Don’t con­fuse wish­ful think­ing with the truth

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - David Lim­baugh

The apos­tle Paul said: “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doc­trine. In­stead, to suit their own de­sires, they will gather around them a great num­ber of teach­ers to say what their itch­ing ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Ti­mothy 4:3-4).

In­deed, this gen­er­a­tion is loath to tol­er­ate not only bib­li­cal doc­trine but also other truths. Pres­i­dent Obama tick­les the world’s ears with prom­ises of hope, change, peace, har­mony, di­ver­sity, plu­ral­ism and “tol­er­ance,” but in too many cases, he has al­lowed truth to be­come a ca­su­alty — and more than a harm­less ca­su­alty. Nowhere was that more clearly demon­strated than in his speech in Cairo to the Mus­lim world.

Many judge Mr. Obama’s speeches, not to men­tion his poli­cies and ac­tions, on his high­sound­ing rhetoric and pro­fessed good will. They ig­nore his ob­vi­ous er­rors and con­tra­dic­tions, dup­ing them­selves into be­liev­ing that sup­pos­edly good in­ten­tions alone will trump facts and re­al­ity and in­su­late us from the neg­a­tive con­se­quences that will flow from his dis­tor­tions.

In his Cairo speech, Mr. Obama, as usual, served up a plen­ti­ful smor­gas­bord of plat­i­tudes suf­fi­cient to ap­peal to the ap­petites of al­most every­one (ex­cept, notably, our stead­fast ally Is­rael). His idol­aters in the main­stream me­dia obe­di­ently praised him for his “hon­esty” in trashing Amer­ica and for his equal-op­por­tu­nity soft­ball scold­ing of the Mus­lim world.

Newsweek’s Evan Thomas even likened him to God — not a god, but God. Many con­ser­va­tive com­men­ta­tors sim­i­larly bent over back­ward to heap guarded praise on him, ap­par­ently un­able to muster the courage to warn of the dan­gers in­her­ent in Mr. Obama’s skewed vi­sion without throw­ing in the re­quired adu­la­tion.

In­stead of join­ing the syco­phants’ cho­rus, we must il­lu­mi­nate Mr. Obama’s in­tel­lec­tual and moral fuzzi­ness, un­der­stand­ing that al­though clar­ity isn’t nec­es­sar­ily what peo­ple want to hear — es­pe­cially in mat­ters of such global im­port — hear it they must.

I ask you: Does it serve the cause of world peace or of Amer­ica’s na­tional se­cu­rity for Pres­i­dent Obama to as­sume the role of the world’s leader in- stead of his con­sti­tu­tional role as U.S. pres­i­dent and com­man­der in chief?

Did it ad­vance th­ese causes when Mr. Obama painted the United States as the pri­mary an­tag­o­nist to world peace; dis­torted the his­tory on the re­birth of Is­rael by sug­gest­ing it was born of Euro­pean guilt over the Holo­caust rather than from an in­ter­na­tional man­date pre­ced­ing the Holo­caust by decades; man­u­fac­tured a myth­i­cal moral equiv­a­lence be­tween the Pales- women’s rights; stated that “Is­lam is not part of the prob­lem in com­bat­ing vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism,” even though we’ve seen so lit­tle con­dem­na­tion of ter­ror­ism from moderate Mus­lims and we’ve seen plenty of Jew-hat­ing in­doc­tri­na­tion in Mus­lim madras­sas; ex­cised from his vo­cab­u­lary the terms “ter­ror­ism” and “ter­ror­ist”; pledged to re­lax over­sight of Mus­lim char­i­ta­ble giv­ing in the U.S. while com­pletely ig­nor­ing the real dan­ger of ter­ror­ist able be­lief that it rep­re­sented a threat to the Mid­dle East and the United States; in­dicted Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush for fail­ing to use diplo­macy and build an in­ter­na­tional coali­tion against Iraq, even though Mr. Bush most cer­tainly did; ego­tis­ti­cally promised Iraqis that we make no claim to their land or re­sources de­spite the fact that we man­i­festly never have be­fore; fla­grantly omit­ted our phi­lan­thropy, hu­man­i­tar­ian aid and lib­er­at­ing mil­i­tary ac­tions in fa­vor of Mus­lim peo­ples; pre­sumed to cas­ti­gate, yet again, his own coun­try for en­gag­ing in en­hanced in­ter­ro­ga­tion tech­niques, which in­dis­putably saved in­no­cent Amer­i­can lives — a fact he con­ve­niently ig­nored — and which he has no prob­lem call­ing “tor­ture,” though many strongly dis­agree with that char­ac­ter­i­za­tion; grossly ex­ag­ger­ated the num­ber of Mus­lims in Amer­ica, in keep­ing with his dual false state­ments pre­ced­ing the speech that the U.S. could be con­sid­ered “one of the largest Mus­lim coun­tries in the world” and that “we do not con­sider our­selves a Chris­tian na­tion”?

Mag­nan­i­mous rhetoric has its place, but we can­not achieve peace and se­cu­rity with wish­ful think­ing and false­hoods.

David Lim­baugh is a na­tion­ally syndicated colum­nist.

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