The Obama Doctrine and the Judgment of History
According to Professor Joseph Loconte, Professor of History at The King’s College, President Obama dangerously misidentifies the source of this violence when he refers only to “violent extremists.”
What lies behind over a decade of suicide bombings, public beheadings, and the most recent murder of an English soldier in broad daylight? According to Professor Joseph Loconte, Professor of History at The King’s College, President Obama dangerously misidentifies the source of this violence when he refers only to “violent extremists.” The real threat, Loconte writes in the Huffington Post, is radical, political, Islamist terrorism.
“In his speech last week at the National Defense University,” Loconte writes, “Mr. Obama made no mention of the attack in London. His State Department declined to even describe the assault as an act of terrorism. Despite ‘a decade of experience to draw from,’ the president continues to dissemble about the religious source of this threat. Indeed, he can hardly bring himself to name it.” Instead, Obama uses politically convenient euphemisms like “extremists,” “radicalized individuals,” or “deranged or alienated individuals.”
This, Loconte argues, is a mistake. “…it is categorically clear that political Islam — at least as it is preached and practiced in the Middle East and elsewhere — lies near the heart of the terrorist threat,” writes Loconte. “After all,” he continues, “its adherents borrow Islamic imagery, quote from Islam’s sacred books, invoke an Islamic past and proclaim a beatific Islamic future: a transnational religious dictatorship, governed by the Quran.”
America’s enemies, Loconte concludes, are watching, and “In time, we will learn whether the Obama Doctrine puts the United States, and her allies, on the winning side of this epic conflict.”