Or Muslim. Muslim would be good, too. Either one.
See what the New York Post did with its cover?
They put a blindfold on the Prez. Witty. I would’ve gone with an ostrich cartoon myself, but OK. Blindfold’s funny. They’re laughing on Staten Island. They’re rolling around their desks at Fox News.
The ever calm and sensible right wing is convinced that if the President of the U.S. would only call the Islamic terrorists Islamic terrorists, a great blow would be struck against the enemy. ISIS would wilt. “OMG,” the Isisians would cry. “They’ve found out! Who gave us away? Find the traitor!”
And Americans would finally wake up to the fact that those Middle Eastern guys who call themselves the Islamic State and yell “Allahu Akbar” when they behead people are really Muslims, and not the Mormons and Scientologists they’re so easily confused with.
Of course there’s a problem with a policy whereby U.S. leaders go out of their way to denounce the entire Islamic religion: eventually we’d piss off every single Muslim in the world—not just the millions who already hate us, but all 1.6 billion of them. That’s 23 percent of the world’s population.
But, hey, who needs allies among the Muslims? Who needs Iraqis, Kurds, Saudis, Turks, Egyptians, Qataris, et al to help us fight ISIS when we could just ship over another couple of million American kids to spend a decade or two in the desert getting killed, maimed and post-traumatically stressed?
What, take advantage of fissures in the Muslim world to help us in the war against terrorism? Nah? Who needs that? Not us.
Better to give in to simple-minded, blind rage and scream that all Islam is evil and must be eradicated. Because there’s a big advantage in doing that. Which is, namely, um…
I mean there’s a good, logical reason that Obama should do Islam bashing rather than just terrorist bashing, and that reason is very simply that er…
Well, I’m sure the righties will get around to explaining it sooner or later. I mean there has to be a reason, right?