As Great Britain raised the terror threat level from “substantial” to “severe” yesterday, British Prime Minister David Cameron held a press conference outlining how he intends to respond to the growing threat from the Islamic State. The prime minister said, “We’ve all been shocked and sickened by the barbaric murder of American journalist James Foley, and by the voice of what increasingly seems to have been a British terrorist recorded on that video. It was clear evidence, not that anymore was needed, that this is not some foreign conflict thousands of miles from home that we can hope to ignore.”
He also further stated, “This threat cannot be solved simply by dealing with the perceived grievances over Western foreign policy, nor can it be dealt with by addressing poverty, dictatorship, or instability in the region, as important as these things are. The root cause of this threat to our security is quite clear. It is a poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism that is condemned by all faiths, and by all faith leaders. It believes in using the most brutal forms of terrorism to force people to accept a warped worldview and to live in an almost medieval state.”
Saying that “we cannot appease this ideology”, but that we have to “confront it at home and abroad”, Prime Minister Cameron announced that the UK would be seizing passports from suspects to keep them from traveling abroad, barring foreign nationals from reentering the UK, depriving people of citizenship, and enacting legislation to prosecute British citizens for all terrorist activity, even if it takes place overseas.
In an excellent Fox News opinion article yesterday followed by an interview, Nile Gardiner compared Cameron’s remarks to Thursday’s Obama press conference in what amounted to a scathing indictment of a presidency that has completely lost its way. Calling Obama’s remarks “weak-kneed, meandering and confused”, he wrote that whereas Cameron appeared self-assured and determined, Obama reminded him of a deer in the headlights.
I couldn’t agree more, and while Gardiner suggested that Obama could take a lesson from how Prime Minister Cameron is addressing the Islamist threat, I don’t think his piece will do anything more than belabor the obvious. Obama has made it quite clear through his actions, or rather lack of them, that he simply doesn’t care about the Islamist threat to America.
That, among many other examples over the past six years, is more than enough reason to impeach this president for utterly failing to carry out his sworn duty to the United States. Sadly, I know it won’t happen, and the truth is it’s politically impossible to get a conviction in the Senate at this time. That might change in November, but even if the GOP gains control of the Senate then, will there be the political will to convict?
I believe if the House were to impeach Obama, whether now or after the November elections, the Senate would find that an overwhelming majority of Americans would support his conviction and removal from office.