Obama can not bring himself to seeing anything through anything that has nothing to do with race; Jack Tapper reports,
President Obama, White House: Al Qaeda Is Racist
In an interview earlier today with the South African Broadcasting Corporation to air in a few hours, President Obama disparaged al Qaeda and affiliated groups’ willingness to kill Africans in a manner that White House aides say was an argument that the terrorist groups are racist.
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.”
Fer cryin’ out loud: al-Qaeda is a terrorist organization that is intent on killing anyone that does not submit to its fanaticism. As such, the United States embodies everything al-Qaeda stands against: individual freedom, human rights, rule of law. The Commander in Chief can’t get his brain to wrap itself around that notion, so he has to look at it in terms of race?
The rest of Tapper’s article is even more exasperating. Jack quotes a State Department official:
“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.”
The mind reels; if you go by this, you are tempted to ask, would Obama and the State Department official find al-Qaeda more palatable if al-Qaeda had an equal opportunity program?
Jennifer Rubin comments on Obama’s Race Obsession:
Oh, good grief. Al-Qaeda isn’t a racist organization — it’s an organization that kills regardless of race anyone who stands in the way of its Islamo-fascist vision. The notion that it is racist is not only ignorant but also transparently manipulative. Does the administration really think that Africans can only be motivated if they think race is behind the slaughter of their people? And does Obama mean to suggest that al-Qaeda is pro-white? The mind reels.
It is this sort of thing that fills one with dread and raises this question: is there no limit to the lengths Obama will go to avoid spelling out the real motive behind Islamic fundamentalist terror? It’s the Islamic fundamentalism, of course. The Obami, however, would rather make up a counter-factual narrative and introduce a potentially divisive racial theme (don’t we want Europeans to take the war on terror seriously? what about Indonesians?) into the worldwide war against terrorism than be candid with the American people. Despite his worldly credentials, Obama’s foreign policy is strikingly condescending toward the rest of the world. Muslims will get confused and upset if we identify radical Islam as the basis for terrorism! Africans won’t join us unless they think it’s all about race!
I think we need a post-post-racial commander in chief who doesn’t assume that the rest of the world is populated by dolts.
We certainly have enough dolts in office right now.
Related, in a way,
In Obama’s mind, it’s always about him, with a little racism thrown in