Suicide of the West
By Mark Alexander
Allow me to recap briefly what have been some very difficult days for our country — difficult because we witnessed once again how profoundly inept and irresolute our current commander in chief is in matters critical to our national security.
As I wrote elsewhere early last week on the same day that Barack Obama was peddling his failed foreign policy of appeasement and insisting that the Islamic State was "contained," surrogates of what he'd previously characterized as the "JV Team" slaughtered more than 129 civilians in a well-planned and well-executed act of Islamist barbarism.
And later, although the terrorists had repeatedly yelled "allah akbar" during their murderous onslaught, Obama responded by saying, "I don't want to speculate at this point in terms of who was responsible for this."
Other writers have covered this issue similarly. Writer Robin Smith reminded readers that during the Democrat debate in Iowa on the day after the slaughter in Paris, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders doubled down on his assertion that the most pressing threat to our national security remains — Obama also repeatedly insists — "climate change."
Tellingly, Hillary Clinton didn't take issue with Sanders' analysis.
Arnold Ahlert analyzed the threat of al-Qa'ida and Islamic State Jihadis masquerading as Middle Eastern refugees, while Paul Albaugh evaluated the risk of Obama's immigration "Trojan Horse." Louis DeBroux, in his analysis on the suicide of the West, noted that our greatest potential threat may be the amplification of Obama's already colossal foreign policy failures if enough Americans are duped into voting for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
And Nate Jackson covered the absurd and surreal utterances of Obama at a press conference in Turkey, which included the following: "I’m not interested in posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning.”
Ponder those words against a backdrop of past Democrat presidents:
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." —Franklin D. Roosevelt
"America was not built on fear. American was built on courage, on imagination, and on an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand." —Harry S Truman
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty." —John F. Kennedy
After chastising those who dared to question his failed policies, Obama insisted, "There will be an intensification of the strategy that we put forward, but the strategy that we are putting forward is the strategy that ultimately is going to work. But as I said from the start, it’s going to take time.”
Of course, there is no strategy and the time "it's going to take" is the duration between now and the clean-up effort of the next Republican president.
The Washington Post's editorial board accurately described Obama's remarks as "petulant," while the New York Times' Roger Cohen observed, "Where was the anger in that Obama press conference? I'm in Paris. His words fell shamefully short of sentiment here."
If Obama has lost the Post and the Times, we can be assured that he's lost just about everyone who isn't on the White House payroll or sporting an Obama Phone.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a column on Obama's repetitive reference to "our shared values" and "who we are as a nation," as if he is the ultimate arbiter of our national values.
Last week, Obama rolled out that same drivel, this time regarding concerns about inadequate vetting of Syrian immigrants. He claimed such concerns were "a betrayal of our values. ... That’s shameful. That’s not American. ... That's not who we are." Instead, he defined his narrow agenda and proclaimed, "Those are the universal values we stand for."
Apparently, Obama believes that we can run highly reliable background checks with the help of Syrian butcher Bashar al-Assad.
For the record, more than half of the nation's governors have now registered objections against the relocation of Syrian migrants to their home state's suburbs, and for good reason. Recall that virtually all the Islamist assaults on our home soil were committed by Muslim refugees/immigrants. That would include the July murder of four Marines and a Navy Petty Officer by a Palestinian immigrant in Chattanooga.
And meanwhile, John Kerry, in Paris last week, noted that the Islamist attack there in January was "legitimate."
Mark Alexander is the executive editor of the Patriot Post.