The Indian-American who's giving Obama a hard time

Last Updated: Thu, Aug 30, 2012 13:38 hrs

Dinesh D'Souza says he wants to "articulate a reasoned critique of American culture while defending conservative values".

The 51-year-old Indian born D’Souza is presently enjoying the fruits of his labour, a documentary called “2016: Obama’s America” which is topping the American box office and winning the hearts of conservatives everywhere.

The documentary is based on D’Souza’s  2010 book The Roots of Obama's Rage and portrays President Obama in a less than flattering light. D`Souza`s take on Obama is very simple: Obama is following an anti American policy which he inherited from his father, a staunch follower of anti colonialism, and is bent on diminishing America’s power in the world. This according to “2016” forms the basis of the Obama administration’s policies and is the source of woes that are plaguing the country today. In a nutshell Obama has daddy issues which he is taking out on America. And this assessment, which has come in a timely manner (think a presidential poll in November 2012) , as been welcomed by the Republicans with open arms.

D`Souza was born to Goan Christian parents in Mumbai and came to the US as exchange student during his high school years. He then went on to graduate from Dartmouth College in 1983 with a BA in English.  D’Souza has many milestones to his credit including serving as a White House Policy Analyst under the Regan regime,  the John M. Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the Robert and Karen Rishwain Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is currently serving as the President of the King’s College, a Christian liberal arts institution located in New York. D’Souza has been named as one of America’s most influential conservative thinkers by the New York Times Magazine and the Newsweek named him as one of the country’s most prominent Asian-Americans.

D`Souza has published 12 books till date the most famous of them being The Roots of Obama's Rage. The book may have been a best seller but it was not without its fair share of critics who labeled the idea that Obama is following a policy of anti colonialism as far fetched. This is true of most of D’Souza’s works which have provoked strong reactions. Right from his very first book “Illiberal Education”, in which he argued that political correctness was the root cause for the dumbing down of the American education system to “The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11” where he suggested that the cultural left (read liberals) with their amoral policies were directly responsible for the 9/11 attacks were widely attacked by liberal media and hailed by the conservative media.

In his latest offering "2016", D'Souza then goes through a list of actions Obama has taken as president to support his theory. Many of them don't hold water according to the Beth Fouhy, from the Associated Press:

— D`Souza rightly argues that the national debt has risen to $16 trillion under Obama. But he never mentions the explosion of debt that occurred under Obama's predecessor, Republican George W. Bush, nor the 2008 global financial crisis that provoked a shock to the U.S. economy.

— D'Souza says Obama is "weirdly sympathetic to Muslim jihadists" in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He does not mention that Obama ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and the drone strikes that have killed dozens of other terrorists in the region.

—D'Souza wrongly claims that Obama wants to return control of the Falkland Islands from Britain to Argentina. The U.S. refused in April to endorse a final declaration on Argentina's claim to the islands at the Summit of the Americas, provoking criticism from other Latin American nations.

—D`Souza says Obama has "done nothing" to impede Iran's nuclear ambitions, despite the severe trade and economic sanctions his administration has imposed on that country to halt its suspected nuclear program. Obama opposes a near-term military strike on Iran, either by the U.S. or Israel, although he says the U.S. will never tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran.

— D'Souza says Obama removed a bust of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill from the Oval Office because Churchill represented British colonialism. White House curator William Allman said the bust, which had been on loan, was already scheduled to be returned before Obama took office. Another bust of Churchill is on display in the president's private residence, the White House says.

“Love him, hate him, you don’t know him,” said D’Souza of President Obama and his so called anti colonial ways. Even though the Indian American’s first documentary has received its fair share of criticism, it is quite hard to ignore his work as it pushes the right buttons during the right time and not to mention the fact that it has set the cash registers ringing.

With inputs from Associated Press

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