Respect, Or Submission?

Frank Gaffney has an important column in today’s Washington Times. The Obama administration’s overtures to Muslim nations, he writes, has been “defensive and apologetic”; it “explicitly embraces a narrative that is factually erroneous and deprecating to his own country.” As a result:

Obama’s actions and rhetoric are almost certainly being perceived by his target audience as evidence not of respect but of subservience – precisely what Islam (literally, “submission” in Arabic) requires of all of us, Muslims and non-Muslims, alike.

You should read it all; there is much that is disquieting, including this remarkable (if true) report:

According to, a newsletter published by The Washington Times’ ace national security reporter Bill Gertz, “Diplomatic sources said Barack Obama has engaged several Arab intermediaries to relay messages to and from al Qaeda in the months before his election as the 44th U.S. president. The sources said al Qaeda has offered what they termed a truce in exchange for a U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan. ‘For the last few months, Obama has been receiving and sending feelers to those close to al Qaeda on whether the group would end its terrorist campaign against the United States,’ a diplomatic source said. ‘Obama sees this as helpful to his plans to essentially withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq during his first term in office.'”

Al Qaeda, on the ropes after seven years of dealing with George Bush and Dick Cheney, must think Allah has finally come through for them.

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