Diana West

The last thing "President Hussein" did not do before flying Magic Carpet One to "the Kingdom" was .... OK. Hang on a sec. I'm just trying to get into the Islamo-spirit of being a citizen of what the 44th president called, and I quote: "one of the largest Muslim countries in the world." Yes, Barack Obama was talking about the United States, which, with somewhere between 2 million and 3 million Muslims tops (not all of whom are citizens) doesn't exactly sound like Mecca for Islam, literally or figuratively.

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So why did the president say this bizarro thing? Was it just one more super-corny, proto-crypto-Islamic slip, a la his visits to, as Obama put it on the campaign trail, "all 57 states" (the Organization of the Islamic Conference has 57 member states)? Or the "five pillars" of his economic plan (Islam has "five pillars")? Or was it more prosaically the case that the teleprompter was taking the day off?

We just don't know. But don't expect the White House press corps to find out, particularly not after the State Department warned media traveling with al-POTUS (President of the United States) to Saudi-land not to stray from either pre-planned coverage or their hotels at the risk of "arrest and detention by Saudi authorities." Yes, these were the ground rules dictated by Saudi Arabia and agreed to by the U.S. government -- and, apparently, all major media. Are we dhimmi or are we dhimmi?

But I digress.

Taking it from the top: The last thing President Obama did not do before leaving for Saudi Arabia, "addressing" the Muslim world from Cairo, and commemorating D-Day in Europe (in that order) was condemn a bona-fide jihadist attack on a Little Rock, Ark., Army-Navy recruiting station that left U.S. Army Pvt. William Long, 23, dead, and U.S. Army Private Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, wounded. The killer was Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, 23, an American convert to Islam originally named Carlos Bledsoe. Muhammad had recently returned from studying jihad in nearby Yemen -- nearby, that is, to Saudi Arabia, President Obama's first stop abroad.

Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).