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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Obama's epiphany?

Max Boot seems to think that President Obama is going to have an epiphany regarding the War on Terror as a result of Delta flight 253 and Iran's rejection of his 'naive overtures.'
Unfortunately all too many people have drawn the wrong lesson from these post-9/11 successes, concluding that we are so safe that we can go back to the pre-9/11 status quo, back when we treated terrorism as a law-enforcement problem and nothing more. This has become the conventional wisdom of the mainstream, left-wing of the Democratic Party and a tiny, right-wing fringe of the Republican Party (Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan), which see the U.S. government as the biggest threat we face—not al-Qaeda and its fellow travelers.

It would be unfair to say that President Obama has bought into this worldview. To his credit, he has continued an active program of using drones and Special Forces to assassinate terrorist kingpins from Pakistan to Somalia; has ramped up our military efforts in Afghanistan; and has continued an active program of intelligence and military cooperation designed to allow states such as Yemen and the Philippines to fight their own wars on terror. Moreover, he has signed off on wider wiretapping and intelligence-gathering authority than the ACLU is comfortable with. But there are certainly some worrisome trends evident from this administration, which insists on trying Khalid Sheikh Muhammad in a civilian court, which has banned the use of all stress techniques in interrogation, and which continues releasing detainees from Guantanamo, many of whom go right back to the sorts of activities that got them interred in the first place. And let us not forget the president’s unwillingness to get tough with Iran, whose nuclear-weapons program could before long radically increase the chances of our allies’ suffering a nuclear terrorist attack.

Obama has actually been a little tougher on terrorism (and Iraq and Afghanistan) than his record as an ultra-liberal senator would have led us to expect; certainly a lot tougher than Michael Moore or his ilk would like him to be. But not perhaps as tough as the situation demands. If there is any good that comes out of the attempted bombing of the Detroit flight, or the Iranians’ rejections of his naive overtures, it is that he may finally shed some of his remaining illusions about the world and start acting more as a wartime commander in chief should.
That sounds like wishful thinking to me. If President Obama 'got it' we'd be seeing more of him in the news and less running around the golf course and the tennis courts even if it is the week between Christmas and New Year. Iran's centrifuges are continuing to spin this week, and al-Qaeda is continuing to plan and train for its next terror attack. President Obama is missing the sense of urgency that's needed to fight this war. Until he understands that sense of urgency, he hasn't shed his illusions.


At 2:05 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Until Obama ditches the Islamophiles in both parties, he hasn't discovered an epiphany in the war against Islam. They've already declared war on us and we continue to act as though its work of a few addled fanatics. That picture is seriously mistaken. Unless we fight it as a real war, we will continue to suffer losses.

At 5:06 AM, Blogger Mr. Gerson said...

I am sure Obama gets it, he is not an idiot. He is just enacting policies in order to harm us.


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