Attack in Turkey: terrorists can smell our weakness, and it’s our president
War is an ugly thing. But not the ugliest of things. The decayed state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safely, is a miserable creature and has no chance of feeling free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. ~ John Stuart Mills
If we think about it, really think about it, what will be George W. Bush’s legacy? For what will history remember him?
I believe it will be for the time post 9/11 — after he had been in office for only a few months, there were no more terrorist attacks against American targets.
Why is that? Because he projected an image of strength and conviction, and showed a willingness to use maximum force. He took the fight to our enemy.
I’m not saying he didn’t make mistakes. The Iraq War can be conscientiously debated. The “Mission Accomplished” sign was an amateur show of bravado. I think he spent way too much money.
But, he took the politically hard road — he kept us safe!
There is a case to be made that Clinton’s weakness abroad teed up the 9/11 tragedy. Do you remember all of the terrorist attacks that happened under Clinton? The first bombing of the World Trade Center, Khobar Towers, Kenyan Embassy, Tanzanian Embassy, USS Cole, were all during his administration. His response was a weak and ineffectual cruise missile attack against some factories that now most agree were not terrorist targets at all. And, don’t get me started thinking about his refusal to allow AC-130 gunships to protect our Delta Force and Ranger operators in Somalia. We all know how that worked out.
Now, let’s get to the present. Have you thought about how many terrorist attacks have occurred against American targets domestically and overseas during slightly more than one term of the Obama Administration?
Just look domestically. We have experienced Fort Hood, Little Rock, the underwear bomber in Detroit, and the Times Square attempted bombing. Yes, some of these were not effective but that was due to terrorist incompetence.
Now, let’s talk overseas. We have embassy bombings in Jakarta, Yemen, Kabul, Sudan, Cairo, Tunisia, and ambassador killed in Libya, and now Turkey.
Let’s be honest with ourselves. Do we think we have this many attacks (which the MSM ignores) because Obama is so determined and strong against our enemies? Or possibly is it because they know they are unlikely to face retribution? Is it because he has publicly stated we are disengaging from the Middle East no matter what the situation is?
How could you contrast Bush and Obama and come to any other rational conclusion other than that peace through strength works? Look at the numbers.
Didn’t we learn anything after facing down the Soviet Union?
As I mentioned after the Mali affair a few weeks ago, I am afraid for my country — for my children.
The Jihadists and all terrorists hate weakness. They can smell it. They don’t respect negotiation and appeasement.
Neither did Hitler.
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