President Obama says those of us who use terms like “radical Islam” and “Islamic terrorism” are aiding terrorists with our rhetoric; basically saying all of this is the fault of Republicans. Apparently he’s finally stopped saying “It’s Bush’s fault”. While most of America criticizes Obama for saying this, I am especially glad that he did because he just opened the door for what I am about to say.
If Obama is going to talk about who is giving aid and comfort to the enemy, I can too.
The fact that Obama steadfastly refuses to utter a single word that connects the ISLAMIC State, a group dedicated to establishing a world-wide ISLAMIC Caliphate, to the religion of Islam has effectively made the United States look foolish and weak to those who would have been our allies in this fight, if you want to call it that. The pin-prick airstrikes we are delivering in Iraq and Syria are little more than a nuisance to ISIS, and the fact that the Obama administration even uttered the phrase “strategic patience” sent a clear message to the terrorists that they have nothing to fear from America.
It would be difficult to prove that it was intentional on the part of the Obama administration to arm ISIS with American weapons and provide them with food and supplies, but the fact remains that those items are in the hands of our enemies and they are more than happy to use them. When countries that are supposed to be our allies set out to do the job Obama wouldn’t do, namely conduct meaningful airstrikes against ISIS, the Obama administration has been decidedly unsupportive, refusing to give Jordan and Egypt information regarding ISIS targets. The State Department even went so far as to condemn Egypt for carrying out airstrikes against ISIS in Libya.
The United States is planning a spring assault designed to once again liberate Mosul and other areas of Iraq from ISLAMIC State forces, and even in that effort the administration has forfeited the element of surprise by making the plans public, giving the terrorists plenty of time to prepare for the battle. Loose lips sink ships, and one has to wonder if that was the intent.
And then we have the President writing in an op-ed piece that these terrorists have “legitimate grievances”. His plan to defeat radical ISLAMIC terrorism is to provide them with jobs, something he cannot seem to do for Americans. Perhaps he could enlist Bill Clinton to arrange some midnight basketball sessions for them.
Symbolism is as important as rhetoric in this fight, something the President surely knows. In August at the US-African Leaders Conference in DC, the President flashed what some believe to be something akin to a gang sign that is used as an affirmation of faith by ISLAMIC terrorists, particularly ISIS. His apologists on the left dismiss the gesture as “finger wagging”, something Obama is fond of doing towards his opponents, but it would seem to be a little out of place and inappropriate for that event. I cannot know his true intent, but I do know it wouldn’t be the first time he has used one finger to send a message.
The President’s absolute refusal to secure our borders, as well as his efforts to relocate thousands of Syrian refugees into the United States makes it highly likely that ISLAMIC terrorists are entering the country is large numbers. The administration’s focus on stopping non-existent right-wing terrorists diverts much needed resources away from monitoring the ISLAMIC terrorist threat on our own soil, almost as if that was his goal.
Like most Americans I would like to believe that our President is not engaged in a deliberate effort to provide aid and comfort to our enemy, something that would be considered treason for even an average citizen. Is that why Attorney General Eric Holder recently made the claim that “we’re not at a time of war”?
The rational side of me says that all of the things I have pointed out are nothing more than coincidences and circumstantial evidence, or just a figment of my imagination. I don’t want to draw the kind of conclusion that could obviously be made. That small conspiracy theorist part of me however, tells me otherwise, and sometimes the conspiracy is more than just a theory.
I am not drawing that conclusion however, nor am I making that accusation. What I am saying to the President is that if you want to have that discussion, we can go there. Yes we can!
Be careful where you point that finger.