Nate Jackson / June 15, 2016

What Makes Obama Angry?

Not radical Islamic terrorists — just calling them what they are.

Donald Trump had a point. Barack Obama, he said, “was more angry at me than he was at the shooter” in Orlando. When Obama took to the podium Sunday to reflect on the horrific atrocity perpetrated by a Muslim terrorist, he stubbornly avoided any mention of “Muslim” or “radical Islam.” He did, however, find plenty of time to blame guns and anti-homosexual bias.

In his remarks Tuesday, however, Obama was finally mad. At Trump. Obama angrily insisted that he would not associate Islam with these acts of terrorism worldwide. “What exactly would using [the term ‘radical Islam’] accomplish?” Obama huffed. “What exactly would it change? Would it make ISIL less committed to try to kill Americans? Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this? The answer is none of the above. Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away.”

The correct answer is all of the above. Failing to identify a threat by name ensures it does not go away. In fact, the number of attacks perpetrated by Islamist jihadis both at home and abroad has dramatically increased on Obama’s politically correct watch.

Obama brayed, “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.” No one said that was all Obama needed to do. But, then again, as Mona Charen quipped, “He never tires of slaying straw men.” The larger point is that refusing to call a spade a spade is symptomatic of Obama’s larger policy failure.

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