For years the Obama administration has gone out of its way to avoid using terms like “Islamic extremist” or “Muslim terrorist.” The word ‘jihad’ is rarely, if ever, used in public pronouncements by the State Department. And perhaps the most striking example of the White House’s attempt to mind-wipe any notion that terrorism committed in the name of Islam has anything whatsoever to do with the religion came from former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.
Speaking to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in 2009, she said:
The overriding and urgent mission of the United States Department of Homeland Security is contained in the name of the agency itself. To secure the homeland means to protect our nation’s borders by finding and killing the roots of terrorism and to stop those who intend to hurt us; to wisely enforce the rule of law at our borders; to protect our national cyber infrastructure; and to prepare for and respond to natural and man-caused disasters with speed, skill, compassion, and effectiveness.
With the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Obama administration has determined that “man-caused-disasters” is not going to cut it anymore. With the news that Christians in Mosul have fled after being told to convert to Islam or die, the president held a press conference in the White House Rose Garden on Wednesday to address the matter.
“Greetings, my fellow Americans. In 2011 I oversaw the exit of all U.S. military personnel from Iraq and ended a war that took the lives of over 4,000 of our most courageous men and women. At the time I knew that challenges would remain for the fragile Iraqi government, just as any nation that has wrestled itself out from under the thumb of a brutal dictator faces dark and difficult days. However, I was confident Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the Iraqi government were up to the task.
The past few months have shown that the threat posed by Fuzzy-wuzzy-tiddle-taddles is ongoing and real, which is why I affirm the U.S. commitment to ending fundamentalist tiddle-taddle wherever it may rear its ugly head.
Ultimately, the U.S. can not rid Iraq of its fuzzy problem, but the military advisers I have sent to the region will work hand-in-hand with Sunni and Shiite Iraqi security forces to ensure that violence in the name of wuzzy is mitigated and peace restored to a region with its best days still ahead.
CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour took Mr. Obama’s cue and ran with it immediately after the broadcast, saying “Polls show that the American people have tired of the president’s speeches, but I must say that this was in many ways a return to form. If Fuzzy-wuzzy-tiddle-taddles thought Mr. Obama was soft on fuzzy, they’ll need to think again. Back to you, Wolf.”