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Obama Scores A Two (For Showing Up)

Obama bowed to Saudi Arabia's despotic king - another in a line of actions likely to invite aggression by America's enemies. His foreign policy will fail if it's all "soft" and no "power."

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asizk Author Profile Page:

Long live Jimmy Carter who exposed the true and ugly face of jewish APARTHIED in occupied Arab Palestine-that is why they hate him thou removed Egypt from the Arab confrotation with occupying racist entity.

THE shah was a jewish stooge,a corrupt despot and his curelty was beyond description and hopefully is rotting in hell along with his Savak-brutal secert service who murdered and tortured thousands upon thousands of patriotic Iranians.

asizk Author Profile Page:

Jerusalem, Palestine. (Presently occupied by illegal jewish immigrants for the past sixty years).

According to the jews, if Obama shows some courtesy to a frail old man-well over eighty-it is an insult to America!!!!!!!!

But when the whole US government permanently bows in servitude and bondage to AIAPC, jews and israel-it is just America just loving jews!!!!!!!

Am not fond at all of the saudi regime-but their friendship to America is and always has been an asset, big one as a matter fact-whereas US "friendship" with "israel" has, is and will always be a net strategic liability to America.

High time That the US should unload such liability for good-once and for all.

asizk Author Profile Page:

According to the jews, Obama showing some courtesy to a frail old man-well over eighty-is an insult to America!!!!!!!!

But when the whole US governmeny permanently bows in servitude and bondage to AIAPC, jews and israel-it is America just loving jews!!!!!!!

Am not fond at all of the saudis-but their friendship to America is an assetbig one indeed whereas US "friendship" has, is and will always be a net strategic liability to America.

High time That the US should unload such liability for good-once and for all.

mauriciott Author Profile Page:

How very stupid can mankind be to use this space to discuss a bow by the US president. Why not center on economic discussions? Was he successful? or military talks, or any of the other very important issues of his agenda. How little can people become when ruled by biass sectarism or racial or religious hatred. I think that this journalist and most of the commentators should be ashamed of their limited stature.

TTT-01 Author Profile Page:

cestlavie1 wrote:
REF:
1/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7995544.stm
"Obama brother refused entry to UK"
2/ http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/offbeat/2009/04/09/moos.bow.or.no.bow.cnn
"Bowing of a slave gesture" to make the USA nation looks bad in the world vision!

WHY THE USA ALLOWED THIS CRIMINAL SAMSON OBAMA TO ENTER USA? AND UK REFUSED HIM?

WHY THE AMERICAN VOTERS VOTED FOR THIS MAN TO ACT LIKE A SLAVE UNDER AN ARAB KING? INSTEAD OF ACTING AS A LEADER OF A POWERFUL NATION USA IN THE EYES OF BILLIONS OF WORLD CITIZENS? AND TAINTED THE IMAGE, AND PRIDE AND REPUTATION OF THE USA NATION WITH THE WORLD??????

WHY??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

PLEASE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND ALL VOTERS WHO VOTED FOR HIM TO ANSWER TO THE REST OF THE NATION AND THE WORLD!
4/13/2009 12:09:34 PM

Shiveh Author Profile Page:

I can bow very comfortably and with ease to someone that I know I can beat if it comes to it, but can never bow to someone who I think may be able to beat me. Maybe it is because of this mentality that Obama’s bow does not bother me too mush (although I preferred if he didn’t do it) or maybe the whole subject is absurd. In any case there are much more important things to gage Obama with than this silly gesture.

cestlavie1 Author Profile Page:

cestlavie1 wrote:
He FREELY CONDUCTED A "SERVILE GESTURE" TO AN ARAB KING" IN THE WORLD VISION AT:

Ref:
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/offbeat/2009/04/09/moos.bow.or.no.bow.cnn
"Bowing of a slave gesture" to make the USA nation looks bad in the world vision!
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THIS MAN BRINGS SHAME TO THE USA NATION!

THIS PERSON PROVEN HIMSELF AS A MISFITTED AND DISQUALIFIED LEADER OF THE USA NATION! THIS IS DUE TO HIS SLAVERY COMPLEX HAS DEEPENED IN HIS MIND AND SOUL! AND ACTING EXACTLY AS A PERFECT SLAVE FROM KENYA INSTEAD OF A LEADER OF A MOST POWERFUL NATION IN THE WORLD USA! THIS PROBLEM IS SO SEVERE THAT HE CANNOT BE ABLE TO REPRESENT THE USA NATION TO DO BUSINESSES WITH THE ENTIRE WORLD! THE WORLD LOOK AT THE USA AS A NATION WHICH IS LED BY A SLAVE FROM KENYA NO MORE AND NO LESS!
IN THIS REGARD, THIS MAN HAS TO BE REPLACED ASAP TO RESCUE THE NATIONAL IMAGE AND REPUTATION AND PRIDE IN THE EYES OF THE ENTIRE WORLD!
AND THIS IS THE MOST SERIOUS AND STUPID MISTAKE MADE BY A WORTHLESS MAN FOR ENTIRE AMERICANS AND USA NATION! i STRONLY REMIND TO ALL AMERICANS MUST THINK VERY VERY CAREFUL ABOUT THIS CONSEQUENCE!
THE AMERICANS INTENDED TO SEEK A POWERFUL NATIONAL LEADER AND ACTING EXACTLY AS A PROUD LEADER BUT NOT A SLAVE WHEN DEALING WITHE THE WORLD! THIS IS A ERRORNOUS CHOSEN MADE BY ALL AMERICAN VOTERS! DEMOCRATIC PARTY DESERVED THE MOST BLAME FOR THIS MINDLESS STUPIDITY! AND THE NATION CANNOT RELY ANYMORE ON THIS PARTY TO BRING NEXT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES TO THE NATION TO CHOOSE!
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cestlavie1 Author Profile Page:

cestlavie1 wrote:
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HERE IS THE OBAMA'S QUALIFICATIONS WITH A "GRADING TABLE" SUGGESTED TO ALL AMERICANS TO GRADE THIS OBAMA MAN YOU VOTED FOR LAST YEAR:
A: excellent
B: good
C: average
D: poor
F: unacceptable, failed

1/ National-Leader's Quality (N.L.Q) personality: F (suggested)
2/ N.L.Q's Intelligence: F- (suggested)
3/ N.L.Q's Visionary: F-- (suggested)
4/ N.L.Q's Experience: F--- (suggested)
5/ N.L.Q's Decision-making capability: F-- (suggested)
6/ N.L.Q's Physical appearance: C- (suggested)
7/ N.L.Q's Problem-solving capability: F---
8/ N.L.Q's Trustworthy, patriotism: D-
9/ N.L.Q's Organizing capability: F--
10/ N.L.Q's National Strategic Development Capability: F------
11/ N.L.Q's National Security Handling Capability: F--
12/ N.L.Q's Using commonsense to deal with others: C
13/ N.L.Q's of a Commander-In-Chief to deal with foes and wars: F------
OVERALL/Avg N.L.Q's: From (F- to F)

The remaining additives will be given to all of you to add on!

SHOULD THE NATION CONTINUE TO KEEP THIS MAN IN THE WHITEHOUSE? OR EVICT/IMPEACH HIM?????????????????????????
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azharo Author Profile Page:

And since when did the racist, apartheid terrorist regime of Israel ever respected any form of human rights? Another hypocritical statement by a zionist.

TTT-01 Author Profile Page:

THIS WORTHLESS MAN, HE CONDUCTED A "SERVILE GESTURE" TO AN ARAB KING" AT:

Ref:
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/offbeat/2009/04/09/moos.bow.or.no.bow.cnn
"Bowing of a slave gesture" to make the USA nation looks bad in the world vision!
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THIS MAN BRINGS SHAME TO THE USA NATION!
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azharo Author Profile Page:

I don't believe anyone should bow down to anybody, especially the despotic twats supported by the western powers in the ME. But I guess Mr Singer is ok when Obama bows don and kisses the arse of the apartheid, racist regime of Israel....You sir are a bloody hypocrite.....

cestlavie1 Author Profile Page:

cestlavie1 wrote:
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THE USA NATION IS THE LAND OF COUNTLESS GREATEST AND SMARTEST, WELL-TRAINED MEN THAT CAN BE CHOSEN TO BE A NATIONAL LEADER!
IT IS VERY STUPID WAY AS TO CHOOSE A WORTHLESS KENYAN TO LEAD THIS NATION! AND IT IS INDEED A GREATEST INSULT TO ALL SMART MEN OF THIS NATION TO BEAR EACH DAY!
IT IS DEFINITELY THE TIME TO FIND A NEW RIGHT MAN FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL POSITION TO KEEP THE NATION IN GOOD SHAPE! AND AVOIDING THE NATIONAL DESTINY AND FATE FALLING INTO THE WRONG HANDS OF THE WORTHLESS, MINDLESS, UNEXPERIENCED AND TROUBLESOME KENYAN!
IT IS THE TIME TO REPLACE THIS WORTHLESS MAN! IMPEACHING HIM IS A MUST TO REDUCE THE NATIONAL SHAME! FOR ALL AMERICANS TO BEAR EACH DAY!
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notunderstanding Author Profile Page:

I'm surprised by how many neocons read this paper! No wonder they're appalled when Obama doesn't take an offensive posture toward the king - but we didn't hear these complaints when Bush was strolling about, hand-in-hand with the same king. Then it was smart to have good relations with one of your major oil suppliers and a source of stability in the Arab world.

smthmort Author Profile Page:

Mr. Singer, I have a question. When did we become so arrogant as a nation that we cannot recognize idealogy different from ours? Obama's visit to Saudi Arabia was not one of aggression nor was it staged to demonstrate the myth that America's culture and beliefs are the only acceptable values on the planet. Bowing to the King does send a message, however. As a non-verbal gesture signaling our willingness to respect the cultural mores of Saudi Arabia, the act itself opens doors to diplomacy in the Middle East. How important is that? I can only comment based on personal experience in relationships - an argument does not become a war as long as both sides continue to argue.

Should Obama have slapped the King's face and spit on his shoes? Your views are shortsighted and obsolete. They are precisely those that have alienated America from the rest of the world. We have become the tyrants and imperialists we vowed to fight at all cost. Our image as a nation committed to peace and human dignity has been tarnished enough.

Your take on the bow is childish at best and just plain ignorant at worst.

TRACIETHEDOLPHIN Author Profile Page:

If they are not happy with Obama's performance in israel then he must have done a good job. I give him a ten just for that.

manishyt Author Profile Page:

Obama And The Islamic World
www.dailyexception.com

So, President Obama has made good on his promise to deliver a major address in a major Muslim capital. Ankara, Turkey is a good choice for the President. Turkey represents the secular future for the Islamic world. In Turkey, Islam is the religion of the people, not the law of the land. We applaud these sentiments. However, we also note that there is virtually no other Muslim country that either lives up to these ideals, or even publicly believes in them. The President is right to firmly declare that America is not at war with Islam. But he cannot shrink from confronting the Muslim World that it must offer the same type of secular society that minority Muslims demand in Western or other non-Islamic countries.
http://dailyexception.com/2009/04/06/obama-and-the-islamic-world/

cestlavie1 Author Profile Page:

I definitely believe that president Obama is nothing more than an ordinary man like anyone can be found in any corners of the USA!
People have overestimated this individual! He has proven himself as a person cannot create any significant and valuable strategies to turn the tides! when the world is full with problems that he seems to be a person can solve nothing !
he is not a person can make valuable decisions or come up with wonderful solutions to solve problems of the nation and the world!
And future will continue to show all Americans and will drive their expectations out of their hope!
Most of the time this USA nation ended up with irrelevant leaders to drive the nation into the situation like a water bubble floating on the ocean without knowing where will be the arrival!
This USA nation seems to run out of wisemen to lead the nation???? Democratic or Republican party all offer the nation with the "mental impontents"!

manishyt Author Profile Page:

Lots Of Love But No Money or Troops for Obama In Europe
www.dailyexception.com

If measured in atmospherics, President Obama is having an excellent trip. America is engaging with Europe again. For its part, the Europeans love the new President, and his glamorous wife. But measured in substance, Obama will return home empty handed. In London, he learnt that there is no more European money to stimulate the global economy. And in Baden Baden, he is learning that there are no more European troops to provide for our common defense in Afghanistan.
http://dailyexception.com/2009/04/03/lots-of-love-but-no-money-or-troops-for-obama-in-europe/

cestlavie1 Author Profile Page:

I never believe that Obama and his administration can do anything good to this USA nation more than to experiment all sorts of concepts that might never work in this chaotic and lawless world!
I don't believe that Obama can ring the bell due to:
1/ In N. Korea it is a 100% failure!
2/ In Iran "nuke breeding works" it is a 100% failure
3/ In Asia: Chinese has invaded all South East Asian Sea violently without stopping! it is 100% failure!
4/ In US economy, and unemployment it is a mess and 100% uneffective and failure is real!
5/ In national security: Chinese spies have rampaged countless important places such as Pentagon, National power-grid networks, and countless harmfull activities have been done to this nation by chinese spies and others! It is a 100% failure to national security!

and many many more to write down!
And I cannot believe his "Chances" can make any sense to anyone's logic mind!
How about you folks?

cestlavie1 Author Profile Page:

Obama and his buddies can only invent new concepts to experiment at the cost of all Americans lives!
Due to these folks are pure so-called "day-dreaming" inventors!

BlueSeas Author Profile Page:

Mr Singer said:
"So it is difficult for me to fathom how, as the representative and leader of the American people, he could bow to any king, much less a despotic one like King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. But that's exactly what he did."

I feel confused...
Don't the Jewish people and Christians also bowed and worshipped to earthly kings as God?
For example, King Solomon, Jesus in the Bible.

Personally, not a Muslim, but is Mr Singer saying this is permissible in Bible but not anywhere else?

I would love to hear back from you.

Thanks!

yeolds Author Profile Page:

Mormaer :
When you want something you act in the way of your host. It is obvious that the USA, as represented by the President, wants two things form Suadi Arabia:

1., low oil prices [even if such is destructive for the future],
2., help to finance the ungodly federal deficit and the banking sector.

Thus, Mr. Obama had no chice, but to act as a medicant to the Manon

admt Author Profile Page:

Don't know Saul Singer, but viewed from Canada, Obama is appearing more and more weak, not soft. Without his telepromter, he can only answer questions in a superficial manner - how many journalists are mentioning this. Let's face it. His PR team is giving him good speeches, but the more he goes public on various issues, the more it is obvious that he has not experience whatsoever in producing change. The One Superficial.

rmorris391 Author Profile Page:

From my little corner of the world, the U.S. handling of Iran, in particular, is fruitless. And of course, Israel has no more success in finding peace with its Islamic neighbors. Applying more "power" to the failed relationship is not likely to produce a better relationship. Imagine you are married to someone who is "difficult" to live with. Applying "power" to such a misunderstood marriage will not fix the relationship. Mr. Singer, you need to watch Dr. Phil, and perhaps, Oprah, to learn something about healing a failed relationship.

BTW it does no good to compare Obama to Carter. Carter was president some 30 years ago. The world has changed a bit in those 30 years, no? Israel has taken over more disputed territory; and the U.S. has lost its war in Iraq.

TomMiller1 Author Profile Page:

Fortunately, people are more complex in the real world as opposed to Mr. Saul's world and President Obama seems to understand that fact. It may please the home crowd when local politicians masquerading as statesmen choose the fist over the handshake as initial communication but it does little else.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I believe that the world and the U.S. are better for showing a willingness to listen and discuss before bringing out the weaponry. And I also believe that if the need arises Obama will not hesitate to respond to those who refuse the open hand.

Time will tell.

Mormaer Author Profile Page:

John Adams was ambassador in 1785 prior to the Constitutional congress and not as a President and and Commander in Chief. Comparisons to a ambassador before nationhood is stretching it. President Bush, of whom I was not a supporter, stooped forward to receive a medal. He did not bow in any manner nor do sports medals honorees and Medal of Honor recipients. Those who are much shorter than the presenter do not have to stoop forward to avoid being hit in the head but everyone else does.

whistling Author Profile Page:


If this were the Jerusalem Post, or whatever else the barbaric Israelis read, it'd be one thing.

Saul Singer mouthing off on Affairs American is quite another. Does he know what rage his stuff would create, if anyone read it?

That the savages still scream for the bombing of Iran is one thing. Americans will never give the pass code to fly over Iraq--ubnless some stinking neocon traitor passes it) That they demean the president in his international effort is another.

The Amrican people are sick of Israel, polls show clearly. And are on the cusp of projecting that onto Wall Street and then all over.

Saul Singer is one of the increasingly shrill and screaming protestors who don't have enough sense to shut up. Never learn.

Citizenofthepost-Americanworld Author Profile Page:

So, says the panelist, "... the Obama's obsequious new year's wishes to the "Islamic Republic of Iran" and not just to the Iranian people, is likely to invite aggression by America's enemies"?

That reminds me of the ultra-fanatics I cross twice a day, on my way to work and back...: every time, day after day, year in year out, not a glance, not a word, simply disregarding everyone.

ttj1 Author Profile Page:

None of this really matters. Obama has said he is an internationalist. That means he represents first and foremost "international interests" (whatever those might be) and not the interests of American voters. He is here basically to try to neutralize American strength. So be it. Nothing he does is linked to the strength of the U.S. You are deluded if you think he represents "your man in the White House." Consider this period more of an interregnum.

AlchemyToday Author Profile Page:

John Adams curtsied three times following the established protocol as he had his first audience with King George III as the new American ambassador. Surely we are better allies with Saudi Arabia now than we were with Great Britain at the time. Furthermore, Bush bowed to King Abdullah, accepted an award from him, and, more importantly, provided billions in advanced armaments. Adams showed that formalities are unimportant, but if they advance your interests, why not?

Mormaer Author Profile Page:

My score is a 1. A US president bowing to a hereditary monarch much less a tyrant is unfathomable. A commander in chief bows when defeated or expressing subservience. Our armed forces are neither. President Obama doing so is a gross insult to them both past and present. What was he thinking?

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