June 23, 2009
The Obama Effect
The Obama effect
"Could there be something to all the talk of an Obama effect, after all? A stealth effect, perhaps?"
So asked Helene Cooper, the New York Times' diplomatic correspondent in a news analysis of the massive anti-regime protests in Iran published in Sunday's Times.
It took US President Barack Obama eight days to issue a clear statement of support for the millions of pro-freedom demonstrators throughout Iran risking their lives to oppose the tyranny of the mullahs. And after eight days of vacillating and hedging his bets and so effectively supporting Iranian dictator Ali Khamenei against the multitudes rallying in the streets, Obama's much awaited statement was not particularly forceful.
He offered no American support of any kind for the protesters. Indeed, it is hard to say that in making his statement, the American president was speaking primarily as an American.
He warned the likes of Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose goons are currently under orders to beat, arrest and murder protesters, that "the world is watching... If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion."
According to several prominent Western bloggers with direct ties to the protesters, Obama's statement left the Iranians underwhelmed and angry.
THE MOST IMPORTANT repercussion of the US media's propagandistic reporting is that the American public is denied the ability to understand events as they unfold. Take for instance The New York Times' write-up of Khamenei's sermon this past Friday in which he effectively declared war on the protesters. As Russell Berman pointed out in the Telos blog on Saturday, the Times' write-up was misleadingly selective.
The Times did not mention that Khamenei ascribed world events to a Zionist conspiracy which he believes controls the US. It similarly failed to mention his long rant against the US for the FBI's 1993 raid on David Koresh's Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.
Had the Times - and other major media outlets - properly reported Khamenei's speech, they would have made clear to their readers that he is not a rational thinker. His view of world events is deeply distorted by his hatreds and prejudices and paranoia.
But then, if Times readers were permitted to know just how demented Khamenei's views of the world are, they might come to the conclusion that Obama's intense desire to sit down with him, and his constant pandering to Iran's "supreme leader" are ill-advised and counterproductive. They might come to the conclusion that it is impossible to achieve a meeting of the minds with a man who calls Americans "morons" and leads his subordinate government officials in chants of "Death to America," "Death to Britain" and "Death to Israel."
What they fail to consider is that by genuflecting to tyrants, Obama has made the US an international laughingstock. Far from sharing their adulation of Obama and his cool demeanor, most of the nations of the world believe that the US has abandoned its leadership role. And unlike the US media, they realize that America has no understudy.
Unfortunately, unless the Obama effect wears off soon, by the time the American people become aware of this fact it may be too late to make a difference.
Wild Thing's comment..........
As people around the world wake up to the Obama reality, we will see more and more disgust in how despicable he is and a disgrace to America. Maybe one day the ignominious Obama will be called out by our leftist media that is if they have any love at all
for the country whose soil they claim as theirs.
When will it end where treason is allowed to flourish as it does in our country.How much more can our country take of this happening. Hanoi Jane, John give me a purple heart for this paper cut Kerry, Jimmy Carter, Code Pink giving a check for $600,000 to the al-Qaeda, and others. Jimmy Carter is tramping around with his terrorist friends daily bashing our country and our military. Obama stone silent about the attack at the Recruiting office killing a solider and wounding another as he is their CIC for God's sake.
Actions and non action both have consequences and we are all at the mercy ( which is none) of an insane, hate filled, American hating wanna be dictator. If I was going again to Europe today or anywhere out of our country, I swear I would want to wear a t-shirt or carry a sign saying Obama is NOT my president!
....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.
3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
Posted by Wild Thing at June 23, 2009 07:45 AM
I hope America also begins waking up very soon to obama and his ineptness, dishonesty and phoniness.
I also hope America realizes that the MSM hold these same three traits and is one of the reasons obama won the election. obama's crew of Biden, Pelosi, Hillary, Emmanuel, et al are like the tiny car at the circus that keeps disgorging midget clowns. Only this is not comical.
Posted by: TomR at June 23, 2009 12:27 PM
Midget Clowns, Excellant Tom, I like the analogy. That really sums it up.
Posted by: Mark at June 23, 2009 06:42 PM
Tom, that is a great way to describe it.
Yes and they just keep pouring out.
I don't understand what it will take
for there to be extreme outrage across
our country and not just with we the
conservatives. How can people not love
our country and want the best for it, and
for their futures too.
Posted by: Wild Thing at June 24, 2009 05:57 AM