Immense significance, not just to our allies but to our enemies as well...
This week president Obama addressed the nation in a rare Oval Office speech. The intent was to assuage concerns that the government isn’t doing enough to protect us from radicalized jihadists, like the couple in San Bernardino last week. But the speech may have raised more questions and apprehensions than provided answers or assurances. And perhaps the largest is in the language used to describe the threat.
The speech made reference to ISIL sixteen times. This is itself significant. ISIL is one of the retired acronyms the organization that prefers to be referred to as the Islamic State has used. The original acronym they employed was ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. ISIL, however, has much more broad regional significance, for it stands for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
The Levant includes some historically significant territory, including not just Syria, but the region referred to in Biblical times as Palestine. So ISIL includes the entire Fertile Crescent from the Persian Gulf through southern Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and northern Egypt. In other words, the entire region from the Taurus Mountains of Turkey in the North, the Mediterranean Sea on the west, the Tigris-Euphrates river system on the East.
Our Secretary of State uses a different term to identify the group. Since late last year Secretary John Kerry habitually has referred to them as Daesh. Perhaps just as incendiary as the president’s insistence on using the ISIL acronym, Daesh refers to the Arabic name of the group, ad-Dawlah al-Islāmiyah fī ‘l-ʿIrāq wa-sh-Shām. The Arabic version implies that the Islamic State is a worldwide caliphate, with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as its caliph. As a caliphate, it claims “religious, political and military authority over all Muslims worldwide, and that the legality of all emirates, groups, states, and organizations becomes null by the expansion of the khilāfah’s [caliphate’s] authority and arrival of its troops to their areas,” according to Washington Post foreign affairs writer, Ishaan Tharoor.
The significance of the terms the administration chooses to employ in referencing the group cannot be overstated. With Secretary Kerry’s Daesh (or Da’ish) he may presume to be ideologically neutral, since it doesn’t have the name “Islamic” in it, (at least an English transliteration). He may also use the term in part due to his French allegiance. France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said, “This is a terrorist group and not a state. I do not recommend using the term Islamic State because it blurs the lines between Islam, Muslims and Islamists. The Arabs call it ‘Daesh’ and I will be calling them the ‘Daesh cutthroats’.” Perhaps they’re both being either obtuse or naïve, thinking they’re avoiding “Islamic” with the Daesh designation. But use of this term grants the group universal pertinence as a global caliphate.
The President’s insistence on using ISIL could well betray his perpetual downplaying of the influence, scope, motives, and successes of the terrorist group. After the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, the military vacuum in the country began to be filled by ISIS forces in Northern Iraq. The President called them “jayvee” terrorists at the time they initially encroached into Iraq. And even while repeatedly saying they were “contained,” they have expanded to include 20% of the 169,234 square mile country. To put that in context, California, the third largest state in the U.S., is 163,694 square miles, and the area of ISIS control in Iraq is equivalent to the size of the state of South Carolina.
Obama has been unrelenting in his denunciation of Israel, and unremitting in his criticism of its leadership. In the earliest days of his presidency, he made his now infamous “Cairo Speech,” where he referenced Israel’s “occupation” of Palestinian lands, and the “daily humiliation” and “intolerable” condition of the Palestinians. And it’s only gotten worse since then.
Several times over the past five years, Obama administration officials have leaked classified Israeli information regarding defensive measures and offensive plans related to Iran. The effect has been an unmistakable chilling of the relationship between Washington and Tel Aviv, as Washington’s objectives seem clearly at odds with the protection and preservation of the state of Israel.
Even the heralded Iran Nuclear deal was done over Israel’s objections, since it assures Iran will be nuclearized by year ten of the agreement, and Iran has vowed to “blow Israel off of the map.”
So, is it coincidental that Obama uses the ISIL name intentionally to include the Levant, which includes Israel? Indubitably not. Even by his chosen appellation for the terrorist group, the President continues his denunciation, disavowal, and rejection of the state of Israel. And rather than graduating to the more geographically broad “Islamic State” name the group applies to itself, he has chosen to stick with their earlier iteration which conspicuously includes the land of Israel.
Not only does our president consistently understate our enemies, and fail to accurately identify them, but he has severe problems recognizing our primary ally in the region, and providing the support key allies should expect from one another. If we’re to ever succeed in vanquishing ISIS, it’s not going to be by alienating our allies and placing them increasingly at risk.
Words matter. And in foreign affairs, the symbolism employed by policy-makers through their word choice, are of immense significance, not just to our allies but to our enemies as well. Our enemies should not be emboldened, and our allies alienated by the language they use.
All this going on and Obama wants to take our guns. Pushing Governors now to do the right thing and disarm those on the "no Fly List". Well guess what, Obama has put 650,000 Americans on the No-Fly List since he has been in office. A TechDirt investigation found that 280,000 of those names have no affiliations with any known terrorist group.
After watching Trey Gowdy interrogate one of Obama's minions in our government regarding these lists, she was totally oblivious as to what our Constitution states about US Citizens rights and how we are protected. The government is putting them on there and making this draconian gun law will just fuel the confiscation of taking of all our liberties with the guns first.....You can stop it, by everyone and I mean everyone sending out faxes to send a barrage of them to Congress. Let them know how you feel about the draconian government we have now. It is easy to do and seniors get a discount on the faxes....HELP US STOP THIS BY FLOODING CONGRESS WITH FAXES: https://prayfor.us/151207_41201_p4us_pp_Stop_Obama_No_Fly_Gun_Ban/
WHY ARE YOU CONCERNED WITH OBAMA WHO WILL BE BUT A NIGHTMARE MEMORY IN 13 MONTHS.??
direct your attention to this clock >
The what if syndrome. What if we are still and continuously in martial law? What if the hundreds of thousands of muslims imported constitute an army? What if the militarization of the police and sheriffs has been accomplished? What if the 97% of the population acquiesces to the outcome? What if it is true that former military have been classified enemy combatants? What if we the people, the III%, take action. What if the 3% of 350 million or 10,5 million has not enough warriors to combat the subjugated police, sheriffs, military and the fucking muslims. What if we the people rise to any challenge?
Well look at this way, when the first houses have their door busted down in the wee hours of the morning and the first shots are fired, then the rest of the Nation will follow suit, but the Government and the UN are going to pay a very heavy price for going against the American People, it will be hell on earth, but I get to play cowboys and indians, except in this case, the Indian tribes in this country will have the upper hand. They take no prisoners....
I find it interesting.
Slick willie clinton said it all depends on what the definition of IS IS,
thank you , Michael.
this climate change movement / summit is but another device to turn our attention from what matters most.
this economist does not understand the reason we might default and the post default chaos / suffering , he sugar coats
the reality of citizens no longer receiving government checks.
be aware , the day will come when the global elites flip the switch 1. no bank / atm access 2. no government checks /
handouts 3. no direct deposits 4. no credit card transactions..
Ask yourself , When this occurs will you survive ??
yes, the global elites are implementing their plans while we do nothing.
yes, they fear an armed populace.
creating chaos all across America with stealing / killing provides the environment they know is necessary
to somehow justify martial law and send their agents to collect weapons.
i feel many will comply , the elites might even offer resumption of government checks to allow confiscation.
some will resist their final push to the end.
only a well led / planned / revolt will stop them. marshalling enough fighters is the main hurdle.
In truth, we are at war with all of those who hate us, regardless of what acronyms, he or any one else uses to describe them. He said in one of his speeches, “ WE ARE NOT AT WAR WITH ISLAM. How absolutely inaccurate that statement is. We ARE at war with ISLAM, and any others influenced by their hate of all who do not, or will not, convert to their, Religion.
We should be, although we are cautioned by our PINO that we are not, at odds/war with any person or group, who quite openly say “ Death to America “, Kill all infidels, Kill all Christians, and or behead/murder anyone who is not one of them.
Do we not protect ourselves, through whatever means necessary, against all enemies, either foreign or Domestic?.
If we are told by a person or group, that they want to kill us, should we not be, at very least, proceeding with caution against that threat, and if necessary, strike at the heart of the threat?.
There is not a single doubt in my mind, that if a enemy attacks the Citizenry on our own soil, that we would all pull together to fight against their threat, and actions.
This being a fact, should we not do the same as a Country being attacked, or being threatened by extinction by our enemies, no matter who or what they are.
If your Brother were brutally attacked, or threatened with words of hate, and actions to come, would you not stand side by side with him against that enemy?.
Are we, as American CITIZENS, not Brothers?. If we are threatened, WE must stand united, as a single entity, against these enemies. Whither they are from a foreign Country, or from within our own borders.
We, for 239 years, as a Country, and as individuals have fought for our freedom. Much life, limb, and psyche have been given in this endeavor, so what has happened to American Citizens?. Why have we quit fighting as individuals against our enemies, and why have we as a Country thrown up our hands, and basically surrendered ourselves to those who are against us?.
The main reason, is that we have a, so called, leader who has no stones, and has a agenda himself, against both the Country and the Citizenry. He does not hide this fact, and is quite openly, not only funding them, but also setting them in positions of power within his administration. Keep America clean, we need to put the trash out.
Let's face it. We've been had. The General Public inadvertently through haze, mirrors, and general ignorance elected themselves a Muslim Operative. Warnings were there, but no one would listen, they wanted a Black Man. Now, we see not only the US, but the entire world, a large part of it, in ruins. By maneuvering, and manipulation, the entire world is in chaos. Worse than that, it seems planned. Our State Dept. is a mess, our CIA is a mess. our FBI is being smothered, our Justice Dept should all be in the Slammer. Our Military has been reduced to "Sensitivity", so my only answer, would be a man from Outside, free of all the DC influence. That man would be TRUMP. Our Parties have destroyed themselves through corroboration, so, they mostly, are one in the same. Clean the Slate, get Career Politicians out of Office, as quick as possible, and do not forget the ones who stabbed us in the back like, Rubio, Flake, Ayotte, etc.