Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Obama World Tour Rolls On

I'm less than impressed with Sen. Obama's current trip, but when you start digging deeper into what he's said and his speeches, you find a seriously disconcerting lack of substance.

He refused to talk about the issue of Iran's ongoing and repeated apocalyptic threats against Israel while visiting Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust museum. Obama claimed that it was inappropriate to discuss the matter there.

Israelis didn't get all warm and fuzzy from his empty platitudes either. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that he decided to meet with Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. Fatah's thugs have continued their war with Israel despite the media silence over repeated terror attacks against Israel. Well, Israelis have good reason to be wary over Obama since he continues to flip and flop all over the place about the status of Jerusalem and blatantly lying about his position to curry favor with whichever group of people he is speaking in front of at the moment. Even journalists like Katie Couric are beginning to pick up on this, which is all the more entertaining since they enabled Obama to get away with this nonsense for far too long (funding Democrats by a 100-1 margin).

After his mess in Israel, he went on to Berlin, where he gave an speech that was full of words, but signifying nothing. He chose to give his rally before a crowd of Germans, which is curious given that he's running to be the President of the United States, not Germany. Spiegel Online notes that Obama says that Berlin is a symbol of the victory of hope.

Nice. Too bad he ignores how and why Berlin came to not only be free, but unified. It was the steadfast determination of the Americans to outlast the Soviets and President Reagan's decision to win the Cold War. The Berlin Wall came down not because of hope, but because of determination and force of will backed by force. Empty platitudes did nothing.

Obama's also busy prepping for the day he becomes President, even though we're still months away from the election, to say nothing of the fact that he isn't the official nominee of his own party. Hubris and ego. That too, has gone under the bus.

Obama chose to give a speech before a crowd of Germans, and yet didn't even have the courtesy to meet with US soldiers operating in the field in Afghanistan.

The text of his speech from Berlin is here. Yippee. The sound and the fury, signifying nothing.

So, what was the crowd doing in Berlin? Were they all waiting to hear Obama talk, or were they there listening to a free concert (via Gateway Pundit) that Obama's people had arranged in conjunction with the speech. The BBC also gives in to the media bias by informing that the crowd gave rapturous applause.

Apparently, Obama's busy schedule left him no time to meet with US troops, particularly those who were injured while fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. He had been scheduled to meet with the troops, but that appearance was canceled.

Obama calls on the world to stand as one. Stand as one for what? Much of the world is opposed to human rights, personal freedoms, and is dominated by dictators, despots, totalitarian regimes, and thugs. Billions of people are under the thumb of such governments, and yet we're supposed to stand as one?

The world will not lift a finger to stop the genocide in Darfur, let alone the catastrophe in Myanmar. China, Russia, and South Africa have stood to block action to force the thug Mugabe from office after stealing the election in Zimbabwe.

How again are we standing as one? Who are we standing as one with?

Newsbusters wonders whether the media will report that the large crowds were due in part to the Obama campaign scheduling his appearance in conjunction with yet another free concert.

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