White House grapples with fraught terrorism language

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  • Uncle_Fester Niskayuna, NY
    Jan. 31, 2015 1:16 p.m.

    Oh for Pete's sake! Have we really come to the point that the President and his administration is unable to say two simple words which adequately describe 95+% of all terrorist acts? It's really simple: Islamic Terrorism. That's it. It's simple, accurate and completely descriptive of reality.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Jan. 31, 2015 9:16 a.m.

    Hey DN subscriber -

    "[Obama] simply does not grasp the real world and the evil intent of some of our adversaries. "

    Uh huh . . . Republicans can do that so much better, can't they?

    That's why GW Bush attacked and occupied a nation for NO GOOD REASON and killed it's leader, the ONLY man who could have kept ISIS out of Iraq.

    That's why Republican leadership destabilized the Middle East for decades to come, and set this nation up to face even more dangers than otherwise would have been the case.

    The trouble with "Conservative" leadership, is that is is not at all conservative, in the most basic sense of the term. "Conservative" leadership is completely irresponsible.

    "Conservative" leaders lash out unthinkingly like petulant children.

    No, we need mature, clear-headed, conscientious leadership in the White House . . . Not Republican leadership.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Jan. 31, 2015 9:05 a.m.

    The terrorists who killed those people in France are no more Islamic Terrorists then the people here who kill abortion doctors are Christian Terrorists.

    They are just nut jobs who CLAIM to justifiably kill in the name of their religion.

    That would make Dan Lafferty a Mormon Terrorist, wouldn't it. And the polygamous compounds and shoot outs that happen occasionally? What about them? . . .the Singers/Swapps, the Lafferties, Ervil LeBaron etc etc.

    What is Obama doing about addressing the issue of Mormon Terrorism?

    And why does Obama NEVER use the term "Mormon Terrorists?"

    What's good for the goose is good for the gander, don't you think?

  • bc1050 Sandy, UT
    Jan. 31, 2015 8:30 a.m.

    "They do believe that the part of the roots of terrorism comes from the way the United States acts and talks and is perceived globally," said Trevor McCrisken, a professor at Britain's University of Warwick who has studied Obama's foreign policy rhetoric.

    WHAT? come on Mr McCrisken your trying to blame america for Islamic terrorism your talking as if your Obama.....

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Jan. 31, 2015 8:01 a.m.

    Isn't it obvious by now that Barrack Obama does not understand terrorists or how to deal with them? Obama refuses to even say the word Islmaic terrorists and does not know what a terrorists is! GWB understood how to deal with them and had them defeated in Iraq! Since Obama became commander in Chief, every terrorist organization has flourished and will continue to do so until they are stopped, period! Obama thinks ISIS is "JV league" as they rape, murder, torture (real torture, not PC torture like liberals cling to) and terrorize the world and will not stop until we stop them! Obama is not up to the task, period! In the meantime brace yourself for more attacks, again and again and again, the price we will pay for weak leadership.

  • Da_one41 SLC, UT
    Jan. 31, 2015 8:01 a.m.

    Obama not only refuses to use Islamic Terrorists to describe these groups, he intentionally uses rhetoric that supports them.
    All other leaders of free countries, especially our allies, now refer to ISIS as Daesh. I always wondered why this administration always referred to ths group as ISIL. Well, ISIL is what this group prefers to be called, they feel it gives them the most legitimacy. Daesh is what they least prefer to be called since it is almost a derogatory statement.
    So next time you are watching our White House Team of fools.... do they use the honorific ISIL, or Daesh like all our allies? Small details can be very telling.

  • intervention slc, UT
    Jan. 30, 2015 11:28 p.m.

    Sorry that should read internment camps but I think you get the point

  • David Centerville, UT
    Jan. 30, 2015 11:17 p.m.

    "Unless you understand who your enemy is, unless you clearly identify your enemy, then you cannot come up with a very effective strategy to defeat that enemy."

    Similarly, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who until last year was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told a conference in Washington last week that "you cannot defeat an enemy you do not admit exists."

    Exactly. The self-described cerebral president is conflicted with contradictions and a myopic world view. Realities don't align with his belief system so he puts his head in the sand.

  • intervention slc, UT
    Jan. 30, 2015 10:25 p.m.

    So I am sitting here watching a show about Japanese internet camps and what strikes me is how "sad" and "interesting" it is that some on the far right have such a poor understanding of our history and the horrible consequences that unchecked rhetoric (especially by a President) can have. I am very grateful we have a prisoner that understands the serious consequences of rhetoric.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 30, 2015 9:45 p.m.

    Our country's foreign policy for the last six years under Barry, Joe and Kerry has been even worse than if Larry, Moe and Curly were running the show.

    That would be funny if the stakes were not deadly serious, and Obama's ineptitude, if not deliberate, submission to our enemies and arrogant alienation of our allies is unprecedented in our nation's entire history.

    His problems are a lot more than language problems. He simply does not grasp the real world and the evil intent of some of our adversaries. His insistence on prolonged negotiations with Iran will inevitably result in another "Lucy and the football" ending, which is obvious to everyone but Barry, Joe and Kerry. When (not if) Iran has nuclear weapons Obama will do nothing and it may be too late to do anything short of a major military operation. Meanwhile he impedes every Israeli effort to defend themselves.

    Interesting times, these are.