Tuesday, February 17, 2015

We Need A Leader... Now

Over the weekend the evil that is ISIS and its affiliates struck again, this time in Libya. Twenty-one Egyptian Coptic Christians were beheaded by ISIS thugs simply for being Christians. Egypt responded immediately and bombed ISIS targets in Libya in retaliation. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said Sunday that his country "reserves the right of retaliation and with the methods and timing it sees fit for retribution for those murderers and criminals who are without the slightest humanity."

"Avenging Egyptian blood and punishing criminals and murderers is our right and duty," one Egyptian military leader said.

President Obama apparently couldn't be reached for comment. He spent the entire weekend playing golf with friends in Palm Springs. His White House Propagandist Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, made a statement in the President's absence that condemned the actions of ISIS for killing "Egyptian citizens." There was no mention whatsoever that the victims were all Coptic Christians who were killed for that very reason.

Other government leaders, British, Canadian, Australian and others, all mentioned that the victims were Coptic Christians. “I am outraged and saddened by the beheadings of Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Christians in Libya by groups linked to ISIL,” said Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The others followed suit. 

Two weeks prior, following the burning alive of a captured Jordanian pilot, the King of Jordon launched an attack on ISIS in Iraq, vowing to fight them and kill them until his country "run's out of ammunition." President Obama condemned the killing but defended ISIS in his remarks.

“You know, I just got word of the video that had been released," Obama said. "I don’t know the details on the confirmation. Should in fact this video be authentic, it’s just one more indication of the viciousness and barbarity of this organization. And I think we will redouble the vigilance and determination on the part of global coalition to make sure that they are degraded and ultimately defeated. It also indicates the degree to which whatever ideology they are operating off of, it’s bankrupt."

In other words - "ISIS is not Islamic."

Following the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish Deli in Paris in January, the Obama administration not only refused to acknowledge that the gunmen were Muslims but refused to acknowledge that the victims in the Deli were Jews and that they were targeted specifically because they were Jews. And Obama will still not acknowledge it.

On February 9th, a month after the shootings in Paris, President Obama said: "It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you've got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris."

Yeah, the victims were random. And the Benghazi attack was caused by a video. Because President Obama said so.

In related news, State Department Moron of the Week spokesperson, Marie Harf, in an interview with one of the leading recipients of the "Moron of the Week" award, Chris Matthews, said this about our conflict with ISIL. (I can't call it a war because the President can't seem to call it a war.)

“We’re killing a lot of them and we’re going to keep killing more of them. So are the Egyptians, so are the Jordanians. They’re in this fight with us. But we cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs…”

Now why didn't I think of that? All we need to do is create jobs for the people that are joining ISIS and its affiliates and they'll stop joining. And the ones who have already joined will quit. They're just looking for something to do during their unemployment! And gee - the Obama administration is so very good at creating jobs. Perhaps he can employ them at the IRS!

According to Lt. Col. Oliver North, USMC (Ret), when Jordon and Egypt attacked ISIS President Obama refused to share intelligence information on ISIS locations with them. What sense does that make if Obama truly has a desire to damage and destroy ISIS? He's been calling on Middle Eastern nations to join in the fight against ISIS for months and now that they are he won't share intelligence? Is it difficult to believe that this President doesn't really care about ISIS except when they ruin his "opticals."

Obama's war powers request was so badly worded and so badly formulated that both Democrats and Republicans rejected it. That's because he has no clue. We need a leader. We need a leader badly. We need someone with the courage of Vladimir Putin and the wisdom and compassion of Bibi Netanyahu. Until we get one nothing decisive will be done about ISIS. 

President Obama likes to use the word "degrade" when it comes to his ISIS strategy. Maybe, instead of bombing them and sending in ground troops, we should simply drop leaflets containing insults, cartoons of Mohammed and Allah, and small containers of pig blood. Things like that are very degrading to Muslims and perhaps ISIS will simply give up in sorrow. Then we'll offer them jobs. 

Hey - it could work...!

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