Thursday, June 11, 2009

Obama Is A Student Of Reverend Wright--Not Of History

In his Cairo speech, Obama bragged that he is "a student of history," but such a claim obscures who is actual teacher is, in case you've forgotten:
“Them Jews aren’t going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter, that he’ll talk to me in five years when he’s a lame duck, or in eight years when he’s out of office…

Wright also said Obama should have sent a U.S. delegation to the World Conference on Racism held recently in Geneva, Switzerland, but that the president did not do so for fear of offending Jews and Israel.

“Ethic cleansing is going on in Gaza. Ethnic cleansing of the Zionist is a sin and a crime against humanity, and they don’t want Barack talking like that because that’s anti-Israel,” Wright said.
Allahpundit notes that Obama was a member of Wright's church for 20 years and had personal conversations with him. Even putting aside the gross anti-Semitism that Wright spews, it is likely that Obama picked up some of his simplistic worldview of the Middle East from Wright as well.

Obama has framed Israel as a refuge for Jews from the Holocaust and persecution. That is what he said in an interview last year with Jeffrey Goldberg:
I know that that there are those who would argue that in some ways America has become a safe refuge for the Jewish people, but if you’ve gone through the Holocaust, then that does not offer the same sense of confidence and security as the idea that the Jewish people can take care of themselves no matter what happens. That makes it a fundamentally just idea. [emphasis added]
And he said the same thing in his Cairo speech:
America's strong bonds with Israel are well known. This bond is unbreakable. It is based upon cultural and historical ties, and the recognition that the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied. [emphasis added]
Obama--'the student of history'--is ignorant of history, and the fact that the re-establishment of the state of Israel is based on the historical ties of Jews to the land.

Obama's view of Israel is nothing but a sanitized version of what Wright believes--that Jews came to the land of Palestine to escape the Holocaust and usurped the Palestinian Arabs.

And this is the outlook is part of what informs his policy in the Middle East.
For all the praise for how smart Obama is, intelligence and political moxie are not a substitute for knowledge and sound judgment.

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

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