Obama: The world’s always been messy, but now social media is amplifying it

posted at 7:43 pm on August 29, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

The No. 1 priority in electing someone after President Obama should be finding someone who does not believe the world conforms to his worldview simply because he says it does. It’s a very dangerous state of mind. Speaking at a $15K-a-plate DCCC fund raiser tonight, natch, CBS correspondent Mark Knoller quoted Obama:

If Knoller weren’t so serious, you could be forgiven for thinking it was satire. After a barrage of “WHATs” and “WOWs” and “LOLWUTs” on Twitter, in came the grim mockery:

Knoller offers the larger context of the quote, here. It’s all standard Obama newscast— late, longwinded, and with absolutely no agency for the America he helms whatsoever.

“Second reason people are feeling anxious is that if you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart. (Laughter.) Now, let me say this: We are living through some extraordinarily challenging times. A lot of it has to do with changes that are taking place in the Middle East in which an old order that had been in place for 50 years, 60 years, 100 years was unsustainable, and was going to break up at some point. And now, what we are seeing is the old order not working, but the new order not being born yet — and it is a rocky road through that process, and a dangerous time through that process.

“So we’ve seen the barbarity of an organization like ISIL that is building off what happened with al Qaeda and 9/11 — an extension of that same mentality that doesn’t reflect Islam, but rather just reflects savagery, and extremism, and intolerance. We’ve seen divisions within the Muslim community between the Shia and Sunni. We continue to see an unwillingness to acknowledge the right of Israel to exist and its ability to defend itself. And we have seen, frankly, in this region, economies that don’t work. So you’ve got tons of young people who see no prospect and no hope for the future and are attracted to some of these ideologies.

“All of that makes things pretty frightening. And then, you turn your eyes to Europe and you see the President of Russia making a decision to look backwards instead of forward, and encroaching on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of their neighbors, and reasserting the notion that might means right. And I can see why a lot of folks are troubled.

“But — and here’s the main message I have for you — the truth of the matter is, is that American military superiority has never been greater compared to other countries. Our men and women in uniform are more effective, better trained, better equipped than they have ever been. We have, since 9/11, built up the capacity to defend ourselves from terrorist attacks. It doesn’t mean the threat isn’t there and we can’t be — we don’t have to be vigilant, but it means that we are much less vulnerable than we were 10 or 12 or 15 years ago.

“And the truth of the matter is, is that the world has always been messy. In part, we’re just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through. The good news is that American leadership has never been more necessary, and there’s really no competition out there for the ideas and the values that can create the sort of order that we need in this world.”

But the thing is there is competition. There always will be, and right now, it’s gaining ground, literally and figuratively, as Ross Douthat pointed out this weekend in the New York Times:

The idea that America’s foes and rivals are not merely morally but chronologically deficient, confused time travelers who need to turn their DeLorean around, has long been a staple of this administration’s rhetoric. Vladimir Putin, Bashar al-Assad and tyrants in general have been condemned, in varying contexts, for being on the dreaded “wrong side of history.” Earlier this year, John Kerry dismissed Putin’s Crimea adventure in the same language Obama used last week: “19th-century behavior in the 21st century,” foredoomed by its own anachronism.

These tropes contain a lot of foolishness. Where ISIS is concerned, though, they also include a small but crucial grain of truth.

The foolishness starts with the fact that the history of liberal democracy is actually inseparable, as Abram Shulsky writes in The American Interest, from “the constant appearance of counter-ideologies that have arisen in reaction against it.” Whether reactionary or utopian, secular or religious, these counter-ideologies are as modern, in their way, as the Emancipation Proclamation or the United Nations Charter. Both illiberal nationalism and Islamic fundamentalism are younger than the United States. They aren’t just throwbacks or relics; they’re counterforces that liberal modernity seems to inevitably conjure up.

So writing off the West’s challengers as purely atavistic is a good way to misunderstand them — and to miss the persistent features of human nature that they exploit, appeal to and reward.

Pretending these forces don’t exist or saying they’re going to lose does not actually make that happen, but I am fairly certain it’s accurate to say the President of the United States prefers to pretend it does.

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Fecklessness, they name is Obama…

JohnGalt23 on August 29, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Damn it. People are noticing!

WryTrvllr on August 29, 2014 at 7:50 PM

“ALL IS WELL! ALL IS WELL!”

ThePrez on August 29, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Barrack Jake Obama.

Oldnuke on August 29, 2014 at 7:53 PM

The good news is that American leadership has never been more necessary,

But he got that part right.

WryTrvllr on August 29, 2014 at 7:54 PM

And the truth of the matter is, is that the world has always been messy. In part, we’re just noticing now because of social media

“As if scrutiny could tarnish my vision in any way. I am the Lightworker.”

LashRambo on August 29, 2014 at 7:56 PM

“And the truth of the matter is, is that the world has always been messy. In part, we’re just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through. The good news is that American leadership has never been more necessary, and there’s really no competition out there for the ideas and the values that can create the sort of order that we need in this world.”

Translation: I STILL got nuthin’, but you’ll still give me $$$, right?–Barack Insane 0bama

Newtie and the Beauty on August 29, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Doing nothing while blaming everything else for doing nothing.

sorrowen on August 29, 2014 at 7:59 PM

“The world’s always been messy … we’re just noticing now in part because of social media.”

Barack Obama

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Ever since the advent of broadcast radio, the world got very small, very fast.
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“Social media” simply put it into hyper-drive.

listens2glenn on August 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM

#Retard—-like that Barky?

hillsoftx on August 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM

The most tragic part is to realize how quickly gay marriage, student loan forgiveness, and the War On Womenses will be forgotten when ball bearings and nails are ripping through a crowd at a marathon (again – thanks Obama) or maybe in an American mall after a member of al Qaeda sorry, ISIS, wait, ISIL, yells “NOTHING TO SEE HERE!”
 
I bet Obama can get two or three fundraisers out of it to tell people how it’s the (R)s fault, too.
 
Great job, 51%.
 
Promise kept.

rogerb on August 29, 2014 at 8:01 PM

The world is messy??!

No kidding. I figured that out in 5th grade. We actually had history teachers that made us read.

And I sneaked into my parent’s library and devoured all the books they had about WW1 and WW11 went they weren’t watching – because I wanted to know. They didn’t want me to read this history at my age, but I did it anyway.

The internet and the free flow of knowledge may make “leaders” more accountable, but it doesn’t make the world a “messier” place.

It just makes a lazy potus’ job more challenging. And he is embarrassingly lazy and stupid. He’s a lump of pig $shiite as one of my relatives say.

There’s no way around it. Pure, unadulterated stupidity.

Cody1991 on August 29, 2014 at 8:02 PM

“So we’ve seen the barbarity of an organization like ISIL that is building off what happened with al Qaeda and 9/11 — an extension of that same mentality that doesn’t reflect Islam, but rather just reflects savagery, and extremism, and intolerance. We’ve seen divisions within the Muslim community between the Shia and Sunni. We continue to see an unwillingness to acknowledge the right of Israel to exist and its ability to defend itself.

Jesus, what a limp-wristed namby-pamby. It’s not a mentality that “just reflects savagery, and extremism, and intolerance,” it’s a barbaric, throwback lifestyle that also projects unbridled hatred, bigotry, misogyny, and sadism.

An “unwillingness to acknowledge the right of Israel to exist and its ability to defend itself”? THEY WANT ISRAEL VIOLENTLY ANNIHILATED, YOU FOOL. Damn, I know he’s speaking to a bunch of leftists, but come on…

Aizen on August 29, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Yep because social media is the cause of all the world problems.

sadsushi on August 29, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Presidenting is hard work. Dear Liar doesn’t do hard work.

rbj on August 29, 2014 at 8:03 PM

He’s starting to sound like his buddy Ted Baxter.

forest on August 29, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Damn….why do I have to be the first President whose every failure is broadcast in HD, in real time.

BobMbx on August 29, 2014 at 8:07 PM

“Social media” simply put it into hyper-drive.

listens2glenn on August 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM

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Holy balls … I forgot the most important difference :
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Information disseminated by “social media” can’t be controlled or FILTERED by the liberal propaganda machine, INCLUDING GEORGE SOROS.
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That’s what REALLY aggravates them.

listens2glenn on August 29, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Just like ATMs are the cause of our economic ills. Right, sport?

Doughboy on August 29, 2014 at 8:08 PM

The president is mentally ill.

He suffers from narcissistic personality disorder.

I think we need to realize in light of Robin Williams’ tragic suicide that illnesses of the mind have the same gravitas as those of the body.

Now saying that I believe we should invoke the 25th amendment.

He is a danger to this country (and to himself) and he does not have the mental capacity to serve as president.

The frightening realization is that neither does Slow Joe Biden.

President Boehner, anyone?

Geez the line of succession is quite underwhelming.

islandman78 on August 29, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Jesus, what a limp-wristed namby-pamby. It’s not a mentality that “just reflects savagery, and extremism, and intolerance,” it’s a barbaric, throwback lifestyle that also projects unbridled hatred, bigotry, misogyny, and sadism.

An “unwillingness to acknowledge the right of Israel to exist and its ability to defend itself”? THEY WANT ISRAEL VIOLENTLY ANNIHILATED, YOU FOOL. Damn, I know he’s speaking to a bunch of leftists, but come on…

Aizen on August 29, 2014 at 8:02 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrbu6l2-c0U

davidk on August 29, 2014 at 8:08 PM

My word. This is an adolescent speaking and he’s at the helm.

Cleombrotus on August 29, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Yes, the “what’s an ‘ISIS’?” social-media rabble are augmenting the perception of global (non-climatic, although decidedly anthropogenic) chaos.

Glenn Jericho on August 29, 2014 at 8:10 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrbu6l2-c0U

davidk on August 29, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Thank you. That beautiful song calmed me down a bit.

Aizen on August 29, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Obama: The world’s always been messy, but now social media is amplifying it

Tyrants usually think the people talk too much.

VorDaj on August 29, 2014 at 8:13 PM

So we’ve seen the barbarity of an organization like ISIL that is building off what happened with al Qaeda and 9/11 — an extension of that same mentality that doesn’t reflect Islam, but rather just reflects savagery, and extremism, and intolerance.

And yet savage man has always been but one decision away… the decision to no longer be civilized.

Yet by invoking savagery he must, at the same time, admit that he must address it directly… and does not do so.

Cowardice in the face of savagery.

Appeasement to tyrants.

Hatred of civilization at home.

He cannot do the job he volunteered for and blames anyone and anything else for his failures.

To call him a mental 2-year old is to insult 2-year olds.

ajacksonian on August 29, 2014 at 8:13 PM

‘December 7th,1941..is a day …that we’ll get over, just like we always have…’

Way to go President PantLoad….

BigWyo on August 29, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Everyone remembers that time the administration rejected jumping on the #____________ bandwagon, right?

rogerb on August 29, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Translation: We used to be able to keep you in the dark on such things but now, the pesky new media keeps leaking the truth.

Dan_NV on August 29, 2014 at 8:18 PM

‘December 7th,1941..is a day …that we’ll get over, just like we always have…’

Way to go President PantLoad….

BigWyo on August 29, 2014 at 8:14 PM

I don’t think Obama will ever get over being mad about July 4, 1976.

VorDaj on August 29, 2014 at 8:20 PM

So after 5 1/2 years, he’s finally stopped blaming Bush and started blaming Twitter?

malclave on August 29, 2014 at 8:20 PM

I don’t think Obama will ever get over being mad about July 4, 1776.

VorDaj on August 29, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Is this guy for real? Worst president ever.

Brian Mallard on August 29, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Wait ’til he blames Albore for inventing the interwebs…darn that Albore, anyway!

Newtie and the Beauty on August 29, 2014 at 8:23 PM

So Bush invented social media????

Marxism is for dummies on August 29, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Empty Suits, now available in khaki!

–@Iowahawkblog

Naturally Curly on August 29, 2014 at 8:26 PM

good thing his ancestors moved into the rock dwelling,
that already had the recipe for fire,
written on the cave wall…

going2mars on August 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Obama: What’s the big deal? Americans get beheaded all of the time. You’re just upset about it because of a video.

PackerBronco on August 29, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Climate Change Costs By 2100: Doing Nothing Has the Same Price Tag as Doing Something

Adapting to climate change would cost roughly the same as trying to slow it.

http://reason.com/archives/2014/08/29/climate-change-costs-by-2100

davidk on August 29, 2014 at 8:30 PM

“All of that makes things pretty frightening … ”

Note that he didn’t say that all of that makes things seem pretty frightening.

I’ll guarantee you that ISIL noted it, as did our allies. Words mean things, at least to serious people.

TXUS on August 29, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Where are the trolls to defend His Imperial A$$Hat’s brilliance?

Soowee, soowee… c’mon little pigs and bottom feeders. Your dear leader needs your help.

Cody1991 on August 29, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Obama: What’s the big deal? Americans get beheaded all of the time. You’re just upset about it because of a video.

PackerBronco on August 29, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Yeah. We got to see that. Why not any pics of a dead OBL? It was Barf’s biggest achievement, right? Barry fed him to the fishes of the sea….. yeah, right.

Cody1991 on August 29, 2014 at 8:35 PM

The Papyrus tweet was huge.

Tard on August 29, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Earlier this year, John Kerry dismissed Putin’s Crimea adventure in the same language Obama used last week: “19th-century behavior in the 21st century,” foredoomed by its own anachronism.

If a 19th-century Russian czar had invaded Ukraine, Americans wouldn’t have found out about it for months. Now that we have wonderful rapid communication like television and smart phones and tweets and twerks, we find out in a few seconds, but it doesn’t matter because Obama doesn’t do anything for months.

Maybe Obama is worried about “social media” because he got a tweet like this:

@Obama #ISIL we will kill u Al-Baghdadi

Steve Z on August 29, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Uh .. what? “Islamic fundamentalism” is a recent phenomenon?! So, there were only mainstream and liberal strains of Islam for hundreds of years.

corona79 on August 29, 2014 at 8:38 PM

It is so tiresome to hear these d*psh*ts such as Obysmal blab on about “process.”

onlineanalyst on August 29, 2014 at 8:39 PM

and reasserting the notion that might means right.

And this idiot is the leader of the free world?

Hey, whether he likes it or not the reality of the situation is that might does mean right.

Those with all the toys at the end win.

What an imbecile.

ButterflyDragon on August 29, 2014 at 8:39 PM

And now, what we are seeing is the old order not working, but the new order not being born yet — and it is a rocky road through that process, and a dangerous time through that process.

In other words what the fascist pig in chief is saying is that ISIL is the new normal and we should just be patient and accept our new sharia goat humping, child molesting, rapist, murdering, thieving scum masters and wait for them to execute us for not doing whatever it is at the moment the perverted pieces of garbage want us to do.

I think I got that right, yeah?

Sorry, I’m too busy locking and loading to listen to this pantload.

Diluculo on August 29, 2014 at 8:40 PM

..874-1/6 days until this piece of sh*t stops whining.

Let’s hope he isn’t replaced by the fat c*nt with the ghastly cackle and elephant legs.

The War Planner on August 29, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Both illiberal nationalism and Islamic fundamentalism are younger than the United States

Ross Douhat could not be more wrong. Islamic fundamentalism with all of its atrocities goes back to Mohammed.

onlineanalyst on August 29, 2014 at 8:41 PM

an extension of that same mentality that doesn’t reflect Islam,

Er, but it DOES reflect islam in it’s entirety. ISIL is only doing what their funny book dictates I’m told. Soooo what’s your point barry pant load?

Diluculo on August 29, 2014 at 8:42 PM

The US Military is so strong that we have too much of it, that is why we have to reduce the number of active duty officers, and why we have chosen to sequester funding for our overwhelming military force.

We simply have too much and can afford to reduce the size and cost of our military and our weapons systems. No one can stand against us anywhere.

Syria is of no interest to us.
Ukraine is a local political issue that is none of our business.
Iraq is mostly peaceful and it’s up to the good citizens of Iraq to solve their own problems.

The territorial questions between China and Japan are minor questions over jurisdiction.

Ebola in Africa, Boko Haram, and other inconsequential militant forces like in Yemen are not our problem.

Libya, Somalia, not of any consequence to US National interests.

The world is a peaceful place.

Joseph OHenry on August 29, 2014 at 8:44 PM

It’s a good thing that back when I was a kid in grade school practicing all that duck and cover underneath my school desk for a potential atomic bomb blast, that we didn’t have social media or there might have been a call for some concern.

parke on August 29, 2014 at 8:44 PM

My word. This is an adolescent speaking and he’s at the helm.

Cleombrotus on August 29, 2014 at 8:08 PM

“I’d be fine if social media would just get off my case”

/adolescent

LashRambo on August 29, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Who knew the poster coolr could predict the future? She was right about President Obama….blah…blah…blah.

HonestLib on August 29, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Empty Suits, now available in khaki!

–@Iowahawkblog

Naturally Curly on August 29, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Or, as I’ve seen elswhere on the ‘Net: The audacity of taupe.

onlineanalyst on August 29, 2014 at 8:48 PM

“The beginning of his talking is folly and the end of it is wicked madness. Yet the fool multiplies words.” Ecclesiastes 10: 13-14
Pray for our nation…

mnjg on August 29, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Imagine them unplugging it, just before they go rouge.

Back to ham radio. (pun intended)

wolly4321 on August 29, 2014 at 8:50 PM

The No. 1 priority in electing someone after President Obama should be finding someone who does not believe the world conforms to his worldview simply because he says it does. a way to make it painful to vote for an unqualified incompetent narcissist simply because the media tells you to.

Cleombrotus on August 29, 2014 at 8:50 PM

What was on the menu at that Dem fundraiser? Squirrel stew?

This feast was followed by a “What, me worry?” presentation by the Joker.

onlineanalyst on August 29, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Translation:

My God, they’re catching on, aren’t they?

..874-1/6 days until this piece of sh*t stops whining.

Let’s hope he isn’t replaced by the fat c*nt with the ghastly cackle and elephant legs.

The War Planner on August 29, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Which one?

formwiz on August 29, 2014 at 8:50 PM

A lot of it has to do with changes that are taking place in the Middle East in which an old order that had been in place for 50 years, 60 years, 100 years was unsustainable, and was going to break up at some point.

This guy always gives himself the best of it, doesn’t he? See, the current regional warfare and the nearly inconceivable brutality of the Islamic State was inevitable. He had absolutely nothing to do with the chaos in Libya, the turmoil in Egypt, or the collapse of Iraq and the rise of the Islamic State

“So we’ve seen the barbarity of an organization like ISIL that is building off what happened with al Qaeda and 9/11 — an extension of that same mentality that doesn’t reflect Islam, but rather just reflects savagery, and extremism, and intolerance.

BS. What part of “Islamic State” does this jackass not understand? Are we to believe he is totally ignorant of Islam’s centuries of violence against the rest of the world?

Both illiberal nationalism and Islamic fundamentalism are younger than the United States. They aren’t just throwbacks or relics; they’re counterforces that liberal modernity seems to inevitably conjure up.

Here is another example of the absolute refusal of some people to recognize the reality of Islam. Apparently doing so would compromise deeply held beliefs regarding moral and cultural equivalency that are seriously at odds with the reality. Islamic “fundamentalism” is nothing more than the historic reality of Islam: Fourteen centuries of bloody warfare and atrocities against the rest of the world.

novaculus on August 29, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Obama: The world’s always been messy, but now social media is amplifying it

If Richard Pryor were alive, and was a conservative, he’d grab his crotch and say to Obama:

“Amplify this, motherf***er”

Meaning he takes issue with Obama’s thesis.

LashRambo on August 29, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Wow. The LightWorker turns out to be a 25 watt dim bulb.

Who could ever have guessed?

Cody1991 on August 29, 2014 at 8:55 PM

What a freaking beat down this guy!.
Agitating, job killing, beat’en down, economically ignorant, Stupid POS

Privatize It on August 29, 2014 at 8:56 PM

This is why the Socialists want all television programming to be basically C-Span with themselves talking 24-7 about social equality, wealth redistribution, and how much white people suck.

And why they want all radio to be just like NPR’s All Things Considered.

Then you’ll have to get a license (which won’t be easy to get-will have to get through both IRS and Homeland Security screenings before even hitting the FCC’s desk prior to final approval by the DNC) to write anything on the internet other than meaningless, socially conscious drivel.

Around this time they’ll be rolling out the music making machines for Prole mass consumption. It’ll be like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie never died.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 29, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Both illiberal nationalism and Islamic fundamentalism are younger than the United States

Ross Douhat could not be more wrong. Islamic fundamentalism with all of its atrocities goes back to Mohammed.

onlineanalyst on August 29, 2014 at 8:41 PM

You beat me to it. Ross Douchebag wants to pretend that islam hasn’t been around, doing what it does, for 1300 years or so. Sorry, but MKH loses 15 points for even reading Douchebag, let alone quoting him as if he means something.

bofh on August 29, 2014 at 8:59 PM

And now, what we are seeing is the old order not working, but the new order not being born yet — and it is a rocky road through that process, and a dangerous time through that process.

What’s intended to sound like objective, dispassionate historical analysis from the Smartest President Evah comes across as helpless fatalism.

In other words, ISIS happens.

He’s just waiting for the lava flow to cool down.

de rigueur on August 29, 2014 at 8:59 PM

“Second reason people are feeling anxious is that if you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart. (Laughter.)

And the buffoons in attendance laugh?

Wow, to be so “sophisticated”!

onlineanalyst on August 29, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Wow. The LightWorker turns out to be a 25 watt dim bulb.

Who could ever have guessed?

Cody1991 on August 29, 2014 at 8:55 PM

More like the tiny dim bulb in a crappy made in China flash light…

mnjg on August 29, 2014 at 9:03 PM

..874-1/6 days until this piece of sh*t stops whining.

Let’s hope he isn’t replaced by the fat c*nt with the ghastly cackle and elephant legs.

The War Planner on August 29, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Which one?

formwiz on August 29, 2014 at 8:50 PM

The one on the Left.

malclave on August 29, 2014 at 9:03 PM

And now, what we are seeing is the old order not working, but the new order not being born yet — and it is a rocky road through that process, and a dangerous time through that process.

What’s intended to sound like objective, dispassionate historical analysis from the Smartest President Evah comes across as helpless fatalism.

In other words, ISIS happens.

He’s just waiting for the lava flow to cool down.

de rigueur on August 29, 2014 at 8:59 PM

The dope’s remarks almost sound as if the inevitable is up to Allah’s will.

onlineanalyst on August 29, 2014 at 9:04 PM

How come Obama’s socialism is never “on the wrong side of history”? After over a century of uninterrupted failure and catastrophe, it’s still fresh, new, and the hope of the future as far as Barry and his base is concerned.

Socratease on August 29, 2014 at 9:12 PM

And we have seen, frankly, in this region, economies that don’t work. So you’ve got tons of young people who see no prospect and no hope for the future and are attracted to some of these ideologies.

This is the same type of bull$hit Obama was saying in the days after 9/11 — before the nation learned the identity of the hijackers. Oh, these poor people, the only reason they become terrorists and do these horrible things is because they’re so economically disadvantaged and they don’t have access to education.

The 9/11 hijackers were mainly Saudis, they were middle and upper class, and they were well educated — some even had graduate degrees they’d received in U.S. schools. They didn’t become terrorists because they were underprivileged or ignorant; they became terrorists because Islam promised them eternal glory and 72 virgins if they’d murder “infidels” (i.e., non-Muslims).

The Daily Mail had an article the other day about the background of the ISIS terrorist who cut off the American journalist Foley’s head. He’s the son of a multi-millionaire, and grew up in London in the lap of luxury.

Yet despite the abundant evidence that it is neither poverty nor ignorance that motivates Islamofascist terrorism, Obama either cannot, or will not, acknowledge the truth about the people who have vowed to slaughter more Americans and raise the black flag of radical Islam over the White House.

It is not Muslim ignorance that Americans need to worry about; it is Obama’s ignorance.

AZCoyote on August 29, 2014 at 9:12 PM

onlineanalyst on August 29, 2014 at 9:01 PM

If I heard correctly, the other night Steven Colbert was getting laughs concerning the ISIS situation.

Oh, yeah…here it is.

Stephen Colbert mocks GOP for believing ISIS can be defeated with the power of make-believe

Disclaimer: I do not tune in to Colbert’s show…ever.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 29, 2014 at 9:12 PM

He identified a lot of problems. Where was the part where he said what he’s going to do about them?

Meremortal on August 29, 2014 at 9:13 PM

The Mohammedan Conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precarious thing, whose delicate complex of order and liberty, culture and peace may at any time be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within.

“The Story of Civilization” by Ariel and Will Durant [Volume 1, Chapter 16]

One only needs to read the history of islamic conquest and pillaging of India, and the relentless, brutal inhumanity inflicted on the Indian civilization, to understand that ISIS is not merely a modern evolution of islam in response to Western liberal society, but an innate, inseperable component of islam blooming forth in the “Arab spring”.
Obamas failed and feckless ME policies have unleashed forces that he is unable to understand, and is incapable of addressing. Obama is the very one that he accuses others of being; ignorant, intolerant, intellectually inhibited, narcissistic, and dishonest.
This is a period in history when genuine leadership could steer the world through turmoil with minimal consequence. With the current empty tan suit in the White House, it is not unrealistic to believe that the worst can happen.

bobthm3 on August 29, 2014 at 9:19 PM

So, what are the odds, that, while out on the links looking for a strategy, Obama discovers the real killer instead?

questionmark on August 29, 2014 at 9:23 PM

I don’t think Obama will ever get over being mad about July 4, 1776.

VorDaj on August 29, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Are you kidding? The One is still pissed off about August 479 B.C.

If not for that, he would have been born a philosopher-king, in his delusional mental universe.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 29, 2014 at 9:23 PM

And the truth of the matter is, is that the world has always been messy. In part, we’re just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through.

Well, I guess that social media thing is on you and your government love, buddy. After all, according to you, Twitter and Facebook didn’t build that.

Bitter Clinger on August 29, 2014 at 9:31 PM

And the truth of the matter is, is that the world has always been messy. In part, we’re just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through.

Says the guy that transformed campaigning with social media in 2008.

The two most famous social media sites were created even before Jugears run for office. Facebook – 2004, Twitter – 2006, YouTube – 2005.

Didn’t we see similar occurances in Iran and Egypt when they rioted?

Yeah…this is new./

Patriot Vet on August 29, 2014 at 9:34 PM

It is not Muslim ignorance that Americans need to worry about; it is Obama’s ignorance.

AZCoyote on August 29, 2014 at 9:12 PM

More exactly, his delusional belief in the inherent goodness of “Eastern mysticism”, and the inherent evil of “Western materialism”.

It’s a common fault of the Left, born of the Sixties and Seventies, the Beatles, the Maharishi, ashrams on Big Sur, and lots and lots of very heavy drugs. It starts as a romanticizing of all things “mystical” and “enlightened”, and ends with a soul-burning hatred of reality and a mania for the erasure of same.

“Starting From Zero” was the catchphrase they nicked from the Modern architects of the Thirties, but their definition of “zero” is even more “zero” than Mies, Gropius, and Le Corbusier had in mind. They wanted to rebuild after the bombing; this lot wants to bomb and forget about rebuilding. (See the reprehensible History Channel series Life After People.)

It’s not that The One doesn’t understand ISIS. It’s that he simply refuses to believe that they are not the minions of enlightened gurus. And that they do not recognize him as such.

And what really bothers him is that we now know what his definition of Utopia is. And he can’t believe that we don’t want to be the peasants living in mud huts while he and his cronies live in the castle, and have one or more of us chosen at random to be tortured to death at dinner for their edification.

In short, we don’t know out place, according to him.

But he still has 879 days to make us “see the light”.

After he’s turned them all off.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 29, 2014 at 9:36 PM

“So we’ve seen the barbarity of an organization like ISIL that is building off what happened with al Qaeda and 9/11 — an extension of that same mentality that doesn’t reflect Islam, but rather just reflects savagery, and extremism, and intolerance

And ISIS has now taken over the better part of two countries in a short period of time! Might it be appropriate to take some action? At least develop a plan?

Do we need to remind Obama that under Sharia law, he should be executed for apostasy as his father was Muslim and he should be also, yet professes to be a Christian?

talkingpoints on August 29, 2014 at 9:48 PM

this site is doing some bikram yoga stretches to find ways to attack our President

for shame

nonpartisan on August 29, 2014 at 9:50 PM

I think I’ve seen this movie.

“What knockers!” Nope.

“We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” That’s not it either.

“Sir! I have a plan!” That’s the one.

We’re so screwed…

SteveInRTP on August 29, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Nothing to see here, people.

Just another memo from President I’m Not Responsible.

Sterling Holobyte on August 29, 2014 at 9:56 PM

A lot of it has to do with changes that are taking place in the Middle East in which an old order that had been in place for 50 years, 60 years, 100 years was unsustainable, and was going to break up at some point. And now, what we are seeing is the old order not working, but the new order not being born yet — and it is a rocky road through that process, and a dangerous time through that process.

I find this excerpt as troubling as anything he’s ever said.

BKeyser on August 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM

this site is doing some bikram yoga stretches to find ways to attack our President

for shame

nonpartisan on August 29, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Who needs to “find ways” to highlight examples of our Pres…ent Dictator’s total incompetence and disregard for our country?! He gives daily examples out freely. …Well, maybe not “freely” …heavily taxed.

Sterling Holobyte on August 29, 2014 at 10:05 PM

I find this excerpt as troubling as anything he’s ever said.

BKeyser on August 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Truly. He sounds too much like the expectant parent waiting for the birthing to complete.

SteveInRTP on August 29, 2014 at 10:10 PM

The truth of the matter is, is that ISIL does not speak for any religion.

jbspry on August 29, 2014 at 10:39 PM

So writing off the West’s challengers as purely atavistic is a good way to misunderstand them — and to miss the persistent features of human nature that they exploit, appeal to and reward.

Excuse me but…isn’t “persistent features of human nature” a pretty darn good definition of “atavism”?

jbspry on August 29, 2014 at 10:41 PM

..874-1/6 days until this piece of sh*t stops whining.

Let’s hope he isn’t replaced by the fat c*nt with the ghastly cackle and elephant legs.

The War Planner on August 29, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Lena Dunham’s running?!

Dion on August 29, 2014 at 10:57 PM

The President has always played golf — we’re just noticing now in part because of social media.

unclesmrgol on August 29, 2014 at 10:57 PM

The President has always promised his nemesis more room after the election — we’re just noticing now in part because of social media.

unclesmrgol on August 29, 2014 at 10:58 PM

The President has always thought that America wasn’t very exceptonal — we’re just noticing now in part because of social media.

unclesmrgol on August 29, 2014 at 10:59 PM

The President has always lied about what he thought his favorite mandate would bring — we’re just noticing now in part because of social media.

unclesmrgol on August 29, 2014 at 11:00 PM

this site is doing some bikram yoga stretches to find ways to attack our President

nonpartisan on August 29, 2014 at 9:50 PM

He stopped being “our president” when he referred to law-abiding American citizens as “enemies”.

malclave on August 29, 2014 at 11:17 PM

That drivel offered as profundity is the foreign policy version of his “bitter clinger” speech.

obladioblada on August 29, 2014 at 11:20 PM

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