Unconventional thinking about the Middle East.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Policy Snack: Obama's Popularity in the Middle East

This week's morsel of thought for the Hudson-NY website: The Middle East Will Come to Hate Obama.

I wish Obama well, and I hope for the best, but I fear that, like his legions of supporters, I too will be disappointed, thoroughly so. Here's to hope trumping reality!

However, I should note that all those I so utterly despise, the bureaucrats at State, the mandarins at Langley, the 'experts' in academia and elsewhere, the activists posing as journos, the veal calf generation of yuppies, well, they just got their dream candidate elected. Beware what you wish for, folks.

Let's see how things work out for them. I know I'll be watching, intently and closely. This may turn out to be fun after all. Pass the popcorn.


Blogger Jeffrey said...


Let's see how things work out for them. I know I'll be watching, intently and closely. This may turn out to be fun after all. Pass the popcorn.

I'll be watching too.

Hey, I've noticed that Angry Arab and Raed Jarrar see Obama as just another 'Merkin KILLAH.


11:01 AM, November 06, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems that Rahm Emanuel (dual American-Israeli citizen) once worked for the Mossad and his father was a top Mossad officer. Emanuel is Obama's new chief of the WH. This looks bad.

11:10 AM, November 06, 2008

Blogger Don Cox said...

"This looks bad." ____ Not to me. I would support Israel against Iran any time. _____ But in general, I think Obama is quite similar to Tony Blair: clever, mildly left wing, full of spin. We shall have to see how he does. Tony Blair's desire for change ended up as no more than a big increase in red tape.

12:30 PM, November 06, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

cox:- It looks bad in the Arab World you dummy.

12:40 PM, November 06, 2008

Anonymous gj said...

Yes, the COS appointment sets the tone and intentions of the Admin. In the case of Emanuel it is "take no prisoners", very neo con notion.

Also the neos are about radical change. So is Obama, supposedly. But up until now one couldn't get a handle on whether Obama's idea of change was reactionary or radical.

The appointment of Emanuel indicates the latter might be the case. Emanuel was the one recruited the blue dog Dems in 2006

This raises the possibility that Obama will continue the basic neo agenda - but will be much more clever and subtle about it. Also Obama is a master practitioner of "feel your pain" communication to those who feel themselves to be oppressed - even better than Bill Clinton.

His first tour of ME is gonna be very interesting.

1:49 PM, November 06, 2008

Blogger Brian H said...

Do you suppose there’s the faintest that FEC will do its job now that an actual election has taken place? Apparently it couldn’t/wouldn’t respond to mere campaign abuses, but now the consequences are upon us. (Sort of like the way police respond to reports of threats; “Call us if he shoots you; until a crime is committed and harm occurs we can’t/won’t do anything.” )

If the massive application of dirty Chicago-fixer tricks to the whole country isn’t enough to get it moving, then I’m kind of at a loss to imagine what would be.

1:52 PM, November 06, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama picked Rahm because he needs a pretend tough guy by his side. Why? Because Obama is a wimp and he knows it deep down inside. Putin must be laughing his ass off.

3:40 PM, November 06, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bwaha ha ha - I'm waiting for the conspiracy theories about the Zionist force behind Obama.

5:48 PM, November 06, 2008

Blogger Don Cox said...

"It looks bad in the Arab World you dummy." _____ How are we to know that something posting as "Anonymous" is speaking for the "Arab World"?

1:24 AM, November 07, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have a question. I thought that the Muslim Brotherhood and the Jihadis were the same thing. I thought that an Egyptian group with a name something like Muslim Brotherhood had spawned most of the worst Jihadis.

Yet in your article you wrote that an Obama administration will try to work with the Muslim Brotherhood and, thus, will be detested by both the regimes and the jihadis. What is the difference between the Jihadis and the Muslim Brotherhood?


6:39 AM, November 07, 2008

Blogger Jaguar b. p. said...

Not to me. I would support Israel against Iran any time.

Why would you support a Zionist bandit state against a peaceful country that has never attacked anyone

8:35 AM, November 07, 2008

Anonymous Kafir said...


Iran's seizure of the US Embassy in 1979 was technically, an act of war.

Outside of that, it is common knowledge that Iran uses its proxy Hezbollah to attack whomever it pleases. Peaceful country my ass.

Besides, Israel has never attacked anyone that wasn't a case of self-defense.

10:25 AM, November 07, 2008

Blogger Lee said...

I expect the terrorist groups manufacture a sense of betrayal to turn ordinary muslims against Obama. Such as - "He was just like Bush after all" or "He is ashamed of his muslim roots, and he hides it".

12:03 AM, November 08, 2008

Blogger Don Cox said...

"Why would you support a Zionist bandit state against a peaceful country that has never attacked anyone" _____ I would not support a "Zionist bandit state", if there was one. I do support the existence of a homeland state for each people: Poles, Kurds, Baluchs, Jews, Tamils, Irish, etc. Israel is the original homeland of the Jews, who have lived there for thoudands of years. The Arabs have vast areas of territory for their homeland and can easily spare small slices for the Jews and the Kurds. ____ As for the Iranians not attacking anyone, Iran has a long history of imperialism, which is currently being revived. This includes infiltration of Iraq, and threats to Israel.

3:42 AM, November 09, 2008

Blogger bg said...


The Middle East Will Come to Hate Obama

[Arabs and Muslims don’t really care about the odiousness of slavery. Although African-Americans who convert to Islam are beholden to the notion that their new faith is egalitarian, their unpleasant blind spot fudges the fact that the Muslim code, or shari’ah, never outlawed slavery.

For now, Arabs and Muslims in the Middle East see two things in Obama: to them he’s a walking, talking apology, and an infiltrator. He’s an apology for the Bush years; America’s gift basket to the rest of the world for the fault of protecting itself. The hatred that has been whipped up against President George Bush by the Arab media—much of it owned and directed by America’s alleged allies, the Saudis and other Persian Gulf dynasties—has been unprecedented, much like the adulation presently, and temporarily, being given to Obama. However, Arab and Muslim fascination with Obama rests on the idea that he is their Trojan horse into the highest office in America, the gleeful whispers describe him at times to be a secret Muslim, and in another light, an ‘anti-imperialist’ leftist.

Obama will not only apologize for America’s imperial pretension, but shall work to reverse it. So the lofty expectations go.]

Political Islam

Muslim Black Slavery


11:12 AM, November 09, 2008

Blogger Brian H said...

don cox;
Obama is "like Blair", "mildly left wing"?
Blair is 50X the man and politician that Obama is or could be.
And if believing in a merger of Black Liberation Theology and Cloward-Piven destruction of the democratic state is "mildly left wing", I shudder to think what you would consider mainstream left wing, much less extremist.

11:10 PM, November 09, 2008


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