Written by Laurie Higgins
Last night President Barack Obama, always the fudger-in-chief, played fast and loose with the phrase “act of terror.” This was just a continuation of the deliberate word game he started playing in the Rose Garden the day after the Benghazi attack.
He’s playing on two different but similar sounding phrases. Professor David Norte has written about the distinction between “acts of terror” and “acts of terrorism.” President Obama, likely knowing that the Benghazi attack was an act of “terrorism” but not wanting the public to know that, because it would undermine his carefully crafted image as a fearless foe of Islamic extremists who effectively cedes—I mean leads—from behind.
The Aurora, Colorado theater shooting was an act of terror; the attack on Benghazi was an act of terrorism.
Now President Obama can use his squishy language, his dishonest and deliberate substitution of “terror” for “terrorism” for political cover.