HANSON OUTS THE MOSQUE GUY – AT 7:55 P.M. ET: The Ground Zero mosque controversy can get worse for President Obama. Victor Davis Hanson reports that the man behind the mosque has a full treasury of quotable quotes, none of them designed to cheer Americans:
Self-described Sufi moderate Imam Rauf may prove to be an Islamic version of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. With Wright, the Left kept insisting that outrage over his racist and anti-American remarks was driven by right-wing racism, and for a while, the narrative worked — hence Obama’s pre-under-the-bus assertion that he “could no more disown Reverend Wright than” etc. But then Wright committed the mortal sin of insulting the elite media right at their embryo, at the D.C. National Press Club.
So too Imam Rauf. He has a vast record of quackery — the latest tidbit is his 2005 contorted assertion that Westerners have more innocent Muslim blood on their hands than does al-Qaeda (e.g., “We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al Qaida has on its hands of innocent non-Muslims”), presumably because between 1991 and 2003 America tried to stop Saddam’s aggressions and WMD program through non-violent sanctions...
...Perhaps with two or three more disclosures from Imam Rauf’s corpus of speeches, we will hear a stronger walk-back from the president — something analogous to “The person I saw yesterday is not the person I met 20 years ago.”
COMMENT: We learned today that this learned buffoon also called for the end to the state of Israel, something that will certainly go down well in New York City.
The Democrats are becoming desperate to get rid of this issue, which can only hurt them. As we reported earlier today, Scott Rasmussen has found that three out of four Americans who are not members of the political class oppose the placement of the mosque at Ground Zero.
August 23, 2010