Why Won't the Obama Administration Acknowledge We Are at War?

Perhaps one of the problems with this administration that may have led to the mishandling of the information on Major Hasan is that they are simply dealing with “overseas contingency operations.” They seem not to recognize that not only are we dealing with terrorists abroad, but we are also dealing with homegrown terrorists right here in our backyard. And they are all unprovoked acts of violence being committed by Muslim extremists against innocent Americans.

While I wish no harm to anyone, I fear that it will take a devastating personal loss for individuals in the Obama administration to wake up and realize that we are fighting Islamic fundamentalists who do not care that life is but a minute because this life is meaningless to them beyond killing infidels. Obama can travel the Mideast making speeches, send over videos praising Allah and the religion of peace, and attempt to force Israel to make concessions to a people hell-bent on its destruction -- but it will not change the essential fact that there is an enemy that wants to destroy us.

Over the past ten months we have watched the Obama administration make domestic policy decisions which many Americans view as radical and destructive to our economy, our freedoms, and our country. These domestic policy decisions also impact our standing in the world. As they weaken us here at home, they also weaken us abroad.

But combine these domestic policies with Obama’s foreign policy decisions to date and the results are simply disastrous for our country. Reaching out to the Muslim world has not proven to be fruitful by most analyses. In combination with his harsh treatment of our allies, Obama has made America a laughing stock. And while those on the far left are thankful for that, wanting to see our standing as a superpower diminished, I wonder where many of them were on 9/11.

I watched the video clip of Denise Sherman -- the mother of 21-year-old Benjamin Sherman, who was recently killed in Afghanistan -- as she pleaded for Obama to make a decision on his strategy for that war:

"It's time we do something. This has gone on too long. They either need to come home or we need to end it," a tearful Denise Sherman said.

I could not help but compare the dignity and grace of Denise Sherman with Cindy Sheehan’s demonstratively shallow extremism. But it also made me consider that while Obama continues to spend his days as commander in chief voting present, he and his advisors fail to realize that their inaction is more harmful than any action they could take. Combine that with a commander in chief who deliberately will not recognize that we are fighting fundamentalist Islamic fanatics both here and abroad, and one realizes that this country and its citizens are in serious danger of not only going into decline, but of experiencing future catastrophic incidents on a regular basis.

Fort Hood was the first major terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11, yet the media, the politically correct left, and our president refuse to recognize that we are at war -- a war on terror committed by Islamofascists. The Obama administration is made up in large part of a bunch of liberal academics who seemingly lived sheltered lives outside of the military, untouched by war. Perhaps they should visit, without prepared speeches and teleprompters, Fort Hood and the families of the victims murdered there. Then they might understand what this war is all about.

The executive branch of the United States government needs to draw on its members’ common sense, gain knowledge through the experience of those in the real world rather than those who insist on meeting behind closed doors, and evolve into a group of individuals that understand their responsibility to protect American lives. Otherwise, the phrase “overseas contingency operation” will have to be renamed “domestic contingency operation,” as 9/11 and Fort Hood become commonplace and more and more Americans learn the harsh lesson that “life is but a minute.”