Eric Holder, Fox News, And Islamic Terror

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Eric Holder is emblematic of the problem we have in not being able to effectively address- much less, confront- the increasing barbarity of ISIS. Holder has more scorn and condemnation for those he considers to be the political enemies of the Obama administration than he does for the evil personified by ISIS.

At the National Press Club, Holder said this-

“We spend more time, more time, talking about what do you call it, as opposed to what are you going to do about it. I mean really, if Fox News didn’t talk about this, they would have nothing else to talk about, it seems to me. Radical Islam, Islamic extremism, I’m not sure an awful lot is gained by saying it. It doesn’t have any impact on our military posture. What we call it doesn’t have any impact on the polices we put in place. The terminology, it seems to me, has little to no impact on what ultimately we have to do.”

Imagine that- a news organization that actually acknowledges its journalistic responsibility not only in telling the truth, but holding a presidential administration accountable.  Eric Holder- and Barack Obama- would have a much easier time implementing their agenda and fleecing the country if they only had to answer questions from a media that share their ideological world view and refused to challenge them.

That said, Holder had the temerity to blame FOX News for this problem? Really?  What an embarrassment he- and the Obama administration- continues to be.

Time and again, Eric Holder displays the kind of abject stupidity and arrogance that has come to characterize the Obama administration in general, but particularly the unserious, haphazard response or strategy- if one can call it that- in dealing with the threat of ISIS.

Mr. Holder, the reason so much breath is given to discussing the proper labeling of ISIS, Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban is precisely because you- and the rest of the Obama administration- continue to petulantly twist yourselves into moral and intellectual puzzles trying to disassociate Islam from terror. In other words, you don’t spend enough time talking about ‘what you call it.’ That’s the point. Your boss has pathetically referred to them “vicious zealots” and their acts as “violent extremism,” among other semi-ambiguities, completely and intentionally unattached to the theological and religious impetus for their evil savagery.

Further, aside from refusing to refer to these aforementioned groups as Islamic terrorists, you refuse to label their acts specifically as Islamic terror. For the love of God- the so-called conference currently convened is a summit on how to “counter violent extremism,” without regard to the obvious focal points of that violence and extremism- specifically, Islam and terrorists.

This is not only naive and irresponsible, but it’s also extremely dangerous as a must-read Atlantic article pointed out. How can the kind of evil that Islamic terrorists represent be actively and effectively fought if it’s not accurately acknowledged and identified? Mr. Holder, what you ‘call it’ has a tremendous impact on, and has everything to do with what you ‘ultimately’ do to fight it. But more to the point, if terminology truly doesn’t matter, then why the extreme disinclination by you and members of the Obama administration to call it exactly what it is? Prove your own point.

That Holder and by extension, Barack Obama- part of the self-anointed, political intelligentsia of the Left- would rather put more energy into bashing and blaming FOX News(emblematic of their political adversaries) for their ever-increasing inadequacies and failures, rather than putting energy into confronting the existential threats facing our country, decreases our safety and should be a concern for everyone.

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Eric Holder Should Resign, But Won’t

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The calls for Eric Holder’s resignation are not only increasing, they’re growing louder- and for good reason.  Holder has been an extremely divisive individual since his 2009 “nation of cowards” speech at a Justice Department event marking Black History Month.

Since then Eric Holder has-

-made a race-based decision and refused to prosecute Minister King Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson of the New Black Panther Party for its role in intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling station during the 2008 elections;

-sued the state of Arizona in 2010 (and to a certain extent, was successful) to prevent the state from enforcing SB 1070, an anti-illegal immigration law that attempted to do at the state level with the federal government refuses to do at a national level;

-pressured the Defense Department to charge “soldier of Allah” Major Nidal Malik Hasan as a terrorist after he murdered 14 and wounded more than 30 at Fort Hood, while screaming “Allahu Akbar.” Holder (and the Obama administration) characterized the massacre as an episode of “workplace violence” rather than one of domestic terrorism;

-announced that the DOJ would no longer  defend DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) in court cases brought against the act, claiming that to do so was “unconstitutional”;

-implicated himself in the “Fast and Furious” gun walking scandal that led to the deaths of border patrol agent Brian Terry and ICE agent Jaime Zapata (not including the lives of Mexican citizens lost due to this program). As a result, Holder was held in contempt of Congress for obstruction- refusing to release information regarding the Fast and Furious operation which eventually led president Obama to invoke Executive Privilege regarding said documentation (and in the minds of many, implicated himself in the knowledge of such operation);

-possibly perjured himself by lying under oath during his testimony before the congressional committee investigating his involvement in acquiring a search warrant that allowed his department to search the email and phone records of a FOX News reporter.  Holder told the committee, under oath, that he wasn’t in any way involved only to have evidence surface shortly after that contradicted his sworn statement and confirmed his active involvement in obtaining that warrant.

That Eric Holder has steadfastly refused to resign considering these blatant infractions, or that the president hasn’t “accepted Holder’s resignation” (meaning forced him out) speaks tremendous volumes regarding the moral character of both men.

To be blunt, AG Holder is a rigid ideologue who is a prevaricator who purposely peddles deception; that his dishonesty is saturated in arrogance is particularly unpalatable.

But, as it pertains to president Obama, his silence and lack of public condemnation of Holder’s actions- up to and including the fact he hasn’t dismissed Eric Holder (or for starters, Lois Lerner and Doug Shulman [Steven Miller’s resignation was pre-planned] regarding the IRS’ specific targeting of conservatives and conservative organizations) may be indicative that Obama knew exactly what’s been ongoing at DOJ and the IRS.  Meaning, people in both departments were demonstrating ideological and personal loyalty to the president by following his orders- which is a glaring reason why Obama hasn’t fired them.

Or, it may imply that he didn’t know what was going on with the DOJ and IRS but doesn’t see much wrong in what Holder, Lerner, Shulman et.al have done and thus, his silence equates to passively supporting or condoning the actions and activities of those involved.

Either way, it’s an extremely poor but accurate reflection of the president’s character, personally, but also further discredits his administration when it comes to what they say and do.