Now Al Qaeda is racist? Next up, we accuse them of sexism!
I am not sure whether Obama is dumb enough to believe this, or simply hopes his audience is dumb enough to believe it. But in this YouTube age, our media-savvy Pres has to know that he can't deliver laugh lines to South African television without seeing them echo all over the world.
And I am thinking abut the Christmas Day Underpants Bomber as I read this:
Explaining the president's comment, an administration official said Mr. Obama "references the fact that both U.S. intelligence and past al Qaeda actions make clear that al Qaeda -- and the groups like al Shabaab that they inspire -- do not value African life. The actions of al Qaeda and the groups that it has inspired show a willingness to sacrifice innocent African life to reach their targets."
This can be seen, the official said, in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, when hundreds of Africans were killed and thousands wounded.
"Additionally, U.S. intelligence has indicated that al Qaeda leadership specifically targets and recruits black Africans to become suicide bombers because they believe that poor economic and social conditions make them more susceptible to recruitment than Arabs," the official said. "Al Qaeda recruits have said that al Qaeda is racist against black members from West Africa because they are only used in lower level operations."
Mr. Underpants was a black Nigerian Muslim whose father was one of the wealthiest men in Nigeria.
Someone could ask the White House whether Al Qaeda recruits wealthy blacks to kill white Americans and poor blacks to kill black Africans - that might be racist, too.
And until Al Qaeda puts a woman in a senior leadership role the sex discrimination suit remains in our arsenal.
I AM JAVERT LOOKING FOR THIS: Someone, somewhere had an essay deploring the Obama Administration's absurd insistence that Al Qaeda recruits were motivated by poverty rather than religion; that would tie in nicely here. [This Daniel Pipes essay ends by deploring the Administration likage of poverty and terror, so it might be the one I remember.]
And why is it that with Obama it is jobs, jobs, jobs when the subject is Al Qaeda but health care when the subject is the US economy?