The Missing Words

The biggest reason I did not vote for Barack Obama was my concern that he, like so many others, just doesn’t get it on terrorism, by failing to grasp the total and undeniable link between terrorism and Islam. You can’t deal with a problem if you are in total denial about its origin.

For that reason, I drew no comfort at all from President Obama’s fleeting references to terrorism in his speech yesterday. Here is what he said:

Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred…And for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that, “Our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken. You cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you”…To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.

Granted, in an inaugural address you expect lofty rhetoric and not specific descriptions of policies or of particular enemies. But I would have felt a lot more comfortable if he had been willing to say “a far reaching network of Islamic extremists who perpetuate violence and hatred.” At some point he is going to have to give up the political correctness and face reality– unfortunately he is likely to learn this reality the hard way.

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