9/11 all but forgotten as Obama undermines America’s resolve, by Michael Goodwin.
As determined as many still are to Never Forget, others are determined to move on, to redefine, to downplay.
None is more consequential than Barack Obama, a dedicated re-interpreter of 9/11 and its aftermath….
His angry scolding of those who insist on using the term “radical Islam” for our enemies and his effort to minimize the role of Islamist ideology in the slaughter in Orlando are shocking — and yet entirely consistent with his worldview.
Estranged in important ways from both mainstream America after 9/11 and modern Islam, the president nonetheless sees himself as a bridge between the two. He gave himself that assignment in his 2009 Cairo speech, citing his father’s Islamic background in Kenya and his own boyhood in Indonesia.
“I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear,” he declared. …
The president of the United States cannot be a broker between his countrymen and a foreign enemy that has declared war on us.
As commander in chief, his job is to lead this nation to victory. He hasn’t because he refuses to see it as a war. …
While it is obvious that some American prejudice exists, the fundamental problem is that nearly all the world’s terrorists are Muslims — a fact acknowledged by the president of Egypt, among many others.
But the president of the United States can’t bring himself to make the same admission because he doesn’t want it to be true.
And because Obama is a partisan warrior, Americans are polarized and now fight each other almost as furiously as they fight the terrorists. The result, again, is the opposite of what he intended — a rising fear of Muslim terrorists, including among a new generation of Americans.