U.S. less safe un­der Obama

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - LARRY HORIST Boca Ra­ton, Florida

In re­sponse to the bomb­ing of Syria, the Is­lamic State has downed a Rus­sian air­liner, cre­ated a night of hor­ror in Paris and suf­fered a failed at­tempt in Ger­many. Can the United States be far be­hind?

Th­ese are not fail­ures in sur­veil­lance or se­cu­rity. Th­ese are fail­ures of pol­icy. More di­rectly, they are the fail­ures of lib­eral pol­icy and the false value of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness. Amer­ica is less safe to­day be­cause of Pres­i­dent Obama and the rad­i­cal left he rep­re­sents. Mr. Obama is a pres­i­dent who re­fuses to iden­tify the enemy and take ac­tion. He with­drew Amer­i­can lead­er­ship from the Mid­dle East and en­abled the cre­ation of an Is­lamic State caliphate in the en­su­ing vac­uum. His pol­icy of ‘lead­ing from be­hind’ is eu­phemisti­cally a pol­icy of sur­ren­der.

Un­der lib­eral mythol­ogy, our bor­ders do not need to be pro­tected and acts of ji­had are rede­fined as work­place violence. Un­im­posed red lines, empty threats of ‘bring­ing the per­pe­tra­tors to jus­tice’ and vic­tory laps with­out vic­tory are stan­dard re­sponses to the ob­vi­ous growth of Is­lamic ter­ror­ism.

We now live un­der a pres­i­dent who by any def­i­ni­tion aids and abets the enemy he re­fuses to rec­og­nize. He re­turns their com­bat­ants to the field of bat­tle even as the war rages. His mis­guided pro­por­tion­al­ity is seen in the trade of five high-level Is­lamic ter­ror­ists for a sol­dier who de­serted his coun­try and caused the deaths of fel­low mil­i­tary men.

We must see Mr. Obama for what he is: the first un-Amer­i­can pres­i­dent in pol­icy and val­ues. His sym­pa­thies too of­ten seem to be with the enemy -- and therein lies the prob­lem.

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