In Thursday’s article, I reported the White House’s delayed statement about Monday’s tragic shootings in Little Rock that took the life of Private William Long and contrasted them with the President’s relatively rapid response to the slaying of Dr. Tiller on Sunday.

An excerpt from the article:

The White House released the following statement Wednesday in response to the shooting at Little Rock, Arkansas of a military recruiting center that resulted in the death of Private William Long.

“I am deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence against two brave young soldiers who were doing their part to strengthen our armed forces and keep our country safe. I would like to wish Quinton Ezeagwula a speedy recovery, and to offer my condolences and prayers to William Long’s family as they mourn the loss of their son.”

In the Tiller statement, the entire thrust was to send a message to those who might be sympathetic or grateful to his killer that such action was not tolerable in civil society (although his words were actually more watered down than what I just wrote) and the effect on Tiller’s family was of no importance. The exact reverse was true of the Little Rock statement, leaving the public to wonder whether this was the cause of White House confusion and lack of organization (no clear policy on who approves communications) or if it speaks to a general disconnect from the realities of the war with Islamic terror.

Words have meaning, and oftentimes intent is embedded in them without the conscious will to do so. Each American will have to ponder what is meant by these two statements.

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