Mas­sacre in Or­lando caused by pres­i­dent who won’t lead

Amer­ica con­tin­ues to reap the re­ward of a pres­i­dent who won’t lead

The Washington Times Weekly - - Editorials -

Or­lando is the home of Dis­ney­world, but it’s clear that Mickey Mouse has a sec­ond home at Barack Obama’s White House. In the wake of the Sun­day at­tack on a gay night­club in Or­lando, with 50 dead and 53 oth­ers left wounded, Pres­i­dent Obama pre­sented the grim face that Amer­i­cans have come to ex­pect af­ter such acts of hor­ror.

But he of­fered no prom­ise of the so­lu­tion that ev­ery Amer­i­can — mod­er­ate Mus­lim, Jew, Chris­tian, whirling dervish or hot­ten­tot — yearns to hear. What the pres­i­dent does make clear is that the na­tion will re­main vul­ner­a­ble to more rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror as long as Mr. Obama is the com­man­der in chief. Hil­lary Clin­ton, who rushed to the tele­vi­sion stu­dios Mon­day morn­ing to blame guns, not the gun­man, for the Or­lando mas­sacre, demon­strated that she is his ea­ger clone.

The pres­i­dent re­sponded with his trade­mark solemn ob­se­quious­ness. “Al­though it’s still early in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he said, “we know enough to say this was an act of ter­ror­ism and an act of hate.” Well, duh. He went on to chalk up the slaugh­ter to the gun, not the gun­man, “a fur­ther re­minder of how easy it is for some­one to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot peo­ple in a school, or in a house of wor­ship, or a movie the­ater, or in a night­club.” These were not-so-sub­tle ref­er­ences to ear­lier shoot­ings at an ele­men­tary school in Con­necti­cut, a church in South Carolina, and a movie the­ater in Colorado, none of which were car­ried out by a Mus­lim. He was ea­ger to spread the idea that mas­sacre in Amer­ica has noth­ing to do with rad­i­cal Is­lamic vi­o­lence, it’s just that, well, things hap­pen.

Mr. Obama’s in­dif­fer­ence to the source of rad­i­cal Is­lamic vi­o­lence demon­strates to the na­tion’s en­e­mies that Amer­ica is no longer will­ing to fight. “This at­tack was fa­cil­i­tated by the poli­cies of Pres­i­dent Obama and Sec­re­tary Clin­ton,” says Se­bas­tian Gorka, a dis­tin­guished pro­fes­sor of mil­i­tary the­ory at the Ma­rine Corps Uni­ver­sity.

Hil­lary on Mon­day fi­nally aban­doned her long­stand­ing re­fusal to use the term “rad­i­cal Is­lam,” in a con­ces­sion to com­mon sense. The pres­i­dent, how­ever, is stick­ing by his gun(s). Don­ald Trump seized the mo­ment early in the day: “Is Pres­i­dent Obama go­ing to fi­nally men­tion the words rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ism? If he doesn’t he should im­me­di­ately re­sign in dis­grace.”

Mr. Obama’s mes­sage has fil­tered down to all lev­els of his na­tional se­cu­rity apparatus. The re­sult is an in­sti­tu­tional blind­ness to the ev­i­dence of threats. That’s how Maj. Ni­dal Hasan and the Broth­ers Tsar­naev showed up on the fed­eral ter­ror radar but were left free to shoot up Fort Hood and blow up the Bos­ton Marathon.

Mil­lions of loyal Mus­lims in Amer­ica are done no fa­vor by the re­luc­tance to cite the ob­vi­ous, that a twisted ver­sion of Is­lam has spread mor­tal dan­ger among us. Omar Ma­teen, the 29-year-old Amer­i­can-born Or­lando gun­man, raised red flags with mul­ti­ple trips to Sau­dia Ara­bia, a source of rad­i­cal Is­lamic killers, and he was interviewed at least twice by the FBI. Col­leagues where he worked as a se­cu­rity guard re­ported him for threat­en­ing to kill peo­ple but his bosses did noth­ing, for fear of be­ing called “anti-Mus­lim.”

By Mr. Obama’s per­spec­tive, Or­lando, like San Bernardino, is merely the price Amer­i­cans must pay to avoid in­flam­ing the mis­fits in the Mus­lim world. Hil­lary prom­ises more of the same. Or­lando demon­strates, if more demon­stra­tion were needed, that bow­ing to bul­lies is a strat­egy based on fan­tasy. Such strat­egy only whets the ap­petite for more blood.

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