Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Barack Obama and the Middle East

It is perplexing to me that the same people who go on and on about "Barack Hussein Obama" (implying he's some relation to Sadaam Hussein and/or that he's a Muslim) hold the idea that he knows nothing about the Middle East.

I was listening to "conservative" talk radio this morning (I think it was Brian "the Sussman" Sussman) on AM 560 where they were conjecturing about the number of speeches that Obama had given regarding the Middle East, implying that he knew little to nothing about the region.

These are the same guys who use Barack's full name when they talk about him.

So what are they doing here?

On the one hand, they're calling him a Muslim, hoping you make the leap that he follows Islam (while at the same time telling you he listens to a creepy minister at a Christian church), which makes him evil because all Islamists are radical. So the thought goes.

On the other hand, they're saying he knows nothing about the Middle East.

So tell me this: If Muslims are concentrated in the Middle East, and Barack Obama is a Muslim, then wouldn't he know just a little more that we do about the region? I mean, if you're Irish, you probably have a little more knowledge of Ireland than my Mexican friend, Pedro, no?

I just don't get it.

It's like they're testing spaghetti: See what sticks.


Kristen said...

You make a really good point! I don't know how some people can hold two contradictory ideas. I believe it's called "cognitive dissonance."

Robert Barr said...

If for no other reason, he would know that Iraq and Pakistan do not the guy who doesn't know how much a gallon of gas costs!

billspaced said...

@Robert Barr or how many homes he owns!
@Kristen "They" do it all the time.