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Wednesday evening, I listened to President Barack Obama’s address to the nation regarding the recent developments in the Middle East. I have a few thoughts about the speech that I would like to share. First, however, I believe I need to be up front about a few things. First of all, I did not support Obama in either of his bids for the presidency. I do, however, respect the office of president and I respect the man who sits in that position, regardless of how I feel about him or his policies.

With that said, every time I see or hear our president, I am troubled almost beyond expression. When Obama was re-elected, I wrote on my Facebook page – which was the only avenue at the time that I had to express such opinions – that I feared the American people had taken a step in a direction from which there was no return.

As I listened to the speech Wednesday, my greatest fears were only confirmed. The United States is not only the greatest country in the world today but it is the greatest country in the history of the world. Our founding fathers were brilliant men and they crafted a nation the likes of which the world had never before seen. They were careful to put in place a series of checks and balanced designed to limit the power of the national government while empowering the populace.

As I look at our current president, I see someone who neither respects nor appreciates our strength, our influence, our liberty, or our history. As if the far-reaching initiatives to expand the power and size of the federal government aren’t bad enough, he is underestimating our latest enemy at best. At worst, he is completely ignoring them.

We are faced with yet another threat from the Middle East. This new enemy, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has openly taunted and threatened the sovereignty of the United States. In front of the entire world, its militants gruesomely executed two American citizens. In the aftermath, ISIS threatened to bring its fight to the United States and fly its flag above the White House.

Our president and his administration seemingly shrugged it off. We don’t have a strategy yet for dealing with this new arm of militant Islam, he said. After weeks of apathy by the administration (and after being berated by members of both parties for his poor choice of words), he finally addressed the nation.

For the most part, President Obama said the right things – we will engage the enemy in an effort to eradicate them, they will not be able to find refuge in any country in the world, we will break their stronghold on the countries in which they thrive.

While he may have said many of the right things, his words seemed hollow, devoid of any passion, and forced. To me, it was quite obvious that the president did not want to be making that speech. He didn’t like what he was saying and he wasn’t in favor of the stance he was being forced to take. And I believe he was forced; left to his own devices, I do not believe the president would have made such a speech. And I do not for one minute think he believed anything he said.

The president belongs to an arm of the Democratic Party that does not believe that radical Islam exists. Obviously an Islamic sympathizer, he believes that the Islamic militants lash out at the United States in response to our involvement in the Middle East and our alliance with Israel. If we would simply back out of the Middle East and take a step away from Israel, the militants would leave us be. He is not alone in his thinking; many in his party subscribe to this way of thinking.

Unfortunately, such a belief is wrong. Dead wrong – both literally and figuratively. The very real and very scary truth is that Islam allows, and in some places instructs, its followers to eliminate those who do not convert. They are not simply dissenters; they are enemies. And their enemies need to be eradicated. It does not matter whether or not we have any involvement in the Middle East. If we turned our backs completely on Israel – which I believe the president would like to do – Islamic militants would still come after us.

The proof can be seen in what has happened of late. I believe another reason why Obama’s words were so forced Wednesday is because the entire speech was a wholesale admission that his foreign policy – the very policy upon which he has in large part built his presidency – was wrong. He was wrong. His advisors were wrong. His party was wrong. A large part of his administration hinged upon getting American troops out of Iraq. He did as he promised. And what happened? The entire nation collapsed in instability. In the resulting carnage, ISIS emerged and flexed its growing muscle. It was a slap in the face to the president and to every American. Obama has tried to distance himself from the previous administration as much as possible. But the Bush-Cheney administration was right on when it came to matters of the Middle East. The president’s speech on Wednesday was an admission to the entire nation that he was wrong. We were going to have to re-engage the enemy, much to his chagrin.

As you were listening to what he said, did you happen to notice what he didn’t say? President Obama never outlined a strategy for success. He said we will strike from the air but we won’t put soldiers on the ground. We will lead a multi-national force that will uproot ISIS and the other such groups. We will not, however, send in large numbers of American troops to accomplish the mission.

President Obama is setting us up to fail. Though he tries as hard as he can to differentiate himself from Bush, he is headed down an even slipperier slope. I do not like war. I do not want to see our brave young men and women put their lives on the line. But we have been threatened. In front of the whole world, we have been mocked and taunted. In the past, we would have responded quickly, decisively, and with totality. Now, we are politicizing the conflict and tying the hands of the American military in a time when our sovereignty is being ridiculed.

I was not impressed with the president’s speech just as I am not impressed with the president. I do not believe his personal convictions are in line with the words he spoke Wednesday. And because of that, as we recognize the 13th anniversary of the deadliest terror attack in our nation’s history, we are more vulnerable and in more danger than ever before.

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  • passaihyung
    passaihyung Tuesday, 30 September 2014 11:33 Comment Link Report

    I agree, moral courage has left America.

  • Fitz
    Fitz Sunday, 14 September 2014 01:39 Comment Link Report

    Well said, well said!
    But, Susan, Obama is NOT a muslim.
    He is more of a universalist with some new age beliefs thrown in. He may be sympathetic to muslims, but he isn't one.
    He also may call himself a "christian." but his "christianity," is not the biblical kind., but what we like to call "Liberation Theology" a false "christianity" joined with socialism and communism.
    Acording to DOZENS of former classmates, teachers, neighbors and friends; Obama was not a regular practicing muslim while in Indonesia. Israella Pareira Darmawan, his1st-grade teacher, said, "Obama was an irregularly practicing muslim who rarely or occasionally prayed with his stepfather in a mosque'" (Source - http://www.hudson-ny.org/1485/a-muslim-view-of-obama)
    He is not a Christian either, he has said, "I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people" and also, "Jesus is an historical figure for me, and he's also a bridge between God and man, in the Christian faith, and one that I think is powerful precisely because he serves as that means of us reaching something higher"
    ALL the evidence points to him being a universalist who thinks all paths lead to God. His butt-kissing of muslims is just simple pragmatism. Now, some muslims may hope he is a closet muslim, but MANY others don't consider him to be a follower of islam at all, proven by the multitudes of articles and statements in islamic media.

  • Justin Jones
    Justin Jones Saturday, 13 September 2014 09:06 Comment Link Report

    Well said Robert.

  • Susan Bender
    Susan Bender Friday, 12 September 2014 23:53 Comment Link Report

    I agree with your message. Only, I don't understand why it's so hard for people everywhere to recognize that he is Muslim and his goal from the beginning has been to help them and further their agenda. What really bothers me are the ignorant people who believe his election was ever about race. That is so yester-decade and was never the case. They simply used that as a crutch and continue to do so even now just to keep the plate spinning. The whole time it's been about furthering the agenda of Islam. He may have said the right things but we all know his heart is for Islam and her people. Because of the social responsibilities he has to help Islam he will gladly go down in history as the worst president ever... just like the suicide bombers of Islamic martyrdom. Everything that he has accomplished as president only confirms where his heart is. I can't think of one thing that he's done to help Americans but I can name several things he's done that only contributes to the destruction of America. In short, anyone who was looking or even remotely hoping that help is on the way from this president will only have hope to cling to at the end of the day. If he helps America do anything, he will help her right over a cliff. He is hardly a friend of America and is narcissistic at best. One can watch Michelle's facial expressions at most any event to determine that they are a reflection of his true heart. Disgust and displeasure seems to be something she adorns herself with constantly. Like most spoiled brats, they prove they can't be happy even when they have everything. I believe he's just buying time as of Wednesday night. Everything he says/does is in vain. I'll bet nothing happens this September... but next year watch out, they'll all be in place and they're coming with a vengeance. Hope, heart, don't fail me now (smh)

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