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  • Obama's Foreign Policy Coup 0 comments
    Jun 14, 2009 10:46 PM | about stocks: GULF, TRAMX, ISL, DIA, SPY, QQQ, NYX, DOG, SDS, QLD, XLF, IWM, TWM, IWD, SDK

    President Obama's address to Muslims scored a masterful foreign policy coup. Over the short-term, it influenced Middle Eastern elections in favor of moderate and balance-minded men and parties. Over the long-term, it may have provided the right grass roots medicine to prevent what seemed an inevitable clash of cultures.

    President Barrack Obama's sweeping "change" extended through the Middle East this spring in a profound manner. The President's recent speech to the Muslim world was well timed to awaken the minds and soften the hearts of mankind. It drove progress in the short term, and brought blessing for the long. For those who really noticed, Barrack Obama's bright outreach and uplifting address to the Muslim world was perhaps the most important speech given by a human being since the cold war cracking words of Ronald Reagan.

    In the timing of his address, Obama employed the same strategy for good that Osama bin Laden had manipulated for evil. His timely words, just before important elections across the Middle East, drove positive actions by desperate peoples. His heart-warming, bold and hopeful guidance supported the victory of the moderate leadership in Lebanon over a belligerent Hizbollah. His good message squeezed the tight presidential race between the bull-headed and destructive Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the more open-minded Mir Mousavi in Iran. This played similarly to the way al-Qaeda's historic Spanish train bombing influenced Spain's prime ministerial elections three days before the vote in 2004. However, the intentions of the two parties could not be more dissimilar. While the purely evil bin Laden seeks chaos in which to thrive, Obama lays out a plan for real and lasting peace within which mankind could survive.

    Insight has been proven plentiful within the US State Department and the White House. While we may never know just where the idea came from, we can be certain it was wise enough to go at least partly unnoticed by evil while influencing elections within Middle Eastern hot-spots in favor of moderation and peace. Still, Osama bin Laden reacted hastily in anger against Obama's peace seeking words, by breaking his code of secrecy and silence to declare publicly that cooperation with Jews and Christians was a crime. Psalm 5: "Their throat is an open tomb... Let them fall by their own counsels."

    In a press conference on Friday, the President could nary contain his excitement when asked about the close Iranian election and the powerful response to Mousavi. However, in his prepared weekly address to the nation, he refrained from any commentary on the subject. The reason behind his caution and my candor is simple. Both Obama and I would hope to not pervert the message by giving cause to question the reason behind it. His speech was both necessary and inevitable, while its timing was wise and strategically powerful. We simply need balanced minds to negotiate a peaceful future with, because we cannot offer our pearls to swine...

    If Obama's address did not bring tears to your eyes, I implore you to soften your heart and listen once again. The message was undoubtedly profound, and I am today even more behind this president than when I broke my lifelong string of Republican support; support that had even led me to vote against a Greek/American in Michael Dukakis, for a Republican in George H. W. Bush. Obama's message was receivable evenly and fairly by every listener from the far islands of Indonesia to the northern most reaches of Greenland. The words were digestible by the mind of righteous human kind, and believable due to their peaceful intent and hopeful promise. Paraphrasing, Obama said, "We speak privately the same words that we pronounce publicly." There was an intention for restoration of trust in the United States, and a reminder of what the model of our free and ethnic encompassing nation represents for mankind.

    What the President has done in his monumental effort is admirable. He has employed effective foreign policy that holds true equally through the long-term as it is useful in the short. It contrasts starkly against the initiation of wars based on the misleading of the United Nations and our own citizens. We can commend President Bush for removing the dangerous tyrant, Saddam Hussein, but we regret the sour sentiment left throughout the Middle East by our methods. In contrast, what the current administration has accomplished here could prove lasting and worthy of global admiration. Bravo Obama!

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