Have We Surrendered Already?

Now that he has served his first month in office, it is time to examine President Obama’s effectiveness on the single most important issue of our time – the Global War on Terror. In the one short month, the President has:

o Announced the closure of the terrorist detainment facility at Guantanamo Bay;

o Halted the prosecution of the mastermind of the USS Cole bombing, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri;

o Closed all foreign “secret” CIA prisons;

o Halted “enhanced” interrogation techniques against terrorists;

o Refused to use the term “War on Terror”;

o Privately backed the deal allowing the imposition of Sharia Law in the Swat Valley region of Pakistan; and

o Allocated $20,300,000 in post-conflict aid to the conflict victims in Gaza.

Almost every conservative commentator, including myself, has said that the first four points above endanger US national security and show that Mr. Obama in not serious about fighting the War on Terror. And, as I’ve stated on this blog, the President’s failure to use the term War on Terror shows that he has a pre-9/11, law enforcement approach, to this scourge - an approach that left 3,000 dead American’s in the streets of New York and suburban DC.

Let’s not rehash those points. Let’s analyze the final two. By privately backing the Pakistani government’s deal with the Islamist radicals in the Swat Valley, the President’s envoy to that region, Richard Holbrook, says that the Pakistani’s are trying to engage the "moderate" Taliban. That statement on its face is so absurd that it almost needs no analysis. What a great idea, reach out to the moderate Islamic radicals. Maybe these are the members of the Taliban that only want to execute a woman by firing squad for being raped, as opposed to those who want to stone her to death.

The Pakistani government was forced into this so called peace treaty because of its military defeat in that area. Had the Pakistani Army been successful, there would be no need for the imposition of Sharia Law and there would be no more fear of these “moderate” Taliban blowing up more girls’ schools. See, under Sharia Law, it’s illegal for women to be educated.

Instead of assisting the Pakistani Army, the Obama Administration would rather see the government cut a deal with Islamist extremists and run. Could our government be taking the same approach that the House of Saud took for so many years – if we pay them off, maybe they’ll leave us alone. Of course the answer to this is they won’t. The goal of the Taliban, like all Islamist extremists, is to restore the global Caliphate. There is not much room in that for non-believers (nor for educated women, for that matter).

But, I guess if you’re Barack Obama, you think that all you need to do is to sit down with someone (because you evidently don’t believe that there is such a thing as an enemy) and talk. Your oratory and skills of persuasion are so good that you can convince someone whose lifetime has been devoted to trying to kill you and every other infidel that, to paraphrase the immortal words of Rodney King, we can all just get along. Good luck Mr. President.

As to the $20,300,000 in aid to the Palestinians in Gaza, everyone knows that Gaza is completely controlled by Hamas. Hamas is renowned for grabbing any and all aid that arrives in Gaza. The situation with Hamas stealing aid is so bad that on February 7, the UN Relief and Works Agency (the UN agency that will be distributing the new US aid) announced that it was suspending its actions in Gaza because Hamas’ actions. The UN spokesman told Al Jazeera that UN aid would not resume until they have received the stolen aid back and have received credible assurances from Hamas that this theft will not happen again. Can Hamas give credible assurances? I think not.

It is unconscionable that the United States government would ship over $20,000,000 to a terrorist government like the one in Gaza. This is especially true in light of what the UN has witnessed. What is the point of US taxpayers’ money being looted by an organization that has in its charter the vow to kill all Jews?

The Obama Administration is so weak in its positions in the fight against terrorists, that on February 8, the government of Yemen felt emboldened enough to release 170 Al Qaeda prisoners. This was evidently part of a “truce” between Yemen and Al Qaeda. So, fearing no repercussions from Mr. Obama, Yemen just went ahead and released these terrorists. And, this was just two weeks after Al Qaeda announced that Yemen had become the base of its activities for the entire Arabian Peninsula. Hopefully, none of the remaining Guantanamo detainees will be release to Yemeni custody. If the do, it is only a matter of time before they will be back on the battlefield trying to kill the infidels.

After only one month in office, apparently, the Obama Administration has called a unilateral cease fire in the War on Terror. I hope it does not take another 9/11-type attack for this administration to see the threat. The fact that the homeland has been quite for the past 7 ½ years has made most of us forget the extent of the danger. We need to remind those in charge.

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