Allen Hunt

Is any event so small that President Obama does not feel compelled to weigh in on it? Apparently not. Witness his recent impression of Mrs. O'Leary's famous cow when he turned Pastor Terry Jones into an international crisis. President Obama's intervention turned over a tiny lantern and set the entire world ablaze with hysteria over the pastor's plans to have his 50 church members burn a whopping 200 Korans. In Chicago, one cow's misstep set the whole city on fire. This time, thanks to the president, from a small ember in Florida came a globe-engulfing wildfire.

Clearly, the president prefers micromanagement. First we had the beer summit, when the president chose to step into an unfortunate incident in Cambridge, Massachusetts, between a black professor and a white police officer. Then we had the president expressing his views on a local zoning matter in New York City where an imam sought to construct an unpopular mosque. Now, Mr. Obama cannot restrain himself in the face of a small-time pastor in Gainesville, Florida. We only thought Jimmy Carter was a micro-manager. The free world's leader engaging at this level of detail is truly something to behold.

By stepping into such a tiny affair, President Obama (or President O'Leary) kicked over a lantern and turned what should have been a non-event into a geopolitical crisis. Reminds me of the old ditty:

Late one night, when we were all in bed,
Mrs. O'Leary lit a lantern in the shed.
Her cow kicked it over,
Then winked her eye and said,
"There'll be a hot time in the old town tonight!"

President Obama's logic (or lack thereof) was clear. To burn 200 Korans might incite violence from Muslims here and abroad. We heard the same “logic” (or extortion) last week from Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf when he suggested on CNN that to move the Ground Zero mosque would likely incite violence from Muslims here and abroad. In other words, saying no to Muslim demands at any level will incite violence. Perhaps it would be easier to draft a list of things we Americans can do that will NOT incite violence from Muslims. That appears to be a very short list. And we know it does not include cartoons.

So if I understand the leader of the free world, if someone burns paper and binding in America in a small town in America, Muslims around the world will rage, riot, revolt, kill people, and harm American soldiers. But the burner of paper and binding is to blame, not those who commit murder and violence in the name of their religion of peace. Therefore, according to this micromanaging president, we Americans should walk on collective national eggshells to be sure that we do not incite violence from those who hate us and plot our destruction anyway.

Allen Hunt

Allen Hunt is the host of the natioanlly syndicated talk radio program, the Allen Hunt show.
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