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Obama's Legacy: Seven Years of National Security Debacles

When President Barack Obama came into office, he rolled back President Bush’s counter-terrorism policies and arrogantly declared that the Global War on Terror was over. To counter “violent extremism,” the Obama administration was less intrusive on Muslim terror suspects and much more intrusive on innocent Americans. Would-be jihadists were treated to counter-extremism community programs and those who acted on their jihadist predilections were dealt with in U.S. courtrooms. Meanwhile, it looked like the Obama administration’s “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE) doctrine was designed to shield Islam and Muslims from scrutiny, while encouraging crackdowns on domestic “right-wing extremists.”

Ordinary American citizens were subjected to heightened TSA screenings, as long lines, naked scanners and humiliating pat-downs became SOP at our nation’s airports.

After seven-plus years of this, the verdict is in: The counter-terrorism policies of the Obama administration have been an abysmal failure. While he was focused on ending wars, closing Gitmo and dismantling Bush’s counter-terrorism policies, terrorism in the homeland spiked.

Here is a tally of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil that have taken place since Obama took office in January of 2009. Not all of the attacks listed here resulted in fatalities, and some of them are small-scale attacks most people never heard about.

May 2009, Binghamton NY: N.Y. Shooting Massacre in which 13 people were killed

June 2009, Little Rock, AR: Military Recruiting Center Shooting; one private killed, another wounded.

November 2009, Fort Hood, TX: Fort Hood Gunman Who Killed 12, Wounded 30 Survived Gun Battle

December 2009, Detroit, MI: Panty-bomber, Northwest Airlines Flight 253

May 2010, NYC: Faisal Shahzad, Times Square Car Bomb

December 4, 2010: A non-Muslim Islamic studies professor is stabbed to death by a Muslim grad student in revenge for ‘persecuted’ Muslims

March 2011: Islamist terrorists attack US military base in Frankfort, Germany killing two US soldiers

September 11, 2011: Three Jewish men have their throats slashed by Muslim terrorists in Waltham, MA
September 2012: Benghazi terror attack on US Consulate in Libya

February 7, 2013: A Muslim targets and beheads two Christian Coptic immigrants

March 23, 2013: A Muslim convert walks into a church service in Ashtabula, OH with a Quran and guns down his Christian father while praising Allah

April 15, 2013: The Boston Marathon bombing

April 19, 2013: Jihadists in Boston gun down a MIT police officer sitting in his car.

August 4, 2013: A Muslim convert “on a mission from Allah” stabs a store clerk to death in Richmond, CA. 

April – June, 2014: “Self Styled Jihadist” murders four people Washington and New Jersey in “vengeance” for U.S. actions in the Mideast

September 25, 2014: Oklahoma City Beheading at Vaughan Foods Plant

July 16, 2015: The fatal shootings at a Navy reserve facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee;  Four Marines died on the spot. A Navy sailor, a Marine recruiter, and a police officer were wounded; the sailor died from his injuries two days later.

November 4, 2015: UC Merced Stabbing Spree; four people wounded 

December 2, 2015: San Bernardino Terror Attack on office holiday party, killing 14 and wounding 22

 January 7, 2016:  Philadelphia police officer Shot in the Name of Islam