Friday, June 18, 2010

New Poll: Muslim Countries Want Obama to Get Tough with Iran

(Hat tip: Carol's Closet.) 

Right on topic, an interesting observation from Investor's Business Daily:
Iran: Tehran's response to our newest sanctions? An immediate expansion of its nuclear program. Meanwhile, Muslims far and wide recognize the Iranian threat but find President Obama's response deficient.

If the president really wanted to woo the world's Muslims, then instead of giving a groveling, hyped-up speech to a bunch of big shots in Cairo a year ago he should have gone all out against the Iranian nuclear threat.

At least, that's what a new international poll suggests.

The Islamofascist regime founded by the Ayatollah Khomeini 31 years ago has answered the newest United Nations and U.S. sanctions with a promise to build four new reactors.

A poll conducted by the Pew Global Attitudes Project "found that the populations of Islamic countries are in support of getting tough with the revolutionary government in Iran."

Surveying 25,000 people in 22 countries, Pew found heavy support for harsh measures against Tehran in nations like Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. Only Pakistan and India dissented. Interestingly, 55% of Egyptians and 53% of Jordanians were willing to consider military action to stop Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons.


With the exception of Indonesia, where he lived as a child, Islamic countries are rapidly losing confidence in the U.S. president. In Egypt, for instance, confidence in Obama fell from 41% to 31%, and in Turkey from 33% to 23%.

The president used the Cairo speech to apologize for the CIA's role in the 1953 coup that saved Iranians from Soviet dominance, and conceded that Tehran has a "the right to access peaceful nuclear power" in spite of its obvious nuclear weapons ambitions.

Could it be that Muslims who have experienced a taste of Western-style freedom expect the leader of the free world to lead in the face of a nuclear threat from Muslim fanatics, rather than to appease that threat and fantasize about equality among nations?

Extraordinarily, in all seven countries where Pew polled Muslims separately their confidence in the president has dropped from a year ago — by as little as 4 percentage points among Nigerian Muslims to as much as 18 points among Lebanese Shiites.

This is what the world's lone superpower gets for pursuing a foreign policy based on multilateralism and talk, instead of acting as the leader, and champion of freedom, we're supposed to be.
The more Obama weakens other nations' confidence in the U.S., the more he drives them into relationships with nations that hate or distrust us. Obama's not just weakening U.S. power around the world, he's weakening his own power and does little for his own long-term political survival. He can cozy up to the dictators of the world all he wants, and style himself as a superman in his own eyes by sending his go-fers to pick on little old ladies in need of Medicare and to push around the law teams of CEOs trying to avoid socialist takeovers, but what's he going to do when he faces world-class thugs while former allies and potential friends hit the sidelines and watch?




  1. I think BO may be the most unpopular man on earth before this is over.

  2. Trestin: He's well on his way to that unenviable position.