Throughout Barack Obama’s presidency, his administration has made a habit out of defending non-issues and blowing up non-existent predicaments. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest did this once again this week when he tried to prove that “radical Islam” was merely a talking point of Republicans.
“You want to deal with this problem that happened in Orlando, you want to take it on, then call it what it is,” CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said, according to Conservative Tribune. “The president’s speech, while seen as effective on many different levels, didn’t move the needle much on Islam, radical Islamic terror.”
“People still feel (Obama) doesn’t say it because he is afraid of dealing with this problem, that he lacks a fundamental toughness about calling it what it is,” Cuomo continued. “He didn’t move the needle on that, Josh. And people even look at Orlando and say, ‘Well, this is a reflection of that weakness as well.’ Fair?”
“No, Chris. It is outrageous, actually,” Earnest replied.
“The truth of the matter is, the individuals who spend most of their time talking about radical Islamic terrorism are individuals like Republicans in the senate who voted against legislation that would prevent those individuals from being able to buy a gun,” he added, ignoring the fact that Democrats also voted down two gun control bills earlier in the week and none of the Senate proposals would have prevented Omar Mateen from purchasing a firearm.
“Using the term ‘radical Islamic extremism’ is not a counterterrorism strategy,” Earnest said. “It is a political talking point, plain and simple. And what the president of the United States has done, (he) has put forward a comprehensive strategy to squeeze (the) Islamic State in Iraq and Syria to inhibit their ability to recruit and radicalize around the globe.”
Once again, Earnest could not be more wrong. Not talking about radical Islam is a political deflection with an attached political agenda, and there’s no way around it. What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.