Author Salman Rushdie–against whom Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued a death fatwa in 1989 because of his book “The Satanic Verses”–says that it is a miskake for President Barack Obama not to use the term “Islamic terrorism.”
“It’s a mistake that the president is making to not use the term Islamic terrorism,” Rushdie said Wednesday during a question-and-answer session hosted by New York University’s Washington, D.C. Academic Center.
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Obama’s comments drawing an analogy between the jihadist militant group Islamic State, also known as ISIL, and the comic book villain portrayed by Heath Ledger in Christopher Nola’s 2008 film The Dark Knight, appear in a long-form piece exploring in depth the president’s foreign policy legacy, which The Atlantic published online Thursday.
The cover story by the magazine’s national correspondent Jeff Goldberg, titled The Obama Doctrine, will appear in print in The Atlantic’s April issue.
White House aides speaking to The Atlantic recalled how in meetings Obama would talk about a key scene in the Batman film as a way of explaining his view of ISIS and its role in the region.
Obama had been scheduled appear at the popular annual interactive celebration in Austin, making him the first sitting president to speak at the gathering, but will not alter his plans to attend the funeral, The Daily Caller reported.
White House officials later confirmed the report. Reagan’s funeral on Friday is by invite-only, and arrangements had been finalized before her death, leading many to believe that Reagan herself declined to invite Obama.
First Lady Michelle will instead attend Reagan’s funeral, before joining her husband at the festival, which drew 80,000 attendees last year. Also in attendance will be Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Reagan passed away Sunday at the age of 94 after suffering from congestive heart failure. She had been deteriorating health for many years. Reagan, known as an influential and protective first lady, was perhaps most famous for spearheading the “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign.
The Obama administration is coming under pressure to explain why it cleared for release a former Guantanamo Bay prison camp inmate who has become a senior Al Qaeda operative since being released from American custody.
Ibrahim al Qosi, a former Gitmo inmate who the Obama administration released to Sudan in 2012 after clearing him as a low-level risk, has recently reemerged as a top leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, according to congressional leaders.
The Obama administration has released as many as 37 inmates from Guantanamo since 2015 as it pursues an effort to shut the prison down; as many as 17 detainees were freed in January alone. Fewer than 100 inmates remain imprisoned at the facility.
Al Qosi’s appearance in a new series of al Qaeda propaganda videos has prompted backlash on Capitol Hill from lawmakers who accuse the administration of not properly vetting inmates as it rushes to shutter Gitmo.
“The transfer of terror detainee Ibrahim al Qosi from Gitmo to the Sudanese government has resulted in a new frontman for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and reminds us that no facility in the world can detain terrorists as securely as Guantanamo,” Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) told theWashington Free Beacon on Thursday.
The administration needs to explain why they would transfer al Qosi and two other known terrorists to Sudan, a state sponsor of terror,” Kirk said.
Senior Pentagon officials have admitted to Congress that at least 30 percent of the detainees freed from Gitmo have rejoined terrorist groups.
It is illegal for the Obama administration to transfer any Gitmo detainees into the United States, according to measures included by Kirk and other lawmakers in the 2016 omnibus spending bill. The administration also is barred from constructing any facility on U.S. soil meant to house these inmates.
“I’ll do more in one year, I will do more for the African-American people in one year than Barack Obama has done in his seven year, soon to be eight years. And then, by the way, he’s out, and thank goodness,” he added.
Trump also suggested he would win over a surprising number of Democrats in a general election.
“By the way, we’re going to have a tremendous crossover vote, you watch,” he said. “But you know what? We’re going to have a tremendous crossover vote. People have no idea.”
People don’t know I’m a unifier,” Trump, the GOP front-runner, said at a rally in Myrtle Beach, S.C. “You know, Barack Obama, African-American. If I were African-American, I would be so angry at him.”
Trump said black unemployment has gone up under Obama’s watch.
“African-American youth has an almost 60 percent unemployment rate,” he said. “African-American people that are 25, prime-time age, 25 to 40, have such a high unemployment rate, you wouldn’t believe it. It’s gone up and it’s gotten worse since he’s been president.”
Live report from the RNC Winter Meeting
Along with several important agenda items regarding rules and delegates, of key interest will be a resolution on the impeachment of Barack Obama.
Guests include Sen. Rand Paul, Larry Nichols and Norm Singleton.
There are no plans to address this issue,” Psaki told CNN. “He’s tracking this closely, he’s following this closely but the state of the union will not be about this issue.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan urged Obama to “update the American people” on the situation.
US officials confirmed two Riverine boats were tracked in the territorial waters of Iran near Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf after a launch from Kuwait. The Pentagon said a mechanical problem with one of the boats caused them to drift into Iranian territorial waters.
Iran reportedly confiscated GPS equipment from the boats.