Why Obama Uses Meaningless Euphemisms Regarding Terrorism
In what CNN called a "blistering verbal assault," President Barack Obama Tuesday rebuked GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump and lashed out at his Republican critics for having the presumption to criticize his policies in the
war on the terror, overseas contingency operation, war against violent extremism.
Much of Obama's venom was reserved for Mr. Trump, whose "yapping" about a ban on Muslims entering the country, he contended, is harmful to the country's national security. The president even went so far as to suggest that Trump's call for a Muslim ban was leading Muslims to attack Americans.
"We are now seeing how dangerous this kind of mindset and this kind of thinking can be," he said. "We're starting to see where this kind of rhetoric and loose talk and sloppiness about who exactly we're fighting, where this can lead us."
What an extraordinarily obnoxious thing for the president to say. Was he suggesting that Omar Mateen's deadly rampage at the gay nightclub was spurred by Donald Trump's "rhetoric and loose talk"? Is Obama off his rocker?
Unfortunately, instead of concurring with Trump's reasonable call for a temporary pause on Muslim immigration from terror hot spots as terrorist attacks around the world increase, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan undercut his fellow Republican, effectively agreeing with the president's calculation that such a policy isn't "who we are."
Ryan said the "preferred route to go" in regards to entry screening is "a security test -- not a religious test."
He opposed Trump's Muslim ban proposal when the presumptive GOP nominee first introduced the idea, and stood by his opposition today.
"I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country's interest. I do not think it is reflective of our principles not just as a party, but as a country. And I think the smarter way to go in all respects is to have a security test and not a religious test," Ryan said.
Obama thanked the Republican establishment's moderate stance on Muslim immigration by furiously lashing out at Republicans who criticized him for not using the term "radical Islamic terrorism."
"What exactly would using this language accomplish? What exactly would it change?" Obama asked during remarks at the Treasury Department. "Would it make ISIL less committed to try and kill Americans?" he continued, using a different acronym for ISIS.
"Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this? The answer is none of the above," he said. "Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away."
Can you say "liberal projection"? Changing the language used to describe our enemies is precisely what this president has been doing for seven and a half years. Obama has diluted the language regarding terrorism so much that his approach to the war on terror has been dubbed an "All Euphemism Foreign Policy."
Ask yourself, "what exactly does using this language accomplish?" as you read these absurd Obama-era GWOT euphemisms:
- “Outliers" is their kinder, gentler term for "rogue states”
- “Al-Qaeda core” are the al-Qaeda terrorists who survived the Bush presidency, then regrouped and multiplied under the Obama presidency. They are not in any way, shape or form "decimated."
- “Overseas contingency operations” is the Obama administration's Orwellian term for "the global war on terror."
- “Man-caused disaster” is the Obama-speak for "terrorist attack."
- "Workplace violence" is how the Obama administration describes Islamic terrorist attacks that take place at work.
- "Violent extremism" is how the Obama administration prefers to describe terrorism because it gives them an opportunity to lump Islamists in with the KKK, IRA, and Nazi skinhead groups who all together commit about 1% (or less) of the terrorism we see throughout the world.
- “Kinetic military action” is how the Obama administration says "war" without upsetting anti-war groups.
- "Leading from behind" is Obama's euphemism for his "CYA" approach to foreign policy. It translates roughly to, "we'll wait until it's too late to be effective, and when pressured, take some modest steps, but don't blame us when the excrement hits the fan." (Because it will.)
- "Strategic patience" is related to Obama's "leading from behind" philosophy. The administration uses it in place of "dithering," or "kicking the can down the road for the next president to have to deal with."