He started out by praising American resilience, citing our recovery from the Civil War, natural disasters, 9/11... all true and indicative of the American spirit. The problem with his references is that they all happened when America had a true leader in the White House instead of the Jimmy Carter clone that we have now.
He then cited a few examples of more recent acts by "violent extremists" in the United States.
"The bombing that killed 168 people could not break Oklahoma City. On 9/11, terrorists tried to bring us to our knees; today a new tower soars above New York City, and America continues to lead throughout the world. After Americans were killed at Fort Hood and the Boston Marathon, it didn’t divide us; we came together as one American family.
In the face of horrific acts of violence -- at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, or at a Jewish community center outside Kansas City -- we reaffirmed our commitment to pluralism and to freedom, repulsed by the notion that anyone should ever be targeted because of who they are, or what they look like, or how they worship.
Most recently, with the brutal murders in Chapel Hill of three young Muslim Americans, many Muslim Americans are worried and afraid. And I want to be as clear as I can be: As Americans, all faiths and backgrounds, we stand with you in your grief and we offer our love and we offer our support."
The most important thing he left out of that particular narrative is that with the exception of one, all of those incidents were carried out by Muslim extremists.
He went on:
"We’ve always faced challenges. One of those challenges is the terrorist threat from groups like al Qaeda and ISIL. But this isn’t our challenge alone. It’s a challenge for the world. ISIL is terrorizing the people of Syria and Iraq, beheads and burns human beings in unfathomable acts of cruelty. We’ve seen deadly attacks in Ottawa and Sydney and, Paris, and now Copenhagen."
Again there is a common denominator that Obama will not acknowledge - and that is Islam.
He attempted to explain it:
But Mr. President -who commits 99.9% of the world's terrorist acts? Again, that would be Muslims - those who use the Quran to justify their violence. Just because you say "they are not Islamic" doesn't mean they take your word for it. You won't acknowledge that some victims are Christians either. I call it willful ignorance.
Agreed. But you refuse to do that. And you cannot defeat an enemy you won't properly identify.
Correction. We are at war with people who worship Allah and use Mohammed's writings to justify their violence. That makes them Muslims.
That is only partially true. First of all, the "billion Muslims who reject their hateful ideology" do so in silence. Silence in the face of extremism is a form of tolerance. Polls of Muslims around the world show that a majority of them believe the violence is acceptable and welcome. As with many other thing you say, because you say the majority reject the violence doesn't make it so.
Really? How many? Five? Six?
Personally, I am convinced that is what you believe, Mr. President. I believe you are caught up in the teachings of Islam (your Crusades comments pretty much proved that since you only gave half truths) and that you care more about protecting Islam than protecting the nation you were elected to lead. I wonder, if you allow ISIS to become a world power and they become a direct and immediate threat to us, where will you and your family live? They would kill you as quickly as they would kill me. Do you get that?
You know - that's all well and good if you can get them to believe it. But I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen. So you may not be at war with radical Islam but they are at war with you.
The President went on to contradict himself, saying that poverty and lack of education contribute to people becoming violent extremists. Then he said "Conversely, there are terrorists who’ve come from extraordinarily wealthy backgrounds, like Osama bin Laden."
Gee - know what else there are in the world, Mr. President? There are real leaders of other nations who don't negotiate with terrorists and give back their commanders is ridiculous appeasement gestures!
He went on to talk about growing the economies of terrorism susceptible countries and giving the citizens meaningful employment that could prevent young people from joining terrorist organizations. But since most of us know that Islamic terrorism is an ideology and not something people join simply because they're bored or just need a job, that entire line of thinking is just plain stupid.
He goes on and on to the point of nauseating boredom so I will close with this. The King of Jordon knows the threat that is ISIS and he is taking strong action against it. The President of Egypt knows the threat that is ISIS and he is taking strong action against it. President Obama acts like ISIS is just a bunch of neighborhood kids who got bored and formed a gang. He isn't taking the U.S. response to ISIS seriously (as of yet, anyway) and he is once again leading from behind - getting the other countries to take action while sitting back and mostly watching. Then, when a nation takes action without asking his permission he criticizes them as if they did something wrong.
I can't help but shake my head in disgust and wonder. I imagine the Egyptian President feels the same way.