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Bryan Preston


September 2, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Even Democrat cheerleader Dana Milbank finds Barack Obama’s happy talk on terrorism unnerving.

[T]he day Britain raised its terrorism threat level to “severe” — Obama delivered a very different message when he spoke to donors at a fundraiser in New York’s Westchester County. “Yes, the Middle East is challenging, but the truth is it’s been challenging for quite a while,” he said. “I promise you things are much less dangerous now than they were 20 years ago, 25 years ago or 30 years ago. This is not something that is comparable to the challenges we faced during the Cold War.”

Speaking to another group of contributors that same day in Newport, R.I.,the president said that the post-9/11 security apparatus “makes us in the here and now pretty safe” and that the threat from ISIS “doesn’t immediately threaten the homeland.”

I hope Obama’s chillax message turns out to be correct, but the happy talk is not reassuring. It’s probably true that the threat of domestic radicalization is greater in Europe than in the United States (hence the British plan to confiscate some passports) but Obama’s sanguinity is jarring compared to the mood of NATO allies Obama is meeting in Europe this week.

Hope is not a plan.

Obama has been giving Americans a pep talk, essentially counseling them not to let international turmoil get in the way of the domestic economic recovery. “The world has always been messy,” he said Friday. “In part, we’re just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through.”

The terrorists use social media to organize, to recruit and to broadcast their gore porn videos.

Even Milbank isn’t buying Obama’s social media nonsense.

So we wouldn’t have fussed over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine if not for Facebook? Or worried about terrorists taking over much of Syria and Iraq if not for Twitter? This explanation, following Obama’s indiscrete admission Thursday that “we don’t have a strategy yet” for military action against ISIS, adds to the impression that Obama is disengaged.

In short, Americans would worry less if Obama worried more.

Indeed. Instead, Obama offers happy talk while — as he surely knows — the border is unsecured and ISIS is threatening to strike here. They’re capable of striking here. The only question is when they will attempt to strike here.

Obama’s happy talk is all kinds of unsettling, especially when lined up against his clear distaste for Israel’s self-defense against Hamas. He is either so stubborn about sticking to his “I ended the war in Iraq” line that he is ignoring the present reality, or he has checked out of the job, or he still believes somehow that his election still has chance of bringing about peace all by itself, or, and this is truly unsettling, Obama truly does not believe that the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS and similarly aligned groups are a threat because they don’t wear the al Qaeda brand.

Or he’s truly and deeply clueless and incapable of leading anything more than a partisan fundraiser or airstrikes. Or he’s on the other side, or at least far more tolerant of Islamism than any American president ought to be.

That’s a lot of possibilities, none of them good. But hey, be happy America. If you like your head, you can keep it.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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24 weeks ago
24 weeks ago Link To Comment
I don't know if Obama's 'Happy Talk' was before of after the Libyan planes were hijacked, but here's the reality:
All you have to do is fly a plane high enough off the Atlantic coast, go inland a bit, and detonate a dirty bomb. Poof. This will set off a EMP (electro magnetic pulse) that can take out the Northeast electric grid -- 75% of America will go dark with the possibility of 67%-90% of the population dying. All it takes is just 9 transformer sub stations to be destroyed. Also, this can be done with a scud missile armed with a nuclear warhead fired from an offshore freighter. -- At the bottom of the page are podcasts. Play Hour 1 of the 8/31/14 broadcast with Dr Peter Fry, author of "Electric Armageddon"
25 weeks ago
25 weeks ago Link To Comment
There is only one correct response to this headline, but since we are all so politically correct, I cannot even correctly spell and post one of the words I need to use.
"Oh Shyt".
25 weeks ago
25 weeks ago Link To Comment
He has happy talk for everyone except Israel.

Barack Obama “has become ‘enraged’ at the Israeli government, both for its actions and for its treatment of his chief diplomat, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. ”


Think about this. Enraged. Not “alarmed” or “concerned” or “irritated” or even “angered.” Anger is a feeling. Rage is a frenzy. Anger passes. Rage feeds on itself. Anger is specific. Rage is obsessional, neurotic.

25 weeks ago
25 weeks ago Link To Comment
Just imagine if there had been twitter when a Serb national assassinated the Austrian archduke. Why, war might have broken out.
25 weeks ago
25 weeks ago Link To Comment
>> But hey, be happy America. If you like your head, you can keep it.
Right up until you can't. And no one is coming to the rescue to save you from the former goat herders.
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