Remember when Obama said he didn’t want to meddle in local issues? Besides the arrest of a college professor friend of his, a state legislature passing a law, etc. Those local issues aside, he didn’t want to step into the debate over the Ground Zero Mosque. Until of course he did. And immediately wished he hadn’t.
Now he’s finally found a safe one to weigh in on. Here’s his message to Terry Jones. Not the insane British comedian, but the insane American “pastor” who plans to burn a bunch of Korans on 9/11 to prove something or other:
If he’s listening, I just hope he understands that what he’s proposing to do is completely contrary to our values of Americans. That this country has been built on the notions of religious freedom and religious tolerance. And as a very practical matter, as commander of chief of the Armed Forces of the United States I just want him to understand that this stunt that he is talking about pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women in uniform who are in Iraq, who are in Afghanistan…
This is a recruitment bonanza for Al Qaeda. You know, you could have serious violence in places like Pakistan or Afghanistan. This could increase the recruitment of individuals who’d be willing to blow themselves up in American cities, or European cities.
Putting aside the obvious point about book-burning never being a good idea, you might notice that this is the same message Imam Rauf is now sending: Muslims are a peace-loving folk, so you’d better not insult them or people are gonna die. Hey, I’m not the one saying it. These genuises are.
Oh, and Sarah Palin is also against it. I’m sure people will find a problem with that too.
P.S. Drew at Ace of Spades: “Interesting that Obama is willing to discuss the wisdom (or lack thereof) in burning Korans but won’t say what he thinks about the wisdom of building the GZ mosque.”
P.P.S. Never mind?