Whoa! Not So Fast Linking Obama to Another Violent Thug
When Will The MSM Report On Obama’s Support for Kenyan Tyrant Raila Odinga?
In 2006, US Senator Barack Obama went to Kenya (at the expense of the American taxpayer) and campaigned for Raila Odinga, a man running for the presidency of that country. Senator Obama apparently did so because he is a distant cousin of Odinga.
The NewsBusters post refers to an article in today’s Washington Times describing the terrible election violence in Kenya carried out by Odinga supporters. That article also reports that Raila Odinga signed a secret Memorandum of Understanding that he would bring Sharia law to Kenya if elected president. The article then goes on to describe in a disapproving tone the campaigning Senator Obama did for Odinga in 2006.
However, the terrible violence which followed Kenya’s elections began in December of 2007. And Odinga signed that odious memorandum in August of 2007. So these events took place after Obama had campaigned for Odinga.
In the interest of telling the whole story, we should note here that Mr. Raila Odinga was not a saint even prior to 2006, participating as he had in a violent coup attempt in 1982. Now, should Senator Obama have informed himself fully of his cousin’s history before campaigning for him? Probably. If any of us had been contacted by a cousin from the Old Country asking us to assist in his or her run for president, would we have stopped to do some research before flying off? A lot of us probably would not have.
But Obama’s failure to know of his cousin’s past is not the allegation levelled by NewsBusters, the Washington Times and others. From the same Washington Times article:
Mr. Obama’s judgment is seriously called into question when he backs an official with troubling ties to Muslim extremists and whose supporters practice ethnic cleansing and genocide.
What am I missing? Don’t we judge people on their actions? How could Senator Obama have judged Odinga or his character on the basis of actions he had not yet committed?
There is enough to criticize about Senator Obama’s candidacy and his own history, including but not limited to his deliberately choosing to associate with some shady Americans, without adding the charge that he failed to see into the future of an African cousin.