Ken Blackwell

Well, yes, Islam has influenced our history. One reason for the Constitutional Convention was to forge “a more perfect Union” to take action against the Barbary pirates then preying on American commerce. The reference to Jefferson’s copy of the Koran was especially muddled. Jefferson bought that Koran to see for himself if it could possibly be true what a North African diplomat had told him in Paris. The Muslim envoy said that that book justified kidnapping, hostage-taking, and holding American sailors for ransom. Jefferson found, to his amazement, that it did—and immediately resolved to fight the pirates.

In 1785, Jefferson tried to enlist John Adams and the French in an earlier “coalition of the willing” to bring fire and sword to the Barbary States until they stopped molesting our ships.

The French foreign minister, the Comte de Vergennes, was the same man who had so liberally financed our American revolution. Vergennes told Adams and Jefferson that the only things that mattered to the rulers of the Barbary States were fear and gold, gold and fear. Does that sound familiar?

How did Mr. Obama’s listeners react to his speech in Cairo? They quickly combined to overthrow America’s only reliable ally in the Arab Middle East, Hosni Mubarak. And the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated regime in Egypt has begun actively persecuting that country’s ten percent Christian minority, the Copts.

The president has yet to visit the only real ally we have left in the region—Israel. Lucky Israel. It’s the only friend of America that that has not been de-stabilized by this president’s feckless policies.

Now that Afghanistan has exploded in anti-American, anti-NATO riots, can someone in this administration give us a compelling reason why we should be supporting this regime to the tune of $457,000 per hour?

The Obama administration’s announced policy is withdrawal from Afghanistan. Any Afghan who thinks of helping the Americans now knows he is renting rooms in a house built on sand.

If these Afghan forces trained and paid by us, are using weapons we gave them to murder our soldiers, how can we ever trust them to “stand up” against their brothers in the Taliban? Their brothers will command their loyalty long after we are gone. Now, it seems clear, the Taliban has their loyalty long before we depart.

All of this is the bitter fruit of our Apologist-in-Chief. So much for Mr. Obama’s “grovel-ready” policies.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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