Obama says ISIL to insult Israel says popular radio show host
CALLER: Hi. Good afternoon, Rush. How are you?
RUSH: Good. Good.
CALLER: Okay. So just quick to the point. You mentioned before when you were discussing how President Obama had started using the term “ISIL” and staying away from “ISIS” and I think the reason behind that, and I also will back it up from what I recall hearing him say last night in a speech, was that ISIS, of course, Islamic State in Syria.
Now, Syria is something that happened way after President Bush left office. ISIL is — has the word “Iraq” in it. So it’s an inference to try to sort of pin the creation of Islamic State during the period of Iraq before President Obama came into office. And during the speech last night, I think it was around the 15 to 20-minute mark, somewhere in there, President Obama mentioned something about the US has dealt with Islamic State already during the Iraq insurgency. And, as I best recall, ISIS was not a factor at that point, we never heard of them, and the insurgency happened during the tail end of the Bush administration. So I’m just wondering what your thoughts are, that maybe it’s a tactic to sort of push it off back again to the previous administration.
RUSH: Well, I actually reject that for only one reason. You may be right that that’s what he’s doing, but that requires a level of deep understanding and sophistication on the part of his average voters that just doesn’t exist. I mean, everything you just said I guarantee you most liberals and Democrats are hearing it for the first time. I think most people are wondering, “What is this ISIL? Why does he keep calling it ISIL? It’s ISIS.” They’re not saying, “Well, that’s because ISIS he can pin to Bush, but ISIL he can’t, so he doesn’t want to –” I just don’t think that anybody in the Regime even thinks that people are going to think in these terms. I think there’s a totally different reason for this. And I don’t know how to say it. (laughing) (interruption) Well, it does. Snerdley is asking me, “Doesn’t it have something to do with Israel?” Yes, because the Levant is the entire region.
ISIS stands for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, or Iraq and Syria, that’s the I-S, and ISIL, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant includes more than Iraq and Syria. It would include Israel, which, to these people, Israel is a fraud. Israel
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