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April 07, 2010

Report: Obama Administration To Delete References To Islam From National Security Documents

Hey, it's just words, right?

President Barack Obama's advisers will remove religious terms such as "Islamic extremism" from the central document outlining the U.S. national security strategy and will use the rewritten document to emphasize that the United States does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terror, counterterrorism officials said.

The change is a significant shift in the National Security Strategy, a document that previously outlined the Bush Doctrine of preventative war and currently states: "The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century."

..."You take a country where the overwhelming majority are not going to become terrorists, and you go in and say, 'We're building you a hospital so you don't become terrorists.' That doesn't make much sense," said National Security Council staffer Pradeep Ramamurthy.

Ramamurthy runs the administration's Global Engagement Directorate, a four-person National Security Council team that Obama launched last May with little fanfare and a vague mission to use diplomacy and outreach "in pursuit of a host of national security objectives."

Just curious but who exactly are our troops fighting in Afghanistan? A militant splinter group of the Knights of Columbus?

So much for the reality based Spock like Obama. This guy has an amazing willingness to ignore the facts when they don't suit his narrative. He's constantly going on about how nuclear weapons don't serve Iran's goals. Funny thing is, the Iranians have made it clear they do just that. Inconvenient facts don't get in the way for these clowns.

None of this is surprising given that in his Cairo speech Obama said

And I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.

Funny but I can't find that in my copy of the Constitution but whatever. I'd be more willing to deal with his little campaign to fight "negative stereotypes of Islam" if he would also deal with the realities of it as well. Instead he's going to continue with his fictionalized version of the world.

This isn't just some fun tweak at Obama, this stuff matters. Democracies fight reluctantly and generally want out as quickly as possible. We've been at this going on 9 years now and it's hard to keep people focused at the best of times. By mushing up the reasoning behind our actions and the continued sacrifices of our troops and their families, Obama makes it harder for the nation to continue to bear the necessary costs, financial and more importantly in terms of casualties, that come with this fight.

Also, our armed forces are all volunteers. While there are many reasons people sacrifice to serve our nation, clearly defending it is an important part of their choice. If people are going to continue to volunteer to fight wars, they need to understand why and who they are fighting.

I have no doubt our troops know exactly who they are fighting and it must be discouraging for them to hear their Commander in Chief so disconnected from their realities.

Related enough...Muslim students have at one Texas college have a deletion they would like made from their diplomas.

A group of students at Trinity University is lobbying trustees to drop a reference to “Our Lord” on their diplomas, arguing it does not respect the diversity of religions on campus.

“A diploma is a very personal item, and people want to proudly display it in their offices and homes,” said Sidra Qureshi, president of Trinity Diversity Connection. “By having the phrase ‘In the Year of Our Lord,’ it is directly referencing Jesus Christ, and not everyone believes in Jesus Christ.”

Qureshi, who is Muslim, has led the charge to tweak the wording, winning support from student government and a campus commencement committee. Trustees are expected to consider the students’ request at a May board meeting.

Trinity College? Trinity? That rings a bell, give me a second. Oh right...it's a Christian term that describes the nature of God. And look here, the college does in fact have a religious heritage.

Trinity's name reflects its Christian origins and the three regional Cumberland Presbyterian governing bodies that supported its institutional organization.

I'm sure those origins have long since been ignored, no doubt all in the name of diversity. Funny how 'diversity' and cultural understanding is pretty much a one way street.

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