Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse let President Obama know what’s what in a response to the president’s Sunday night speech about ISIS.
It seemed like Obama spent most of his speaking time trying to persuade Americans that he really knows what he’s doing, not playing catch up as it seems to a lot of people.
Even the New York Times conceded that there were no new plans or insights presented by the president, who went over what the NYT called “incremental moves” undertaken by the Pentagon.
Those moves have so far failed to do much more than scratch ISIS, which seems to keep expanding its recruitment via the Internet, and which seems of late to time its attacks to occur shortly after any speech in which Obama says the terrorists are under control or “on the run.”
Obama’s speech occurred against a background of the Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton enacting varying stages of denial about Islamic terrorism.
Clinton, for instance, gave a whole speech about why she won’t use the phrase “Islamic terrorism,” while Sanders declared that we’re in a war with climate change.
Compared with the tone-deaf and bumbling front presented by the Left, which is more concerned about gun control than terrorism, Sasse’s response to Obama’s speech, posted on YouTube, was spot on.
Sasse, who filmed his response in San Bernardino at the site of one of the memorials, said, “This neighborhood should not be a part of a war zone, this neighborhood should not be a battleground. So why is it? Because we’re an open society, we’re a free society, and our enemies hate freedom and we owe it to those who died this week to tell the truth about the nature of this conflict.”
Sasse took a scythe to many of the excuses and phrases the Left uses to mince its words and hide from the uncomfortable truth about terrorism:
“This is not about workplace violence. This is not about global warming or gun shows. This is not about income inequality. This is not about kids from broken homes, as tragic as that is. This is not about anything that we have done wrong. This is about who we are. This is about the nature of freedom.”
And unlike the president and others on the Left, Sasse wasn’t afraid to point at the real culprits. He continued, “We are most certainly though at war with militant Islam. We are at war with the violent Islam. We are at war with jihadi Islam.”
Sasse’s best line, though, skewered Obama right through the heart. Obama is notorious for avoiding referencing Islam in the same sentence with terrorism, and his misplace affection for Islam has been a blind spot that has embarrassed him and America throughout the years and ultimately led to disastrous foreign policies that have shaken up the Middle East.
Sasse said, “President Obama said tonight he’s worried about a backlash against American Muslims. I am too. And you know what the best way to combat that is? With the truth, by being clear about who we are and what we stand for and by being clear about those who would try to kill us because we believe in freedom.”
Telling the truth — now there’s a concept this Administration could try out sometime.