In what can only be described as an unthinkable foreign policy - craven and seditious - every American best steel themselves for Hussein's surrender to Islam tour. I cannot begin to imagine the unimaginable horror this man will cause the world. Evil always lurks. it is necessary that it be defeated. Period. The world is in a free fall as our President has abdicated our role as a force for good.
Obama was crowned in January, and the first thing he did was go on Al Arabiya television and apologize to the Muslim world. A month ago, Obama went to Europe, and in a shameful display of anti-Americanism, apologized for American exceptionalism, apologized for America saving the world. That's what we did and that is what we do. No more.
Today the whole of Israel is conducting drills to bomb shelters in the event that Obama's foreign policy is "successful". Air raid sirens sounded across the country at 11 a.m. on Tuesday as part of a week-long, country-wide war drill dubbed "Turning Point Three." America ought to be conducting similar drills. Instead, the DHS is wringing its hands, strategizing against an army of .... abortion doc killers? Any mention of an army of jihadis is bordering on criminal - despite yesterday's attack and murder of soldiers at at Arkansas recruiting center. This received little coverage. Instead we suffer wall to wall coverage of the abortion doc murder at the hands of a very mentally ill man. Because that is the raw meat the left needs to demonize everyone who doesn't toe the communist party line.
And so, here we are. Bankrupt, funding and training the jihad, apologizing to the unforgiving, barbaric Muslim world and waiting for the ...............mahdi.
Mr. Obama is expected to reprise his earlier regrets and amends, but with new ruffles and flourishes on his famous teleprompter. He gave the first television interview of his presidency to Al Arabiya, sounding properly chastened by regrets for whatever America had done to offend Muslims. He sent a special greeting to Iranians on their new year, and the last time he went abroad he repeated the obvious, telling the Turkish National Assembly that America never had been at war with Islam and never would be. Mr. Obama's remarks echoed the assurance by George W. Bush, given while rescuers were still pulling bodies out of the smoking rubble of the World Trade Center, that Islam is "a religion of peace." It's scary to imagine what else Mr. Obama might say to make Muslims feel good.
"He will face a nation hardened in its negative view of the United States and its role in the region, and unconvinced that this or any other American president can or will change policy," says James J. Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute. He cites a poll by his brother, John Zogby, that 75 percent of the Egyptians think Mr. Obama isn't a very good president. But why would they? The Egyptians have been feeding for years on propaganda that children here wouldn't swallow. The Egyptians can't get enough of grim fairy tales.
The more the Cairo media peddles the tales, the more voracious the appetite. A decade ago Cairenes rioted over a rumor that Christians were spray-painting crosses in invisible ink on the dresses of young women. Egyptians were told that if you hold a bottle of Coca-Cola to a mirror the iconic Coke script would reveal the threat, printed backwards, "No Muhammad, No Mecca." The grand mufti of Egypt finally issued an official opinion that the Coca-Cola icon was designed in Atlanta "in the state of Georgia" more than a century earlier in English, not Arabic. He could have added that soda pop originated in a sweeter time when few Americans had even heard of either Muhammad or Mecca.
Owners of Cairo taxicabs had to begin refitting their cabs when a rumor erupted that seat belts manufactured in Israel contained an embedded chemical to render Arab men sterile. James F.X. O'Gara, writing in the Weekly Standard, notes that not even the exploding Egyptian birth rate could calm the hysteria. Egypt has so far not counted its first case of swine flu - that's the swine flu we're not supposed to call swine flu - but the government nevertheless ordered the slaughter of 350,000 pigs. (Thus neither barbecue nor burgoo for the visiting president.)
The president's speech at Cairo University will be dissected throughout the Islamic world, carefully measured to see whether he "walks the walk and not just the talk," in the words of Marina Mahathir, a "community organizer" in Malaysia, where her father was once the prime minister. The president could actually do several things to make the Muslims like us. In addition to converting to Islam, the Americans could get out of Iraq and Afghanistan, ease sanctions on Iran, abandon Israel, and prevent the imposition of Western values - e.g., democracy, freedom of speech and worship - and knock off embarrassing Western demands that Muslims quit beating up women. A tall order, but not so tall for a messiah.
• Wesley Pruden is editor emeritus of The Washington Times.
Photo: Children taking cover in a Jerusalem school during Tuesday's drill (Jerusalem Post)
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UPDATE: What Obama should say in Cairo
UPDATE: Steve Carol advises us:
If you follow President Obama’s speech in Cairo, it is essential for you to obtain an English translation of what was said in Arabic (translating his words from English). Such sites as MEMRI, and HONEST REPORTING will have this translation by Friday or so. Remember, the West has been fooled often enough by Arab/Muslim leaders saying one thing to the West in English/French/German etc. and quite something else in Arabic to their own people. Recall, Yasir Arafat’s call (immediately after signing the Oslo “peace” Accords) urging his people to “Jihad, jihad, jihad, jihad” to eliminate Israel.