Originally published at The Minority Report
The President of the United States, Barack Obama spoke to the BBC yesterday, in an taped interview. I find myself reminded of the quote most often ascribed to Abraham Lincoln that reads, "It is better to remain silent and thought the fool, than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt."
The president, in his BBC interview left little room for doubt.
Like so much of President Obama's rhetoric since he first took a fancy too the notion of becoming the most powerful man in the world, his words often bear little resemblance to his actions. Or, to be less tactful, the man tends to lie through his teeth.
Take, for instance, his claim that the United States is imposing its values on other nations. This has become a reoccurring theme of both President Obama and of the loony left for the last number of years. The Bush Administration has been accused by this current president of "imposing freedom" on the people of Iraq and throughout the Middle East.
Imposing freedom! We are imposing freedom on the people of Iraq, who were, no doubt, much happier as slaves of the tyrant Saddam Hussein and his two half-idiot sons. Much like the above mentioned Abraham Lincoln imposed freedom on all those happy slaves in the South, whose lives were thrown into turmoil by "The War of the Northern Aggression."
but then, as if to prove the idiocy of his own words, President Obama went on to tell the BBC correspondent that all people, throughout the world are entitled to certain basic human rights. These are rights entitled to them as universal principles. What are these universal principles?
"Democracy, rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of religion -- those are not simply principles of the West to be hoisted on these countries, but rather what I believe to be universal principles that they can embrace and affirm as part of their national identity."
Excuse me Mr President, but the citizens of the nations you will be visiting this week do not enjoy democracy, rule of law, freedom of speech or freedom of religion. In fact, unless you choose to take a side jaunt into Iraq or Afghanistan, you will find your haunts to be dominated by quasi-dictatorial monarchs, who rule their people with theocratic rigor, and basic suppression of free speech. And as for freedom of religion? Might I suggest you leave your King James Bible behind when you visit the Kingdom.
In fact, that imposition of democracy on the people of Iraq has been one of the left's loudest themes -- America imposing "our" form of government on a people who little want or understand democracy. Of course, if we really "were" imposing "our" form of government on the poor people of Iraq and Afghanistan, we would have force them into a bicameral legislature, and Chicago-style voter fraud, instead of witnessing all those purple fingers waving the blessings of liberty - despite voter intimidation that would have made a Chicago pol cringe.
In point of fact, those universal rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion are usually bought by the blood of patriots -- they might derive from God -- but tyrants recognize only force, and it has been military might that has guaranteed their free exercise thereof.
Another one of those nations that President Obama might wish to investigate for its democratic shortcomings is Iran, lead by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has expressed the desire to "wipe Israel off the face of the earth." While Iran has thus far merely trained thousands of terrorists in training camps, including suicide bombers who have killed American soldiers in Iraq, the real creme-de-la-creme would be to create nuclear weapons with which to dominate the world and bring about the Worldwide Caliphate. While that might sound overly ambitious to most Americans, it is not only the vision of Iranian leaders, it is forcefed to the Iranian people as gospel [so to speak].
And before anyone pooh-pooh such lofty dreams from a "tiny" country like Iran, might I remind people of what a "tiny" country Nazi Germany really was -- except in the ambitions of an egomaniac with delusions of grandeur, and a military imbued with "wonder-weapons."
Iran, of course, claims that their nuclear ambitions are merely for peaceful energy purposes. After all, Iran has very little energy to speak of, unless you count the billions of barrels of oil beneath the Iranian sands. A nuclear Iran is an anathema to world order and peace.
But the president believes Ahmadinejad when he speaks of peace. The president told the BBC "Without going into specifics, what I do believe is that Iran has legitimate energy concerns, legitimate aspirations. On the other hand, the international community has a very real interest in preventing a nuclear arms race in the region."
A nuclear arms race in the region? Of course, an arms race would only be possible if Iran is allowed to build nuclear power plants and to enrich uranium to weapons grade. Iran claims, of course, that nothing could be further from their minds -- while they brag about accumulating thousands of centrifuges to enrich uranium.
President Obama takes them at their word -- but purports to believe in the Reagan theory of "trust but verify."
"Although I don't want to put artificial time tables on that process, we do want to make sure that, by the end of this year, we've actually seen a serious process move forward. And I think that we can measure whether or not the Iranians are serious," he said.
No artificial time table when dealing with the Iranian threat, but a time definite for withdrawal from Iraq? A time definite to close Guantanamo, even though there is no exit strategy on the horizon?
"What we want to do is open a dialogue. You know, there are misapprehensions about the West, on the part of the Muslim world. And, obviously, there are some big misapprehensions about the Muslim world when it comes to those of us in the West."
Misapprehensions might be a misnomer. When Ahmadinejad sends terrorists into Iraq to kill American soldiers, pays terrorists to kill civilians in Israel, and threatens world peace with nuclear weapons, some people might feel that the West has a right to certain misapprehensions about Iran.
"Ultimately it is going to be actions and not words that determine the path to progress..."
And therein lies the problem, President Obama. Your actions belie your words, leaving us certain that you will say anything, to anyone, while persuing policies just the opposite of what you say.