Trump Admin. Plays “Guess Who the Enemy Is” at 9/11 Remembrance

Trump Admin. Plays “Guess Who the Enemy Is” at 9/11 Remembrance

It’s pretty hard for a president whose signature campaign phrase was “radical Islamic terror” —a phrase he used countless times—to get through a 9/11 commemorative speech without once using the words “Islam” or “Islamic.” But President Trump managed to do it, as did his top brass: Vice President Pence, Secretary of Defense Mattis and Attorney General Sessions. All of them used every term possible to keep America guessing just whom they were talking about when describing the murderers of thousands in the heart of New York City. That’s particularly egregious because we face the very same foe today, from without and within our nation. Trump is not the first president to conceal our would-be conquerors There’s a history of presidents protecting this enemy from the American people, rather than the other way around. President George W. Bush had executed a comparable feat only six days after the event in question. On September 17, 2001, shoeless, facing TV cameras at the Islamic Center of Washington, he told a devastated nation that “Islam is peace.” He stood next to the likes of Nihad Awad, a longtime advocate for Hamas and the executive director of CAIR. President Bush was the first to purge his government of words about Islam: From an NBC report of an April 24, 2008, AP article: Federal agencies, including the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Counter Terrorism Center, are telling their people not to describe Islamic extremists as “jihadists” or “mujahedeen,” according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Lingo like “Islamo-fascism” is out, too. U.S. officials may be “unintentionally portraying terrorists, who lack...