Why does Obama call ISIS, I.S.I.L.?
Why does Obama call ISIS, I.S.I.L.?

James Hyde co-authored this article.

Many who closely follow the dueling Islamic terror narratives emanating from the White House are mystified by Mr. Obama’s inability (or deliberate unwillingness) to utter the phrase “Islamic terrorists.” Many are curious too, about why he refuses to call ISIS by its name, “ISIS,” steadfastly insisting instead that everybody in his administration call the terror group “ISIL.”

What’s the difference and why is it important? The agendas behind each diverge widely. In fact, the variance between the two is elephantine in scale.

ISIS stands for the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria,” a terror group controlling a large swath of both Iraq and Syria in which the terrorists claim to have established a “caliphate,” a state in which Islamic Sharia Law is imposed upon all living in the area, and removing the heads of any who fail to adhere to strict Muslim guidelines. Obama’s contrary assertions aside, ISIS is by no means contained. In fact, the savage group (which prefers to be called the “Islamic State” or “IS”) has metastasized on maps like immense pools of blood that are covering the ancient borders that once divided parts of To those of us who keep our fingers on the pulse of Middle Eastern geopolitics, the distinctions separating ISIS and ISIL are by no means meager.
Syria and Iraq.

ISIL, Obama’s preference, stands for the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.” According to glaphyridae.com, “The Levant in its geographical sense comprises the following political entities: the west part of Syria, Lebanon, west part of Jordan, Palestine (West Bank and Gaza Strip), Israel and Sinai (Egypt).” Other sources claim it also encompasses parts of Turkey. All of these states embrace Islam, with one very notable exception, Israel, our only “blood brother” ally in the region - that all Islamic terrorists want gone, violently and forever.

That Obama uses ISIL in discussing the terrorists is extremely telling - and chilling. To those of us who keep our fingers on the pulse of Middle Eastern geopolitics, the distinctions separating ISIS and ISIL are by no means meager. It’s readily apparent that Obama considers both Israel and its prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, thorns in each of his sides. Since 2009, his atrociously dismissive treatment of Netanyahu has been highly embarrassing, shocking and outrageous, especially to those of us who cherish our relationship with the Jewish state.

Israel has proven itself a tried and true friend since its return to its ancient homeland in 1948. Despite some disagreements between the U.S. and the Jewish state, no previous president has shown such a hideous and blatant disregard for Israel’s head of state, as has Obama. Nor has any previous president ever considered (to our knowledge) or suggested in a way bordering on insistence that Israel relinquish the land it now controls by contracting to its pre-1967 borders. Obama wants just that. Why?

For Israel, a return to those boundaries would be suicidal, shrinking the country to a width of a very svelte nine miles and making it essentially indefensible.


Besides Israel, Jordan and the Kurds in Northern Iraq have been stalwart friends and allies, as well. Jordan is one of the 65 countries Obama claims are actively “engaged” in taking ISIS/ISIL out. In reality, roughly 60 nations in that vaporous coalition are contributing little or nothing to the cause but allowing their country’s names to appear on a meaningless list.

One exception, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, is an eager participant in the war on ISIS. He traveled to Washington to ask Obama for more weapons so Jordan could better defend itself and play a larger role in the regional fight. In like manner, the Kurds, who comprise one of the fiercest fighting forces in the region, have been enormously supportive of the U.S., but they are fighting ISIS with guns from WWII. They too have requested contemporary weaponry. The plaintive requests from both have been ignored. Why were they rebuffed?

Some very suggestive hints can be snipped from the speeches Obama has given, especially in Muslim countries during his humiliating “Apology (we prefer “Apostasy”) Tour” when he fondly reminisced about his Muslim roots in Indonesia when he and his mother moved there and she married her second husband, Lolo Soetero, who adopted Obama and renamed him “Barry Soetero.” An examination of Barry’s Indonesian school record (a form ubiquitous on the web) lists his “Citizenship” as “Indonesian,” a country that did not allow dual citizenship when Soetero (Obama) lived in Indonesia, which means Barry had to have relinquished his U.S. passport. Finally, and significantly, his “Religion” is listed as being “Islam.”

When he became president, as he traveled through Muslim lands he spoke wistfully of Islam. During multiple speeches he said, “the holy Quran teaches” so many times we lost count, and he claimed that the Muslim call to prayer at dawn was “the prettiest sound on earth.”

He was amazingly quick to support the Muslim Brotherhood-inspired Arab Spring by encouraging the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and endorsing Mohamed Morsi as the new Egyptian leader. Morsi was a high-ranking member of the Brotherhood, an insidious, duplicitous organization seeking to foment widespread adoption of Sharia Law and surreptitiously funnel funds to Islamic terror groups.

Taken together, all of this gets us closer to understanding why Obama refuses to call Islamic terrorists what they are, and that his use of ISIL could be a strong indication that he supports reestablishing Muslim rule and Sharia Law throughout the Levant, and good riddance to Israel.

The somewhat murky and contradictory understanding of which religious tenets Obama truly follows has caused some thorny questions to arise.

If he was a Muslim, when did he turn his back on Islam (his biological father’s and stepfather’s faith) and become a Christian? The answer may lie in a story appearing on the WashingtonTimes.com website and on TheDailyCaller.com.

The Washington Times reports, “Several people who know Barack Obama well perceive him as Muslim. Most remarkably, his half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, has stated: ‘My whole family was Muslim.’ Her whole family, obviously includes her half-brother, Barack.” The same article highlights some doubts about Obama’s “Christian” conversion. His spiritual advisor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, was asked about how he helped Obama renounce Islam.  Stunningly, however, Wright claims he’s not sure he actually did convert from Islam. That, of course, is not proof he isn’t a Christian, but it certainly raises eyebrows.

Edward Klein, who authored The Amateur, a book about Obama, told the DailyCaller that he interviewed Wright (and has him quoted on tape) who told Klein that he (Wright) “made it comfortable” for Obama to accept Christianity without having to renounce his “Islamic background.”

We believe it’s time to stop whispering about what much of the nation is thinking, but we leave it up to you to decide why Obama calls ISIS, ISIL, why he can’t bring himself to call Islamic terrorists what they are and acts in a manner that supports Islam over Christianity at every opportunity.