As the Obama Administration cuts defense spending, a Syrian Man with press credentials was apparently stopped before he could get close enough to stab the President. This as Mr. Obama declares to Turkey, “We are not at war with Islam.”
The President is right. We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with Islamic Extremism. We are at war with those who would expend their lives to kill as many Americans as they possibly can out of the mistaken belief that this will grant them automatic entry into paradise. We are at war with the Taliban and Al Quaeda.
We did not choose this war. In fact, we pretended not to be at war for ten years after the first Persian Gulf War, when Osama bin Laden declared his jihad. We pretended to not be at war after the first World Trade Center bombing, the bombing of the USS Cole and our embassies overseas.
Only after 3,000 Americans died on September 11, 2001 did we finally acknowlege that we were at war. Mr. Obama appears keen to return to the viewpoint that we are not at war, that this is all a police action. Now that his own life has been directly threatened by one of these goons, is he ready to admit that he was wrong? Is he ready to admit that this is a war of ideology that we cannot afford to lose?
Somehow, I doubt it.