What’s with Obama saying ‘ISIL,’ not ‘ISIS’? Trump asks, as he CRUSHES speech with live tweets


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President Obama’s address to the nation Sunday night offered Republican frontrunner Donald Trump a rich target, but he hit a bullseye when he shared his frustration at Obama’s insistence in calling the terrorists “ISIL.”

“Wish Obama would say ISIS, like almost everyone else, rather than ISIL,” Trump tweeted.

The Islamic State is generally known as ISIS, referring to Iraq and Syria, but the president has always referred to them as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

Interestingly, the major difference between “Syria” and “Levant” is the inclusion of modern-day Israel, including the Palestinian-controlled lands, as well as Lebanon.

While some might take Obama’s “Levant” reference to be a slight against the Jewish homeland, could Obama be spinning “ISIL” to avoid mentioning “Syria” as he continues his refugee immigration policy? It wouldn’t be the first time his words were chosen carefully to create illusions for this administration.

In a September interview with Obama, Chuck Todd explained why the conversation carried both references:

“Obviously, we refer to it at NBC News as ISIS,” Todd said. “The Obama administration, the president says the word ISIL. The last ‘S’ stands for Syria. The last ‘L’ they don’t want to have stand for Syria.”


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Trump live-tweeted throughout the speech, noting that he’s been saying America should have “gone after the oil years ago,” and “Is that all there is? We need a new President – FAST!”

The billionaire also noted that failed to hear Obama speak the words “radical Islamic terrorists,” although nobody expected the president to say that.

Read: Embarrassing correction issued by White House: Obama can’t even have speech VETTED correctly?

Other GOP candidates joined Trump in criticizing Obama’s speech.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said via a statement on his website.

On December 7, 1941, in response to Pearl Harbor, FDR did not give a partisan speech, rather he called on Americans to unite and ‘win through to absolute victory.

If I am elected President, I will direct the Department of Defense to destroy ISIS. And I will shut down the broken immigration system that is letting jihadists into our country.

Nothing President Obama said tonight will assist in either case.


Sen. Marco Rubio told Fox News that Obama “may have made things worse,” while former HP CEO Carly Fiorina summed it up nicely, tweeting “Vintage Obama: No Strategy, no leadership.”

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51 thoughts on “What’s with Obama saying ‘ISIL,’ not ‘ISIS’? Trump asks, as he CRUSHES speech with live tweets

  1. Mr02shadow . says:

    ISIS stands for “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria,” ISIL stands for “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” meaning the whole eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It includes Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel and Jordan, and so is thought to more accurately describe the large region threatened by the group’s activities, the Washington Post wrote earlier this year.

    1. tedlv says:

      That may be true, but the president doesn’t see ISIL as a threat. He STILL thinks they are JV. Of course the truth is, ISIS is his army, he is the CinC. He has disarmed our soldiers here in this country. Any idea why? Ft. Hood, Chattanooga…any connection?

  2. PI by Nature says:

    I use ISIS, ISIL, Daesh, and Islamic State interchangeably. This is grasping at straws by the Donald. All four names refer to the same group.

    1. Twelvestar says:

      Kerry uses the term, The Daesh, like I do which is an insult to them but you already know that.

      1. PI by Nature says:

        Well, they are Daeshbags!

    2. tedlv says:

      Permanently Inane by Nature fits you perfectly. Great blog name!

      1. John Willis says:

        or just how about pretty ignorant

    3. AnyKenny says:

      Not grasping. Everyone thinks this tin pot bean poll is hung up on words, and everyone knows it as soon as someone puts a microphone in front of him and he lets loose with the pitiful reminders that “I am president, I select the words we use.” And the world says, Get lost. And that only makes him say ISIL even more. Can’t you see how pathetic that is?

  3. Twelvestar says:

    In the meantime, Norway is giving flights and money to Muslim refugees and telling them to get out. It’s not being racist, it’s taking the safety and security of your country and its citizens into consideration. A lot better than taking a risk.

  4. AnyKenny says:

    Obama stamps his feet, pouts, and runs out of the room, saying, No! We play with MY marbles or I don’t play at all!

    1. tedlv says:

      And he spontaneously utters, “And, uh ah, burr…conservatives…uh, duh…um…”

  5. tedlv says:

    I am 61, I have seen big-bad talk many times in politics. I have seldom seen the walk. Reagan came the closest, and I admire his accomplishments, and I admit he wasn’t perfect (included for those idiots that always have to pick fault with everyone but themselves, because they think they are perfect).

  6. tom2 says:

    Cyprus, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Turkey are sometimes considered Levant countries. I believe he uses the “L” not only to avoid mentioning Syria, but also to expand opportunities to blame Bush.

  7. jimshaw54 says:

    Obama has been saying ISIL all along. I was wondering when people would wake up to what he is saying and possibly why he is saying it. Many Muslims say ISIL because they believe that they have already “won” and that Israel and Lebannon et al WILL be theirs. In one of the three lessons on Islam that I heard Al Fadi teach he told the story of a Muslim and Christian who were going to debate the differences between their religions. He said that before the opening remarks were even finished the social network lit up with Muslims talking about how the Muslim had already won the debate. That is their mindset — if they believe it is going to happen then it AREADY is so. Does that tell you what we are up against, and another reason why some of them are willing to die killing “infidels”?
    If you want to watch the series you can go to calvaryphx.com, click on media library, then click on browse, then click on speaker, then scroll down to find Al Fadi. You will certainly be a lot better educated after listening to his series of talks. You can also order the speeches so you can listen to them on cd’s and share them with others.

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