Why Obama Still Refuses to Name Radical Islam
The fruits of Obama's psychological confusion are writ large in the rampages of ISIS, once the jayvee team, but even more dangerously in his "Iran deal" (scare quotes deliberate). Much has been written of late of this bizarre, unsigned arrangement with the mullahs, including a lengthy David Samuels profile of Obama's "main man" Ben Rhodes in the New York Times Magazine that made clear how Rhodes and Obama manipulated the press to keep Congress (and the American people!) far away from the facts and truth of the deal. A remarkable article by David Hazony -- "The Mind of the President" -- in the new issue of The Tower takes this further, detailing how Obama indeed thinks he knows better than we do. (Hazony and I obviously think along similar lines, although Hazony, perhaps, gives more credit to Obama's supposed rationality than I.) In a section titled "It Must Be Hard to Know Everything," Hazony writes:
Yet the failure to appreciate the human spirit in politics is not just a bug of Obama’s psychology; it’s a feature of his worldview. It is a flaw in the vision itself, a view of human history that has long been rendered foolish by history itself. This view sees an end to war that comes from overcoming underlying “real problems”—irrationality, tribalism, ignorance, pride, religion, attachment to the past—all of which will eventually be overridden through education and systems of governance based on international law, trade, and multilateralism. And since reason teaches that people should just get along, we don’t need antiquated concepts of the warrior spirit, bravery, loyalty, or the classic calculus of power, credibility, and deterrence.
Nor do we have to call "radical Islam, radical Islam." Or, as George Orwell put it in the ever-prescient Animal Farm: “No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?”
Roger L. Simon is a prize-winning novelist, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and co-founder of PJ Media. His next book - I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn't Already - is about to be published by Encounter Books on June 14, 2016. You can read an excerpt here. You can pre-order the book here.