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Thursday, December 4, 2008 5:14 PM

By: Jim Meyers

Barack Obama is considering making a major foreign policy speech in an Islamic capital during his first 100 days as president in an effort to mend rifts between the U.S. and the Muslim world.

Helene Cooper of The New York Times spoke to several sources, including diplomats, about which Islamic capital Obama might choose, and the consensus was Cairo, Egypt.

The reason: Process of elimination.

A speech in Baghdad would appear to validate the Iraq war, which Obama opposed. A visit to Damascus, the Syrian capital, “would look as if he was rewarding the Syrians and it’s too soon for that,” Ziad Asali, president of the American Task Force on Palestine, told Cooper.

Asali also ruled out:

Ramallah on the West Bank, noting that “Palestinians seek Jerusalem as their capital.”

Tehran in Iran. “Too soon for that.” Amman, Jordan. “Been there, done that.”

Islamabad, Pakistan. “Too dangerous.”

Ankara, Turkey. “Too safe.”

As for Jakarta, Indonesia, where Obama spent part of his youth, “people would yawn about that,” said Asali.

One of Obama’s foreign policy advisers ruled out Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and other capitals around the Persian Gulf.

Cooper concluded: “It’s got to be Cairo. Egypt is perfect. It’s certainly Muslim enough, populous enough and relevant enough. It’s an American ally, but there are enough tensions in the relationship that the choice will feel bold.”

Whatever capital Obama might choose, press reports don’t explain why the new president feels it necessary to give a speech so early in his new administration.

During the presidential campaign Obama indicated U.S. foreign policy was too skewed in favor of Israel and that he would seek to balance that approach in his administration.

He was also dogged with claims that he was a secret Muslim, an accusation he denied.

In fact, Obama had been raised a Muslim and converted to Christianity after meeting the Rev. Jeremiah Wright in his 20s after he moved to Chicago.

Obama was born to a Kenyan father who was a Muslim. His mother divorced this man and later remarried an Indonesian muslim who became Obama’s stepfather.

The couple moved to Indonesia with the young Obama. There he was registered at two schools as a Muslim student.

Earlier this year, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs claimed: "Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian."

But in his autobiography, "Dreams From My Father," Obama mentions studying the Koran and describes the public school as "a Muslim school." Obama’s campaign web site later removed the claim made by Gibbs that Obama was never a Muslim.

© 2008 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

7 years 38 weeks ago, 10:33 AM

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But in his autobiography, "Dreams From My Father," Obama mentions studying the Koran and describes the public school as "a Muslim school." Obama’s campaign web site later removed the claim made by Gibbs that Obama was never a Muslim.

7 years 38 weeks ago, 10:39 AM

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there is still litigation pending supporting the idea that Obama cannot take the oath of office, pending further due process.

Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]
7 years 38 weeks ago, 10:42 AM

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can only pray!
But then who do we get, Biden? McCain or another election cycle. Our current VP? God forbid the Speaker of the House. This is scary thinking...

7 years 38 weeks ago, 11:04 AM

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I am not nearly good enough at Constitutional law to know what the next step would be, if the SCOTUS enjoined Obama from being sworn-in.
Personally, I would pray for another election cycle, if we could find a candidate as smart, plain-talking, and tough-as-nails, as the former, American educated, Israeli Prime Minister, Ben Netanyahou.[Too bad he is not a natural born US citizen; He sure sounds like one, and you can bet that the Iranians are soiling their panties, over the prospect that Old Ben is going to be the NEXT Israeli PM].

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7 years 38 weeks ago, 12:06 PM

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Where did you get that Sombrero? I know you are 36 kliks north of the border in good old AZ, and I think we still have infiltrators, but they must have BIG cojones to sell their hats as they infiltrate.

I just went through your area. If I had known you were located there, I would have invited you for a couple of beers and a good political arguement!! LOL

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7 years 38 weeks ago, 12:25 PM

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From Alfonso Bedoya!

A great Mexican actor.

7 years 38 weeks ago, 12:37 PM

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Alfonso

you mean the Fonz from the T.V. Show "Happy Days"?

7 years 38 weeks ago, 12:38 PM

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yes snake, the fonz... the great mexican actor! lol

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7 years 38 weeks ago, 12:39 PM

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Al ran the drive-in on "Happy Days" The Fonz was Fonzarelli, who by the way was a Yale graduate. Alfonso Bedoya was in "the treasure of the sierra madre" a 1948 movie classic. Rent it some time.

7 years 38 weeks ago, 1:31 PM

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boddjes, but we could use some loco weeed.

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7 years 38 weeks ago, 12:56 PM

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Ok SAMD

I will rent it monday.

7 years 38 weeks ago, 2:10 PM

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also get the sequel...Pinche Madre...ask for it its real good

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7 years 38 weeks ago, 2:15 PM

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Isn't that

Squeal when your madre peenches you?

7 years 38 weeks ago, 2:18 PM

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no that's a totally differant movie, that was part of the hijo de su puta madre series

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7 years 38 weeks ago, 2:21 PM

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I know her

Starring La Gran Mejor Puta Madre!

7 years 38 weeks ago, 2:26 PM

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when you rent it see if they have Chinga Tu Perra Madre Ask if you can see that.

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7 years 38 weeks ago, 2:46 PM

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I can see Snake now

getting his ass pounded by the Video rental people...LOL

7 years 37 weeks ago, 12:09 AM

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That is because

Obama IS a Muslim, amd he has got billions of allies. They preach peace and love and passivity, but they all secretly support the redicals that want to eliminate the infidel dogs. That would be us people, the Christians and the Jews. That is how they are gonna get to those 72 virgins that are waiting on them when they die.

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