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Obama’s False Narrative on Terror Threat

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the worst mass shooting in U.S. history that took place in Orlando, Florida, at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 12, 2016.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

The embarrassing attempt to censor transcripts of the Orlando killer’s calls with the police resemble one of the most shameful prior moments of the Obama administration: the effort to blame the 2012 Benghazi disaster on a video about Mohammed rather than recognizing it as an act of Islamo-Nazi terrorism.

In both cases, acknowledging horrific crimes as acts of terror rather than isolated explosions of violence would have undermined the self-serving narrative that the administration wanted to peddle: that the President had effectively reduced the threat of terrorist attack against US targets.

The manipulative, partisan instinct to emphasize gun control as a defense against terrorism is another embarrassing strategy to change the subject and to minimize the continued dangers of jihadist ideology. Recollections of the bloody Paris attacks just seven months ago are instructive here: the terrorists who slaughtered 130 people were well-armed with deadly assault weapons, despite French gun regulation that liberals consider desirable.

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  1. Jim Bird  •  Jun 23, 2016 at 3:00 am

    "…..one of the most shameful prior moments of the BO Presidency….." – Not really. It's an everyday occurrence for Obama. What's shameful is that it took so long for the GOP and the pundits to "figure it out." The public figured it out before he was elected the first time.

  2. Rich  •  Jun 24, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Using terms like embarrassing and shameful would have some impact if the person/group you are referring to had any shame. They will continue to chip away at the rights of certain groups and transfer greater rights to the groups they prefer. Get used to it.

  3. Klaus Eyting  •  Jul 1, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    I think the greater issue is that essentially the politics and morals of the corrupt and immoral Chicago machine have been expanded to now include the entire nation. Moral bankruptcy on a small scale is bad enough. But when it affects the fiber of an entire nation, not to mention the greatest nation, then it should be intolerable.
    It was bad enough, and a sad commentary on our own sense of responsibility toward the preservation of American ideals, that this man was elected in the first place. That he was then reelected shows a fundamental change, not only in the foundation of American democracy, but in the political consciousness, or lack thereof, of the nation at large.
    Bill Clinton was elected because he played the saxophone on Arsenio Hall's show and because he talked about his underwear. I believe that was the beginning of the reality show that is American politics now. It's a popularity contest with no substance beneath that very shallow surface. We are well on the road to a European social democracy and the American people have no clue what that means.
    I think the death of the American ideal, of the great experiment, of the wonderful dream, came not first in the political arena, but rather in the minds and hearts of those citizens who have allowed themselves to be fooled into a belief system that bears no resemblance to what came before. Lies and corruption are acceptable as long as we have our new car, our big mortgage, our big screen TV, and our sense of security because government has promised that to us. National media is very good at propping up the big lie; at convincing a gullible public that the next exhibit will be even greater than the last until finally we arrive at the great egress, and we eagerly rush through that final door.

    • Jim Bird  •  Jul 6, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Well stated Klaus. Americans truly are stupid, lazy and governance is so openly corrupt now, that the leviathan will never be turned in the right direction.

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