Professor Reynolds can’t think of anything besides presidential ineptness that would explain an uptick in terrorism fears or anti-Muslim sentiment among Americans. Let me suggest some alternative explanations. On certain right-of-center blogs, there’s been a concerted campaign to convince Americans that Islamic radicals are trying to build a victory mosque at Ground Zero to signal their triumph on 9/11. Simultaneously, politicians like Newt Gingrich are advancing the narrative that the implementation of sharia law in the United States is a serious danger. Other conservatives like bestselling author Andy McCarthy are arguing that President Obama himself is allied with Islamist radicals in a Grand Jihad against the United States. More recently, Dinesh D’Souza argued at book length that every one of President Obama’s actions is motivated not by a desire to protect and defend the constitution of the United States, but by a quixotic quest to implement the Kenyan anti-colonial ideology that his father embraced. Perhaps these arguments and others like it are causing Americans to be more afraid of radical Islam, and less trusting of the president’s policies to combat it. Surely we should at least concede the possibility that this is a factor.But...but...Gingrich's and D'Souza's unhinged racist rants against Obama and Muslims are clearly the product of Obama not keeping us safe.
See how easy this is, Conor?