The Obama Timewarp
Barack Obama made yet another soaring rhetorical speech yesterday focusing on the Global War on Terror (GWOT). Actually, soaring isn't indicative of the rhetoric he employed. "Dangerously Naïve" is a far better description.
Some people live their lives longing for the past. Barack Obama seems to be trapped in a September 10th world and wants the rest of American to join him in his Time Machine. He beckons us back to an era where Clintonian foreign policy still reigned, the world was at peace, and everyone gathered around the non-carbon-emitting fire and sang Kum-bye-ya every night.
In Barack Obama's virtual reality there is no Global War on Terror. American is not at war because war is wrong. He's not even sure why we need a strong military – or a military at all for that matter because, according to the Obamessiah:
My approach is guided by a simple premise: I have confidence that our system of justice is strong enough to deal with terrorists. [Emphasis Added]
Yes, dear reader, Barack Obama wants to deal with the likes of Usama "Binny" Laden, Khalid "The Schnoz" Sheikhk Mohammed, and Ayman al-Zawahiri the same way he would deal with any run of the mill street thug. Evidently to Obama there is no difference between petty crime and transnational terrorism. Either that, or he's seen one too many episodes of JAG. Perhaps in Obama's virtual reality lawyers really are the best weapon against Islamofacist Murdering Thugs.
In the real world, where most of us spend most of our time, combating terror is not something best done in a courtroom. That strategy has already been tried and has already failed in spectacular fashion. In the years and decades prior to the early morning attacks of September 11th, America and her interests at home and abroad were under relentless attack by the same forces who flew the planes that Tuesday. Here is a short and by no means exhaustive list of terrorist attacks prior to 2001:
11/4/79 – 1/20/81 – Islamic radicals seize 66 hostages from the US Embassy in Tehran. 13 are released but 53 are held for the duration.
4/18/83 – 63 people are killed an 120 people injured when Islamic Jihad forces detonate a 400 pound truck bomb at the US Embassy Complex in Beirut.
10/23/83 – 242 Americans, many of them Marines are killed when Islamic Jihad forces detonate a 12,000 pound truck bomb at the Beirut barracks.
2/26/93 – First World Trade Center Bombings. 6 dead, 1000 injured.
8/7/98 – US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania are simultaneously attacked by forces loyal to Usama bin Laden. 302 dead, roughly 5,089 injured.
10/12/00 – USS Cole is rammed by a small, explosive laden boat. 17 sailors were killed and 39 were wounded.
Again, this list is not an exhaustive list by any means, but the response of the United States – with very few exceptions - was to do nothing.
Yes, we got outraged. We stomped our feet. Presidents (from both parties) swore that "the forces of justice would be brought to bear on the perpetrators of these savage acts." Arrest warrants were issued, indictments were handed down, and yes some Islamofacist Murdering Thugs were sent to SuperMax.
The law enforcement agencies of the United States are among the world's most elite and professional but they are ill suited for fighting a war against a very determined enemy. Wars are to be fought on the battlefield under the rules of war – not a courtroom under the rules of evidence. We should not ask our police officers to do a job best left to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines. Most of all America cannot allow un-elected and un-accountable judges to exert unconstitutional influence in areas best left to generals and admirals.
We've tried Obama's ideas once. Simply put it was an ineffective strategy which led to disastrous results the ramifications of which are still being felt. Obama boldly declares that he
refuse[s] to be lectured on national security by people who are responsible for the most disastrous set of foreign policy decisions in the recent history of the United States.
Evidently, the only people allowed to lecture Barack Obama on national security are those who put in place the policies and rules of engagement which were responsible for the most disastrous attack ever to be leveled against the United States on her own soil.
Here endeth the lesson.