Monday, November 30, 2009
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Iran Backhands Obama
Iran delivered another blow to Barack Obama’s appeasement foreign policy over the weekend. Iranian “president” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced in an interview with the official Islamic Republic News Agency that Iran will build ten new uranium-enrichment sites. While it would take years for Iran to complete such a project, the decision is a slap in the face to the Obama Administration. This announcement comes in the wake of Barack Obama’s futile attempts to “engage” with the radical mullahs on how to end Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Ahmadinejad called Obama’s bluff and upped the ante.
In his ten months in office, Obama has tried to reach out to the Iranian leadership multiple times. This included his personal “New Year’s greeting” to the Iranian people, his repeated condemnations of Israel and, perhaps most disturbing, his lack of support of the pro-democratic reformers who took to the streets after Iran’s flawed presidential election. The United States and the free world have become less secure because of these policies. It is safe to say that Ahmadinejad is making the leader of the free world look like a fool.
During the Bush Administration the liberal elites continuously pointed to poll numbers showing America’s popularity declining in the Muslim world. But, a new Pew Global Attitudes survey shows that Obama hasn’t changed Muslim views much, and in some cases he has made them worse. Here’s a summary from the Wall Street Journal:
“In the Palestinian territories, 15% have a favorable view of the U.S. while 82% have an unfavorable view. The Obama speech in Ankara didn’t seem to help in Turkey, where the favorables are 14% and those unreconciled, 69%. In Egypt, a country that’s reaped nearly 40 years of American aid, things stayed roughly the same: 27% have a favorable view of the U.S. while 70% do not. In Pakistan, a place of great consequence for American power, our standing has deteriorated: The unfavorables rose from 63% in 2008 to 68% this year.”
Obama and the Left don’t get it. Muslims in these countries don’t like us because we’re American. The Left has convinced itself that the unfavorable views of the U.S. held by many Muslims are based on the president and his policies. None of that matters. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were not popular in the Middle East either. The average Muslim is captive to state-owned media and fanatical Islamic dogma. They are taught to hate everything that Western Civilization – and the United States and Israel in particular – stands for. It is time for the Obama Administration to stop bowing to these tyrannical thugs and to stand up for the principles that make this nation great.
Bad News For Barack
The recent elections in New Jersey and Virginia saw Independent voters break heavily for Republican candidates in spite of numerous campaign appearances, speeches and robo calls by Barack Obama. But Independents are not the only ones growing disillusioned with our apprentice president.
In her Wall Street Journal column, Peggy Noonan notes that even “loyal Democrats” are turning on the president. Noonan writes that in many informal conversations, she has observed that “…no one seems to love Mr. Obama now; they’re not dazzled and head over heels. That’s gone away.”
In fact, even Leslie Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, described by Noonan as “fully plugged into the Democratic foreign policy establishment,” wrote last week that Obama’s recent Asia trip displayed “a disturbing amateurishness in managing America’s power.” Gelb also criticized Obama’s torturous Afghanistan deliberations as “inexcusably clumsy.” But wait, there’s more.
The banner story at Politico must be causing heartburn at the White House. Titled, “7 stories Obama doesn’t want told,” the article is everything conservatives warned about during last year’s campaign. Better late than never. But the simple fact that the media are now noticing Obama’s faults – and making them front page news – is not good news for the White House.
Voter Intensity Is Our Friend
In a report last week, I noted how voter intensity can often be a driving factor in motivating voter turnout. We saw it recently in the off-year elections in Virginia, where a slate of conservative Republicans captured the top statewide offices by landslide margins. How did it happen? Exit polls strongly suggest that demoralized Democrats stayed home on Election Day. A new poll by the leftwing Daily Kos warns that Democrats are facing a similar situation nationwide in the 2010 congressional elections.
In its most recent tracking poll, the Daily Kos asked voters how likely they were to go to the polls in 2010. The results, as the Daily Kos admitted, were shocking: 81% of Republicans were likely to vote in next year’s election, 65% of Independents were likely to vote. Here’s the shocking part: Just 56% of Democrats were likely to vote, and 40% of Democrats said they were unlikely to vote. The poll found that “Democrats were three times more likely to say that they will ‘definitely not vote’ in 2010 than are Republicans.”
If those numbers hold until next November, 2010 will look a lot like 1994. And your continued support for this political action committee could tip the balance in scores of key races next year. If conservatives make major gains in Congress, we can stop Obama’s socialism! (Click here to get the bumper sticker.)
While you were enjoying time with friends and family this Thanksgiving, did you take time out to give thanks for Barack Obama? Evidently, he’s responsible for so much that is taking place here and around the world. You can read about it an op-ed I wrote for the Thanksgiving edition of the Washington Times. Perhaps next year we’ll be saying “Happy Baracksgiving.”
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