we shall restore our Republic to its former glory, a nation of laws based on its Constitution and the sweat of our collective brows. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said that sunshine is the best disinfectant, and the time has come to shine it on all those who would presume to undermine it. As we stagger out from under the cover of media induced darkness, we rub our eyes in disbelief as we awaken from the dream that was once our America.

Let us hope that this is indeed what comes to pass.


Sam said...

Poor Van Jones. Without fellow Truther Bob Novak to back him, he is doomed.

As for the Chesler-Wolf feud, I keep waiting for someone to challenge Wolf on her absurd claims about the article's content. No matter how many times I read it I cannot find anything resembling her claim as to this:
"In my original piece — which neither of you see fit to reproduce fully — I note that Muslim women struggle with such serious forms of oppression as infanticide, genital mutilation, legal inequities and so forth and that many of them have told me that they wish that Westerners would focus on support for these issues rather than what they wear."
(From the complaint she sent to Newsreal.)
Seriously, what "original piece"?
Is that Sydney Morning Herald article some heavily redacted selection?
If not, does she seriously expect that nobody will ever click the link to the article and discover her blatant deception?

Morry Rotenberg said...

Why are there so many crazy leftists? Why are American Jews not supportive of Israel? Why are feminists blind to Islamic female suppression? (Naomi doesn't comment about female "circumcision." It is actually something called infundibulation or simply clitoral amputation. So pleasure only goes one way in the Moslem world of misogyny.)
Useful idiots all and all aligned knowingly or unknowingly with the unreconstructed Marxists who still pull the strings (World Workers Party, ACLU, ACORN, Code Pink, Sierra Club, and etc.)A great resource on this subject of why the Left has aligned itself with the Islamists was written by David Horowitz several years ago in his book The Unholy Alliance. It also outlines what the Left's agenda really is.
As for Israel and Bibi, a must read is George Gilders' The Israel Test. Israel is strong and now has strong leadership according to Gilder.

Anonymous said...

What a powerful presentation, or should I say eulogy? Eulogy for the America that once was
before Barack Hussein Obama? Perhaps it goes back further than January 20th, 2009. I
wouldn't rightly know as this is the first time in my 50 plus years that I ever felt the
dire NEED to wake up out of my malaise as I heard liberalism's "messiah" along the campaign
trail mock the Word of God.-( I HATE using that word for him -but it fits for the way the
bamabots have hung onto his every word as if HE could save them.

But once I heard him ? From thereafter every single time I heard his voice or saw that stuck
on himself narcissistic "worship me for I can do no wrong and have ALL the answers you will
ever need for all the world" fake goober smile? Extreme unease filled my soul as seeing or
hearing his obvious lies had begun to affect my reaction to what I am
CERTAIN is a spiritual "esp",if you will allow, of the true nature of the beast within Obama.
God gave each one of us FREE will and the right to free choice, so I am exercising mine
while I still can.

Because of a surety the "impostor" in the oval office is doing every thing he can to destroy
the America the founding fathers intended- with freedom for all.
With no government involvement in our personal lives.
AS far as I can see, there is only one person Obama is concerned about. HIMSELF.
Actually I was shocked to find out he had live children. Alluding to his love for supporting
the killing of innocent babies. May God be with those poor children of his!

I know nothing of the Naomi Wolf person. Pen name you suppose? She sounds about as
ignorant or brainwashed, as one gets.
As for Sarah? I WISH Sarah Palin was in the White House right NOW. At the very least we
would have a person with values and true Christian morals.
And Israel would still have it's ally.
In the Obama oval office it is "If it feels good-anything goes" crowd.

I also found it so ironic--that his new HS people have labeled Christians and soldiers too,
terrorists. That the terrorists have become the good ole buddies of the Jordanian king
bowing Obama.And yes, I believe he is one. If it walks like a duck and quacks klike a duck? Then it's a
danged DUCK!

Actiions speak louder than words and everything he does represents them, not the Jews.
I'm expecting pretty soon now he is going to get One humongous wake -up call.
From the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
For the Lord Himself said to Abraham--"I will bless those who bless you and I will curse
those who curse you." Genesis 12:3
People need to do some waking up and get the fear and respect of Almighty God in them.
He don't PLAY. Nor will He continue to be mocked in this country,that He once
blessed so much.

By the way? I'm certainly NOT ashamed to admit it-I defend Israel.

Sultan Knish said...

Sam, yes she never said that. She made a halfhearted mention at the end of her article that didn't amount to much.

Sultan Knish said...


because they are liberals first, and Jews or women second

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