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A year ago in Cairo, Barack Obama delivered an address promising a new era of wisdom and understanding in confronting the "tensions" between the US and Muslims around the world. Instead, the delusional character of the speech hinted at what would follow: a foreign policy in deep denial about the greatest challenges to international peace and security.

Obama pledged to fight violent extremism "in all its forms", for example, and then proceeded to relieve Islam of any responsibility for the culture of rage that darkens more than a few Muslim-majority nations. His administration has consistently projected this psychological mood of unreality. The massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, the Christmas Day airline bomber, the failed bomb plot in Times Square-each was reflexively treated by team Obama as an "isolated" or "one-off" anomaly with no connection to a network of radical Islamic jihadists. In each case the White House spoke with self-assured ignorance about the nature of the attack, and then backpedalled within 24 hours.

Nevertheless, none of these "wake-up calls" have disturbed the mendacious mannequins at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The White House is reportedly drafting a new National Security Strategy that removes any suggestion of a link between Islam and terrorist violence. Religious references such as "Islamic extremism" to describe the ideology of al-Qaeda or other terrorist networks are to be purged. Memos from the State Department and Homeland Security reveal a similar sanitising lurch toward political correctness. In painful-to-watch testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Eric Holder obdurately refused to admit a connection between radical Islam and recent terrorists plots in the United States. "There are a variety of reasons why people do these things," he said. "Some of them are potentially religious."

Potentially religious? Even militant atheists like Christopher Hitchens might fall into that category. 

The Obama administration is so obsessed with repudiating the Bush administration — which correctly described a US-led war against "militant Islamic radicalism" — that it has abandoned common sense. Indeed, the authors of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission Report explicitly rejected generic references to a "war on terrorism" in national security documents. "This vagueness blurs the strategy," they wrote. "The catastrophic threat at this moment in history is more specific. It is the threat posed by Islamist terrorism — especially the al-Qaeda network, its affiliates, and its ideology." A recent report by civilian analysts at US Central Command agreed: "We must look at the theological motivations for violence in the same way we view its sociological and economical aspects."

 When President Bush warned that nuclear weapons could fall into the hands of religious extremists, he was accused by liberals such as Zbigniew Brzezinski — the national security adviser in the feckless Carter administration — of promoting a "paranoiac view of the world." Obama gives lip service to the same threat, not to retool America's strategy to defeat the radicals, but to advance his vision of a nuclear-free planet. The president sincerely, fantastically believes that America's example of arms reduction and "transparency" — he revealed for the first time the exact number of US nuclear warheads — will inspire pacific behaviour among its enemies. Yet even his own Defence Secretary, Robert Gates, admitted in a leaked memo that the administration "does not have an effective long-range policy for dealing with Iran's steady progress toward nuclear capability."

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Shaylee Z
February 28th, 2011
5:02 AM
I guess, George W. Bush should take care always, as it seems that there's a death threat for him. The bomb plot last week could be. A TX student has been arrested for allegedly planning a bombing. Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari was taken into custody on Wednesday. Federal agents said that Aldawsari had been preparing on targeting George W. Bush. The bomb plot was discovered when a chemical business reported “suspicious purchases” to the police.

Alcuin
May 27th, 2010
10:05 PM
This begins to look like an episode of 24, with Jack Bauer having to fight the President as well as the bad guys. Would all who exalted in Obama's electoral success now eat a large slice of humble pie. If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. - Sun Tzu (c. 400-320 BC)

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