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    Re: Will Obama's Cairo speech motivate a new set of terror attacks in the ME?

    From most intel reports that have made way into the media, since Obama has taken office new recruits for Al-Qaida have been down, the Taliban as well. Thus, bin Laden's new recording to tell Muslims not to trust Obama. So I would argue that his stance is working.

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    Re: Will Obama's Cairo speech motivate a new set of terror attacks in the ME?

    Quote Originally Posted by dclxvinoise View Post
    I read the transcript. He didn't. It was actually quite a good speech.
    Well he actually did a little bit, for example...

    And finally, just as America can never tolerate violence by extremists, we must never alter our principles. 9/11 was an enormous trauma to our country. The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable, but in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our ideals. We are taking concrete actions to change course. I have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture by the United States, and I have ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed by early next year.
    Summary: We did bad, but I'm here now.

    Overall though not as bad as previous speeches where he lingered on and on in apology.

    He was pretty harsh on Israeli settlements though. Bush tried to do that. The reply is usually, "Uh, no!" We'll see if Obama can sweet talk them.

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    Re: Will Obama's Cairo speech motivate a new set of terror attacks in the ME?

    Quote Originally Posted by tlmorg02 View Post
    From most intel reports that have made way into the media, since Obama has taken office new recruits for Al-Qaida have been down, the Taliban as well. Thus, bin Laden's new recording to tell Muslims not to trust Obama. So I would argue that his stance is working.
    Well it depends. If he tells Israel harshly to stop the settlements and Israeli ignores him and we continue to support Israel (which we will) they'll soon realize he's full of empty platitudes.

    I remember Bush talking about how the settlements were an impediment to peace or progress. I don't recall him saying they were unacceptable or being so harsh publicly.

    I'm not sure that was a good idea.

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    Re: Will Obama's Cairo speech motivate a new set of terror attacks in the ME?

    What good does his speech do? They don't understand the nuances of the English language.

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    Re: Will Obama's Cairo speech motivate a new set of terror attacks in the ME?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catman View Post
    What good does his speech do? They don't understand the nuances of the English language.
    Yeah, because English is so complex.

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    Re: Will Obama's Cairo speech motivate a new set of terror attacks in the ME?

    Quote Originally Posted by dclxvinoise View Post
    Yeah, because English is so complex.
    And translators so expensive.

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    Re: Will Obama's Cairo speech motivate a new set of terror attacks in the ME?

    Quote Originally Posted by talloulou View Post
    Well it depends. If he tells Israel harshly to stop the settlements and Israeli ignores him and we continue to support Israel (which we will) they'll soon realize he's full of empty platitudes.

    I remember Bush talking about how the settlements were an impediment to peace or progress. I don't recall him saying they were unacceptable or being so harsh publicly.

    I'm not sure that was a good idea.
    And Bush was speaking to a leftish Israeli government.
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    Re: Will Obama's Cairo speech motivate a new set of terror attacks in the ME?

    Will Obama's Cairo speech motivate a new set of terror attacks in the ME?

    Talk about being negative o.O


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    Re: Will Obama's Cairo speech motivate a new set of terror attacks in the ME?

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    And Bush was speaking to a leftish Israeli government.
    Actually he said it all over to many. He said it here before he even left for his trip to the Middle East. He repeated it on his trip throughout the area.
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush on Thursday called Israeli settlement expansion an "impediment" in revived peace efforts and urged the Jewish state to meet its pledge to dismantle unauthorized settler outposts.

    In an interview with Reuters less than a week before his first presidential visit to Israel and the West Bank, Bush voiced optimism for securing an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by the end of 2008, a goal set at last November's Annapolis conference that has been viewed with some skepticism.

    Bush said he would use his trip to keep pressure on both sides, including making clear to Israelis his concern about Jewish settlement activity. Peace talks ahead of Bush's visit have been soured by disputes over continuing settlement construction on occupied land.

    "I will talk about Israeli settlement expansion, about how that is, that can be, you know, an impediment to success," he said. "The unauthorized outposts for example need to be dismantled, like the Israelis said they would do."
    Bush: Israel settlement expansion impediment | Special Coverage | Reuters

    What he didn't do is make any demands, ultimatums, or threats.

    Now Obama really didn't either because although he stated pretty severely that Israel needs to stop he also stated unequivocally that the bond between the US and Israel will not be broken. Thus, empty platitudes.

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    Re: Will Obama's Cairo speech motivate a new set of terror attacks in the ME?

    Quote Originally Posted by dclxvinoise View Post
    Your "Dear Leader" shtick is getting really old. People would probably take your arguments more seriously if you didn't show such obvious bias and in such a childish and cartoonish manner. Just saying.
    "arguments?" Where do you see those?
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