Spencer and Shoebat send dire warnings on inauguration day

Its Inauguration day, but global problems don't disappear because of our grand Photo: Bob Taylor

CHARLOTTEJanuary 21, 2013 – As Barack Obama’s glorious coronation enraptured America, Robert Spencer and Theodore Shoebat issued dire realities about the president’s failed foreign policies during his first term.

Focusing on the jihadist attacks in Algeria and the rise of Al Qaeda in Mali, Spencer, a prolific author and editor of Jihad Watch, says, “Obama’s warm support for Islamic supremacist authoritarian regimes has resulted in direct aid for Islamic jihadists.”

Shoebat, a reformed member of the Muslim Brotherhood, has similar cautions about that region saying, “We…cannot consider the attack in Algeria with little concern. It was orchestrated….in support of jihadists who wish to make the west African country of Mali into a sharia state.”

Using the president’s own words, which have been a constant mantra in recent weeks, Spencer cited Obama’s claim regarding Afghanistan that “we achieved our central goal … or have come very close to achieving our central goal, which is to de-capacitate al-Qaeda, to dismantle them, to make sure that they can’t attack us again.”

As evidenced by the year-long growth of Al Qaeda in Mali and the recent attack in Algeria, the Islamic fundamentalist organization is far from “de-capacitated.”

Spencer notes that the Obama administration has overseen the “installation of Sharia regimes in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt” while giving little more than “lip service” to the human rights violations through the institution of Sharia law in several regions of the Middle East.

As Spencer points out, “Islamic supremacists worldwide are considerably emboldened, as they see that the United States will offer no significant counterweight to their advance.” The danger, according to Spencer, is the president believes that jihadist activities are unrelated to Islam and has made that belief his administration’s official position on the subject.

Meanwhile, Shoebat has similar opinions when he writes, “Obama’s policies has (sic) only made the West lose control of the Middle East, and this will only lead to the formation of an Islamic state.”


In addition to the recent trouble in Algeria and Mali, Shoebat foresees increasing activity by the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan. Jordan has long been a U.S. ally in the Middle East as one of the most stable countries in the region. At least in a place where “stability” is a relative term.

Now Shoebat states, “In Jordan right now, we are seeing the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood which is foreshadowing a repeat of what took place in Egypt. The toppling of Mubarak in Egypt and Gaddafi in Libya, and the extremely violent revolution occurring in Syria, is currently empowering the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood to fight to take over Jordan.”

Perhaps such points of view are nothing more than Chicken Little yelling that “the sky is falling,” but given the never-ending turmoil in the Middle East, they should not be overlooked. Certainly, ignoring them or saying are not happening or falsely believing Al Qaeda is dead because we have diminished its strength in one particular area is hardly a position of leadership and strong foreign policy.

As Spencer warns, “Reality has a tendency to break through even the most skillful and subtle propaganda. Unfortunately, in this case reality is very likely to take the form of another catastrophic, high-casualty jihad mass murder on American soil – one that could have been prevented had Barack Obama not instead been encouraging and embracing those who share the jihadists’ goal of imposing Sharia. The Algeria jihad attack was just the latest harbinger of the things that are inevitably to come.”

Let’s hope Spencer and Shoebat are both wrong. At the same time, we should be paying attention.

Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in CharlotteNCTaylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to SwitzerlandFrance and Italy for groups of 12 or more.

Inquiries for groups can be made at Peabod@aol.com Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.

As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 71 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.


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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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