OBAMA AND TERRORISM….The Cornerites are in such an apoplectic frenzy over Barack Obama’s Berlin speech that I’m almost afraid of being hit by a barrage of spittle flecked pixels if I head over there again before they’ve calmed down. In the meantime, though, how about this from Byron York?
It’s a small passage from Obama’s Berlin speech, but this formulation, common in some circles, grates on some ears, like mine:
The terrorists of September 11th plotted in Hamburg and trained in Kandahar and Karachi before killing thousands from all over the globe on American soil.
Yes, the victims were from all over the globe — places like Brooklyn, and the Bronx, and Manhattan, and Queens, and Staten Island, and New Jersey — all over. And most were Americans, weren’t they?
This is crazy. Obama was in Berlin. He was trying to connect with a European crowd. He was trying to convince those Europeans that the fight against terrorism is their fight too. Isn’t that a good thing? Isn’t that a point that conservatives try to make all the time? What better way to make it?