“Islam, as we know, is part of America,” Obama said at a White House dinner celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. “Together we have a responsibility to foster engagement grounded in mutual interest and mutual respect.”Hat tip to Atlas Shrugs for making the guest list available.
“That’s one of my fundamental commitments as president both at home and abroad,” Obama said. “That is central to the new beginning that I’ve sought between the United States and Muslims around the world and that is a commitment that we can renew once again during this holy season.”
Honoring Ramadan, which began Aug. 22, is the latest part of Obama’s sustained outreach efforts to the Muslim world. The president pledged during a June 4 speech in Cairo, Egypt to “seek a new beginning” between the U.S. and Islam.
So what about our supposed best ally freeing the Lockerbie terrorist, Mr. President, who was then treated to a heroes welcome upon returning to Libya? That did a lot to smooth relations between Americans and Muslims, didn't it? I also haven't heard the Left complaining about a record number of U.S. soldiers being killed in Afghanistan in August. The 51 soldiers killed in August topped the previous record in July of 45. This has proven to be the deadliest year for American troops fighting radical Islamic resistance groups with 182 fatalities to date.
UPDATE: It looks like President Obama is blocking Scottish authorities from releasing any information about communications between his administration and the Scottish government concerning the release of the Lockerbie terrorist bomber.