As is so often the case, conservative talking heads are claiming that President Obama is being silent on an issue about which he has, in fact, spoken out several times. This time it’s the horrifying treatment of Christians by ISIS in Iraq, which they are pretending Obama hasn’t addressed at all. Here’s Mark Levin:
LEVIN: We’re waiting for your speech, Mr. President. We’re waiting for your speech in which you draw the attention of the world to the slaughter of Christians. We’re waiting for your speech condemning the IslamoNazis who are doing it. And yet we don’t hear it. Why is that? You interject yourself in all kinds of things. You just interjected yourself in Ferguson, Missouri. For better or worse, you did. You interject yourself when some basketball player announces that he’s gay. Well, good for you. You interject yourself on all kinds of things, mostly small, but sometimes big. But what about monstrous things? Why are you silent? Why are you absolutely silent when it comes to the genocide of Christians? ‘Excuse me, I’ve sent water, I’ve sent bombs’ — you haven’t spoken out. A little hit-and-run press thing, a little statement before you get on a helicopter on your next vacation. I’m not talking about that. You know how to give a big speech, draw the attention of the world, prime time, night time. Why won’t you do it? And he won’t do it.
Here’s Tony Perkins:
And here’s Obama when he announced the bombing raids against ISIS:
PERKINS: Well, Martha, I’d have to say, why have not been hearing from our own administration about this? I mean, we just saw the president in this last weekend, when he did authorize the airstrikes, and make reference to the Yazidis as a potential case of genocide. This genocide has been occurring now for months as it pertains to Christians, and the president still can’t bring himself to say that Christians in this region of this world, dating back to the most continuous oldest Christians communities in the history of Christendom, are being systematically killed. The president can’t bring himself to say that. Something is wrong, Martha. Something is terribly wrong.
OBAMA: To stop the advance on Erbil, I’ve directed our military to take targeted strikes against ISIL terrorist convoys should they move toward the city. We intend to stay vigilant, and take action if these terrorist forces threaten our personnel or facilities anywhere in Iraq, including our consulate in Erbil and our embassy in Baghdad. We’re also providing urgent assistance to Iraqi government and Kurdish forces so they can more effectively wage the fight against ISIL.
Second, at the request of the Iraqi government — we’ve begun operations to help save Iraqi civilians stranded on the mountain. As ISIL has marched across Iraq, it has waged a ruthless campaign against innocent Iraqis. And these terrorists have been especially barbaric towards religious minorities, including Christian and Yezidis, a small and ancient religious sect. Countless Iraqis have been displaced. And chilling reports describe ISIL militants rounding up families, conducting mass executions, and enslaving Yezidi women.
And here he is two days later:
OBAMA: We will continue to provide military assistance and advice to the Iraqi government and Kurdish forces as they battle these terrorists, so that the terrorists cannot establish a permanent safe haven.
We will continue to work with the international community to deal with the growing humanitarian crisis in Iraq. Even as our attention is focused on preventing an act of genocide and helping the men and women and children on the mountain, countless Iraqis have been driven or fled from their homes, including many Christians.
And there’s more. But that won’t stop them from continuing to play pretend. It’s what they want to be true; ergo, it is true. Even if it isn’t.