LOS ANGELES, February 5, 2015 — While the Middle East is always on the verge of exploding into flames, early 2015 has been especially fiery. Radical Islamist groups from ISIS to Boko Haram to various al Qaeda offshoots are committing acts that are growing exponential in brutality. ISIS took a Jordanian citizen and burned the man alive. Meanwhile, Bashar Assad is still butchering his own citizens in Syria and Iran is moving swiftly toward building nuclear bombs.
A pair of foreign leaders are determined to take action while the leader of the free world hems and haws.
President Barack Obama has faithful supporters who would lay down and die for him. Unfortunately, the world is burning while he pleads for calm. Obama’s vision of the world has proven illusory. His foreign policy is crashing. Protecting his narrative has taken priority over protecting civilization. The world has concluded that Obama will not act. A pair of world leaders have had enough.
Jordanian King Abdullah II vowed to unleash the gates of hell on ISIS. Those are words. What came next were swift actions. An ISIS suicide bomber was captured alive. King Hussein did not bother going to the United Nations. He certainly did not consult with the State Department or any other United States apparatus. Jordan quickly executed the suicide bomber and one other ISIS fighter. Only after the executions did Abdullah tell members of the United States Armed Services Committee that more retribution was coming. Abdullah quoted the Clint Eastwood movie “Unforgiven.”
While Arab Muslims were killing other Arab Muslims, the Obama administration was fretting over a leader of a Western-style democracy giving a speech to another Western democracy. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted an invitation from House Speaker John Boehner to address a joint session of Congress. Originally scheduled for February 11, the speech has been pushed back to March 3. Netanyahu is up for reelection on March 17.
Obama has angrily reacted to Netanyahu’s speech as a violation of protocol, claiming he was not consulted first. His claim has already been debunked. Netanyahu has addressed Congress before without Obama’s permission before, as has the President of South Korea. Those speeches were before Obama’s reelection, when he had to be more diplomatic. Even if this was a new situation, the issue would be completely irrelevant. Obama gets very angry when he cannot control every aspect of a situation. He detests dissent. Congress can invite anybody they like to speak to Congress. Obama has no say. Rather than accept this, Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have threatened Netanyahu with reprisals.
While King Abdullah is focused on ISS, Obama and Kerry are focused on Netanyahu.
Reasonable people should ask why Netanyahu would go out on a limb and risk angering an American leader. The answer is a simple one. The fate of the world is at stake. Netanyahu is serious about preserving life as we know it. Obama is not.
Obama supporters can bleat all they like. Abdullah and Netanyahu have both publicly called out radical Islam. Obama refuses to do so. Abdullah and Netanyahu both want somebody to step up and prevent Iran from building nuclear bombs. Obama refuses to do so.
Abdullah and Netanyahu are doers. Obama is a talker. Those praising him for getting Osama bin Laden should remember that he called off the mission three times and had to be persuaded on the fourth try to finally act. Obama at his core is an academic. He likes to study things. He spent five years studying the Keystone Pipeline rather than take a position. That is not leadership.
On issue after issue around the world, Obama’s pattern is to extend dialogue even when agreements are broken and conversation has proven pointless. He believes his predecessor was too quick to wage war. He overcompensates by retreating around the world and declaring a lack of American presence to be peace.
Netanyahu and Abdullah live in the real world as it is, not how they wish it would be. They have obligations to make sure that their own countries do not get blown to Kingdom Come. Adults act. Children sulk.
The fact that an outgoing American president sees everybody going around him is irrelevant. The fact that his feelings are hurt matters not one bit. Innocent people are being murdered around the globe. Far too many leaders have concluded that Obama either does not care or is too weak to stop the genocide. Obama is paralyzed by his own ideological blinders.
This is why Abdullah needs to handle business without consulting the White House in advance. This is why Netanyahu has to address Congress about the real threat Iran faces. Obama will be out of office soon. World leaders know this. So do the world’s killers.
ISIS and Boko Haram know that Obama could be replaced by somebody who favors a more muscular foreign policy. They are terrified that the next president could be a conservative Republican who makes George W. Bush seem like Maya Angelou. The terrorists hated Bush, but they also feared him. They do not fear Obama.
Bush hunted the Islamists. They fled. Obama withdrew. The Islamists returned. Now and Abdullah and Netanyahu have filled the leadership vacuum. Somebody has to do something. Obama has said on many occasions that, “If Congress won’t act, I will.” Obama refused to act, so Congress did. They invited Netanyahu to explain to the world what matters.
Radical Islam matters. Stopping it matters. The people determined to call it out by name and stop it matter. Abdullah matters. Netanyahu matters. Obama does not matter.
Obama’s supporters in Manhattan and San Francisco can protest. They do not matter. People being murdered across the globe matter. Obama cannot and will not deal with them. Abdullah and Netanyahu will. Somebody has to.