Barack Obama, Arab Spring and the Myth of the Moderate Muslim


Numerous questions remain regarding the Clusterfuck in Benghazi. Libya is in chaos. Egypt is still in turmoil. War rages in Syria. Our relationship with Israel is strained. How on Earth did Barack Obama fuck things up so badly?

In a word, “hubris”.

The area we call the “Middle East” has seen conflict since the beginning of recorded history. When the people of that region weren’t fighting with each other they were fighting against outsiders, when they weren’t being invaded they were invading others. The region has never really been unified.

The so-called “cradle of civilization” has mostly been a very uncivilized place. Not uncoincidentally, St. John the Divine prophesied that the final battle between good and evil would take place on the plain of Megiddo, which is an ancient crossroads of trade routes located in what is now called Israel.

Enter the Lightbringer, His Excellency Barack Hussein Obama. The Chosen One. Born in Hawaii to a white woman and an African man, raised as a Muslim in Indonesia and later converted to Christianity, He was, is and ever shall be the Magical Unity Pony who had transcended race and politics. Praise His holy name.

Obama appeared as a phenomenon as far as his own mode of existence was concerned. He was highly intellectual, profusely versed in history, broadly aware of the global issues of his time and consciously sensitive about his own symbolism, role and prospects. He was a family man, a community leader and a global politician at the same time: a man of history and a visionary. He had good looks. He was white, black and coloured. His name was African, American, and Asian. The name Obama was onomatopoetic sounding like ‘Hopama’. His history was multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. His religion was Christian and Islamic. He was above all very intellectual and articulate. He could shrewdly and strongly exploit and operate all these unique biographical elements and personal qualities in his American political discourse.

All of that stuff was, of course, bullshit. We figured it out before anybody else, but some people fell for it. They believed every word of it. Some of them still do. Unfortunately for all of us, one of those True Believers was Barack Obama. He heard his followers chanting “O-ba-ma! O-ba-ma! O-ba-ma!” and really thought he could fly.

One of the articles of faith that I learned during my years as a liberal Democrat is that “radical Islam” is really a reaction to political oppression and economic exploitation. Most Muslims are moderates who love peace and enlightenment. The minority of radical Muslims and jihadis that get all the attention are really just misguided souls in need of understanding.

I also learned that the biggest obstacle to peace in the Middle East is Zionism. If the Jews would quit oppressing and enslaving their Arab brothers we would have lasting peace. What America needs is an enlightened leader who understands this and who will finally make Israel negotiate in good faith to restore Palestine to the Palestinians.

I have to admit I kinda fell for the first one while I was in college, but I never believed that second one. Lots of people believe in both ideas, and Barack Obama is one of those people. His administration is filled with them.

Of course anyone who questioned Obama’s background and connections to anti-Semitic groups and individuals during the election was immediately denounced as a racist Islamophobe. Asking about the Rashid Khalidi tape was akin to birtherism. So was questioning the source of Obama’s campaign contributions.

So Barack Obama wins and he is now in charge of our foreign policy. As his signature foreign policy achievement he decides to remake the Middle East according to his vision. He appoints Hillary Clinton to help him. They will have a free hand because Russia is no longer a superpower. Obama will show everyone how foreign policy should be done.

Obama used Seal Team Six to end the long hunt for Osama bin Laden, begun under Bill Clinton and intensified after September 11th. He used his Drone War technology to blow up anyone resembling someone associated with al Qaeda, along with anybody in their vicinity. Now that the radicals were dead Obama could start reaching out to the Moderate Muslim Majority.

First of all Obama targeted three Arab dictators for removal – Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, and Bashar Hafez al-Assad of Syria. Ironically, he ignored the leader of one of the most repressive regimes in the region, King Abdullah ibn Abdilazīz of Saudi Arabia.

By any objective standard the three men targeted by Obama were indeed dictators. But two of them were relatively friendly to the United States and the third was a toothless tiger who was almost a tacit ally. Egypt was officially our ally since the Seventies.

Nonetheless, Obama decreed that they had to go. But as a Nobel peace Prize recipient and anti-war candidate he couldn’t simply order our military to invade. So he decided to “lead from behind” and use his awesome diplomatic skills.

Publicly and privately Obama encouraged opposition groups within all three countries. He covertly provided military assistance to the rebels in Libya. He encouraged and/or allowed the Saudis to provide financial assistance. (Now you see why he left King Abdullah alone.) Before long there were uprisings taking place in all three countries and in other places in the Arab world. This was called “Arab Spring”.

Obama’s strategery was initially successful in Libya and Egypt. Gaddafi was overthrown, then killed and his body defiled (or defiled then killed). Mubarak agreed to step down. Aside from a few rapes in Tahrir Square, everything was going great.

Except in Syria. Assad stubbornly refused to recognize the superior intellect of Obama and insisted on clinging to power. He responded to the Arab Spring uprising with arrests and brutality. This was problematic because Obama could not use direct military force without alienating and/or angering pretty much everyone in both parties except John McCain.

Obama (or one of his henchmen) had a stroke of genius. Round up all those stray weapons in Libya and ship them to the rebels in Syria! Win-win! So what if it was illegal as hell and the American people would not approve. That’s why God created covert operations.

There was just one small flaw in Obama’s master plan for world peace – the people. In each of the countries where the Arab Spring uprisings were successful (Tunisia, Yemen, Libya and Egypt) either the new government turned out to be worse than the old one or there is no new government. Libya is a failed state. Egypt has a new dictator who is crushing the Muslim Brotherhood (which turned out to be not-so moderate after all.) Yemen is in the midst of a civil war. Tunisia is still sorting things out more-or-less peacefully but nobody seems to give a shit what happens there. Assad appears to be winning the civil war in Syria.

Al Qaeda is flourishing everywhere but Syria where they are gradually losing. Russia and Iraq have taken full advantage of the unrest and chaos to advance their strategic interests. American influence in the region is waning. Relations between Israel and the United States are at an all-time low. We still don’t know how this will all play out in the long run, but it doesn’t look good.

Obama’s foreign policy is in shambles. He is openly mocked by world leaders. Apparently they don’t recognize his greatness either. Damn racists.

All because of Obama’s hubris in thinking that he was somehow special and his skin color and Muslim background would make the difference. Well I guess he was partly right – he did make a difference, just not the one he thought.

Too bad no one foresaw any of this. Oh, wait . . . we did.

My work is done here.

My work is done here.

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146 Responses to Barack Obama, Arab Spring and the Myth of the Moderate Muslim

  1. The Klown says:

    It’s really late and I’m really tired, so if their are any typos I’ll fix them when I wake up.

  2. votermom says:

    Great post! Perfect for #FatwaFriday.

  3. angienc says:


  4. The Klown says:
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  6. Lulu says:

    Islam is a backward, oppressive, medieval society which seeks to control all of the adherents in every aspect of their lives. Yeah yeah there are some very nice Muslims but so what. They all still think they are better than you and want to control you too. It is feudal which is why Saudi kings and assorted dictators like it so much. It was custom made for dictators. Progressive fascists like it too because they can identify with the methods and results such as a strict class structure, tiny elite, and massive corruption as well as a legal system that operates on the leader of the moments whims. This is why the boy who dreamed he would be king is so down with the proponents of a feudal system until they started outsmarting him. He still likes the feudal system but it is a little late to switch to the Tsarist model full tilt.

    • DeniseVB says:

      They lost me with burkas and marrying 8 year old girls. Wake me when N.O.W. starts protesting mosques and stuff that truly defines a war on women. 😉

    • piper says:

      Once this kind of system is in place the non-elite progressives will start screaming about how unfair, racist and oppressive this type of government is.

      • Somebody says:

        You mean once this kind of system is in place here? Well I’d say that would be too freaking late.
        This kind of system is in place in many places around the world and the progressives seem to be strangely silent. In fact far too many people on both sides are strangely silent.

        • piper says:

          I agree – Most progressive have never lived under this type of government and sadly believe the hype although the reality is much different and worse than the utopian dream. My father who left Russia in the chaos after WW11 would say to us – we were cold, hungry and oppressed under the tsar and we were cold, hungry and oppressed under the communists. No real difference just different rulers.

  7. The Klown says:
  8. The Klown says:

    White Privilege Conference 2014 Part 4 of 4: Little Red Corvette Of Oppression:

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  10. DeniseVB says:

  11. helenk3 says:

    one of backtrack’s BFFs Turky’s islamist PM attacks protester calls im Israel semen

  12. Klown—-I almost always agree with you (scary isn’t it), and of course without exception I agree with everything you so eloquently said about O and his pitiful diplomacy that has made a bad situation a zillion times worse IMO. But I must take a little bit of exception on your remarks about blaming the entire mess in the middle east on zionism. I am Jewish of a certain age, and I admit that I am sensitive on this subject. Zionism is definitely in the mix as to why the middle east is intractable, but the reasons are much more nuanced than simply pinning it on zionism. Just sayin….

    • 49erDweet says:

      Yeah, might be right. If he merely followed Muslim philosophy he’d be an “adherent”. In Boko Haram’s case he’s a “zealot”. He’s more rightly referred to as a “Stupid Muslim”.

  13. The Klown says:

    I am waiting for someone to prove me wrong about moderate Muslims by threatening to kill me.

    • DandyTIger says:

      When they do, it will be a moderate threat to kill you.

    • DeniseVB says:

      As much as we roll our eyes at the “radical” wing of our Christian fundementalists, they may be outspoken on social issues, but never once heard they’d want to “kill” anyone who has an abortion or partakes in gay “marriage”.

  14. votermom says:

    My SIL called late last night – my Mother in Law fell and hit her head and is in the hospital & had to get surgery because of bleeding in the brain. They say the prognosis is not good.
    They are on the other side of the world and it’s unlikely that my hubby would be able to go there (no money for airfare & the passport is about to expire – we were just about to renew it via mail)

    • helenk3 says:

      prayers for her and your family. is there any way since it is an emergency that you could a extension on your passports?

      • votermom says:

        I think he could probably get the passport in one day if he goes to philly & has proof of emergency & an airline ticket, but the timing is very bad in terms of money.
        We have a major bill coming due, and a ticket just for him would be around $3K

        • 49erDweet says:

          What will be the emotional cost over the years if he doesn’t make the effort? Either way, best wishes and prayers.

          • votermom says:

            I know. 😦

            Thank you for the prayers.

          • jeffhas says:

            Well, I’ll join every one else in telling you how sorry I am for your husband’s mother.

            Two things:

            1) I lost my parents when I was a teen – three years apart, both sudden. When we buried my mother my Father told me that when he dies, he hopes I don’t visit his gravesite frequently – if ever – because he felt it only helped to remind of the loss and make people sad… And that he would much rather I remember the living times, the good memories… And I do, every single day. To me (on his advice), it is far more important that you keep those good memories and pass them along for future generations – tell the good, funny stories often with family and friends. Don’t sweat the other stuff – even though she is in a terrible way, there are surprisingly more important ways to pay respect to his mother’s legacy. YMMV.

            2). I’m in for at least $300. I sense you would never take it (charity and all), but I have received far more in return on your amazing written voice over the years. And this is not meant to start a Crawdad Hole fund that others have to feel obliged about – as the Black people say, ‘n*gga please’… But I would help if your wish was to get your husband there.

            Much love and respect during your tough time.

          • 49erDweet says:

            VM, I’m with jeffhas on #2) for the same same, just in case, no questions asked. DVB has my FB info if you need to message me.

          • votermom says:

            jeffhas – thank you – I really appreciate the thought & generousity.
            We’re not at the point of asking for donations (knock on wood), but it’s really good to know how kindhearted you (all) are.

            49er ditto. 🙂

    • foxyladi14 says:


    • DandyTIger says:

      So sorry to hear.

    • leslie says:

      I’m so sorry. I hope you are able to work it out.

    • swanspirit says:

      Am sorry , sending healing to your MIL , and comfort to the entire family !! HUGS

    • piper says:

      I don’t like to tell people what to do, however, your husband should go and see his mother. Best wishes and praying for a good outcome.

    • Somebody says:

      (((VM))) I’m so sorry about your MIL. Have you checked with the airlines sometimes they have special fares for situations like this if it can be verified.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Healing thoughts out to your mom-in-law. Hugs and love to you and your family VM. ❤

    • lyn says:


    • angienc says:

      {{{votermom}}} Thoughts & prayers to you, your husband and your mother-in-law.

      I know how bad it sucks to have family overseas when something bad happens.

  15. helenk3 says:

    us paying for islam to be taught in schools in czeck republic

  16. helenk3 says:

    saudi man divorces his wife for driving

  17. votermom says:

    The pregnant Sudanese woman who was condemned to die for apostasy was actually raised as a Christian.

  18. Falstaff says:

    Here’s some humor, sponsored by NASA: the collapse of civilization is inevitable, complete with fancy graphs

    Click to access motesharrei-rivas-kalnay.pdf

    Your tax dollars at work, in the service of Chicken Little.

    • votermom says:

      I skimmed it and did not understand it.

      • Falstaff says:

        It’s an update of the old Lotka-Volterra predator/prey model, but now instead of predators vs. prey, we have humans vs. Gaia. Then they toss in a few parameters for inequality (Elites vs. Commoners), and before long: ZOMG! Civilization will collapse before we know it! The question of why and how civilizations collapse is an interesting one, and you surely can’t rule out the possibility of a catastrophic decline in human population, but this kind of modeling is the stuff that gives applied mathematics a bad name. Despite its obvious flaws, the study has gotten quite a bit of attention — most of it completely uncritical.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Civilizations come and go. Rise and fall. So? They’re just copying the curve of rise and fall of every empire/civilization and placing it over us now. Yep, it’s going to happen no matter what we do. No libs, giving big daddy gov. all the power in he world won’t stop it either. In fact, that would accelerate it. Idiots.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I just hope the good ole U.S. can last as long as the Roman Empire, wasn’t that 700 years? We have a long way to go 😦 At least Obama has the Bread and Circuses down pat 😉

  19. helenk3 says:

    since the whole world was waiting with bated breath to hear just what the great elevator fight was about, here it is

  20. helenk3 says:

    man who planned first al quada attack on Americans now security chief in Yemen

  21. helenk3 says:

    OMG unbelievable kerry compares governing Libya to being a Mass senator

  22. helenk3 says:

    BS like this is one reason I am ashamed that i was ever a democrat

  23. SHV says:

    OT, but Obamacare junk insurance just got more junkie:
    “WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has given the go-ahead for insurers and employers to use a new cost-control strategy that puts a hard dollar limit on what health plans pay for some expensive procedures, such as knee and hip replacements.”

    “Reference Pricing” will be a real wake up for people who thought that they had “insurance”. ie. If a procedure “costs” $40,000 and the govt sets the reference price at $25,000, the patient is responsible for the remaining $15,000. The really “special” part is that the cost above reference price isn’t included in the yearly out of pocket maximum allowance. This, of course, is over and above the deductible, co-pays and the fact that a “bronze plan” only pays out 60%.

    • Mary says:

      Jaysus. Not surprised, really. This is how they always intended to “contain costs.”

      • SHV says:

        Even with $2.6 trillion pumped into the system over ten years, the whole concept was never financially viable. Six years ago, the projection was that Obamacare would financially implode ~2020. The system is a financial wreak now and I think the goal is to try and keep it floating until after Nov. 2016. Best that I can tell is that the AHA law is no more, the WH and HHS are just issuing new rules to avoid collapse before Nov. 2014. A few months ago, I read that HHS increased the allowed insurance company overhead to 20% despite the fact that the law set the limit at 16%. So it goes.

        • angienc says:

          The overhead is called the Medical Loss Ratio (“MLR”) — the difference between what $ from premiums actually goes to medical services and total premiums collected. Small market providers have an 80% MLR (20% limit for overhead/profit). Large market providers have an 85% MLR (15% limit for overhead/profit). I know this because I had to do some research on it just last week.
          BTW — those are VERY generous allowances re: loss ratio as, for example, liability insurance providers (i.e., your car insurance company) operate on less than 5% loss ratios. So the fix was ALWAYS in to get $$ to the health insurance companies, otherwise they wouldn’t have agreed to this farce.

          • SHV says:

            “The overhead is called the Medical Loss Ratio (“MLR”) — the difference between what $ from premiums actually goes to medical services and total premiums collected”
            The insurance companies had it figured out before they wrote the AHA law. I read, 6-7 years ago, that software was available to move charges from “overhead” to medical services. So for example, patient or doctor help line cost were moved from administrative cost to patient services. The insurance companies are likely seeing that their best laid plans may be coming undone by the total incompetence of the Obama administration.

            The big winners over the next 8-10 years will be the drug companies and businesses that provide employment based health insurance. As Ezekiel J. Emanuel said five-six years ago, AHA will end employment based health insurance within 10 years.

  24. mothy67 says:

    “hubris”hu·bris [hyoo-bris, hoo-]
    excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance.
    A yep

    • DeniseVB says:

      Are you still on twitter ? LOL, I saw that you used your real name, not to worry, just select an avatar with a photo of former Va. Gov. and current Senator Tim Kaine. Twits won’t know the difference. 😀

  25. DandyTIger says:

    Great article! Honk! I thought Bush stirring the hornets nest in the middle east was the worst thing you could ever do, and thought he was the worst president in history. Then Obama came along and was actually worse, both in the middle east, and as a president in general. Congratulations to both political parties, you suck beyond belief. And to the powers that be behind the scenes, you’re complete and utter morons. Accelerating the collapse of this empire for short term gain. Good luck spending it when China is the one world superpower.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I wasn’t a Bush fan, but OMG, Obama lied and LIED about his hopeychangey platform since 2008 while doubling down on Bush stupidity. Nobody should still be a Democrat now, this should outrage ALL of us. Country before Party 😉

      • Constance says:

        The people I know who are still Democrats have a shocking tolerance for cognitive dissonance. I can’t imagine the energy it must take to still be an Obot.

    • I was never a fan of either Bush but the problems in the Middle East go back centuries. It really becomes ridiculous to try and blame one person! Good heavens the British, French, Italians, Turks and Greeks have all been involved. The fact that someone took out the Butcher of Baghdad can’t be entirely a bad thing. The real problem is a lack of determined leadership…there and here….it’s just another “rolling ism”…and once an ism becomes fanatic and starts rollin’, it’s difficult to stop.

  26. Mary says:

    Just watched a short video clip from this morning’s Morning Joe—they had Arnie Duncan on to announce results of newest study regarding which state has the most segregated schools?

    Can you guess the answer? Alabama? S Carolina? Mississippi? NOPE


    The “commentators” were speechless. LOL

  27. helenk3 says:

    interesting had contract with oprah before draft, kept quiet about it.

    I really do not know if this guy is a good football player or not. I really do not care if he is gay or not. What i am seeing is that he is an opportunist without a lot of character

  28. Somebody says:

    This is interesting after the post the other day on climate change. It’s really just proof that TPTB on climate change don’t care about science.

  29. The Klown says:

    Hillary showed up on The View for the Baba Wawa Farewell Tour.

    She’s gone back to being blonde and wearing make-up. She looks younger and thinner and healthier than she has in years.

    So yeah, she’s running.

  30. votermom says:

    Palin just bitch-slapped Obama on facebook again 😀


    This photo says it all about the Obama administration’s reliance on junior high-like tweets and tickles in place of a foreign policy rooted in peace through strength. Diplomacy via Twitter is the lazy, ineffectual, naïve, and insulting way for America’s leaders to deal with major national and international issues. It’s embarrassing. Under Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton’s State Department repeatedly refused to recognize Boko Haram as terrorists despite their conventional, predictable Islamic terrorist rants, training, and mission. Now, in a life or death situation, nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian girls are in the hands of these terrorists awaiting rescue.

    And what is the Obama administration’s weapon of choice in this battle for these young girls’ lives? Hashtagging tweets on social media! I kinda-sorta doubt a tweet will intimidate the kidnappers much. So, if you’re going to jump in and do something about these Islamic terrorists at all, then do it right, do it firmly, and kick their ass.

    Like the patriot writes in this photo, winning takes Warriors. If you intend to rescue these innocent girls whose only “crime” was seeking an education despite the threats of insane Islamic terrorists who drag women back to the Stone Age (see, Liberals, THAT is the real “war on women” so quit making it up that conservatives wage it), then you need to send a message to the world that our United States military is the strongest force to protect the good guys, and the most deadly against the bad guys. Pretty simple, the world needs to know America is still on the side of the good guys.

    If you’re going to get involved anyway, Mr. President, learn to understand this and believe it, then announce it: Victory is only brought to you “courtesy of the red, white and blue.” It’s certainly not won by your mere “unfriending” the bad guys on Facebook. Leading from behind is not the American way.

    – Sarah Palin

  31. The Klown says:

    Via Hot Air:

    Students at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota have cancelled an event to celebrate the end of the year after complaints that bringing a camel on campus could offend those of Middle Eastern cultures.

    The “Hump Day” event, put on by the Residence Hall Association (RHA), was supposed to be “a petting zoo type of atmosphere” in which students could hang out and take photos with a live camel. According to Aaron Macke, the group’s advisor, the camel is owned by a local vendor and trained for special events.

    But the event was subsequently cancelled after students took to Facebook to proclaim their concerns. The students said they were concerned about the money spent on bringing the camel to campus—around $500—and the implication that it would be racially insensitive to Middle Eastern cultures.


  32. mothy67 says:

    I am going to go to City Hall next week and file a complaint against St Patrick’s Day. I am going to spill Bushmill”s all over my clothes whilst I do it

  33. mothy67 says:

    The Ban Man would make a great super hero for the pajama boys. Banning injustice for all where there is none. So many varieties of Swiss Miss it would be captivating.

  34. SHV says:

    “and the implication that it would be racially insensitive to Middle Eastern cultures.”
    WTF does that mean? In US demographics, European, Middle East, North African people are “White”.

  35. The Klown says:

    Wasting my time arguing with Greg Sargent about Obamacare. He thinks people want it fixed but not repealed. I told him they still want the free stuff Obama promised them but they’re never gonna get it cuz of the math. I said Obamacare cannot be fixed.

    He insulted me and quit responding.

    Now I remember why he blocked my first twitter account. (I kept tweeting “Keep fucking that chicken, Greg!”)

  36. swanspirit says:

    Totally OT My friend Stu and his Elvis DNA music has made ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE ! WOOOT!

  37. The Klown says:
  38. helenk3 says:


  39. 49erDweet says:

    Comparing the commenting numbers lately with those two weeks ago, looks like Klown found a source of digital Cialis.

  40. mothy67 says:

    Seems like a good day
    Custody granted. I have been sick to my stomach for days. Father is only allowed supervised visitation. Might seem small but there was no way in hell I was walking away. I tried to guilt her for a minute about all the court costs and she called me dull. Money well spent.

    • angienc says:


    • Somebody says:

      Congrats, now you can relax a little bit!

      • mothy67 says:

        Best part is visits are at a center and he has to pay. Not going to happen. My parents have custody. Attorney said she has never hesrd of great grandparents even trying. Crud is worth it Attorney was reasonable and the total cost was under 20k. For a 2 year battle that is not bad.

  41. westcoaster says:

    OT: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Ronan Farrrow* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)

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