The Obama Administration is notorious for its refusal to link terrorism with Islam in any way, shape or form and have banned terms such as Islamic terrorism.
Evidently, heads of state aren’t allowed to utter those words in the same sentence.
During a bilateral meeting between President Obama and French President Francois Hollande in DC today, the White House saw fit to silence the audio during Hollande’s use of the term “Islamist terrorism” and even the English language interpreter saw fit not to translate those words.
Outside of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, no Western head of state understands the Islamist nature of terrorism better than President Hollande given the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, Hyper Cacher and, of course, the attacks in Paris last November.
So Raul Castro can say Cuba has no political prisoners while standing beside President Obama and the White House doesn’t bat an eyelash. But President Hollande must not speak of the religious ideology that has wrought so much death and destruction to the country he leads while in Obama’s imperial presence.
Obama is not willing to use the words “Islamist terrorism”, but is perfectly willing to silence other world leaders who see things differently as if to wish the problem away. But denying the obvious only makes it stronger and that much harder to defeat.