Barack Obama’s former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recently pointed out the discrepancies between President Donald Trump’s address on Islam to the one Obama made in 2009 in Cairo during a Foundation for Defense of Democracies conference Tuesday.
“It clearly set us on a different, and in my view better path, than President Obama’s Cairo speech,” said Gated.
He said Obama’s address in 2009 in Cairo was “basically … put the responsibility on the U.S. for things that had gone wrong.” Gates contrasted the address to Trump’s who in his opinion “put the responsibility on the government’s of [Muslim] countries.”
His remarks are particularly astonishing because he was the secretary of defense in Obama’s administration during the time of the address. Obama’s address was supposed to be a fresh start in the relationship between the United States and the Musli world.
In contrast, President Trump’s address was to call for a concerted effort against the threat that radical Islam poses to the free world.
He said President Trump‘s speech was “pretty good,” saying that “this is good versus evil, you know who these people are, and drive them out.”
Gates further added, “one of the things I liked about the speech is the onus it placed on governments of Islamic countries” saying that these nations must join forces if they want to “They need to take steps internally and be more aggressive in rooting these people out,” Gates said of Islamic governments.
President Trump’s address underlined to Muslim states that “the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children.”
Gates added, “it is a choice between two futures—and it is a choice America CANNOT make for you.”
In contrast, Barack Obama’s address proclaimed, “I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition.”
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