President Obama addressed The UN today. He has met with no foreign leaders at all, so this speech is virtually the only diplomatic activity he's been involved in lately as he concentrates on campaign appearances and fund raisers.
His speech itself was, well, pathetic and you can expect the Obama media to gloss over most of it.
While the president managed a pro forma condemnation of violence in the Middle East, at no time did he mention Islamic radicalism as the cause. No...in spite of his own administration belatedly admitting after over a week of misrepresentation that the violence in Benghazi that resulted in the death and mutilation of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens was a terrorist attack, it was all about The Movie. Not once did he even mention terrorism.
The president is sticking to that execrable narrative, and by doing so, he's essentially offering the Islamists and Salafists an out, essentially saying, 'we condemn the violence, but we understand why it's natural that Muslims would act that way. Just so you know, our government had nothing to do with that movie, and we apologize and condemn that too, but what can we do? It's that pesky Constitution.'
Not only that, but the Obama Administration's insistence that a poorly put together YouTube trailer for a film hardly anyone in the Muslim world had even heard about has served to give 'The innocence of Muslims' a lot of publicity it never warranted, providing the imams and mullahs fresh fuel to whip up the mobs with and exacerbated the violence.
The Islamist's answer, led by the president's good friend Tayyip Erdogan, the Islamist leader of Turkey is a renewed push to criminalize any criticism of Islam in international law.
The president decided to try and channel Gandhi, with all the depth of one of those 'coexist' stickers you see on a Prius or SUV in San Francisco, Manhattan, or some other left leaning enclave:
The future must not belong to those who target Coptic Christians in Egypt – it must be claimed by those in Tahrir Square who chanted “Muslims, Christians, we are one.” The future must not belong to those who bully women – it must be shaped by girls who go to school, and those who stand for a world where our daughters can live their dreams just like our sons. The future must not belong to those corrupt few who steal a country’s resources – it must be won by the students and entrepreneurs; workers and business owners who seek a broader prosperity for all people. Those are the men and women that America stands with; theirs is the vision we will support.
The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Yet to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied. Let us condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims, and Shiite pilgrims. It is time to heed the words of Gandhi: “Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.” Together, we must work towards a world where we are strengthened by our differences, and not defined by them. That is what America embodies, and that is the vision we will support.
I suppose that's why President Obama has provided so much support for Islamists, known for their tolerance towards Jews, uppity women, gays and Christians! Actually, in another part of his speech the president signaled to Islamists that their brand of sharia fueled 'democracy' is still going to get jirzya from the American taxpayer..so please don't hate us!:
“The events of the last two weeks speak to the need for all of us to address honestly the tensions between the West and an Arab World moving to democracy,” he said. “Just as we cannot solve every problem in the world, the United States has not, and will not, seek to dictate the outcome of democratic transitions abroad, and we do not expect other nations to agree with us on every issue.Of course, addressing things honestly, as the president put it, would involve a severe reality check and looking at what the Islamists actually stand for. Needless to say, that isn't going to happen.
Even by President Obama's standards, this was weak and self abasing, and that is a remarkably low bar. It's quite obvious from his demeanor that it was a disagreeable chore he wanted to get out of the way, so he could go back to his preferred activities of campaigning, hobnobbing with celebrities and golf.