Today, we remind Obama and his lackey Hopium addled addicts the virtues of history, honor, and duty – and why Americans do not bow.
The frigate Philadelphia burned in the harbor of Tripoli, on February 16, 1804, during the First Barbary War.
The First Barbary War (1801–1805), also known as the Barbary Coast War or the Tripolitan War, was the first of two wars fought between the United States of America (briefly joined by a small Swedish fleet) and the North African states known collectively as the Barbary States. These were the independent Sultanate of Morocco, and the three Regencies of Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli, which were quasi-independent entities nominally belonging to the Ottoman Empire.
Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli, although nominally governed by the Islamic Ottoman Empire, had been largely independent Muslim states since the 17th century.
Before the First Barbary War, Britain and France made extortion payments to the Barbary states in order to ward off pirate attacks. The Americans, after achieving independence from Britain, also decided to make extortion payments to the pirate states.
Ambassadors to Britain and France – Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, respectively, were asked by Congress to negotiate with the pirate states.
In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams went to negotiate with Tripoli’s envoy to London, Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdrahaman or (Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja). Upon inquiring “concerning the ground of the pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury”, the ambassador replied:
It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every muslim who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise. He said, also, that the man who was the first to board a vessel had one slave over and above his share, and that when they sprang to the deck of an enemy’s ship, every sailor held a dagger in each hand and a third in his mouth; which usually struck such terror into the foe that they cried out for quarter at once.
Jefferson reported the conversation to Secretary of State John Jay, who submitted the Ambassador’s comments and offer to Congress. Jefferson argued that paying tribute would encourage more attacks.
Jefferson lost the argument and the United States began the extortion payments. The United States at that point, just like today, was a nation deep in debt. Still about $1 million per year for 15 years was paid to pirate states to protect American shipping.
In 1801 Thomas Jefferson was inaugurated as president. When Yussif Karamanli, the Pasha of Tripoli, demanded tribute, Jefferson said “No.” Jefferson sent American ships to patrol pirate waters and in 1803 the frigate USS Philadelphia ran aground and the crew along with the ship was captured. The Philadelphia’s guns were then turned around to threaten American naval ships.
On the night of February 16, 1804, Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, Jr. led a small contingent of the U.S.’s first Marines in the captured Tripolitan ketch rechristened USS Intrepid, to deceive the guards on board the Philadelphia and float close enough to board the captured ship. Decatur’s men stormed the vessel and overpowered the Tripolitan sailors standing guard. With support from American ships, the Marines set fire to the Philadelphia, denying her use to the enemy, and captured the city. This action was memorialized in a line from the Marines’ Hymn — “the shores of Tripoli.” Subsequently, the bravery in action of Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, Jr. made him one of the first American military heroes since the Revolutionary War.
The Marines’ Hymn invokes “the shores of Tripoli” and the lessons of the First Barbary war. The lessons learned in “the shores of Tripoli” are recalled by every Marine, every Marine family, and should be remembered by American Presidents.
Inexperienced Obama requires a tutor to instruct him on everything, but especially now, regarding modern day pirates. Obama thinks the capture of American citizens are a mere distraction and responds with a show of force. More than a “show” will be needed. Hillary Clinton does know what to say and what to do:
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called the pirates “nothing more than criminals” and noted that they were not a new problem for the United States — though this was the first time in 200 years that pirates had captured an American vessel. “One of the very first actions that was undertaken by our country, in its very beginning, was to go after pirates along the Barbary Coast” of North Africa, Mrs. Clinton said at a State Department news conference, in which she called on the international community to “come together to end the scourge of piracy.”
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Obama will soon discover that sweet talk does not work with pirates (or other nations for that matter).
Inexperienced Barack Obama does not remember the lessons of Tripoli. Obama wants to be popular and in pursuit of that cheap bauble called popularity Obama has abandoned American interests. In pursuit of popularity Obama bowed before a foreign potentate and then lies to Americans:
The White House is denying that the president bowed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at a G-20 meeting in London, a scene that drew criticism on the right and praise from some Arab outlets.
“It wasn’t a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he’s taller than King Abdullah,” said an Obama aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The Washington Times called the alleged bow a “shocking display of fealty to a foreign potentate” and said it violated centuries of American tradition of not deferring to royalty. The Weekly Standard, meanwhile, noted that American protocol apparently rules out bowing, or at least it reportedly did on the occasion of a Clinton “near-bow” to the emperor of Japan.
Interestingly, a columnist in the Saudi-backed Arabic paper Asharq Alawsat also took the gesture as a bow and appreciated the move.
The Saudi columnist knows Obama bowed before the Saudi monarch and Politico hid the rather astounding remarks written by the columnist and read by Saudis in and out of government and the Islamic world.
“Many Americans have been concerning themselves, even now, with Barak Obama’s religious affiliation, and whether he is a Christian, as he has said, or a Muslim whose political ambitions have forced him to conceal his faith. Public opinion polls indicate that almost ten percent of Americans continue to believe that Obama is a Muslim – and not a Christian as he claims – as his father is a Muslim, and his roots can be traced back to a Muslim country. Even though American law does not prohibit a Muslim from becoming President of the United States, law is not always the absolute with regards to the American presidency.”
“President Barack Obama’s bow in front of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz during their meeting at the sidelines of the G20 conference in London has aroused suspicion once again over Obama’s religious identity. Gary Bauer, a former Republican Presidential primary candidate said that “he [Obama] is courting the Muslims in a way that arouses suspicion” and this makes clear that Obama’s opponents are omitting a lot of facts when interpreting this bow.”
Obama lived part of his childhood in Indonesia and in his meeting with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques attempted to evoke this. For bowing is an expression of affection in Indonesian culture and in East Asia in general. And so Obama wished to demonstrate his respect and appreciation of the personality of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, who has made one of the most important calls in the modern era, namely the call for inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue to defuse the hatred, conflict and wars. And so the American right-wing –and the media which is sympathetic towards them- is reading too much into Obama’s bow.
Obama bowed and now is lying about it. Gary Bauer might call into question Obama’s religion, but certainly the columnist is doing quite a bit of nodding and winking to his readers too regarding Obama’s religion. Clearly Obama ingratiated himself to the Saudi king and his courtiers at the expense of American interests. Americans don’t bow. Obama is lying to Americans if he denies there was a deep bow.
Obama’s thugs are lying to the American people and do not like to be reminded that they are lying. Yesterday a CNN reporter (Dan Lothian) asked Robert Gibbs whether the president had bowed before the Saudi king. Gibbs answered like an Obama thug and with the old Bush W. imperial attitude. Donna Brazile later in the day was her usual inept self and denied the obvious bow.
George W. Bush and his entire family were entangled with the Saudi Royal House. Bush hugging and kissing the Saudi king was nauseating. Bush hugging and kissing the Saudi king proved how close he was personally to the Saudi king. The public displays of affection were made more repulsive because they demonstrated that very fact. But as disgusting as that closeness was/is there was no display of American subservience, at least in public.
In his quest for popularity, or to signal something nefarious, Obama bowed before the Saudi king and is now lying about it. The Saudi Royal House knows Obama bowed and that Obama is lying.
Lies to the American people are the Bush W. legacy to the Third Bush Term. Obama bows to the Saudis and lies to Americans. Nothing has changed.
Obama should listen to the Marines’ Hymn and learn Americans do not bow, and to get his honor clean.