Video Of Obama's Speech To The Muslim World

Video Of Obama's Speech To The Muslim World


When has a President this early on in his first term made such an ambitious speech?

As I said before, I thought it was historic. Because finally an American president has said publicly (and forcefully) that Israel needs to modify their behavior too. That’s huge. And regardless of what the right wing will say, that’s the only way to peace. We all know it deep down, it’s just some of us are unwilling to admit it.

What did you think?

  • Drawnlines Blog

    The apology tour continues…

    Let me say this – I was no fan of Bush, BUT…

    As much damage as Bush did in 8 years, Carter did in just 4. Obama has done as much long-term, deep damage to our economy and our safety in just over 100 days.

    We are right to be fearful. What. A. Disaster!

  • the Word

    If you truly believe this I feel sorry for you. Even Pat Buchanan said it was a good speech. I know that not being arrogant jerks to the entire world is a dramatic change but we really got nowhere in the last eight years with that approach. Those policies failed miserably. Fair and balanced is seen (in reality) with Obama’s approach. It’s the only hope for any solution in that part of the world.

    Adults apologize when they have done something wrong. For many in this country, it is refreshing that we are taking an adult approach rather than the 2nd Grade mentality that is blind to anything ever going wrong that is our fault. What we did in Iraq was wrong. Torture is wrong. The whole world knows it so admitting the same just shows that we are honest not weak. It would be nice if Bush and Cheney would ask for forgiveness for all they did to this country and the world. At the least, I would like to see the people who voted for the disaster that was the last eight years step up to the plate.

  • wj

    It is also interesting that, when he was here last month, the Israeli Prime Minister got the same message on settlements from pretty much all of Congress, too. (And, apparently, was quite surprised.)

    Perhaps what is mostly happening is that what everybody with any sense has known for a long time (the settlements have to go) is now being said out loud. Even by really, really strong supporters of Israel. Even, in fact, by those Congressmen who support Israel on virtually every other point. But not, apparently, by DB here.

  • http://sidewaysmencken.blogspot michael reynolds

    Run for your lives! Ruuuuuun! Fear the Obama, fear him I tell you! We’re all gonna dieeee!

  • Tully

    But Michael, don’t you know that if the President is from the other side, then we MUST get hysterical about eveything he does? No matter what it is? Didn’t you learn anything from the Clinton/Bush years? 😉

  • Mike A

    “Obama has done as much long-term, deep damage to our economy and our safety in just over 100 days. We are right to be fearful. What. A. Disaster!”

    This over-the-top inflammatory rhetoric is soooo 2008!

  • Chris

    Wow drawnlines, your website rapes my eyes and befuddles my mind. And it’s not because of your blazing intelligence.

  • Josh

    Does anyone really think everything is going to be hunky-dory in Israel if they close the settlements? Honestly, the long term impact will be precisely zero. Do you really think the people that elected Hamas are going to give a rip if the Israelis abandon a few thousand homes? They’ll find something else to complain about and then we’ll be trying to figure out how to meet that demand (like the right of return? Israelis might as well pack their bags if they grant that request…). Unfortunately for the world, the only way peace in Israel will be achieved will be through complete isolation of Hamas controlled areas and overwhelming military strength. That’s the best I come up with after studying the modern history of Jerusalem for two quarters in college and following failure after failure in the peace process. There is only one side there that truly wants peace. The other wants genocide. I’ll leave you to infer who that is.

  • wj

    Josh, it’s not that anybody thinks that dealing with the settlements will magically solve the whole problem. Rather it is that we understand that until the settlements are addressed, the problem will not be solved. A necessary condition, although not a sufficient one. See?

  • the Word

    Perhaps the question should be. Divorcing yourself from whatever your background is, If you had lived the Palestinians history in the region, what would it take for you to want to take a step toward turning the corner. Both sides think they are right. It is further complicated by the religion in the mix. If it’s ever to end, people not only have to want it but also think it’s worth the risk to start. There is plenty of grey in the region as well as the black and white.

    Ending any fight or conflict requires at some point, a leap of faith. It can’t ever happen if both sides are not willing to think that it is possible. I can easily see how both sides think it is hopeless. I’d love to hope that somehow, some way it might have some possibility of success. I don’t think anyone thinks it will be easy.

  • Chris

    Josh you’re completely wrong, the only way to achieve peace is for the two peoples to come together and stop supporting the extremists on both sides.

  • rachel

    Chris–keeping that in mind, did you notice what groups panned Obama’s speech the most? 😀

  • Josh

    wj – Possibly you are right, but the problem is, the remaining conditions will forever be grossly unpalatable for the Israelis.

    the Word- How many agreements and concessions with Israel’s neighbors have helped at all? Remember Golan Heights anyone? What has stopped the most violence? When the borders are shut tight. Oh btw, how many times has Hamas “agreed” to stop firing missiles from the Gaza strip? I think they violated their last agreement before 10 minutes were up. The Word, Israelis have made many, many leaps of faith and they have been rewarded with dead civilians. At what point does a leap of faith become a leap of idiocy? BTW, I’m not Jewish, Israeli, Zionist or anything else. I’m just interested in the subject.

    Closing settlements is just one current grievance. The true problem for the Palestinians is that the Israelis are in their backyard at all. So unless someone proposes a way to mass convert the Palestinians, stop teaching false history in schools, and stop telling their children that suicidal attacks on civilians are praiseworthy, this problem isn’t going to get solved by mutual agreements, unfortunately.

    Chris – the extremists in Israel have very little support, so half of your equation is already solved.

  • Jonathan Browm

    Where is Obama and his ambitions standing now from the time he stated his insights and goals publicly?