While watching the State of the Union address Tuesday night, I have come to the conclusion that either President Obama is such an extraordinary visionary, a man before his time who has seen what the world looks like many years into the future and he is morally compelled to lead America through an incredible transformative period.
That he has such a strong belief in his view of what America should be or will be that he is willing to go it alone despite how difficult it may be or how much it is against the will of the American people. In this capacity, it seems as though he is completely at peace with enacting his own personal agenda rather than the needs and wants of the majority of Americans.
The other conclusion is that he just doesn’t know what the devil he is doing or worse, what he has done.
I will give him some kudos though. He does know how to speak in gross generalities, highlight issues and topics that spur people into action and motivate supporters to believe in his Hope and Change mantra. Which, by the way, is very similar to being a community activist or perpetual campaigner and in that sense that is how I felt as I watched the State of the Union speech. I could have sworn it was 2008 all over again or maybe I had been transported back in time to one of his community activist meetings in Chicago.
Either way and to use his common phrase, “let’s be clear,” I am focusing this piece on one item that he addressed Tuesday night – national security. Which, by the way, I think he is dead wrong on his view and policy position.
To the point, one doesn’t have to sit in top-secret briefings or receive CIA intel reports daily to have situational awareness as to what is occurring on a daily basis around the world. We don’t have to look very far to see what is happening. Just take a look at San Bernardino and Philadelphia, for example.
To date, radical Islam and the terror and death it brings has spread to more than 19 countries and has religious fanatics the world over joining the ranks of ISIS/ISIL either directly or indirectly through their pervasive social media recruiting tools. It is threatening countries and people the world over. Places like, well the list is too long for this article, frankly, but to name only a few places where attacks have occurred in the past year– Paris, San Bernardino, Philadelphia, United Kingdom, Nigeria, Russia, the Philippines, Israel, Afghanistan, India and on and on.
As a matter of fact, according to the Global Terrorism Database, in 2014 and 2015, terrorist attacks where more than 100 people were killed increased 500 percent over the period from 1978 to 2013. That’s just the big attacks, not to mention all the rest where less than 100 are routinely killed.
But despite the ever-present evidence, this president downplays this very serious national and global security issue. You might remember when, in 2012, he called ISIL a “JV team.” Well, they aren’t. He said that our military is the most capable in the world and that we could destroy ISIS at any time. Then why hasn’t he done that?
He said Tuesday night that our approach to this issue has not been smart in the past and he is the one who knows the smart way. He claimed Tuesday night that the people most responsible for all this bloodshed and terror are simply “killers and fanatics.”
Well, he got that right. These killers and fanatics will kill anyone not beholding to their perverted version of a religion.
But what he got wrong and what he refuses to acknowledge is that these killers and fanatics are motivated by religion. They are not just some killers or common criminals motivated to carry out their atrocities based upon greed or other criminal motive. They are people who are waging war based upon religion and their specific view of their religion.
American people should know and need to know that the growing and unchallenged radical Islam problem is a threat to everyone despite their political affiliation. And for the so-called leader of all Americans, the president, to continually downplay the significance of the threat is irresponsible.
Furthermore, this conflict is not ending anytime soon. That is what military and intelligence experts are saying about this threat. We are going to be engaged in this clash of cultures for many years to come. That’s just the unfortunate truth and will be the reality if we don’t acknowledge and confront it in the manner necessary to destroy it completely.
Make no mistake that if we don’t change our posture, our attitude and approach toward defeating this growing and extremely violent problem, incidents like those that occurred in Philadelphia and San Bernardino and Chattanooga will be everywhere in the U.S.
Viper One Six – Out.