Dangerous Word Games
According to an April 7, 2010, AP news release, the Obama administration is rewriting the central document outlining US national security strategy which will not include any terms such as "Islamic extremism" or "jihad." Supposedly eliminating such words will facilitate working with Islamic nations in areas such as health, education and business. Such false logic assumes that Islamic nations cannot differentiate between moderate and radical Islam.
Egypt knows: moderate President Anwar Sadat was assassinated by radical Muslims. Pakistan knows: moderate PM Benazir Bhutto was assassinated by radical Muslims. Every moderate Arab leader knows he must watch his back because of Islamic extremism. And President Obama misguidedly thinks the US should not recognize Muslim extremism as our mortal enemy when moderate Muslim nations do?
Although Obama wants to change US national security strategy, our conflict has not changed since the Bush Doctrine: "The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century."
Try to tell the families of our 3000 fallen 9/11 heroes that we are not in a life-and-death struggle with radical Islam. Try to tell the families of our brave military who have fallen in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere that their enemy is not Islamic extremism.
Simply eliminating words does not eliminate our imminent threat from radical Islamic terrorism. Apparently Obama wants us to live in a kind of wonderland which doesn't want to call a spade a spade. Is this the kind of leader we want?