“Suborned in the U.S.A.” by Andrew C. McCarthy

While it is all well and good to belittle the birth-certificate controversy, without it we’d know only what the media and Obama himself would tell us about his multiple citizenships, which is nothing. As noted above, we now know Obama, by operation of British and Kenyan law, was a citizen of Kenya (a status that lapsed in 1982, when he turned 21). That’s something voters would find relevant, especially when Obama’s shocking 2006 conduct in Kenya is considered. But we don’t know about his Kenyan citizenship because the media thought it was newsworthy. We know it only because of the birth-certificate controversy: Pressed to debunk the allegation that Obama was born in Kenya, his embarrassed supporters felt compelled to clarify his Kenyan citizenship.

By contrast, the question whether Obama ever was an Indonesian citizen is still unresolved, as are such related matters as whether the foreign citizenship (if he had it) ever lapsed, and whether he ever held or used an Indonesian passport — for example, during a mysterious trip to Pakistan he took in 1981, after Zia’s coup, when advisories warned Americans against traveling there. By the way, many details about that journey, too, remain unknown. Obama strangely neglected to mention it in his 850 pages of autobiography, even though the 20-year-old’s adventure included a stay at the home of prominent Pakistani politicians.

There may be perfectly benign answers to all of this. But the real question is: Why don’t the media — the watchdog legions who trekked to Sarah Palin’s Alaska hometown to scour for every kernel of gossip, and who were so desperate for Bush dirt that they ran with palpably forged military records — want to dig into Obama’s background?

Who cares that Hawaii’s full state records would doubtless confirm what we already know about Obama’s birthplace? They would also reveal interesting facts about Obama’s life: the delivering doctor, how his parents described themselves, which of them provided the pertinent information, etc. Wasn’t the press once in the business of interesting — and even not-so-interesting — news?

And why would Obama not welcome Hawaii’s release of any record in its possession about the facts and circumstances of his birth? Isn’t that kind of weird? It would, after all, make the whole issue go away and, if there’s nothing there, make those who’ve obsessed over it look like fools. Why should I need any better reason to be curious than Obama’s odd resistance to so obvious a resolution?

There’s speculation out there from the former CIA officer Larry Johnson — who is no right-winger and is convinced the president was born in Hawaii — that the full state records would probably show Obama was adopted by the Indonesian Muslim Lolo Soetoro and became formally known as “Barry Soetoro.” Obama may have wanted that suppressed for a host of reasons: issues about his citizenship, questions about his name (it’s been claimed that Obama represented in his application to the Illinois bar that he had never been known by any name other than Barack Obama), and the undermining of his (false) claim of remoteness from Islam. Is that true? I don’t know and neither do you.

But we should know. The point has little to do with whether Obama was born in Hawaii. I’m quite confident that he was. The issue is: What is the true personal history of the man who has been sold to us based on nothing but his personal history? On that issue, Obama has demonstrated himself to be an unreliable source and, sadly, we can’t trust the media to get to the bottom of it. What’s wrong with saying, to a president who promised unprecedented “transparency”: Give us all the raw data and we’ll figure it out for ourselves?

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One Response to ““Suborned in the U.S.A.” by Andrew C. McCarthy”

  1. smrstrauss says:

    Re: “the question whether Obama ever was an Indonesian citizen is still unresolved.”

    The US State Department, in a legal filing, has said that Obama was never an Indonesian citizen. (http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/strunk-answer.pdf)

    The relevant paragraph is #40, which says: “To the extent this paragraph alleges that President Obama is or ever was an Indonesian citizen, that allegation is denied.”

    Re: “the full state records would probably show Obama was adopted by the Indonesian Muslim Lolo Soetoro .”

    The US State Department also denies that in paragraph #38, which says: ”
    To the extent this paragraph alleges that Lolo Soetoro is or ever was
    President Obama’s father by birth or adoption, that allegation is denied.”

    Yes, Obama used the Soetoro name. A lot of people use the names of their stepfathers without being adopted. This is particularly true in foreign countries, where the local name is more easily understood than a foreign name. I had a Chinese name when I lived in Asia. That did not mean that I legally changed my name or was adopted.

    Re: “when advisories warned Americans against traveling there.”

    Who told you that? In 1981, when Obama went to Pakistan, the country was so peaceful that US newspapers wrote travel articles recommending visiting “scenic Lahore.” Pakistan International Airlines had an office on Fifth Avenue in New York City and flew from JFK Airport via London to Karachi. Pakistan was NOT on any no travel list. (Who said that it was?) and Pakistan was eager for tourists to visit, so it granted US citizens 30-day visas on arrival at Pakistan airports.

    Re: “Why don’t the media — the watchdog legions who trekked to Sarah Palin’s Alaska hometown to scour for every kernel of gossip, and who were so desperate for Bush dirt that they ran with palpably forged military records — want to dig into Obama’s background?”

    When a person says “check out Obama’s background. He could not go to Pakistan because it was on a travel advisory,” and it was NOT on a travel advisory, the credibiliity of the allegations is suspect.

    This is like the guys who say that Obama’s Kenyan grandmother said that he was born in Kenya, and you can clearly hear her saying that he was born in Hawaii. This is like WND claiming that there are birth files that are sealed in Kenya, but no one else has reported that there are files or than any files are sealed.

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