Shooting of Philly cop finally being investigated as terrorist attack

Shooting of Philly cop finally being investigated as terrorist attack
Edward Archer (credit: Philadelphia Police)

If someone is looking for a phrase to encapsulate the Obama years, I suggest the “tug of war presidency.”

Every issue that has arisen — from whether to allow people from Ebola-stricken countries into the U.S. to whether opposition to abortion on religious grounds is reasonable — has been a fight Barack Obama was “willing to have.”

One of the most recent struggles has been over whether mass shootings by ISIS members and its sympathizers are acts of terror. The president made his mind up on this question long before the San Bernardino massacre by a couple who swore their allegiance to the Islamic State. When Nidal Hasan, a crazed U.S. Army major and psychiatrist opened fire on his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood in 2009, killing 13 and injuring 30, the Obama administration promptly declared the killings an act of “workplace violence.” The fact that Hasan was a Muslim who screamed “Allahu Akbar” as he fired off shots was irrelevant.

Flash forward to last week when Edward Archer, a convert to Islam, fired 30 rounds at a Philadelphia police officer as he sat in his patrol car, the White House wasn’t willing to connect the dots, which included Archer’s own claim that he was “acting in the name of Islam.”

Late yesterday, the FBI completed its initial investigation of the incident. Their verdict? It was a terrorist attack:

Don’t be the least bit surprised if the Justice Department orders a second, and if need be third, investigation just to make sure.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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