Obama in Terror Denial
From admittedly underestimating the power and scope of ISIS to its insistence on calling terror attacks like the Fort Hood massacre and the beheading of an Oklahoma woman acts of "workplace violence," Obama is adopting a strategy of defeating terrorism by denying that it is happening.
This ostrich-head-in-the-sand strategy is part willful blindness and part a desire to avoid a terror scare before the coming midterm elections.
But the facts are clear: ISIS copycat killers are loose in the United States and administration policy only encourages more.
ISIS videotaped its beheadings and broadcast them throughout the world precisely to encourage these "lone wolf" acts of terrorism. We can expect more of them.
The only way to stop them is to alert the public to be on the lookout. But Obama won't alarm voters. Eight weeks before the '12 elections he tried to trick us into believing that Benghazi was about a video. Now, five weeks out, he tries to sell us on the idea that the beheading in Oklahoma was "workplace violence."
When Alton Nolen entered the front office of his company on Sept. 25 and stabbed and beheaded Colleen Hufford, 54, while shouting Islamic slogans, it was not workplace violence but of Islamist terrorism.
At least the Oklahoma atrocity got national attention. The murder of 19-year old Brendan Tevlin on June 5 in South Orange, New Jersey, by Ali Muhammad Brown was his fourth murder in recent months — the three others were in Washington state. Brown said he was avenging the deaths of Muslims killed by U.S. military action in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Syria.
Yet, serial terrorist that he is, Brown's escapades have not attracted media attention. No need to alarm potential victims.
Nor does it end there.
Two weeks ago, Mufid Elfgeeh, a storeowner in Rochester, New York, offered to help send fighters to Syria to stand with ISIS.
He's no terrorist either.
Nor is Mohammad Ali Baryalei, an Australian part-time actor accused of organizing a terrorist plot in Sydney and Brisbane. He planned to behead people on camera — chosen at random — and send the video back to ISIS in Syria or Iraq for public release.
Obama has finally admitted that he underestimated the power of ISIS. He overestimated the staying power of the Iraqi Army. These errors are, of course, not his fault, just like the underestimation of the security dangers in Benghazi were due to poor staff work.
But there is ample evidence that the staff did its work well. It was the president who bungled. State Department official Brett McGurk told the House Foreign Affairs committee on Nov. 14, 2013 that "we face a real problem" and that ISIS was "growing roots in Syria and in Iraq." On Jan. 23, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq warned of a "very precarious situation" after ISIS took over the city of Fallujah and occupied part of Ramadi. And Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, said the Pentagon's top intelligence officials predicted accurately back on Feb. 11 that ISIS would "attempt to take territory in Iraq and Syria to exhibit its strength in 2014."
But Obama must realize that his constant "underestimation" of the power of terrorists and their groups is en endemic flaw in his world view. His naive rose-colored lenses do not detect evil, except, perhaps, in the Republican Party.
Obama's optimism is costing us billions and potentially American lives in Iraq and Syria and is certainly costing use death here at home.
Will somebody please explain the facts of life to this callow and inexperienced president?
Thanks to lignet.com for some of this material.
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