June 05, 2009

The Obama Speech

I liked it quite a lot, but my lord, it's like he was trying as hard as he could to piss off the irrational right. Denouncing American exceptionalism? Talking about Islam's history of tolerance? Starting it off by saying "a salaam aleichem"? I bet Pam Atlas' head exploded when he said that.

I didn't agree with every word, but this was still an important speech. Writing off all 1.5 billion Muslims in the world as enemies is no strategy for the future, and peeling them away from extremism and towards us- while we continue to due what we can to crush al-Qaeda- is certainly the only strategy going forward.

And he "didn't mention terrorism?" Really? What about the long section about 9/11, in the first five minutes of the speech? Or when he denounced "Violent extremism?"

Posted by Stephen Silver at June 5, 2009 04:52 PM
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