Everyone in America and abroad has been scratching their heads over President Obama’s never-ending search for fellowship with leaders of the Muslim world — leaders that often torture and kill their own citizens — men, women and children alike. His incessant near-groveling to foreign Muslim leaders — from that first speech in Cairo, to the mind-boggling full bow to the Saudi King, to the never-ending concessions offered to Iran — has baffled almost everyone.
Now, former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, suggests that perhaps the answer is rooted deep in Obama’s childhood. As reported by The Jerusalem Post:
In a piece Friday in Foreign Policy, Oren – who left Washington on October 1, 2013, and is now a Kulanu MK — charged that Obama was naïve as a peacemaker, had blinders to terrorism, and that his abandonment by both his Muslim father and step-father had something to do with his desire to be accepted by their “co-religionists.”
In other words, might Obama’s Muslim kowtowing be the result of daddy issues???
During his first year in office, Obama, Oren argued, offered in essence “a new deal in which the United States would respect popularly chosen Muslim leaders who were authentically rooted in their traditions and willing to engage with the West.”
The former ambassador said this explained why Obama restored diplomatic ties with Syria, severed by his predecessor George W. Bush after the assassination of former Lebanese president Rafik Hariri; why he engaged in outreach to Libya and Iran; and why he stood by Turkish president Recep Tayyip erdogan and ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi.
“Erdogan and Morsi were both devout Muslims, democratically elected, and accepting of Obama’s outstretched hand. So, too, was Hassan Rouhani, who became Obama’s partner in seeking a negotiated settlement of the Iranian nuclear dispute,” he wrote.
Oren attributed this orientation to the intellectual milieu in which Obama grew up, as well as his personal history. “I could imagine how a child raised by a Christian mother might see himself as a natural bridge between her two Muslim husbands. I could also speculate how that child’s abandonment by those men could lead him, many years later, to seek acceptance by their co-religionists.”
I’ve often wondered myself if President Obama’s view of the Muslim world was colored by his childhood growing up in Indonesia. I agree with Oren; the president’s naiveté in dealing with ISIS and Iran has been surprising. Another example of Obama’s never-ending bending over backwards for Muslims was his ordering NASA Chief Charles Bolden to use the space agency’s resources to, “find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering.” As if pointing out a fifth-century Muslim engineering accomplishment will stop ISIS’ pillaging, looting and destruction of antiquities! President Obama seems to be in denial of Iran’s current scientific pursuits — the development of nuclear bombs so they can destroy the Devil (us) and the Devil, Jr. (Israel). Despite Bolden’s round-the-clock work since 2009 to find accomplishments to “make the Muslims feel good,” the only thing that’s happened is more violence, more killing and the creation of ISIS.
Oren echoes the sentiment that Obama’s bootlicking attempts have done little good — and, in fact, are incredibly dangerous.
The tragedy, he said, was that Obama’s outreach to the Muslim world was rejected.
“Historians will likely look back at Obama’s policy toward Islam with a combination of curiosity and incredulousness,” he wrote. “While some may credit the president for his good intentions, others might fault him for being naïve and detached from a complex and increasingly lethal reality.”
Will President Obama’s insistence on fuzzy feelings for Islam’s bad boys really change things — or will it result in our demise? Based on what’s happened so far, I’d say the chances of them “feeling good” about anything but snookering us aren’t too good.
[Note: this article was written by Ashley Edwardson]