Obama to deliver major speech next week on the Arab Spring. What could go wrong?

posted at 9:35 pm on May 11, 2011 by Allahpundit

Not surprisingly, he’s going to frame it as an “Arab world at a crossroads” sort of thing in the wake of the Bin Laden raid. Either they can follow Osama’s example into Islamist rule and intolerance or they can push for democracy and economic reform. That’s actually a bold move rhetorically by The One given how things are shaping up in Egypt. Having presented the choice as one between progress and Osama Bin Laden, what happens if, as expected, the Muslim Brotherhood wins big in the parliamentary elections in September? (The Brotherhood’s alliance with Egypt’s Salafists, true Bin Ladenites, could give them even more power.) “EGYPT CHOOSES BIN LADEN” headlines await, along with endless self-flagellating navel-gazing western media pieces about how Osama defeated us after all.

Here’s a telling story from Egypt dated just a few days ago about which way the wind’s blowing. You sure you want to stake western credibility on them making the right choice at the crossroads, champ?

The president intends to argue that bin Laden’s death, paired with popular uprisings sweeping North Africa and the Middle East, signal that the time has come to an end when al Qaeda could claim to speak for Muslim aspirations…

Bin Laden’s death gives Mr. Obama a chance to underscore the belief among many administration officials that the terror leader’s relevance had already begun to diminish during the so-called Arab Spring. Mr. Obama, who has made outreach to the Muslim world a cornerstone of his presidency, plans to describe the Islamic world as at a crossroads, said U.S. officials, making the case that bin Laden represented a failed approach of the past while populist movements brewing in the Middle East and North Africa represent the future…

The White House is still debating, however, whether Mr. Obama should lay out a concrete plan for revitalizing the stalled Arab-Israeli peace process.

Many Arab governments have been pressing Mr. Obama to publicly outline his own parameters for the creation of an independent Palestinian state as a way to exert more pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who visits Washington next week. These diplomats said the Mideast’s democratic surge is raising expectations among their own populations for an end to the decades-old Arab-Israeli conflict.

Really, they’re still debating it? The day after the Bin Laden raid, Hamas issued a statement condemning the killing and heralding Osama as a holy warrior. Just today, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said America had no right to conduct the raid and that “[t]he fact they disposed of his body at sea is unacceptable and has touched the dignity of Muslims.” How’s The One going to endorse peace with the newly Hamas-flavored Palestinian leadership in the very same speech where he’s calling Bin Laden’s death a turning point for the Arab world?

Oh well. At least there’ll be plenty of tasty Syria-bashing to warm the hearts of Arab democrats and try to convince them, at the eleventh hour, that we weren’t willing to play ball with their tormentors all along. Or will there?


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Ugh……………….

jawkneemusic on May 11, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Arab Spring…Recovery Summer. Life is good.

Electrongod on May 11, 2011 at 9:37 PM

What about Libya?

clement on May 11, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Either they can follow Osama’s example into Islamist rule and intolerance

or…? or/…? is he implying headshots for them too?

ted c on May 11, 2011 at 9:39 PM

More “Muslim outreach”? Because it worked so well before…

Wethal on May 11, 2011 at 9:39 PM

The next president is going to inherit such a mess.

pseudoforce on May 11, 2011 at 9:40 PM

How’s The One going to endorse peace with the newly Hamas-flavored Palestinian leadership in the very same speech where he’s calling Bin Laden’s death a turning point for the Arab world?

Isn’t this the same brilliant mind that deduced the way to get rid of the deficit and make the economy skyrocket to the heavens was…to spend twice as much?

Yeah, I’m pretty sure it is…thank God those SEALS weren’t political appointees.

AUINSC on May 11, 2011 at 9:41 PM

So why exactly would Israel be willing to jump into talks with a US President who is very clearly hostile to their policies? (i.e. Self-defense and the right to use their own land)

Canerican on May 11, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Oddly I agree that indirectly Obama is causing the Arab Spring.

He has created policies that has gas prices going through the roof and that has caused farmers to raise food prices.

That in turn has caused the arabs in the street to not be able to afford food.

If we drill here drill now we can weaken the arabs even further. Even if the muslim brotherhood gets a hold in Egypt if food is still scarce then it doesnt matter who has power.

That is why Iraqis and Afghanis are wishing we were staying. We can offer them stability that no one else can.

William Amos on May 11, 2011 at 9:43 PM

The next president is going to inherit such a mess.

It’s true, but in my opinion it’s a lousy cop-out for not doing something right yourself. Reagen inherited Carter’s trainwreck and did wonders, without boisterously complaining about the guy before him, so did President Bush.

Canerican on May 11, 2011 at 9:43 PM

He’s just going to blame Israel.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on May 11, 2011 at 9:45 PM

These are the same brilliant minds who called Assad a “reformer.” Calling for a Palestinian state with Hamas is just pure idiocy.

Tasha on May 11, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Cairo Speech Collateral Damage Part Deux!!

canopfor on May 11, 2011 at 9:46 PM

A choice between progress and bin Laden? I don’t like the sound of that. What if they choose bin Laden? How many SEAL teams do we have anyway?

Dee2008 on May 11, 2011 at 9:47 PM

I thought he was going to concentrate on jobs…?

/

Seven Percent Solution on May 11, 2011 at 9:48 PM

I guess this is the part where he comes out and announces to them that he’s “The One”.

ProudPalinFan on May 11, 2011 at 9:48 PM

You cannot reason with a people that don’t eat bacon and hate dogs.
Btw…Obama is as destructive to the USA as Osama was…you need a new tin god. Keep him.

HornetSting on May 11, 2011 at 9:49 PM

I thought he was going to concentrate on jobs…?

/

Seven Percent Solution on May 11, 2011 at 9:48 PM

It’s the first thing he thinks of every morning.

darwin-t on May 11, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Guess he’s moved on from his big speech on immigration “reform”.

JammieWearingFool on May 11, 2011 at 9:50 PM

“My fellow muslims, I speak to you toda..

WAIT! I mean…uh…”

-PBHO

Bishop on May 11, 2011 at 9:53 PM

“EGYPT CHOOSES BIN LADEN” headlines await, along with endless self-flagellating navel-gazing western media pieces about how Osama defeated us after all.”

The AP has already written the story…

… along with a poll showing approval for Obowma at 80%.

Seven Percent Solution on May 11, 2011 at 9:54 PM

. Either they can follow Osama’s example into Islamist rule and intolerance or they can push for democracy and economic reform.

From the man who loves to accuse his critics of presenting false choices….

MayBee on May 11, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Another speech?!? Does the guy ever work? The new job description for POTUS: giving speeches, campaigning, and demagoging.

conservative pilgrim on May 11, 2011 at 9:54 PM

There is no “I” in Arab…until now.

SouthernGent on May 11, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Hussein bin Obama is standing with his Muslim brothers in the Muslim Brotherhood.

HalJordan on May 11, 2011 at 9:56 PM

HOPES FOR OBAMA
2008.11.09
***********

The American – me – has tested off the charts as a ”leader” or ”dominant personality. Typical American perhaps – a little too direct and pushy and always wanting to be in charge of everything.

Most of the Egyptians are ”steady” types, although a couple of them have a ”conscious” personality, which we think means they’re very aware of everything happening around them. Typical Egyptians perhaps – they see all but are content to leave things to God’s will. Inshallah it will all work out.

When it comes to the U.S. presidential election results – I’ve adopted an Egyptian attitude.

Inshallah, Barak Obama will work out as the new leader of America, the dominant county in the world
Inshallah, the war in Iraq will come to an end _ and the bitter war in Afghanistan, too.

Inshallah, the crashing U.S. and global economy will recover, with America leading the way.

Inshallah, Inshallah, Inshallah.

I am sitting in Happy Dolphin trying to be happy about what will come, but also knowing that eight years of the Bush presidency have left things in a mess and there’s a lot of cleaning up to do. Relations with every country around the world are at an all-time low from the Middle East to Europe to Asia.

Headlines around the world heralded Obama’s historic victory as the first black American president.

The New York Times noted that people across the globe were wishing the new leader well:

Election Unleashes a Flood of Hope Worldwide
(More…)

http://www.echoroukonline.com/eng/plus/column/4053-hopes-for-obama.html

canopfor on May 11, 2011 at 9:57 PM

If Obowma mentions the 12th Imam in his speech…

… and then winks, watch out!

/

Seven Percent Solution on May 11, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Hussein bin Obama is standing with his Muslim brothers in the Muslim Brotherhood.

HalJordan on May 11, 2011 at 9:56 PM

HalJordan:I was just there,on their site,looking for an
op-ed piece!
========================

http://www.ikhwanweb.com/

(English Vesion).

canopfor on May 11, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Just go claim your caliphate already. We all know you want to.

RushBaby on May 11, 2011 at 10:02 PM

meta istma’a ila barack obama, oreed an anam

blatantblue on May 11, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Will someone please tell this guy that he’s not the president of Islam.

exceller on May 11, 2011 at 10:02 PM

If Obowma mentions the 12th Imam in his speech…

… and then winks, watch out!

/

Seven Percent Solution on May 11, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Seven Percent Solution:Oh ya,the idiot stuck in the well for
over a 2000 years,give or take a cent
ury!!

Out of curiousity,why and the sam h*l
l,hasn’t somebody tossed a rope down
the well———-:)

canopfor on May 11, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Mr. President, Copernicus called…

blatantblue on May 11, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Just go claim your caliphate already. We all know you want to.

RushBaby on May 11, 2011 at 10:02 PM

RushBaby:You surfaced on da grid,hope eveything is tickity-
boo and right in your world,and Hopey’s Caliphate..
…..MMM….MMM…MMM!-:)

canopfor on May 11, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Call me after “the seas [recede] and the planet [heals], then I’ll give Barry his props.

pain train on May 11, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Yawn! Another “Spike The Ball” moment for Obama.

GarandFan on May 11, 2011 at 10:05 PM

OT:

lol
One of the ads on the side is “Arab Girls: Muslims4marriage.com”

El_Terrible on May 11, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Tears For Fears
****************************************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-O3kYrDPbI

canopfor on May 11, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Is this being given in Cairo?

Will Laura Logan cover it?

profitsbeard on May 11, 2011 at 10:09 PM

OT:

lol
One of the ads on the side is “Arab Girls: Muslims4marriage.com”

El_Terrible on May 11, 2011 at 10:06 PM

El_Terrible:Nope,I’m getting,Gorgeous Allah Golf Courses
in Iran,and Stables R’Us,for all your Camel
needs,haha,kidding!

canopfor on May 11, 2011 at 10:11 PM

So this is what the best minds at NASA came up with! Sheesh, one might think they were rocket scientists or something!

bluemarlin on May 11, 2011 at 10:16 PM

I’m actually looking forward to the possibility of an American Spring in 2013.

Drained Brain on May 11, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Barry thinks he’s got his mojo back, so we’re back to the soaring speeches. Yawn.

Rational Thought on May 11, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Is this being given in Cairo?

Will Laura Logan cover it?

profitsbeard on May 11, 2011 at 10:09 PM

profitsbeard:Oh man,that was some ordeal,I could only get
half way through it:)
====================================

Lara Logan breaks her silence
May 1, 2011 2:11 PM
*********************

In her first television interview since being sexually assaulted two months ago, the CBS News chief foreign correspondent and “60 Minutes” reporter reveals what happened to her in Tahrir Square in an interview with Scott Pelley.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7364550n#ixzz1M6IxFHxf

canopfor on May 11, 2011 at 10:19 PM

President Gutsybama is going to hold another “ME Spring” speech, eh?

How’s he going to rib the Rs? “They want a ME Winter”.

What “Arab spring”? It’s all icicles, except for a few fools who still believe otherwise.

Syria killed a bunch again today. The pirates hold 500 hostages, and are building/supporting terrrorism, while Obama watches.

Iran is Iran.

Libya is a clusterfark.

Egypt goes Muzzie Brotherhood…sure, via ‘democracy’.

Saudi and its satellites do what Syria does, but ‘better’.

Where is that spring?

Name one people who are free, due to Obama (don’t name the Black Panthers – I know about them already).

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2011 at 10:22 PM

t’s the first thing he thinks of every morning.

darwin-t on May 11, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Guess he’s moved on from his big speech on immigration “reform”.

JammieWearingFool on May 11, 2011 at 9:50 PM

I’d laugh at these if they weren’t so true. *sigh*

tencole on May 11, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Name one people who are free, due to Obama (don’t name the Black Panthers – I know about them already).

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Rappers?

Oh, never mind, that’s due to the First Eggplant.
*still thinking*

RushBaby on May 11, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Here’s my guess as to the text of the speech: “You’re Welcome!”

catmman on May 11, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Obamas in a Tough Position
As I stated here two years ago Obama cut a deal with the mullahs. Blind eye to Iran as long as they let Obama be the hero to execute the EXIT FROM IRAQ. Notice how Obama NEVER mentions Iran. Springtime in Iran is now summertime coming to an arab mob near you.

Rea1ityCheck on May 11, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Will President Ball Spike deliver a “Springtime for Hitler” extravaganza?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K08akOt2kuo

How is our support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt doing? Our cover for AlQaeda in Libya? Our “negotiations” with Iran? Our pretense that Syria and Pakistan are our friends?

Drill here; drill now!

onlineanalyst on May 11, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Call me after “the seas [recede] and the planet [heals], then I’ll give Barry his props.

pain train on May 11, 2011 at 10:05 PM

No receding seas this week. The mighty Mississippi River drains into the Gulf of Mexico.

kringeesmom on May 11, 2011 at 10:44 PM

Is it recovery summer again?

Who cares about the Arab Road Crossroads? To where?

tarpon on May 11, 2011 at 10:45 PM

President-spike-the-ball just sent help to tame fires in Mexico…but, NOOOO help to Texas.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2011 at 11:07 PM

canopfor on May 11, 2011 at 9:46 PM

yepper

cmsinaz on May 11, 2011 at 11:18 PM

GarandFan on May 11, 2011 at 10:05 PM

“I won”

cmsinaz on May 11, 2011 at 11:19 PM

This jerk really believes he is God of the World. I guess he’ll be lecturing the Western World once again while bowing to his masters.

lonestar1 on May 11, 2011 at 11:35 PM

It’s not an ‘Arab Spring’, it’s a Muslim Brotherhood Spring. Two entirely different things.

slickwillie2001 on May 11, 2011 at 11:40 PM

Obama to deliver major speech next week on the Arab Spring. What could go wrong?

At this point I think he’d be better off if he gave a speech about Irish Spring instead.

mizflame98 on May 11, 2011 at 11:42 PM

Somethingcatchy Winter
Arab Spring
Recovery Summer
American Fall

Christien on May 11, 2011 at 11:47 PM

These are the same brilliant minds who called Assad a “reformer.” Calling for a Palestinian state with Hamas is just pure idiocy.

Tasha on May 11, 2011 at 9:45 PM

And the same ones who can’t wait for him to be overthrown. Replaced with someone even worse. (see above about Egypt).

Greed on May 12, 2011 at 12:03 AM

As Tec, the gang leader, says in the 2003 movie “Malibu’s Most Wanted” …
Tec: [high-pitched scream] STOP IT! You say one more line and I’mma have to smoke myself!
Obama has made himself into a “one trick pony” that has run it’s course.

J_Crater on May 12, 2011 at 12:33 AM

If Obama says “Allahu Akbar!” it’s over.

profitsbeard on May 12, 2011 at 12:55 AM

Whatever Obama says, it is just going to be wrong. He misfires every time he opens his mouth.

Isn’t his time in Libya about to expire and he needs Congressional approval to continue?

karenhasfreedom on May 12, 2011 at 1:21 AM

Syria-bashing? We’ll be lucky if Obama goes so far as to “urge restraint” on Assad and threaten to send him a sternly-worded tweet. Besides, Syria is a close Iranian ally, it wouldn’t be “Smart Diplomacy™” to be too harsh.

Libya? Egypt? Yemen? He’ll probably give them as examples of “popular expression of democratic yearning” or some such nonsense, and move on.

Arab spring? The Saudis have “found” a few billion to pacify their peeps already, not to mention the tightened security. But Pakistan isn’t Arabic, and that’s the big prize since they have working nukes.

We’d be better off leaving the office vacant than we are with this buffoon in it.

Adjoran on May 12, 2011 at 1:33 AM

Is it a speech or a “rap”…

right2bright on May 12, 2011 at 2:21 AM

He wants to build a moat around the ME and put crocodiles in it.

Rap to me, Bammy.

*spit*

petefrt on May 12, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Anybody got some shoes to spare?

ProudPalinFan on May 12, 2011 at 7:02 AM

Talk about an Obamamateurism!

from Taranto’s “Best of the Web”:
Apparently It Wasn’t Over When the Germans Bombed Pearl Harbor
“Internationally, we’ve gone through a Teutonic shift in the Middle East that could have enormous ramifications for years to come.”–President Obama, May 10, quoted by USA Today, which reports the White House says he meant “tectonic.”

onlineanalyst on May 12, 2011 at 7:05 AM

onlineanalyst on May 12, 2011 at 7:05 AM

Stuff happens… when you have adolescents writing your speeches and you can’t recognize how dumb it sounds.

petefrt on May 12, 2011 at 7:13 AM

Well, if it’s anything like the American Summer of Recovery, good luck to ‘em.

Alden Pyle on May 12, 2011 at 7:15 AM

Alden Pyle on May 12, 2011 at 7:15 AM

He says he has detected green shoots growing in Libya.

petefrt on May 12, 2011 at 7:21 AM

Like Rush said… he’s not just spiking the football, he’s virtually dragging bin laden’s corpse around with him.

Key West Reader on May 12, 2011 at 7:35 AM

Key West Reader on May 12, 2011 at 7:35 AM

you are right kwr…

trophies for me but not for thee

cmsinaz on May 12, 2011 at 7:44 AM

Obama to deliver major speech

In other news, the sun is expected to rise again tomorrow.

John Deaux on May 12, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Maybe he can hire Mel Brooks to put together a special musical introduction for his speech. How about….

“Spring-time for Omar and Afghanistan!”

pilamaye on May 12, 2011 at 8:29 AM

I thought he was going to concentrate on jobs…?

/

Seven Percent Solution on May 11, 2011 at 9:48 PM

It’s the first thing he thinks of every morning.

darwin-t on May 11, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Yeah keeping his cause the bling is good.

Col.John Wm. Reed on May 12, 2011 at 8:37 AM

I guess this is the part where he comes out and announces to them that he’s “The OneTwelfth Imam

ProudPalinFan on May 11, 2011 at 9:48 PM

FIFY.

But maybe he went to the well too often.

Steve Z on May 12, 2011 at 9:10 AM

“Internationally, we’ve gone through a Teutonic shift in the Middle East that could have enormous ramifications for years to come.”–President Obama, May 10, quoted by USA Today, which reports the White House says he meant “tectonic.”

Some lackey put a U instead of a C in the Teleprompter, and Dear Reader didn’t notice the difference. Next time will be a Titanic shift, and C U later.

Steve Z on May 12, 2011 at 9:36 AM

And his American constituents need to hear this cr*p, why ???
God help us all.

pambi on May 12, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Arab Spring is th Winter of discontent for Coptic Christians. Or for that matter any Christians within range of an Arab machete.
Change….

FireBlogger on May 12, 2011 at 12:01 PM

The Arab spring will blossom into a harvest of sorrow. let Obma give his speech–it will come back to haunt him.

zoyclem on May 12, 2011 at 12:06 PM

He’ll meet with Nitti, lie about the “outcomes” and then side with the Palestinians and the rest of the radical Middle East world when Israel denounces it. It will also create a rift in Israel that will undermine Nitti.

djaymick on May 12, 2011 at 1:52 PM