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Obama’s counterterror speech: ‘United States is not at war with Islam’

President Obama’s counterterror speech Thursday night had the intended effect of distracting attention from the IRS scandal that’s dominated the news for the past week.

And it drew the predictably warm welcome of his New York Times PR branch.

“The United States is not at war with Islam,” the president declared. True enough. But some parts of it at least are at war with us. It wouldn’t hurt to say so.

obamamay23Over at the Washington Post, “Right Turn” columnist Jennifer Rubin listed the “Ten most inane things in Obama’s awful speech.”

They’re all pretty inane moments, but most damning was the one Rubin listed at No. 4, when Obama said: “We must define the nature and scope of this struggle, or else it will define us.”

Interesting, coming from a man whose administration seems to be unable to even say the words “Islamic terrorism” – the very enemy whose on the other side of this “struggle.”

It’s interesting from a president whose Defense Department classifies the terrorist attack in Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009 by an Army major with business cards referring to himself as a “Soldier of Allah” as “workplace violence.”

Whose attorney general in 2010 couldn’t bring himself to say the words “radical Islam” when testifying before a House committee about a failed bombing attack in Times Square by a man who admitted training in Pakistan to be part of a holy war against the West .

And whose State Department in December pretended the murder of an American ambassador was the result of a mob enraged by a video they’d never seen.

On Wednesday, the State Department went even more weasely and used the words “senseless violence” to describe the slaughter of a British soldier by two men who screamed “Allahu Akbar” while chopping him to death then bragged about it with bloodied hands on camera as an act of  “senseless violence.” It might have been senseless to the State Department – and the guy they chopped up — but it seemed to make sense to the terrorist on camera. (Heritage Foundation’s The Foundry has a pretty good take on this.)

If our choice is defining the nature of the battle or it will define us, that choice has been made.

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