Monday, June 27, 2016

Obama Caused Orlando

The media has desperately tried to blame anything and everything for the Orlando Muslim massacre. The bloodshed by a Muslim terrorist has been attributed to guns, homophobia, family problems and mental illness. But Omar Mateen told his Facebook friends and a 911 operator exactly why he was doing it. Omar killed 49 people as part of the Islamic State’s war against America.

The motive is there in black and white. This was one of a number of ISIS attacks. The roots of the
Orlando attack lie in Iraq forcing us to dig down into Obama’s disastrous mishandling of ISIS. Without understanding what went wrong in Iraq, we cannot understand what happened in Orlando.

Under Bush, Al Qaeda in Iraq had been on the run. Under Obama, it began overrunning the region.

In 2009, Obama vowed a “responsible” end to the Iraq War. He claimed that the “starting point for our policies must always be the safety of the American people”. But the safety of the American people was the first casualty of his foreign policy. In 2011, he hung up his own “Mission Accomplished” sign and boasted that “The long war in Iraq will come to an end by the end of this year.” It did not and would not.

Obama claimed that his withdrawal from Iraq and his invasion of Libya were both examples of successful policies. Both countries are now ISIS playgrounds. The “sovereign, stable and self-reliant” Iraq he told the country we were leaving behind was a myth. The new Libya was an equally imaginary and unreal place. ISIS gained power and influence as a result of that chaos. And it used that influence to kill Americans.

Today the battle for Fallujah is raging. When ISIS first took the city, Obama breezily dismissed them as a JayVee team. He specifically insisted that ISIS posed no serious threat to America. “There is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.”

“Fallujah is a profoundly conservative Sunni city… And how we think about terrorism has to be defined and specific enough that it doesn’t lead us to think that any horrible actions that take place around the world that are motivated in part by an extremist Islamic ideology are a direct threat to us,” he said.

It is now blatantly and indisputably obvious that ISIS is a direct threat to us. Orlando is yet another reminder of how deeply wrong Obama was about ISIS. Instead of taking action, Obama chose to ignore the expansion of ISIS until it had become a major threat. As a result of its victories, Al Qaeda in Iraq went from an Al Qaeda affiliate to declaring the Islamic State while commanding the allegiance of Muslims around the world. Omar Mateen was one of those Muslims.

If Obama had not dismissed ISIS early on, it would never have gained the level of support that it did. And the Orlando massacre might never have happened.

But Obama was not the only proudly neglectful parent of ISIS. The two key elements in the rise of ISIS were the withdrawal from Iraq and the Arab Spring. The withdrawal gave ISIS freedom of action in Iraq allowing it and its Shiite frenemies in Baghdad to roll back the stability of the Surge. The Arab Spring however destabilized the region so badly that ISIS was able to expand into countries like Syria and Libya. The migration of Jihadists into the region swelled its ranks enormously and turned it from a local problem into a global one.

And the Arab Spring was a project of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Obama created space for ISIS in Iraq, but Hillary Clinton opened the door for the rise of ISIS in Libya and Syria. Together they helped make ISIS into a regional and then a global player.

Hillary Clinton tried to blame the “internet” for the Orlando attack. But Al Gore’s magical internet did not shoot 49 people in Orlando. For that matter it did not “radicalize” Omar Mateen.

Omar, like many other Muslims, was impressed by the ISIS victories that Hillary’s Islamic regime change project had made possible. He viewed these triumphs not as the result of a disastrous State Department and White House policy, but as proof of the religious authority of ISIS. Omar wanted to join the fight.

Muslim terrorism existed before ISIS. It will exist after ISIS. But there is no doubt that the Islamic State’s claim to having revived the Caliphate and its impressive string of victories against the Iraqi military convinced many Muslims that they were religiously obligated to follow its orders.

And these orders were quite explicit.

ISIS had called for attacks in America during Ramadan. “Hurt the Crusaders day and night without sleeping, and terrorize them so that the neighbor fears his neighbor,” ISIS had told Muslims in the US,

Omar answered the call in Orlando.

Attempting to blame fellow Americans for the actions of ISIS, as Obama has done by emphasizing gun control, only plays into the hands of the Muslim terror group behind the attack. The NRA did not carry out this attack. ISIS did. And ISIS benefited from Obama and Hillary’s foreign policy which allowed it to expand its reach and its popularity until its network of Muslim supporters could strike anywhere.

Obama and Hillary do not want to discuss the role that they played in creating the global conditions that led to the Orlando attack. It’s more convenient for them to blame it on Republicans by emphasizing gun control or homophobia, but discussing an ISIS attack without mentioning ISIS is like talking about WW2 without mentioning Nazi Germany. It’s intellectually dishonest and strategically senseless.

The Orlando massacre was not a local event, but a global one. It must be viewed within the context of a series of ISIS attacks in Europe and America. And ISIS became a global threat on Obama’s watch.

During these pivotal years, Hillary Clinton was the highest ranking foreign policy figure in the country. It is absurd for her to argue that she bears no responsibility for the rise of ISIS. And Hillary Clinton has even defended Obama over his “JayVee” dismissal of ISIS as a direct threat to America.

The Orlando massacre is yet another example of the consequences of Obama and Hillary’s foreign policy. It is not the first such consequence and it will not, by any means, be the last.


Infidel said...

Seems to be just running a con. Favorability ratings around 50%, showing how dumb many voters are.

Ayatollah Ghilemini said...

Mr. Greenfield is so very right in this but he did leave out one piece- the part where Obama backed the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt as the rightful heirs of the Mubarak regime. This is at the core of the leftist muddled thinking that has brought bloodshed to our country. He refuses to protect us from illegal alien violence and insists on letting in "refugees" who all agree they want America to have Shari'a law.

Anonymous said...

Of course he did. But the bigger point is Obama's use of the stenographic press and the flurry of manufactured crises. He pulled the strings for max chaos. How do rational, skeptical voices prevail over the roar of apocalypse?

A Cheshire cat of plausible deniability, he glibly conducted this hellish symphony. His underlings: Emmanuel, Clinton, Lerner, etc. were so well-tuned to his purpose very little had to be said.

How does Orlando compare to sending our soldiers into the Ebola epidemic, then flying cases back here? The resurgence here of third world epidemics: plague, TB, cholera, hepatitis? He uses biological warfare against his own country, and the press calls it humanitarian.

Orlando is nothing special. Just one flower in Barack's exquisite corsage. Rather than enumerating the semi-infinite, is there a case where he chose for our good: Honduras 2009? Iran elections 2009? BP Oil Spill? Keystone Pipeline? Fast and Furious? Trayvon?

Answer: none of them. We can't think of them all, and that's the point. The next few are coming to keep us distracted.


Edward Cline said...

I doubt I will be the first to say it: Obama is as evil as ISIS, as evil as Islam. He wants Islam to win, to help to "transform" this country from a relatively free one to one that has submitted to Islam. Obama has not failed in his foreign policies, but succeeded.

Anonymous said...

Great comments as usual. Only disagreement I have is that Obama is not the cause, he is a symptom. I wish he were the only problem. The issue is that the 'Statist' have decided to stamp their 'theories', (the same as Obama) on a compliant, ignorant world. The Brits were the first to start to recognize the real issue. I hope it spreads the 'Brexit Spring' to the rest of the world so that we have some shred of hope left for our future.

Empress Trudy said...

Obama may not want Islam to rule America but he's certainly eager to use it to foment a 'Long Emergency' that will give the government near limitless power.

Anonymous said...

I look forward to reading your articles and fully agree to the premise, but would tend to say he Indirectly Caused Orlando or Enabled it. If he was doing his job to protect this nation, this event would not have happened. If he truly cared about the people and the interest of this nation first, he would take off the pc mask of not wanting to offend radical muslims by scrutinizing them and clamping down on future terrorists, secure our borders and thoroughly vet those allowed into this county. He pretends he cares then happily uses every crisis real or manufactured to push his radical agenda of assaulting the constitution and disarm the general populous. Our elected representatives and unelected officials pushing and pulling us toward their liberal view of Utopia will be dead before the fruits of their labor are fully realized. Liberty and Virtue are trampled by their lust for power and control. They preach peace for all but their beautiful world envisioned is not reality but ends in totalitarianism and more suffering, death, destruction, poverty, rioting, starvation, etc for millions in the future. Their own children/grandchildren will be negatively affected as well as ours by their policies and ideas. May we have the strength to resist, fight for what is noble, and seek mercy from God while we still have breath.

Anonymous said...

The 1997 movie "Wag the Dog" has Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman rescue an incumbent (GOP, natch) president from a sex scandal. Their artful fakery of "big news" gets Prez re-elected, and cost only a few lives.

Pretty heady fare for 1997? For the last 7 years, the big news isn't fake, and does involve real deaths. Rahm's advice to not let them go to waste has been zealously pursued. And new crises cultivated.

We Americans champion underdogs, Heroes, optimism, sincerity. We shrink when confronting Machiavelli, the Frankfurt School, Alinsky, Ayers. Our swing to positive in the "New World" left us naive to the sucker-punch wisdom of the Old.


Anonymous said...

Check out the face of Mohammed Atta. And look at the photo of Mateen. Same eyes, same expression and 15 years later America still incapable as ever of grasping whats behind those eyes.

Anonymous said...

Liberals are a dying species, a spacetime anomaly, a socio cultural discontinuity that is attracting those handcrafted killers from distant latitudes. Anyway, they are rapidly updating their traditional ways of slitting throats to less 101 methods. The Iran deal is the mother of all updates, the real legacy of barrackuda and his lot.

Pray Hard said...

If you realize that MObama is a moslem and is simply spewing moslem-speak, he is telling the absolute truth from that perspective. He didn't/doesn't misunderstand anything about ISIS. He understands them perfectly. Things are falling into place exactly as he wanted/wants. He and most of the other "leaders" of Western Civilization are the great deceivers of the early 21st Century. 203 days ... hopefully.

Pray Hard said...

I'm rather hoping that MObama and Hitlery will be victims of ISIS. You can throw The Bern in there also.

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