When it comes to battling those who want us dead, Obama recalls that old saying among Soviet laborers: “We pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us.”
There is a pretend quality to Obama’s stance on radical Islamic terrorism.
As Stephen Hayes and Thomas Jocelyn recently detailed in the Wall Street Journal, the May 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani compound yielded one dead terror master and some one million documents. A top Pentagon official called this “the single largest collection of senior terrorist materials ever.”
Defense Intelligence Agency analysts capitalized on this bonanza and generated some 400 separate reports.
However, as Hayes explains, “the senior DIA official who ran the project, Colonel Derek Harvey, says the intelligence community has fully analyzed less than 10 percent of the collection. Top DIA officials were told directly to stop providing analyses based on the bin Laden documents.” This information refuted Obama’s boast that al-Qaeda was “on the run.” Hayes added: “So they chose ignorance.”
Meanwhile, new revelations about accused Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl demonstrate Obama’s unseriousness about the Taliban. According to Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in 2009 possessed
“clear evidence that he [Bergdahl] was ‘going over to the other side,’ and he had a deliberate plan.”
As Shaffer told Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly, NCIS believed that Bergdahl “did move out with a purpose, he had Afghan contacts, and he was actually trying to offer himself up to the Taliban.”
Alternatively, NCIS thought that Bergdahl hoped to travel to Uzbekistan and “wanted to talk to Russian organized crime.” Despite NCIS’s disturbing 2005 report, National Security Adviser Susan Rice notoriously claimed that Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction.”
Far worse, Obama negotiated with terrorists and swapped Bergdahl for five Guantanamo detainees. Obama sent these top Taliban commanders to Qatar for one year. Three reportedly have attempted to re-connect with the Taliban. Come June, all five may fly to Afghanistan and resume sending Americans home in boxes.
Finally, Obama’s strategy to ISIS approaches criminal negligence.
“Right now, in our airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, of the 12,000 sorties, 3,000 of them actually drop weapons. Is that true?,” Sen. John McCain, R – Ariz., asked Gen. Lloyd Austin, head of U.S. Central Command, at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing last month. Austin answered: “I think that’s about right, sir.”
“Don’t we put our pilots in great danger if they’re not going to drop weapons?” McCain wondered in astonishment. “Or are you going to have three out of four fighter sorties fly around in circles, and then return?”
The problem, says retired four-star Army general Jack Keane, is “the most restrictive rules of engagement our pilots have ever been asked to execute.”
The Washington Examiner’s Byron York explains that Obama “has ordered that civilian casualties — unavoidable in a bombing campaign — be kept to such an absolute minimum that military commanders have had to stay away from significant Islamic State targets.”
When ISIS first emerged, it traversed Iraqi and Syrian deserts in pick-up trucks. A few days of relentless bombing would have reduced these leeches to cinders. Instead, Obama’s daintiness let them seize territory the size of Great Britain. ISIS now has infiltrated Libya, Tunisia, and Yemen, sealed alliances with Boko Haram in Nigeria, and more.
Judicial Watch reports
that ISIS operates a training camp just eight miles below America’s southern “border.” The conservative watchdogs cite Mexican military and police sources who say that they have discovered in that area Muslim prayer rugs, documents in Arabic and Urdu, and “plans” of Fort Bliss Army Base in El Paso.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told
CBS’ 60 Minutes that at least 40 Americans who fought with ISIS have come home. Half-comfortingly, Johnson said that “we have systems in place to track these individuals. But you can’t know everything.”
That’s life, as America’s lethally unserious leader pretends to fight radical Islamic terrorism.
Deroy Murdock is a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Read more reports from Deroy Murdock — Click Here Now.
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