- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 7, 2016

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said during his show Wednesday night that President Obama’s “deep emotional ties to Islam” are hurting the U.S. fight against terrorism.

Barack Obama’s emotional attachment to the Muslim world has hurt the USA,” Mr. O’Reilly said. “There is no question the Obama administration’s greatest failure is allowing the Islamic terror group ISIS to run wild, murdering thousands of innocent people all over the world, including many Muslims.

Mr. Obama has never, never acknowledged that mistake, nor does he define the ISIS threat accurately,” he said. “That group is killing innocent people in order to impose a radical version of Islam on the world. The jihad is solely based on theology, perverted as it may be.”

Mr. O’Reilly’s monologue came hours after the president announced Wednesday that he will leave behind 3,000 more troops in Afghanistan than originally planned.

“President Obama, as we all know, will not even use the words Islamic terrorism,” Mr. O’Reilly said. “Again today when telling the nation that America will maintain 8,000 troops in Afghanistan, the president did not accurately describe the situation there, putting forth that it was more about politics than Islamic terror.”

Photos of Mr. Obama in traditional Islamic dress, apparently from his half-brother Malik’s wedding, flashed on the screen as Mr. O’Reilly said the president “has deep emotional ties to Islam.”

Mr. O’Reilly, a Roman Catholic, said he went after American leaders of the Catholic Church “with a vengeance” after the 2002 sex abuse scandal, and he called on the president to do the same with Islamic extremism.

Barack Obama should do what I did: aggressively call out those who abuse the Muslim faith, who commit atrocities under a religious banner. He should make defeating the jihad a central issue and stop trying to diminish Islamic terrorism by avoiding the simple truth: radical Islam is a direct threat to the entire world,” he said.

Mr. O’Reilly said the president can correct his mistakes by acknowledging that “Islamic killers are the central problem on the planet.”

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