Theodore's World: Obama,White House’s 9/11 Anniversary Guidelines Ask Officials to ‘Minimize References to Al Qaeda’

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August 31, 2011

Obama,White House’s 9/11 Anniversary Guidelines Ask Officials to ‘Minimize References to Al Qaeda’

White House’s 9/11 Anniversary Guidelines Ask Officials to ‘Minimize References to Al Qaeda’

The Blaze

The White House has provided guidelines to government officials regarding how to observe and discuss the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. While there are certainly some beneficial recommendations held within, some may interpret the disseminated documents as more agenda-driven than not.

These instructions include information about how to honor the lives lost here in America. Additionally, they call for remembrance of the fact that Al Qaeda and other terror groups have also killed innocent individuals in other localities across the globe. Politico has more:

The guidelines detail what the White House has deemed the important themes that must be discussed, as well as the tone the 9/11 observances should take.

“A chief goal of our communications is to present a positive, forward-looking narrative,” the foreign guidelines state.

Again, these are worthwhile goals and ideals, but they may be viewed as something more sinister by President Obama’s political opponents. The Atlantic writes:

Though rebuilding support for the U.S. abroad is a worthy goal, it seems like these guidelines will fit in neatly with a popular meme on the right, that President Obama goes around the world and apologizes for how awesome America is. “Obama’s apology tour” has been debunked by The Washington Post and other places, but several Republican presidential candidates have made references to Obama’s supposed tendency to play down American specialness abroad. That events commemorating 9/11 will be “not just about us” seems likely to fit into that theme.

The guidelines came in two sections, each aimed at a very different audience. One, which was sent to American embassies and consulates across the globe, is intended to assist overseas allies and foreign citizens. In this document, the guidelines call for agencies to focus upon the global battle against terrorism.

“As we commemorate the citizens of over 90 countries who perished in the 9/11 attacks, we honor all victims of terrorism, in every nation around the world. We honor and celebrate the resilience of individuals, families, and communities on every continent, whether in New York or Nairobi, Bali or Belfast, Mumbai or Manila, or Lahore or London.”

Interestingly, the foreign document states that officials should “minimize references to Al Qaeda.” Within the text, Osama bin Laden’s death is the reason given for this request. In what could be interpreted as somewhat of a political call to arms, the guidelines tell officials to place emphasis on the fact that “Al Qaeda and its adherents have become increasingly irrelevant.”

Additionally, foreign leaders are encouraged to highlight the notion that Al Qaeda played no major roll in the Arab Spring. Further expounding upon this ideal, foreign commemoration ceremonies should focus on the idea that Al Qaeda “represents the past” and that peaceful Arab protests “represent the future.” Clearly, there is a balance here that is intended to bring Arabs on America’s side, rather than being divisive in addressing the issues surrounding the attacks.

The second document, which was sent to federal agencies, is intended for individuals here in America. The guidelines presented within emphasize the need for national service in remembrance of the attacks, while highlighting what the U.S. government has done to prevent another major terror event from taking pace. The single sheet suggests that Americans “draw on the spirit of unity that prevailed in the immediate aftermath of the attacks.”


Wild Thing's comment.......

Lets try “US White House’s 12/7 Anniversary Guidelines Ask Officials to “Minimize References to Japan”. Doesn’t quite fit does it?

Obama is disgusting!!!!!

This is so weak and will make muslim countries laugh at us They NEVER laughed at Bush

19 Muslims!!!
19 trained al queda!!

19 men, full of "learned" hate for Christians and Jews.

19 followers of Allah and Osama.

Osama thanked his STUDENTS profusely.

And they continue to kill and maime and attempt to take over the world.

Posted by Wild Thing at August 31, 2011 12:55 AM


obama is a muslim! If he praised America as much as he praises islam, he could be called patriotic. But he isn't. obama is quietly bringing in tens of thousands of muslims from Somolia, Gaza and who knows where else. Our tax money is being used to bring these potential terrorists into America and get them "settled". The financial cost is great, but the future social costs of there unassimilating muslims will be immeasurable.

obama is a muslim!

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at August 31, 2011 02:38 AM

And Bloomberg put the kibosh on any prayer or clergy to be represented at the 9-11 Anniversary. To these gutless leaders, these muslims in pig clothing the 3000 dead Americans was just a token. obama can rot in hell.

Posted by: Mark at August 31, 2011 06:14 AM

We don't want to offend Al Qaeda or the millions of Muslims that cheered in the streets when the towers came down.

Posted by: BobF at August 31, 2011 07:08 AM

FACTS speak for themselves Wild Thing:

Mohamad Atta was taped on hot mic yelling "My God Is Great!" before piloting HIJACKED ~AA11~ THROUGH the North Tower at 0846 on 9-11-01 while New Yorkers on the ground of Liberty Square looked up and screamed "Oh my God!" Within 3 hours in 3 US states 2,996 innocent Americans and 120 foreigners .... never returned to their loved ones! That is my guideline of non-politically correct FACTS... This is why I will boycott watching the New York 9-11 anniversary in just 12 more days.

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at August 31, 2011 10:58 AM

He is right to note that it is a war by Sharia against the whole wide world.

Posted by: Avitar at August 31, 2011 02:41 PM

I will be at war with izlum until my last dying day.

Posted by: Eddie (Enemy of the State) at August 31, 2011 05:01 PM

Just minimize islam with nukes

Posted by: Billy Ray in Cowtowm at August 31, 2011 05:14 PM

We do not honor, we do not commemorate, nor do we "celebrate the resilience of individuals, families, and communities on every continent, whether in New York or Nairobi, Bali or Belfast, Mumbai or Manila, or Lahore or London".

The terrorists' attack of September 11 happened ten years ago in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

It was not an attack on "the citizens of over 90 countries".

It was an attack on the United States of America.

This is what we talk about when we talk about the perversion of language.

This collectivist mindset of the left and its "political correctness" simply cannot govern.

If these socialists were allowed to continue governing like this administration, ten years from now on the 20th anniversary of September 11, we would have a whole generation of Americans brought up to believe in this distortion and utter nonsense.

The youngest among us, schoolchildren would not be able to recite that these attacks even occurred in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

The left's perversion of compassion begets a perversion of language which becomes this perversion of a solemn commemoration, that eventually then becomes a perversion of history itself by these deplorable revisionists.

These socialists have no regard for America's noble history in the world, have no idea what they've inherited, and seek to undermine the very land upon which they stand.

We are not citizens of the world; we are Americans citizens.

The stars and stripes forever !

Posted by: Carlos at August 31, 2011 06:51 PM

Thank you everyone!!!!

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 1, 2011 01:20 AM