Roger L. Simon

America, the Headless Horseman


Forget the endless scandals that seem to come at us every other day — the latest being the Benghazi terrorists using State Department cell phones (!), a crusade of Hispanic children pouring over our Southern border in the company of cartel drug lords and, of course, the suddenly “missing” IRS  emails of Lois Lerner — the Obama administration has reached  levels of hitherto unknown incompetence.

It is a complete and utter debacle.

Hardly anyone believes in the president anymore. Last night, on the O’Reilly Factor, even Geraldo deserted him.  What next?  James Carville? (Well, probably, to aid in Hillary’s coming separation from Obama.)

No wonder the talking heads can’t figure out how to respond to new bogeyman no. 1 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his ISIS on their way to creating a caliphate across Syria and Iraq that would be a mammoth staging ground for global terrorism the likes of which we have never seen.  We don’t have a leader to stop him that anyone would conceivably want to follow. What we have is a serial liar who can’t even tell the truth about healthcare — or  in his own memoir for that matter (assuming he wrote it).  How do you trust him in war?

This is a moment when we need a Churchill and what we have is the man who sent Churchill’s bust home — a nowhere man whose only demonstrable skill is fund-raising. (In that way, however,  he was even outdone by Abu Bakr himself who evidently snatched several hundred million for his cause from Mosul banks in one day.)

Today, on Twitter, a veteran named J. R. Salzman tweeted: “I did not get an arm blown off in Baghdad so you could sit on your ass and watch Iraq fall, @BarackObama. I did my job. DO YOUR JOB.” It got retweeted over 2600 times and climbing.  It’s easy to see why.

Imagine, if you will, what it would have been like if Barack Obama had been president during 9/11, not George W. Bush.  We might be under Sharia law by now. What a joke that would be on all the paleo-feminists on college campuses complaining about micro-agressions  and other PC illusions.  They’d be walking around in head coverings, if they still had heads.

But kidding aside, we’re in a dreadful situation that is not going to go away anytime soon. Bill Roggio was absolutely right when he named his excellent site The Long War Journal. Only a complete moral narcissist naif like Obama could have thought otherwise.  When Abu Bakr said “See you in New York” to our soldiers on his release from jail several years ago, he was serious, far more serious than Joe Biden when he said Iraq would be one of the signature achievements of the Obama administration. But in a way, I suppose it is.

(Artwork created using multiple images.)