Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Obama's Rhetoric Void of Substance . . . Again

Did you see the headline? If another boatload of “peace activists” leaving Italy reaches Israel, U.S. military forces will be sent to help Israel? Yeah, okay, I didn’t see that headline either. But if I close my eyes, I can almost see it. After all, Obama’s new counterterrorism policy unveiled last week has given me hope that something along those lines could happen . . . in my dreams. In Obamaworld it will never happen as substance has yet to back his rhetoric. But, if Obama were going to live up to his talk, U.S. military aid would be on its way to Israel right now.

Last week John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism uveiled Obama’s approach to meeting the “distinct challenges” of the 21st century. The most immediate challenge, Brennan said was, “First, destroying al-Qaeda and its extremist affiliates, and second, the longer-term challenge of confronting violent extremism generally, including the political, economic and social forces that can sometimes put individuals on the path toward militancy.”

Brennan continued to say, “The President’s strategy is clear and precise. Our enemy is al-Qaeda and its terrorist affiliates. For it was al-Qaeda who attacked us so viciously on 9/11 and whose desire to attack the United States, our allies, and our partners remains undiminished. And it is its affiliates who have taken up al-Qaeda’s call to arms against the United States in other parts of the world . . . The President’s strategy is unequivocal with regard to our posture. The United States of America is at war. We are at war against al-Qaeda and its terrorist affiliates . . . the United States will disrupt, dismantle, and ensure a lasting defeat of al-Qaeda and violent extremist affiliates.”

Could it be any clearer? If the President were actually going to live up to his own words, our military would already be at the side of the IDF. Israel was just attacked by terrorists. Organizing and participating in the “aid” flotilla was the Turkish IHH (Insani Yardim Vakfi “humanitarian relief fund”). IHH is a radical Islamic organization, established in 1992 by a member of the Turkish Refah Party and formally registered in Istanbul in 1995. It has direct ties with al-Qaeda. It also has ties to Hamas and Hezbollah, which the U.S. seems to just shrug at these days. But al-Queda? According to Obama, that’s a different story. We will destroy them because they are bent on destroying us and our allies. Like I said, it’s a nice dream.

Incidentally, Brennan’s speech, which is posted on the official website of the White House, spells al-Qaeda two different ways. If they can’t even decide how to spell it, imagine how proficient they will be in destroying it.

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