ISIS has made good on its threats to visit terror upon Europe. Last Friday, Paris was rocked by the most devastating attack in Europe since the 2004 Madrid bombing. Official statistics place the death toll at 129, with 352 wounded and, as of Saturday, 99 in critical condition.
The French already have a lead suspect. A young Muslim named Abdelhamid Abaaoud is being named by the French as the mastermind behind the attack. Abaaoud is the son of Moroccan immigrants, who formerly attended a prestigious Brussel’s high school. His zeal for holy war was so great that he recruited his 13-year old brother. In a 2014 video, he said this, “All my life, I have seen the blood of Muslims flow…I pray that Allah will break the backs of those who oppose him, his soldiers and his admirers, and that he will exterminate them.”
Such a statement should summon forth Churchillian rhetoric of opposition and determination to achieve victory. But our President is no Churchillian, instead he is a devotee of appeasement. He showed this on Monday when, in his press conference in Turkey, he said that “ISIL is the face of evil. Our goal…is to degrade, and ultimately destroy this barbaric terrorist organization.” His tone of voice is as excited as the boy who hears he has to go to the denitist to get a filling. He went on to say, “What I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning or whatever other slogans they come up with that has no relationship to what is actually gonna work to protect the American people and to protect people in the region.”
The President doesn’t want to pursue American victory? Then what, exactly, is the function of his office as Command in Chief of the Armed Forces, if not to “win” this conflict?
For perhaps the first time in his presidency, Obama faced a crowd of journalists who wouldn’t be put off with the usual Progressive nostrums. Those present joined in what one has called a “markedly aggressive line of questioning.” Obama went on to deliver long answers, which answered nothing and only showed his weak-kneed approach to the Parisian attacks.
Whether our President will join other world leaders in their vows to retaliate against ISIL seems doubtful. We can probably expect more of the same “lead from behind” stuff that we’ve seen Obama do in the past.