The Obama Bomb

In a recent interview with Fox 25 TV in Oklahoma City, Senator Jim Inhofe, the ranking GOP member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, worries that the terror consortium that goes by the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is developing a megabomb to blow up an American city. "We're in the most dangerous position we've ever been in as a nation," he warns; ISIS is “rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major U.S. city, and people just can't believe that it’s happening."

What kind of megabomb that might be, its precise components, and how it could be conveyed to the U.S. remain open questions, but there is justifiable speculation that ISIS and other terror outfits could easily smuggle such a weapon across the porous southern border or are capable of constructing a dirty bomb, quite possibly on site. Which city would be targeted is also uncertain, though under the lax supervision of Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York is an obvious choice. A threatening Twitter post issued by ISIS is accompanied by a photo of the Old Republic Building in Obama’s home town of Chicago and another of the White House. Technology centers like Seattle or Silicon Valley are equally plum targets. I suspect, however, that the jihadists might also be aiming for some comparatively innocuous city, say Omaha or Cleveland, where a major strike would not be anticipated and defensive protocols have not been put in place.

In a rare instance of bipartisan agreement, secretary of defense Chuck Hagel has gone on record concerning the danger posed by the Islamic State, whose leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, was released from captivity by an administration that has placed the U.S. in imminent peril. “They marry ideology and a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess,” Hagel said. “They are tremendously well funded. This is beyond anything we have seen.”

In the meantime, an al-Qaeda magazine urges “lone Mujahid” attacks on American institutions and cities, including Las Vegas, and gives instructions for building car bombs and pressure-cooker bombs. These are meant to detonate in crowded venues at peak traffic times, but the mayhem they will cause pales before the destruction that ISIS is apparently planning. The swift rise to power of so brutal and determined a jihadist entity is clearly on Obama’s malign scorecard, the handiwork of a president who, by his own admission, did not formulate a strategy to deal with the impending menace until he went on TV to explain it on Wednesday night (White House press secretary Josh Earnest frantically tried to cover for Obama, saying he really meant Syria); who withdraws troops from contested regions; who refuses to take responsibility for his mistakes and even attempts to capitalize on them for propaganda advantages; and who is always brought up short by events he is unable to take the measure of. His portrayal of ISIS as junior varsity is a good illustration of such flippant short-sightedness -- or of self-extenuation, since many ISIS fighters, according to Reuters, Der Speigel, the Guardian and WorldNetDaily, were trained at an American base in Jordan. At any rate, this is a president whose identity and ulterior purposes remain matters of intense conjecture and debate.

Obama has been variously called by his detractors a “manchild,” a “dufus,” a “clown,” a “playboy” and suchlike disparagements, ridiculed or deplored as someone who is far out of his depth and manifestly unfit for the presidency. These critics cite as evidence for their assessment of Obama’s callowness his oft-reported gaffes betokening a poorly educated lightweight (e.g., the Austrian language, “corpse-man,” the 57 states, temporally conflating the Umayyad dynasty in Cordoba with the Inquisition, a discrepancy of some 500 years, etc.); his puerile decision making; his constant reliance on a teleprompter, even when addressing a group of sixth-grade students; and his incessant vacationing and delight in hobnobbing with vacuous celebrities. His bungling incompetence is thus explained by his lack of condign gravitas, his hankering for distraction and entertainment at the expense of the serious deliberation required by the job.

For others, Obama is a committed, communist-schooled, political radical intent on subverting the country he governs and despises, transforming a free-market republic into a dismal socialist backwater. A man who was mentored in his youth by Frank Marshall Davis, a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA); who taught workshops on the methods of Marxist revolutionary Saul Alinsky; who considered America “mean spirited”; who castigated entrepreneurs as people who “didn’t build that”; who scapegoats the prosperous and wealthy -- the 5% and then the 1% -- many of whom have justly earned their station in life; who enjoys a longstanding friendship with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, members of the violent, Communist-driven splinter faction known as Students for a Democratic Society; who featured on a panel sponsored by the Democratic Socialists of America; who fraternized with and/or supported socialist autocrats like Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Honduras’ Manuel Zelaya—all this and more certainly provides compelling testimony for the appraisal of Obama’s inheritance and beliefs as fundamentally seditious.

Then there is the matter of America’s uncompetitive 35% corporate tax rate, easily solved by passing tax reform legislation, as happened in 1986. Instead, as Charles Krauthammer writes, Obama “wants legislation to outlaw inversion…the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the United States to benefit from lower tax rates abroad.” But a tax reform solution obviously violates Obama’s socialist agenda which works against stimulating the American economy -- except, of course, through heavy-handed government intervention, which generally has the opposite effect while simultaneously enabling government to annex, expropriate and cronyize ever larger portions of the private sector.