On Tuesday the Islamic State released a 22-minute video showing Flight Lieutenant Muath al-Kasasbeh of the Royal Jordanian Air Force being doused in petrol and burned to death. It is an horrific way to die, and Flt Lt al-Kasasbeh showed uncommon bravery, standing stiff and dignified as the flames consumed him. And then he toppled, and the ISIS cameras rolled on, until what was left was charred and shapeless and unrecognizable as human…
President Obama’s response was to go to the National Prayer Breakfast and condescendingly advise us - as if it’s some dazzlingly original observation rather than the lamest faculty-lounge relativist bromide - to “remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ"…
... the President could barely conceal his boredom at having to discuss the immolation of Flt Lt al-Kasasbeh:
"Aaand it, I think, will redouble [pause] the vigilance aaand determination on the part of our global coalition to, uh, make sure that they are degraded and ultimately defeated. Ummmm. [Adopting a whimsical look] It also just indicates the degree to which whatever ideology they’re operating off of, it’s bankrupt. [Suppressing a smirk, pivoting to a much more important subject.] We’re here to talk about how to make people healthier and make their lives better.''The lack of passion - the bloodlessness - of Obama’s reaction to atrocity is always striking. He can’t even be bothered pretending that he means it…
Obama ... declares action, and then does nothing. His war against ISIS was supposed to be one in which the US would not put “boots on the ground”, but instead leave that to our allies. The allies have the boots, but they could use some weapons, too. Obama has failed to supply the Kurds or anybody else with what they need to defeat our enemies. It’s becoming what they call a pattern of behavior. Elliott Abrams draws attention to this passage in a New York Times story about Ukraine:
''The Russians have sent modern T-80 tanks, whose armour cannot be penetrated by Ukraine’s aging and largely inoperative antitank weapons, along with Grad rockets and other heavy weapons. Russian forces have also used electronic jamming equipment to interfere with the Ukrainians’ communications…....it list goes on.Hmm. So how much of that shopping list have we responded to? Obama won’t write Ukraine a blank check, but he will write them a blanket check:
Ukraine has requested arms and equipment, including ammunition, sniper rifles, mortars, grenade launchers, antitank missiles, armoured personnel carriers, mobile field hospitals, counterbattery radars and reconnaissance drones.''
With at least another two years of Obama's civilizational retreat to go, we’re gonna need a lot more security blankets, which is good news for whichever Chinese factory makes them.
The West is in retreat, no longer sure if there’s anything worth defending to the death.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich brought this up in a speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit drew widespread applause as he declared that the battle against radical Islam is about "American survival." Gingrich said he had come to the summit to talk about a subject that is "enormously serious and not political in any normal sense. It's about American survival.''
"Nearly 14 years after 9/11, the United States is losing the war against radical Islamists. And we have to have the courage to confront how badly we are doing in this war."
Noting that the struggle against radical Islam is a "global war," Gingrich told the gathering: "There is one common pattern occurring everywhere across the planet, and this is radical Islamists who hate our civilization are prepared to cut off our heads and are determined to impose their religion by force." Gingrich got a standing ovation when he said to those Islamists: "I have a desire to kill you before you cut off my head."
He went on: "This is a campaign that should be fought with the largest possible number of allies. This is a campaign that should be fought wherever possible by surgically and methodically hunting down these people." The Georgia Republican likened the battle against radical Islamists to the
struggle against communism and the Soviet Union.
One strategy to use in the battle is to drive the radical jihadists off the Internet, he said. He also demanded that Americans who leave the country to wage jihad should lose their passports and be barred from returning to America.
Gingrich again drew enthusiastic applause when he said: "I believe our government lies to us every day about this. We demand the right to defend our civilization."
And looking ahead to the early caucus in Iowa in next year's presidential election, he told Iowans they should demand that "every candidate who comes through here has to answer what they are prepared to do to help defeat radical Islamists."
The Way I See It.....then you hear the interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, and President Obama claiming that 99.9% of Muslims reject radical Islam.
''But it is absolutely true that I reject a notion that somehow that creates a religious war because the overwhelming majority of Muslims reject that interpretation of Islam. They don't even recognize it as being Islam, and I think that for us to be successful in fighting this scourge, it's very important for us to align ourselves with the 99.9 per cent of Muslims who are looking for the same thing we're looking for--order, peace, prosperity.''This IDIOT, this Leader of the Free World and smug Islam-Lover obviously hasn't read the facts! Pew Research Center estimates there are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world comprising 23% of the global population. It won't be long before 1 out of every 4 people in the entire world is Muslim. Let us for argument's sake take the conservative estimate of 10 - 15% who are Islamists that subscribe to radical Islam. That's 160 million Muslims who believe Sharia law should rule the world and good many of those 160 million are willing to bring this about by force. That is more than the population of the U.K. and France combined and more than of half the U.S. population. It's a critical mass. Those numbers are simply too large for President Obama to dismiss so casually. He's a dangerous Idiot! God Help America !!!