Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on July 15, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

They killed 3,000 people on 9/11.  They have committed multiple acts of terrorism before and since, killing thousands of more people around the world.  They propped up a brutal dictatorship in Afghanistan, and are trying to impose another in Somalia.  They routinely kill more Muslims through indiscriminate acts of terror than so-called infidels, and they brainwash teenagers into committing suicide while their leaders cower in caves.

And what does President Obama choose to select for his outrage over al-QaedaRacism:

Speaking about the Uganda bombings, the president said, “What you’ve seen in some of the statements that have been made by these terrorist organizations is that they do not regard African life as valuable in and of itself. They see it as a potential place where you can carry out ideological battles that kill innocents without regard to long-term consequences for their short-term tactical gains.”…

Explaining the president’s comment, an administration official said Mr. Obama “references the fact that both U.S. intelligence and past al Qaeda actions make clear that al Qaeda — and the groups like al Shabaab that they inspire — do not value African life. The actions of al Qaeda and the groups that it has inspired show a willingness to sacrifice innocent African life to reach their targets.”…

“Additionally, U.S. intelligence has indicated that al Qaeda leadership specifically targets and recruits black Africans to become suicide bombers because they believe that poor economic and social conditions make them more susceptible to recruitment than Arabs,” the official said. “Al Qaeda recruits have said that al Qaeda is racist against black members from West Africa because they are only used in lower level operations.”

“In short,” the official said, “al Qaeda is a racist organization that treats black Africans like cannon fodder and does not value human life.”

Yes, never mind the murders and the tyranny.  The real problem with AQ is its racism.  It’s an absurdity, something that would have made a great satire of this supposedly post-racial administration had it not actually offered this statement seriously.

What’s this supposed to say to AQ?  We went to war with you over 9/11, but now your racism has us in a real snit?  If the idea was to impress Africans enough to get them to reject AQ, Andy McCarthy has a pretty good explanation of why this is not only useless, but counterproductive, in the conclusion of a colloquy with Jonah Goldberg at The Corner:

Insofar as more general information may bear on this: at a time when Islamist ideology is the dynamic ideology in Islam, dominating the leadership of about 75 percent of American mosques, it is notable that fully a third of American Muslims are black, including a whopping 90 percent of new converts to Islam. Al Qaeda, meantime, has aggressively recruited blacks since its origins in the Afghan jihad against the Soviets, and it has been thriving in black Africa since the early 1990s — the very time-frame when bin Laden found a soft place to land in Sudan because Saudi pressure had made things to[o] perilous for him in Afghanistan.

In sum, a culturally based argument for anti-black racism on the part of al Qaeda is one Obama would never make, and no one knows that better than black Africans. On the other hand, an ideologically based argument for anti-black racism on the part of al Qaeda is patently meritless. Since the latter is the one Obama was positing, it just makes him look foolish. I agree wholeheartedly with your observations about the value in pointing out Islamist political incorrectness, and encouraging lefties like Obama to do the same. But I think it hurts the cause to make implausible claims that make us look like we either don’t know what we’re talking about or think so little of our target audience that we assume pandering will win them over.

Exactly — and that makes us look impotent and desperate, two qualities that will not convince anyone on the fence to suddenly oppose AQ.

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How else can Obama get his base upset about Al Qaeda?

mjbrooks3 on July 15, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Rev White’s mouthpiece, the POTUS

Hening on July 15, 2010 at 8:08 AM

We’re all racists now.

Daggett on July 15, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Hmmmm….

Zombies are racist. Look how hassled that one brother in Night of the Living Dead.

apostic on July 15, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Exactly — and that makes us look impotent and desperate, two qualities that will not convince anyone on the fence to suddenly oppose AQ.

This had nothing to do with AQ. It was supposed to energize Obama’s race-paranoid base.

Daggett on July 15, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Exactly — and that makes us look impotent and desperate, two qualities that will not convince anyone on the fence to suddenly oppose AQ.

Impotent and desperate? How about calling the White House a “one trick pony?” Conversely, the when-all-you-have-is-a-hammer-everything-looks-like-a-nail approach works as well. Impotent is certainly appropriate, however, I don’t even think that the White House’s potency in dealing with terrorism is the question. The potency they seek is to get everyone to be able to see the inherent racism in every incident, be it international terrorism, or state immigration law enforcement.

ted c on July 15, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Racism Racism Racism
Funny watching Morning Joe and seeing the head of the NAACP trying to backtrack that he EVER “called the Tea Party racists. They’re very powerful, all we said…..”
They are very scared of what Olbermann insists is a handful of loud crackpots.

Marcus on July 15, 2010 at 8:16 AM

This is just the Rev Jesse Jackson redux. Those AQ masters were just trying to get those slaves they owned in Uganda away from their TV sets and back out to the plantation and minin’ some diamonds or something…

you see how feckless, illogical and utterly flaccid this dyscogitational cycle of racial thinking is….? Obama is trying to stuff the square peg of international terrorism into the round hole of racism.

that is certainly desperate

ted c on July 15, 2010 at 8:17 AM

The deck of racial playing cards is getting a whole lot shorter. The conversation needs to move to what the desired end result of the Jeremiah Wright/Sharpton/Farrakhan et al. racial politics game is. What does their liberation theology suggest? Liberation from what ? a planet occupied with racists?…..gulp!

ted c on July 15, 2010 at 8:21 AM

2012…Are we there yet?

JetBoy on July 15, 2010 at 8:22 AM

He’s all in and has HOPE of an ace. When your deck consists of nothing but race cards, you play with what you have. No way to CHANGE.

Yoop on July 15, 2010 at 8:24 AM

When all you have is a hammer racism, every problem looks like a nail prejudice.

Or something like that.

cs89 on July 15, 2010 at 8:25 AM

The “post-racial” president…sigh.

Dee2008 on July 15, 2010 at 8:25 AM

AQ doesn’t value any life and African’s are no exception.

thomasaur on July 15, 2010 at 8:26 AM

How else can Obama get his base upset about Al Qaeda?

Bullseye – That is exactly it. They could give a crap that Al Q murdered a bunch of corporate moneygrubbing Americans. But using foreign blacks to kill them? Criminal!

The only way O can possibly garner support for his continuing the “Bush War”. Because now we’re not hunting terrorists. We’re hunting racists. Just like those pesky Tea Party people.

ace tomato on July 15, 2010 at 8:31 AM

To AQ’s credit, however, they do have a small carbon footprint

murty on July 15, 2010 at 8:32 AM

The O team has a one track mind. Their argument is so idiotic that only clueless lefty, ivory tower ideologues would praise their position. Oh wait.

conservative pilgrim on July 15, 2010 at 8:33 AM

The only way O can possibly garner support for his continuing the “Bush War”. Because now we’re not hunting terrorists. We’re hunting racists. Just like those pesky Tea Party people.ace tomato on July 15, 2010 at 8:31 AM

therein lies the dangerous juxtaposition.

If AQ are terrorists AND racists—and we be plug’n holes in them…. and the TP are racists also….then we should be plug’n..?
/Rahmbo logic

ted c on July 15, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Hey, maybe Obama can convince AQ to implement affirmative action. It’s done so much to improve race relations here…why keep it to ourselves?

Dee2008 on July 15, 2010 at 8:35 AM

I called one of my Liberal family members a racist, being led by a president & a party of white hating racist; the reaction was a sight to behold… Home run the likes of which I never expected.

These people are coming apart at the seams. Nothing they are saying or doing makes a bit of sense; none of it!

Keemo on July 15, 2010 at 8:40 AM

Be vewy vewy quiet. I’m hunting wacists. Heheheheheheheheh.

Daggett on July 15, 2010 at 8:41 AM

Now, if they wuz jus killin’ dem cracker babies, it’d be okay.
Post racial my rear end. This guy is the MOST racially divisive president we have ever had.

Crusader Rabbit on July 15, 2010 at 8:41 AM

My early favorite for OOTY.

LibTired on July 15, 2010 at 8:43 AM

See, he does have experience running things. He is running this country exactly the same as a campaign and using the race card is a tried and true tactic. At least within our borders. Is there world wide guilt?

Cindy Munford on July 15, 2010 at 8:45 AM

When you only have one card in your deck, you have to keep playing it every single hand.

Johnnyreb on July 15, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Because now we’re not hunting terrorists. We’re hunting racists. Just like those pesky Tea Party people.ace tomato on July 15, 2010 at 8:31 AM

I was thinking the same thing; some concepts jumbling around are starting to arrange themselves in my head:

National Debt = National Security
Tea Party Oppose Big Debt
Tea Party = National Security concern
Tea Party = Racists
Terrorists = Racists
Tea Party = Terrorists

GTR640 on July 15, 2010 at 8:48 AM

End game is to have Tea Party established as enemy of the State

GTR640 on July 15, 2010 at 8:48 AM

…And Yellow Fever? Yeah. That’s racist, too. Kills a lot of blacks in Africa….

apostic on July 15, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Why all this sudden effort to energize and “intensify” blacks? Will it help Dems get elected in the fall? Or are they already on board because of their infatuation with Obama? And does it occur to Obama that by pandering to blacks this way, he will lose even more of the non-black vote?

Whatever he’s thinking, I hope American blacks see right through to the fact that he’s using race to manipulate them.

Dee2008 on July 15, 2010 at 8:52 AM

None of this can be true — because I didn’t see it in my morning paper … (Heavy Sarcasm and Strong Coffee)

wheels on July 15, 2010 at 8:55 AM

I think it’s important for a closet muslim like Obama to try to disassociate the AQ with his favorate religion, Islam, and he is doing that by declaring them as just another rascist entity, you know, like the tea partiers.

docdave on July 15, 2010 at 8:58 AM

dyscogitational

ted c on July 15, 2010 at 8:17 AM

First time I’ve ever seen Google return a single result other than the null. You should lay out the etymology of this one to Mirriam-Webster! Or maybe Urban Dictionary.

ExpressoBold on July 15, 2010 at 9:01 AM

After he plays the ‘Race Card,’
What’s he got?

TimBuk3 on July 15, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Coming soon from the POTUS: “The other day I stubbed my toe on that Resolute desk. It’s racist, too.”

apostic on July 15, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Unprecedented lunacy in the Oval Office, to be sure.

Given that “Racist” doesn’t come close to al-Qaeda’s meaning, Obama threw out that word in order to smear Arizonans, he calls racist, to be as bad as al-Qaeda. Worse than ticky tacky, Obama threatens to destroy domestic peace. Next we’ll see the media comparing Arizonans to Afghan Taliban because portions of the Southwest desert terrain resemble somewhat Afghanistan’s rugged granite mountain deserts. For a public educated by picture books, Obama’s followers will love that propaganda.

Exactly — and that makes us look impotent and desperate, two qualities that will not convince anyone on the fence to suddenly oppose AQ.

Pres.Obama looks impotent, and he’s CinC.

So long as someone along the chain of command takes hold of their situation, our troops have hope for the change that WE AMERICANS can believe in. How’s that Obama doctrine taboo on the word “Islamic” being taken by Gen.Petraeus, given that the British use the “Islamic” adjective preceding all of their military targets in their Middle Eastern military objectives.

It’s long past time that his loyal opposition define this malleable Potus’ incoherent Doctrine for American public dialogue.

Michigan AT Mike Cox is organizing the interstate offensive (9 aligned to date) against Obama’s ludicrous federal law suit against Arizona for protecting its citizens in the American interior from abusive illegal border crossings by Mexican terrorists within the state’s territory purposely neglected by federal authorities WHO SHOULD BE IMPREACHED.

maverick muse on July 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Wait a minute… I thought if you started saying things about “radical islamists” you were racist. How can radical islamists be racist, too?

I am so confused!!!

Logic on July 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

dyscogitational

ted c on July 15, 2010 at 8:17 AM

First time I’ve ever seen Google return a single result other than the null. You should lay out the etymology of this one to Mirriam-Webster! Or maybe Urban Dictionary.

ExpressoBold on July 15, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Lol, without referencing back to 8:17 my first impression visualized gyrating disco-gitational (so you think you can dance).

maverick muse on July 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Well, they ARE racist. And in addition to that, their person hygene is atrocious. Plus their table manners are sorely lacking, they wouldn’t know a shrimp fork from a scimitar. Dreadful people, all around.

iurockhead on July 15, 2010 at 9:15 AM

The Onion couldn’t script it any better.

petefrt on July 15, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Wait a minute… I thought if you started saying things about “radical islamists” you were racist. How can radical islamists be racist, too?

I am so confused!!!

Logic on July 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Mr. Malleable Obama

/Speaking of Mr., who else heard Michael Savage’s guest host last night analyze that because today’s liberals refuse to identify themselves within the historical male/female gender categories regarding arrangements for public facilities, since gay men call themselves women, etc. then it would be consistent to call the potus Mrs. Obama and the first lady Mr. Obama.

maverick muse on July 15, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Speaking about the Uganda bombings, the president said, “What you’ve seen in some of the statements that have been made by these terrorist organizations is that they do not regard African life as valuable in and of itself”…..

Oh, I see…now they’re terrorists since you finally got around to realizing that quite a number of these Middle-Eastern muslims (including plenty in AQ echelons) can and are often just as prejudiced towards Africans. Plenty of Hindus are, too. And don’t get my started on the Chinese, Japanese, etc…it’s not just Whites you lost, misguided soul. Amazing he can walk, with a chip that size on his shoulder.

RepubChica on July 15, 2010 at 9:23 AM

What do you expect from Saul Alinsky community organizer Chicago career politician that attended a black liberation theology church for 20 years?

eigafan on July 15, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Fools! You make fun of Him for using His ultimate weapon against an enemy of the US?

Yes, it is silly to call murders racist as though it is a serious knock against them. However, I still like this comment. Anyone with a brain knows that the category of terrorist or murderer is bad enough.

But in case you don’t know, there are millions of dolts out there who think that the most serious sins are racism and sexism and The One is the Savior. This makes AQ the bad guy in their eyes. I know. I talk to them occasionally.

Many of the academics among them are going to be upset with Dear Leader since they think that only white males (with institutional power) can be racist. An economist at Princeton added any white person with money. You doubt this? Ask that black PhD. who guests on The Factor. Some of them have been reducing The One’s blackness since He is not radical and black enough.

And here is our leader, risking even more blackness on our enemies.

If you knew your lefty loons you would appreciate this.

IlikedAUH2O on July 15, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Sometimes the things Mr. President says are so outlandish they can drive you mad. I truly wonder if he’s insane.

scalleywag on July 15, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Eric Holder castigated us as a nation of cowards for being unwilling to have a conversation about race in this country. Over the last few weeks we’ve started having that conversation…NBPP, NAACP, etc., and now this. And it seems that the left has no conversation, no debate, no discussion on the topic. All they can do is sputter “racist” to every issue that’s brought up. It’s not a conversation unless you have something to talk about too Mr. Holder.

Trafalgar on July 15, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Fools! You make fun of Him for using His ultimate weapon against an enemy of the US?

IlikedAUH2O on July 15, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Great comment. It really shows what we’ve known all this time–we don’t have a Commander-in-Chief of the USA in the White House. We got us one little angry, petty community activist/organizer agitating for racial/ethnic strife across the plains world.

RepubChica on July 15, 2010 at 9:38 AM

The “post-racial” president…sigh.

Dee2008 on July 15, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Yeah, that didn’t last very long, did it?

jwolf on July 15, 2010 at 9:41 AM

For a public educated by picture books…

maverick muse on July 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Heh heh…good one.

sicoit on July 15, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Gee Barry, your Muslim pals were the top slave traders in the sub-Sahara. You’ve just figured this out?

katy the mean old lady on July 15, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Michael Savage’s guest host last night

maverick muse on July 15, 2010 at 9:18 AM

I heard him – could not believe that was Dwight Schultz – “Howling Mad” Murdock from the A-Team! Did not know he was a conservative!

Brat on July 15, 2010 at 9:59 AM

EVERYone is a racist. I’ve never heard so many people or groups being labeled, or I should say libeled, like this in my entire life. And I’ve been here over half a decade. It’s everywhere.

http://www.mrc.org/biasalert/2010/20100714100305.aspx

scalleywag on July 15, 2010 at 10:11 AM

National Debt = National Security
Tea Party Oppose Big Debt
Tea Party = National Security concern
Tea Party = Racists
Terrorists = Racists
Tea Party = Terrorists

GTR640 on July 15, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Precisely! It’s simple logic: If x = y and y = z then x = z. I have no doubt that it was a deliberate attempt to link the two thoughts in the minds of shallow Americans. The only problem for BO is that this has backfired in his face. Pathetic.

LEBA on July 15, 2010 at 10:25 AM

“Additionally, U.S. intelligence has indicated that al Qaeda leadership specifically targets and recruits black Africans to become suicide bombers because they believe that poor economic and social conditions make them more susceptible to recruitment than Arabs,” the official said. “Al Qaeda recruits have said that al Qaeda is racist against black members from West Africa because they are only used in lower level operations.”

Al Qaeda is racist because they train black Africans to kill themselves? What’s to prevent some black recruiting target from telling Al Qaeda he wants to die of old age, and to go pound sand? Hmmmmm…how many of the 9/11 hijackers were black?

Tell the truth, Mr. President: Al Qaeda is racist because they hate and kill Christians and Jews in the name of Islam. Oh, sorry. We can’t say that–we might offend the religion of peace.

Steve Z on July 15, 2010 at 10:35 AM

This man has access to the nuclear football, that’s scarier than an IRS audit and that’s veeerrrrrrrry scary.

jukin on July 15, 2010 at 10:45 AM

No wonder he hides his grades. I’d be ashamed too, if I were this big of an idiot!!!

capejasmine on July 15, 2010 at 11:22 AM

…or think so little of our target audience that we assume pandering will win them over.

That’s the Obama way.

Maquis on July 15, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Anyone else suspicious about the sudden government-mandated go-slow order at the BP oil well? Not enough of a crisis yet? The ballet dancer wants more to work with?
.
I wonder if they suddenly see the capping of the well, they failed to foresee it, so they need time to pull back and arrange it so the Bamster can announce it and take credit. They want a ‘we got him’ moment for Bammie.

slickwillie2001 on July 15, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Al Qaeda is a cowardly organization who terrorizes indiscriminately. Since 9/11 the majority of their victims have been Muslims. I guess Somalians are racists too.

Al-Shabaab leader threatens more Uganda attacks
MOGADISHU, SOMALIA Jul 15 2010 14:40

scalleywag on July 15, 2010 at 11:25 AM

“Al Qaeda recruits have said that al Qaeda is racist against black members from West Africa because they are only used in lower level operations.”

Don’t worry, be happy! Eric Holder is about to file a lawsuit on your behalf.

Gang-of-One on July 15, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Barry thumbs his nose at kooky islamic killers

You are racists, wear tacky designer shades and are cheap tippers. So there, nya nya nya nya nyaaaaaaa

Alden Pyle on July 15, 2010 at 1:39 PM

The subtext is a message to the majority of African Americans, in my opinion. The president is telling them that he never forgets their concerns about being the victims of racism.

It sounds foolish to the rest of us, but we are not those who think about race first relative to any subject at hand.

alice on July 15, 2010 at 1:50 PM

What does this say about that generation of foolish American blacks in the sixties and seventies that fell for the nonsense that their native African religion was islam, and converted?

slickwillie2001 on July 15, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Didn’t I read somewhere that The Won’s heritage isn’t so much African as it is Arab? Imagine the inner conflicts this sensitive soul … bwahahahaha!

ya2daup on July 15, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Beer Summit Fail? Bring out the biggest lefty “drone” in their arsenal. Raaaaaaaaaaacissssssssssssm!!!!!!!!!

chickasaw42 on July 15, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Obama needs to pick up the freakin’ koran and peruse it’s pages.
What a dip. I knew how islam views Blacks years ago. Not favorably to say the least. Racist? duh…yeah, that’s islam you dip!

Army Brat on July 16, 2010 at 2:01 AM