I don’t know about you, but after I heard President Barack Obama’s “vote of confidence” speech to the American public on how he is going to defeat the Islamic State, I feel like a brand new person!
Now I know that I can go anywhere in the United States and not have to fear anything related to terrorism. We are done with the terrorist attacks and there is nothing to worry about. Whew! So glad that’s over.
I am more concerned than ever that we are not safe in this country after hearing Obama speak.
It was the same old rhetoric, just on a different day and location.
Here’s what sticks out in my mind or at least my interpretation of what Obama said. I warn you, it is going to be snarky so buckle up!
Obama stressed that we are all one big, happy American family regardless of our race or religious beliefs, and that we should all just get along. He also said that while San Bernardino “may” have been a terrorist attack, there is no evidence which links the two terrorists to a larger terrorist cell.
Translation: Don’t worry. Be happy!
In addition, Obama bragged about his wonderful ability to get needed information from intelligence briefings during the past seven years which will keep us safe. Funny because we have been repeatedly told from sources that Obama doesn’t consistently attend them.
Translation: It’s just a little “lie” and besides that you feel better when I make you think I’m always there, right?
Then Obama went into how we will destroy “ISIL.” He can’t bring himself to call them the Islamic State because many feel that he is sending a message to Muslims all over the Middle East that he personally does not recognize Israel as a sovereign nation, but as territory belonging to the Islamic State.
Translation: Minor detail. It’s always good to try and convince an enemy that you respect them first before you destroy them, right? Is that the strategy?
Obama further mentioned how the military will hunt the terrorists down which is odd, since we all know Obama killed Osama Bin Laden. So, then why do we need the military at all?
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Obama also intends for the United States to continue training Iraqi and Syrian forces, which hasn’t been successful so far. He will also continue to work with “friends and allies,” to stop terrorist plots and recruiting. Finally, he said that we would work to create a process and timeline for a ceasefire in Syria.
Translation: Obama's plans haven't worked to date. However, the part about a ceasefire should help Democrats get votes as we draw closer to the presidential election.
At this point, I was waiting for the big announcement to convince me that no one else would suffer at the hands of terrorism. It didn’t happen.
Not to worry. It was time to move on and blame guns and Congress for not bending to his will, I mean for not doing their jobs.
Obama just couldn’t understand why Congress wouldn’t prevent someone on the no fly list from getting a gun. I, on the other hand, couldn’t understand why someone on the no fly list would even be in America in the first place buying a gun.
He also spoke about banning those “powerful assault rifles” again, like those used in the recent San Bernardino shooting. The very same rifles that are already banned in California due to having some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. In fact, these gun laws failed to prevent the shooting which killed 14 innocent people. Translation: I hope no one thinks about this too hard.
Of course, he called for stronger screening for those coming to the U.S. on a “visa waiver,” as the female terrorist in the San Bernardino shooting had done, according to Obama. However, the White House would later issue a correction because the female terrorist had not come to the U.S. on a visa waiver, rather it was a fiancé visa. So, which program needs the stronger screening? Does Obama know?
Then Obama blamed Congress for not wanting to authorize continued force against “ISIL.” Maybe it’s because they don’t like Obama’s lack of a real strategy or a strategy that even has a small chance of working? Perhaps after Obama’s speech, Congress will be convinced that Obama has it all figured out and change their minds.
And finally, the American public once again was lectured by Obama, telling us essentially that we shouldn’t discriminate against all Muslims because if we do then he will sic U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on us and prosecute us right back down into silence. Well, maybe he didn’t say it quite like that, but that was how I heard it.
Bottom line, I feel no safer after the speech than I did before. If anything, I feel less safe because I know that we have a president who has no plan different from the one that wasn’t working before he addressed the nation.
I believe that we can expect more terrorist attacks in the U.S. in the near future because there is no proposal that I heard from this President which will prevent terrorism on our soil.
Quite frankly, I would feel safer if the captain from the Titanic told me we were experiencing some minor turbulence and there was nothing to worry about.
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