Obama's Blind Eye to Terrorism

The president's reluctance to acknowledge that the war on terror is still raging makes us all less safe.

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Police work the scene on M Street, SE, in Washington, where a gunman was reported at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

A mass murder was committed Monday at the Washington Navy Yard. The shooters, witnesses said, fired from the fourth floor of a building down into a food court where unarmed and defenseless workers were having breakfast. There were at least two, and may have been as many as four, according to news reports, dressed in what was described as military-style outfits, and at least one carried false identification.

The mass killing has many of the hallmarks of a terrorist attack, yet the president, as he has done so many times before, refused to even speculate that this might be the case in the brief remarks to the press he made in lieu of a scheduled address on the economy.

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It is becoming clear that Obama cannot see the forest for the trees. Time and again he has refused to acknowledge the obvious; that attacks are being carried out against American soldiers and citizens by terrorists and those who sympathize with the terrorists who have perpetrated dozens of attacks on U.S. personnel and facilities for more than a decade.

From the earliest days of his administration, our Nobel Peace Prize-winning president has steadfastly maintained that the war on terror is over. The shootings at Ft. Hood, Texas were workplace violence. The assassination of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other men at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was initially treated as some kind of mass uprising provoked by a YouTube video few if any had seen. As the story unfolded, the president did allude to it having been an act of terrorism, but with only the most glancing of rhetorical blows. What has been obvious to most people has perplexingly escaped his notice.

It's not as though he is trying to tamp down on war fever. The bipartisan resistance to his attempt to draw the nation into military action in Syria after the Damascus government used deadly nerve gas against its own people is proof enough of that. There is something else going on, something that no one as yet can fathom.

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It is not just that President Obama seems bent on drawing America's military power back inside our own borders. It is almost as though he is deliberately adopting a weak stance, creating a vacuum into which the Russians or the Chinese or another potential global military power can move, so much the better to press their own objectives at the expense of our own.

Under Obama we have the democratically-elected dictator of Russia taking to the op-ed pages of the New York Times to lecture the world's oldest constitutional republic on the fallacy of American exceptionalism. Instead of helping the world to love us, as he promised he would during the 2008 campaign, he has the world laughing at our weakness and lack of resolve. This is a recipe for a disaster of the kind that would make the foreign policy reversals of the Carter years seem like just another bad day at the office.

Anti-American terrorism is real and is present on our shores. The Obama administration has,  for some reason, turned a blind eye to this fact, preferring instead to warn us all of the need to be on the lookout for possible acts of subversion and terror coming from conservative political activists and former U.S. servicemen and women. He has the wrong priorities, the wrong objectives and, as a result, we are all less safe than we were when he took office. The time to come to grips with this problem is now, before the wreckage of another office tower litters the landscape of some great American city.

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