I find this statement particularly disturbing. Less than two weeks ago, a group of Muslim leaders in Istanbul issued a statement that defies a concept that the United States has defended in the war of 1812 and World War I: Freedom of the seas.
In 1804, the United States attacked the pirates operating out of Tripoli who were attempting to charge us Tribute for our ships passing through ‘Muslim’ waters.
In 1812, the United States declared war upon England because they were interdicting our merchant ships on the high seas.
In 1917 the United States declared war upon German primarily because of the naval blockade that German U-boats were implementing. Sinking without warning neutral merchant shipping. Heck, we were sending our shipping to a combatant in a war zone and we still fought for that right.
President Obama is correct in that the United States is NOT at war with Islam. However, Islam is at war against us. In addition to not seeing this, President Obama is certainly changing the standards we uphold.
One week after the Muslim leaders statement of sovereignty, our President is in that same country declaring that we are not at war with Islam. How clear can he make it? What is even more of a concern is the implication that President Obama is respecting the ‘Muslim Nation’ right of having ‘waters’. If that were the case, then Islam would certainly have the ability to posses ‘land’. Just like a Nation-state. The same ‘Nation-state’ that is at war against the United States of America.