Obama’s awful statement about James Foley was even worse than I predicted

Arrogant ObamaIn my post about James Foley’s execution at ISIS’s hands, I made some predictions about Obama’s eventual statement.  Let’s see how my prediction matches with reality.  First, my prediction:

Obama will eventually issue a bland, fairly affect-free statement, either through a spokesman or through a brief appearance on the White House lawn (no questions from the press, please). In an anodyne tone, he’ll say how sad he and the American people are at the news. He’ll promise to issue strongly worded condemnations of the killers. He’ll assure us that the killers are aberrant and have nothing to do with the good Muslims around the world. (God forbid he castigates the bad Muslims who rejoice under such names as ISIS, al Qaeda, al Shabaab, Boko Haram, Hamas, etc.). Lastly, Obama will promise an investigation along with the rote words that “we’ll bring these killers to justice.” And then it will be over. That will be it.

Looking at Obama’s actual statement, it seems that I underestimated the man — and not in a good way. His statement was, if possible, worse than anything I imagined.

While I predicted that Obama would express sadness on his own behalf and on behalf of the American people, it turns out that Obama, still a legend in his own mind, felt called upon to speak on behalf of the entire world:

Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group ISIL.

[snip]

Jim was taken from us in an act of violence that shocked the conscience of the entire world.

[snip]

The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley and the overwhelming majority of humanity who are appalled by those who killed him.

I don’t want to be too pedantic, but I do feel it’s incumbent upon me to point out that large swaths of the Muslim world aren’t appalled at all by “Jim’s” death but are, instead, quite pleased. (And am I the only one who finds bizarre Obama’s faux familiarity with a man he never met, who died with a dignity that at least deserves the respect of his full name?)

Anywhere that there is radical Islamism and/or anti-Americanism you will find people celebrating the slaughter. Perhaps Obama has forgotten the spectacle of Gazans handing out candy when Americans died on 9/11 or of the 2000 Ramallah lynching that saw Muslims joyfully bathing their hands in the blood of murdered Israelis soldiers:

Ramallah lynching

So, no, Mr. President, the entire world is not “appalled,” and a big part of America’s problem lies in the fact that (a) you refuse to recognize that reality and (b) you think you speak for the world.

As I also predicted, Obama did issue a strongly worded condemnation of the killers, but he combined it with the second part of my prediction, which was his assurance that the killers, despite rejoicing under a name with the word “Islamic” in it, despite dedicating their acts to Allah, and despite self-identifying as Muslim are, in fact, not Muslims at all:

Let’s be clear about ISIL. They have rampaged across cities and villages killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence. They abduct women and children and subject them to torture and rape and slavery. They have murdered Muslims, both Sunni and Shia, by the thousands. They target Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their homes, murdering them when they can, for no other reason than they practice a different religion.

They declared their ambition to commit genocide against an ancient people. So ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just god would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt. (Emphasis added.)

Does Obama actually believe this mush-brained babble? Does he actually think he’s the one who gets to define what constitutes Islam? If it’s good and harmonizes with his hard Left values, it’s Islam; if it’s bad and actually follows the word of the Prophet, and dedicates all acts to its religion, than Obama gets to say it’s not Islam. Obama seems to be arrogating an awful lot of godlike power to himself there.

What Obama should have done was to call on those humanists who practice Islam to join with him to call out those who have hijacked the religion to the most barbaric ends. The problem, of course, is that Obama may not want to reveal that, in answer to such a call, he might have ended up with a Muslim protest against radical Islam that looks just like this:

Muslims against ISIS

And lastly, as I predicted, Barack Obama promised that at some point in the future, America would finally begin to get angry and quite possibly do something, maybe:

The United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people. We will be vigilant and we will be relentless. When people harm Americans anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done and we act against ISIL, standing alongside others.

Aside from vague promises that American would be vigilant, relentless and “see that justice is done” (or, according to my prediction,  “we’ll bring these killers to justice”), Obama actually demanded more from Middle Eastern nations than he did from himself:

From governments and peoples across the Middle East, there has to be a common effort to extract this cancer so that it does not spread. There has to be a clear rejection of this kind of nihilistic ideologies. One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century. Friends and allies around the world, we share a common security and a common set of values that are rooted in the opposite of what we saw yesterday. And we will continue to confront this hateful terrorism and replace it with a sense of hope and civility.

I don’t know about you, but considering that Islamism that has swept the Middle East on Obama’s watch; considering the aid he gave this Islamism, whether backing the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, or weaponizing Muslims through illegal gun-running in Libya; and considering that Muslims and Arabs will always back the strong horse, which Obama is not, I do not see any of those nations heeding his call.  In fact, the only nation that was born heeding his call — that would be Israel — is the nation to which he is most obviously hostile.

Obama’s speech was, in a word, dreadful. Or appalling. Or disgraceful. Or awful. Or, or . . . well, you know what I mean. It was not the speech of a leader, and most certainly not the speech of the leader of a country that once was the most powerful country in the world.

Can you imagine Franklin Roosevelt, a good Leftist who dreamed of a socialist structure in America, making such a mealy-mouthed statement if the Nazis, in 1940, had brutally, and publicly, executed an American citizen? I can’t even begin to create a satire, not only because I’m not good at that type of satire, but because my mind simply won’t bend to that kind of alternative history.

Obama then capped this utterly un-serious, meaningless, disrespectful (good ole “Jim”) speech by turning around and, with a big smile, yelling “Fore.”

Obama is all smiles after the Foley speech

Has there ever been a more feckless man in the White House? And has there ever been a more dangerous time in our nation’s history, when a manifestly deadly enemy has clearly announced its intention to kill us and destroy our nation, even as our leader refuses to acknowledge that enemy’s existence? And, moreover, even as our leader gets out his fiddle and plays away, watching the world burn?  If we’ve ever been at greater danger, not just from an enemy abroad, but from a Fifth Column leader at home, you’ll have to remind me, because my mind’s drawing a blank.

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  • JKB

    Book,

    I assume you’ve caught Victor Davis Hanson’s piece at NRO on Sherman in Gaza. It seems right on point and also informative for ISIS/ISIL as well. Efforts should be to not necessarily seek open battle but to destroy their infrastructure. Not target the “civilians” but not let their presence protect those responsible or the state resources they control.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/385698/sherman-gaza-victor-davis-hanson

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    The Left’s Fifth Column is a lot bigger than just one leader, Book. Don’t forget that.

  • jj

    And, of course, to follow it up, Little Jugears cannot keep his goddam empty-headed mouth shut about the rescue attempt that failed. Telling us all about how it was set up, how it was supposed to go (and would have gone if they’d actually known with precision where Foley was being kept), what troops were being used, points of ingress, points of extraction – and just generally here’s our little tower of ignorance once again giving the world operational details. Just to make it that much harder – if not impossible – to get anybody out next time, too. And there will be a next time.. Even though the other half-wit Holder is scaring them to death by threatening to indict them for homicide.

    Obama and Holder are the two most stupid human beings I believe I’ve ever seen. They make Laurel and Hardy look like Einstein and Fermi.

  • Libby

    Well said, Book.

    Yes, referring to him a “Jim” was grating, and reminded me of Hillary & Obama’s use of “Chris” instead of Ambassador Chris Stevens during that disgusting spectacle in front of the caskets of the four murdered in Benghazi. Hopping over to the golf course located conveniently next to where he gave his statement was truly revolting, much like his Las Vegas fundraising trip the morning after the Benghazi attack.

    Worse was Obama saying of ISIS that, “their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim.” Does anyone doubt that should ISIS move beyond Iraq and Syria to a country that is not majority Muslim their victims will likewise be overwhelmingly non-Muslim? It’s not like we don’t have other similar Islamic groups like Boko Haram demonstrating this already.

  • Jose

    JKB, I saw that excellent VDH article and had exactly the same thought.

    However, I heard on the news that the Obama administration intends to treat the James Foley murder as a Criminal Matter. Perhaps, when he is finished investigating in Ferguson, MO., Eric Holder can go on to Iraq (not holding my breath).

    • Libby

      Please tell me you’re joking about treating Foley’s murder as a criminal matter – isn’t it obvious that since he was captured while reporting that it was “workplace violence?”

      Seriously, though, is there anything Obama considers an act of war?

      • Jose

        “Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that his Justice Department is opening a criminal investigation into the brutal execution by Islamic State militants of American journalist James Foley, in the latest move by the administration to use the criminal justice system to pursue terrorists. ”

        http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/21/holder-says-criminal-investigation-launched-into-american-journalists-execution/

        • Libby

          That is just so insane I can’t find words to express my dismay.

      • jj

        What, you didn’t believe me?

      • JKB

        Yeah, the family can just file a worker’s comp claim for death benefits.

        “…is there anything Obama considers an act of war?”

        Sure, if some middle Americans get together flying the American flag, wear tri-corner hats, and talk about founding values. That means war.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    “Seriously, though, is there anything Obama considers an act of war?”

    Yes, of course there is. Republican intransigence is an act of war against His Mightiness.

    • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

      Exactly. While the Left doesn’t abhor starting wars overseas to distract people at home, ala WWI, they can just as easily reverse the normal route and focus on internal dissent more. Like Iran does.,

  • sabawa

    When ‘hisselfness’ appeared at the podium during a very tragic, poignant time in our history without a tie, and referring to James Foley as Jim, my first thought was, he’s got a tee-time in about six minutes. No time for niceties. He is a very bad person.

  • JohnC
  • barbtheevilgenius

    He did say “Let’s be clear” at least once, judging by your transcript. So there was the opportunity to take a shot to dull the pain of having to listen to that. I can’t stand to listen to any of it.

  • Jose

    Just read The Idiossey, paraphrased from Homer by iowahawk. It had me laughing out loud in the office.

    “At the sound of Hildusa’s name even brave Obamacles was driven to wet his toga,
    For Hildusa, cuckolder of Bubba, was the mightiest of all the gorgons.
    From her head grew a writhing nest of asps, and the mere sight of her cankles
    Would turn a man to stone. Some said she came from Lesbos
    But others said her only pleasure was torment and sucking the marrow from her victim’s bones.
    Around her at all times was a phalanx guard of mincing eunuchs,
    led by Ickis, Wolfsonis, Blumenthalis and Pennis. At her side, an angry force
    of menopausal PUMAs ready to strike on her command — for the children.”

    http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2009/01/the-idiossey.html

    This is the funniest thing since his Chaucer riff on Archbishop Rowan Williams

  • http://www.amazon.com/Occupy-Innsmouth-ebook/dp/B009WWJ44A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361504109&amp raymondjelli

    This is worse than his usual straw man. like in Ferguson. People shouldn’t steal but police shouldn’t brutalize blah, blah, blah kind of pap.

    In this there is no but. Not even his usual snark. He says ISIL can’t win but certainly ISIL can kill and keep killing.

    It is as if Roosevelt promised that there would be no thousand year Reich and the Nazis should know he is in a fit of pique but no military options are planned. No help for anyone and no conceivable end to it all.

    He runs the USA like a bad CEO does when they are busting out a business. He spends all his time on the golf course and when something can’t be ignored he says a few quick words to a flunky and runs off..

    Even his ISIL speaks for no religion crack is worse than it sounds. Obama said the future doesn’t belong to those who slander the “prophet”. Therefore he is not going to say this is Islam for fear someone might take too close a look at that “prophet”. I wonder why.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Eventually, he will no longer be able to escape reality on a golf course.

    Actually, I have to wonder at this point if they will end up dragging him out from under a desk and carrying him out of the White House to a VA Hospital on a gurney with restraints and a rubber hose between his teeth.

    • Libby

      Obama has been golfing every day while Valerie Jarett (according to the NYT) has “talked daily” with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon as well as local officials and leaders from national civil rights organizations. I wonder what else Jarett is managing in Obama’s absence. I wonder if Obama ever was managing anything in the first place.

      So I don’t think they’ll carry Obama out of the White House as long as Valerie wants to hold onto power.

  • qr4j

    In another context, the line about evil can’t win in the end, etc., would be true. And that context would be IF the Lord Almighty were saying it.

    We humans cannot utter sentences like that and then not take responsibility for doing something to ensure that evil does not win. When we see evil and we have the means to do something to stop it, we have a moral obligation to stop it.

    Yo, Obama: You’re the leader of the free world. Do something about this evil. Use the tools at your disposal to destroy it. Those tools would be the United States Armed Forces. Hashtag diplomacy won’t work. Did it bring those girls back from being kidnapped in Africa? Nope. DO SOMETHING. Get off the god-damned golf course and stop this force of evil.

    I am beyond words that the POTUS played golf for five hours after his lame-ass declaration on the beheading of a fellow American. I have no words to express my disgust and outrage.

    Obama is a disgusting human being. I could say more but my words would not be appropriate for a family-friendly website.

    God bless America? God save America from this wretched leader!

    • sabawa

      Amen!