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Obama’s speech

Transcript of speech at NY Times

1. In addition to killing whites, the terrorists killed blacks, Latinos and Asians, reflecting the wonderful diversity of the United States. This diversity gives us strength.

2. The killers “had gone down the dark path of radicalization, embracing a perverted interpretation of Islam that calls for war against America and the West.” Even though Farook memorized the Koran and I am an apostate who never opened the Koran since I was a little kid growing up in Indonesia, I know better than him what the true meaning if Islam is.

3. I killed Osama bin Laden, something that Bush was never able to do.

4. I admit that Fort Hood, Chattanooga, the Bostom Marathon and San Bernardino were terrorist attacks.

5. Everyone else calls them ISIS, but frankly I’m a lot smarter than everyone else. That’s why I call them ISIL.

6. My policies have been perfect for the last seven years. Thus we don’t need to change anything we are doing. Perfect policies, remember?

7. But let me tell you about how much that Bush guy screwed up. He invaded Iraq and by doing so, not only did he set up the circumstances whereby ISIS was created, he also got thousands of troops killed. No way am I going to make his mistake and send more ground troops to the Middle East. No way, Jose.

8. I’m not going to talk about immigration in my speech because the stupid redneck white xtian people are xenophic and evil, like little Hitlers. But we are not going to change anything about our immigration policy either. We will continue to allow people from problem Islamic countries such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to move here. And in fact, after this speech ends, I’m going to go back to trying to get Congress to admit even more Syrian refuges.

9. But one thing we do need to change is that we need more gun control. I know that those stupid redneck white xtian people really love their guns, but it’s insane that someone on a terrorism watch list can just go to a store and buy a semi-automatic assault rifle with a huge clip full of bullets.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 7, 2015 at 7:18 AM

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  1. You should get a Twitter account. Your short and snarky commentary would go over well there.


    December 7, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    • Eh. Mickey Kaus lost a lot of his steel when he switched over to Twitter. He seems incapable now of constructing thoughts longer than 140 characters.


      December 7, 2015 at 10:20 AM

      • Mickey is much older than Lion and probably overwhelmed by the challenge of mastering a new media format. Lion would do just fine on Twitter. The question is probably more whether he wants the sort of fame a popular Twitter account can generate given he only does this as a hobby and tries not to have it bleed over in to his personal and professional life too much. Also, many of the most popular Alt-Right folks on the Twittersphere are openly anti-semitic and he might not want to swim around in that muck even if he were willing to accept the increased attention.


        December 7, 2015 at 11:56 AM

      • “Also, many of the most popular Alt-Right folks on the Twittersphere are openly anti-semitic and he might not want to swim around in that muck even if he were willing to accept the increased attention.”

        Is that ever true. It’s revolting.


        December 7, 2015 at 5:11 PM

      • He might serve as a bridge between the alt-right and mainstream right.


        December 7, 2015 at 7:20 PM

  2. “He [Bush] invaded Iraq and by doing so, not only did he set up the circumstances whereby ISIS was created, he also got thousands of troops killed. No way am I going to make his mistake and send more ground troops to the Middle East.”

    Actually, the only thing I can respect Obama for is that he hasn’t sent troops into these various pointless hell holes. Though he ramped up troops in Afghanistan for no good reason; the media never reminds anyone that far more troops died in Afghanistan under Obama than under Bush.

    And yes, invading Iraq was a mistake. So Team Obama doubled and tripled down on it by destabilizing Libya and Syria while trying hard as hell to create chaos in Egypt. To say nothing of meddling in Ukraine.

    If you simply leave these Middle Eastern countries to their own devices while allowing ZERO immigration from these places, then America doesn’t have a terrorist problem.


    December 7, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    • The trouble is even if you started zero immigration today they are already here, and in every other Western country . But of course we shouldn’t be letting more in.


      December 7, 2015 at 11:14 AM

      • “The trouble is even if you started zero immigration today they are already here, and in every other Western country.

        That door swings both ways. I know people say, “But.. but.. we can’t!”

        Sure we can. Just do it.


        December 7, 2015 at 1:18 PM

      • “The trouble is even if you started zero immigration today they are already here, and in every other Western country . But of course we shouldn’t be letting more in.”

        True, of course. What I really meant was if we had zero Muslim/Arab PRESENCE in America, then we would have no terrorist worries, at least not on our soil. But we can’t even get anything remotely like border control or immigration restrictions, much less some kind of expulsion plan going. That’s never going to happen unless there is a total political coup in America and some kind of uber-Nationalist party takes over. Which will never happen in my opinion. I know some on the alt-right think it possible, but I’m not one of them.


        December 7, 2015 at 1:27 PM

    • Invading Iraq was not a mistake given that Cheney’s Haliburton had its drilling contracts there.


      December 7, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    • Quite a number of readers here, do not understand that our elites love immigrants, the same way they like NAMs, where they can exploit them and get rich in the process, because they are gullible. Meriprolestan constantly needs fresh blood, in order status strivers and those already with status, can continue to pursue their exclusive good life.


      December 7, 2015 at 1:31 PM

  3. “… but it’s insane that someone on a terrorism watch list can just go to a store and buy a semi-automatic assault rifle with a huge clip full of bullets.”

    I do not hold a law degree from Harvard, like Obama, but doesn’t this present obvious due process problems?


    December 7, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    • But hey, that new rule would have stopped all the mass killers who were on the terrorism watch list, like… hmmmm…. oh wait, never mind, it wouldn’t have stopped any mass atrocity.


      December 7, 2015 at 11:30 AM

      • Exactly! If somebody on the watch list bought a gun and killed with it, they would trumpet that. Of course, that would leave them open to the question, “This watch list, it doesn’t involve any watching does it”?


        December 7, 2015 at 6:45 PM

  4. Twice Obama, or more likely his speech writers, let slip expressions that controvert Obama’s Islamophilic, God-damn-America attitude.

    First, by calling fundamentalist Muslims perverts (“embracing a perverted interpretation of Islam”).

    Second, by parroting Ben Carson in acknowledging some interpretations of Islam are incompatible with Western values (“those interpretations of Islam that are incompatible with the values of religious tolerance, mutual respect, and human dignity”).

    Mark Caplan

    December 7, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    • “those interpretations of Islam that are incompatible with the values of religious tolerance, mutual respect, and human dignity”

      That’s what Islam is. Take out those parts and there’s nothing left.


      December 7, 2015 at 1:20 PM

  5. Thanks for the summery. I couldn’t bring myself to watch the jug eared Mohammedan.


    December 7, 2015 at 10:34 AM

  6. Terrorism is a military/political/criminal tactic. It can never be “defeated”. There will always be some new group that will come along to use the tactic. Declaring war on terrorism is like declaring war on ambushes.

    We are not at war with terrorism, we are at war with some Sunni political groups that are currently trying to seize control of areas in Iraq and Syria (and will probably as much of the Middle East as they can).

    Until WW I the middle east was under the control of the Ottoman empire, although it’s “control” was rather loose. The British occupied Egypt and the Ottoman rulers just ignored it and pretended it was still under their control. The Ottoman empire was a Caliphate. The rulers of the Ottoman empire were also the heads of the Islamic faith.

    At the end of WW I the Ottoman empire collapsed and the British and French divided up control of the middle east. The countries there today are largely the creation of the British and French. They set up secular governments for these colonies when they gave them independence. These governments generally did not last, and were overthrown by dictators in most cases. The dictators generally continued the practice of secular government.

    The Muslim Brotherhood and similar groups have been seeking to replace the secular governments with Islamic governments.

    Frankly, it is not unusual following the collapse of an empire, like the Ottoman empire, for there to be a period of instability, perhaps lasting several hundred years, while nation states reform in the territory formally controlled by the empire.

    The Muslim Brotherhood and groups like al Qaeda wanted to overthrow the secular dictators in Egypt, Syria and Iraq as well as the King in Saudi Arabia. There attempts had been brutally put down in all those countries. The leaders of al Qaeda felt they had failed in all those countries because the governments were supported by Western countries, who provided them with military aid. The al Qaeda strategy was to attack the USA in such a big, spectacular terrorist attack, that the USA could be lured into invading Afghanistan and would get bogged down in long guerrilla war as the Soviets had. This would lead to a western withdrawal from the Middle East, and groups like the Muslim Brotherhood could finally come to power throughout the region.

    Bush just did not understand that while Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator with a record of invading neighboring countries, he was also keeping Sunni extremist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood in check. Bush naively thought that democracy was the answer for the Middle East, but Hamas won democratic elections in the Palestinian territories, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and Shia parties aligned with Iran won control of Iraq. The blow back from the invasion of Iraq has turned much of the Middle East into failed states under the control of various militias and guerrilla groups.

    If there is anything we should have learned from the Iraq war, it is invading a Middle East country without a realistic plan for how to control the county afterwards, is folly. The only militarily effective allies we have in Syria are the Kurds, and they have no interest in controlling Syria. The Kurds are just trying to defend their territory. Of the groups that could actually control Syria, Assad is probably the lesser evil. Assad is allied with Iran and Russia, so it is unlikely the US would ever support him, but all the other choices are worse.


    December 7, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    • “we are at war with some Sunni political groups”

      We’re not exactly lip-locked in a bromance with the Shia of Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah.

      Mark Caplan

      December 7, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    • great comment


      December 7, 2015 at 2:37 PM

  7. Isis is the name of a Egyptian goddess I think, but more importantly it was the incantation during the super-power transformation of the female star of a superhero-ish live-action Saturday morning kids show in the 70’s. I think you are around my age (50) so I’m surprised you are apparently not aware of this. And my guess is Obama or some on his team know of this and that’s why they call this group ISIL instead of ISIS, so as not to unknowingly give them any accidental cool points.


    December 7, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    • I remember the mighty Isis.

      But the reason Obama uses ISIL is because he thinks it’s an acronym of a more genuine translation of what the organization used to be called in the Middle East, before they changed the name to just the Islamic State.

      People may have interpreted the sentence as being snarky, but there really is no good reason for Obama using ISIL instead of what everyone else calls it except that he thinks it makes him sound more international and cultured.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      December 7, 2015 at 1:18 PM

  8. I love this word ‘radicalised’. It is at best morally neutral and vague about the process by which Muslims come to desire the violent death of their neighbours, and at worst it gives the impression that radicalisation is something that has been done to Muslims, unbidden, as if ‘radicalisation’ were a mugger that was lurking down some dark alley ready to force himself on some peace-loving, innocent Muslim–‘aah, somebody help me! I’m being radicalised!’

    My favourite use of it so far was on a report on BBC news, that described Mr and Mrs Farooq as ‘radicalising each other’ as if it they were describing something that consenting Muslims do with each other in bed. ‘Ooooh, Syed! I want you to rip this bag of my head and radicalise me, radicalise me harder than you’ve ever radicalised me before!’

    prolier than thou

    December 7, 2015 at 1:35 PM

  9. For all you guys bashing Islam, you do realize that Islam is the only force really resisting multiculturalism and feminism, right?

    I vastly prefer Islamic immigrants to Latino immigrants because the Islamic ones quickly turn to terrorism and completely alienate their host populations. If America had 11+ million illegal Muslims instead of that number of illegal Latinos, the anti immigrant movement in America would be much more popular.

    Otis the Sweaty

    December 7, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    • To praise Islam because it ‘resists Multiculturalism and Feminism’ is to lose sight of why conservatives critisise these ideologies in the first place: the whole point is that we think that these things are bad for our societies and bad for Western civilisation; which are worth preserving. To use Islam as the cure for the sickness of feminism would be like the Australians importing cane toads in order to control the cane beetle population, resulting in more species being wiped out by the cane toad.

      In fact it may be that Feminism/liberalism and Islam wind up in the same place with regards to women and relations between the sexes anyway: the eradication of monogomy and its relative co-operation and partnership within marriage, in favour of the submission of women into a polygamous harem ruled by dominant alpha males. Certainly, it is monogomy and the space it finds for the beta male that is one of our defining, enduring and most successful characteristics. And these are features that Islam opposes openly, and some have argued Feminism opposes furtively. I haven’t read it yet, but maybe this is the way Michel Houellebecq sees things in his novel ‘Submission’.

      Islam is not the cure for Western sexual decadence, but rather its culmination. Islam is poles apart for Christianity in this regard: rather like liberalism, Islam makes no effort to rein in the sexual appetites of men, nor sees them as something that can be morally corrupting, degrading or socially harmful, except in the crudest sense of violating property rights. I always find it rather surprising when Priests and Pastors say that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Can you imagine Jesus offering his faithful the reward of sex slaves in paradise?

      In any case the idea of using immigrants as some kind of electoral and demographic battering ram is very left-wing in itself. The left are happy to use such Total War tactics against Western society because they do not care if it is destroyed in the process. That’s the point. We are hamstrung by the fact that we cannot descend to their level because there would be no point winning a battle only to lose the thing you’d been fighting to save.

      prolier than thou

      December 7, 2015 at 3:32 PM

      • “I always find it rather surprising when Priests and Pastors say that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.”

        What are the names of some of these priests and pastors?


        December 7, 2015 at 4:30 PM

      • I’ve heard a Russian Orthodox priest say that Muslim’s paradise is Christian’s hell. Spot on.


        December 7, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    • Some prof wrote a book called “Jihad against McWorld”, saying just that. Then came 9/11.

      I think there are better ways to oppose cultural decadence.


      December 7, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    • You’re like those French anti-Semites who welcome Muslims in because they’ll get rid of liberal Jews. (Alain Soral, I’m looking at you.) The cure is worse than the disease.

      Islam is conservative, sure, but much more anti-Christian (at least in the extreme forms that seem ascendant) and likely to take things in a direction conservatives have no stomach for. Maybe you don’t want gay marriage, but throwing gay people off the roof? Maybe you think we should be tough on crime, but cutting people’s hands off?

      You can practice Christianity in Sweden. You can’t in Saudia Arabia.


      December 7, 2015 at 7:24 PM

      • SFG: Those French anti-semites are smart. Unlike most jew haters who are idiots.

        When you have identified a group as your number one enemy, you do everything you can to go after that group. Smart Jew haters support Islamic immigration because they know that Islamic populations are the only peoples who will ever wage war against the Jews. Stupid Jew haters oppose Islamic immigration because they are delusional enough to believe that they can get white people to “wake up” and start Holocaust II.

        Anyway, here are my problems with the Islam bashing:

        1. Most Muslims do not support anti-Western terrorism. They supported 9-11 but that was because of US support for Israel and was kind of a one time thing. The reality is that most muslims are secular and do not want to live under Sharia law. Yes, a large minority of religious Muslims do support anti Western terrorism but that doesn’t change the fact that the overwhelming majority do not. That is particularly true of the more educated and intelligent Muslims that we have in America.

        2. Even Muhammad Ali said that you do not attack a man’s faith. You can attack his looks, intelligence, heritage or even his family but you don’t say something about his religion. And before you say “what about you bashing Christianity?”, I have never bashed Christianity. I have bashed American Christians because they want to increase the black and hispanic population of the US by 10s of millions (which they call being “pro life”). I would never call their faith stupid, I call they themselves stupid.

        3. When you bash Islam, you are implying that non Muslim immigrants are okay, at least relevent to the Islamic ones. They aren’t. Hispanic immigrants are vastly worse than Islamic ones because they don’t alienate their host populations the way Muslims do.

        4. In this era of globalization the reality is that Islam stands like a rock against the forces of feminism and multiculturalism. If you are against equality for women then you have to admit that Islam has done some good work.

        5. This isn’t relevant to the non Jews here, but I think most posters here are Jewish anyway, but Muslims really aren’t that hostile to Jews. They hate Israel but don’t care much about Jews. If the entire Arab world was Christian instead of Muslim the hate for Israel would be exactly the same but the Arabs would be a lot smarter (since they wouldn’t all be marrying their cousins) and they would be much more sympathetic to the rest of the world.

        6. Islam presents 0 threat to the West. Yes a minority of the Islamic world wants to conquer the West but they have no means of doing so. They can only launch terrorist attacks because of mass immigration, otherwise they are bottled up and a threat only to their own people.

        Otis the Sweaty

        December 8, 2015 at 7:03 AM

      • Islam poses a huge long-term threat to the West if we let them move here, or if we let them acquire nuclear weapons, and we are failing both counts. And Muslims of today do hate Jews. And women in burkas is not a useful way to fight back against feminism.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 8, 2015 at 8:59 AM

      • Otis might have been reading my comments on Firepower to make his points.

        A complete failure of Germany’s Neo-Nazis, who exclusively target 3 million Turkic immigrants as their victims, but won’t touch one of their 2 million African negros on their soil.


        December 8, 2015 at 1:03 PM

      • Which is more of a detriment long term in Meriprolestan? Islamic extremism or the liberal diatribe of subsidizing and exploiting NAMs at the expense of the White demographic?


        December 8, 2015 at 1:05 PM

      • I’ve met several Frenchmen who happened to have Jewish ancestry from Montreal.

        They told me that they want to leave the city and head down to New York City for a new life, because it’s better for them. NYC is bigger and Jews feel safer, because it was always a “Jewish” city and it’s much easier to be anonymous. Furthermore, and most important, Montrealites, which includes their North African demographic, are quite anti-semitic.


        December 8, 2015 at 1:12 PM

  10. No fly list is different from the terrorism watch list. The terms have been used interchangeably by the public and even some officials, but they are different lists. Names placed on the terrorism watch list are vetted and placed there by intelligence agencies (quasi-due process). The No fly list is not vetted and have been found to many false-positives (no due process). Obama wants to use the no fly list, I wonder why.


    December 7, 2015 at 2:14 PM

  11. Cruz up big in Iowa. Stupid Christians continue to ruin the country.

    Otis the Sweaty

    December 7, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    • Garbage poll. Trump will carry Iowa comfortably.

      Andrew E.

      December 7, 2015 at 2:50 PM

  12. Ha ha ha! Spot on!

    Two in the Bush

    December 7, 2015 at 2:19 PM

  13. Trump just called for a possible ban (probably temporary) of all Muslims entering the U.S. I tuned into the 6:30 network news shows and almost all the reporters, etc. were beside themselves. I thought Martha Raddatz was doing a WWE smacktalk routine against Trump during her report.


    December 7, 2015 at 6:53 PM

  14. You know, this guy Obama is beginning to suck so much I think he may be turning into a black hole. Maybe we can all chip in for a ticket for him on his next month long vacation. I’m thinking Malaysia, with a domestic airline. This is CNN.

    Joshua Sinistar

    December 7, 2015 at 11:40 PM

  15. imwtk-

    “What are the names of some of these priests and pastors?”

    Where have you been for the last fifty years?!

    Vatican Two proclaimed as much in Lumen Gentium:

    “But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place amongst these there are the Muslims, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us adore the one and merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind”

    Justin Welby has said similar things for the Anglicans, as have many Vicars. You could quite easily google this stuff yourself-

    prolier than thou

    December 8, 2015 at 2:15 PM

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