Kudos from this conservative to President Barack Obama for visiting the troops in Afghanistan this week. It is good for the morale of our armed forces and as a sign of resolve to our enemies, for our Commander in Chief to be seen in theatre. Moreover, as I said when Obama took office, we have only one president at a time and one foreign policy, which policy deserves great deference since if his doesn’t succeed, America’s won’t.
We also must acknowledge, before proceeding to certain criticisms of his Administration’s conduct of national security policy, that the President has at least stayed the course in Iraq and Afghanistan and increased the offensive against our enemies in Pakistan. These are not unsubstantial actions and certainly exceed many conservatives’ expectations of him prior to his Inauguration.
The Luck of the Kenyan-Indonesian Hawaiian
Sadly though, our expectations of him were very low after his 2008 election victory and, under Obama, the homeland, that was kept safe for nearly seven years under President George W. Bush after the 2001-2 al Qaeda hijacking attacks and anthrax attacks of unknown origin, again suffered bloodshed at the hands Islamist terrorism in Fort Hood, TX. Moreover, luck seems to be the main reason hundreds more were not killed in New York and Detroit by the would be Times Square and Underwear Bombers, respectively.
Prior to the Fort Hood, Times Square and Detroit incidents we were told that Barack Hussein Obama’s Kenyan and Indonesian familial relations and new conciliatory tone, as expressed in apology tours to the Arab World and literal and figurative bows to Arab and Muslin leaders would better keep us safe than his predecessor’s alleged “Cowboy” mentality.
The victims of the bloodbaths in Iran and Fort Hood would beg to differ. But I suspect that our cerebral Chief Executive might view those incidents as puny, given the revelations of his attitude about terrorist attacks as communicated to author Bob Woodward:
According to Woodward’s meeting-by-meeting, memo-by-memo account of the 2009 Afghan strategy review, the president avoided talk of victory as he described his objectives.
“This needs to be a plan about how we’re going to hand it off and get out of Afghanistan,” Obama is quoted as telling White House aides as he laid out his reasons for adding 30,000 troops in a short-term escalation. “Everything we’re doing has to be focused on how we’re going to get to the point where we can reduce our footprint. It’s in our national security interest. There cannot be any wiggle room.”
Obama rejected the military’s request for 40,000 troops as part of an expansive mission that had no foreseeable end…
Woodward’s book portrays Obama and the White House as barraged by warnings about the threat of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil and confronted with the difficulty in preventing them. During an interview with Woodward in July, the president said, “We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger.”
“We” didn’t absorb it Mr. President. 3000 that aren’t stronger today absorbed it for us, because of a decade of weak responses to a series of terrorist attacks against Americans at home and abroad that convinced Osama bin Laden that America was the weak horse and a paper tiger vulnerable to attack at home. We got stronger (no thanks to you and Hillary’s two votes as Senators to de-fund the war effort) thanks to the resolve of your predecessor as Commander-in-Chief and our armed forces that killed tens of thousands of would be US-mainland attackers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Obama’s above statements were made in the context of “CYA” testimony of other administration officials (see below) in the wake of the Fort Hood massacre, the first successful terrorist attack on American soil since 911 and the 2002 Anthrax attacks, and other near misses in Times Square and Detroit, e.g.:
A US security official on Wednesday said the country was capable of withstanding another terrorist attack and bouncing back, saying Americans needed to put extremist threats in “perspective.”Michael Leiter, head of the National Counterterrorism Center, said despite recent successes there was no guarantee that intelligence and law enforcement agencies could prevent every attempt by extremists to attack the United States.
“We’re not going to have a perfect batting average and its important that Americans understand that,” Leiter told a conference on intelligence reform.
“It’s important that we approach this with national resilience that in fact shows that this country is not going to be defeated by” extremists, Leiter said.
“We do have to put the threat in perspective,” he said.
Leiter said security agencies faced the threat of “low-probability,” large-scale attacks involving possible weapons of mass destruction as well as “high probability”, smaller-scale attacks such as the shooting rampage at Fort Hood last year that left 13 dead.
But terrorist attacks should not be viewed as “cutting into the fabric of our society,” he said.
Do those statements give you confidence that the Obama Administration makes up every day intent on taking the fight to the enemy and saving American lives? How about the new TSA airport security virtual Peeping Tom and actual physical molestation policies? More about saving lives or preparing to cover their asses when they don’t bat 1.000 in the non-war against extremists? Especially when one considers their low threshold for yelling “torture” and throwing out evidence against admitted 911 mass murderers that have their noses swabbed with water.
I also would like to see some wives or aides of Muslim diplomats being felt up at JFK before taking a taxi to the UN before their leaders attack America only to have Obama officials listen in polite reverence at General Assemblies or Security Counsels. Lastly, what about Miranda rights for Delta travelers since Obama thinks a captured Osama bin Laden would be entitled to same if he tried to board one of their 747s.
Meanwhile, while a “stronger” America lines up to have their own female flowers subjected to Lesbian-like foreplay, back in Afghanistan President Obama speaks of success given the presence of “all” the troops, we recall Woodward’s accounts above of Obama’s insistence of an exit strategy and withdrawal date and wonder if his fear of absorbing attacks from his Left is paramount in his mind even as he seems flippant about even about 911. After all, we “absorbed” it. There still exists a nation on the U.N. roll call called the United States of America. Yes, and there also exists a United Kingdom, but the sun stays set on it for hours on end too.
Leaks and Absorption
Which brings us to Obama’s deafening silence and inaction between months apart Wikileaks. I assume that Erick Holder’s “Just-Us” Department has been too busy suing Americans for daring to defend the Arizona border and in planning an “OJ” trial for KSM near a planned Ground Zero Mosqueto draft an indictment for the crime of espionage against his Homeland.
Now that our incompetents have essentially created a new Ann Landers Czar-at-Large in Europe, how many Americans will die because of the reluctance of would-be allies to share intel?
The Left is always so clever to make the kinds of mistakes that are hard to calculate but obvious in the natural world. I speak mainly of the natural law of deterrence and trust that I learned on the playgrounds of elementary school. Does anyone really believe that any of our enemies really fear Obama or any liberal democrat? Seriously now, given the recent discovery of a new kind of arsenic-centric life on Earth, wouldn’t the Law of Liberal Weakness and appeasement now outrank even the Law of Gravity in terms of scientific certainty?
The United States Navy
Obama and the Left seem to only want to celebrate an America on its knees rather than the exceptional America of history. Moreover, they have spent the last two years bringing us to our knees domestically while bowing to potentates abroad. We are in the midst of a great jobs recession that will probably ravage our economy for many years to come.
But America can survive the ObamaDem fiasco and return to the top economically so long as we do at least one vital thing: Maintain naval superiority around the globe. The mere presence of the benevolent U.S. Navy causes entrepreneurs to risk capital to manufacture widgets from Indianapolis to Hong Kong secure in the fact that unlike the 5000 years of history that preceded the Six Frigates, trade is free and wars are deterred.
If the GOP House can do one thing with their new majority, it must maintain the superiority of the armed forces of the United States.
Where would the South Korea, Japan, Iraq and Israel be but for the arsenal of Democracy? Not to mention New York and Los Angeles? All Ossetias and Georgia would be back in Russian hands. Lights would be going out all over the world with a combination of a weak Obama and a smaller Navy. The Navy keeps the Visigoths at bay while We the People battle to save the homeland from Obama and the left.
Keep us strong and able to come back no matter how low we go economically, by investing in the military even as we rightly reduce forces abroad in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson