Hussein White House avoids calling Armenian deaths ‘genocide’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The White House avoided referring to the mass World War I killings of Armenians as genocide, as a diplomatic row raged ahead of the tragedy’s 100th anniversary.

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and one of President Barack Obama’s top foreign policy advisors hosted Armenian American leaders at the White House to discuss the centennial.

McDonough and Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes “discussed the significance of this occasion for honoring the 1.5 million lives extinguished during that horrific period,” the National Security Council said in a statement.

Sticking to the White House’s avoidance of the term, the statement said the United States would “use the occasion to urge a full, frank and just acknowledgement of the facts.”

Armenian leaders who met with the administration officials said they were told Obama would not use the term.

  • Well, Islamists DO deny the Holocaust during the Second World War. It’s only natural that they would deny the other holocausts, as well.

  • Doug Kursk

    All of Obama’s promises come with an expiration date.

  • Rosenmops


  • Guest

    Well it is true what side Obama is on: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” The quote comes from page 261 of the paperback edition of “The Audacity of Hope.

  • JoKeR

    Most leaders of democracies see their responsibility as being to do what is in the best interests of the people of the country who elected them. President Obama seems to see his primary responsibility to be…×400.jpg

    • Dave

      He certainly must be the prophet of Backdoor Benny and his ilk!

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I don’t know why when they tell you flat out who and what they are people ignore them.

      • JoKeR

        He didn’t start to peel away the makeup until after becoming President and getting the Nobel Prize (and for what)?

    • Gary

      ISIS and BOKO took the cues from this and now slaughter anyone offending Allah or muhammed.
      Thanks Obama , babies beheaded and young girls raped and killed.
      So much for all those decades we heard how better the World would be when Blacks and Minorities get in power , look how well Wynne is doing for the Rainbow crowd minority with her homoerotic sex-ed Guide designed by a pedophile.

  • winniec

    Ronald Reagan, April 22, 1981, proclamation
    ‘Like the GENOCIDE of the Armenians before it, and the genocide of the Cambodians which followed it . . . the lessons of the Holocaust must never be forgotten.’

    Caroline, Baroness Cox, House of Lords
    ‘ If nations are allowed to commit GENOCIDE with impunity, to hide their guilt in a camouflage of lies and denials, there is a real danger that other brutal regimes will be encouraged to attempt genocides. Unless we speak today of the Armenian GENOCIDE and unless the Government recognizes this historical fact, we shall leave this century of unprecedented genocides with this blot on our consciences.’

    Prof. Colin Tatz, Director, Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies
    ‘ The Turkish denial [of the Armenian GENOCIDE] is probably the foremost example of historical perversion. With a mix of academic sophistication and diplomatic thuggery — of which we at Macquarie University have been targets — the Turks have put both memory and history into reverse gear.’

    Stanley Cohen, Professor of Criminology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
    ‘ The nearest successful example [of collective denial] in the modern era is the 80 years of official denial by successive Turkish governments of the 1915-17 GENOCIDE against the Armenians in which 1.5 million people lost their lives. This denial has been sustained by deliberate propaganda, lying and cover-ups, forging documents, suppression of archives, and bribing scholars.’

  • Gary

    Meanwhile , Hicks goes wacko and shoots three neighbours that happen to be Muslims and Obama makes it a national event for mourning and CAIR demands that the FBI make it a hate-crime.
    The Canadian media mentioned this event but purged the report of the Muslims that caused it. It’s amazing that we have to avoid calling rabid savages rabid savages because it will set them off and be even worse rabid savages.

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  • David Murrell

    BCF posted only a day or two ago, that Turkey warned the U.S. not to use the term “genocide”. So when Turkish Prime Minister Erdoyan snaps his fingers and says” jump, President Obama then asks “how high?”. Obama has become a handmaiden-flunky to anything and everything Islamic.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    I suspect there’s a very precise reason for this. Bill Clinton did exactly the same thing in 1994 re Rwanda. When an American president states that something is a genocide they are legally bound to take some kind of specific action. Of course there’s not much to be done for something a century ago, but still it sets up the legal framework to do something. So they ignore it. When we say “Never Again” what we mean is “Don’t ask us to get involved, ever again”.