NAILING OBAMA – AT 11:02 A.M. ET: The great Ed Lasky of American Thinker refers us to an insightful piece about Barack Obama's strange comments on the 9-11 attacks. We can truly ask, "Is this an American president speaking?" From Jennifer Rubin at Contentions:
Obama’s remarks on 9/11 were about what you would expect from a president who has ridiculed his countrymen for overreacting to the most lethal terrorist attack on our soil and who can’t manage to utter the worlds “Islamic fundamentalists” or “jihadists.”
Really, let’s not dwell on the bad stuff, he tells us. “On this day, it’s perhaps natural to focus on the images of that awful morning — images that are seared into our souls. It’s tempting to dwell on the final moments of the loved ones whose lives were taken so cruelly.” Yes, it is tempting — because that is what the day is all about, to recall the diabolical work of our enemies and recommit ourselves to the defense of our civilization. But no, in his book, it’s about diversity training: “They were white and black and brown — men and women and some children made up of all races, many faiths. They were Americans and people from far corners of the world.”
As for the Islamist fascists who killed so many and made orphans and widows of many more, he has this to say:
It was not a religion that attacked us that September day — it was al-Qaeda, a sorry band of men which perverts religion. And just as we condemn intolerance and extremism abroad, so will we stay true to our traditions here at home as a diverse and tolerant nation. We champion the rights of every American, including the right to worship as one chooses — as service members and civilians from many faiths do just steps from here, at the very spot where the terrorists struck this building.
Oh, good grief. Yes, it was a religion — fundamentalist Islam that attacked us. Al-Qaeda is one organization but the jihadists attack because of religious beliefs. And they are anything but pathetic or, as he put it, ”sorry” — they did slaughter thousands, after all. And one cannot but wretch at the moral equivalence — just as we condemn Islamist zealots, we must rebuff those who don’t appreciate the desecration of “hallowed ground” ? Also, notice the sleight of hand: the Pentagon chapel he refers to is not a mosque, not the exclusive providence of Muslims but an interfaith facility that bears no religious monikers. (Hey, why not the same at Ground Zero?) His tone is one of condescension, revealing that his mission is to talk Americans out of their righteous anger.
COMMENT: We'll answer our own question. No, that's not an American president speaking. It's a man who considers himself above us, a man of the world, a man who appreciates other "cultures," especially Islamic culture. He may not have noticed the women stoned to death for not showing proper obeisance to their husbands.
Obama will not stand up for American civilization because he doesn't believe in it.
And the pity is that we have an academic world and a press corps that still embraces him...because they share his values, and his contempt for the American people.
September 12, 2010