Lo! and Behold! The pressure finally got to them.
The President has finally issued a statement on the shooting by a radical Muslim terrorist of Army Private William Long and Corporal Quinton Ezeagwula. The full statement:
“I am deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence against two brave young soldiers who were doing their part to strengthen our armed forces and keep our country safe. I would like to wish Quinton Ezeagwula a speedy recovery, and to offer my condolences and prayers to William Long’s family as they mourn the loss of their son.”
Now, first and foremost, I don’t for one second believe that this statement comes from the President. The President is in Egypt, apologizing for colonialism and a failure to properly understand Islam. He didn’t take time out of his schedule to craft this statement, and that’s understandable. My guess is that most of these statements are written by staff and approved by the man in charge, including the statement about the murder of George Tiller.
Nonetheless, the statement is pure Obama: mealy-mouthed, insufficient, and 100% insincere. Let’s compare this statement with the one he approved for the murder of George Tiller:
- He is “shocked and outraged” by the murder of an abortionist. He is “saddened” by the murder of a U.S. Army private and the wounding of a Corporal. While I am glad to see his righteous anger over the shooting of Tiller, I was hoping the shooting of Long and Ezeagwula would inspire more than a frowny face.
- The murder of Tiller is a “heinous act of violence.” The murder of Long is “senseless.” For the record, according to Webster’s dictionary this means that the murder of Tiller was “hateful, odious, abominable, or totally reprehensible” and the shooting of Long and Ezeagwula was “nonsensical” or, perhaps, “stupid or foolish” or maybe “unconscious.” Most likely, they were going for “meaningless.” Isn’t this the President who once lectured us that “words count”?
- The Tiller statement comes complete with a paternal lecture about the need to resolve our differences. The Long/Ezeagwula statement comes with an offer of condolences.
The murder of George Tiller was a heinous act of violence, and it is rightfully deplored by people of good conscience everywhere, whether they are on the pro-life or pro-choice side of the argument. But the shooting of Private Long and Corporal Ezeagwula was far from “senseless.” It was a planned crime of hatred against the Army and against America itself by a man whose only regret seems to be that there weren’t more soliders nearby to kill. It was an act of jihad by a convert to Islam. Private Long and Corporal Ezeagwula are casualties of a war that was launched against the United States. A failure to recognize that fact, and declare the facts loudly and publicly, does not speak well of this President.
I’m glad the President is outraged by the Tiller murder. I am, too. I just wish he’d saved some outrage for those who have sworn oaths to destroy us, even if they only managed to kill one and wound another.
But then, that might not go over so well on his current Kumbaya tour of the Middle East.