The Invisible Anti-Semitism in Obama’s 2016 State of the Union
President Barack Obama gave his final State of the Union address on January 12, 2016. He gave an outline of a speech in four parts: economic opportunity; technology; a safe America; and politics, as he projected a future world ten-plus years out.
Safe America: Regarding a safe America, Obama continued to limit his global enemies to two parties: al Qaeda and ISIL/ Islamic State. Other countries that shout “Death to America! Death to Israel” like Iran were not labeled enemies that threaten the USA. Obama mentioned Iran just a single time, when he extolled the “principled diplomacy” that “avoided another war.” That may have been true in 2015. But the future in ten-plus years that he facilitated, is a nuclear weapons-armed Iran.
A fanatical, anti-Semitic, America-bashing country with weapons of mass destruction is not a recipe to “keep America safe.” Unless, of course, Obama has banked on Iran limiting its attack only against Israel, as he doubts that Iran would consider attacking the “most powerful nation on Earth.”
Politics of religions: When Obama delved into politics, he not-so-subtly put Donald Trump in his crosshairs as he said “When politicians insult Muslims, when a mosque is vandalized, or a kid bullied, that doesn’t make us safer. That’s not telling it like it is. It’s just wrong. It diminishes us in the eyes of the world. It makes it harder to achieve our goals. And it betrays who we are as a country.”
Obama berated Trump for his comments about Muslims in the past. This time, he extended his comments passed the politics of Trump, to anti-Muslim actions in the United States generally. While he repeated prior statements that anti-Muslim actions betray the values of the United States, he added the dimension that Islamophobia “diminishes us in the eyes of the world.” The two additions are noteworthy.
As detailed in “Ramifications of Ignoring American Antisemitism” an average American Jew is over TWICE as likely to be attacked as either a Muslim or black American. Yet anti-Semitism is never flagged by Obama. That
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