There is a reason why President Barack Obama uses the term ISIL rather than ISIS, and talk show host Rush Limbaugh says the American people won’t like the reason.
Limbaugh said the reason isn’t related to blaming George W. Bush for terrorism, but rather to diminish Israel.
“I think there’s a totally different reason for this,” Limbaugh said on his show, referring to views of different pundits about the sudden switch in terms.
ISIS is an acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, whereas ISIL stands for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The Levant includes the entire region, Limbaugh pointed out.
“It would include Israel, which, to these people, Israel is a fraud. Israel doesn’t deserve to be there. That’s all Palestine and that’s what I think is behind the pronunciation, this insistence that it be called ISIL,” the national talk show host said.
Limbaugh noted that the only ones who use the term ISIL include Obama and members of his administration. The media, and everyone else, continues to call the terrorism organization ISIS.
“I think he’s got a different audience for the term. I don’t think he’s talking to the American people. I think he’s talking to Iran,” he said.
The talk show host said Obama uses the term as a way to support Iran, which benefits from sectarian violence between the Sunnies and the Shi’ites. Continued division among its neighbors gives Iran more control over the region, according to Limbaugh.
Limbaugh also said that it is clear that increased terrorism and decreased security of the United States fall at Obama’s feet.
“Bush is eight years ago now, seven years. They know Bush had nothing to do with San Bernardino. He had nothing to do with Fort Hood,” Limbaugh said.
He continued in comparing the two presidents and even suggested that the U.S. president has loyalties elsewhere.
“People know what when Bush was president, this stuff didn’t happen. People know that when Bush was president, there wasn’t an ISIS and all this happens to coincide with the election of Barack Hussein O. But the use of the word ‘Levant’ has an audience in the Middle East. He’s not talking to us,” Limbaugh said.