If the day’s news had been about some random shooting, you could count on President Obama to be among the first liberals to be calling for more gun control, in a lengthy speech possibly peppered with some comments about how “tired” everyone in America is of gun violence.
But that wasn’t what happened today.
Instead, Brussels was hit by a series of terrorist bombs that ISIS has claimed responsibility for, killing at least 34 people, according to news accounts as of this writing.
So what we get to see instead is the bored Obama who could only expend 51 seconds of a prepared speech to say a little something about the latest atrocity in the War on Terror that the White House seems to think ended the moment President Messiah landed in the Oval Office.
It was pure Obama boilerplate:
“The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the people of Belgium and we stand in solidarity with them in condemning these outrageous attacks against innocent people. We will do whatever is necessary to support our friend and ally, Belgium, in bringing to justice to those who are responsible. And this is yet another reminder that the world must unite, we must be together, regardless of nationality, or race, or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism. We can and we will defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world.”
(By the way, all you media types and Internet trolls who made fun of Republicans for offering prayers instead of “action” the last time their was a multiple shooting in the news? Ahem. We’re all waiting to hear what bad things you have to say about your beloved leader for offering prayers and nothing else for terrorist bombing victims. Because unlike promoting gun control, which is explicitly NOT what the U.S. government should be doing, fighting terrorism actually seems like it’s in the best interests of America and the world. Just a thought.)
I think the world has seen by now what the president means when he “stands in solidarity” with someone — pretty much nothing.
That fight to defeat the scourge of terrorism and bring justice to terrorists, how exactly is that going? Well, let’s see. The alleged bombing campaign against ISIS in Iraq has achieved absolutely nothing. Our latest semi-secret fire base in Iraq just got bombed this past week. We’ve done nothing to stop terrorists slipping into Europe.
And then there was the strange case of Hellfire missiles being found at an airport in Serbia, bound for Portland, Maine. Apparently, the State Department knew all about it because the dummy missiles had first been sent to Lebanon by a contractor so that Lebanese planes could be fitted to carry the weapons. Why? Well, because we’re planning to ship 1,000 or so live missiles there, according to the State Department.
It’s an interesting incident primarily because Lebanon is right next door to Syria, the international hot spot where President Obama has for years been funding and supplying anti-Syrian government rebels, most of whom turn out to have connections to ISIS.
It’s one of the world’s worst-kept secrets that ISIS obtained much of its funding, supplies and arms from shipments sent to alleged “rebels” in Syria or from equipment left behind in Iraq by the U.S. military. Part of the supply line previously ran to Syria from Turkey, which was receiving arms and personnel from Libya through a little town called Benghazi.
So is it any wonder why, when it comes to ISIS, our president can’t seem to hit the target, or why he seems bored when ISIS causes another massacre in a foreign country?
No doubt Obama will at some point make more comments on the events in Belgium, assuming he can be torn away from golfing or whatever he’s doing in communist Cuba. But like Ted Cruz commented in regards to the terrorist attacks, we don’t need another lecture on Islamophobia.
What we need is a president who takes fighting terrorism seriously.