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Obama Rewards Turkey’s Attack On Freedom

From a shameless Reuters:

NATO agrees new chief at protest-marred summit

By Crispian Balmer and Sophie Hardach Crispian Balmer And Sophie Hardach

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) – NATO named Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen as its next leader on Saturday, averting a damaging split with Turkey at a summit celebrating the 60th anniversary of the military alliance…

U.S. President Barack Obama, greeted by cheering crowds on his first trip to Europe, had come seeking European support for a new strategy in the war in Afghanistan. He hailed his allies’ support even though, as expected, did not win any long-term troop commitments for the war against Taliban militants.

"The United States came here to listen, to learn and to lead, because all of us have a responsibility to do our part," Obama told reporters at the end of the two-day summit.

"America cannot meet our global challenges alone. Nor can Europe meet them without America."

Obama also played a role in brokering the deal with Turkey.

Ankara had opposed Rasmussen’s candidacy because of his handling of a 2006 crisis over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a Danish newspaper.

Rasmussen had defended the publication of the cartoons at the time on the grounds of free speech and refused to apologize to Muslim countries.

To convince Ankara to drop its objections to Rasmussen, Turkey said Obama had given it "guarantees" that one of the new NATO chief’s deputies would be a Turk and that Turkish commanders would be present at the alliance’s command.

Turkish sources said Obama met Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Rasmussen on Saturday morning to try to seal a deal and avert a damaging row that would have dashed NATO’s hopes of making the summit a show of unity…

What an all too typical exercise in ‘newspeak’ from Reuters. And we are not talking about that incomprehensible headline.

For instance:

[Mr. Obama] hailed his allies’ support even though, as expected, did not win any long-term troop commitments for the war against Taliban militants.

1) Mr. Obama did not get any appreciable support from “his allies.” Rather, he got just the opposite.

And 2), no, this was not expected. It was expected that our NATO ‘allies’ would do more against the Taliban terrorists, just as they have long promised to.

Yet an unabashed Reuters goes on to ‘report’:

Turkish sources said Obama met Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Rasmussen on Saturday morning to try to seal a deal and avert a damaging row that would have dashed NATO’s hopes of making the summit a show of unity.

Show is certainly the word for it. For there was no unity on the only issue that mattered, more support for the US in the war in Afghanistan and the war on terror (or whatever Obama is calling it this week) in general.

But surely the best part is Mr. Obama ‘brokered the deal with Turkey.’ (Who are lucky to be in NATO after how they have repeatedly shafted us throughout the war in Iraq.)

Yes, by all means reward the Islamic fanatics of the current Turkish regime with high-ranking positions and honors in NATO that Turkey has not earned nor deserved.

And, at the same time, encourage Turkey to do more to further erode freedom speech and the freedom of religion around the world.

Way to go, Mr. Obama!

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, April 4th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Obama Rewards Turkey’s Attack On Freedom”

  1. Confucius says:

    I got around to reading Xinhua’s coverage of the G-20 summit.

    –Not one sentence mentioning Obama brokering a deal between Sarkozy and Jintao.
    –Not one sentence even mentioning a rift between Sarkozy and Jintao.

    Xinhua’s coverage was mostly on how masterful Jintao was in getting everything he wanted.

    Just like the U.S. covering Obama.

  2. proreason says:

    “He hailed his allies’ support even though, as expected, did not win any long-term troop commitments for the war against Taliban militants.”

    Angelina, dear sweet Angelina…..thank you so much for your love and devotion. Knowing how great your love is makes it easy to forgive you for never answering my emails.

  3. caligirl9 says:

    Nice posture in that pix.

  4. canary says:

    KOREA LIFT OFF!

    Obama is a long time fan of Turkey. The news headlines have been so unbelievable with big misleading headlines making Obama look like he’s saving the world. Those new commercials are paying off the media. They are paying off YouTube too. The muslim extremists growth in violent protesting are disappearing off You-Tube. Increased voilence on the borders since his borders.

    Obama elected, And now Korea follows through on threats. Fox says it’s possible it could hit Alaska. In the one area Bush suceeded, Obama is failing; dangerously failing., failing.

    Since Obama won’t back up his prior warning, it’s an opportunity for Obama and Gore, to really spin global warming and blame earthquakes on N. Korea, instead of saying it’s the U.S. fault. :)

  5. joeblough says:

    Obama’s a joke.

    Trouble is, the joke’s on us.

    • JohnMG says:

      I didn’t know it was possible to spell idiot without a single ‘i’, ‘d’, or ‘t’. But it can’t be done without an ‘O’!

      I’m sure there’s a message in there somewhere.

  6. artboyusa says:

    President Barbarella’s in Prague this morning (carried live on the BBC, natch), sharing his vision of a world without nuclear weapons. Guess he forget to tell Kim Jong Il about that vision, huh?

    • canary says:

      How come Obama didn’t tell Korea they had a suicide bomb pack strapped around them with their finger on the button, and that he’d have his pitchford ready. Obama’s just another Jimmy Carter peanut farmer.


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