A Maddening Day
Some days you just want to scream.
The Arizona law is overwhelmingly popular with the American people. It mirrors federal law, and the only reason Arizona needs the law is because the federal government refuses to do it’s job. But now the Obama administration is using the law to say to the international community, “Hey, we know it’s a terrible human rights abuse. We think it’s just awful. We don’t know how Americans can support it, but we don’t. Just so you know.” The Obama administration has included the law in a report to the UN Commissioner on Human Rights.
There is nothing like dissing your own country to get some rave reviews from the U.N.
There can be few sights more humiliating for the American people than that of a US president kowtowing to a foreign leader or to supranational institutions.
By doing so, Obama officials undoubtedly hope to stir up international condemnation of the Arizona policy in advance of the UN General Assembly meetings in September, which they believe will increase pressure on Arizona to back down. It is a highly cynical move that speaks volumes about the Obama team’s willingness to undercut American sovereignty and popular will on the world stage.
But it gets worse, and more humiliating.
It is important to note that the Obama administration’s report to the United Nations will go before the UN Human Rights Council, which includes in its current membership some of the world’s worst human rights abusers. The likes of China, Cuba, Libya, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, will have a right to pass judgment over the Arizona immigration law, a humiliation for a great superpower before some of the most brutal regimes on the face of the earth.
Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona called if “downright offensive.” I call it sickening.
If you are now screaming in to your pillow, keep the pillow handy.
The State Department has handed out overseas nearly 3,000 copies of an Islamic book written by Ground Zero mosque promoter Feisal Abdul Rauf, an imam who asserts publicly that America has killed more Muslims than al Qaeda.
The department is now sponsoring Feisal’s fourth trip as a special U.S. emissary to the Muslim world. He made two trips in 2007 during the Bush Administration and one earlier this year to Egypt. Feisal is now visiting Bahrain, Qatar and U.A.E. at a cost to U.S. taxpayers of $16,000.
A State spokeswoman told HUMAN EVENTS that Feisal is “an American Muslim voice to the Middle East.”
The State Dept. bought 2000 of the 3000 books.
Go ahead. I’ll wait right here until you finish screaming.
Tonight Pres. Obama will address the end of combat forces in Iraq. It would show much grace and class for him to admit that he had been wrong about the surge, and Pres. Bush had been right. That kind of humility and honesty would be something to see.
But let’s just say, I’m not holding my breath.
Obama imagines that the troops will be wooed by his gushing of thanks and appreciation for their bravery and sacrifice. But they remember he was not there for them when things were bad in Iraq. They remember when he said this of the surge in Sept. of 2007:
“So, I think it is fair to say that the president has simply tried to gain another six months to continue on the same course that he’s been on for several years now. It is a course that will not succeed.”
But it did indeed succeed, with no thanks to Democrat Senators like Obama and Joe Biden at the time, who strongly opposed the surge. Because of the surge, our soldiers return home today with honor.
To be fair, in 2008 Obama did admit that the surge had “succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.” Tonight we will just see if he gives credit to why it did.
If I were you, I’d hold on to that pillow.