As President Obama would say, let’s make something clear: what Barack Obama says is meaningless. For him, words are cheap. They serve his immediate ego needs and purposes, nothing more. Every word, including “a,” “the” and “and” have an expiration date determined by when it is convenient for him to ignore them, or deny he ever said them, even when voluminous video of him saying them exists to refute him.
President Obama is a pathological liar. He lies for no apparent reason. He lies when the truth would better serve him. Caught in lies, he lies about his lying, accusing others of saying and doing what he said or did or didn’t do. Even Democrats have come to notice, and even, upon occasion, admit it.
I’m tempted to think our President a sociopath, a person with no feelings, no caring about others, but that’s somewhat inaccurate. There is no question he is a malignant narcissist. He surely cares more than anything about himself. And from what the press tells us, such is Mr. Obama’s saintly devotion to his family he could have replaced Robert Young on Father Knows Best.
It’s his public persona that is so disturbing. Most politicians can manage a convincing simulation of genuine human emotional response in most circumstances. Barack Obama can’t—or won’t. What human being capable of feeling genuine empathy or sympathy lies to the survivors of Americans killed at Benghazi or in the Fast and Furious debacle about the cause of the death of their loved ones?
And so Mr. Obama stands before the nation to rhetorically paper over his assessment of ISIS as the JV team, and his feckless, but accidentally honest, admission that he hasn’t a clue what to do about ISIS. He feigns concern, sincerity and resolve and commitment to the values all Americans share, and he speaks of the core principle of his presidency—of course, his speech is full of references to himself, as always—which is that anyone that harms Americans will be ruthlessly, relentlessly hunted down–except the hundreds of terrorists that killed our people at Benghazi. Mr. Obama’s ruthless, relentless pursuit of his core principle, in two years, has resulted in a single arrest, rather than the military obliteration of the terrorists that slaughtered Americans. This would appear to be rather an insubstantial core.
Prediction: having spoken the words, Mr. Obama will kick this particular can down the road until he leaves office in 2017. He will not “destroy” ISIS. He will not build a meaningful, functional coalition. He will not fight a war, and ISIS will continue to grow in influence, power and brutality. Oh, he’ll lob the occasional missile or bomb at a pickup truck, a tent or a few terrorists, but that’s the status quo, his standard operating procedure.
Why can I be sure of this? Because Barack Obama remains an Islamist sympathizer and supporter. From his speech:
Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not ‘Islamic.’ No religion condones the killing of innocents. And the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor by the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.
An Islamic terrorist organization whose name is the “Islamist State In Syria” or “The Islamic State in the Levant” isn’t Islamist? An organization that flies an Islamist flag and kills in the name of Allah isn’t Islamist? They think they are. They have declared a caliphate, which is a primary goal of jihad, which is an exclusively Islamist doctrine. It doesn’t matter who recognizes it, the goal of all Islamists is world subjugation and domination in the name of Islam. Islam specifically enjoins its followers to murder innocents, particularly Jews, and Infidels, which is every non-Muslim. That’s one religion that condones the killing of innocents. Or perhaps Mr. Obama is simply engaging in what he imagines to be clever spin in that Islam doesn’t consider Jews and Infidels to be “innocent.”
One of the indisputable truths of Islam is that the Islamists that are killing “innocents” in the name of Islam are the people living the very clear and specific dictates of their “religion of peace” faith. The Muslims that are not, that are trying to live peacefully within western civilization—if they’re not engaging in such practices as wife-beating, the genital mutilation of girls and women and honor killing—are not living the commands of their faith.
If Barack Obama can’t understand this, how can he combat it? He can’t, nor does he want to.
Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt. They may claim out of expediency that they are at war with the United States or the West, but the fact is they terrorize their neighbors and offer them nothing but an endless slavery to their empty vision, and the collapse of any definition of civilized behavior.
Muslims aren’t supposed to murder other Muslims, but one has to break a few eggs in the establishment of the worldwide caliphate omelet. Christians might consider some people to be apostates, but they don’t kill them. Millions of Muslims do, gladly, considering themselves great heroes of Islam.
Barack Obama would do well not to profess to speak for God. “They may claim out of expediency that they are at war with the United States or the West…” They may?! And what more evidence of this claim would Mr. Obama require? Would a mushroom cloud rising over an American metropolis serve to cause that realization to dawn on Mr. Obama, or would that merely be an occasion for greater understanding and outreach, lest some think the “religion of peace,” less than peaceful?
As bankrupt as the ideology of ISIS may be, they can point with unerring accuracy to specific passages of the Koran that not only justify, but mandate their actions. How does that reality comport with a bankrupt ideology? Oh yes, the terrorists are mean, nasty and do bad, uncivilized things, but where is the determination to wipe them from the face of the Earth? Where is a single, specific, clear goal that will result in their demise and the demise of their murderous ideology?
Instead, we know only, with clarity, what Mr. Obama absolutely will not do, and those things appear to be the actual means to prosecute and win a war.
What Barack Obama has offered, yet again, is feigned concern and resolve in the pursuit of the appearance of a rhetorical “policy” that will serve Mr. Obama’s transient political interests. I’ve little doubt, however, that Mr. Obama’s genuine annoyance, and then anger, will flourish as he and his fawning advisors come to realize they have to maintain this particular charade for at least the next two years.
There is no question that Mr. Obama genuinely hates conservatives, Republicans, Fox News, Israel and our other allies. He has no trouble correctly identifying those enemies of the state. Would that he had any actual hatred for our declared, fanatical, determined, suicidal, barbaric, murderous enemies. Would that he could actually identify them.
UPDATE, 09-11-14, 2130 CST: Well, this doesn’t help. From Hot Air:
America is not going to ‘war,’ per say, according to Secretary of State John Kerry and White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest. No, what they envision is merely another counter-terror operation. Just like the supposedly model operations ongoing in nearly imploding Yemen, or in Somalia, which has become synonymous for ‘basket case failed state.’
While traveling in the Middle East to shore up support for what everyone sure thought was going to be a war to ‘degrade and destroy’ ISIS, America’s chief diplomat took the opportunity to clarify the president’s thinking.
‘What we are doing is engaging in a very significant counter-terrorism operation,’ Kerry said. ‘If somebody wants to think about it as being a war with ISIL they can do so, but the fact is it’s a major counter-terrorism operation.’
‘I don’t think people need to get into a war fever on this,’ the secretary of state added.
Less than 24 hours after what the White House and its sycophants surely believed to be a muscular, testosterone-laden speech demonstrating Mr. Obama’s manly, terror warrior credentials, his spokesweenies are already walking it back, and in dramatic fashion. It’s rather hard to imagine how we’re going to “degrade and destroy” our non-Islamist non-enemy with an aggressive air campaign, if it’s only a “counter-terrorism” operation and not a war. Why would anyone think Mr. Obama wouldn’t follow his own precedent and over the next two years arrest one ISIS terrorist to prosecute in New York City?
Extra Credit Question: You are the leader of a Middle Eastern nation–choose one–worried about ISIS and anxious to remove the threat ISIS represents. Could you trust President Obama to be there when you need him most? Discuss.