Obama’s petulant reaction to Trump’s demand to identify the enemy clearly was a telling moment for anyone watching. Since HRC also follows this reluctance, it is sad to think we’ll be victimized for another four years (or eight) and not be able to speak the name of what is killing all of us. Just imagine.
Obama claims he has no advisor tell him if he uses “a name” like radical Islam it will help defeat the enemy. He also claims he has ISIS under control.
To that I say, “fire your advisors- they suck!” (Except this one, who apparently Obama missed when looking for advice.) Seriously, it’s like Al Capone saying he can’t find a guy in his organized crime syndicate who is telling him committing crime is a bad idea, so he’s continuing his criminal behavior. Even the dumbest American or liberal (same thing) has to pause long enough to go “hmm.. that doesn’t sound right.”
Mr. Obama did not name Trump, referring to him only as a “politician who tweets and appears on cable news shows.” I’m not inclined to defend Trump, and will not do so now; his notion that we bar all Muslims from traveling to the United States is laden with unintended consequences. But President Obama’s studied refusal to acknowledge the reality of Islamic-inspired violence has helped to create the Trump phenomenon. In fact, it may well be the greatest contribution to Trump’s success. Some say that presidential elections are often referenda on the last guy: Carter was the anti-Nixon; Reagan was the anti-Carter; Clinton was the anti-Bush; and Obama was the anti-Bush. Thus, Trump is the anti-Obama.
Obama fumed at those who criticize his administration for refusing to use the words “radical Islam.” He mocked the idea that language matters: “Not once has an adviser of mine said, ‘Man, if we use that phrase, we are going to turn this whole thing around.’ Not once.” He never tires of slaying straw men. It’s not a matter of intoning magic words. The critique of Obama is that he has so often projected the image of Islam’s defense counsel instead of America’s commander-in-chief.
In fairness (though Obama is rarely fair to those he differs with), it should be noted that George W. Bush was also at pains to shun the impression that the U.S. was at war with Islam. But here’s the difference: Bush never gave the impression that he wasn’t on America’s side, and Obama consistently does. Moreover, when Obama or members of his administration stubbornly refuse to acknowledge what everyone knows to be true, it makes people feel unsafe.
In 2009, Col. Nidal Hasan, marinated in the writings of Islamic extremists, jumped on a table, shouted “Allahu Akbar,” and opened fire on 45 soldiers, killing 13. Obama was unsure of his motive and cautioned Americans against “jumping to conclusions.” Until late 2015, the administration declined to call Fort Hood a terrorist attack, preferring the Newspeakish “workplace violence.”
When ISIS-linked terrorists decapitated their American captive James Foley and released the video on the internet, Obama went golfing. He later said he regretted this, but that couldn’t erase the signal of indifference.
After Islamic extremists in Paris attacked the Charlie Hebdo offices and a Jewish supermarket in January 2015, Obama spoke of vicious killers who “randomly shoot a bunch of folks at a deli in Paris.” But the attacks could not have been more pointed — a satirical magazine that had caricatured Muhammad and a Jewish store. Did Obama misspeak, or was he downplaying the Islamic extremist element? When 50 world leaders, including those of Great Britain, France, Germany, Israel and Russia marched in Paris to show solidarity against terrorism, Obama skipped the event and failed to send a high-ranking surrogate.
After Muslim terrorists turned the Brussels airport into an abattoir in March, Mr. Obama attended a baseball game in Cuba. Before the bodies had all been buried, he danced the tango in Argentina.
It’s not that Obama is soft on religiously inspired violence. At the National Prayer Breakfast, he cautioned Americans against “(getting) on our high horse,” because during the Crusades and the Inquisition, terrible deeds were committed “in the name of Christ.” While Obama played historical tit for tat, terrorists were plotting their next strike.
The pattern has recurred throughout his presidency — from the Boston marathon bombing, to the Paris attacks, to “clock boy,” to the San Bernardino shootings and now the Orlando attack, Obama has downplayed Islamist motivations and dismissed American fears. The Atlantic magazine reported that Obama frequently reminds his staff that Americans are more likely to die in their bathtubs than in terror attacks.
What Mona Charen is describing is an Islamic technique all Americans should become familiar with- Kitman.
Quran (16:106) – Establishes that there are circumstances that can “compel” a Muslim to tell a lie.
Quran (3:28) – This verse tells Muslims not to take those outside the faith as friends, unless it is to “guard themselves” against danger, meaning that there are times when a Muslim should appear friendly to non-Muslims, even though they should not feel that way..
Quran (9:3) – “…Allah and His Messenger are free from liability to the idolaters…” The dissolution of oaths with the pagans who remained at Mecca following its capture. They did nothing wrong, but were evicted anyway. (The next verse refers only to those who have a personal agreement with Muhammad as individuals – see Ibn Kathir (vol 4, p 49)
Quran (40:28) – A man is introduced as a believer, but one who had to “hide his faith” among those who are not believers.
Is Obama a Muslim? Who knows or cares. But he is clearly a Muslim sympathizer, who is very familiar with the religion and its tenets. He grew up in a Sunni Muslim home, went to Muslim schools, studied the Koran. That’s just the facts. For the first time in our history, we have a President raised and schooled by what could be argued is the enemy of our type of civilization. It would be akin to having a President in 1940 that showed up to work wearing a Nazi uniform. Even the most loyal party member, whether Democrat or Republican, would go “Dude, what the..??! Okay, you’re out of here! ”
However, our society has been educated in moral relativism and political correctness and is numb to outrageous behavior by anyone. So when Obama gets madder at Trump’s ramblings than losing dozens of his own citizens to Islamic Terrorism, people just shrug their collective shoulders.
But they shouldn’t. Because, and this is important, if an enemy declares war on your ENTIRE civilization and the guy in charge of your side willingly ignores it, it’s still a war. Just one you’ll lose quicker.
Sebastian Gorka points this out. The other day I had the chance to watch him on the Five lay Juan Williams out, after Williams put forth the current liberal mantra that the shooter was a closet gay man striking out against Christian bigotry. At Gorka’s website he has this quote. Gorka trains FBI and other government personnel on the manners and motives of Islam.
“What I have been trying to convince this city of for many years now is that we have not even begun to engage in the information operations battlefield. We do almost everything at the tactical level and have allowed political correctness to infect the way we do Information Operations and Psychological Warfare. America is preeminent at the application of kinetic force. The U.S. Abbottabad raid will be taught from the Beijing Military Academy to Sandhurst for the next hundred years as how you do a kinetic application of lead-on target. But tactical perfection does not automatically add up to victory. Tactical victories do not necessarily bring strategic success. We must delegitimize the ideology of the enemy or this will be exercise in “whack-a-mole.” Your children, my grandchildren, will be hunting jihadists a hundred years from now unless we take down their ideology of Global Jihadism.” —Testimony to House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, 8 Jan 2016
Gorka is right. Regardless who the next President or what his (or her God help us) theory or opinion is, we’ll be fighting this war. Because it is a war between civilizations, and our side is to afraid or corrupted to own up to it.