As far as the White House is concerned, Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic’s top reporter, is President Barack Obama’s unofficial mouthpiece.
This was one of the many things we learned from The New York Times in David Samuels’s profile of Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes.
In the course of explaining how Rhodes was able to sell Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, despite the fact that it cleared Iran’s path to a nuclear arsenal while giving the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism more than a hundred billion dollars, Samuels reported that “handpicked Beltway insiders like Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic… helped retail the administration’s narrative.”
Given his White House-assigned role, Goldberg’s explanation of Obama’s refusal to discuss radical Islam is worthwhile reading. It reflects what Obama wants the public to believe about his position.
On Wednesday Goldberg wrote that in Obama’s view, discussing radical Islam is counterproductive because it harms the moderates who need to stand up to the radicals.
“Obama,” he wrote, “believes that [a] clash is taking place [not between Western and Muslim civilization but] within a single civilization, and that Americans are sometimes collateral damage in this fight between Muslim modernizers and Muslim fundamentalists.”
Pointing out that there are Muslim fundamentalists, Obama has argued to Goldberg, will only strengthen them against the modernizers.
Over the past week, prominent conservative commentators have agreed with Obama’s position.
Eli Lake from Bloomberg and Prof. John Yoo writing in National Review, among others, criticized presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for speaking openly radical Islam. Like Goldberg, they argued that Trump’s outspokenness alienates moderate Muslims.
But what moderate Muslims is Obama trying to help?
Consider his treatment of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Sisi is without a doubt, the most outspoken and powerful advocate of a moderate reformation of Islam, and of Islamic rejection of jihad, alive today.
Sisi has staked his power and his life on his war to defeat the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State and jihadist Islam in general.
Sisi speaks openly about the danger of jihadist Islam. In his historic speech before the leading Sunni clerics at Cairo’s Al-Azhar University on January 1, 2015, Sisi challenged the clerics to reform Islam.
ISIS is the creation of this Administration.. rising out of the ashes of the Arab Spring ... ISIS was armed by weapons seized in Lybia and then shipped to Syria in a CIA operation... centered in Benghazi, Lybia. This President and his Muslim Brotherhood Czars are working feverously too flood us with Islamic Jihadist... cloaked as refugees and ostensibly needing our help..
However, a quick review indicates that the bulk of these refugees are single males of combat age... not families, orphans and widows. It is time that the people take a critical look at the White House, Congress and our Judiciary... and ask what are they doing to protect us? A quick review will shock most... as they all appear to be working ... not to protect us and our Constitutional Republic... they are working to 'Fundamentally Transform America' something most people don't want.
This election cycle is critical and we must work with the Trump campaign to ensure he is elected as he is the only one pointing out the horrible position our leadership has put us in... our economy, national security, standard of living and ultimately our continued ability to survive as a Nation under God and Constitutional rule is seriously up for debate. America is in Constitutional Crisis and our current leaders in both the Federal and State Governments are the architects of our destruction, not benefactors.
Their isis leader, the insane hussian oblamea has done everything in his power to destroy us! The only thing that is preventing hussian from doing the Mexican hat dance on our mass graves is our 2nd AMENDMENT! GUN UP EVERYONE!
I have. Thanks. I will not live in a socialist, communist, or muslim state .
Given that not everything is on the Internet, my suspicion is that the Obama administration's so-called failures to prevent the Ft. Hood, San Bernardino and Orlando shootings and the Boston bombing are not failures at all, but successes for Obama and the left and that in some way Obama is involved in what they did. For example the Orlando killer's father visited the White House. Was that really to talk about Afghanistan or was tha an off-he-web place to discuss encouraging the son (if that was really his son) to prepare to kill.
Was the failure to properly vet the wife of the San Bernardino killer team intentional on the part of the State Department?
Why were Muslim names deleted from the terrorist database?
In fact if the State Department had done their job in vetting Obama's father and found that he lied about not having a family in Kenya (he left that part of the application form blank), he would not have been omitted to the USA, and we would have been spared Obama (we might have gotten Hillary, but that's another issue).
This will never be posted, but at least I will try. Ogaybama is the worst thing that ever happened to America. Am I a racist? I wanted Herman Cain for president, not because of his skin, but because of his abilities. Obama needs to go ASAP to preserve the American Ideals.
No further proof is needed to convict the halfbreed muslim playing president, that he is a DOMESTIC ENEMY of the people. Don't judge this bastard by his skin color, but by his actions. Don't believe the diatribe of the progressive left or right accusing anyone opposing him is racist. Call them what they are the ENEMY.
I'll repeat part of the oath of office most needed to remind us all of our duty. ...support and defend the Constitution against all EMEMIES foreign and domestic...
You kill the enemy, not coddle them! Your enemies don't have CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OR PROTECTION.
We need to start killing these bastards NOW! Or they will eventually start killing us........
YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT STEVE RUSSAK..! IT IS TIME FOR US TO STOP ACTING LIKE DUMBED DOWN PUSSYS AND START THE REVOLT..!
WHEN INJUSTICE BECOMES LAW-THEN RESISTANCE BECOMES DUTY..!
We are not collateral damage but the intended target.