National Security

Democrats Are Wearing Blinders

Denying the radical Islamic nature of Islamic terrorism is at the heart of Obama's foreign policy.

Feb. 18, 2015

Denying the radical Islamic nature of the terrorism perpetrated by al-Qaida and the Islamic State is at the heart of Barack Obama’s foreign policy. But make no mistake: Obama’s blinding Islamophilia is costing the U.S. big time.

Terrorism is “random,” he says, and the Islamic State isn’t Islamic. Twenty-one Christians beheaded by ISIL were merely “Egyptian citizens” – as if religion had nothing to do with it – but three Muslims killed by a leftist atheist in North Carolina were clearly targeted because of their faith. “No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship,” Obama said, despite early evidence that such targeting wasn’t the case anyway.

The White House began a three-day summit Tuesday focused on combating “violent extremism.” One official explained the stance on ISIL: “We are not treating these people as part of a religion. We’re treating them as terrorists.” But addressing that summit, Joe Biden warned of right-wing extremists committing violence in the name of the Bible.

After all, Obama says not to get on your “high horse” because Christians are still guilty of the Crusades.

Meanwhile, Marie Harf, spokesperson for the Obama State Department, continued this pattern when she explained that ISIL’s terrorism isn’t so much religious as economic plight, and that all these angry [Muslim] men need is a little “middle-class economics.” She pontificated, “We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, [including the] lack of opportunity for jobs. … We can work with countries around the world to help improve their governance. We can help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people.”

We suppose if the jihadis were employed and still committed acts of terror, Harf would explain that away as “workplace violence.”

In a better world, the U.S. would be unequivocally fighting evil instead of excusing it, and people like Marie Harf would be looking for “job opportunities” in the private sector.

Never mind that Obama abandoned Iraq, leaving a vacuum for ISIL to fill. And forget that his entire strategy for dealing with ISIL consists of a few airstrikes, or that his Authorization for Use of Military Force severely handicaps the fight. Faced with pushback over her foolish comments, Harf insisted, “No one should doubt our commitment” to defeating ISIL.

Well, let’s ask Attorney General Eric Holder about that commitment. “We’re not at a time of war,” he informed us Tuesday. Tell that to the American military personnel flying sorties over ISIL territory and the soldiers still stationed in the region. And does Holder’s pronouncement mean Congress can disregard Obama’s AUMF request?

Not exactly, since Holder’s Justice Department has previously justified airstrikes – even if they kill American citizens – because we’re at war.

As far as calling Islamic extremism what it is, Holder dismissed the idea: “Radical Islam, Islamic extremism – I’m not sure an awful lot is gained by that.” Though he did say, “If Fox [News] didn’t talk about this, they would have nothing else to talk about, it seems to me.” Radical Islam is far more than a right-wing talking point. It’s reality, and Holder should check in some time.

Our nation is being led by men and women who are so Orwellian they insist up is down, hot is cold, and Islam is innocent but Christians are guilty. Such morally bankrupt lies and distortions are plainly dangerous to our future.

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