Many Americans, including this one, believe Barack Obama’s emotional attachment to the Muslim world has hurt the USA.
There is no question that the Obama administration's greatest failure is allowing the Islamic terror group ISIS to run wild, murdering thousands of innocent people all over the world, including many Muslims.
Mr. Obama has never acknowledged this mistake, nor does he define the ISIS threat accurately.
That group is killing innocent people in order to impose a radical version of Islam on the world. The jihad is solely based on theology, perverted as it may be.
President Obama, as we all know, will not even use the words Islamic terrorism.
Again today when telling the nation that America will maintain eight-thousand troops in Afghanistan, the president did not accurately describe the situation there, putting forth that it was more about politics than Islamic terror.
OBAMA: “That is why the United States will continue to strongly support an Afghan-led reconciliation process and why we call on all countries in the region to end safe havens for militants and terrorists.”
But they are not just militants and terrorists. They are Islamic-driven killers who protected al Qaeda before 9/11.
Yet the president does not define the terror issue clearly.
Barack Obama’s father, who abandoned his family, was a Muslim who eventually turned atheist.
Then his mother married another Muslim, moving young Barry Obama to Indonesia, where he was exposed to the Islamic world even though he did attend a Catholic school in first grade.
According to his half-sister, Barack Obama attended his half-brother's wedding in the early 1990s. Malik Obama was a Muslim.
The Factor has obtained pictures allegedly from that wedding, which we believe was held in Maryland.
Details on the ceremony, the exact location, and whether the reports that Barack Obama was the best man are difficult to verify at this point.
What we can tell you with certainty is that Barack Obama has deep emotional ties to Islam.
June 4, 2009 – Cairo, Egypt
OBAMA: “As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and the fall of dusk. As a young man, I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith.”
Now, to some extent, I can identify with President Obama on the religion issue.
As a Roman Catholic, I was appalled when the priest-pedophilia scandal broke.
There is absolutely no excuse for the Catholic Church covering up many horrendous crimes.
However, like Mr. Obama, I do make the distinction between the faith and the people who abuse it.
Nov. 13, 2002
O’REILLY: “The church is not the men who run it. The church is the abiding theology behind the doctrine of Jesus. And the country is the abiding philosophy behind the Constitution. And I think, if everybody understood that, you could put it into perspective.”
But here's where I depart from the president. I went after the American leaders of the Catholic Church with a vengeance.
April 5, 2002
O'REILLY: "As we now know, the leaders of the Catholic Church in America covered up the sexual abuse, at least some of them did. It's my opinion that Cardinal Law in Boston could be arrested and charged with criminal negligence in the matter. Remember, Law admits transferring pedophile priests to places where they had continuing contact with children."
May 3, 2002
O'REILLY: “American have a right to demand, and I mean demand, that their authorities take care of Cardinal Law, not the Pope, that American authorities take care of a man who aided and abetted the molestation of American children. We have the right, every American citizen, to demand that this Cardinal Law is removed. It's way beyond just Catholics.”
Law was eventually removed but then given a cushy job in Rome - another embarrassment for the Catholic Church.
Barack Obama should do what I did - aggressively call out those who abuse the Muslim faith, who commit atrocities under a religious banner.
He should make defeating the jihad a central issue and stop trying to diminish Islamic terrorism by avoiding the simple truth - radical Islam is a direct threat to the entire world.
Whether they live in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria or Africa, it is Islamic killers who are the central problem on this planet.
President Obama should acknowledge that today and begin to correct his mistakes.
And that's the memo.