During the summer of 2014, while ISIS was rampaging through Iraq and Syria, a possibility of “all-out war” loomed between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, Russian aggression threatened the Ukraine, and Red China was embroiled in territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the president said with a straight face, “if you had to choose any moment to be born in human history, not knowing what your position was going to be, who you were going to be, you’d choose this time.
The world is less violent than it has ever been. It is healthier than it has ever been. It is more tolerant than it has ever been. It is better fed then it’s ever been. It is more educated than it’s ever been.” Jay Carney went on to shock reporters in the White House press room, that same month, when he declared that the Obama administration had “substantially improved the – the tranquility of the global community.”
The president continued in this ongoing effort, this week, to shift the national narrative to his pet domestic issues and away from national security concerns in his interview with the sycophantic pro-Obama new media outlet, “Vox”. Obama was asked whether he believes the media “overstates” the threat of terrorism at the expense of other stories, like “climate change and epidemic disease.”
“Absolutely. I don’t blame the media for that. What’s the famous saying about local newscasts? If it bleeds, it leads. You show crime stories and you show fires, because that’s what folks watch. It’s all about ratings,” he answered.
What Obama had to say about the targeted attack on Jews by Islamic terrorists at a kosher deli in Paris has people shaking their heads in disbelief.
“It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.
We devote enormous resources to that, and it is right and appropriate for us to be vigilant and aggressive in trying to deal with that — the same way a big city mayor’s got to cut the crime rate down if he wants that city to thrive.”
This was not “random violence” any more than the Fort Hood shooting was “workplace violence.”
But the Community-Organizer-in-Chief would prefer the media talk about the more pressing threat of — climate change – so he’s changing the conversation. “The news media ‘absolutely’ overstates the risks of terrorism because stories about things like climate change aren’t ‘sexy’ and don’t drive ratings.”
So – beheadings and burnings are apparently “sexy”? People don’t get off on climate change like they do get off on the murder porn ISIS keeps putting on Youtube?
This man is so depraved.
Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson had military analyst Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.), on to discuss the president’s comments on this afternoon. Keane called the president’s view “stunning” and said the president is trying to “change the narrative” about the war on terror, arguing that it is the media’s job to tell the story of how terrorist groups are expanding.
“That’s a stunning statement,” he said, “but I’ve long since stopped being surprised or in fact disappointed in some of these statements and this is another one. When their affiliates have grown in the past five years exponentially and they’re on the rise – that’s a story that has to be told,” he insisted. “It’s a shopping mall in Nairobi – people being killed, it’s women being enslaved in Nigeria after being kidnapped, it’s a consulate being burned down and our ambassador killed, it’s people being beheaded and burned as we just saw happen recently…”
As former DIA Director Lt Col Michael Flynn said, “I think what people are looking for is — moral and intellectual courage and clarity and not this sense of — passivity and confusion….” Keane said that Obama’s #1 foreign policy objective is a nuclear deal with Iran, “and it trumps frankly an appropriate strategy in dealing with ISIS in Syria because we don’t want to rattle Iran prior to this deal.”
Ralph Peters weighs in on the Neil Cavuto Show: “It may not be what Susan Rice is dismissing as not an existential threat, but Gosh – if you’re a minority – a Christian, a Yazidi, or a Muslim who doesn’t tow the line, if you’re a Jordanian pilot, if you’re a Western hostage – it’s pretty existential over there right now,” Peters noted. He concluded, “the president is still politicking. He’s still running for election. I wish in his last two years, he would just shut up and lead.”
MORE: Remember the Iraqi Information Minister, Baghdad Bob? Remember how we used to make fun of him for his ludicrous counterfactual spin during the beginning stages of the Iraq War? Here are some of his classic quotes (all stated while the US military was in the process of toppling the Saddam Hussein government rather decisively – sometimes in the background as he spoke.)
“There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never!”
“My feelings – as usual – we will slaughter them all”
“Our initial assessment is that they will all die”
“I blame Al-Jazeera – they are marketing for the Americans!”
“God will roast their stomachs in hell at the hands of Iraqis.”
‘We have destroyed 2 tanks, fighter planes, 2 helicopters and their shovels – We have driven them back.”
“Surrender or be burned in their tanks.”
“No I am not scared and neither should you be!”
“We have them surrounded in their tanks”
Amid warnings from national security experts that ISIS is spreading throughout the Middle East, John (Baghdad) Kerry claimed that the U.S. “strategy” to defeat the Islamic State working like gangbusters.
Via Fox News:
Following the purported deaths last week of two ISIS hostages and concerns about the U.S. needing to do more, Kerry told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the U.S.-led coalition was “on the road” to defeating the Islamic extremist group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, in Iraq and Syria. He argued that coalition forces have recaptured 22 percent of the populated areas that ISIS once held in the region “without launching what we would call a major offensive.” The claim came just days after Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, delivered a grim assessment of the group’s evolution in testimony to the House Armed Services Committee. He described how the group was surfacing in North Africa. “With affiliates in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, the group is beginning to assemble a growing international footprint that includes ungoverned and under governed areas,” Stewart testified.
His initial assessment of Baghdad John was that they will all die. Phew. Crisis averted.