Our hearts go out to Shirley Sotloff and her family today. It was less than one week ago that she released a video plea, begging ISIS to release her son, 31-year old Steven Joel Sotloff.
Sadly, it was reported today that ISIS has beheaded the journalist, making him the second filmed casualty of the gruesome terrorist organization, following the slaughter of James Foley.
Given the brutal nature of this enemy and the fact that they’ve made their intentions perfectly clear, it would seem to be a no-brainer that America is at war with ISIS. But when James Rosen of Fox News asked State Department mouthpiece Jen Psaki about that today, she refused to put it in those terms. “I think it’s clear that we are concerned about the threat,” was about as far as she went, refusing to identify the horrific beheading as necessarily an “act of war.”
It’s more proof that the Obama administration remains, through thick and thin, an immovable object. The president decided long ago what he “wanted” the world to be, and despite the fact that terrorist actions around the globe have clearly undermined his vision of foreign affairs, his worldview remains unshaken.
On the heels of criticism from both sides of the political aisle — most notably Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) — that Obama has been “too cautious” when it comes to ISIS, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said something today that absolutely floored me, as he compared the president’s so-called “caution” on ISIS to his “caution” on the auto bailout. Sure, those things are totally equal! Watch here:
“That was a risky maneuver,” said Earnest of the auto bailout. “It would not have been possible without this president, who is sometimes described as cautious, making the bold decision that really paid off in spades for the American public.”
It would be a tremendous understatement to say that this was about the worst analogy Earnest could have possibly made. I don’t recall anyone’s life being at risk when the president pondered whether or not to bail out GM. I certainly don’t recall the very future of the country being at stake. A “risky maneuver”? Sure, everything is “risky” when you’re only focused on politics. But when Americans are getting their heads cut off, might we take one moment and focus on REAL risk?
What these guys refer to as “caution” is what I refer to as “reluctance.” Not necessarily a reluctance to take military action, as I can’t say for sure whether or not it’s the answer. No, I mean the reluctance to identify our enemy for what it is: radical Islam. Let’s declare war on these bastards and do whatever it takes to ensure that future mothers won’t have to plead for their son’s lives on YouTube videos, only to find out that they’ve been murdered a week later.
It’s time to get off the damn links and get ANGRY.
Of course, Obama won’t do that because, in the end, he’s a lame-duck who simply doesn’t care. After all, it’s George Bush’s fault, right?
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