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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.

4. “America’s support for democracy and human rights goes beyond idealism; it is a matter of national security.”

In support of democracy, the U.S. oversaw the imposition of Sharia constitutions in both Iraq and Afghanistan – because that was what the people wanted. In support of democracy, the Obama administration applauded and aided the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, and is now helping a similar effort in Syria. Yet in all these cases, the Islamic regimes that benefited from this support implemented Islamic law’s systematic and codified denial of basis human rights to women and non-Muslims.

The unfortunate and unpleasant fact is that it is in all too many Muslim countries, supporting democracy means failing to support human rights, because large numbers of people, if not absolute majorities, want to see Sharia fully implemented, and Sharia opposes the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and the idea of the equality of rights of all people before the law. But Barack Obama will never admit that, as it runs counter to core administration and State Department dogmas about Islam being peaceful and tolerant, and so in his ongoing support of democracy, he continues to abet the denial of human rights.

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3. “America must always lead on the world stage… it has been our willingness to work through multilateral channels that kept the world on our side.”

Well, which is it? America leading on the world stage or working through multilateral channels? If these channels are to be truly multilateral, then America must give up, at least in some circumstances, its leadership role and submit to the leadership of other countries or multinational bodies such as NATO and the United Nations. If that is not going to happen, then the other countries’ participation is just to provide a rubber stamp on American leadership – and surely Barack Obama doesn’t envision that.

So he seems to be saying that America will lead by following.

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2. “For the foreseeable future, the most direct threat to America, at home and abroad, remains terrorism.”

The president who in October 2011 placed off-limits any investigation of the beliefs, motives and goals of jihad terrorists, overseeing the scrubbing of all counter-terror training materials of all mention of Islam and jihad in connection with terrorism, now says in May 2014 that “terrorism” remains “the most direct threat to America.”

What kind of terrorism? He didn’t say, and he wouldn’t have dared to say – after all, he has declared that “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam,” and since in Islamic law the definition of slander is not repeating falsehoods but saying something about someone that he doesn’t want known, speaking about how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism could be considered slander.

In any case, it is certainly forbidden in Obama’s law enforcement and intelligence agencies: back in October 2011, Dwight C. Holton, former U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon, emphasized that training materials for the FBI would be purged of everything politically incorrect:

I want to be perfectly clear about this: training materials that portray Islam as a religion of violence or with a tendency towards violence are wrong, they are offensive, and they are contrary to everything that this president, this attorney general and Department of Justice stands for. They will not be tolerated.

And so even the president of the United States doesn’t dare name the enemy even as he vows to defeat him.

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1. “I am calling on Congress to support a new counterterrorism partnerships fund of up to $5 billion, which will allow us to train, build capacity and facilitate partner countries on the front lines.”

This is new? It’s just more of the same. We have been spending huge sums of taxpayer money for years now to help other countries fight against jihad terrorists. Right after 9/11, George W. Bush made a deal with then-President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, under which the U.S. gave billions to Pakistan every year to fight these shadowy “extremists,” only for the Pakistani government to aid those very same “extremists.”

As far back as September 2008, the New York Times reported: “For years, the survival of Pakistan’s military and civilian leaders has depended on a double game: assuring the United States that they were vigorously repressing Islamic militants — and in some cases actually doing so — while simultaneously tolerating and assisting the same militants.”

Nothing has been done since then to stop this from happening, even when the Pakistani government affected high dudgeon at the killing of Osama bin Laden. And in neighboring Afghanistan, the U.S.-backed Hamid Karzai lives high on bags of cash regularly delivered to his office by the CIA, while growing increasingly hostile and uncooperative toward the U.S.

So now Obama is going to spend another $5 billion on similar “cooperative” ventures with other countries? What assurance does he have that they will work this time?

None, of course. But Obama and the State Department don’t need facts and evidence on which to make policy! Politically correct fantasy will do just fine. And when the next catastrophe comes down the pike, there will always be Republicans around to blame.

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We’re In. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.

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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!
16 weeks ago
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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.
16 weeks ago
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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.
16 weeks ago
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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…."
16 weeks ago
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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.
16 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.
16 weeks ago
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