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'Homegrown' nonsense: Words matter, Mr. President

| Thursday, June 16, 2016, 8:55 p.m.

Radical Islamic lunatics, whether affiliated with known terrorist cells or acting alone, have killed 91 people and have wounded at least 370 in the United States since Barack Obama swore his first oath of office. Yet in the aftermath of the latest and worst mass shooting in U.S. history, Mr. Obama sidesteps the radical Islam connection and dismisses the shooter as a “homegrown” extremist.

Unless the commander in chief drops the political correctness and focuses on the more difficult, disturbing instigation of recurring tragedy, as evident in previous Islamofascist attacks on U.S. soil during his presidency, nothing is going to change.

“This is certainly an example of the kind of homegrown extremism that all of us have been so concerned about for a very long time,” Obama said. Later, on his hesitancy to call it “radical Islam,” he said, “Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away. This is a political distraction.”

Excuse us, Mr. President, but your own FBI made plain that the shooter, Omar Mateen, exhibited “strong indications of radicalization” inspired by — dare we say it — Islamic terrorists. Yet the administration takes pains to avoid that nexus.

And after last year's San Bernardino attacks, the president ordered Homeland Security and the FBI to delete “jihad” from counterterrorism manuals, Investor's Business Daily reports. What was the Orlando massacre — if not a murderous jihad?

What provoked this terror is deliberate and focused. Obama's approach to it is neither.

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