What does a nation do when its highest official represents the biggest security threat it faces?
That's what America needs to decide — and fast. Because the Islamic State is not the nation's No. 1 security threat. Neither is the open border between Mexico and the U.S. Nor is the increase in racial strife and division in America the biggest risk facing the country. It's also not a rapidly failing economy that could collapse at a moment's notice. Nor is it the breakdown of the rule of law in America.
The No. 1 threat to America's national security is one man. But it's not Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State. It's Barack Hussein Obama.
The reason for that is simple: Obama has either created these threats or greatly exacerbated them through his position in the White House. Let's take them one by one:
—Who is the Islamic State? The mass killers of Christians, Shiites and all but radicalized Sunni Muslims in the Middle East didn't just pop up out of nowhere. Al-Baghdadi was the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq. When he took his forces to Syria with the express purpose of toppling the Bashar Assad regime, Obama sent the Syrian opposition arms and supplies and pleaded with congressional leaders to bless his plan to bomb the smithereens out of Syria in support of the rebels. The Islamic State was, by far, the strongest element of the Syrian opposition and ultimately captured all of the U.S. weaponry supplied by Obama. Then al-Baghdadi directed his fighters into Iraq in the wake of the military vacuum created by Obama's decision to pull out all U.S. military forces against the recommendations of every sane and honest military adviser. Now what Obama is suggesting to counteract the Islamic State carnage in Iraq is little more than token airstrikes of the kind he previously sought in support of the Syrian opposition led by the Islamic State.
—Why is there a crisis at the border that may have already permitted infiltration of the U.S. by terrorists sympathetic to the Islamic State and al-Qaida? It's there because Obama willingly created it to lure children from Central America to the U.S. as a political prop to promote his plan to turn millions of illegal aliens into a Trojan horse army to be assimilated into his domestic political machine. He may not have actually anticipated the way the border crisis could be used by foreign terrorists hellbent on murdering Americans, but he probably doesn't lose any sleep over the possibility. After all, he and his closest advisers believe one should "never let a serious crisis go to waste."
—Remember the way Obama's supporters fantasized about how the first black president would serve to heal the nation of the lingering effects of institutional racism? Who would have believed that instead, we would see urban riots, black mob violence, the "knockout game" and a Justice Department that more closely resembles an old-fashioned racially motivated lynching party? Obama has set back race relations in the U.S. by 50 years — and he's done it intentionally and with malice aforethought.
—How about the economic problems still plaguing America nearly six years into Obama's presidency? Was it just bad luck? Was it, as he suggests, noncooperation by the Republicans? No, Obama was given free rein to do what he wanted for the first two years he was in power, with Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress. Even after Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 2011, they never denied him anything of importance — providing virtually unlimited spending by raising the debt limit every time it was reached. Obama, who thought the debt was too high under George W. Bush and voted to oppose exceeding the debt limit, has now doubled it in less than six years — with no end in sight and no plans to stop the borrowing and spending insanity.
—What about the rule of law? They say that without the rule of law, you have the rule of men. Obama has taken full advantage of this truism by leading the attack on the rule of law — willfully and admittedly breaking it time and time again in the interest of furthering his political agenda. With Obama as the most visible lawbreaker in America, how dare we as a nation hold any other criminals accountable for their actions?
This isn't an indictment of Obama. It's just a simple statement of fact.
Eldridge Cleaver didn't always make a lot of sense, but he got it right when he made this statement: "You're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem."
Do you think Obama is part of the solution? Can you honestly say that after nearly six years of watching him govern between golf rounds?
Ronald Reagan famously said, "Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."
It was true then, and it's true today. But we can now personalize this slogan. We can put a face on it: "Obama is not the solution; Obama is the problem."
In fact, I would say he's the biggest problem America faces today — the biggest threat to the nation's national security, bar none.
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