President condemns Woolwich attack as ‘senseless violence,’ stands with UK against ‘violent extremism’

While Sweden’s “youth” were continuing to set portions of the country on fire and a British soldier was nearly beheaded in the streets of London amid chants of “Allahu Akbar,” President Obama was delivering an update on the nation’s war on terror. He warned that America and its allies must remain vigilant for signs of terrorism, noting that periodic attacks by local operatives would be the most likely face of extremism now that al Qaeda is on the run.

In a series of tweets, British Prime Minister David Cameron didn’t hesitate to call the machete attack that killed Lee Rigby an act of terrorism.

The United States, though, wasn’t as quick to use the “T” word. While the @barackobama and @whitehouse accounts were silent on the killing, the U.S. Embassy did condemn the attack.

The president issued an official statement reaffirming America’s alliance with Great Britain to oppose “violent extremism and terror” without specifically referring to the machete attack as terrorism.

I condemn in the strongest terms the appalling attack against a British service member in Woolwich on May 22. The United States stands resolute with the United Kingdom, our ally and friend, against violent extremism and terror. There can be absolutely no justification for such acts, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim, the police and security services responding to this horrific act and the communities they serve, and the British people. Our special relationship with the United Kingdom is especially important during times of trial, and I look forward to my trip to the United Kingdom to participate in the June G-8 Summit, hosted by Prime Minister Cameron, which will include discussions on the important global security challenges our countries face together.

  • Daniel Gilfillan

    I’m just relieved he hasn’t responded by going after somebody on Youtube. It can learn!

    • TJ

      Why go after some Youtube video when the EDL is “patrolling” the streets and there is someone making Facebook and Twitter posts that are offense to Islam to go after.

      • Elilla Shadowheart

        Yeah those people are much more dangerous then the two nutbags who were being watched for 8 years, and hacked a guy up in the street. Just think of the damages that those two people making facebook and twitter posts could have done.

        Why… sensibilities everywhere could be offended, much worse then someone losing their life.

        • Squirrel!

          PC is dangerous.

      • V the K

        David_Cameron: “We will never buckle to terror. BTW, I’ve arrested three Englishmen for offending Holy Islam. Allahu Akbar!”

        • TarHeeled67

          We have leaders trying to out-do Nixon in corruption and Carter in being weak. Now the Brits are trying to out-do Neville Chamberlain? SMH

    • Clayton Grant

      You give it too much credit.

    • TocksNedlog

      He can’t do that this time — the REAL killers ARE on YouTube!

    • RblDiver

      I’m sure he’ll blame Steven Crowder’s new vid soon enough, wait and see.

  • McCabe

    al Qaeda is on the run alright….straight at us.

    • Clayton Grant

      Soon as we’re disarmed, they’ll have free rein.

      • McCabe

        I hope they hold their breath.

    • V the K

      The arrest of the people who criticized Islam after the attack shows the dirty little secret: Terrorism works.

      • McCabe

        Terrorism is certainly working in the UK. They seem to be supporting it.

    • Elaine

      That’s the talking points they will continue to push so we will stop fighting them and let them have “their way with us.” This is so disheartening. Out military must feel great today, Memorial Day weekend. Obama and gang just cannot bring themselves to blame the Muslims for anything. Wonder what side they are really on?

      Yesterday Obama gave Congressional Medals of Honor to 4 little girls who died FIVE decades ago, but the Ft. Hood dead can’t get medals, because Obama refuses call their murderer a terrorist! Sorry, but that’s messed up and really sad the families can’t get benefits. Hassan, the Islamic Muslim murdering terrorist is still getting FULL PAY and benefits. Makes sense, like everything else right now…

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  • HARP2

    ‘senseless violence’

    If anybody knows senseless…it`s Obama.

    • Jeremy Buchanan

      Yeah him and his worthless thugs around him.

    • TugboatPhil

      It makes perfect sense. That is, if you have the sense to know that Muslims are savage killers and not to be trusted.

  • Jeremy Buchanan

    I wonder if Obama will blame a video on this inquiring minds want to know.

    • McCabe

      The Steven Crowder video about “Not Muhammad” comes to mind.

      • Jeremy Buchanan

        Yeah I can just picture somebody in the Obama Administration looking through Youtube.

        • McCabe

          I’m sure they do just that.

        • 3seven77

          There probably is somebody in this administration who is getting paid specifically to search YouTube for “useful” videos. The Scapegoat Czar.

          • McCabe

            I’m sure Obama’s Scapegoat Department has a staff of hundreds.

  • Rightturn

    Cameron only alludes to “this sickening killing” and vague references to “terrorism” and the need to not “buckle to terror.”

    How does this differ from President Obama mentioning “violet extremism and terror,” apart from who the speaker is?

  • Rightturn

    Twitchy writes, “[i]n a series of tweets, British Prime Minister David Cameron didn’t
    hesitate to call the machete attack that killed Lee Rigby an act of

    Since when does the mere use of the ‘T’ word qualify as calling the attack an act of terrorism?

    A little consistency would be appropriate here.

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  • ceemack

    What does he mean, “I” condemn? Much as it pains me to say it, when this man-child speaks on an international matter, he’s speaking for “us” as a country.

    It’s “We condemn”, you self-absorbed fool.

    • Secede

      The only important person to a narcissist is himself

    • gracepmc

      Hmmm, perhaps “we” need a spokesperson. One who knows we condemn terrorism for what it is when it happens.

    • Zach Smith

      Then in the next sentence it says “The United States”. Either he is conflating himself with the United States, or he is trying to distance himself from the official position of his own administration.

  • TocksNedlog

    That’s our president — politically correct, but never right.

  • Steve_J

    At least he didn’t refer to it as “work place violence”.

  • MarcusFenix

    My only concern is the length of time between the events and the Presidents’ condemnation…why did it take him that long?

    I know that question is incredibly rhetorical, but still.

    • detroit19

      He had to wait for the newspaper to be delivered so he could read about it.

      • TugboatPhil

        And he had to get back from the golf course too.

        • NRPax

          Then he had to meet with Valerie Jarret to confirm that it was OK to say the word terrorism.

          • John Smith

            He didn’t say terrorism. He said “violent extremism and terror”. This is word gymnastics so he can not admit terrorism is still going strong by the muslim community but can later claim he did say it was an act of terror. The is a huge difference in peoples minds between “terror” and “terrorism”.

          • NRPax

            He didn’t say terrorism.

            I know. Which means that Valerie didn’t give him permission. That was the joke. -:-)

          • TarHeeled67

            Well it can’t be terrorism. Bin Laden is dead!

  • Hiraghm

    Pearl Harbor… “violent extremism”… Normandy Invasion “violent extremism”… Continental attack on Hessians at Trenton, “violent extremism”… Gettysburg, “violent extremism”… it’s a meaningless phrase, you nitwit… of course that’s why you use it.

  • peteee363

    senseless violence is more like calling members of the media co-conspiritors, whacking a vet to death on the street because of whackjob muslims doing what whackjob muslims do it just plain nuts!

  • capisce

    The global war on terror is over – our focus is now on localized acts of senseless violence.

    How many lone wolves make a pack?
    Self-radicalization – that happens in a vacuum, with no outside influence?
    POTUS speaking from experience?
    Coincidentally, his world views mirror Alinsky’s and Wright’s?

  • michael s

    When its a white person,I see the same thing you accuse Pres Obama of doing.The non usage and selective use of the word terrorism.The semantic judo is done when its a white person. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is still called a bombing suspect for the most part,by most of you not a terrorist. Joseph Stack wasn’t called a terrorist even though his act was political. Jared Loughner wasn’t called a terrorist even though his act was political.

    • J. Cox

      And the white, woman hating troll makes his appearance and…..race baits.Yawn.You’re a fool…and that is why you will remain a O-Bot.

    • John Smith

      Are you smoking crack? The Boston bombers were almost universally called terrorists. This has nothing to do with race but please keep playing the race card. Timothy McVeigh (white) was called a terrorist and contrary to popular opinion he was not a right wing extremist he was a neo nazi. Lets ignore the most well known terrorist in the US who was also white shall we. The Uni-Bomber.

      But please continue to marginalize yourself by claiming race for everything. Ignore the real racists and keep calling everything racism. The victims will love you when they are ignored because of your endless crying wolf.

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      • V the K

        I know, right? I considered responding with a note that the left is always so quick to blame the “Tea Party” even when the murderer turns out to be a communist (Joseph Stack) or an Anarchist (Jared Loughner). But consider that Islam might play a role in attack after attack after attack committed by Islamists? To even raise the question makes you a racist, sir!

        But I know it would have been a waste of time; pearls before swine and all that. Trying to reason with a leftist progressive is a waste of time, because they don’t believe in right and wrong, or reason, they only believe into dividing the world into people they like and people they don’t like and using government to punish the latter.

  • Okie_pastor

    He could’ve said the same thing about all the murders in Chicago! This is news because of the fact it was terrorism! But then again he gets his news from MSNBC.

  • neoface

    Oblamer still can’t call a spade a spade, these are Islamic terrorist! The buzz word now is “self radicalized”, not your garden variety Muslim. Krauthammer had pointed out that wasn’t Bin Laden self radicalized?

  • Brian Roastbeef

    Well at least Cameron referred to it as “terror.” Even if he proceeded to guide Britain down the path of buckling to terror the very next day…

  • Raye09

    This was a muslim terrorist attack. When will we realize there is no reasoning with these crazy evil people? We really need to start cracking down on this BS.

  • neoface

    The jerk still can’t say “Islamic terrorist”!!!!!

    • Orlando Cee

      In his sick, twisted, evil little mind, there is no such thing!

  • massjim

    Boy, Obama can sure take a heroic stance on a controversial subject can’t he. Next he will come out in favor of people eating food to live or Americans voting.

  • Sabinal

    Obama is too scared to actually deal with terrorism. That would mean he would have to do what W did and actually send troops to fight (and die) to stop the violence.

    O thought being president meant that he would not have to make such decisions, that it truly would stop once W was out of office. Now the decisions are being made for him and he does not have the bravery as CIC to commit troops or punish terrorists; it would make him responsible like W was. That’s why he’s using drones …avoidance of responsibility

  • Malibuga

    Just exactly what violence does O think is perfectly sensible?

    • Zach Smith

      Drone strikes.

      • Orlando Cee

        Although drone strikes can be effective in eliminating terrorists, they also leave no terrorists to capture and interrogate. Could that be another reason for Barry’s preference in their use?

        • Zach Smith

          Of course. And it’s so clean; just check a box on the assassination list and turn it over to the CIA. No muss, no fuss.

  • Raina

    British Prime Minister David Cameron didn’t hesitate to call the machete attack that killed Lee Rigby an act of terrorism. but O stupid can not call it that ..go figure..

  • Jack

    Barry:”If I had a son with a british accent, he would look like this pos!!