Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Real Scare: U.S. Leadership

War On Terror: Even more terrifying than the Paris attacks is how President Obama and the Democrats running to replace him won't treat them as a wake-up call.
'If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond" the Mideast, "including to the United States," Obama said of the Islamic State 14 months ago. "Could pose," not "do pose."
The president now contends that we have not left ISIS unchecked in the months since. And yet somehow the terror organization he dismissed as a JV team managed a sophisticated, coordinated spree of attacks in the heart of Paris, leaving at least 129 dead.
In Turkey on Monday, Obama defended his "long-term campaign" with its "setbacks" and "successes," calling Paris "a terrible and sickening setback."
Translation: You win some, you lose some. But "there has been progress," he assured us. "In Iraq and Syria, ISIL controls less territory than it did before."
According to Obama, we "try to shrink the amount of territory they control to defeat their narrative," eschewing "routine military tactics." And the alternative to "routine military tactics"?
"We'll continue to stand with leaders in Muslim communities .. . to discredit ISIL's warped ideology." Plus, we'll give "humanitarian aid to the Syrian people" and "accept more refugees" in the U.S. And "we've begun to see some modest progress on the diplomatic front."
Read the rest of this IBD editorial HERE.

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