SAN DIEGO, September 19, 2016 — After the terrorist bombings on the East coast on Saturday, President Obama had no comment. Instead, he campaigned for Hillary Clinton. He finally mentioned the terrorism on Monday morning.
An exploding bomb in Chelsea, New York injured 19 people. Another homemade pressure cooker bomb was discovered nearby.
In New Jersey, authorities found a pipe bomb. The next day, another bomb exploded at a New Jersey train station.
On Sunday the identity of the assailant(s) was still unknown, but by Monday morning, the police had made several arrests and put out the name of an Afghani American citizen—28 year old Ahmad Khan Rahami—as another suspect.
While there is still much to learn about the New York/New Jersey incidents, we had more detailed information on Sunday about another terrorist attack, in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Nine people were stabbed in a shopping mall by a man dressed as a security guard. The attacker was eventually shot dead by a plain clothes cop. According to news agency Amaq, ISIS has claimed responsibility, calling the assailant a “soldier of the Islamic state.”
The ISIS statement is unconfirmed, but we do know that the attacker, 20 year old Dahir Adan, was a Muslim from Somalia who shouted the word “Allah” in the midst of his stabbings.
President Obama finally offered some remarks about the terrorist attacks on Monday morning:
It’s important to remember what terrorists and violent extremists are trying to do: They are trying to hurt innocent people, but they’re also trying to instill fear in all of us, and disrupt the way we live to undermine our values. So even as we have to be vigilant and aggressive in preventing senseless acts of violence and making sure that we find those that carry out such acts and bring them to justice, we all have a responsibility as citizens to make sure that we don’t succumb to that fear. And there’s no better example of that than the people of NY and NJ.
Obama also claimed that the New York/New Jersey bombs had no connection to the incident in St. Cloud. Exactly how he knew this, he failed to say.
This isn’t the first time Obama has commented on a terrorist attack. He is prone to remind America that terror attacks in the name of Islam really have nothing to do with the “religion of peace,” and when anyone sees a relationship, he reminds them that Christians were also violent one-thousand years ago during the Crusades.
Before he said anything about the incidents in Minnesota, New York and New Jersey, Obama gave a campaign speech for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, offering his own theory as to why the election is so close:
If all you’re doing is watching Fox News and listening to Rush Limbaugh and reading some of the blogs that are churning out a lot of misinformation on a regular basis, then it’s very hard for you to think that you’re going to vote for somebody who you’ve been told is taking the country in the wrong direction.
This president who gives a campaign speech on the heels of a terrorist attack and who also plays golf after ISIS cuts off the head of an American, seeks to blame Rush Limbaugh and Fox News for his reputation. Is it possible, just remotely possible, that people have managed to fashion their own appraisal of their president?
Gee, Mr. President, why oh why would anybody think our country is going the wrong direction?
This is Bob Siegel, making the obvious, obvious.
Bob Siegel is a weekend radio talk show host on KCBQ and a columnist. Details of his show can be found at www.bobsiegel.net.
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