GrassTopsUSA Exclusive Commentary
By Don Feder
Obama was in rare form at the White House Correspondents Association dinner last week, when he joked with reporters (The We-Love-You-POTUS-Oh-Yes-We-Do Fan Club), "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist I used to be." Stop, you’re killing me.
Say, did ya hear the one about the U.S. ambassador who was dragged through the streets of Benghazi and butchered because his boss wouldn’t mount a rescue operation for fear of offending the Muslim street? It’s a riot!
As hilarious as Obama was with his media symps, he’s even funnier when he’s trying to be serious about the Religion of Peace. To witless:
• The World Trade Center attack was due to al-Qaeda’s lack of "empathy" for the suffering of others which "grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair." (Aw, somebody needs a hug.) – then-Illinois State Senator Obama writing in Chicago’s Hyde Park Herald, September 12, 2001
• The Muslim call to prayer is "one of the prettiest sounds on earth at sunset." (There were Germans who felt the same way about "Deutschland Uber Alles") – Candidate Obama to New York Timescorrespondent Nicholas Kristof in a 2007 interview.
• "I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear" and "Islam has always been part of the American story." (Think of all the great U.S. Muslim statesmen, philanthropists and industrialists) – POTUS’s initial groveling to the Muslim world, in Cairo, 2009.
• Islam and the West enjoyed "centuries of coexistence and cooperation" which were marred in modern times by "colonialism" and "a Cold War in which Muslim–majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations." (Yup, it’s all our fault. There was no word about Muslim persecution of Middle East Christians, stretching back to Islam’s beginnings, or their colonial occupation of Spain, Greece and the Balkans for hundreds of years) –Same Cairo sniveling.
• "Jihad has a lot of meanings within Islam and is subject to a lot of different interpretations." (Sure’s shootin’. Sometimes it means "Everything is beautiful in its own way," other times "Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you," and, then again, there are those rare occasions when it means "Duck infidel!") – BO speaking to students in Mumbai in 2010.
• The overwhelming majority who practice Islam "view their obligations to their religion as ones that reaffirm peace and justice and fairness and tolerance." (Actually, that’s what jihad means – peace, justice, fairness and tolerance – and stoning, decapitation, suicide bombings and mass murder targeting civilians) – More Mubai mumblings
• "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam." (by saying anything negative about him, even when overwhelmingly affirmed by the record. Mohammed is the only historical figure who is exempt from criticism.) – U.S. President and Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Barack Obama at the UN in 2012 following the Benghazi attack.
If his rhetoric weren’t absurd enough, Obama’s policies have made the world a more dangerous place for Americans – at home and abroad.
The Obama administration sent Federal Judge Marianne Bowler to Mirandize the surviving Boston Marathon bomber in his hospital bed, to limit both the amount of useful information he’d disclose to investigators and the public’s understanding of the ways Muslim terrorism works. We also learned, if we needed further instruction, that Obama has turned the FBI into an agency of multicultural sensitivity trainers who periodically hold hands, gaze into crystals and sing Kumbaya.
The Boston FBI office knew that Tamerlan had spent six months in Chechnya. (After he was granted refugee status, he returned to Russia, where he allegedly had been persecuted.) It also received multiple warnings from Russian intelligence that the man whose name means "The Sword of Islam" had been radicalized. Even the Saudis refused to give him a visa to visit Mecca. The Feds also knew he frequented radical websites, swore to "dedicate" his life "to jihad," and believed America was at war with the Muslim world. The Boston office opened a file on the elder Tsarnaev and promptly closed it two months later.
It did nothing, despite enough smoke to signal a forest fire. Tamerlan could have walked the streets of Beantown wearing a "Kiss Me, I’m Gonna Blow Something Up" T-shirt for all the FBI cared. It didn’t track his movements, didn’t go through his trash, and didn’t interview his friends and associates – until it was too late.
But don’t blame the G-men. All of this is SOP in Obama’s New Inaction FBI. At the behest of Muslim Brotherhood front organizations, the Bureau has purged its training manuals of anything suggesting a connection between Islam and terrorism.
Its "Guiding Principles: Touchstone Document on Training," mandates, "Training must emphasize that no investigative or intelligence collection activity may be based solely on race, nationality or religious affiliation." In other words, don’t assume that the community which produces terrorists – well, produces terrorists. That is to say, look for terrorists where they’re not. After a bombing in which three people are killed and 282 wounded, assume the perpetrators are NRA members or radical Hasidic rabbis or Irish nuns, or one-legged Swedish accordion-players.
Addressing the Anti-Defamation League on April 29, Attorney General Eric Holder said his Justice Department (which regularly employs a racial standard) would get to the bottom of this nails-and-ball-bearings-packed-in-pressure-cookers thing, and make no mistake. However, his keystone crime fighters were also "firmly committed to protecting innocent people against misguided acts of retaliation." There it is. Whenever an Obama flunky talks about the latest act of Muslim mass murder, there’s always the ritualistic don’t-blame-Muslims incantation. But why should anyone blame them if their religion has nothing to do with terrorism?
Holder noted that since the 9/11 murders of 3,000 Americans by airborne jihadists, there have been "800 incidents involving threats, assaults and acts of vandalism and violence against Muslims, Arabs, Sikhs, South Asians and others" – or less than 70 a year in a country of 320 million – compared to over 1,000 documented anti-Semitic incidents in 2011 alone, the last year for which statistics are available. Reports out of Boston say that after the bombing, someone – are you sitting down? – shouted at a Muslim woman. Holder should put a task force on this one.
Four State Department whistleblowers will testify today before the House Oversight Committee on what they know of the September 11, 2012 attack on our Benghazi consulate, which resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. All but one of the witnesses was on the ground in Libya at the time of the slaughter. One was the number two man in our Libyan embassy. All were threatened by their superiors to keep them quiet.
Outside of Democratic fundraising circles and Obama’s media cheerleaders, it is now common knowledge that: 1. The president and Hillary knew Benghazi was a terrorist attack within 24 hours, not a demonstration against a video that got out of hand – as they maintained for almost two weeks. 2. The CIA’s talking points on the attack were heavily scrubbed to support the video-slandering-the-prophet-of-Islam thesis. 3. Secretary of State Hillary (What does it matter now?) Clinton personally rebuffed pleas for extra security in Benghazi five months before the attack. and 4. Stevens and the others died, after a 7- or 8-hour siege, due to inaction – failure to send in a rescue team which could have extricated them.
The day after the deaths, the president beat his hollow chest. "We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done in this terrible act. And make no mistake (I’m serious, damn it!), justice will be done." Eight months later, far from closing, the net is slack.
Just as Boston was reminiscent of Benghazi, the Libyan slaughter brought to mind Ft. Hood – November 5, 2009, 13 dead (including a pregnant soldier) and 32 wounded. Two days later in Fantasyland on the Potomac (the Obama White House), the Commander of the Faithful opined, "We cannot fully know what leads a man to do such a thing."
Who fully knows why anyone does anything? What we do know is that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan often expressed his hatred of the country he served, did his terrorism-is-justified power-point presentations for fellow officers (after which he was promoted), gave out business cards that said "Soldier of Allah," corresponded with terrorist guru Anwar al-Awlaki, belonged to a radical mosque (like the Tsarnaev boys), and shouted "Allah is great" in Arabic as he gunned down fellow soldiers. For the president, Hasan’s motivation remains unclear.
His Department of Defense issued an 86-page report that called the jihad murders "workplace violence" (without ever mentioning Hasan by name or referencing Islam). The poor Army shrink just snapped. It was probably the stress of thinking about America’s "war on Islam" or wondering how his future wife would look in a hijab. To this day, the army refuses to award Purple Hearts to survivors, which would be a tacit admission that it was an act of war.
Like Holder, then-Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey, Jr. was more concerned about multicultural dogma than dead Americans. The weekend after the bloodbath, Casey declared "as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse." In a sane country, Casey would have been court-martialed for gross stupidity and reckless endangerment of the lives of soldiers in his command. A Pollyannaish view of Islam permeates the Obama administration, including the military brass and law enforcement.
In announcing his support for the Ground Zero Mosque – the 15-story "cultural center" two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center (a project which has been compared to spraying swastikas on a memorial to Holocaust victims), Barack – "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation" – Obama lectured us, "I believe Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else." Moreover, "This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable."
Except for Christians.
In a recent commentary on The Huffington Post, Mikey Weinstein who heads the leftist Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said "fundamentalist Christians" are "monsters of human degradation, marginalization, humiliation and tyranny" who would establish a "rapacious reign of theocratic terror." The Foundation demands "quick court-martials" for Christian proselytizing, including bumper stickers on cars. (Wonder how they’d feel about a Christian psychiatrist who handed out business cards that read "Soldier of Jesus.") Weinstein is now a Pentagon consultant on religious tolerance.
Eboo Patal, a Muslim and a member of Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, has compared evangelical Christians to Islamic terrorists. Harry Knox, another member of said council, accused then-Pope Benedict XVI of "hurting people in the name of Jesus."
And, of course, Obamacare, the regime’s crown jewel, will force Catholic institutions to provide abortion services and contraceptives through their health insurance plans. Our commitment to religious freedom is tentative – based on whether it’s a state-approved religion, like the Religion of Peace.
According to a 2012 poll, in the fourth year of his presidency, 17% of registered voters thought Obama was a Muslim – one of the pro-gay marriage, abortion-on-demand Muslims.
The reality is much worse. The president of the United States is drawn to Islam as a doctrinaire leftist, as well as for sentimental reasons. It fits his idealized recollection of his childhood, when he was a "Jakarta street kid," and romantic fantasies about his Muslim biological father.
The left, which views Islam as the religion of the oppressed, makes common cause with it in its hatred for America, Israel and capitalism, and their dreams of a totalitarian one-world government – for Islam, the Caliphate, for the left, the New World Order.
For more than a century, the left has been adept at reality-avoidance. (Ex: We can spend our way to prosperity. Government control leads to efficiency.) Ignoring the palpable reality of Islam – written in blood with severed limbs– is its highest achievement; Barack Obama is the pinnacle of its success.
Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website,DonFeder.com.