Yesterday, President Obama broke away from the golf course long enough to speak briefly, and I do mean briefly, about the murder of James Foley. In a statement that lasted a mere five minutes with no questions from the press afterward, here are a few excerpts from what Obama said:
“ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings; their ideology is bankrupt. They may claim out of expediency that they are at war with the United States or the West, but the fact is they terrorize their neighbors and offer them nothing but an endless slavery to their empty vision and the collapse of any definition of civilized behavior.
People like this ultimately fail. They fail because the future’s won by those who build and not destroy, and the world is shaped by people like Jim Foley and the overwhelming majority of humanity who are appalled by those who killed him.
The United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people; we will be vigilant and we will be relentless. When people harm Americans anywhere we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done, and we act against ISIL, standing alongside others.
The people of Iraq, who with our support are taking the fight to ISIL, must continue to come together to expel these terrorists from their communities…”
Obama, as usual, got it dead wrong. ISIL (The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) is at war with the United States, the West, Israel, and anyone else who stands in the way of their goal of world domination. And they’re serious about it, and that’s something the Obama administration either doesn’t understand or refuses to acknowledge. ISIL, ISIS, or more recently just IS means to take down the entire non-Muslim world, and Obama had better get serious about them – at least as serious as they are. Merely trying to contain them won’t work; they need to be completely destroyed because they are hardcore fanatical Islamists who will stop at nothing short of total victory in their quest for world domination.
By the way, people like ISIL don’t ultimately fail, either. They have to be stopped. They have the determination to go after what they want, and they have the will to do whatever it takes to get it. The words “people like this ultimately fail” may sound comforting, even profoundly wise, to some Americans, but not all of us, because we know that without our stopping them dead in their tracks, those words are meaningless pabulum.
When the president said that we will be vigilant and relentless, I wondered if he plans to be as relentless as ISIL. From his very next words, I suspect not, because we need to forget this nonsense about seeing that justice is done. What we need, Mr. President, is to carry out vengeance. By that I mean the sort of vengeance that deters future terrorist acts. Not by ISIL; they need to be destroyed, but future terrorism by any other group that will inevitably follow in their footsteps. It’s not just about James Foley, either. It’s about who ISIL is, what they stand for, what they’re currently doing in Iraq and Syria, and what they intend to do to all of us in the West. And no, we don’t necessarily need to be standing alongside others; when it comes to protecting the interests of the United States, there is nothing wrong with acting unilaterally if we need to do so. Part of Obama’s problem is that he’s so taken with the idea of an international consensus on using military force he’s ineffective, and therefore worse than useless, because it’s actually asking the world’s permission to act – something America hasn’t traditionally done when protecting our national interests.
In a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity yesterday, former Vice President Dick Cheney said of Obama, “I keep wrestling with this question of whether it’s naivety, or lack of experience, or because that’s the way he wants things to work. I’ve just about reached the point where I’ve concluded that what he is discovering fairly late in his administration is that his basic world view is fundamentally flawed – that the world is a mean, nasty place on occasion, that you need a strong America, you need superior American military forces to deal with it, and I think every single day that goes by he’s finding that there’s a bigger and bigger gulf between his hoped-for view of the world, and reality. He’s not up to speed and does not want to believe all that’s going on out there, but every day we find new evidence that he’d rather be on the golf course than he would be dealing with the crisis that’s developing rapidly in the Middle East.”
When Vice President Cheney was asked about his reaction when hearing that within minutes of giving the statement, Obama ran off to play golf with Alonzo Mourning, he said, “Well, I noticed the reaction of David Cameron, the British prime minister, when he found out that the individual who apparently did the beheading was speaking with a British accent. He wanted to immediately leave his vacation spot, head back to London, and go to work trying to deal with the problems that that represents. And of course, our president headed for the golf course as soon as he’d made his relatively ineffective statement.”
When it comes to a former vice president criticizing the sitting president in this most humiliating way, it’s not to be done or taken lightly. Cheney is a judicious man who wouldn’t say something like this if it weren’t a glaring truth that has become so obvious to all it can no longer be denied. It’s a damning indictment of Obama’s presidency, and one that desperately needs to be addressed. That nothing has been done to stop this president by way of impeachment proceedings is tantamount to a damning indictment of a weak, ineffective Congress that has shirked its duty to uphold, protect, and defend the Constitution. It’s also a damning indictment of an American voting public who was so eager to make history by electing a minority to the presidency that we put him into the office knowing fully well there were uneasy questions about his beliefs, values, and background. And lastly, it’s a damning indictment of a news media that for the most part refused to even ask those tough but important questions.
Although the Islamic State is a very real danger to the United States, Britain, and Israel as well as the entire free world, the biggest danger is Obama himself. He and his administration knew of the threat to kill James Foley a week before it happened. His response? He continued to golf, party, and enjoy himself rather than doing his job. History will not be kind to him, and although history could easily forgive us the presidential election of 2008, it will neither forget nor forgive us for the election of 2012.