CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 6, 2014 — Not only is President Obama the first black president in U.S. history, he is also America’s first “in your face” commander in chief.
Victory laps and spiking the football have become Obama Administration traditions, even though they are based upon misinformation, false promises and bogus or manipulated statistics. Nothing Obama does is ever direct. There are always loopholes where something is constantly out of sync.
Obama came into office promising that he would “fundamentally change America.” It may be the only promise he has kept. While his domestic agenda steamrolls the Constitution with little or no bona fide resistance, Obama continues to view foreign policy as a necessary evil that just keeps getting in his way.
As a result, the U.S. and the president have lost considerable international credibility. Low information voters couldn’t care less, but the audiences in Moscow, Berlin, Teheran and Beijing are much tougher than Obama’s supporters at home.
Terrorists and their supporters watch every nuance of U.S. foreign policy ever so closely, and they have correctly determined that we are now nothing more than a paper tiger.
Jihadis are noted for their false bravado and impotent boasts, but the sudden realization that they have nothing to fear is like a shot of viagra, and they are suddenly emboldened to give their hatred real voice.
On March 26, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) published extensive excerpts from Inspire, the online al-Qaeda magazine. Inspire was the resource used by the Tsarnaev brothers for the pressure cooker bombs they used in last year’s Boston Marathon attack.
Reading global terrorists’ own words gives new emphasis to the warnings of journalists who attempt to alert Americans about the dangers we face from Islamic jihad. Ignore the poor English and pay attention to Inspire’s message. “While Obama thinks he is killing Al-Qaeda, he is actually building an army which he will fight against eventually … With time Al-Qaeda may disappear. Not (because) Jihad will cease, but (because) the whole Ummah will be waging Jihad.” “Ummah” is the entire Muslim community.
Inspire continues, “America will not only fear the Afghani soldiers, but she will also be haunted by fear wherever her interests are. She will also fear homegrown Muslims, and even American reverts. Everyone of those will be considered a time bomb which may blow up anytime, during a soccer game, a car race, or in a club.”
The warning has been issued. Then follows a prediction and statement of the Islamic goal through a call to action:
“Thereupon, the American people will curse their politicians who have dragged them into this hell. And the politicians will curse their consultants who deceived them that their empire will die together with history. When every people curses the other, Muslims will establish their Islamic structure. They will dispose their own affairs, and worship their Lord as He had ordered them to.”
Next come the reasons Islamists are so emboldened, which points directly back to the foreign policy failures of the White House:
“Therefore, after more than a decade of waging a vicious global war on Islam, wasting billions of dollars, and giving away tens of thousands of killed and injured, the American counter Jihād experts have found out, surprisingly, that their ruling regime has been playing wrongly and losing the war on the ground through ‘faulty understanding, failures and ineffectiveness.‘” (Emphasis added)
In the past, regardless of whether American strength was real or perceived, it was always a powerful deterrent to global mischief. Today, that deterrent power is gone.
“The policies of the American direct and indirect occupation have not guaranteed victory or security to Washington so far, nor do they seem they will in the future. As a result of the unexpected reversed outcome of the 12 years crusade, the American regime has taken a defensive position and adopted ‘damage control’ policy. This attitude make all the counter Jihād plans of the regime weak and inoperative.” (Emphasis added)
Obama’s video game tactics of using drones has only served to strengthen the resolve of the enemy rather than instill fear.
“The killing of the Jihādi leaders by American drones has not changed the Mujahideen’s strategy of targeting the empire of tyranny in its heart or halted their projects to inspire the Ummah to do the same.”
While the domestic agenda does, indeed, “fundamentally change America” as we know it, our inept efforts at foreign policy are also changing the world. And the United States continues along the “yellow-brick road” while the Wizard of Oz hides behind empty rhetoric, incompetence and, worst of all, apathy about the plight of global affairs.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com).
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