AP: Obama to delete references to Islamic extremism from national-security policy

posted at 10:12 am on April 7, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The US faces national-security threats from al-Qaeda, a radical Islamist terror network, and is at war with in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban, another radical Islamist terror network.   Iran represents a growing threat to national security, especially for our allies, primarily due to its triumphalist and messianic radical-Islamist theocracy/military dictatorship.  We also face regional threats from Hamas and Hezbollah, both radical Islamist terrorist groups.  In fact, in all the serious asymmetrical threats the US faces, the common thread is the radical Islamist movement.

Considering that, it may come as a surprise to some that the Obama administration is about to deliberately ignore that common thread, at least in its public declarations of national-security policy:

President Barack Obama’s advisers will remove religious terms such as “Islamic extremism” from the central document outlining the U.S. national security strategy and will use the rewritten document to emphasize that the United States does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terror, counterterrorism officials said.

The change is a significant shift in the National Security Strategy, a document that previously outlined the Bush Doctrine of preventative war and currently states: “The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century.”

The officials described the changes on condition of anonymity because the document still was being written, and the White House would not discuss it. But rewriting the strategy document will be the latest example of Obama putting his stamp on U.S. foreign policy, like his promises to dismantle nuclear weapons and limit the situations in which they can be used.

The revisions are part of a larger effort about which the White House talks openly, one that seeks to change not just how the United States talks to Muslim nations, but also what it talks to them about, from health care and science to business startups and education.

The “larger effort” seems more focused on political correctness than actual change.  The nuclear policy changes almost nothing, especially in public perception of our range of responses.  This is more of the same. Are we going to stop fighting the Taliban and dropping missiles on AQ hideouts?  No.

In fact, all this does is make the case for hypocrisy and semantic game-playing.  It’s on par with changing the nomenclature of “terrorist attack” to “man-caused disaster.”  It just minces around the truth, as though the US is somehow afraid of confronting it.  Muslim nations watching bombs fall in Waziristan and military strikes in Yemen will react to reality, not the attempted prettification of the White House of it, and react accordingly to it.  They know we’re at war with those radical Islamists who declared war on us, even if we’re not saying it.

It does have one effect, although certainly not the one Barack Obama intends.  It makes us look weak and afraid of radical Islamists in general.  It also makes us look dishonest, and it insults the intelligence of everyone Obama aims to impress.  This kind of exercise asks Muslims to engage in intellectual dishonesty, rather than challenge them to oppose the radical Islamists in their midst and defeat that ideology.

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So we need a new synonym for “Islamic Extremism“?

How about:





Or my favorite:


How tough is it to read to intolerant, misogynistic, imperialistic, terroristic texts of Islam and determine that nothing good can come out of a dogmatic culture bent on global domination, totalitarian subjugation, theocratic absolutism and unyielding, murderous contempt for all freedoms?

Islam is lame.

Fear of grasping the dismal tenets of of this coddled death cult is the p.c. poison du jour.

profitsbeard on April 7, 2010 at 6:30 PM

You can laugh all you want but this guy is a Muslim.

thmcbb on April 7, 2010 at 7:21 PM

It does have one effect, although certainly not the one Barack Obama intends. It makes us look weak and afraid of radical Islamists in general.

You’re too generous, given his background I have every reason to assume this is exactly what he desires.

Sharr on April 7, 2010 at 8:57 PM

I don’t think this new policy is working out.

Maybe Obozo needs a new Homeland Security Chief.

Among other things.

CPT. Charles on April 7, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Did The Onion craft this policy?

onlineanalyst on April 7, 2010 at 10:05 PM


selias on April 8, 2010 at 12:46 AM

See? Someone put this guy in the fast lane to the White House. It was always ‘Oh a guy named Obama is coming to town’. Well, all of the Islamic buisiness and O coming along just at this particular time sure is a coincidence now isn’t it? I think not. This has been manufactured by someone. Just like certain damaging video is now leaking out. Pretty soon I’m sure other damaing thing, probably of a secure nature, will leak out. If America survives this, we can survive anything.

johnnyU on April 8, 2010 at 5:03 AM

Obama is a complete moron, deleting references to islamic terrorism won’t delete islamic terrorists. Obama, do your friggin’ job and stop playing PC word games.

BottomLine5 on April 8, 2010 at 7:34 AM

If Obama was a muslim, would he be doing anything differently than what he’s doing now?

What Al Qaeda couldn’t accomplish by attacking the US centers of financial (WTC) and military (Pentagon) power with hijacked planes, Obama achieves with the stroke of a pen and by posing as a far-left liberal. His actions speak louder than words:

-trying to cripple/bankrupt the country with the massive spending
-repealing terrorism legislation meant to protect citizens
-giving terrorist undue rights while prosecuting those defending us
-expunging all language that would let us realize Islam is waging a global war against all of humanity and creating a comprehensive strategy to defeat this fascist totalitarian medieval death cult
-insulting and creating crises with our valued allies like Israel, India and Britain while bowing to and embracing our enemies
-appointing dirt-bags into positions of power like Eric Holder, the Al Qaeda 7 lawyers in the DOJ, Janet Napolitano, etc.
-going on apology tours to our muslim enemy nations and denigrating America
-violating the Constitution by co-signing UN anti-free speech legislation sponsored by the 57 Islamic nation block, the OIC.
-destroying our nuclear deterrence capability while building up our enemies’ Iran and North Korea (by refusing to stop them).
-had a muslim father, was raised in a muslim country

A sane nation in the midst of a war against an ideology like Islam, would’ve never elected a member who could even remotely have any affiliation with said religion. Or at the very least would’ve impeached him once he started causing damage (as he’s doing now).

thinkagain on April 8, 2010 at 7:41 AM

“Obama Bans Jihad”

That’s great! It’s about time he…oh, wait; he just banned the word “jihad”.


Noel on April 8, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Obama’s administration is a hundred times more dangerous than Al-Queda could ever be. He is rotting us from the inside out. Banning words? It really is 1984 under Maobama isn’t it? Obammie the Commie is a disaster for the Republic. At least Jimmy Carter is breathing easier these days…..

adamsmith on April 8, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Funny that he’s allowing predator drones to target a Muslim cleric. How does that jibe with our desire to defuse the anger caused by picking on the “religion of peace”?

hawksruleva on April 8, 2010 at 12:18 PM

“Obama Bans Jihad”

That’s great! It’s about time he…oh, wait; he just banned the word “jihad”.


Noel on April 8, 2010 at 11:40 AM


hawksruleva on April 8, 2010 at 12:24 PM

He’s mostly right. It’s not “Islamic extremism” giving us problems. It is Islam itself.


herself on April 8, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Why is anyone surprised that a Muslim would want “Islamic Extremists” deleted from our foreign policy? Everything this man does, has said and IS saying, indicates that he is a Muslim first and an American second.

afotia on April 8, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Go ahead Barry Bin Laden. Just take down the stars and stripes and put up a crescent and moon and lots of green everywhere. The media will cover for you. Olbergoebbels will just tell everyone you’re doing it to be inclusive…

adamsmith on April 8, 2010 at 7:19 PM

I was arguing with a muslim about islam and stated that it was a totalitarian form of government in the guise of a religion.
He answered back, Yes, yes…so what? We don’t want your Democracy! Leave us alone!”
Yeah…if only it were that simple…

Army Brat on April 11, 2010 at 3:26 AM