Do you remember the June 12 jihad attack by a Muslim that killed 49 Americans in the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida? It was a big thing in the media at the time, complete with reports about a cellphone confession by the jihadi, and evidence that his immigrant Muslim family knew about the planned jihad attack.
Well, you imagined it, see, because the extensively documented jihad attack didn’t happen, President Barack Obama told the world on Sunday.
It was just “a deranged man killing scores of people,” Obama insisted to CBS. No jihad there, he says.
But it was also terrorism deliberately designed to terrify, although it was done by a deranged man, he insisted, without explaining how a deranged man can plan a deliberate terror attack.
“We’ve had a terrorist attack in Orlando, although it does not appear externally motivated, but a deranged man killing scores of people,” he told CBS’s Sunday show, Face The Nation.
That claim seems unfounded, incoherent, and improper.
It is improper because Obama’s law-enforcement deputies are investigating the attack, and Obama should not be suggesting that his political preferences override a criminal investigation.
Obama’s no-jihad-here interpretation of the evidence is unfounded because of the government-supplied text of the killer’s coherent and consistent statements to the 9-1-1 services, in which he identified himself as a Islamic volunteer of the Islamic jihad army run by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-described, properly appointed, Allah-approved Islamic leader of the Islamic State’s Islamic army in Islamic Syria.
Police: Orlando Police Dispatcher
Killer: Omar Mateen
Police: Emergency 911, this is being recorded.
Killer; In the name of God the Merciful, the beneficial [in Arabic]
Killer: Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of Allah [in Arabic]. I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.
Police: What’s your name?
Killer: My name is I pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State.
Police: Ok, What’s your name?
Killer: I pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may Allah protect him [Arabic], on behalf of the Islamic State.
Police: Alright, where are you at?
Killer: In Orlando.
Police: Where in Orlando? [End of call].
The plain-spoken statement made by the Muslim killer shows no sign of mental derangement, but merely compliance with orthodox Islamic scriptures that urge the killing and terrorization of non-Muslims. In fact, he cleared up his personal finances and family issues before the attack, and repeatedly tried to clear up potential confusion in Obama’s Oval Office by calling himself an “Islamic soldier.” This combination of planned terror, murderous cruelty and Islamic self-identification is too coherent to be considered deranged, and also too Islamic to be seen as purposeless, random terrorism. So it is difficult to see how Obama can describe him as both a “terrorist” or a “deranged man” — but not a jihadi.
But Obama knows best, as he told CBS on Sunday. “Terrorism is a real threat. And nobody knows that better than me.”
Obama doesn’t believe the United States of America can fix the jihad problem soon — even though it is the home of 300 million Americans, the U.S military, Silicon Valley and Hollywood, with a $18 trillion economy. “It is going to be an ongoing threat for some time … ISIL is being defeated in Syria and Iraq. But we’re going to have circumstances in which small cells, individuals are going to be able to do some harm to innocent people,” says Obama.
Obama’s strategic problem is that he can’t admit that jihad is part of Islam without also denigrating the Islamic theology that is embraced by the Islamic immigrants that he wants to bring into the United States. That denigration would be bad for Islam and Islamic immigration, so he’s decided that the best way to fight Islam’s jihad is to bring even more Islamic believers — AKA potential jihadis — into the United States.
One of the best ways of preventing [terror attacks] is making sure that we don’t divide our own country .. that we don’t succumb to fear, that we don’t sacrifice our values, and that we send a very strong signal to the world and to every American citizen that we’re in this together … [if] we start suggesting that we would apply religious tests to who could come in here, that we are screening Muslim-Americans differently than we would others, then we are betraying that very thing that makes America exceptional and that, by the way, has helped to insulate us from some of the worst, you know, patterns of terrorist attacks, because the Muslim-American here — community here feels deeply American and deeply committed to upholding the rule of law and working with law enforcement and rejecting intolerance and extremism that’s represented by the perversions of Islam that ISIL is sending out to the Internet or carrying out in the Middle East. But that requires leaders, political leaders, religious leaders, business leaders, all of us, to send a very clear signal that we are not going to be divided in that fashion.
Obama doesn’t like using the term “radical Islam” because U.S.-based Islamist groups don’t want him to do so, he said.
The reason that I haven’t used the particular phrase “radical Islam” on a regular basis is because, in talking to Muslim allies, in talking to the Muslim-American community here, that was being heard as if we were ascribing to crazy groups like ISIL or al Qaeda the mantle of Islam. And since we need them as allies, I think it’s useful for us to listen to how the president of the United States’ words and messages are being received, because, if we’re going to defeat those organizations, we need help from the billion-plus Muslims in this world, so that they can help root out this perversion of Islam that’s taking place.
Admittedly, the Islamic groups recognized by Obama as legitimate leaders of the growing Islamic population in America are actually entwined with jihadis and a Islamic revolutionary group, the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood.
For example, the Council on American-Islamic Relations is so closely entwined with Islamists and with jihadis that court documents and news reports show that at least five of its people — either board members, employees or former employees — have been jailed or repatriated for various financial and terror-related offenses.
Breitbart News has published evidence highlighted by critics showing that CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in a Texas-based criminal effort to deliver $12 million to the Jew-hating HAMAS jihad group, was founded with $490,000 from HAMAS, and that the FBI bans top-level meetings with CAIR officials. “The FBI policy restricting a formal relationship with CAIR remains … [but] does not preclude communication regarding investigative activity or allegations of civil rights violations,” said an Oct. 2015 email from FBI spokesman Christopher Allen.
Moreover, Obama’s Islamic-friendly strategy doesn’t seem to be working — multiple Islamic groups in the United States have rejected Obama’s proposed alliance that would require them to suppress pending jihadi attacks.
Obama’s insistence that the Islamic groups have nothing to do with Islamic terrorism is also handcuffing FBI anti-jihad programs into the myriad Islamic jihad suspects and groups in the United States, just as if the FBI’s anti-Mafia investigators had been told that the Mafia’s “social clubs” were legitimate enterprises and immune from surveillance.
Obama was more expansive about America and Islam earlier this month, when he described Americans’s love of their own culture, and their natural hostility to Islamic ideology, as an animal-like “impulse” that needs to be suppressed by governments.
I think have to step back [from the Nice jihad truck attack] and reflect on what we are doing to eliminate this kind of chronic violence. It’s been a difficult several weeks in the United States. But the divide … is between people who recognize the common humanity of all people and are willing to build [international] institutions that promote that common humanity, and those who do not — those who would suggest that somebody is less than them because of their tribe, or their ethnicity, or their faith, or their color. And those impulses exist in all our countries. And those impulses, when we do not speak out against them and build strong institutions to protect people from those impulses, they can take over, they can be unleashed — so that all of us [international leaders] have responsibilities.
At the same meeting with ambassadors, Obama also declared that “Islam [is] a religion that teaches peace and justice and compassion.”
The political reason for Obama’s support of Islamic immigration is printed in his 2006 autobiography. “In my mind, at least, the fates of black [Americans] and brown [immigrants] were to be perpetually intertwined, the cornerstone of a [political] coalition that could help America live up to its promise” of progressive government in perpetuity, he wrote in his 2006 book, “The Audacity of Hope.”