Obama Dis-likes Democracy

22 10 2009

democracy2Obama must think that Democracy is over-rated!

Gio-

From The Jewish Policy Center

President Barack Obama‘s State Department has reversed the George W. Bush administration’s policies of undermining authoritarian Middle East regimes through the spread of democracy. Indeed, the President appears to have abandoned the democracy agenda.

As the BBC reports, the Obama administration “has all but dismantled the Iran Democracy Fund” – federal funding to a classified list of groups that work to foster democracy and undermine the mullahs’ tight grip on Iran. The timing of this could not be worse, as democracy advocates continue to come under attack for protesting the fraudulent June elections that handed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a second term. Just last week, Iran announced plans to execute three activists.

As Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) observed, “It is disturbing that the State Department would cut off funding at precisely the moment when… needed most.'”

In Egypt, democracy advocates also feel abandoned. Egyptians believe that President Hosni Mubarak, who has held a tight grip on power since 1981, will appoint his son Gamal as his successor. The Obama administration has been silent on this issue, which has many Egyptians seething. The administration has also withheld comment on the regime’s campaign of mass arrests against opposition leaders, bloggers, and other political activists.

“We are very disgruntled with President Obama,” said Kamal al-Fayoumi, an activist jailed by the government last year. “He has given the regime the green light to do what it wants with the Egyptian people.”

In Turkey, the illiberal Justice and Development Party (AKP) recently launched a campaign to bring down the Dogan Group, a private, pro-West company that owns about half of the country’s media (including CNN Turk). If the AKP succeeds, it could ultimately bring 90% of the media under its control – reminiscent of the state-controlled Russian media. This would be a devastating blow to the region’s only democracy. Liberal Turks are now beginning to ask why the administration has failed to weigh in.

Democracy advocates also are painfully aware of the President’s ambivalence about the U.S. commitment in both Iraq and Afghanistan – two countries where the shoots of democracy are sprouting, but can easily whither.

The beginning of the end of the democracy agenda can be traced back to the President’s Cairo speech in June. He referenced a “controversy about the promotion of democracy… connected to the war in Iraq.” In an attempt to create “a new beginning” with the Muslim world, he stated, “let me be clear: no system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other.”

Most Americans would likely agree that imposing any political system on others is the wrong approach. However, Obama’s policy of “anti-Bushism” is equally wrong. The democracy deficit in the Middle East has not contracted. And given recent developments in Turkey, the deficit may widen further. This could lead to further radicalization of the region. Failing to recognize this may ultimately harm American interests.

Related Topics:  Jonathan Schanzer

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13 responses

22 10 2009
Eowyn

Seriously, how can we expect Obama to promote democracy abroad when he’s doing his utmost to undermine it at home?

Reminds me of this fable:

A scorpion asks a frog to carry him across a river. The frog is afraid of being stung, but the scorpion reassures him that if it stung the frog, the frog would sink and the scorpion would drown as well. The frog then agrees; nevertheless, in mid-river, the scorpion stings him, dooming the two of them. When asked why, the scorpion explains, “I’m a scorpion; it’s my nature.”

22 10 2009
giovanniworld

That fable nails how I feel about Obama. He does not function like most people when having the top spot in the Free World. Most in that position tend to talk-up some interesting ideas…

Freedom
Liberty
Democracy
Self Determination
Choice of/from Religion
Privacy
Honor
Morality
Character

These words are almost never heard coming from the mouth of our present President. The lesson is obvious… he will not speak of things he does NOT believe in!

Gio-

22 10 2009
Bob

Eowyn and Gio,

Very well put!

I’ve noticed muslims don’t like Democracy, I’m cleaning my guns in preparation for the coming fight.

22 10 2009
giovanniworld

Bob,

Stock up on ammo! That’s rule number 1 through rule 512.

Gio-

22 10 2009
Bob

Gio, LOL

I’m dropping my Medicare Drug plan so I can afford to. 😉

I get no SS cost of living increase this year, and my drug plan effectively increases almost 200%. (In 2009, I needed less than $100.00 in prescription drugs.) Obamanomics SUCKS!!!!!

22 10 2009
grannywithapitchfotk

Did anyone see the YouTube on Drudge today, where BO says Republicans “will do as they’re told” in a speech in New York? I meant to save it but now I can’t find it. It’s very telling. He holds anyone who does not see him squarely eye to eye in contempt. I think he may be sorry for that statement. I’m just hoping it got picked up by Hannity, or Beck, or Levin, or someone, because it needs to be exposed. The guy’s a snake.

Love

Granny

22 10 2009
giovanniworld

Granny,

You are much too kind. I tend to think of him as snake-poop!

Gio-

22 10 2009
Bob

Granny, Is this the one you saw?

22 10 2009
grannywithapitchfotk

That’s the one! Just one more nail in his coffin. This can’t last.

22 07 2010
Abduljabbar Ayinla

Holding office as US president,comes with enormous challenges,and protracted interest hovering around the white house and complicated by the realities on the ground.I actually see what,president Obama is going through in terms of not enttrenching democracy in Egypt.It must be told that,democratising the universe is certainly not the reserve of US,but the gradual concientisation of the culprits,through dialogue.

23 09 2010
cole m ontgomery

for god sakes im fucking 6 and i have more sence than you morans!!

P.S email me for hate mail 🙂 @ colezxbxbox@yahoo.com

23 09 2010
giovanniworld

Cole,

When you grow-up you will understand. Until then… learn how to spell “morans”.

Gio-

7 02 2011
Alan

No More Plutocracy We want True Democracy

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