Obama spoke to the nation this evening about the grave terrorist threat that is confronting us. Just a few of the things he said that jumped out to me:
“Our nation has been at war with terrorists since al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 Americans on 9/11.” Think this was started by Bush – they are aware that terrorism is a tactic, right? The world has had problems with terrorism for as long as there has been civilization. There is not one concrete enemy, “The Terrorists.” The Charleston Church Shooting was terrorism. The Planned Parenthood shooting was terrorism. If you attack innocent people for a political end, and are a non-state actor, you are a terrorist. Strangely enough, since ISIS is a de facto state at this point, I’m not confident the most recent shooting actually does count as terrorism if they were operating as part of ISIS.
“As we’ve become better at preventing complex, multifaceted attacks like 9/11, terrorists turned to less complicated acts of violence like the mass shootings that are all too common in our society.” I don’t think we have become better at preventing complex, multifaceted attacks like 9/11. It is possible that the FBI, CIA, NSA, and TSA have been thwarting these complex attacks left and right. But since this is the most secretive administration in history, who knows? Maybe there just aren’t that many people willing to blow themselves up for a cause, and keep it together while immigrating to the USA and accumulating the means to do so. You need a very special kind of fanatic to manage that.
” First, our military will continue to hunt down terrorist plotters in any country where it is necessary. In Iraq and Syria, airstrikes are taking out ISIL leaders, heavy weapons, oil tankers, infrastructure. And since the attacks in Paris, our closest allies — including France, Germany, and the United Kingdom — have ramped up their contributions to our military campaign, which will help us accelerate our effort to destroy ISIL.” Yeah, how’s that working out for ya? In June 2014, ISIL was estimated as having 4,000 fighters. Now it’s estimated at 20-30,000. So if we accelerate our efforts, ISIL should have the Middle East pretty well under their control in a few years.
“Second, we will continue to provide training and equipment to tens of thousands of Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting ISIL on the ground so that we take away their safe havens. In both countries, we’re deploying Special Operations Forces who can accelerate that offensive. We’ve stepped up this effort since the attacks in Paris, and we’ll continue to invest more in approaches that are working on the ground.” It hasn’t worked so far, so let’s do the same thing we’ve been doing – only harder!
“Since the attacks in Paris, we’ve surged intelligence-sharing with our European allies.” You weren’t already sharing all the relevant intelligence you had?
“Fourth, with American leadership, the international community has begun to establish a process — and timeline — to pursue ceasefires and a political resolution to the Syrian war.” Oh, good! We have begun to establish a process to set a timeline with the community and leadership to establish ceasefires for a resolution to… which part of the Syrian war again? Are the ‘moderate’ Islamic extremists going to be in charge?
“To begin with, Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun. What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semi-automatic weapon? This is a matter of national security.” *pulls off the Obama mask* My god, Obama has secretly been Dick Cheney this whole time! If it’s a matter of national security, who has time for “due process”, and “rights”? Look, this has nothing to do with guns. We shouldn’t have a secret government list saying who does and does not have certain rights and privileges. At all. Ever. If they are known terrorists, arrest them. Charge them. Provide them with fair legal representation. If convicted, incarcerate them for the rest of their miserable lives. If you can’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they are guilty, then you are required by law to let them go. I’m sure they have a copy of the Bill of Rights in the White House somewhere.
Well, that’s everything that pissed me off. I actually agree with some of his comments. I know a decent number of Muslims personally. They are, one and all, horrified at the actions of ISIL. While none of them are refugees from the current conflict, several came here as refugees from past wars in the region. Then I’ve heard people at work and online say that “those people are all the same, and we need to kill them all before they kill us.” That is the mindset of mass murder, terrorism, and genocide, whether the thought comes from a member of ISIL or an American.