In the recent CBS 60 Minutes interview with Steve Kroft, Obama must have dropped his guard momentarily. I’m sure he would have rephrased what he said if he had given any thought as to how it sounded. The worrisome thing is that from all indications from his past actions, he said what he really meant to say.
In his usual “blame someone else” style, Obama mentioned that Jim Clapper, the head of the intelligence community, had acknowledged that he and the rest of the intelligence community had underestimated what had been taking place in Syria. As Obama continued, he said, “Essentially what happened with ISIL was that you had Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which was a vicious group, but our Marines were able quash with the help of Sunni tribes. They went back underground, but over the past couple of years during the chaos of the Syrian civil war, where essentially you have huge swaths of the country that are completely ungoverned, they were able to reconstitute themselves and take advantage of that chaos and attract foreign fighters who believed in their jihadist nonsense, and travel everywhere from Europe to the United States to Australia to other parts of the Muslim world converging on Syria.”
Was Obama saying that Europe, the US, and Australia are parts of the Muslim world? It sure sounded like it to me, because just after mentioning those three, he finished by saying “and other parts of the Muslim world.” Fortunately, I hadn’t yet taken a sip of my coffee, or there would have been a mess to clean up at this computer.
Yes, I know… some of you, and perhaps most of you, will tell me I’m being a stickler for language usage, because that’s not what he said. Perhaps, but I don’t really think so, because whether Obama realizes it or not, words matter, and so does the way we use them. He seemed to include the US, Europe, and Australia as part of the Muslim world. Wishful thinking, President Obama? Hey, why not just come right out and admit it? After all, wishful thinking is what causes Freudian slips to begin with, isn’t it?
Another slip of the tongue, and a telling one, is when Obama said our Marines were able to quash Al-Qaeda with the help of Sunni tribes. I can tell you right now our Marines didn’t need any help from the Sunnis. It’s just another example of Obama’s disdain for the US military, and furthermore, it was a personal insult to all Marines as well as active duty personnel and veterans of all services.
Obama continued, “…that’s why it’s so important for us to recognize part of our solution here is going to be military.” A military solution? Obama is living down to my expectations of him more and more each day. Of course part of our solution is going to be military – the main part, at least for the time being. Yes, there are other means to employ, but only after ISIL and their ilk are destroyed. Not contained or suppressed, but completely destroyed.
I’ve said a number of times that Obama doesn’t understand this. I’m reluctantly beginning to change my mind; I think he does understand what’s needed to eliminate the Islamist terror threat. What I’m seeing, though, is that from all appearances, he doesn’t want to, especially when he makes the sort of the remarks I mentioned above. I was only half-jokingly referring to his comments as a Freudian slip – but only half. The other half of me, I fear, was quite serious. He’s telegraphed our intentions and strategy to the terrorists by stating up front the US wouldn’t be using ground forces, and although he announced air strikes would be used, he waited a couple of weeks to order implementation of them. Why would he do that? And as for taking the advice of his military advisors over at the Pentagon, well, he’s already shown he’s not interested in their advice. He’s going to call the shots all by himself.
In 1986, when President Ronald Reagan began air strikes against Muammar Qaddafi’s Libya, it was only after the strikes had begun that we knew of it. No waiting around, no prior warning. That’s how the military is to be used to our best advantage, and I think Obama knows that. That he’s not using our military that way, but instead is hamstringing them, is telling. It only serves to call into question his motives for not doing everything in his power to stop this madness and terror. As for me, I don’t like the conclusions I’m starting to draw. I don’t like them at all.