Wednesday, October 08, 2008

"Palling around with terrorists"

Gov. Sarah Palin has correctly characterized Barack Obama as "palling around with terrorists." The Obama campaign and "mainstream" media are spinning like tops, trying to turn Obama's having been hired by Weathermen founder William Ayers to head the Board of Directors for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, appointed to the Board of the Woods Fund of Chicago by Ayers, Ayers' hosting of the 'meet-and-greet' that launched Obama's political career, and their appearing together on two academic panels into something enough less than a close working relationship to make Obama's characterization of Ayers as "a guy who lives in my neighborhood" seem like something less than the outrageous lie of omission it actually was.

But the old bomb-maker Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dorhn, of the Weathermen's "Declaration of a State of War" infamy are not the only terrorists with whom Sen. Obama pals around.

Sean Hannity set forth Obama's connections with another radical member of the Woods Fund Board, PLO operatative, sometime University of Chicago professor, now at Columbia, Rashid Khalidi. Khalidi was a member of the PLO at a time when the State Department still designated it a terrorist organization. In 2000, Khalidi held a fund-raiser for Obama's unsuccessful run for the U.S. House of Representatives, and as Hannity documented, Obama threw a farewell party for Khalidi when he left U. Chicago.

And then there is Obama's relative Raila Odinga. Obama campaigned for Odinga while on a trip to Kenya at U.S. taxpayer expense:



When Odinga lost the Kenyan presidency, his followers, Islamists and Communists among them, launched near-genocidal violence against the mostly Christian tribes that had supported the winner, Mwai Kibaki.

If we believe Obama's protestations of the innocence of his associations with thugs and terrorist, we must judge him to be possibly the worst judge of character in the history of American politics, not someone who should be making cabinet, Supreme Court, or even ambassadorial appointments. If his protestations are lies, the import is sinister.

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