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5 Falsehoods and Fantasies in Obama’s West Point Speech

The president has never demonstrated a serious commitment to reality, but in his commencement address on Wednesday he outdid himself. Here are his most egregious statements.

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Robert Spencer

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May 31, 2014 - 12:39 am
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5. “We have to focus not just on rescuing those girls right away, but also on supporting Nigerian efforts to educate its youth.”

This proceeds from the common assumption that only ignorant people engage in terrorism, and so all that anyone needs to do to stop terrorism in its tracks is to provide educational opportunities for terrorists. This goes hand-in-hand with the equally popular dogma that poverty causes terrorism, which Barack Obama has also retailed, saying that “extremely poor societies… provide optimal breeding grounds for disease, terrorism and conflict.” That’s why we see so many Haitian suicide bombers.

The only problem with the idea that terrorists are poor and ignorant is that it has been shown to be false again and again. The Economist reported back in December 2010 that,

the ranks of high-profile terrorism suspects also boast plenty of middle-class, well-educated people. The would-be Times Square bomber, Faisal Shehzad, boasts an MBA and is the son of a senior Pakistani air-force officer. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who stands accused of lighting a makeshift bomb on a transatlantic flight in the so-called ‘underwear plot’, had a degree from University College, London, and is the son of a rich Nigerian banker. The suspected suicide-bomber in this week’s attacks in Stockholm had a degree from a British university.

And indeed, “social scientists have collected a large amount of data on the socioeconomic background of terrorists. According to a 2008 survey of such studies by Alan Krueger of Princeton University, they have found little evidence that the typical terrorist is unusually poor or badly schooled.” Likewise in March 2014, “new research from Queen Mary University of London has found youth, wealth, and being in full-time education to be risk factors associated with violent radicalization.” And a Danish study in May 2014 found that “radicalized young Muslims are often what one would consider well-integrated: They are better educated than average and also perform better economically and socially, and will therefore be largely able to maintain a double life.”

So we will send a few taxpayer billions to Nigeria to build schools and buy the locals a few houses and cars, and the jihad terrorists will keep coming – and in response, we will send more billions. Because the only alternative would be to reexamine its cherished dogmas, and the State Department establishment never does that.

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Terrorism isn't a result of any particular environmental or political condition, it's a result of people who choose to impose their will by force because they can't make their case with words.
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Woodstock Jihad hearts Islamic Jihad.

Overlapping manifestos, techniques and propaganda create Naratives.

These Naratives do not need contain any truth, because they contain Truths.


Poverty, race, "oppression" CAUSE terrorism. In fact, they CAUSE crime in general, of which terrorism is merely a subset. That is why the Woodstock Narrative treats it as a police matter or workplace violence.

If it was identified as a vicious, feral, evil religious belief system...Woodstockians would not be able to make class warfare, race warfare, gender warfare hay out of it.

Therefore, they scrub the Islam out of it.

Forget for a moment whatever percentages of Islam disfavor terrorism, honor killings, Sharia brutish and thuggish repressions. ENOUGH of that congregation support silently, passively acquiesce, or champion violent, raging oppression and hate to erode, if not erase, any and all other tenets of the creed.

Obama and the Woodstock Jihad cannot let that reality impose itself on THEIR Narative.

In the Woodstock Jihad, their are "victims" and "oppressors". These roles don't occur naturally, they are assigned.

"Check your privilege" is a symptom of the disease. The tortured logic of making a "white Hispanic", or ALL Asians now "white", is the Narative's Truth trumping the reality's facts.

Obama and the small c communist front don't believe their own lies. They tell them so that the indoctrinated will behave as if those lies are reality. You cannot overcome a false Narative with facts and evidence once the indoctrinated believe the Narative. They are too cultish and impervious to reason.

YOU become a "denier". An obstructionist. A bitter clinger to "prejudice".

Radical leftism is a cult. Radical Islam is a cult.

Neither is a religion. And neither is interested in peace, harmony or unity.

Obama is a cultist. The leftist movement is a cult. The Democratic Party is absorbed, subsumed by that cult. They believe in One World Socialism (small c communism). They abdicate nationalism to One World governance.

And they want the Muslim Brotherhood to merge Islam into this cult vision.

Israel stands in the way of the Muslim Brotherhood ascendancy. And American protection of the world from evil empires stands in the way of Woodstock Weathermen.

BOTH must be removed as obstacles.

Now, go back and read Obama's words. Examine all the seeming bizarre acts. They make more sense than they appear to, IF, you live in The Narative's alternate reality...and abandon your truth...for his Truth.
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Democracy is government by the "lowest common" denominator. Hitler was democratically elected. Democracy gets you Putin! Democratic republic is the only way to go.
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As Sir Winston Churchill "Democracy is the worst form of Government apart from any other type"
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You forgot to mention the first democracy since Ancient Greece: the First French Republic, infamously associated with the French Revolution and the Jacobin Reign of Terror. It even acted as the prototype to Communism as well.
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God help us! The inmates are running the asylum!
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As with every idea or thing that comes from this Comedy Club of Washington, just throw money at it. Money, money and more money. End terrorism as we know it? Here's five billion. Education in Nigeria? Here's a few mil more. Yep, money is the answer. Want more? Just a minute, let me give Janet a call. She may have a trillion or two lying around.
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yup and the money that they throw at the problem isn't coming out of their wallets, but those of others. That makes it even worse.

Reminds me of celebrities that host charity events, and want to be paid for their time and get the benefits, and never put a dime into the charity, compared to a Rush, whether you like him or not, has a radiothon each year, and starts the event out with his check.
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I'm all for helping the Nigerians defend their boarding schools and day schools by teaching them how to build fortified fences, how to patrol and the like. But, it's not to combat the spread of Islam. It's to help an emerging nation continue to get ahead. Nigeria is rich in minerals and other resources.
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Have my own points to counter Obama's 5 points:

5. Aside from what Spencer pointed out, I might as well remind all of you that the Weathermen Underground were certainly not uneducated or impoverished. Heck, most of them (Bill Ayers and Bernadete Dorn, certainly) came from really well off families, and in the case of Ayers, he even managed to reform education. And need I really remind you of how the Jacobin Club and Robespierre, the first terrorists in the modern age (there's a reason why Robespierre is referred to as the father of terrorism), were composed of extremely well-off people and extremely educated people?

4. Not just the Arab Spring: Just look at what happened to France after the French Revolution. They got their democracy all right, and yet it turned into a bloodshed with lots of people being massacred just for the heck of it. And Christians weren't even allowed to speak their thoughts without being slaughtered, something that was actually based on what Voltaire himself said. Democracy is not the answer, not in the Middle East, or anywhere period.

3. Either way, its not good anyways. Our even being aligned with the UN, which was not only founded by that Soviet spy Alger Hiss, but also specifically stated by the UN charter (which, BTW, was a copy/paste of the Soviet Constitution) to be a Communist front, was a very big mistake since either FDR or Truman was talked into creating the organization.

2. Islamic terrorism is definitely the biggest threat. However, we've still got Communist terrorism to worry about, even worse because they aren't religious, at least of the standard definition of religion. Don't forget, Bill Ayers' group was definitely terroristic, yet they didn't even hold to a religion.

1. It's times like these that I really feel the best solution to this sort of problem is a rain of fire on the Middle East. No prisoners. It's getting irritating that we're funding groups who are going to backstab us anyways. I don't like killing or genocide, but at this point, its becoming far too clear it may ultimately come to that.
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Terrorism isn't a result of any particular environmental or political condition, it's a result of people who choose to impose their will by force because they can't make their case with words.
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“For the foreseeable future, the most direct threat to America, at home and abroad, remains terrorism.”
Terrorism is just a tactic. Obama's refusal to entertain the idea of who it is that might be using that tactic against us, is at the root of his anti-terrorist failures.
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Of course he declined to identify who the terrorists are: in his mind his political opponents are terrorists, and he sees them as a "direct threat to America…."
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I suspect that he WANTED to say "Climate Change" here. The fact that he said terrorism may be a victory....of sorts.
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I found the comment about the definition of slander in Islam to be rather surprising. So I poked around the internet and found this:

The reality of Nameemah (slander) is to disclose a secret and expose something about someone who doesn't like having such thing exposed.

That's not a quote from the koran but something from an Islamic scholar. But still it reinforces the idea that telling the truth can be slanderous in Islam.
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Since O is no longer running for office his speeches appear to be serving a dual purpose. On the one hand he gets a chance to deliver a speech. On the other hand he gets to say some PC nonsense on an occasion when he’s supposed to be orating something that reflects the seriousness the occasion. But what he's really doing is dissing the rest of us. His minions know what he’s up to and they’re probably in stitches every time he bloviates in public. The flipside is that his speeches tell us that he thinks there’s no point to his presidency anymore.
11 weeks ago
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Woodstock Jihad hearts Islamic Jihad.

Overlapping manifestos, techniques and propaganda create Naratives.

These Naratives do not need contain any truth, because they contain Truths.


Poverty, race, "oppression" CAUSE terrorism. In fact, they CAUSE crime in general, of which terrorism is merely a subset. That is why the Woodstock Narrative treats it as a police matter or workplace violence.

If it was identified as a vicious, feral, evil religious belief system...Woodstockians would not be able to make class warfare, race warfare, gender warfare hay out of it.

Therefore, they scrub the Islam out of it.

Forget for a moment whatever percentages of Islam disfavor terrorism, honor killings, Sharia brutish and thuggish repressions. ENOUGH of that congregation support silently, passively acquiesce, or champion violent, raging oppression and hate to erode, if not erase, any and all other tenets of the creed.

Obama and the Woodstock Jihad cannot let that reality impose itself on THEIR Narative.

In the Woodstock Jihad, their are "victims" and "oppressors". These roles don't occur naturally, they are assigned.

"Check your privilege" is a symptom of the disease. The tortured logic of making a "white Hispanic", or ALL Asians now "white", is the Narative's Truth trumping the reality's facts.

Obama and the small c communist front don't believe their own lies. They tell them so that the indoctrinated will behave as if those lies are reality. You cannot overcome a false Narative with facts and evidence once the indoctrinated believe the Narative. They are too cultish and impervious to reason.

YOU become a "denier". An obstructionist. A bitter clinger to "prejudice".

Radical leftism is a cult. Radical Islam is a cult.

Neither is a religion. And neither is interested in peace, harmony or unity.

Obama is a cultist. The leftist movement is a cult. The Democratic Party is absorbed, subsumed by that cult. They believe in One World Socialism (small c communism). They abdicate nationalism to One World governance.

And they want the Muslim Brotherhood to merge Islam into this cult vision.

Israel stands in the way of the Muslim Brotherhood ascendancy. And American protection of the world from evil empires stands in the way of Woodstock Weathermen.

BOTH must be removed as obstacles.

Now, go back and read Obama's words. Examine all the seeming bizarre acts. They make more sense than they appear to, IF, you live in The Narative's alternate reality...and abandon your truth...for his Truth.
11 weeks ago
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