President Obama’s speech Tuesday on national security and the war against what he continually refers to as the group known as “ISIL” (although his administration seems to be the only ones using that term instead of “ISIS”), quickly turned to campaigning for gun control, Hillary Clinton, and criticism of Donald Trump.
Obama took umbrage with Trump’s contention (and the contention of others) that the president refuses to address the War on Terror as a war against “radical Islam.” Earlier in the week, Trump called on Obama to resign over his refusal to use the term.
At Tuesday’s press conference, the president finally gave his reasons for not doing so.
The president mocked the notion he’s afraid to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.”
“What exactly would this label accomplish? What exactly would it change?” Obama said. “Would it make ISIL less committed to trying to kill Americans? Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this?
“The answer is none of the above. Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away.”
Obama called the focus on his choice of words a “political distraction.”
Apparently campaigning against Trump, Obama scoffed at the presumptive Republican candidate’s notion that a ban on Muslim immigration would be effective against the type of terrorism seen in Orlando on Sunday. Obama chose to highlight the fact that it is radicalized Americans who are perpetrating the attacks in our homeland. The president insisted in his speech that, “we need to make it harder for people to buy guns.”
At about the same time Obama was seemingly scolding and chiding the American people over its embrace of Second Amendment rights, word choice, and who it has chosen to select as its Republican nominee for president, an eyewitness to, and survivor of, the Orlando mass shooting named Patience Carter spoke with reporters about her first-hand conversation with Orlando attacker, Omar Mateen.
Carter said Mateen told her directly the reason why he was killing club-goers was because he wanted America to stop bombing his countrymen in Afghanistan. That explanation, in the killer’s own words, appears to contradict the mainstream media’s description of Marteen as an unstable hater of homosexuals.
h/t: Independent Journal