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Obama’s ISIS Ignorance is Stunning - and Disturbing

Jamie Weinstein,

Has President Barack Obama gotten a single briefing on the nature of Islamism in the nearly seven years he’s occupied the Oval Office?

Considering what he said at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the Philippines Wednesday morning, it doesn’t sound like it.

“When individuals say we should have a religious test and that only Christians, proven Christians should be admitted, that’s offensive,” he declared. “I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric that’s been coming out of here during the course of this debate.”

The president’s comment is stunning for a couple of reasons. For starters, it’s not true. It’s hard to imagine that a single person will join ISIS mainly because of the debate in the U.S. over whether we should accept Syrian refugees, or what type of refugees we should accept.    [...more]

Even amid Paris Carnage, U.S. Ties Own Hands in ISIS Fight

Byron York,

At about the same time President Obama began a long, defensive appearance before reporters questioning his handling of the war against the Islamic State, the Pentagon announced Monday that American warplanes had struck a group of Islamic State trucks involved in the oil-smuggling business that brings the terrorist organization hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

The strike, near Abu Kamal, in Syria, destroyed 116 fuel trucks out of nearly 300 massed in the area, according to the Pentagon. While U.S. forces engaged in the anti-Islamic State fight, Operation Inherent Resolve, have sometimes hit the Islamic State oil trucks before, Monday's strike was "the first time that we've hit so many at once," a coalition spokesman told AFP.    [...more]

Radical Islam -- the Invisible Enemy

Caroline Glick,

As the cleaning crews were mopping the dried blood from the stage and the seats of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, a depressing act appeared on stage in distant Iowa.

Saturday night the three contenders for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination took to the stage in Iowa for a debate. The moderator asked them whether they would be willing to use the term “radical Islam” to describe the ideology motivating Islamic terrorists to massacre innocents. All refused.

Like her former boss, US President Barack Obama, former secretary of state and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton not only refused to accept the relevance of the term. Clinton refused to acknowledge what radical Islam stands for.    [...more]