Pseudo-intellectual Dinesh D’Souza joined Janet Mefferd last week to promote his much derided anti-Obama movie 2016, where he once again made the erroneous and unfounded argument that Obama refuses to pursue “Muslim jihadists” because he “views those guys like freedom fighters,” deliberately ignoring the long list of senior terrorists killed under Obama’s leadership. According to D’Souza, Obama only approved the killing of Osama bin Laden because the Al Qaeda leader “came to our country to knock down a bunch buildings” and is “just a gangster, he’s like an international serial killer.” The President continues to sympathize with other terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan, D’Souza states, even though Obama increased the US troop presence in Afghanistan along with the number of attacks on militants in Pakistan.
D’Souza: You know, Obama’s been boasting, certainly he deserves credit for the bin Laden operation, remember the bin Laden operation is different from than these Muslim jihadists in Iraq or Afghanistan or even the Palestinians in Israel, I think Obama views those guys like freedom fighters, fighting to liberate their country from US occupation. But bin Laden is not defending his own country, he came to our country to knock down a bunch buildings and so from Obama’s point of view he’s just a gangster, he’s like an international serial killer. So there’s no inconsistency with calling Obama an anti-colonialist on the one hand and yet saying he approved the bin Laden killing on the other.
The filmmaker also told Meferd that Obama is “actively supporting” a “bid by the radical Muslims” to create an Islamic caliphate. D’Souza also said that Obama has sidelined Egypt’s military in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood aligned president, not mentioning that his administration just offered $1.5 billion to Egypt’s military for defense cooperation. D’Souza even claimed that Obama considers the US to be an “evil” world power: “So for [Obama], it’s not Iran that’s a bad guy, it’s not North Korea, we’re the bad guy, and he sees his job amazingly as one of containing the United States. I think he believes in American exceptionalism, he just thinks that we’re exceptionally evil, we’re the guys that need to be controlled.”
D’Souza: I think what we’re seeing is very troubling, we’re seeing a real bid by the radical Muslims to do something that they haven’t done in 400 years which is to attempt to restore Islam as a global power and they see an opportunity to do this thanks to the Obama administration’s complete abdication of responsibility, one by one our allies are falling in the region, one by one our adversaries are coming to power, and Obama doesn’t just seem unbothered by this he seems to be actively supporting it.
Mefferd: He does. I compared his statement in both written and on TV with what Mitt Romney did today. What a difference, Romney expressed we are Americans, we stand for freedom of speech, we will not tolerate that sort of thing; we didn’t hear that language from Obama, which really dovetails with what you said in 2016, he’s not that mad about it perhaps.
D’Souza: No, there are some people, and some conservatives too, who think Obama’s an amateur, he’s a blunderer, he doesn’t know what he’s doing, and you can say all right a year and a half ago when he supported the democracy movement in Egypt he thought it might result in a pro-American government in Egypt, but now he can see very clearly that no, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate won the presidential election, they won the parliamentary election, the bottom line of it is that Egypt is moving into the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood. What does Obama do? So right now there’s a power struggle going on between the military and the Brotherhood, and Obama is clearly on the side of the Brotherhood, he’s telling the military, ‘hey guys, you better turn over power or the US is going to cut off aid.’ So Obama is actively accelerating the transition of power in Egypt into the hands of the largest organization of radical Islam in the world.
Mefferd: A lot of listeners will hear you say that Dinesh and ask, why would Obama want an Islamic caliphate to come to power?
D’Souza: Well I think for Obama there is a simple goal: reduce the global power of the United States, in other words, reduce America’s footprint in the world. Why? Not because Obama is a traitor or a secret Muslim or something, rather he wants to reduce America’s footprint in the world because he feels that we’ve been stepping on the world. So for him, it’s not Iran that’s a bad guy, it’s not North Korea, we’re the bad guy, and he sees his job amazingly as one of containing the United States. I think he believes in American exceptionalism, he just thinks that we’re exceptionally evil, we’re the guys that need to be controlled.