A Diplomatic Defeat for President Obama and America

The elite media largely ignored an astounding defeat recently for the United States and for the cause of freedom.

The Iranian dictatorship hosted an anti-terrorism conference in Tehran.

That’s right. The world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism–the country that funds and trains Hamas and Hezbollah and sends arms to the Taliban–simply stole our language and held a conference that professed to oppose terrorism.

Under the Iranian definition of that term, the United States and Israel are the primary supporters of terrorism in the world.

Amazingly, sixty countries–yes, sixty–participated in the Iranian conference.

In a scene worthy of Kurt Vonnegut satire, the North Koreans, Cubans, Venezuelans, Palestinians and other enthusiastic supporters of anti-American activities all showed up.

Even more alarmingly, our so-called allies Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan were also in attendance. After billions of dollars spent and thousands of Americans lost, these “allies” ignored our requests and dignified the dishonest event and a country that is funding terrorism worldwide.

Cliff May captured the disaster in the National Review:

“A few days ago, the regime that rules Iran, designated by the U.S. State Department as the world’s most active state sponsor of terrorism, held what it called the First International Conference on the Global Fight against Terrorism. The U.S. and Israel were singled out as “satanic world powers” with a “black record of terrorist behaviors.” This should have been the subject of scorn and ridicule from the “international community.” But senior officials from at least 60 countries attended and U.N. secretary general Ban Ki-moon delivered a message via special envoy expressing his appreciation to Tehran. Apparently he was not bothered by the fact that Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court, was among those attending.”

As an example of how bad some of the participants were who showed up to accuse the U.S. of “terrorism,” consider the indictment of the Sudanese President: Omar al-Bashir was charged with genocide, with crimes against humanity (including murder, extermination, forcible transfer of civilian populations, torture, and rapes), and with war crimes (including intentional attacks against civilians and pillaging).

This is the company our so-called allies are comfortable with?

To make this outrageous situation even worse, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon sent a special envoy to Tehran to deliver a message supporting the conference.

Perhaps nothing should have surprised us after Iran won a vice-presidency of the U.N. General Assembly recently. An organization founded to preserve peace has now elevated the world’s top state sponsor of terrorism to a leadership role.

Unfortunately, also like a Vonnegut novel, these stories represent a reality that is less humorous than it is distressing.

The participation of allies like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan in the anti-American charade in Tehran is just the kind of sight that could become more common in the future amid questions about the United States’ commitment in the region.

As the Obama Administration’s policy–which appears to be “weakness and abandonment”–becomes clearer, allies will re-evalute and reorient away from the United States and toward  Iran. After all, the U.S. is leaving, and Iran is an increasingly powerful force in the region–and it will soon be armed with nuclear weapons.

The elite media has largely ignored this unfolding disaster. Yet the dangers of this realignment are serious. The radical Islamists that countries like Iran arm, train, and support while claiming to oppose terrorism are no small threat. They aim to destroy the United States and Israel, and to halt the cause of freedom wherever they can.

Radical Islamism is dangerous given weak state sponsors, and it will be even more serious when backed by a large regional power such as Iran is becoming.

The Obama Administration, meanwhile, remains blind to the forces threatening us.

Consider this additional report from Cliff May regarding a young Marine who was charged last month for repeated shooting attacks on the Pentagon and was arrested, in Arlington Cemetery, with explosives materials and literature referencing Al Qaeda:

“Yonathan Melaku was charged in federal court with shooting at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The officials who arrested him later searched his home and found a videotape in which he is shouting “Allahu Akbar!” They also found a notebook in which he’d written about Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and The Path to Jihad, a book of lectures by Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born Islamic cleric who was widely considered a moderate before he fled to Yemen where he is now a top al-Qaeda commander.

“So it’s pretty obvious what Melaku was up to, right? Not if you’re a federal employee, it’s not. “I can’t suggest to you his motivations or intent,” James W. McJunkin, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington field office, told reporters at a news conference. “It’s not readily apparent yet.”

“Many in the mainstream media also expressed befuddlement. A Washington Post story carried the headline: “Pentagon Shooting Subject Not Known to Law Enforcement.” (Really? That’s the news here?) The article told readers that “a motive for the shootings — and why Melaku had possible bomb-making materials — remains elusive.” So does that mean we can’t rule out a crime of passion — or a paint-ball competition that got out of hand?”

In case after case, we have leaders who are determined to ignore obvious truths.

Not since the 1930s have our leaders so willfully deceived themselves about a growing threat to our survival.

July Charity of the Month: The Thomas Jefferson Foundation

By Newt and Callista Gingrich

The Gingrich Foundation is proud to announce that the Thomas Jefferson Foundation is July’s Charity of the Month in honor of the Fourth of July and the author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson.

As the author of the Declaration, Jefferson wrote that we are “endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights,” among which are “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Just as the legacy of these words endures today, Jefferson’s personal legacy survives in his Virginia home and estate, Monticello.

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation owns and operates Monticello, the mountaintop home of founding father Thomas Jefferson. Since its founding in 1923, the Foundation has maintained this World Heritage Site and National Historic Landmark without ongoing federal or state funding, relying instead on the generosity of private donors to help preserve Jefferson’s estate.  Today, the Foundation is committed to its dual mission of preservation and education.

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation’s vision is to engage a global audience in a dialogue with Jefferson’s ideas. Through virtual, off-site, and on-site engagement, the Foundation stimulates interest in Thomas Jefferson and applies its extensive research and knowledge to reveal his genius in a variety of pursuits, from architecture and the arts, horticulture, cuisine, agriculture, natural history and science, to philosophy, political ideals, self government, education, and the rights of man.

Chief accomplishments in the Foundation’s history include restoration of the architectural masterpiece, reacquisition and protection of 2,400 acres, reacquisition of most of Jefferson’s original furnishings, creation of an unsurpassed library, and extensive archaeological research. Restoration of the landscape and gardens began in the 1980’s. In 1987 the United Nations added Monticello to its World Heritage List. In 2002 the 89-acre scenic mountain approach to Monticello was acquired and improved with a 2.2 mile community hiking trail enjoyed by more than 85,000 people each year.

60,000 children visit Monticello annually. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation expanded its educational mission with academic and scholarship programs in 1994 with the opening of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. In 2002 the Center opened the Jefferson Library. Its online resources are the chief portal for research on Jefferson. For more than a decade, all significant scholarship on Thomas Jefferson has cited and relied on the resources of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

In 2009 the Foundation opened the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center with museum galleries, film, and classrooms.   In May 2011 the Foundation dedicated a new conference and retreat facility, The Robert H. Smith Center at Montalto, on Jefferson’s “high mountain” overlooking Monticello.

At, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation maintains award-winning educational resources and provides free, worldwide access to an extensive collection of Jefferson materials. The Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia, provides almost 1,000 Jefferson-related articles, and the Monticello Explorer offers an interactive 3D tour of Jefferson’s home and grounds for those who cannot make the trip to Charlottesville.

Please join us in supporting the Thomas Jefferson Foundation’s mission of preservation and education.  Your generosity will help the Foundation ignite a passion for history in thousands of children, scholars, and visitors to Monticello who wish to discover the genius of Thomas Jefferson.
Your Friends,

Newt and Callista Gingrich


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