Obama to Renew Muslim Outreach, Right Wing Blogs Freak Out

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It’s one phony outrage after another for the right wing blogosphere; today they’re all lathered up into a fine frothy rage because President Obama is going to renew Muslim outreach.

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama is preparing a fresh outreach to the Muslim world in coming days, senior U.S. officials say, one that will ask those in the Middle East and beyond to reject Islamic militancy in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death and embrace a new era of relations with the U.S.

Mr. Obama is preparing to deliver that message in a wide-ranging speech, perhaps as early as next week, these officials say. The president intends to argue that bin Laden’s death, paired with popular uprisings sweeping North Africa and the Middle East, signal that the time has come to an end when al Qaeda could claim to speak for Muslim aspirations.

This is anathema to the right, who are stuck in a fantasy war with the entire religion of Islam. You have to ask: if they’re so opposed to diplomacy with the Muslim world, what’s their alternative? Right wing bloggers are so bigoted and deranged over this issue, the only solution they can possibly embrace is violence and war.

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1 iceweasel  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:32:23am
Right wing bloggers are so bigoted and deranged over this issue, the only solution they can possibly embrace is violence and war.

That's exactly what they long for. That, and lots of war porn. See Pam Geller's obsession with violent imagery, for one.

2 windsagio  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:34:23am

Oh how I miss the days when the only important thing in the world was "The war on Radical Islam!" (tm)

3 albusteve  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:34:31am

the raw power of the GOP....
to create entire mountain ranges from a single, small molehill

4 unwashed masses  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:35:56am

Only civilized people are capable of understanding diplomacy.

5 windsagio  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:36:13am

re: #3 albusteve

the raw power of the GOP...
to create entire mountain ranges from a single, small molehill

It takes faith to move (or make) a mountain!

6 Kid A  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:36:15am

Good grief, the fail. It hurts.

7 Killgore Trout  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:36:17am

I do hope he doesn't include CAIR in his outreach program.

8 RanchTooth  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:36:22am

re: #1 iceweasel

That's exactly what they long for. That, and lots of war porn. See Pam Geller's obsession with violent imagery, for one.

OH! That's why they wanna see the OBL photos!

9 windsagio  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:36:31am

re: #4 unwashed masses

updinged assuming you're being sarcastic :D

10 Big Steve  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:36:43am

Whew.....and I thought that the outrageous outrage of the right for the day we would have to discuss would be inviting some rapper to the White House.

11 Locker  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:37:02am

How will our military contractors feed their little bitty children so they can grow up to be big and strong and have little bitty children of their own if we don't go to war with the entire Muslim world?

12 windsagio  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:37:42am

re: #11 Locker

More importantly, how will they afford those expensive private schools?

13 jamesfirecat  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:38:02am

"if they’re so opposed to diplomacy with the Muslim world, what’s their alternative?"

///Nuke them from orbit, its the only way to be sure.

14 windsagio  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:38:25am

re: #13 jamesfirecat

Conversion by force!

15 zora  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:39:02am

re: #7 Killgore Trout

I do hope he doesn't include CAIR in his outreach program.

do you believe that they are already beyond reach?

16 iceweasel  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:39:55am

re: #8 RanchTooth

OH! That's why they wanna see the OBL photos!

Damn straight.

17 Iwouldprefernotto  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:40:21am

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18 albusteve  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:41:22am

while BO outreaches with his words, he also continues to outreach with his drones...what's the problem, do we need to drone Mecca?

19 Stanghazi  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:41:45am

re: #10 Big Steve

Whew...and I thought that the outrageous outrage of the right for the day we would have to discuss would be inviting some rapper to the White House.

Same gist, all run by Fox News.

Otherism in one form or another.

20 Bulworth  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:42:09am
what’s their alternative?

A Republican president. Anything this president does is anathema to the reichwing.

21 Killgore Trout  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:45:06am

re: #15 zora

do you believe that they are already beyond reach?

I think so. They have been very dishonest in the past about their involvement with Hamas and the Brotherhood. I think about a half dozen CAIR employees have been convicted of terrorism charges. They are more part of the problem than a potential part of the solution.

22 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:46:31am

re: #1 iceweasel

That's exactly what they long for. That, and lots of war porn. See Pam Geller's obsession with violent imagery, for one.

They imagine a world at war, one in which their cause is considered so just and self-evident that no one dare challenge it, in which every continent is the scene of great battles, and they look REALLY good on the recruiting posters.

In other worlds, they want a sort of futuristic version of WWII, except I'm not totally sure they're the side they think they are...and also, they want no rationing, no personal inconvenience, and they sure as shit won't be sending their own sons to do the heavy lifting.

23 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:47:22am
"if they’re so opposed to diplomacy with the Muslim world, what’s their alternative?"

to hear my father talk the solution is nuking the entire area and hunting down any that get away. And I only wish he were kidding.

24 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:47:38am

re: #14 windsagio

Conversion by force!

There's a still very marginal, but increasing, drumbeat for that. Scares the shit out of me.

25 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:48:15am

re: #20 Bulworth

A Republican president. Anything this president does is anathema to the reichwing.

Please, that word makes me nervous. It was once applied to me on my blog, and I've never quite recovered.

26 wrenchwench  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:50:49am

re: #9 windsagio

updinged assuming you're being sarcastic :D

That's a large assumption in this case.

27 Jeff In Ohio  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:51:15am

WHY DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND HE IS ONLY REACHING OUT NOW BECAUSE HE KILLED THIER LEADER!! OBAMA IS ONLY SOLIDIFYING HIS GRIP ON WORLD DOMINATION!!!

28 theheat  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:52:10am

re: #1 iceweasel

That's exactly what they long for. That, and lots of war and gay porn. See Pam Geller's obsession with violent imagery, for one.

FTFY. Don't forget how they selfishly torture themselves in the name of research of all the nasty and intriguing things homos be doing.

29 brennant  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:52:20am

re: #27 Jeff In Ohio

CAPS LOCK!

30 Jeff In Ohio  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:53:44am

re: #29 brennant

PINKY ON SHIFT KEY!

31 RogueOne  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:56:28am

re: #27 Jeff In Ohio

WHY DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND HE IS ONLY REACHING OUT NOW BECAUSE HE KILLED THIER LEADER!! OBAMA IS ONLY SOLIDIFYING HIS GRIP ON WORLD DOMINATION!!!

He's trying to smooth things out before the family reunion.////

32 iceweasel  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:56:45am

re: #22 SanFranciscoZionist

Yup.

The paranoid spokesman sees the fate of conspiracy in apocalyptic terms—he traffics in the birth and death of whole worlds, whole political orders, whole systems of human values. He is always manning the barricades of civilization. He constantly lives at a turning point. Like religious millenialists he expresses the anxiety of those who are living through the last days and he is sometimes disposed to set a date fort the apocalypse. (“Time is running out,” said Welch in 1951. “Evidence is piling up on many sides and from many sources that October 1952 is the fatal month when Stalin will attack.”)

As a member of the avant-garde who is capable of perceiving the conspiracy before it is fully obvious to an as yet unaroused public, the paranoid is a militant leader. He does not see social conflict as something to be mediated and compromised, in the manner of the working politician. Since what is at stake is always a conflict between absolute good and absolute evil, what is necessary is not compromise but the will to fight things out to a finish. Since the enemy is thought of as being totally evil and totally unappeasable, he must be totally eliminated—if not from the world, at least from the theatre of operations to which the paranoid directs his attention. This demand for total triumph leads to the formulation of hopelessly unrealistic goals, and since these goals are not even remotely attainable, failure constantly heightens the paranoid’s sense of frustration. Even partial success leaves him with the same feeling of powerlessness with which he began, and this in turn only strengthens his awareness of the vast and terrifying quality of the enemy he opposes.

Paranoid Style in American Politics

33 Stanghazi  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:57:23am

re: #32 iceweasel

So damn depressing.

34 abbyadams  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:57:56am

Meh, we don't need outreach. America's cool with Muslims.

Oh, Wait...

35 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:57:59am

re: #27 Jeff In Ohio

WHY DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND HE IS ONLY REACHING OUT NOW BECAUSE HE KILLED THIER LEADER!! OBAMA IS ONLY SOLIDIFYING HIS GRIP ON WORLD DOMINATION!!!

He killed jihadi leader. Now he will BECOME the jihadi leader!!!!

(Imagining Obama in a Mad Max outfit.)

36 RogueOne  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:58:12am

re: #32 iceweasel

Yup.

Paranoid Style in American Politics

I read an update on that piece a few years ago but I'll be damned if I remember where.

37 HappyWarrior  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:58:46am

What do they expect him to do really? Of course, these are the same people who want to rewrite history to make the Crusades noble.

38 thatthatisis  Wed, May 11, 2011 10:59:47am

Is this really because Obama wants to reach out to the Muslim world? Or is it that it's Obama doing the reaching?

We didn't see anything near this level of hatred when Bush was president.

39 windsagio  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:00:24am

re: #26 wrenchwench

re: #38 thatthatisis

Is this really because Obama wants to reach out to the Muslim world? Or is it that it's Obama doing the reaching?

We didn't see anything near this level of hatred when Bush was president.

You say that, and you ask for trouble.

Image: img20110121135935.jpg

40 windsagio  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:00:41am

re: #39 windsagio

oops remove that re#26, it was there in error!

41 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:01:21am

If Curious Lurker don't make you want to make some Muslims friends, well...

(I think she's swell)

42 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:01:38am

re: #38 thatthatisis

I have a feeling, at this stage, if it were a republican they'd face the same shit storm ala bush and comprehensive immigration reform.

43 HappyWarrior  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:01:56am

re: #38 thatthatisis

Is this really because Obama wants to reach out to the Muslim world? Or is it that it's Obama doing the reaching?

We didn't see anything near this level of hatred when Bush was president.

I think it's because of who's doing the asking. Can you imagine if Obama had a high ranking Muslim in his diplomatic corps? Bush's ambassador to the UN following Bolton was an Afghan born Muslim.

44 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:02:02am

re: #38 thatthatisis

Is this really because Obama wants to reach out to the Muslim world? Or is it that it's Obama doing the reaching?

We didn't see anything near this level of hatred when Bush was president.

Combo, I think. The craziness has gotten worse on a number of levels. Bush was hard for them to attack while he was in office, for a number of reasons, but I suspect that any Republican caught acting like Bush NOW would be under attack.

45 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:02:21am

re: #39 windsagio

That sign, it appears, is getting more effective as time goes on.

46 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:03:32am

re: #43 HappyWarrior

I think it's because of who's doing the asking. Can you imagine if Obama had a high ranking Muslim in his diplomatic corps? Bush's ambassador to the UN following Bolton was an Afghan born Muslim.

But, see, it didn't work, because there are still jihadis, so now we have to go to plan B. Which, I believe was 'nuke from orbit'.

//

47 windsagio  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:03:40am

re: #44 SanFranciscoZionist

Combo, I think. The craziness has gotten worse on a number of levels. Bush was hard for them to attack while he was in office, for a number of reasons, but I suspect that any Republican caught acting like Bush NOW would be under attack.

Times a million. As they lose on all these cultural fronts, they get more and more extreme.


re: #45 Fat Bastard Vegetarian


I love that image with a passion, and it is my intention to run it into the ground!! (Took it myself :D)

48 RogueOne  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:04:48am

Have to finish my work. Enjoy the day folks.

49 theheat  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:05:16am

Sorta on topic, I spoke to gentleman in the great state of Texas this morning about a national legal scandal I can't really be very public about. Suffice to say, I'm sort of a witness, and this case is coming to head.

Anyway, we were talking about the violent tendencies of the defendants, which I experienced first hand, and is just another reason I like to keep my Ithaca model 37 handy even more than my Romeos.

"You have a shotgun, and you're from Washington?!" he asked incredulously.

"Yeah, so..."

"Gee, I didn't know 'you people up there' had guns. I mean in Texas it's one thing, but..."

"Yeah, up here we go hunting - with shotguns - in our Birkenstocks. You didn't know that?"

Back on topic, the GOP and wingnuts would like to believe if you're not a freakin' stormtrooper ready to lay waste any time the mood strikes you, or you find someone annoying, you're a gutless liberal worm. Diplomacy is for pussies. Trying to reshape issues is for pussies. Intelligent targeting is for pussies. Anything less than a scatter pattern of state of the art munitions is for pussies.

It gets old.

50 martinsmithy  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:05:45am
Right wing bloggers are so bigoted and deranged over this issue, the only solution they can possibly embrace is violence and war.

They have become the mirror image of the violent Islamists.

51 HappyWarrior  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:06:00am

I think SFZ is right though that presently a guy like Bush couldn't do what he did because of the mindsets that have emerged but you obviously wouldn't hear anyone saying he's a sekrit Muslim. Well, maybe, I am guilty of underestimating nuttery.

52 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:07:10am

re: #47 windsagio

Heh.

53 windsagio  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:07:45am

re: #52 Fat Bastard Vegetarian

lol that's pretty damn great :D

54 windsagio  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:12:13am
55 wrenchwench  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:20:46am

What will Obama say to or about Bahrain? To ignore the situation would undermine his credibility. The situation as it is undermines that of the US. And maybe our security too.

56 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:22:58am

re: #49 theheat

Sorta on topic, I spoke to gentleman in the great state of Texas this morning about a national legal scandal I can't really be very public about. Suffice to say, I'm sort of a witness, and this case is coming to head.

Anyway, we were talking about the violent tendencies of the defendants, which I experienced first hand, and is just another reason I like to keep my Ithaca model 37 handy even more than my Romeos.

"You have a shotgun, and you're from Washington?!" he asked incredulously.

"Yeah, so..."

"Gee, I didn't know 'you people up there' had guns. I mean in Texas it's one thing, but..."

"Yeah, up here we go hunting - with shotguns - in our Birkenstocks. You didn't know that?"

Back on topic, the GOP and wingnuts would like to believe if you're not a freakin' stormtrooper ready to lay waste any time the mood strikes you, or you find someone annoying, you're a gutless liberal worm. Diplomacy is for pussies. Trying to reshape issues is for pussies. Intelligent targeting is for pussies. Anything less than a scatter pattern of state of the art munitions is for pussies.

It gets old.

There are indeed folks out there who appear to believe that no one who votes blue owns guns, hunts, works for a living, or in any other way resembles them. I've met a few.

And yeah, the wingnuts despise diplomacy in all forms, which is why poor ol' Neville Chamberlain remains their go-to example of a man who didn't embrace all-out war. There is no nuance, there is no chance of working anything out. This is war, this is the clash of cultures, and either we win, or they do. Not saying all the bad things you think about Muslims loudly is appeasement. Not attacking all Muslims everywhere at once is appeasement. Suggesting that Oklahoma is not under attack from sharia law is appeasement. Thinking that the guy dancing on the altar in St. Peter's is just a nut is suicide. They use 'suicidal' a lot. Almost everything is suicidal. Especially the rule of law, and civilized standards of behavior, which have got to go AT ONCE if we are going to survive this assault by people who have no rule of law, or civilized standards of behavior.

The fact that they cannot get adult statesmen who have to get shit done to sign on to this plan is a source of constant self-righteous frustration to them.

57 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:23:11am

re: #46 SanFranciscoZionist

But, see, it didn't work, because there are still jihadis, so now we have to go to plan B. Which, I believe was 'nuke from orbit'.

//

I have read at least one hundred times on various rightwing blogs that the solution to the "Muslim problem" is to turn the entire middle east into "a giant radioactive sheet of blackened glass" in some form or another.

Yes there really are people who think of that as a viable option apparently. At least they don't seem to be joking to me. The genocide of millions, almost all of whom are completely innocent, in order to kill a few thousand terrorists...

Yet I'll bet if they were asked they would still righteously condemn Hitler for the Holocaust and never see a bit of irony...sigh. :(

58 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:25:40am

re: #50 martinsmithy

They have become the mirror image of the violent Islamists.

They despise them, but they also believe that they are stronger than we are. They believe that a pluralist society is weak at its core.

They are a little fucked in the head.

"You want to get these people? I mean, you really want to reach in and kill them where they live? Keep accepting more than one idea. It makes them absolutely crazy."

Josh Lyman said that about Islamist terrorists. Pity is, it applies to some folks who think they're fighting terrorism.

59 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:26:38am

re: #51 HappyWarrior

I think SFZ is right though that presently a guy like Bush couldn't do what he did because of the mindsets that have emerged but you obviously wouldn't hear anyone saying he's a sekrit Muslim. Well, maybe, I am guilty of underestimating nuttery.

I dunno. If Grover Norquist can be accused, who can't be?

60 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, May 11, 2011 11:29:50am

re: #57 ausador

I have read at least one hundred times on various rightwing blogs that the solution to the "Muslim problem" is to turn the entire middle east into "a giant radioactive sheet of blackened glass" in some form or another.

Yes there really are people who think of that as a viable option apparently. At least they don't seem to be joking to me. The genocide of millions, almost all of whom are completely innocent, in order to kill a few thousand terrorists...

Yet I'll bet if they were asked they would still righteously condemn Hitler for the Holocaust and never see a bit of irony...sigh. :(

They're not kidding. They're stupid and evil, but not kidding.

61 SidewaysQuark  Wed, May 11, 2011 12:11:50pm

I keep hearing from right-wingers "America needs to wake up and realize we're at war with Islam."

Um, no, right-wingers need to wake up and realize that nobody ever declared war on Islam....that, in fact, without the cooperation of many Muslim states and individuals, we wouldn't have gotten as far in our 'war against terrorism' as we have...

62 Amory Blaine  Wed, May 11, 2011 12:25:33pm

Charles is absolutely right. If our goal in the middle east isn't outreach what is it?

63 dragonfire1981  Wed, May 11, 2011 12:48:50pm

re: #62 Amory Blaine

Charles is absolutely right. If our goal in the middle east isn't outreach what is it?

To blow up or convert all those Muslim bastards before they get us first!


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