The New York Times has the speech President Obama gave in Cairo. According to Drudge, it’s around 6,000 words.

Here’s a bit of what folks are already saying:

  • Michelle Malkin:

    Despite all his supposedly frank talk, Obama insists on hiding behind the euphemism “violent extremism.” It’s not only the “t-word” — terrorism — that failed to pass from his lips. It’s the j-word — jihad, violent jihad — that Obama will not acknowledge. He clings to the myth that only a “tiny minority” of “extremists” subscribe to the deadly Koran-inspired mission to force infidels to submit. He refuses to acknowledge and confront the violent jihadi virus around the world and on American soil.

    Even some left-wing progressives choked on all the pretty words.

  • Cato@Liberty:

    He did not ignore that which divides the United States from the world at large, and many Muslims in particular, nor was he afraid to address squarely the lies and distortions — including the implication that 9/11 never happened, or was not the product of al Qaeda — that have made the situation worse than it should be. He stressed the common interests that should draw people to support U.S. policies rather than oppose them: these include our opposition to the use of violence against innocents; our support for democracy and self-government; and our hostility toward racial, ethnic or religious intolerance. All good.

    Two particular comments jumped out at me (and you can go there to read them)

  • Jihad Watch:

    There is so much written here, you really need to see it for yourself. That being said, here’s a bite sized portion (more like a nibble:

    Note that Obama lists only ways in which the West has, in his view, mistreated the Islamic world. Not a word about the jihad doctrine, not a word about Islamic supremacism and the imperative to make war against and subjugate non-Muslims as dhimmis. Not a word about the culture of hatred and contempt for non-Muslims that existed long before the spread of American culture (“modernity and globalization”) around the world, which Obama D’Souzaishly suggests is responsible for the hostility Muslims have for the West.

  • Confederate Yankee:

    Note that Obama lists only ways in which the West has, in his view, mistreated the Islamic world. Not a word about the jihad doctrine, not a word about Islamic supremacism and the imperative to make war against and subjugate non-Muslims as dhimmis. Not a word about the culture of hatred and contempt for non-Muslims that existed long before the spread of American culture (“modernity and globalization”) around the world, which Obama D’Souzaishly suggests is responsible for the hostility Muslims have for the West.

Update:

Still more:

  • Right Wing Nut House
    I saw the speech this morning and just finished reading the transcript. My initial impression from watching it was, I believe, correct; it was a very good speech with some eye popping assumptions that were just plain false, a glossing over of some points that needed to be hit harder, and a troubling lack of candor about the Muslim world regarding extremism that he either believes or deliberately failed to address.

  • Power Line
    I’ve read the version of President Obama’s Cairo speech released by the White House. I don’t have time for a detailed commentary right now, nor have I done more than a first read. But it seems to me, on first read at least, that it’s a rather good speech.

    To be sure, Obama took some liberties with the facts in pandering to Islam, but so did President Bush. Similarly, I would certainly take issue with aspects of Obama’s account of the Israeli-Palestinian situation, but I also took issue with aspects of Secretary Rice’s. On first read, I didn’t see anything that made my blood boil on this issue (not as low a bar as one might suppose).

  • GayPatriot

    Why did President Obama completely ignore the persecution and pogroms of gays where Islamic law is the rule of the land?  It is happening in Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and even Egypt.  (The list goes on and on actually….)

    Gays living under strict Islamic law (whether in a nation or a region) are subject to death.  Women(as a group) actually have better lives in the Muslim faith than do gays and lesbians.  Although gay men seem to be particular targets of the horrific state/mosque-sanctioned atrocities.

    Has Obama not seen the photos of young gay men being hanged in Iran?

  • Atlas Shrugs
    The media can spin their subjugation and adulation a million different ways, but America did not vote for a “Muslim presidency,” which is what this is. Obama deceitfully hid his Muslim background and schooling and his agenda. Little did America know that Obama’s objective would be a conversion of this nation to “the largest Muslim country in the world”. From the moment he spoke as President, in the inaugural address, Islam was falsely given a preeminent place in the creation of America. In this speech, he quoted from the Koran three times. Why doesn’t anybody comment on this? Why doesn’t anyone ever comment on what he projected vs. what he is? Why won’t all those talking heads state the obvious?

    The Asia Times said Obama made a mistake by speaking in Cairo. “Why should the president of the United States address the ‘Muslim world?,” it asked. “What would happen if the leader of a big country addressed the ‘Christian world’? Half the world would giggle and the other half would sulk.”

  • Fausta’s Blog

    The speech, which you can read here, was missing a few things:

    1. The word TERRORIST. “Violent extremism” doesn’t happen on its own. It’s done by terrorists.

    2. Details on closing Gitmo “by early next year.” Surely Pres. Obama realizes that it’s
    not enough to say “I have ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed by early next year.” Where will those terrorists be sent? What will be the international reaction?

    4. A firm position on women’s rights.

  • Flopping Aces
    The first thing that struck me is that he could have delivered a really good speech by cutting half of it out. Yes, leave out the apologies and the mountain of moral equivalence and the Bush blaming which simply validates extremist ideology and it would have been fine.

    But when you make statements like this what purpose does it serve other than to strengthen extremism?

    OBAMA: Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries, and anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust. Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich. Six million Jews were killed – more than the entire Jewish population of Israel today. Denying that fact is baseless, ignorant, and hateful. Threatening Israel with destruction – or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews – is deeply wrong, and only serves to evoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve.

    On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people – Muslims and Christians – have suffered in pursuit of a homeland. For more than sixty years they have endured the pain of dislocation. Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead. They endure the daily humiliations – large and small – that come with occupation. So let there be no doubt: the situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable. America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own.

    Someone please inform me when the Israelis murder six million Palestinians, then we can talk moral equivalence between the Holocaust and suffering the Palestinians.

  • Classical Values
    This is not to say that there isn’t “common ground between the Arab world of one thousand years ago and the United States of America.” There is, but it does not derive from Islam, but classical Greek thought:
    It is the common ground of transmitted Greek thought (reason) taken from idea to action. And for this, we should be thankful to certain Arabs of that time period. We should be thankful for many pro-Aristotelian Arab philosophers including Averroes.

    Unfortunately for Islam, Islamic theologians eventually rejected it, and ultimately “logic and philosophy (as parts of “alien learning”) became extinct, extinguished by popular and theological hostility to non-Islamic culture.”

    In other words, while Muslims did help transmit classical Greek thought, “Islam” did not originate it, nor did “Islam” seek to preserve it.

  • Wizbang
    A US leader should not embrace the language of appeasement while we are at war for many reasons, not least of which is that it sends the wrong message to our enemies. These enemies seek no middle ground and are unpersuaded by a vernacular of introspection and self doubt. They can also see through the double talk. Nobody expects or believes Guantánamo Bay will be closed in a year, not even the President. Such talk is already seen as empty rhetoric in the US. Why does the President condescend to utter such nonsense to a foreign audience?

  • Q and O
    I compliment him for addressing some rather controversial issues (and this is where my thoughts about “lecturing” come from) such as women’s rights, religious freedom and democracy. None of the problems he addresses will change because of his speech nor is what he said new or original. He also spoke about Jews and quoted the Torah in Egypt which I found rather interesting.

    Terrorism? The word was never mentioned. The closest he gets is talking about “extremists”. While he addressed some controversial issues, he avoided this one altogether.

    And, unfortunately, he validated an Al Qaeda talking point about torture by claiming “I have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture”.

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