"Saudi Columnist: Obama Will Be President of the 'United Collapse of America,'" from MEMRI, November 25
In a November 16, 2009 op-ed in the London-based Saudi daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Hamad Al-Majed, founder of the Saudi National Human Rights Association and a lecturer in education, mourns the U.S.'s military, political, and economic collapse.
He pointed out that the U.S.'s failures are affecting many countries, and that the countries fighting terror should be particularly concerned.
Al-Majed writes that Barack Obama is the first black president of the United States of America, but may also soon be president of the "United Collapse of America."
Following are excerpts from Al-Majed's op-ed:
"The acknowledgement, in a survey [by] the U.S. military, that the morale of its troops fighting on the Afghanistan front is plummeting does not surprise me. It would be surprising if morale were not plummeting. The hardest thing for any army in the world is to convince its soldiers and brigade commanders of the benefit of the war.
"Such a survey is a good indication that these troops are not sufficiently convinced [of the justice] of the war. This is why the Taliban's morale is higher and its fighting is better than those of the alliance led by the U.S. The number of volunteer fighters in the Taliban's ranks has doubled... as has the number of their attacks...
Why should they be convinced of the justice of the war? They're fighting for one Sharia entity against another -- and meanwhile Obama is trying to make concessions to the enemy Sharia entity. It's madness.
"As the morale of the American troops [in Afghanistan] falls, the morale of the American troops in Iraq rises - not because their fighting situation is any better, but because the U.S. government has informed the troops in Iraq of the beginning of a gradual withdrawal from [that country]. [...]
"On the economic level, several American banks collapsed recently and declared bankruptcy. These banks join several more respectable American banks that went bankrupt as Obama began his term in office. Also, the unemployment rate [is evidence of] collapse - so much so that it looks to the observer like a car with no brakes going [down a slope].
"If the U.S. sneezes, the entire world catches a cold. Its political collapse in its war on terror, together with its economic collapse, have made the entire world sink into a political and economic quagmire. No one knows how our star will emerge from the maelstrom.
"The failures of the U.S. in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia will have an impact on the countries that are fighting terrorism and extremism. These countries must prepare for the stage that follows these collapses and retreats - because there is no critical American/Western victory on the horizon in the fight against [extremism and terrorism].
"Obama fought tooth and nail to be the first black president of the U.S., and he was successful at it. But in the future he may also gain the title of 'President of the United Collapse of America.'"