Why Won’t Obama Call the Men He Keeps Killing in Drone Strikes Radical Islamic Terrorists?
When it comes to calling our enemies names before blowing them up, the president is soft.
President Obama has failed America again. He has killed another radical Islamic terrorist while refusing to call him a radical Islamic terrorist.
A detailed Slate investigation finds that these Republicans are correct. Obama has stubbornly distinguished refugees from enemy combatants. And in more than seven years of killing radical Islamic terrorists, he has consistently refused to call them radical Islamic terrorists.
Under Obama, according to the New America Foundation, the United States government has conducted 355 drone strikes in Pakistan. That’s more than seven times as many as were conducted under George W. Bush. Obama has authorizedmore than 140 strikes in Yemen, a country Bush hardly touched, and another 17 strikes in Somalia. We’ve launched more than 12,000 airstrikes against ISIS. The total number of enemy fighters killed on Obama’s watch, depending on how you count them, is probably around 30,000.
Some Republicans say Obama has been too quick on the trigger. Others say he’s been too cautious. But they agree on one thing: When it comes to calling our enemies names before blowing them up with Hellfire missiles, he’s soft.
In March, the Pentagon announced that U.S. forces had killed the ISIS ministers of war and finance. Obama, in remarks on these killings, failed to denounce ISIS as Islamic. In April, speaking at the CIA, he delivered a longer progress report:
Coalition forces captured Abu Dawud, a leader of [the ISIS] chemical weapons program, giving us critical information that’s allowed us to unleash more strikes against those sites. We have removed Abu Sarah, an ISIL financier in Iraq; Haji Iman, their finance chief … In Syria, we targeted a senior leader of al-Nusra, Abu Firas al-Suri. In another strike in Syria, we took out five other al-Qaida operatives. In Yemen, our recent strike against a training camp used by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula took out dozens of terrorist fighters. In Somalia, we took out a senior leader of al-Shabaab …
Obama referred to “ISIL’s hateful ideology” but again refused to call it Islamic. Instead, he resorted to nonjudgmental liberal terms such as depraved, horrific, vile, barbarism, and revulsion.
This week, he’s at it again. On Monday, the White House confirmed that a drone strike over the weekend killed Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the leader of the Afghan Taliban. Obama, in a written statement and a briefing with reporters, couldn’t even bring himself to call Mansour a mullah. Instead, our politically correct president called the incinerated terrorist leader Mr. Mansour.
Obama has been sticking his head in this same desert sand since the day he killed Osama bin Laden. “The United States is not, and never will be, at war with Islam,” the president said at the time. “Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader.”
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