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What Planet Is He On?

(cross-posted at kickin it with cg)

On the way to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia the New York Times is reporting that President Obama told Laura Haim on Canal Plus, a French television station, that the “United States also could be considered as ‘one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.'”

This comment, predictably, has set off some controversy. Case in point is Robert Spencer of Jihadwatch, who asks “what planet is he on?” Answers Mark Leon Goldberg,

I’m guessing “earth.” Because according to the Pew Research Center, there are an estimated 2.35 million Muslims in Amerca.  This means that if the United States were a member of the 57 nation Organization of the Islamic Conferences it would rank, in terms of Muslim population, above Albania, Kuwait, Brunei, Benin, Togo, Djbouti, Suriname, Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Guinea-Bissau, Comoros, Qatar, Lebanon, and the Maldives.

Obama went on to say:

“What I want to do is to create a better dialogue so that the Muslim world understands more effectively how the United States, but also how the West thinks about many of these difficult issues like terrorism, like democracy, to discuss the framework for what’s happened in Iraq and Afghanistan and our outreach to Iran, and also how we view the prospects for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians,”


“I think the most important thing I want to tell young people is that, regardless of your faith, those who build as opposed to those who destroy I think leave a lasting legacy, not only for themselves but also for their nations.  And the impulse towards destruction as opposed to how can we study science and mathematics and restore the incredible scientific and knowledge – the output that came about during centuries of Islamic culture.

After 8 years of clumsy buffoonery – I guess this is what real diplomatic efforts look like.


  1. 🙂

    According to that link in the diary the US is 52nd. Not exactly one of the largest, unless you mean anything above the median of all 194 countries (entities).

    I called this a misstated fact by the Prez.

    Now if you go by landmass then the US would definitely be one of the largest.

  2. Ever since Sept 12, 2001 to be exact, when I stood up and shouted at the television set (in response to President Bush’s [sic] “Americans like Muslims”) with: “We are Muslims, you idiot!”  There has been almost no break in the narrative that Muslims live in Muslim nations and non-Muslims live in America.

    It is worth remembering that there were more Muslim victims of 9/11 than there were Muslim hijackers. Here are some of them, we miss you all.

    Samad Afridi

    Ashraf Ahmad

    Shabbir Ahmad (45 years old; Windows on the World; leaves wife and 3 children)

    Umar Ahmad

    Azam Ahsan

    Ahmed Ali

    Tariq Amanullah (40 years old; Fiduciary Trust Co.; ICNA website team member; leaves wife and 2 children)

    Touri Bolourchi (69 years old; United Airlines #175; a retired nurse from Tehran)

    Salauddin Ahmad Chaudhury

    Abdul K. Chowdhury (30 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)

    Mohammad S. Chowdhury (39 years old; Windows on the World; leaves wife and child born 2 days after the attack)

    Jamal Legesse Desantis

    Ramzi Attallah Douani (35 years old; Marsh & McLennan)

    SaleemUllah Farooqi

    Syed Fatha (54 years old; Pitney Bowes)

    Osman Gani

    Mohammad Hamdani (50 years old)

    Salman Hamdani (NYPD Cadet)

    Aisha Harris (21 years old; General Telecom)

    Shakila Hoque (Marsh & McLennan)

    Nabid Hossain

    Shahzad Hussain

    Talat Hussain

    Mohammad Shah Jahan (Marsh & McLennan)

    Yasmeen Jamal

    Mohammed Jawarta (MAS security)

    Arslan Khan Khakwani

    Asim Khan

    Ataullah Khan

    Ayub Khan

    Qasim Ali Khan

    Sarah Khan (32 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)

    Taimour Khan (29 years old; Karr Futures)

    Yasmeen Khan

    Zahida Khan

    Badruddin Lakhani

    Omar Malick

    Nurul Hoque Miah (36 years old)

    Mubarak Mohammad (23 years old)

    Boyie Mohammed (Carr Futures)

    Raza Mujtaba

    Omar Namoos

    Mujeb Qazi

    Tarranum Rahim

    Ehtesham U. Raja (28 years old)

    Ameenia Rasool (33 years old)

    Naveed Rehman

    Yusuf Saad

    Rahma Salie & unborn child (28 years old; American Airlines #11; wife of Michael Theodoridis; 7 months pregnant)

    Shoman Samad

    Asad Samir

    Khalid Shahid (25 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald; engaged to be married in November)

    Mohammed Shajahan (44 years old; Marsh & McLennan)

    Naseema Simjee (Franklin Resources Inc.’s Fiduciary Trust)

    Jamil Swaati

    Sanober Syed

    Robert Elias Talhami (40 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)

    Michael Theodoridis (32 years old; American Airlines #11; husband of Rahma Salie)

    W. Wahid

    I remember giving presentations to Cantor Fitzgerald folks but I don’t remember their names or faces.  I guess it’s not supposed to get easier.

  3. louisprandtl

    actually part of the David Horowitz network of insanity… I veered off to the nether World of JihadWatch for few seconds… Gosh it is vile and ill..I badly need a shower..will return shortly!

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