Krauthammer’s Take

by NRO Staff

From Thursday night’s Fox News All-Stars.

On State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley’s comments on the murder of U.S. airmen by a Muslim in Germany: “For example, was the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords a terrorist attack? You have to look at the evidence and look at the motivation, and then you make a judgment and that is a process as far as I know that is ongoing”:

Unfortunately the State Department spokesman had a bad day here. You never ask a rhetorical question if the answer is not the one you want. Was Jared Loughner a terrorist? No. He was a paranoid psychotic without a political motive.

Was the guy in Germany a terrorist? All the evidence says yes. This is a guy who shouted by the word of many witnesses, repeatedly, Allahu Akbar, which is the jihadist cry, as he shot the Americans and as he was being taken away. And he was recently radicalized, a Muslim either born or emigrated out of Kosovo, and now he’s confessed. Clearly this was a jihadist attack.

And when the president came out and spoke yesterday about this, he talked about it as if it was a bus accident, a “tragedy.” It is incomprehensible why he cannot even say out loud that this could have been a jihadist attack, a part of the war on terror. This was an attack on the American military abroad, an attack on our country, an act of war by a terrorist enemy. And if a president can’t speak about that, what does that say to moderate Muslims around the world who are against jihadists and hear a president of the United States who won’t even speak the truth about it? It’s demoralizing.

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