But a person can oppose waterboarding or war or foreign entanglements or nation building and still accept that certain countries and religions harbor "militants" -- even if such a militant makes a stopover in Frankfurt.
Yet ... the excuse-making. The tiptoeing. Terrorism is now a "man-caused disaster." The Fort Hood terrorist was just stressed out after learning about a deployment to Iraq -- you know, after he voluntarily joined the Army.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the crotch bomber, was, according to the president, an "isolated extremist" -- which is true, if he means the extremism is isolated to a few million people.
Obama went on to talk about the "crushing poverty" of Yemen, insinuating that neediness is a root of man-caused disasters -- though the underwear bomber came from a wealthy and educated family and the "crushing poverty" of Haiti has yet to compel that nation's young men to stuff explosives down their pants.
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee complained that singling out a group of people is "extreme and very dangerous. All of a sudden people are labeled as being related to terrorism just because of the nation they are from."
Well, I hate to break it to them, but Americans already relate terrorism to the nations that terrorists always seem to come from. And if there's a better way to keep extremists off planes, I'd love to hear it.