DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's second-in-command urged Egyptians not to be seduced by the 'polished words' of what he called the criminal Barack Obama
when the U.S. President makes a speech in Cairo seeking to repair ties with the Muslim world.
"O, Egypt's free, righteous and honorable people and mujahideen; stand united in the face of this criminal," Ayman al-Zawahri, an Egyptian, said in an audio recording posted on an al Qaeda-linked Islamist website.
"(Obama's) bloody messages have been received and are still being received and they will not be concealed by public relations campaigns or theatrical visits or polished words."
Whoops! Now it looks like the other One has gotten in on the act. Can somebody say 'cage match?'
Meanwhile the American media is predictably all tingly over Obama's inevitably altogether inconsequential turn at an Egyptian teleprompter Thursday afternoon. Now, no one ever expected that The One was going to be able to win over the Big Bads of al Qaeda (well, maybe a few folks in Berkely...or the sad sods who believe that the CIA or someone made up the whole al Qaeda business in the first place). But I have to scratch my head when I listen to the coverage of this "Historic Speech" on NPR or CNN, or read about it on some of the MSM sites. It almost feels as though somebody out there actually expects Obama to accomplish something tomorrow. Allahpundit over at HotAir hits it out of the park on this:
To believe that half an hour of pap will advance the ball in the Middle East, you’d have to believe that tensions there are based largely on “cultural misunderstandings,” not wholly irreconcilable goals like the right of return. It’s worth doing simply because it’s a costless exercise, but as with anything Obama does, the media hoopla is wildly disproportionate to the actual effect. A productive use of righty bloggers’ time this afternoon will be to seize on the passages inevitably touted by the press as “breakthroughs” and then comb through Bush’s speeches for their analogs, of which there are bound to be many. Exit question: Will The One address the lingering “cultural misunderstanding” about whether the Holocaust happened? It’d be nice to find common ground on that, at least.
To be clear, it is my considered opinion that being called a blood-soaked murderer or somesuch by the likes of Zawahiri and bin Laden is pretty strong evidence that you are doing something right. I can only hope that Obama keeps this in mind during his reading tomorrow. I hope (and I'm not alone in this) that our POTUS does not apologize himself into the appearance (...) of joining these Islamowankers in blaming America and its policies for their own murderous rage and its real source in the collective, self-imposed impotence of their dying culture.