WASHINGTON, June 16, 2014 — The West is watching in horror as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) commits mass murder across Iraq.
As ISIS — an al-Qaeda offshoot even more radical than al-Qaeda — storms through Iraq, the White House Press corp reports that the president had a busy day, even finding time to talk with national security advisor Susan Rice.
Presidential Schedule, Friday, June 13 – Saturday, June 14:
Obama will return to the Coachella Valley this afternoon to presumably hang out with first lady Michelle Obama, who arrived with the president at Palm Springs International Airport about 6:30 p.m. Friday. The two were greeted by local dignitaries including Sen. Barbara Boxer of Rancho Mirage before departing via motorcade to the Thunderbird Heights neighborhood where they spent the night.
(8:24 a.m.): Law enforcement preparations are under way for Air Force One’s departure from Palm Springs and side trip this morning to Orange County, where President Barack Obama will attend a Democratic fundraiser and, later, speak at UC Irvine’s graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
(8:48 a.m.): Air Force One carrying President Barack Obama departed Palm Springs International Airport about 8:35 a.m., bound for Orange County, where Obama will attend a fundraiser at a private home in Laguna Beach and then give the commencement address for UC Irvine’s graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
President Obama, who is headed to Laguna Beach, boarded Marine One. His helicopter took off at 9:18 a.m.
The president — who left first lady Michelle Obama in Rancho Mirage — was greeted by Brigadier General Sylvia Crockett, ADC-Support, 40th Infantry Division; LTC Phillip “Joel” Armstrong, Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, CA; Rep. Alan Lowenthal; Los Alamitos Mayor Gerri Graham-Mejia.
(9:24 a.m.): Air Force One landed at Los Alamitos Army Airfield in Los Alamitos at 9 a.m.
(9:46 a.m.): President Obama departs Palm Springs on Saturday. First lady Michelle Obama stayed behind in Rancho Mirage.
(9:52 a.m.): Palm Springs resident Irene Hinkley was among more than 10 people who huddled up on a knoll near Palm Springs International Airport’s entrance to watch Air Force One take off on Saturday morning.
(9:56 a.m.): After a quick flight along the coast, Marine One landed at 9:35 a.m. at a parking lot near Crystal Cove State Park.
(10:26 a.m.) After a short ride south past cheering onlookers, the president arrived at a private residence in Laguna Beach at 9:45 am for a DNC fundraiser.
President Obama boarded Marine One, which took off for Anaheim about 11 a.m. The president landed near Angel Stadium about fifteen minutes later.
(11:23 a.m.): President Obama left a DNC fundraiser in Laguna Beach at 10:50 a.m. About 25 supporters contributed up to $32,400 at the event, which was hosted by Anne Earhart, according to the DNC. The DNC did not respond to questions about the amount raised.
(11:30 a.m.): President Obama delivered the commencement address at the University of California, Irvine. Obama departed Anaheim aboard Marine One at 1:09 p.m.
(2:02 p.m.): President Obama flew by the already empty Angel Stadium in Anaheim, then Disneyland, on his way back to Los Alamitos. Before boarding Air Force One, the president shook hands with members of the military and families. Air Force One was taxiing to take off for Palm Springs at 1:35 p.m
(2:06 p.m.): Air Force One landed at Palm Springs International Airport.
(2:40 p.m.): The president returned to Palm Springs shortly after 2 p.m.He exited Air Force Once and quickly got into a black SUV. The motorcade then headed south out of the airport.
(2:43 p.m.): Malia, the Obama’s 15-year-old daughter, joined her parents in the desert Friday evening after arriving in the area by car, a source with the White House said.
(3:41 p.m.): The President has been in contact with National Security Adviser Susan Rice according to a White House press pool report. He has asked her to keep him abreast on the situation in Iraq. His national security team will continue to work on the situation through the weekend in order to determine options.
(6:55 p.m.): President Obama spent three hours and 40 minutes at Sunnylands to play golf. The president is now headed back to his house at Thunderbird Heights, according to the White House press pool report
Iraq was not really on the presidential schedule for Saturday. The President was apparently too busy to respond to the crisis or to the killings of hundreds of people in Iraq.
But then, there is always little or no response from the U.S. to Islamic attacks, at least not much more than a platitude or #Hashtag photo.
- In Kenya, al-Shabaab terrorists attacked and killed at least 48 non-Muslims this week.
- In 2013, in a horrific attack on the Westlake Mall in Nairobi, Islamic gunmen massacred and tortured non-Muslims but released Muslims.
- In Syria, the Muslims have horribly abused the Christian minority.
- In Nigeria, the Boko Haram group, which literally means, “Western Education is forbidden,” kidnapped 200 school girls who they said they would sell in the slave market. Why? Because they say Islam allows it.
These are not isolated incidents. These types of violent attacks are going on around the world, and it is not getting better. Al-Qaeda is not on the run; we have not won the war on terror.
As we watch horrifying videos of Iraqi soldiers and policemen — as many as 1,700 in one incident — being lined up in ditches and executed with machine guns, we have to wonder, when will the West stand up to Islam?
Ever since 9/11, Americans have been reminded that Islam is a “religion of peace.” There has been little proof of that.
George W. Bush went out of his way to say America was not at war with Islam. War is not like a tango; it only takes one to start a war. Islam’s war starts with the obscuration of humanity and civilization behind the veil of religious zealotry.
Now America is hampered by an Obama Doctrine that says we will help those who oppose America and harm those who support America. We will help tear down secular governments and help radical Islamists overthrow them.
We saw the Obama Doctrine in action during the so-called Arab Spring, when America knifed a trusted ally, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, in the back.
Obama threw Murbarak under the bus and all but demanded Egypt accept a government controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood. When the Egyptians threw out the Muslim Brotherhood government, Obama threatened them, suspended aid, and tried to force the Muslim Brotherhood back into office.
To show what kind of good sports they were, the Muslim Brotherhood went on a rampage, torched churches and the homes and businesses of Christians in Egypt.
When will the West stand up and stop this insanity?
The 19 hijackers of 9/11 had one purpose. They were bringing jihad to America. The memories of 9/11 are fading for many Americans; children who were in the first grade on 9/11 are now adults.
Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of 9/11 is dead. Barack Obama has released from custody men every bit as dangerous. Another 9/11 is coming, only this time it will be much worse.
Will the West — will the United States — stand up and fight before it is too late?