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The Language of Losing
Steyn Online, by Mark Steyn

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Posted By:Judy W., 9/13/2017 7:39:34 AM

As some of you know, on yesterday´s Clubland Q&A I discussed why, for the first time since we launched SteynOnline in 2002, we did not re-post material from September 11th 2001 and the days that followed. As I put it: If this is a war, there´s no agreement on what we´re up against: Terrorism? Islamic terrorism? Islamic extremism? Islam? Whatever it is, a president who, on the campaign trail, mocked his predecessor´s inability to use the words "radical Islam" himself eschewed all mention of the I-word today. September 11th 2001 was supposedly "the day everything changed" - if by "everything changed"

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Posted with staff permission. The is the best 9/11 article this year, maybe ever, putting us face to face with the grim truth that our leaders, including Donald Trump, are not up to doing what needs to be done to fight the real threat.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/13/2017 7:54:58 AM     (No. 11381840)

Is someone censoring the administration’s messages? President Trump, Mattis?

Surely THAT is not Kelly’s idea?

This writer at American Greatness wrote on a similar theme, posted yesterday:

“Debasing the Memory of 9/11”

http://www.lucianne.com/thread/?artnum=922588

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/13/2017 7:56:51 AM     (No. 11381842)

[…]putting us face to face with the grim truth that our leaders, including Donald Trump, are not up to doing what needs to be done to fight the real threat.

It will take more than the absence of some specific words from a memorial speech to prove that to me.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: thelmalou, 9/13/2017 8:44:07 AM     (No. 11381894)

Should be a Must Read.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: thelmalou, 9/13/2017 8:44:45 AM     (No. 11381895)

#1/#2 - McMaster.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Highlander, 9/13/2017 10:00:41 AM     (No. 11382014)

Steyn´s observaton about "safe havens" confirms my cynicism about how we and the Brits are kicking butts in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq, while our people are getting slaughtered on our own soil. Whenever I read about islamists being killed in those middle-eastern dust-pits, my reaction is, "so what?" How about we kill these islamists in our own backyard?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MDConservative, 9/13/2017 10:43:09 AM     (No. 11382071)

The "War on Terror" continues because it serves as domestic political boob bait, and it whizzes money into pockets around the globe, including those of the "terrorists". This is what the public gets for demanding "war" rather than results, accepting stalemate and excuses rather than decisive and violent victory over a bunch of third-world savages. But, let´s double down...we´re gonna kill terrorists THIS TIME. Yeah, uh huh.



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Reply 7 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 9/13/2017 11:00:40 AM     (No. 11382085)

I think this is the first Mark Steyn piece I was unable to finish. (I could still be sleepy.) I agree that words have meaning and Zero’s utter inability to string “Islamic” and “Terrorism” together was a deliberate act to deflect blame from the true perpetrators. However, not correctly identifying and speaking about our enemy in blunt and clear terms was a presidential standard set by GWB. You could say that the sins of W’s administration include deliberately defining the Scourge of the West as “the religion of peace,” whitewashing the culpability of the Saudi’s, and being enamored with nation building. In hindsight we can see that GWB’s supposed disdain for “nation building” during his 2000 campaign was just another Deep State lie.

I’m willing to give President Trump some leeway on his 9-11 remarks, not specifically identifying Islam, due to our current toxic political environment. September 11th evokes strong emotions in those of us who witnessed that horrible day, and I submit that President Trump did not want to push enemedia hot buttons on a day of memorial that should be free of political rancor. He has the unenviable job of turning around public perception that has been manipulated and propagandized for 16 years. Let us see whether or not he again uses “Islamic Terrorism” and continues his education of the citizenry to the true threats against our country.

MAGA – Timing is everything.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: crimea river, 9/13/2017 2:24:22 PM     (No. 11382327)

Should be a must read...
So it´s both reasonable and necessary to distinguish between Muslims - between the ones who want to kill you no matter what, and the ones who might be more flexible on that point.

Nobody presents the truth as well as Mark Steyn.

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