Cons: Why Won’t Obama Say What He Already Said?

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:

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.

And here’s Obama when he announced the bombing raids against ISIS:

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.

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  • rationalinks

    Why won’t you talk about Obama not talking about what he has already talked about several times, Ed? Your silence about your lack of silence is telling.

  • Artor

    I am reminded of John McCain skipping the hearings on Benghazi, so he could scream that he hasn’t been getting any information about Benghazi. But the dipshits know none of their constituents listen to Obama’s speeches, and only get their info from the echo chamber, so they’ll never be called on their bullshit by the people who already have Kool-Aid stains on their lips.

  • raven

    One of the more visible victims in the middle east, partly due to US actions are…xians!!!

    1. Thanks to George Bush, our fundie president, half of all Iraqi xians are now exiled or dead. The rest aren’t doing so well either, fleeing for their lives from Moslem fanatics, ISIS.

    These are probably the oldest xian communities in the world, the last of the Aramaic speakers, which is what jesus spoke.

    2. They aren’t doing so well elsewhere either. There are xian minorities in Egypt, Israel, Palestine territories, Syria, and Lebanon.

  • dingojack

    Ed – I read the headline:

    Cons: Why Won’t Obama Say What He Already Said?

    and thought is it convicts or conmen who are demanding that Obama speak?

    Then I realised you meant ‘conservatives’, then I realised how big an overlap there was in your implication and my inferences….

    :( Dingo

  • Dr X

    You just interjected yourself in Ferguson, Missouri.

    Shorter Perkins:


  • D. C. Sessions

    They may or may not believe that he didn’t say it, but they know that saying that he didn’t say it is politically useful.

  • dingojack

    Curiously, for a bunch of people so intent on pointing out the terrible humanitarian toll of religious persecution, how is it that Levin and Perkins are so silent about the events unfolding in western Burma?

    Wouldn’t be a case of ‘some animals are more equal than others’ would it?

    >:| Dingo

  • Dr X


    1. Thanks to George Bush, our fundie president, half of all Iraqi xians are now exiled or dead. The rest aren’t doing so well either, fleeing for their lives from Moslem fanatics, ISIS.

    Which can’t be said enough. This wouldn’t be happening but for the actions of George Bush, whose decisions led to the loss of 100,000 – 600,000 human lives including many Christians who have been killed. And Tony Perkins was a cheerleader for Bush.

  • colnago80

    Re raven @ #3

    Actually, Israel is the only nation in the Middle East where the Christian minority is actually growing, albeit slowly.

  • jason the cripple

    Yes, he mentioned the Christians, but he didn’t say, “OH MY GOD!!! THEY’RE KILLING CHRISTIANS!!! WE HAVE TO STOP THOSE EVIL TOWEL HEADS!!!”

    Until he says that, they won’t be satisfied.

  • tommykey

    I remember during the Bush years reading about how Iraqi Christians were fleeing the country because they no longer felt safe, but interestingly wingnuts back then were silent about it.

  • dhall

    The fundamentalist right wing hawks never quite get around to mentioning that many Palestinians are Christians either. But then, neither does the MSM.

  • somnus

    In reading the posted wingnut quotes and those of the President, I can see why they might actually think they’re telling the truth. The one even mentions that Obama acknowledged the slaughter of Christians in his addresses. What they’re mad about, apparently, is that he also acknowledged at the same time that ISIS was committing genocide against other people as well. They’re pissed that he didn’t single out only the Christian genocide as somehow special and inherently more awful than genocide against non-Christian sects.

    ISIS deserves condemnation for genocide against people. How you divide up those people is irrelevant to that simple, basic fact.

  • busterggi

    People who refuse to listen can’t distinguish between internal and external silence.

  • Area Man

    If Obama does speak out on the things they think he should speak out about, they just accuse him of being sanctimonious and insincere. There’s a formula for every situation, and it always results in outrage at Obama. So merely being wrong is a bit beside the point.

  • Pumako

    We’re waiting for your speech condemning the IslamoNazis who are doing it.

    There’s the issue. I’m pretty sure Obama has never even mentioned IslamoNazis in any of his speeches.

  • colnago80

    Well, despite the attitude of warmongers like McCain and Graham in the Senate and columnist Charles Krauthammer, the current strategy in Iraq seems to be working so far. The PeshMerga, assisted by elements of the Iraqi Army and operating under the umbrella of US Navy and Airforce aircraft (and kudos to the British RAF which has apparently joined the action), have, apparently, recaptured some towns in Iraq and the Mosul dam. Even Assad has been persuaded to attack elements of the ISIS in Eastern Syria with his airforce. Hopefully, the new Iraqi government will be able to undo the damage caused by Maliki’s incompetence.