Why Paris Happened
I am not going to blame Barack Obama entirely for what happened in Paris Friday -- but mostly. And that's not just because he famously called ISIS the jayvee team, when they are now unequivocally the New York Yankees or the Manchester United of terror, repellent as that analogy may be (he started it).
But what is clear from the carnage at The Bataclan theatre and elsewhere in Paris that we will be studying for weeks or months to come is that the West has no leader in our evident civilizational war -- no Churchill, no Roosevelt, no de Gaulle, not even a George W. Bush. It's certainly not Barack Obama, a ludicrous man who thinks the world's greatest problem is climate change in the face of Islamic terror. This is the same man who oversaw, indeed instigated, a large-scale American démarche for the first time since World War II.
And look what happened. Well, we all know. We are living at a time when the Islamic world is having a nervous breakdown, actually more like a violent psychotic break, in its encounter with modernity and is determined to bring us all down with it.
Something must be done, but by whom? (As I write this, Paris is under mandatory curfew, the nation's borders sealed. Are we next?) America, once the country everyone turned to, needs someone serious at its helm never more than now. The world needs it. But who is it?
Hillary Clinton, the sleazy liar and confidant of the even sleazier Sidney Blumenthal, the woman Donald Trump was correct in alleging is running for president at least in part to stay out of jail? Doesn't that sound reassuring?
What about Trump himself? On the surface, and maybe below it too, he seems the man most likely to profit from this horror. If that's true, I only hope he's up to it. I admit to being seriously disturbed by his recent comments about Ben Carson, accusing the doctor of psychopathy. It's not that he has to walk that back (although he certainly should). It's obvious that many of Donald's outrageous comments come from a position of insecurity. But now more than ever he should realize we're in serious times. If he wants the most important job in the world, he better act like he deserves it.