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Krauthammer’s Take: Obama ‘Deliberately Trying to Deny’ Radical Islam Ideology of Terrorists

 

Charles Krauthammer argues that President Obama’s unwillingness to acknowledge the Islamic nature of modern terrorism is intentional:

Look, the fact that the President goes way out of his way, for seven and a half years, to avoid the phrase that is obviously the most descriptive of the enemy, radical Islam, means he’s doing it for a purpose.

He pretends and says well, it’s a magical phrase. … I think the President said, calling it a threat by a different name doesn’t make it go away. Of course it doesn’t! Nobody implies it does.

But deliberately calling it something meaningless: ‘violent extremism’ is a completely empty phrase. No one has ever strapped on a suicide vest in the name of extremism; nobody dies in the name of extremism.

Obama is deliberately trying to deny, or to hide, or to disguise, the connection between all of these disparate acts and groups, and if you want to mobilize a country behind you, you need to tell them who the enemy is and why it’s doing what it is. 

FDR did not say the day after Pearl Harbor, ‘Yesterday is a day that will live in infamy. We were attached by violent extremists.’

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