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June 4, 2009

Reviews of Obama's speech in Cairo

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives, Political News and commentaries

Michelle Malkin and Ed Morrissey have both weighed in with very different takes (HT - Sister Toldyah). I took the time this morning to watch the speech and came away with a take that more or less sits in between Michelle's "Rainbows and unicorns" analogy and Ed's take that it was generally a good speech with some exceptions, a couple of which are that it was a bit heavy on the compatibility of Islam and America (I see little to no compatibility) and that Obama "appeared to blame Israel for the misery of the Gazans, rather than Hamas, who keeps launching wars against Israel" (and by doing so he failed to put the blame squarely where it belongs).

A bit more specifically I find more to agree with Michelle's take that Obama's speech was a "mixture of disingenuousness and naivete totally untethered to reality (including the "7 million Muslims - a figure that Michelle points out was hyped by Obama and one that I heard repeated by a White House spokesperson on Fox just after the speech.

Be sure to catch Yid with Lid's take as well. As Ed Morrissey points out, Sammy strongly disagrees with him and believes that Obama threw Israel under the bus. Reading both posts gives one an interesting perspective.

Then, there's also Robert Spencer's important, must-read, post: Platitudes and naivete: Obama's Cairo speech. For example, here's Speicner's response to Obama's comment that "Violent extremists have exploited these tensions in a small but potent minority of Muslims:

The idea that the jihadists are a "small but potent minority of Muslims" is universally accepted dogma, but has no evidence to back it up. The evidence that appears to back it up is highly tendentious -- check out here how Dalia Mogahed (now an Obama adviser) and John Esposito cooked survey data from the Islamic world to increase the number of "moderates."
And yes, there is more links at Memeorandum and Precise News.

Posted by Richard at June 4, 2009 10:37 AM

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