Either the Obama administration has the worst intelligence gathering on the planet — which is possible — or they’re refusing to acknowledge what everyone already knows. In the Orlando terrorist attack, religion played a major role in the killer’s motivation. Instead, Obama chose to simply call it “homegrown extremism.”
“As far as we can tell right now, this is certainly an example of the kind of homegrown extremism that all of us have been so concerned about for a very long time,” Obama said at the White House, adding that law enforcement officials were still investigating the precise motivation of the killer.
The president noted that groups including al-Qaeda and ISIS use “perversions of Islam” to generate hate against gays on the internet, but appeared reluctant to say that the shooter was acting on his faith.
Obama followed the comment with an apparent stab at Christianity.
“That’s something that the LGBT community is subject to not just by ISIL but by a lot of groups that purport to speak on behalf of God around the world,” he said.
Unfortunately for Obama, his word isn’t final. This terrorist attack wasn’t “homegrown,” it was a direct response to the growing influence of ISIS around the world. Considering the president is unwilling to admit that, it’s unlikely we can expect anything to be done while our current commander in chief occupies the White House.