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July 13, 2009

Contrast: Obama in Egypt vs. Obama in Ghana

The President demonstrated his bias in favor of oppressors, as long as they are the "right sort", again last week in Ghana. Ghana is not an Arab nation so the President had no problem slamming the African nations for corruption and abuse. Check out Anne Bayefsky in Forbes:

Speaking in Ghana on Saturday President Obama lectured Africans on local repression, corruption, brutality, good governance and accountability. The startling contrast to his June speech in Cairo was revealing. Stroking Muslim and Arab nations has become the hallmark of Obama's foreign policy.

In Egypt, he chose not to utter the words "terrorism" or "genocide." In Egypt, there was nothing "brutal" he could conjure up, no "corruption" and no "repression".

In Ghana, with a 70% Christian population, he mentioned "good governance" seven times and added direct calls upon his audience to "make change from the bottom up." He praised "people taking control of their destiny" and pressed "young people" to "hold your leaders accountable."

He made no such calls for action by the people of Arab states--despite the fact that not a single Arab country is "free," according to the latest Freedom House global survey.

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad the President is condemning corruption and repression. I just wish he'd actually say something about it where he allegedly has the most credibility of any recent President: the Arab world. I was incensed when he glossed over the repression and abuse of women and gays in his Cairo speech because if anyone is the right man for that job, Obama is.

But we see the same thing from him time and time again. He supports oppressors, abusers, and dictators. He refuses to call them out and instead blathers about working together. Then he condemns U.S. allies and shames our country's biggest supporters.

Read the whole thing, she really goes nuclear toward the end.

Thanks to Eddie C.


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