After listening to President Obama speak following a June 14, 2016 meeting with his national security team on the state of terrorism, I am more than ever convinced that we do not have a commander-in-chief, a leader, in the White House who understands the radical lslam threat.
He again took us through everything we are doing to destroy ISIS in Syria and Iraq, ticking off the number of ISIS leaders we have taken out with drone strikes, the B-52 precision bombing runs, the increased number of Special Forces trainers and advisors now in Iraq. He insists that ISIS is losing previously captured territory and that their morale is low. I was waiting for his frequent reminder that he killed Osama bin Laden.
Just minutes into his speech, the president, as he did on June 13, 2016, again reverted to his tired appeal for gun control, while making no mention of that fact that the Orlando shooter had a carry license and was able to purchase guns after being on the watch list and cleared after nearly a year of investigation by the FBI.
“Reverend” Obama concluded his “sermon” by rebuking those who have assailed him for not identifying the enemy as radical Islam. His ire raised and sounding a bit like Hillary Clinton in her Benghazi hearing when she said, “What difference does it make?” he said, “What exactly would using this label accomplish? What exactly would it change?”
“There are, I think, several obvious factors for why he (President Obama) won’t say ‘radical Islam.’ One, his experience with Islam as a child, before he could understand religion, in Indonesia where Islam is at its most benign, and he romanticizes Islam. He refuses to accept any facts that portray any aspect of Islam, even the Wahhabi cult, as negative. After all these years, almost two terms in the White House, he still will not accept the evidence that while not all of Islam is the problem, within the Islamic world today, or worlds – Shia, Sunni, all the sects – there a complex, multilayered, convulsive struggle for the future and fate of that religion.” – Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.), Military Analyst, June 14, 2016
Obama repeated his belief that identifying the terror group as Islamic would only serve as a propaganda tool for their extremist ideology, and potentially alienate Muslim allies. You will recall that he also foolishly contends that the existence of the Guantanamo detention facility is also a propaganda tool for Muslims.
Citing the fact that the killers at Fort Hood, San Bernardino and Orlando were all U.S. citizens, the president criticized Donald Trump’s proposal of a moratorium on Muslims entering the country. “It makes Muslim Americans feel like their government has betrayed them,” Obama said.
“Betrayed them,” no, but “failed them,” yes. What must that majority of peaceful Muslims think about our past failures? Despite his pro-Islam comments, Ft. Hood Maj. Nidal Hasan was promoted and transferred from job to job by a politically correct Pentagon not wanting to appear to be anti-Muslim. In the cases of the San Bernardino, Orlando and Boston terrorists, our government allowed them to travel freely to terror-friendly countries and failed to apply surveillance on them.
And what must those peaceful Muslims think about their country when they hear that the Orlando killer was hired to guard government facilities. While they may appreciate the fact that the president doesn’t want to label all Muslims as terrorists, surely their faith in their government and this president to stop Islam radicals must also be shaken.
Personally, I believe the president’s belittling of ISIS as JV three years ago, his continued insistence that we had ISIS contained (the day before 130 were killed in Paris), and his lack of a strategy to destroy ISIL, have all served to encourage Islamic radicals.
“Allah is supreme, Allah is supreme, Allah is supreme, Allah is supreme, I witness that there is no god but Allah. That’s the Muslin call to prayer – one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.” – Barack Obama, from an interview with New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristoff, March 2007.
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