Saturday, October 27, 2012

With Friends Like These

When Barack Obama first ascended to the Presidency, his American supporters exulted: now that the hated Dubya Bush was out of the picture, the world would finally “like” us again! It’s as if they were all in junior high school and considered the United States a Facebook page, and nothing was more important than having the whole world click our “Like” button. Now that the end of Obama’s tenure approaches, it is abundantly clear exactly which world leaders “like” him and why they want him to have a second term.

After four years of apologizing for American arrogance, alternately either bowing to or embracing Islamic fundamentalists, insulting our oldest and closest allies like England and Israel, and driving other allies out of power altogether, Obama has indeed won over a certain sector of the world – the sector comprised of the most America-hating dictators on the planet. And they “like” Obama because he has diminished, if not crippled, American economic and military might, and because his goal conforms with theirs – to move us into a post-American world in which we are no longer the lead actor on the world stage. In short, he has alienated our allies and embraced our enemies.

Case in point: Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez, who at the end of September publicly announced his support for our Saboteur-in-Chief’s reelection bid. “If I were American, I'd vote for Obama,” Chavez said in a television interview. Of course he would – Chavez is a power-mad socialist. He’s certainly not going to get behind capitalist Romney and his Ayn Rand-inspired running mate Paul Ryan. The America-bashing, Hezbollah-supporting thug also pronounced Obama to be “a good guy” and speculated correctly that if Obama were Venezuelan, “I think... he'd vote for Chavez.”

Another example: Mariela Castro, the government-official daughter of Cuban dictator Raul Castro, son of the brutal Fidel, proclaimed in June her support for Obama during a visit to the U.S. “I believe that Obama is a fair man… As a citizen of the world, I would like him to win,” she said in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. She didn’t explain what a citizen of the world is, but it sounds like a typical Obama supporter’s grandiose fantasy. “Given the choices, I prefer Obama,” because he might be inclined to lift the trade embargo against the oppressive Castro regime.

She felt that Obama has been hampered in his efforts to effect change. “He wants to do much more than what he's been able to do,” she said. Oh, there’s no question about that. But given a second term, Obama will certainly pull out all the stops to implement his radical agenda as thoroughly as possible.

“I believe that Obama needs another opportunity and he needs greater support to move forward with his projects and with his ideas, which I believe come from the bottom of his heart,” said. Actually, his projects and ideas come more from a lifelong indoctrination by radical ideologues like Marx, Alinsky, Muhammad, Bill Ayers, and Rev. Wright.

Then there is Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who has eliminated most elections in his country, monopolized all major media and destroyed the political party system. Now the dictator has extended
his endorsement, pointing out that Obama is “a genuine person” who “really wants to change much for the better.”

Speaking to Russia's state-run RT television channel, he said a second Obama term could help solve disputes over missile defense, whereas Mitt Romney has said that Russia was America's “number one geopolitical foe.” Putin said such talk was merely “mistaken” election rhetoric. He warned that a Romney victory could complicate efforts to resolve Russia's opposition to a missile defense shield. “Our American partners tell us, 'It's not [aimed] against you.' But what if the president of the United States will be Mr. Romney, who considers us enemy No. 1?”

It was only a few months earlier that Obama was caught on camera reassuring Putin’s predecessor Dmitry Medvedev that he would “have more flexibility” to deal with such contentious issues after he wins his last election. “I will transmit this information to Vladimir,” said Putin's number two.

Then of course, there is the United Nations. Its Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, Ben Emmerson, has warned Americans not to elect Mitt Romney president; doing so would be “a democratic mandate for torture,” because Romney has refused to rule out the use of waterboarding in enhanced interrogations of terrorism detainees, a practice Obama ended (which didn’t stop him from taking advantage of the technique’s success, under Bush, in obtaining information that ultimately enabled Obama to claim his lone foreign policy achievement – the elimination of Osama bin Laden).

“The reintroduction of torture under a Romney administration would significantly increase the threat levels to [Americans] at home and abroad," Emmerson said. “Such a policy, if adopted, would expose the American people to risks the Obama administration is not currently exposing them to.” So the UN supports Obama because Romney is less likely to appease international bullies. No wonder that organization has been so ineffective for decades.

Although the Muslim Brotherhood has not issued an official public statement of support for one candidate or the other, Obama has made his support for Islam and the Brotherhood crystal clear from day one of his presidency, so it’s difficult to imagine that that support will not be reciprocated.

As my screenwriter friend Robert Avrech points out on his Seraphic Secret blog, Iranian madman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also has weighed in on the election, issuing a warning that Romney might steal the election through voting machines that "manufacture election outcomes.” Ahmadinejad also claimed that polls favoring Romney or even showing him neck-and-neck with Obama are fraudulent, and predicts black Americans will riot if Obama loses.

When some of the world’s worst current dictators openly get behind your campaign, it should be a very clear red flag for American voters about your character and your policies. With friends like these, America doesn’t need any more enemies – certainly not in the White House itself.

(This article originally appeared here on FrontPage Mag, 10/25/12)