President Obama's predictable reaction to the latest heinous, unprovoked terrorist massacre of innocent citizens on American soil would be embarrassing if it weren't so disgraceful. This man's term can't end quickly enough.
There is just no excuse for Obama's warped moral compass — the way he excuses the culpable. And his judgments are not happening in a vacuum; they are guiding his policies, which are leading to more, not fewer, attacks against us.
After the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States — at the hands of an Islamic terrorist at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub — Obama couldn't sprint to the lectern fast enough to tell Americans not to believe our lying eyes, saying we should view this slaughter through his perverse prism.
Obama has a selfish interest in denying that this was an act of Islamic terrorism by an Islamic terrorist, which would be an admission of the failure of his policies. He has virtually withdrawn the United States from the war on terror unilaterally, operating on the grossly reckless assumption that Islamic terrorism springs from economic motivations, our recent military actions in the Middle East or some other such nonsense.
Obama simply will not identify this (or similar outrageous attacks) as an act of Islamic jihad. He will only say the FBI is investigating it as a generic "act of terrorism." He said: "We've reached no definitive judgment on the precise motivations of the killer. ... And I've directed that we must spare no effort to determine what — if any — inspiration or association this killer may have had with terrorist groups."
What inspiration? What association? Insistence on tying homegrown terrorists to formal terror groups when they are not distorts the reality that we're dealing with an ideological epidemic, with some terrorists connected to terrorist organizations and others not. Efforts to deny that other terrorists are connected with such groups when they actually are, particularly the Islamic State and al-Qaida, serves Obama's purpose of pretending that he's got such groups under control.
Anyone with average intelligence and observation skills knows that Islamists are at war with "infidels," and the United States, being the "Great Satan," is at the very top of that list. It doesn't matter what our policies are, and it doesn't matter how rich or poor these religious ideologues are; they aim to kill those who won't submit or convert. And this isn't rank speculation. They tell us this every time they open their mouths.
Obama has this bizarre notion that if we would just be nicer to the terrorists — if we'd release the detainees from Guantanamo Bay, if we'd quit intervening in other nations' internal affairs (oops, scratch that one, because Obama gets to violate this at will) and if we'd renounce the use of enhanced interrogation techniques — the terrorists would come around, or at least their ability to recruit would be diminished. I'm sorry, but I didn't realize the United States has been inciting Islamic terrorists since the seventh century.
As with almost every other tragic event, Obama is exploiting this as a platform to preach on gun control. He said: "This massacre is ... a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school or in a house of worship or a movie theater or in a nightclub. And we have to decide if that's the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing is a decision, as well."
This is unspeakably grotesque. Why must Obama and the left always go here? Why must they always blame the hardware — the inanimate objects — rather than the people pulling the triggers? And for the information of this self-styled constitutional law professor, we decided at our founding that we were going to be the kind of country that has a robust right to bear arms.
Just as objectionably, Obama said, "We need to demonstrate that we are defined more — as a country — by the way they lived their lives than by the hate of the man who took them from us."
So Americans who had nothing to do with this mass killing have the burden of proving we are not defined by the hate of the terrorist? This really takes the cake. There are no words to sufficiently describe this insanity. Americans in general have nothing to prove here. It is leftist officeholders and their enablers who must explain why they won't take the handcuffs off our military, law enforcement and intelligence services and have the government do its job of protecting and defending the United States and its citizens.
More than access to guns, Obama's insistence on keeping our heads in the sand and tying our hands behind our backs is imperiling all of us. Inviting the invasion of our borders without regard for who represents a danger to Americans, refusing to identify our enemy and playing footsie with the Islamic State group overseas are imperiling Americans. If anyone needs a lecture, it's not ordinary Americans; it's Obama and his fellow finger-wagging leftists, who keep mouthing their mantra that we need to examine ourselves to see what we are doing to cause these acts.
No, they need to examine themselves, apologize to the rest of us and get out of the way so that the adults in this nation can take the imperative steps to identify the enemy, fight the war and defend America and Americans.
David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book is "The Emmaus Code: Finding Jesus in the Old Testament." Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at www.davidlimbaugh.com. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.