Speaking from Argentina on the latest leg of his Apologize For America To Fill The Aching Hole In My Heart Left By My Father Who Abandoned Me As A Child Tour™, President Obama took some time out from ripping America over her historic cruelties in Latin America to rip America over her supposed cruelties in the Middle East.
Asked about whether he would change any of his strategies to fight ISIS given ISIS’ continuous growth and increasing danger to the West, Obama doubled down. First, he stated, “I think it is important to recognize that this is my number-one priority. I’ve got a lot of things on my plate.” By “number one priority,” he clearly meant quaternary priority, clocking in after attending baseball games with dictators, holding hands with dictators and painting his toenails with dictators. He continued:
[M]y charge to my team is to find every strategy possible to successfully reduce the risk of such terrorist attacks, even as we go after their beating heart in places like Iraq and Syria…what we don’t do, and what we should not do, is take approaches that are going to be counterproductive. So when I hear somebody saying we should carpet-bomb Iraq or Syria, not only is that inhumane, not only is that contrary to our values, but that would likely be an extraordinary mechanism for ISIL to recruit more people willing to die and explode bombs in an airport or in a metro station. That’s not smart strategy.
It is certainly offputting to hear the President under whom ISIS was founded, on whose watch ISIS turned from a “jayvee team” into a serious terror threat in every major Western capitol, lecture us about what’s effective in fighting ISIS. It’s particularly galling to hear him jabber on about how American strength in fighting terror will inevitably create more terror. It’s not surprising, however; he’s been saying the same thing since he wrote Dreams From My Father, in which he blamed terrorism on “the desperation and disorder of the powerless,” driven by “the response of the powerful to this disorder…a steady, unthinking application of force.”
Then Obama went on to blame the entire West for the rise of radical Islamic terrorism. The West, you see, has been too mean to the Muslims they’ve allowed to enter their countries, avoid integration, and benefit from the social welfare system. If only the West had been kinder, none of this would have happened:
One of the great strengths of the United States, and part of the reason why we have not seen more attacks in the United States, is we have an extraordinarily successful, patriotic, integrated Muslim American community. They do not feel ghettoized, they do not feel isolated.
Obama then singled out Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for criticism after Cruz suggested heavier deployment of intelligence and law enforcement in the areas that breed terrorism – namely, the unassimilated heavily Muslim enclaves in many Western cities. Obama compared such law enforcement strategy to the same Cuban repression Obama largely ignored while doing the wave with Raul Castro:
As far as the notion of having surveillance of neighborhoods where Muslims are present, I just left a country that engages in that kind of neighborhood surveillance -- which, by the way, the father of Senator Cruz escaped for America, the Land of the Free. The notion that we would start down that slippery slope makes absolutely no sense. It's contrary to who we are. And it's not going to help us defeat ISIL.
This is untrue. Israel has dealt with its terror threat in two distinct ways: it built an anti-terror wall to keep out Palestinian terrorists, and it utilizes behavioral profiling, including religious profiling, to best allocate its scarce law enforcement resources.
But Obama’s most ridiculous line came in response to a question about attending that baseball game in Cuba:
[W]e defeat them in part by saying, you are not strong; you are weak. We send a message to those who might be inspired by them to say, you are not going to change our values of liberty and openness and the respect of all people.
How, exactly, will America send this message? By postcard? By voicemail? By smoke signal? No, by attending baseball games, just like Our Brave Leader™ did yesterday:
And I mentioned at the baseball game yesterday, one of my proudest moments as President was watching Boston respond after the Boston Marathon attack, because they taught America a lesson. They grieved -- I was there for the memorial. We apprehended those who had carried this out. But a few days later, folks were out shopping. A few days later, people were in that baseball stadium and singing the National Anthem. And “Big Papi” was saying what he felt about Boston -- Boston Strong -- and how a terrorist attack was not going to change the basic spirit of that city. Well, at that moment, he spoke about what America is. And that is how we are going to defeat these terrorist groups….We have to make sure that we lift up, and stay focused, as well, on the things that are most important to us. Because we're on the right side of history.
It is worth noting that Major League Baseball essentially suspended its activities during World War II in order to fight the Nazis. If only they had known what President Obama knows, they would have kept playing ball and defeated Hitler in half the time.
President Obama has no plan to take on Islamic terrorism because he sees the West as the root of all evil. As the leader of the West, he sees his virtue signaling, faux-broadminded anti-Westernism as the cure to Islamic terror. All he has to do is keep going to ballgames with communists, and all will be well.
It won’t. But that’s of no account to Obama. The cheers still ring in his ears, and that’s all that matters in the end, isn’t it?