He said he had been briefed about the shootings and said, “We don’t know yet all the details. We know that what appears to be a lone gunman carried out these attacks. We’ve identified a name. And at this point, a full investigation is taking place. The FBI will be in the lead, working closely with local law enforcement.”
The name of the “lone gunman” was Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old who spent about seven months in Jordan this past year. But Obama would not say the name nor broach any hint that the motive was Muslim extremism.
The shootings took place at a military recruiting center and a Naval Reserve Center, where all the Marines were unarmed, just as in Fort Hood six years ago. There have been eight attacks on military facilities in those six years.
The Wall Street Journal noted that officials are now trying to determine if Abdulazeez linked up with militants during the trip. Though the FBI tracks suspected supporters of the terror, sources told WSJ that this guy was not on their radar.
Also on Thursday, Obama extended “warmest wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the world celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr. As Muslims mark the end of the month, they are reminded that Ramadan …”
In a speech in February Obama downplayed the threat of radical Muslims and claimed with a straight face: “Here in America, Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding. Generations of Muslim immigrants came here and went to work as farmers and merchants and factory workers, helped to lay railroads and build up America.”
What is woven into the fabric of our founding is the Marines battling the Barbary pirates on the shores of Tripoli.
As Charles Krauthammer points out, Obama always downplays the threat of radical Islam. It is like a phobia with him.
Mr. Mitchell publishes the 4TH ST8 Blog at www.4thst8.wordpress.com.
This column was originally published on Mr. Mitchell’s blog.