The White House has issued “guidelines” to government officials on how best to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 massacre. As is the standard for the Obama administration, these guidelines are a dictatorial, presumptuous and dumb-ass edict.
In a pair of communique’s to government offices in the U.S. and abroad, the administration gives “instructions to honor the memory of those who died on American soil but also to recall that Al Qaeda and other extremist groups have since carried out attacks elsewhere in the world, from Mumbai to Manila.”
According to the New York Times:
The death of Osama bin Laden was viewed as reason for officials to “minimize references to Al Qaeda.” While terrorists affiliated with Bin Laden’s network “still have the ability to inflict harm,” the guidelines say, officials are to make the point that “Al Qaeda and its adherents have become increasingly irrelevant.”
As is far too often the case with the Barack Obama White House, a potentially well-meaning action is hammered into a stupid, politically correct publicity nightmare.
Remember when George Bush was supposed to be the dumb one? Welcome to the new record holder.
Although the effects of terrorism as a global menace is certainly a monumental issue for humankind, it hardly needs a remembrance. September 11 is America’s day of mourning and resolve. It should NOT be used as another opportunity for Barack Obama to act the internationalist. As the President of the United States, he should be concerned about Americans. He should be speaking to our history, our pain, our anger and our future.
Even, so, in recognizing the global reach of terrorism, the White House message says; “We honor and celebrate the resilience of individuals, families, and communities on every continent, whether in New York or Nairobi, Bali or Belfast, Mumbai or Manila, or Lahore or London.”
Notice anything? Alliteration notwithstanding, shouldn’t the world’s most terrorized nation have been noted? Where is Israel?
But even more distressing is the notion that we consider al Qaeda “irrelevant.” Isn’t that most curious? While Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano is warning Americans about Americans as terrorists, we’re supposed to disregard al Qaeda?
Barack Obama is implicitly claiming to have defeated al Qaeda because Osama bin Laden is dead!
So… why do we still have troops in Pakistan and Afghanistan?
Disregarding – or even “minimizing” – al Qaeda is akin to leaving the Japanese out of Pearl Harbor history or forgetting about the Germans during Holocaust remembrances. For a man who has no problem blaming his predecessor for everything from bad weather to missed putts, this mandated memory lapse is an(other) attempt to craft history to fit a political agenda.
That agenda is to continue his all-but-stated policy to diminish the United States.
As for history, methinks it a good idea to make Barack Obama and his adherents increasingly irrelevant.