Thursday, February 19, 2015

"Leading from behind" . A perspective . PART 2.

There is an never ending cliffhanger when it comes to government response .  My last post "Leading from behind . A perspective ."  I examined how leading from behind is the cause of many problems in Washington D.C. politics . ***The President can't get his language straight on Islamic terror , after hearing his latest speech addressing once again, that the West is (1)> "not at war with Islam" as he wrapped a three-day White House forum on "violent extremism". Sure,  but they seem to be  at war with us. Obama on Thursday acknowledged the "unspeakable cruelty" inflicted by the Islamic State and said countries must be "unwavering" in fighting these groups. But he underscored the importance of improving political systems, boosting economies and making impoverished communities less susceptible to terror recruiters -- echoing a comment from a State Department official this week that jobs-creation programs could be an effective counterterrorism tool.Those decrying Obama's characterizing ISIL, etc., as "terrorists" rather than "Islamic terrorists" are needlessly critical. These terrorists are not going to be more aggressive or engage in more terrorism because of the label applied to them. Indeed, by simply calling them "terrorists," Obama is delegitimizing their claim to represent Islam -- and depriving them of their rallying cry that we are fighting a war against Islam, which serves as a recruiting tool. Moreover, those victimized by ISIL, etc., are most often Muslims.  --- honestly I could not believe what I was hearing out of the mouth of the leader of our nation . So his ( Obama's) idea is that the west has to "create jobs" to get any would keep any  Muslim from going to +++ jihad . Yes, probably sending untold billions of dollars  to the middle east as solving the problem of their poverty .Obama State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf thinks the best way to defeat the Islamic State and stopping the IS slaughter of innocents… is a jobs program!!!! Ms Harf said, we should work to build up regional economies 'so they can have job opportunities'.That's not just the beef I have with this . I can't understand why our nation was so involved in the 40 years of influencing the Middle-east by selling weapons rather than food ? Now that is a remedy ? With the
Islamic State group spreading and terrorists gaining strength in the Mideast and Africa, Obama has sought to use this week’s White House summit on violent extremism to urge the world to broaden its response far beyond military interventions. US airstrikes have managed to blunt some of the militants’ gains in Iraq and Syria, but they don’t address the extreme ideologies that underpin deadly groups such as IS, al-Shabab and Boko Haram.The White House has made it clear that the summit grew out of recent attacks in Ottawa, Ontario; Sydney; and on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in Paris — all perpetrated by people either identified as Islamist extremists or who claimed kinship with them.But administration officials are walking a fine line; they are avoiding sweeping characterizations of the source of the threat while making clear they know who the enemy is. Another problem is the notion of "political Correctness" , this is not a problem of Obama . It has vary much it's roots in 9-11 with Bush , Bush worked to separate al-Qaida from Islam in the public consciousness. It’s a message he sent clearly as early as Sept. 20, 2001.“The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself,” he said. “The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends; it is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists, and every government that supports them.” There were times when Bush was accused of the kind of political correctness that Obama stands accused of today. In August 2004, he even suggested that his administration had misnamed the “war on terror.” So this becomes a speech issue  here in America with our leaders ( who bite their tongues ) , while the (cannot be named terrorists ) will identify Christians and kill them in beheadings . 

*** President Obama spoke during the closing session of the White House summit on violent extremism.But there is a deeper problem with the Administration’s semantic dodges. Al Qaeda, Islamic State, Boko Haram and other jihadist groups are waging more than a military conflict. They are also waging an increasingly successful ideological war for the soul of Islam and its 1.6 billion followers. +++ Jihad >Their version of jihad is gaining adherents precisely because it is motivated by an idea that challenges the values and beliefs of moderate Islam, the West and modernity. The free and non-fanatic world won’t win this deeper struggle if the Obama Administration refuses even to acknowledge its nature.How ever the President's speech was disturbing in many ways , he sounded like a "preacher" in the summit with the appraisal of the crowed when he said that "terrorists" are not " Islamic" in any way. Muslims do know what is going on , sure the President of Egypt  Abdel Fattah Al Sisi recently visit Cairo’s al-Azhar university, Sunni Islam’s premier center of religious learning, to warn leading clerics of where Islam is heading: “Let me say it again, we need to revolutionize our religion.”which is well aware of the increasingly radical bent of mainstream Islamist theology. (1)> IS wants exactly what the public is giving them. They want the public to be so terrified that they can use the mass hysteria to draw us into a war with them. To the extent that we credit their delusion, buy into the Caliphate scenario, we will expend our blood and treasure on a new "war on terror." They want us to "bring it on."

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