If the trifecta of terror attacks on American soil this weekend weren’t enough to alarm you about the Obama administration’s (mis)handling of the war on terror, perhaps its response to the most recent attacks will be.White House (mis)spokesperson Josh Not-So Earnest made the rounds on the networks this morning to try to spin the administration’s way out of this rather inconvenient turn of events just 49 days from the election. Can’t help but be reminded of another media tour the Obama administration made around this time during the 2012 election cycle — where they tried to blame a video for a terror attack…
Earnest told CNN’s Chris Cuomo, “When it comes to ISIL, we are in a fight, a narrative fight with them, a narrative battle”:
What ISIL wants to do is they want to project that they are an organization that is representing Islam in a fight and a war against the West, and a war against the United States. That is a bankrupt, false narrative. It’s a mythology, and we have made progress in debunking that mythology.
Earnest similarly told MSBNC the fight against ISIS is just a “war of narratives.”
So, apparently, a summer that started off with with the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11 and is capped off by a couple of bombings and couple handfuls of stabbings is what this administration considers progress? And never mind that our opponents are using guns, bombs and knives, we’re simply in a “narrative battle”?Is he kidding???
Well, not everyone was buying this line; though it may feel like the media is completely asleep at the wheel — or, worse, willfully misguiding us away from the truth — there are some bright spots.
Fox News’ Martha MacCallum challenged Earnest’s “war of narratives” — and nailed it when she suggested the “people who have shrapnel in their shoulders this morning… might have a hard time accepting that.”Read the partial transcript, courtesy of Breitbart:
MACCALLUM: You mentioned earlier today you believe it’s a narrative battle we’re fighting. I think that for people who have shrapnel in their shoulders this morning—they might have a hard time accepting that—that it is a narrative battle we’re fighting against ISIS. Explain what you meant by that?
EARNEST: I meant very specifically, Martha, we’re taking fight to them on the ground in Iraq and Syria. The president has organized an international coalition—5,000 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria last couple years. What is important in the context of political debate is to remember ISIL is trying to assert a narrative, that they represent the religion of Islam in a war against the west and in a war against the United States. That is mythology. That is falsehood. That is not true. That is bankrupt ideology they are trying to wrap in the cloak of Islam. And to suggest that somehow we should treat Muslims differently or suspect them as terrorists just because of their religion…MACCALLUM: Nobody is talking about that.
EARNEST: We certainly have heard that inflammatory rhetoric from Republicans.
MACCALLUM: We’re not talking about that here.
EARNEST: This is the context that I was asked the question about the ISIL narrative earlier today. it is important we don’t play into the narrative. Too many Republicans are willing to do…
MACCALLUM: This is the ISIS narrative. This is what they said in their recent publication. ISIS states that disbelievers should be slain wherever they may be. This includes the businessman riding to work in the taxi cab, young adults in engaged in sports activities in park, the old men waiting in line and buying a sandwich, striking terror into the hearts of all non-believers, Muslims and non-Muslims is the Muslim duty. So what people have a hard time with you know—you have to take them at their word they mean to do what they say because we see it happening here in the United States. So, it feels sometimes like the White House doesn’t like to make the connection between those two things. Is that wrong?
EARNEST: Well I think we’ve been quite clear. The president has demonstrated, you don’t have to take my word for it. The president demonstrated seriousness, which he has taken this fight to ISIL.
The president has taken the fight to ISIS? Gosh, sure looks like they’ve brought the fight to us here in the United States.
Kudos to MacCallum for correcting Earnest’s attempt to deflect from the facts here — leaving him to resort to a lame generalization about the president’s “demonstrated seriousness” in fighting ISIS.
I think it’s fair to say that the only thing Obama has demonstrated seriousness in when it comes to ISIS — and radical Islamic terror in general — is the lengths he will go to in an effort to try to delude the American people about reality. Come on, no one believed a video caused the Benghazi attack, and now he wants us to believe it’s just a “war of narrative” — in, other words, a war of words?
Of course, we all learned as children that sticks and stones (and bombs) may break my bones, but words will never hurt me… so are we to tell those with shrapnel in their shoulders it’s all in their imaginations? Yeahhhh, no. And pretty sure the loved ones of those 49 killed — and those 53 who survived with injuries — in the Orlando attack are gonna beg to differ about this whole “war of narratives” narrative.
Of course, as we inch closer and closer to election day, the facts — and reality — will only become more and more dispensable to the Obama administration and the other Democrat soldiers whose mission is to elect Hillary Clinton to the White House.
What WILL they come up with next?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]