WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2015 – President Obama took to the U.S. government’s domestic propaganda outlet, National Public Radio, to convince its audience of university-educated utopians that he embodies the nation’s ideals.
“I make no apologies,” Obama told them, “for us wanting to [fight terrorism] appropriately and in a way that is consistent with American values.”
Falling back on a well-used Cold War tactic of the left, the president descended into moral equivalence. He insisted that “domestic terrorism acts have killed at least as many Americans” as Middle Eastern jihadists now immigrating to our shores under the pretext of building better lives and embracing Obama’s non-judgmental, multicultural, transgender “American values.”
In other words, he blames America first.
Obama faulted mass-media sensationalism for its coverage of the San Bernardino ISIS-inspired mass-shooting that left 14 Americans dead, forgetting that it was the same news outlets that almost eight years ago sold gullible Americans on “hope and change.”
Getting back to ISIS, the president criticized Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz for suggesting he would “utterly destroy ISIS” by carpet bombing them “into oblivion. I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out,” said Cruz in a campaign speech delivered in Iowa.
The Obama administration’s impotence in preventing jihadist operations on American soil became evident when it was learned that Tashfeen Malik, who assisted her husband in the San Bernardino massacre, was not thoroughly vetted before she was allowed to enter the U.S.
The Department of Homeland Security subsequently admitted that Malik’s previous Facebook pronouncements in favor of ISIS were missed due to a White House policy not to review social media postings of Middle Easterners entering the country for fear of “a civil liberties backlash and ‘bad public relations’ for the Obama administration,” ABC News reported.
Remember that in light of the Obama administration’s secret domestic spying “Prism” program, which violated the Fourth Amendment right of millions of Americans to be “secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.”
Our constitutional protections against overreaching government does not fall within Obama’s understanding of “American values.” But reading Tashfeen Malik’s very public statements of support for ISIS on social media somehow violates his sense of fair play.
And 14 Americans died as a result.
But getting back to Ted Cruz and his carpet bombing statement, the president said such a policy will “kill tens or hundreds of thousands of innocent Syrians and Iraqis. That is not who we are. That would be a strategy that would have enormous backlash against the United States.”
If the United States had placed concern for civilian casualties above its goal to force Nazi Germany to surrender unconditionally, descendants of the armies of Gen. George Patton and Field Marshall Erwin Rommel would still be slugging it out in the hedgerow country of France.
According to historian Mary Louise Roberts, “19,890 French civilians lost their lives in the Invasion of Normandy… Even in perfect weather, only about half the bombs released [by Allied bombers] at 16,000 feet fell within a quarter of a mile of their target.”
The Allies naturally assumed that any civilian casualties resulting from their military operations were the fault of the totalitarian, genocidal aggressor and breaker of the peace.
Hence the post-war trials of Nazi officials at Nuremberg for “crimes against humanity.”
But that was a time when the actions of our leaders were influenced by the ancient Christian doctrine of “just war,” which legitimized conflict if “the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations [is]… grave and certain,” and if “all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical and ineffective.”
But it’s impossible to make clear moral judgments when a confused worldview forces one to see a perpetrator of existential evil – like ISIS – as a mere “JV team,” and fighting its brand of religious totalitarianism at home and abroad as inconsistent with “American values.”
Echoing the president’s mindset, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said, “Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people, and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism. The obsession in some quarters with a clash of civilization, or repeating the specific words of radical Islamic terrorism isn’t just a distraction; it gives these criminals, these murderers more standing than they deserve.”
Mrs. Clinton is preaching to the wrong choir. According to the Pew Research Center, roughly 63 million people in the Muslim world support ISIS, with another 287 million sitting on the fence. In Pakistan, which has nuclear weapons and for years shielded Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, ISIS support stands at 72 percent.
“When people see a strong horse and a weak horse,” said Osama bin Laden, “by nature, they will like the strong horse.”
With Clinton expected to continue the failed anti-terror and immigration policies of the Obama administration, ISIS can look forward to facing another tired and confused nag.