President Obama Monday suggested that the Orlando attacks must spur a balanced response, one that fights terror but also addresses gun control.
That’s what’s known as taking your eye off the ball. Which is also what Obama first did when he removed troops from Iraq and bragged about it, opening the way for ISIS. America left troops in Germany after World War II and South Korea after the Korean war. And they have kept the peace. But Obama brought all the troops in Iraq home and campaigned on it. And the lid came off in Iraq, and now we have this.
Obama’s failure to address these attacks for what they are, Islamist terrorism, has serious ramifications, because they allow him to look at this as at least partially a crime issue, and therefore not tackle the real cause of the killings. Gun control has absolutely nothing to do with Islamist terrorism. They will find the weapons to do this, unless we are going to ban gun sales and bang down every door to remove the ones people have. And even then, they’ll get them.
Obama’s emphasis on gun control is a red herring, designed to distract from the real problem, which is that a new and virulent terrorist threat has taken root and metastasized under his presidency. He can try to blame the NRA for his failures, but the responsibility for protecting the country lies with him. And he is failing, and his failures, unfortunately, will start to become ever more spectacular.
“We have to do some soul searching,” Obama says about Republicans’ refusal to acquiesce to his gun control agenda. No. Mr. President, you need to do some soul searching.