In the wake of the Orlando terrorist attack. Mr. Obama trotted out his usual bevy of salacious strawmen to try and dismiss the drumbeat of criticism against him for refusing to name our enemy.
Channeling Hillary’s infamous Benghazi testimony, Obama’s rationale for his willful ignorance was essentially “what difference would it make” to name our enemy.
Well, here’s what difference it makes, Mr. President. Until you, our commander in chief does so, we will never defeat them. And that means more innocent Americans will die at the hands of radical Islamist terrorists.
The very first thing our military planners do when drafting a battle plan, known as an “Operations Order,” is to define the enemy. For example: Who are we fighting? Where are they? How are they equipped? What are their potential plans? What do they seek? Where do their assets come from? What motivates them?
Identifying the enemy and what their goals are enables our military planners to flesh out friendly forces’ mission, objectives and force structure. Figure out your enemy and you can anticipate his moves, get inside of his decision cycle and seize the initiative.
U.S. military planners are exceptional at this; it is one reason why our troops win on the battlefield with a minimum of casualties. But only when our commander in chief supports them.
Refusing to define the enemy, or doing so incorrectly, vastly diminishes the effectiveness of our military, agencies like the FBI, and our police forces who put their lives on the line to keep us safe.
And given that the enemy is now right here in our backyard, it goes without saying that refusing to identify the threat puts all innocent Americans at greater risk. And that’s what happened in Orlando.
President Obama and the Left are clinging to the mantra that they just don’t know what in the world might have motivated the Orlando Islamic terrorist (who I will not name). He was a hateful guy, they tell us. Really? Well how about listening to the terrorist himself?
He went out of his way to tell us his motivations in great detail when he called 911 several times to profess his fealty to ISIS. For years this guy made no secret of his support for al-Qaida, even his desire to be martyred. Oh, and is screaming “Allahu akbar” while gunning down his innocent victims a clue at all?
But for Obama, and Hillary and the rest of the Left to acknowledge the motivations of the Orlando terrorist is paramount to admitting that there is indeed something called an Islamic extremist.
And they’re not going do that, no matter how many Americans die.
Votes are at stake. Elections to be won. Money to be raised.
The Clinton Foundation has hoovered up hundreds of millions of dollars from LGBT-hating Islamic countries (where being gay is punishable by death). Hillary will twist herself into pretzels before she acknowledges this clear link to an Islamic terrorist attack in a gay nightclub in Orlando.
The pivot to gun control is as predictable as it is impotent.
The Orlando slaughter itself is quite instructive as to why it is imperative to identify who our enemy is. The FBI actually had this guy in its crosshairs. Twice.
They investigated him for almost a year, interviewed him on multiple occasions, followed him, knew he was travelling to Saudi Arabia, but ultimately let him go. Why? Were they incompetent?
Hardly. FBI agents are outstanding professionals, dedicated, overworked and underpaid.
They didn’t screw up; they had to let him go because of the overly narrow requirements from a dangerously politically correct Obama Administration that refuses to make the obvious connection between an angry young Muslim man who actually admits to wanting to be martyred and the specter of terrorism.
Again, doing so is a tacit admission that we are in fact at war with radical Islam.
Had the FBI been empowered to make that linkage, there likely would have been no Orlando massacre. More important, had our commander in chief defined the enemy from the beginning, and unleashed our armed forces on a nascent ISIS, there would not have been an Orlando attack. Or San Bernardino. Or Chattanooga. Or Paris. Or Brussels.
And now we’re all wondering where the next Islamic terrorist attack will be.
This is why we must define our enemy.
Mr. President, it’s never too late to lead. Here’s a template from one of your beloved predecessors, President Franklin Roosevelt, in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor: “No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.”
Absolute victory is an American standard. Its time for our president to get onboard.
Patrick Murray (colonel, U.S. Army, retired) was part of a military-diplomatic exchange program between the Pentagon and Department of State, where he served in the Bureau of Political Military Affairs in Washington, D.C. In 2005, Murray became the U.S. representative to the Military Staff Committee at the United Nations in New York under Ambassador John Bolton. After retiring from the Army in 2009, Patrick became the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in Northern Virginia. He is the author of "Government is the Problem." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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