Last Thursday, President Barack Obama announced that he wanted to scale back his war on terrorism. On more than one occasion, Obama has said that the US has crippled terrorist organizations such as the Taliban and al Qaeda, leaving them less effective and dangerous than they use to be. He described al Qaeda as being on the path to defeat.
Obama’s announcement has caused concern among many Republicans leaders. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, felt that Obama’s policy change equates to going back to the same type of mentality that we had prior to Sept. 11, 2001. He responded to the president’s statement, saying:
“I think this is the most significant foreign policy address ever given by this president. At the same time I found many parts to it disturbing for many reasons.”
“I couldn’t disagree with him more on that.”
“I think the rhetoric sort of defies the reality in terms of the threat level that we’ve all been briefed on. I mean, the narrative is sort of that, you know, al Qaeda is on the run, they’re defeated, let’s claim victory, war’s over. And then let’s go back to a pre-9/11 mentality.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also expressed concern over Obama’s statement, saying:
“What do you think the Iranians are thinking? At the end of the day, this is the most tone-deaf president I ever could imagine, making such a speech at a time when our homeland is trying to be attacked literally every day.”
“I’ve never been more worried about our national security as I am right now. This speech did not help.”
Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense under Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush also reacted to Obama’s statement.
“I would give this administration an F, because they won’t even use the words.”
“Until today, I haven’t heard people use the word jihad.”
“I haven’t heard the people in the Obama administration talk about the fact that there are people that are determined to kill innocent men, women, and children that are attacking the whole concept of the nation state.”
Rumsfeld also took issue with the way Obama clearly laid the blame for everything on the Bush administration, whom Rumsfeld only gave a D minus.
“That just simply isn’t true.”
“Al Qaeda is still effective. We have killed or captured any number of al Qaida leadership, and they get replaced. Someone comes on behind them.”
“What you need to do is get the people in the office, sit them down, and find ground [?] truth, because the currency a leader has is credibility.”
“To the extent that credibility gets eroded over time, you lose your ability to lead.”
I’m glad to see others raise concerns with Obama’s weakening on the war on terrorism and I also give him an F not only on his stand on terrorism but on virtually everything he’s done. He blames Bush and everyone else for his own failures and for taking the country even lower than it was when he took over a president.
I also think Obama’s new policy reflects his protection of everything Muslim. He refuses to use terms like ‘jihadist’ or ‘Muslim extremists.’ He pushed the Pentagon to define the Fort Hood shootings as an act of workplace violence instead of a Muslim terrorist act which many of the eyewitnesses said it was.
If you recall, Obama condemned US soldiers for desecrating the corpses of Muslim terrorists they killed in battle. He apologizes to the world for our military actions, but says and does nothing when Muslims torture, beat, rape, burn and murder Christians (even American Christians in other lands). His silence on Christian persecution is deafening while his constant defense of Islam also speaks volumes.