The Congressional delegation of the state of Oklahoma is to no one’s surprise not a bastion of ardent support for the Presidency and policies espoused by President Obama.
Following the Cairo speech by Obama yesterday, there were strong reactions from members of the delegation. But as often is the case Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) topped them all, even impugning the patriotism of the President and questioning out loud rather the Presidents allegiances are with America or with those who wish to destroy America.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim Inhofe said today that President Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo was “un-American” because he referred to the war in Iraq as “a war of choice” and didn’t criticize Iran for developing a nuclear program
Inhofe, R-Tulsa, also criticized the president for suggesting that torture was conducted at the military prison in Guantanamo, saying, “There has never been a documented case of torture at Guantanamo.”
“I just don’t know whose side he’s on,” Inhofe said of the president.
Back around the time of the lead up to the Iraq War, country music stars the Dixie Chicks said on foreign soil that they were ashamed that President Bush was from thier native Texas. A firestorm of conservative and Republican criticism and boycotts followed. Also throughout the Bush/Cheney years there was criticism of those Democratic lawmakers who criticized then current U.S policy overseas or criticized the President while they were overseas. They lamented that American politicans no longer allowed politics to “stop at the waters edge”.
However that was the Bush/Cheney neoconservative standard. In the mind of conservatives there now appears to be a different standard. Its fine to criticize the Presidents policy decisions, but personally even when Bush/Cheney were at their worst, I never would have suggested that they were somehow in cahoots with Al-Queda.
The only way the tide of extremism and violence by those in the Middle East and around the world will be stemmed, is to reach out to those moderate elements, especially the young, who have not yet been radicalized. For example two-thirds of Iranian citizens are under the age of 30. But logic it seems has been something that Inhofe is not well acquainted with.