Obama’s address to the nation on Wednesday night was the most illogical bundle of contradictions I can remember hearing from the man, and that’s saying something. Obama’s speech is so crammed with errors that from his opening sentence, it is difficult to find anything that is both accurate and sincere.
I’d like to focus on one of the insincerities that may have escaped you. About two-thirds of the way through the speech, he said this:
“This is American leadership at its best: We stand with people who fight for their own freedom, and we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.”
And then he repeated the commitment to freedom toward the end of the speech:
“From Europe to Asia, from the far reaches of Africa to war-torn capitals of the Middle East, we stand for freedom, for justice, for dignity. These are values that have guided our nation since its founding.”
But there is no commitment to freedom from Barack Obama. Or to dignity for that matter. His administration is promoting welfare state dependency, trying to shut up the Tea Party, the war on coal, taking away guns, federally prescribed school lunch menus, and so forth – an endless list of assaults on freedom and dignity.
And I will repeat what I wrote in my previous post, Understanding Obama’s foreign policy. The reason he is dragging his feet in fighting ISIS is that he isn’t all that opposed to their goals. I don’t mean to suggest by this that he is an ISIS militant in sheep’s clothing – that he would join them if he had the chance. But he has had close ties with domestic terrorists and he doesn’t like this country or the ideals of freedom on which it was founded, so he has some sympathies for their cause. He, along with Jeremiah Wright, feels that the United States deserves a comeuppance at the hands of these terrorists, and so his heart isn’t in this fight.
Domestic politics wouldn’t tolerate him just standing by. So he announces a plan that will strike at the enemy on the edges, to “degrade and ultimately destroy” them. Can you imagine the football coach of a powerful team going into a season saying that his goal was that his team would “ultimately” win the championship? With language like that, Obama is giving himself space for allowing serious setbacks in this war, meaning that ISIS will continue to exist at least to the end of his presidency.
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