Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, New York Times, CDC lending support: Libya Syndrome?
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The discussion moves to all of the people in the poverty of West Kenya who want something from the Obamas because of their famous relative, and the resulting creation of the Sarah Hussein Obama Institute for Benevolence.
The Institute was “created to aid the people,” says Musa.
When the Obama family went to the Hajj last year, says Musa, they were invited to the Saudi king’s royal quarters. It seems the Obamas thought they were too late for the pilgrimage to Mecca and Granny Sarah wrote a letter to the Saudi Ambassador. Things happened quickly and the Obamas were invited by the Saudi royals to make the trip. Especially, says the interviewer, “because you are a Muslim family.”
When the interviewer asks whether anything was requested of the Obamas while in Mecca, Musa declines to answer for political reasons.
The conversation turns to Sarah’s Benevolence Institute, now formally known as the Mama Sarah Obama Children Foundation.
And immediately becomes more than a charming family story of an American president’s family tree.
Many people in Sarah’s village and throughout West Kenya wanted to be associated with the Obama name. The usual business or political types. But there was also a desire — fulfilled — for education and scholarships for students. What kind of education? Scholarships? Scholarships to where?
“It [the Mama Sarah fund] provides services for orphans, there’s about 50 orphans, in madrases (sic)….
What was it then-Secretary of State Colin Powell said about madrassas back in 2004 when testifying before the House Appropriations Committee? Powell testified that madrassas were a breeding ground for “fundamentalists and terrorists.”
In an October 16, 2003 memo to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other top Pentagon officials, then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld posed this question about the role of madrassas:
Today, we lack metrics to know if we are winning or losing the global war on terror. Are we capturing, killing or deterring and dissuading more terrorists every day than the madrassas and the radical clerics are recruiting, training and deploying against us?
Newt Gingrich is long on record discussing the threat of “the spread of Radical Islamism through mosques and madrassas.”
Even the liberal Brookings Institution has taken issue with the IRP’s Peter Bergen on the subject of radical Islam being cultivated in Pakistan’s madrassas.
And yet there is the President’s cousin Musa calmly sitting on Al-Jazeera discussing how Mama Sarah’s fund “provides services…for madrases.”
And the scholarships? Says Musa:
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online