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Hamas Gets a Nod. Women. Not So Much.

By ObamaNerd June 8, 2009

[caption id="attachment_7133" align="alignright" width="358" caption="Palestinian militants watch Obama's Cairo speech"]MIDEAST ISRAEL PALESTINIANS OBAMA[/caption]

Did you guys feel those 40-50 mph winds last week?  Wowsers.  The cause?  The world's 1.5 billion Muslims and the entire O-administration exhaled collectively right after Obama finished his big speech in Cairo.

This was a risky speech to be sure.  Some argue the riskiest to date. "And I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear." Holy fuck.  I love it and yet expect to see that in some ad in 2012, funded by the RNC.

It was a pretty powerful speech.  Obama talked about 7 points that underscore the historic tension between the West and the Muslim community:  violent extremism, Israel/Palestine, Nuclear Weapons, the Promotion of Democracy, Religious Freedom/Globalization/ and Women's Rights. Although, I'm going to give him an "um, sorta" on that last one.

Indeed, I think Obama did a great job right up to the Women's Rights part.  Education and microfinancing?  That's the big inequality gap for women in Muslim-majority countries?  Hi, how about rape laws?  I mean, he takes on some really meaty and controversial subjects and then kind of wimps out on women's rights.  I was yearning for a strong statement on existing laws governing violence against women.  Total cop out.

Good on Obama for buying into Hillary's health care plan the day before, though. The one he trashed on the campaign trail.
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