Obama’s weird neutrality

We think we know why President Obama endorsed the construction of a mosque and Islamic center two blocks from Ground Zero in Manhattan.

He didn’t have to do it. It was no favor to the Democrats he claims to be trying to help win in November.

Yet he did it, and he did it in prepared remarks that were sent out to reporters hours ahead of his speech under an “EMBARGOED UNTIL DELIVERY” heading, guaranteeing a lot of attention.


Well, either he’s trying to win a bet that he can be at 25 percent approval by Labor Day, or he has given Israeli jets permission to fly through Iraqi airspace with U.S. protection.

Maybe both.

Last Friday, before the president made his dinnertime remarks, Russia announced plans to load fuel into Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor.

Once they do that, a bombing attack on the reactor would release radiation over a widespread area.

So if Israel is planning to take out Iran’s nuclear reactor, they will likely do it before the fuel is delivered. Right now, that’s scheduled for Saturday. This Saturday.

As we have seen, President Obama likes to take an evenhanded approach to the conflict between the sovereign nation of Israel and the rocket-firing Hamas terrorists who would like to see Israel wiped off the map.

Friday night, the president made a big show of endorsing the construction of the Ground Zero mosque, which is backed by an imam who doesn’t think Hamas is a terrorist organization.

Did he do it to look evenhanded when the world sees, perhaps in just a few days, that the U.S. cleared Iraqi airspace for Israeli jets on a bombing run to Iran?

Is that his game?

It’s a sad state of affairs when the United States won’t just say openly that the radical Islamic, terrorism-supporting Iranian regime will not be permitted to threaten the security of the world by acquiring a nuclear weapon, and anybody who doesn’t like it can go jump in the lake.

No, our president wants to soften the blow by saying something nice about the Ground Zero mosque.

Here’s what the Ground Zero mosque says to the people of the United States: “We’re not sorry.”

It would be nice to hear the president say that for a change.

By the way, under the original interpretation of the Constitution, before the Supreme Court began to make bits of the Bill of Rights applicable to the states, New York would have had a perfect right to prohibit the construction of a mosque on that or any other site. Prior to 1940, the First Amendment’s protection of the free exercise of religion only applied to the federal government. It didn’t restrict the powers of the states at all.

Just an interesting historical footnote. The case is Cantwell vs. Connecticut, 310 U.S. 296, if you’d like to look it up.

For more about the Supreme Court’s incorporation of the Bill of Rights and how it has transferred constitutional powers from the states to the federal courts, read “How the First Amendment Came to Protect Topless Dancing: A History of the Incorporation of the Bill of Rights into the Fourteenth Amendment, Why It’s a Problem, and How to Fix It.” It’s online here, or pick up “The 37th Amendment: A Novel” and read it at the back of the book.

Copyright 2010

Susan Shelley posted at 2010-8-17 Category: Uncategorized