You can’t make this stuff up, right? The President is totally disengaged from reality as the bad guys leave a trail of bodies in their wake and gain more and more land throughout the Middle East. Now they not only knock on Europe’s door, but actual attacks on the European soil are on the rise.
Journalists, artists, and law enforcement officers are slaughtered in Paris. Jews are targeted in Copenhagen. Coptic Egyptian Christians are beheaded in Libya. A Jordanian pilot is burned alive. British, Japanese, and American aid workers and reporters are murdered. Australian and Canadian citizens are terrorized. The list goes on. (Let’s not forget our own US-based incident deemed by the administration to be a “workplace violence” event. Those of us who haven’t drunk the Kool-Aid refer to it as the Fort Hood Massacre.)
All these brutal murders have been committed by Radical Islamic extremists (affiliated with ISIS, ISIL, Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda, Daesh, or Levant- seriously, who cares-they are all bad guys, hereinafter simply called ISIS.) Without exception the murders have been perpetrated in the name of Allah.
Yet not once has the Obama administration even acknowledged the root cause of these attacks. Radical Islam is a murderous philosophy where the end (global Islamic supremacy with its attendant Sharia law) justifies the most horrific of means. There, I said what the President refuses to say.
Last week the President attended the National Prayer breakfast and actually chastised Christians, telling them:
“We have seen violence and terror perpetrated by those who profess to stand up for faith, their faith…..and lest we get on our high horse and think this is (pause) unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow, all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
(See text of speech here)
This speech was nothing short of gobsmacking. There is no other way to say it. The President of the United States not only will not call out the Islamic extremists for their atrocities, but he goes on to equate the crusades and our own post civil war reconstruction to be equally as horrific. In other words, we are all evil, so we should stop being so judgmental about what is happening overseas. What? Seriously?
The President stands steadfastly by his position that the enemy is on the run. Virtually everyone, including Leon Panetta, his erstwhile Defense Secretary and a former CIA chief, thinks the President has lost his way. (See Leon Panetta interview here ) President Obama is so absorbed by his vision of a disengaged United States that he is actually still talking of an ISIS in retreat. An irrelevant ISIS is compatible with his non-interventionist hands-off America. Facts are pesky and reality is something to be ignored.
Folks, this is stuff of cloud-cuckoo land. The President talks and talks and does nothing. Well, that is not entirely fair. He did find time last week to film a selfie for Buzz-Feed in a shameless self-promotion of his disastrous health care plan. The world waits for his leadership. But it is clear this President will not take the steps necessary to stop ISIS. Nothing. (Surely he doesn’t actually believe their capabilities and plans can be degraded solely from the bombing bays of F-22’s?)
Maybe he is convinced that if he prevaricates and procrastinates long enough, Russia, Syria, Iran and the Radical Islamists will all go “poof” and disappear in an upwards spiral of smoke. Maybe we do not giving him enough credit. His may be the first official foreign policy equivalent of “rope-a-dope”. We can only hope Mohammad Ali patented the phrase. It may come in handy again.
One can only imagine the conversations in the West Wing. Valerie Jarrett is most likely sitting in the President’s chair, talking only to him, as he calls in from his golf cart. Ms. Jarrett counsels the President to stay the course, and not let the rabble-rousers veer him off his pre-determined path. The President, bolstered by Ms. Jarrett’s pep talk, hangs up, smug smirk restored, and returns to his golf game. He is more than content because the call was brief enough to allow him to finish his round and get to his Hollywood fundraiser on time.
By the way, where are his (kitchen cabinet) advisors? Do you know of any ex Obama White House aid who does not acknowledge that other than Valerie Jarrett, the President has none? This is the President who without the slightest sense of irony will tell you that he is smarter than the other people in the room. Here is a little factoid for those who care; our best leaders have always been ones who are smart (and confident) enough to surround themselves with (and listen to) even smarter people. President Obama has never see fit to do so.
It is unfathomable to think the President can possibly continue to deny the reality that surrounds him. But folks, this is not a sublime Presidency. We are in the twilight zone, and the President seems wholly comfortable operating from within his own surreal world. Woe is we.