Body pol­i­tics

White House ter­ror­ist pol­icy dic­tated by pan­der­ing to Is­lam

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

The re­lease of stolen emails from pri­vate se­cu­rity firm Stratfor has reignited the con­tentious is­sue of the dis­posal of Osama bin Laden’s body. The mis­sives pub­lished on­line on Feb. 29 in­cluded up­dates from Stratfor staff as bin Laden’s body was re­moved from Pak­istan. One of the emails said it was headed to the Armed Forces In­sti­tute of Pathol­ogy in Bethesda. The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced that his mor­tal coil was dis­posed of at sea “in con­for­mance with Is­lamic pre­cepts and prac­tices.”

The truth re­mains that Amer­i­cans still have very few de­tails about the fate of bin Laden. Pres­i­dent Obama has in­sisted on keep­ing pho­tos and video of the hated ter­ror­ist’s body and burial clas­si­fied de­spite Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act (FOIA) re­quests re­quir­ing some type of re­lease. “You’ve got the pres­i­dent bend­ing over back­wards to keep these pho­tos out of the public do­main in­stead of fol­low­ing the law be­cause he’s afraid of of­fend­ing the ter­ror­ists,” Ju­di­cial Watch Pres­i­dent Tom Fitton told The Washington Times.

Ju­di­cial Watch’s law­suit seek­ing CIA records of bin Laden’s corpse and its dis­posal is wait­ing for the court to ei­ther sched­ule a hear­ing or rule in the case. At stake is an im­por­tant prece­dent. To be de­cided is whether a pres­i­dent is al­lowed to se­lec­tively pick and choose which laws to fol­low. “The per­sonal predilec­tions of the pres­i­dent have been sub­sti­tuted for the law and FOIA,” Mr. Fitton ex­plained. “I hope the court doesn’t buy into the idea that we throw out our trans­parency law be­cause ter­ror­ists might be­come anx­ious about pho­tos.”

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s fear of of­fend­ing Mus­lims borders on patho­log­i­cal. Four of­fi­cial apolo­gies have been ren­dered for the burn­ing of Ko­rans de­faced with ex­trem­ist mes­sages at Ba­gram mil­i­tary base in Afghanistan. That didn’t quell Tal­iban-in­cited mob vi­o­lence or pre­vent the loss of at least 30 lives, in­clud­ing six sol­diers. Rather than get­ting tough with en­force­ment and dou­bling up se­cu­rity pro­ce­dures, Mr. Obama’s con­clu­sion was Amer­ica needs to get out of Dodge. “The sit­u­a­tion with the Ko­ran burn­ing con­cerns me,” he said Tues­day. “I think that it is an in­di­ca­tion of the chal­lenges in that en­vi­ron­ment, and it’s an in­di­ca­tion that now is the time for us to tran­si­tion.”

Mr. Obama claimed that Afghan Pres­i­dent Hamid Karzai “ac­knowl­edged” the vi­o­lence against Amer­i­can per­son­nel was un­ac­cept­able. Left un­said was the hu­mil­i­at­ing fact that Amer­ica’s mea cul­pas were not met with re­cip­ro­cal apolo­gies for the mur­der of our sol­diers. Worse, Mr. Karzai is us­ing the in­ci­dent to gain lever­age in ne­go­ti­a­tions for con­trol of the prison at the mil­i­tary base where the books were burned to strengthen his stand­ing with the Tal­iban. That’s an omi­nous sign for a coun­try whose fu­ture Amer­ica has spent so much time, trea­sure and blood to se­cure.

Afghanistan is be­ing lost on Mr. Obama’s watch. His pan­der­ing to Is­lamic sen­si­bil­i­ties is rightly per­ceived as a sign of weak­ness by our en­e­mies. The pres­i­dent needs to start fol­low­ing the laws of this coun­try and stop let­ting for­eign ex­trem­ists dic­tate U.S. pol­icy.

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