The President says he doesn’t want to “quibble with labels” by calling ISIS “radical Islamists”
“Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.” – Ayn Rand
The refusal of the Obama administration to label radical Islamic extremism “radical Islamic extremism” has become one of the most fascinatingly dumb episodes to watch unfold. There has always been trepidation on the part of liberals—specifically Obama—to call out Islamic extremism, but over the last several weeks, it has become laughable.
This avoidance has been getting more and more absurd as the days pass by. Last week, when a reporter asked White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki an easy question, Psaki dodged:
Reporter: “The Taliban has taken credit for murdering three American civil contractors at the Kabul airport…We’re those murders an act of terrorism?”
Psaki: Well one, I think the department of defense has spoken to this…we’ve seen reports that the Taliban have claimed responsibility…obviously, any attack that kills contractors, that kills individuals who are working there in harm’s way is horrific, and a tragedy, but I’m not gonna put new labels on it today.
Here’s what Psaki should have said. Get ready. Here we go. She should have said: “Yes. Next question.” So difficult.
Obama is no less dodgetastic. Appearing Sunday on CNN, Obama said the following:
I think that the way to understand this is, there is an element growing out of Muslim communities, in certain parts of the world, that have perverted the religion, have embraced an a nihilistic, violent, almost medieval interpretation of Islam. And they’re doing damage in a lot of countries around the world. But it is absolutely true that I reject a notion that somehow that creates a religious war, because the overwhelming majority of Muslims reject that interpretation of Islam. They don’t even recognize it as being Islam. And I think that for us to be successful in fighting this scourge is very important for us to align ourselves with the 99.9% of Muslims who are looking for the same thing we’re looking for — order, peace, prosperity, and so I don’t quibble with labels. I think we all recognize that this is a particular problem that has roots in Muslim communities, but I think we do ourselves a disservice in this fight if we are not taking into account the fact that the overwhelming majority of Muslims reject this ideology.
I’ll distill what Obama said in my own words: “There are radicals Islamists, who are backward in their faith, and who want us dead. But this is not a religious war, because more muslims than not are non-violent. So we should side with the good Muslims. This problem does come from Islam, but, once again, since the majority of Muslims are nice people, it’s not a religious war.”
Good job, Mr. President. In your absolute desperation to avoid some kind of offense, but also realizing the truth of the matter, you’ve made yourself a nice little word soup there. In a single paragraph, you’ve contradicted yourself egregiously.
If there is a faction of Muslims—quite a large faction, even if it’s not the majority—and they interpret the Koran—a religious book—in such a way as to promulgate their evil, how is that not a religious war? Their entire mission is to establish a Muslim caliphate. Once again, a MUSLIM CALIPHATE!They even say it themselves! They may not be the majority, but that is entirely irrelevant to the argument. Many Muslims do reject that interpretation of Islam, but that doesn’t mean that the interpretation of ISIS is any less “religious.” It’s still Islamic. I can guarantee that if radical Catholics began to tear the world apart, it would be labeled a religious war within the first five minutes of the first bombing.
The President also implies that by acknowledging the truth that our war with ISIS is indeed a religious war, we are also lumping all Muslims together, regardless of their nature. That’s wildly disingenuous, and—to put it plainly—just plain stupid. Most Americans have the intellectual capacity to recognize the difference between men who wear plastique as an accessory, and our neighbors Frank, and Linda Hussein.
Mr. Obama, you call this a “scourge” that has roots in Islam. You say it has grown out of an old, “medieval” Islam, and yet you refuse to “quibble with labels?” Your manipulation of the English language needs some work. And honestly, after six years in office, I thought you’d be better at mastering the Clintonian art of word-games.
“It’s a religious war against Islamic extremists. It is not a war against all Muslims.” Wow, that was easy.
Mr. President, you are an absolute coward, and a disappointment to any position, let alone the office of the President of the United States. To know that you are mentioned in the same breath as George Washington, Ronald Reagan, and JFK is vomit-inducing.
If we don’t recognize the religious nature of ISIS, we will never, ever defeat them.
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