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Obama’s Dangerous Message

by Keith Koffler on September 1, 2010, 12:03 pm

Someone wrote somewhere recently – I can’t remember where – that there are only two Western democracies left still willing to fight to defend themselves: The United States and Great Britain.

With the world teaming with enemies who want to destroy the West, this is a frightening thought. And after President Obama’s speech last night, in which he declared an end to combat operations in Iraq,  our enemies can be reassured that the number willing to use military power against them is headed toward zero.

The president made it very clear to those listening closely – and I assure you those who mean us harm were listening closely – that he has no stomach for a fight and will engage America only in the most urgent of situations, if even then.

Does this lamentation sound like a man who will, except under the most extreme circumstances, wage war?

The United States has paid a huge price to put the future of Iraq in the hands of its people.  We have sent our young men and women to make enormous sacrifices in Iraq, and spent vast resources abroad at a time of tight budgets at home.

The president couldn’t resist using remarks about the drawdown in Iraq to make crystal clear that we’re getting out of Afghanistan too.

The pace of our troop reductions will be determined by conditions on the ground, and our support for Afghanistan will endure.  But make no mistake:  This transition will begin — because open-ended war serves neither our interests nor the Afghan people’s.

Obama managed to drop into his speech about Iraq a whole section about his domestic agenda, right down to education reform and the like. He suggested that making the United States strong through, you know, making electric vehicles, will help us fight al Qaeda, Ahmadinejad, and other really bad guys.

This is not serious thinking. While we of course must improve our economy, the way to fight bad guys is to kill them.

When we are departing a fight is the most dangerous moment of all. It’s then that we must project that we are doing so from a position of strength, that we are still willing to use our muscle if someone needs a pounding.  Instead, Obama weeps that we’ve “spent vast resources abroad at a time of tight budgets at home.”

His body posture is clear to the enemy. It says: “Yikes! Get me outta here and leave me alone so I can get to work putting solar panels on American homes!”

It’s a very dangerous message and one that will ensure we have even more problems overseas. Weakness invites war. Peace is achieved through strength – military strength.

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Star September 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm

His body posture is clear to the enemy. It says: “Yikes! Get me outta here and leave me alone so I can get to work putting solar panels on American homes!”

Made me smile, Keith. Yes, the folded hands like a proctor in study hall did not really drive any points home. Iraq is now full of terrorists all of a sudden…have we been thinking that? Well, let’s just turn the page…ooops, more printing here, now what? I have made no secret that I oppose these “wars” or terrorist countermoves or whatever they are, but if you are going to do it, do it.

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Keith Koffler September 1, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Star, thanks and you are the type i like to disagree with on matters of war. You at least agree that if we do it, we gotta do it right.

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Tom September 1, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Keith,

Your able to pull some good INT together here; however, the seminal point you make pulls everything together: “Someone wrote somewhere recently – I can’t remember where – that there are only two Western democracies left still willing to fight to defend themselves: The United States and Great Britain.” Glenn Beck’s bumper intro to his radio show has Reagan’s quote: “Were the last stand on earth.” Very true.

These are ominious times.

The UK is a shell of itself: Islam is the largest growing religion in the UK and Muslims are the most devout; Mosques are being built in the UK at a rate of 10 to 1 vs. churches. The Anglican church is not even a shell, but a small group of clerically-robed shills who are staunchly anti-Semitic, anti-Christian; these fools reject their own creeds. Archbishop Rowan Williams even stated he looks forward to the “establishment” of “Sharia law” and “Sharia Courts in England” as a way in which we “show our multicultural diversity” (www.virtueonline.com Global Orthodox Anglicanism).

With Mr. Obama at the helm steering us toward the iceberg, were only lucky in that by the time we hit it … were praying that were airtight amidships to remain afloat. The November elections are the lifeboats … but only for a short time. In 2011 the Hillarista’s, Obamunista’s and the rest of the leftwing ash and trash will be back on the march.

You made another great point about being at our most vulnerable “departing a fight.” There is nothing good in retreat.

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Keith Koffler September 1, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Tom – thanks for your comments. It’s only us manning the gate where the barbarians gather. If we’re going inside the castle, they’ll be in there with us.

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Tom September 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Keith: Dont scare me like that! Barbarians INSIDE the gates? Call out the Praetorian Guard! Heavens, its true. Its only 12:40 p.m. and I need a drink.

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Star September 1, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Like they say, Tom–there must be a political discussion somewhere.

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josh September 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm

To anyone who wants to know why the world is becoming what it is today, read two books written by obama’s head foreign policy advisor; zbigniew brezinski…between two ages and the grand chessboard. Both books describing how to take over the world from a fanatics point of view. Then look at how long this ex-nazi has been working in high positions of the US Government.

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Star September 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Former Nazi? Is he really an adviser to this admin–I know his kid or grandkid or something is on MessNBC.

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