Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Told you so ... well, almost

Remember that little quote from Obama, the perfectly reasonable excerpt in which he mentioned that the US is not Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or united under any particular religion?

I've said before that one of the great strengths of the United States is, although as I mentioned we have a very large Christian population, we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.

— President Barack Obama in Turkey

My prediction was that wingnuts would dismember that quote to make it seem like he was openly dissing Christianity, or denying God, or something like that. Well, something stupid did happen, of course, though not about denying God – turns out this means that Obama is submitting the US to the Taliban and Sharia law.

Well, it does in right-wing commentator Frank Gaffney's delusional mind, at least.

Today on MSNBC, right-wing commentator Frank Gaffney joined in, boldly declaring, "I'm a member of Dick Cheney's fan club," alluding to the former vice president's comments that Obama is making Americans less safe. Gaffney said that today, for example, Obama told our "Muslim enemies" that the United States is "willing to submit to them."

When asked by MSNBC host David Shuster and Mother Jones's David Corn for proof of this supposed submission, Gaffney pointed to a secret "code" Obama is using -- which apparently only he, al Qaeda, the Saudis, and the Taliban understand:

CORN: Where in that speech does he say we're going to submit to anybody?

GAFFNEY: I think what he is using is code -- ... When he uses the word "respect," in the context of a waist-bow to the king of Saudi Arabia, for example, and talks about respectful language, which is code for those who adhere to Sharia that we will submit to Sharia. We will submit to the kind of program -

SHUSTER: We have to know the code? We all have to know the code to understand how we're making ourselves more vulnerable? ... David Corn was asking you for a specific example, and you're referring to code. You're referring to code!

GAFFNEY: I'm telling you the code as they receive it in the Taliban headquarters and in al Qaeda's cave and in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They perceive this as submission.

Or, you could just watch the video here:

And just for fun, here are Obama's exact words:

Now, I have made it clear to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran that the United States seeks engagement based on mutual interest and mutual respect. We want Iran to play its rightful role in the community of nations. Iran is a great civilization. We want them to engage in the economic and political integration that brings prosperity and security. But Iran’s leaders must choose whether they will try to build a weapon or build a better future for their people.

— President Barack Obama

So, when Obama does the diplomatic thing and says he respects those folks, it's really just a not-so-secret code meaning he's bowing down to them and kissing their feet. Of course!

Wow. That's some Plutonium-grade paranoia and delusion right there, asserting that Obama and the Taliban share a 'secret code' to communicate. Nevermind the thousands of infantrymen and tanks and weapons the US is sending to the Middle East to combat the Taliban – it's all just a big smokescreen hiding the US's imminent submission. (Somehow.)

It truly takes mindless idiotic conservatives to think things like this that are so incredibly stupid that they threaten the intelligence of the Human species as a whole. Honestly ...

(Via Dispatches from the Culture Wars)


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