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Obama Cuts ‘Radical Islam’ From Strategy

From those gladdened defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

Not all terrorism: Obama tries to change subject

By Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press Writer

April 7, 2010

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s advisers plan to remove terms such as "Islamic radicalism" from a document outlining national security strategy and will use the new version to emphasize that the U.S. does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terrorism, counterterrorism officials say.

The change would be a significant shift in the National Security Strategy, a document that previously outlined the Bush Doctrine of preventive war. It 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 is still being written and is unlikely to be released for weeks, and the White House would not discuss it. But rewriting the strategy document is the latest example of Obama putting his stamp on U.S. foreign policy, as with 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 U.S. talks to Muslim nations, but also what it talks to them about, from health care and science to business startups and education.

That shift away from terrorism has been building for a year, since Obama went to Cairo and promised a "new beginning" in the relationship between the U.S. and the Muslim world. The White House believes the previous administration based that relationship entirely on fighting terrorism and winning the war of ideas.

"You take a country where the overwhelming majority are not going to become terrorists, and you go in and say, ‘We’re building you a hospital so you don’t become terrorists.’ That doesn’t make much sense," National Security Council staffer Pradeep Ramamurthy said.

Who has ever said such a stupid thing, except perhaps Mr. Obama himself and Mr. Kerry? They are the ones who insist that terrorism can be stopped by building hospitals.

Ramamurthy runs the administration’s Global Engagement Directorate, a four-person National Security Council team that Obama launched last May with little fanfare and a vague mission to use diplomacy and outreach "in pursuit of a host of national security objectives." Since then, the division has not only helped change the vocabulary of fighting terrorism, but also has shaped the way the country invests in Muslim businesses, studies global warming, supports scientific research and combats polio.

Oh joy, another new shadowy czar-dom we’ve never heard about before. But look at all the good work they are doing!

Before diplomats go abroad, they hear from the Ramamurthy or his deputy, Jenny Urizar. When officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration returned from Indonesia, the NSC got a rundown about research opportunities on global warming.

Because, after all, ‘global warming’ is the kind of thing that the National Security Council should be concerning itself with.

Ramamurthy maintains a database of interviews conducted by 50 U.S. embassies worldwide. And business leaders from more than 40 countries head to Washington this month for an "entrepreneurship summit" for Muslim businesses.

Oh joy, another ‘summit’! And when will we have the “entrepreneurship summit” for Amish businesses?

Or do religions only get such special consideration when their adherents have a tendency to blow things up?

"Do you want to think about the U.S. as the nation that fights terrorism or the nation you want to do business with?" Ramamurthy said.

To deliver that message, Obama’s speechwriters have taken inspiration from an unlikely source: former President Ronald Reagan. Visiting communist China in 1984, Reagan spoke at Fudan University in Shanghai about education, space exploration and scientific research. He discussed freedom and liberty. He never mentioned communism or democracy.

How preposterous. If it Mr. Reagan discussed freedom and liberty, he didn’t need to mention communism or democracy by name.

"They didn’t look up to the U.S. because we hated communism," said Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, Obama’s foreign policy speechwriter.

When did China ever "look up to the US"? But if they do, you can bet they do so at least in part because they respect our hatred of tyranny.

Aren’t there any grown-ups in the Obama administration?

Like Reagan in China, Obama in Cairo made only passing references to terrorism. Instead he focused on cooperation. He announced the U.S. would team up to fight polio with the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, a multinational body based in Saudi Arabia. The U.S. and OIC had worked together before, but never with that focus.

"President Obama saw it as an opportunity to say, ‘We work on things far beyond the war on terrorism,’" World Health Organization spokeswoman Sona Bari said.

Polio is endemic in three Muslim countries — Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan — but some Muslim leaders have been suspicious of vaccination efforts, which they believed to be part of a CIA sterilization campaign. Last year, the OIC and religious scholars at the International Islamic Fiqh Academy issued a fatwa, or religious decree, that parents should vaccinate their children.

Oh wonderful, now we are working together to issue fatwas.

Obviously that pesky ‘separation of church and state’ no longer applies when we are dealing with Islam.

"We’re probably entering into a whole new level of engagement between the OIC and the polio program because of the stimulus coming from the U.S. government," said Michael Galway, who works on polio eradication for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also began working more closely with local Islamic leaders in northern Nigeria, a network that had been overlooked for years, said John Fitzsimmons, the deputy director of the CDC’s immunization division.

Though health officials are reluctant to assign credit to any one action, new polio cases in Nigeria fell from 83 during the first quarter of last year to just one so far this year, Fitzsimmons said…

Who knew that the CDC is an international organization? Somehow we thought that our tax dollars are going to helping people here in the United States.

Oh, well. We can certainly see how much better off Nigeria is now, thanks to this effort.

There’s certainly no violent Muslim extremism going on in Nigeria, now that they have gotten a grip on polio.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 7th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

26 Responses to “Obama Cuts ‘Radical Islam’ From Strategy”

  1. BillK says:

    You’ve got to admit, the administration is on a roll.

    From the sycophants at the Associated Press:

    Obama Bans Islam, Jihad From National Security Strategy Document

    WASHINGTON — 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.

    That shift away from terrorism has been building for a year, since Obama went to Cairo, Egypt, and promised a “new beginning” in the relationship between the United States and the Muslim world. The White House believes the previous administration based that relationship entirely on fighting terror and winning the war of ideas.

    You take a country where the overwhelming majority are not going to become terrorists, and you go in and say, ‘We’re building you a hospital so you don’t become terrorists.’ That doesn’t make much sense,” said National Security Council staffer Pradeep Ramamurthy. …

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/04/07/obama-bans-islam-jihad-national-security-strategy-document/

    Better yet, Obama’s PR agents say he’s taking his cue from… Ronald Reagan:

    To deliver that message, Obama’s speechwriters have taken inspiration from an unlikely source: former President Ronald Reagan. Visiting communist China in 1984, Reagan spoke to Fudan University in Shanghai about education, space exploration and scientific research.

    He discussed freedom and liberty. He never mentioned communism or democracy.

    They didn’t look up to the U.S. because we hated communism,” said Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, Obama’s foreign policy speechwriter.

    Like Reagan in China, Obama in Cairo made only passing references to terrorism. Instead he focused on cooperation. He announced the United States would team up to fight polio with the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, a multinational body based in Saudi Arabia.

    In other news, black is white and up is down.

  2. ilzito guacamolito says:

    ~ There’s certainly no violent Muslim extremism going on in Nigeria, now that they have gotten a grip on polio. ~

    I detect a note of sarcasm. Hence, you oughta get a new prescription or at least dust off that lens with which you are viewing Muslim nations.

  3. Trialdog says:

    Liars. Our government sits by while the WHO spokesperson lies that Muslim countries are suspicious of polio vaccine thinking it some kind of CIA plot. Muslims don’t take polio vaccine because Dr. Salk was a Jew.
    How can the U.S. possibly bring Muslim countries kicking and screaming out of the stone age without confronting the sick twisted evil of Islam?
    Allowing these lies about the CIA to stand only encourages more distrust and hatred for the U.S. and our government should not permit such lies to go unanswered.
    Oh. Wait. I get it now. Nevermind. Obama is President.

    • Mithrandir says:

      Are you kidding? Why do we WANT to bring muslims out of the stone age? That is why I am so disgusted with Iraq and Afghanistan! Who cares! Let those wooden ox-cart-pullers languish in 5000 B.C.

      If they don’t take the polio vaccine–all the better. Do we run around and worry about injecting the city’s rats with penicillin so they don’t get sick? –exactly….

  4. Right of the People says:

    Barry must have gotten the word from his Inman at his mosque to remove such inflammatory language from the policy manuals, praise Allah.

  5. proreason says:

    Keep it coming…..right up to Nov 2012.

    Pile it on.

    Let it all hang out.

  6. wardmama4 says:

    -‘”The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century.”‘- It is a factual statement – Worldwide – as radical Islam has stated (almost daily) that their goal is a World Caliphate in which radical Islam rules the World. So once again, the statement in the National Security Strategy is factual.

    It was radical Islam that attacked America on 9/11 – and while GWB did many things wrong (most especially in the last 2 years of his Presidency) the GWOT plan of going into Afghanistan & Iraq was a great strategy.

    Yes, most of the radical Islam terrorists who attacked America on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia -however, it is a shaky ally, provides the 4th largest import of gas/oil (Dec 2009) and is not quite as radical Islam (or is that not quite as crazy and radical Islam?!?) as a few of it’s neighbors. So the GWOT surrounded with US coalition troops the hotbed of radical Islam and the financier and supplier of most of the radical Islam – Iran.

    Kept the World at a slower pace of radical Islamic attacks and concentrated the flow of money and weapons and radical Islamic terrorists from freely flowing into countries to destabilize them.

    And now the Obama regime won’t allow anyone to even call a radical Islam terrorist a RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORIST just to placate the radical Islamic terrorists and of course those who aren’t officially in jihad but do nothing to speak out against it and are instead moving into free countries and going into court to make those countries adhere to radical Islamic laws and customs.

    radical Islam
    radical Islam
    radical Islam

    There I’ve said it – and no radical Islamic terrorists or innocents died simply because I said a two words – now how many people (Muslim & innocents) have died when radical Islamic terrorists have said Allah Akbar????

    God Help America

  7. Rusty Shackleford says:

    In other news, little boy barry closes his eyes tightly and wishes all bad things into the cornfield.

  8. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “They didn’t look up to the U.S. because we hated communism,”

    But now…..that will all change, right? I mean, we’ll be eating communism for breakfast, lunch and dinner, soon. Or, rather, we’ll have no food but….well….you know what I mean.

  9. thetoysurgeon says:

    What did you expect from someone named Barrack Hussein Obama? He and his cronies’ actions are adding up to favoring the Jihad over America! Am I the only one seeing this?

  10. Reality Bytes says:

    In the art of War, Rule #1 is “KNOW THINE ENEMY.” Obama’s playing parlor games with our lives.

    • proreason says:

      “KNOW THINE ENEMY”

      He knows his enemy, and they aren’t our enemies.

      We are his enemy.

      And it’s not parlor games. It’s clear he intends to submit us to his rule by whatever means necessary. That’s the end game.

      These actions in foreign affairs are just his way of boiling the lobster.

    • Reality Bytes says:

      In other words PRO, “He has met the enemy & they are us.” Long Live Larry the Lobster!

  11. BobonStatenIsland says:

    I guess I should stop refering to my next door muslim neighbors as “Bomb Makers” and should now refer to them as “Demolition Experts”.

  12. robstoddard says:

    The problem is, we can’t be radical islamic terrorists if we’re christian, jewish, odinist, wiccan, etc. However, if we eliminate “radical islamic” from the context, we end up with a wholly applicable term designed to demonize us. Now, “terrorist” can be applied to any freedom-loving, constitution protector.

  13. joeblough says:

    Our king has decreed that our language will no longer describe those things that he prefers we not notice.

    Public burnings of heretics to commence Thursday.

  14. beautyofreason says:

    “‘Obviously that pesky ‘separation of church and state’ no longer applies when we are dealing with Islam.”

    Anything but Christianity is game for the liberals. The left never seems to appreciate freedom and equality under the law – rather, their own vision of politics evokes racial and religious niches vying for special benefits a la your tax dollars – the more polarized or hateful, the better. Islam, being a threat to our national security due to it’s minority of hateful and violent practitioners, is a natural ally of the left. The fact that there is no religious freedom in Saudi Arabia also speaks volumes.

    P.S. Why does a terrorist say “Allah Ahkbar” before going on a murder spree of innocents? It’s clear Muslim radicals want victims to understand the very obvious clue, in their last moments of life, that Islamic extremism and jihad are one cause of the blood lust. So why deny it?

    The moron in the White House would rather be sensitive than pragmatic. At the country’s expense, as usual. But it’s fine, as long as we can export the CDC and our tax dollars to people who issue fatwas.

    How much more money is the government going to take, or spend, before people get infuriated at the use of their tax dollars? What is the breaking point?

  15. Liberals Demise says:

    It is a good damn thing we took care of radical Germany
    before Usama …oops…. Barry came to office with that “I WON”
    chip on his shoulder.

  16. jobeth says:

    If OBalmy insists on wearing his great grandma’s apron…I wish he would at least stop wearing it backwards. (photo)

  17. canary says:

    “You take a country where the overwhelming majority are not going to become terrorists,… ,” National Security Council staffer Pradeep Ramamurthy said.”

    please name the countries where muslim terrorism isn’t growing.

    Some words about extreme muslims from “The Audacity of Hope” by Barack Obama 2006.

    (pg 278) “All of which underscores perhaps the most profound shift in Indonesia-
    the growth of militant, fundamentalist Islam in the country….”

    ” Islamic militants and self-proclaimed “vice squads” have attacked churches,… “”…suicide bombings…”a militant Islamic organization”….
    ——————————————————————–
    (pg 280) “…the spread of pandemics, and terrorism.
    —————————————————————————–
    (pg 291) “…a plane hitting the World Trade Center….the second plane had already hit….the destruction that affected me….streets and sights now reduced to rubble…”

    (pg 292)…”Now chaos had come to our doorstep.”
    ———————————————————————
    (pg 306) “Terrorists networks can spread their doctrines in the blink of an eye; they can probe the world economic system’s weakest links, knowing that an attack in London or Tokyo will reverberate in New York or Hong Kong; weapons and technology that were once the exclusive province of nation-states can no be purchased on the black market, or their designs downloaded off the Internet; the free travel of people and goods across borders, the lifeblood of the global economy, can be exploited for murderous ends.
    If nation-states no longer have a monopoly on mass violence; if in fact nation-states are increasingly less likely to launch a direct attack on us, since they have a fixed address to which we can deliver a response; if instead the fastest-growing threats are transnational–terrorist networks intent on repelling or disrupting the forces of globalization, potential pandemic disease like avian flu, or catastrophic changes in the earth’s climate-then how should our national security adapt?

    (page 307-308) “…In coping with the asymmetrical threats that we’ll face in the future — from terrorist networks and the handful of states that support them-…”
    “…the struggle against Islamic-based terrorism will be not simply a military campaign but a battle for public opinion in the Islamic world,..
    ——————————————————

    In other words it was “planes, chaos, & destruction” led to the collapse and deaths in NYC.
    And we know Obama is well aware of terrorists growing.
    And we know for sure Obama knows about Indonesia.
    And I think America should worry the most when ever Obama is in a muslim country.
    That cancelled vacation with his family to a growing dangerous Indonesia brings thoughts to my mind, that if something happened in America, he’d be standing in Indonesia, telling them, “hey, I had to pretend I was against muslim extremists, but wasn’t I easy on terrorists, and didn’t I force the U.S. soldiers to get blown up as they fed, build, and cared for terrorists?

  18. Mithrandir says:

    A manipulative, coniving, smarmy, heavy-handed government can’t figure out why everyone hates them? The American people hate the government for the same reasons foreign countries hate it.

    After the 1993 attack on the WTC I began to see why everyone hates America. With our own Congress at a 4% approval rating, maybe the rest of you will wake up some day too.

  19. GL0120 says:

    This is truly wonderful news!
    No longer do we have to worry about attacks by radical Islamic terrorists, they’ve been taken off the list, making us safe from them.
    Apparently the idiots running the country (into the ground) believe that by taking a group off the list of possible terror threats we eliminate the threat.
    Now we can disband the army; after all, it’s far cheaper to simply remove threats from the list than to defend against them.
    This explains why Our Dear Leader scrapped plans for a missile shield in eastern Europe; he’ll simply remove Russia from the threat list.
    This strategy could and probably will be used to cut health care costs; simply remove things like cancer and heart disease from the list of health threats and we no longer have to worry about them.


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