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WHAT DO OBAMA’S PAST ASSOCIATIONS AND CURRENT DETACHMENT MEAN?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Sep. 13, 2012) —A month before the November 2008 presidential election, vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin said that Obama had been “palling around with terrorists,” one of whom was William Ayers, former member of The Weathermen, later called The Weather Underground.
Palin had cited a claim that Ayers and Obama were “friendly,” with which Obama campaign advisor David Axelrod had agreed. At the time, Obama had countered Palin by saying her statements were “smears” meant to “distract voters” from “real problems.”
But were Palin’s claims a distraction or a warning of what was to come if Obama were elected?
Obama’s association with Ayers had been downplayed to Ayers having been “just a guy in the neighborhood,” when in fact, Ayers had launched Obama’s political career in a Chicago living room in 1995.
The Weather Underground had split from an organization called Students for a Democratic Society, becoming its “most militant wing” which sought to eliminate capitalism. The organization launched the “Days of Rage” in 1969. The radical group is suspected of killing a San Francisco police officer and is known to have bombed the Pentagon, the New York City Police Department, and the U.S. Capitol.
Following the Pentagon bombing, Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, went into hiding. The charges against Ayers were dropped on a technicality, while Dohrn received a sentence of three years’ probation. The husband and wife became professors at distinguished Illinois universities: Ayers at the University of Illinois at Chicgo and Dohrn at Northwestern University Law School.
Although Obama had “condemned” Ayers’ youthful behavior, it is now believed by some that Ayers wrote Obama’s memoir, Dreams From My Father, and that the two men were much closer than previously reported.
While serving as a director of the Chicago Woods Fund along with Ayers, Obama approved two grants to the Arab American Action Network, co-founded by Hatem Abudayyeh, who was a subject of an FBI investigation and raid two years ago for suspicion of providing “material support for jihadist groups.”
Just before the 2008 election, The Los Angeles Times refused to release a 2003 video which allegedly depicted Obama at a farewell party for Rashid Khalidi, a “best friend of William Ayers” and anti-Semite. The dinner was sponsored by the Arab American Action Network and reportedly Ayers and Dohrn were in attendance. [Editor’s Note: Most, if not all, of the links in the second source article lead to content which has been removed for various reasons.] Khalidi, Ayers and Obama were reportedly part of a “pretty tight network” in Chicago. Khalidi has been openly supportive of Palestinian causes and been involved with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).
Obama had attended a church whose pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, had shown support for Louis Farrakhan and expressed anti-Semitic views. Obama’s Chicago home is located very close to Farrakhan’s. Earlier this year, Wright described Obama as having been “steeped in Islam” before beginning to attend his church.
In May 2010, Ayers organized a pro-Palestinian flotilla in an attempt to breach a blockade imposed by Israel in the Gaza Strip, where the terrorist group Hamas is active.
Throughout his faux presidency, Obama has claimed that “the U.S. will always have Israel’s back,” but Obama has told Israel that the U.S. will not support a strike on Iran’s nuclear apparatus. Several Muslims have prominent positions within his regime.
After Obama reportedly said on Tuesday that his schedule could not accommodate a face-to-face meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he arrives in New York for the United Nations General Assembly conference later this month, the Obama White House issued a statement that Obama and Netanyahu had spoken for an hour by phone that evening, when it would have been the middle of the night for Netanyahu, but the White House will not confirm the time at which the two allegedly spoke. While major news services are accepting that the phone call took place, The Post & Email did not, but the phone call appears to have been confirmed by Netanyahu today.
Beginning in December 2010, a movement dubbed “Arab Spring” in which Middle Eastern nations’ populations reportedly rose up to demand more freedoms and “democracy,” began, affecting the nations of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Countries listed as being “in decline” in regard to freedoms were Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Lebanon and Syria.
An American ally, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, was ousted as a result of “Arab Spring.” Prior to his resignation, Mubarak had said that his rule had prevented the Muslim Brotherhood from “taking over Egypt.” The June election produced a president, Muhammed Morsi, who is a member of The Muslim Brotherhood. While it was reported that the U.S.’s role would be “unclear” after the Mubarak-supportive Egyptian Army refused to allow Morsi to assume full presidential powers, in July Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged the Army to “work with Egypt’s new Islamist leaders on a full transition to civilian rule.”
The Muslim Brotherhood has inspired such terrorists as Osama bin Laden and has infiltrated terror cells in the United States, according to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.
In August, some Egyptians were already claiming that The Muslim Brotherhood was influencing Morsi’s decisions, although the Freedom and Justice Party, founded by the Brotherhood, contends that they are “separate bodies.”
On September 4, it was announced that “a deal” was being reached in which the U.S. would forgive $1 billion in Egyptian debt “as part of a plan to bolster Egypt’s move to democracy.”
On Tuesday, the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, two U.S. embassies were attacked, resulting in four American deaths at the embassy in Libya. A YouTube video which depicts Islam in a negative light has been blamed but also questioned as the actual cause of the protests. Hillary Clinton indicated that the video was the instigating factor.
TIME Magazine claims that the video was produced by a group of “unknown Islamophobes” and that citizens attempting to expose constitutional violations and law-breaking among public officials are “militia extremists.”
At the U.S. embassy in Egypt, protesters tore down the American flag and replaced it with a flag bearing a statement of hard-line Islamics. Protests continued into a second day on Wednesday. The embassy released a statement which condemned the producers of the video as “misguided.”
CBS News is reporting that after an initial attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, some Americans were moved to another building, then Libyan “security forces” told the attackers where the Americans were located, resulting in their deaths.
Campaigning in Las Vegas, NV on September 12, Obama commented to his audience that the U.S. had “had a tough day” after making a public statement about Stevens’ death the day before. He maintained his campaign schedule in two “swing states” with “the familiar boilerplate that makes up his standard stump speech.”
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton asked how the violence could occur in a country which the U.S. “helped liberate” one year after praising the revolution which toppled Libya’s totalitarian regime. Obama had made a decision to send U.S. troops into Libya without consulting Congress, and his Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman and Defense Secretary had later said that they take their orders from the international community, not Congress.
Update, September 14, 2012: White House Dossier is reporting that Obama will host Olympians and Paralympians at the White House today at 10:05 a.m. The White House website has now published Obama’s itinerary rather than “no public schedule.” Why was this information not on the White House website yesterday?