Even Bill O’Reilly of Fox News fame doesn’t think President Obama’s outright refusal to string together the words “radical” and “Islamism” when discussing acts of radical Islamic terror attacks is the smartest move, either as a commander-in-chief or politically.
In comments this week to a mother whose “son gave his life for acts of terrorism,” she said, CNN reported, Obama explained just why he refused to use “Islamic terrorist” as a term to describe what was taking place at the hands of Muslim jihadists, the world over.
Obama’s comments, taken from CNN:
“‘These are people who’ve killed children, killed Muslims, take sex slaves, there’s no religious rationale that would justify in any way any of the things that they do,’ he said. ‘But what I have been careful about when I describe these issues is to make sure that we do not lump these murderers into the billion Muslims that exist around the world, including in this country, who are peaceful, who are responsible, who, in this country, are fellow troops and police officers and fire fighters and teachers and neighbors and friends.’”
And Pamela Geller’s response, here:
“Obama will not say Islamic terrorism because he is a true believer and will not violate the speech laws (blasphemy) under Islamic law (sharia). He was born a Muslim and went to Islamic schools in Indonesia. It’s very much part of who he is.”
And now comes O’Reilly, chiming in with a more moderate voice – but one that nonetheless carries the same message, and that’s to insist: President Obama, you need to start telling the truth.
He said, on his recent Fox News broadcast:
“O’Reilly asserted that Obama is ‘naive’ when he declines to address Islamic terror by name.
“‘Any rational Muslim is not going to take offense at the words ‘Islamic terrorism,’ O’Reilly said. ‘Why? Because that would be irrational.’
“‘The enemy needs to be defined, Mr. President, and if some people get their feelings hurt, that’s too bad.’
“As for Obama’s comments on law enforcement and race in America, O’Reilly said the president did not acknowledge that the ‘overriding nobility’ of America far outweighs individual bias and terrible mistakes on the part of a few police officers.
“Although Obama did mention the importance of respecting the flag and national anthem, he did not ‘take a stand’ or present ‘strong leadership,’ O’Reilly said.
“‘Mr. Obama understands that diminishing America is a bad choice, but somehow he always equivocates and does not make his points with certainty and clarity.’”