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Guest Column

Stuck Back on September 10th
By Brigitte Gabriel
Jan 24, 2014 - 12:15:11 AM

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It has been said that if you forget the lessons of history, you are doomed to repeat past mistakes.

Nowhere is this more apparent in President Obama's naivete when it comes to the threat from Jihadist terrorism.

In an interview with the New Yorker magazine over the weekend, Obama once again downplayed the threat from Al Qaeda.

He indicated that the current Al Qaeda was the "jayvee" and followed that up with a disturbingly mindless analogy using basketball to describe the threat from Al Qaeda, a global Jihadist terrorist organization that has killed thousands of Americans.

Obama even went so far as to infer that Al Qaeda's activities don't always threaten America when he said that "how we think about terrorism has to be defined and specific enough that it doesn't lead us to think that any horrible actions that take place around the world that are motivated in part by an extremist Islamic ideology are a direct threat to us or something that we have to wade into."

This shows what can only be described as a "September 10th" mindset from the leader of the most powerful nation on earth.

Just two weeks ago, CNN reported that Al Qaeda currently controls more territory in more countries and boasts more Jihadi fighters than at any time in its history.

Does Obama not view the geographic metastasizing of Al Qaeda as a threat to America?

Has he forgotten the lessons from history?

Has he forgotten how Al Qaeda used remote bases in desolate nations like Sudan and Afghanistan to recruit and train Jihadis and then plot and launch terrorist attacks against American targets...

  • August of 1998 when Al Qaeda bombed our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania...
  • October of 2000 when Al Qaeda bombed the USS Cole in Aden harbor in Yemen...
  • ...and on September 11th, 2001 in Washington DC, New York and over the skies of Pennsylvania?

How can the president of the United States so cavalierly dismiss the growing threat from the terrorists?

America is being compromised and betrayed from the top. At a time when America needs strong and wise leadership, a president at the helm who understands the grave threat to our nation and what to do to protect it, we are instead dealing with a president who is basing his foreign policy on wishful thinking not reality; on the ideological world he sees instead of the real world we live in.

We cannot play Russian roulette with our safety, the security of our children and the future of Western civilization. We cannot base our survival strategy on some exaggerated theory of small "core Al Qaeda" scattered around the world that doesn't really affect America -- Really Mr. President?

This administration is populated with Pseudorealists pushing their touchy-feely, goody-two-shoes worldview. They believe first and foremost in negotiating with our sworn enemies. They have a rosy picture of the world and how they think it should be. In reality, they are chasing a concoction of idealistic imaginings like little children chasing butterflies. There is a big hornet's nest ahead and America is going to run headlong into it.

This dangerously naive philosophy was driven home forcefully last week when the Obama Justice Department, headed by Attorney General Eric Holder, imposed new rules on federal agents forbidding them from basing decisions on investigations on the religion or national origin of a suspect. In other words, under these new rules, someone from Iceland is viewed the same as someone from Saudi Arabia, Iran or Pakistan!

This is flat out suicidal strategy. The president must face the nation with the truth about Al Qaeda, their growth, their expansion and the ideology that drives them and all other Islamic terrorists threatening to kill Americans. (January 23, 2014 "Israeli security agents thwart al-Qaeda attack on U.S. embassy")

The stakes are too high, Mr. President, for the wrong assumptions. Our lives and our civilization are on the line.

By Brigitte Gabriel
President of ACT for America
P.O. Box 12765
Pensacola, FL 32591

ACT for America is an issues advocacy organization dedicated to effectively organizing and mobilizing the most powerful grassroots citizen action network in America, a grassroots network committed to informed and coordinated civic action that will lead to public policies that promote America's national security and the defense of American democratic values against the assault of radical Islam. Your financial assistance is always welcome.

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