Still a ‘com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer’ at heart

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - DAVID LAWRENCE New York

We elected Pres­i­dent Obama as a states­man and leader. We didn’t ex­pect him to be a psy­cho­an­a­lyst and a mock priest. But on April 5 he told Thomas Fried­man of The New York Times, “I think the big­gest threats that they face may not be com­ing from Iran in­vad­ing ... . It’s go­ing to be from dis­sat­is­fac­tion in­side their own coun­tries.” So ma­ni­acs are driv­ing them­selves to de­cap­i­ta­tions and cru­ci­fix­ions?

In the in­ter­view Mr. Obama hinted at the old shib­bo­leth that the sui­cide bombers on Sept. 11, 2001, were dis­en­fran­chised rather than fa­nat­i­cally at­tached to a sick ide­ol­ogy. He cited youths be­ing un­em­ployed and alien­ated. He said there is “a be­lief that there are no le­git­i­mate po­lit­i­cal out­lets for griev­ances.” Oops — where did this sim­plic­ity come from? That’s right, Mr. Obama was a “com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer.” He speaks psy­chob­a­b­ble and so­cial gar­gle. I guess Mr. Obama’s never heard of the 72-vir­gins-in-heaven prom­ise.

He frets to Mr. Fried­man over “how can we strengthen the body politic in th­ese coun­tries, so that Sunni youth feel that they’ve got some­thing other than [the Is­lamic State] to choose from.” He rat­tles on like he is Sig­mund Freud in­stead of Neville Cham­ber­lain. While you’re at it, Mr. Obama, why not pre­scribe rad­i­cal Mus­lims some Prozac so that they can get over their col­lec­tive ‘de­pres­sion’?

Our pres­i­dent also said in the Times piece that the best hope for demo­cratic change in Iran is through the ac­com­plish­ment of a fi­nal nu­clear deal. That’s like giv­ing Jef­fry Dah­mer a new set of den­tures to eat peo­ple.

The Ira­ni­ans must be split­ting their sides on this one. Mr. Obama is a riot. I only hope his in­com­pe­tency doesn’t lead to our last laugh.

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