Obama’s Ignorance of World Affairs on Full Display in India

Obama’s Ignorance of World Affairs on Full Display in India

Michael Filozof


When George W. Bush was sworn into office, he was mocked
by his political enemies as a parochial idiot who had no understanding of world
affairs. That proved untrue. By contrast Barack Obama was touted as a
multicultural “citizen of the world” whose childhood residence in Indonesia,
adult trips to Pakistan and Kenya, and Harvard degree were supposed proof of his
sophistication. Obama subsequently disproved this belief by making reference to
“speaking Austrian” during a European speech and sending Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton to Russia to “press the reset button,” (the word “reset” in
Russian was misspelled) a stunt so stupid that a high school girl at a Model UN
conference probably wouldn’t do it.

Now, in his quasi-imperial trip to India, Obama has made ridiculous
P.C.-inspired statements that managed to offend both India and Pakistan and
reveal an astounding ignorance of South Asian politics and history.
First, Obama told an Indian audience that he supported India’s bid to gain
a permanent seat (and veto) on the UN Security Council. Aside from the fact that
this is unlikely to happen, the idea greatly offends Pakistan, a sworn enemy of
India since both countries became independent in 1947. While Obama’s support for
an Indian seat on the Security Council was greeted with applause in India, it
was immediately denounced by Pakistan. Pakistan is our “ally” in the war on
terror, but it is very unstable, partially ungovernable, and likely harboring
Osama bin Laden. Obama gratuitously offended it by supporting its #1 enemy,
India. How can this possibly help our efforts in the Af-Pak theater of
Second, Obama contradicted centuries of Indian history when he told an
Indian schoolgirl that Islam is a “religion of peace” and that only “extremists”
corrupt it. According to The Hindu newspaper, Obama said Islam is “a
religion that reaffirms peace, fairness, tolerance. I think all of us recognize
that this great religion in the hands of a few extremists has been distorted by
violence.” This must be an astonishingly false statement to Indian ears and to
anyone with even a cursory knowledge of Indian history.
India has had virtually non-stop conflict with Islam since it was first
invaded by Muslims in the seventh century. Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan have
been in a virtual state of war since 1947, when British India was partitioned
along religious lines, resulting in nearly a million casualties. Today, both
India and Pakistan are nuclear-armed powers. There have been at least three
shooting wars since 1947 and constant low-grade war over Kashmir. The attack on
the Indian parliament by Muslim terrorists in 2001 and the Mumbai Massacre,
perpetrated by Pakistani Muslims in 2008, are not the result of “extremists” who
“distort” Islam but merely the latest incidents in centuries of war and
conquest India has suffered at the hands of the “religion of peace.”
It’s clear that the Obama foreign policy isn’t based on sophistication or
even a basic knowledge of world affairs. It’s based purely on fatuous P.C.
sentiments that meet with approval in faculty lounges, but are downright
dangerous to American security in the real world.

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