Ceding World Leadership – One Terror Attack at a Time
In October 2008, then candidate Barack Obama promised that if he was elected, he would fundamentally transform America. At least that’s one promise he’s keeping.
President Obama’s decision to not attend the Sunday rally in Paris in support of the right of freedom of speech, which reportedly drew close to 3 million people and 40 world leaders, was a conscious one. At first, one might think he seriously miscalculated and misjudged this world event, however, after six years of Obama foreign policy, where action and inaction speaks louder than words, his deliberate stay at home should come as no surprise to anyone.
Think about it. The murders at Ft. Hood are still known as workplace violence; Benghazi blamed on that ridiculous meme of a YouTube video; the Boston Marathon bombing by the Tsarnaev brothers; Boko Haram’s kidnapping of 300 young girls and the US reaction was a White House hashtag; the release of terrorists from Gitmo in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, whose alleged desertion and investigation report are still kept secret to this day; the cyber attack at Sony; the continued slaughter of Christians, Kurds, and Yazidis throughout the Middle East; and now, the non-serious pin-prick war against ISIS, and now the terrorist murders in Paris. And this is just scratching the surface of this laundry list of foreign policy ineptitude.
Today, we are now learning that the US military Central Command, CENTCOM, had their Twitter and YouTube accounts hacked by ISIS, and according to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, “the Obama Administration is examining and investigating the extent of the incident.” Really? It’s called open-season, Josh.
One need look no further than the President’s personal history and ideology to explain his no-show in Paris and his continued refusal to identify the world greatest threat as Islamic terrorism. The Audacity of Hope, the President’s own biography, shines the floodlight on his core values. Therefore, condemning Islamic jihad does not appear in the President’s lexicon for good reason. His famous speech before the United Nations shortly after the Benghazi murders only served to support and validate his beliefs, not in the goodness of America, but that America is the problem for much of the world’s inequality and poverty.
The President’s stay at home this past Sunday sent a message loud and clear to all of us in the US and the rest of the world. America is not exceptional; we will not lead. And the terror will continue and grow even more deadly.
Unfortunately, for all of us, Obama is simply being Obama. And thousands more will die because of it.