Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 17, 2015
The spread of Islamic extremism and the disintegration of Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa are spiraling out of control. While President Obama’s policies are note fully responsible, it is undeniable that the problems have become progressively worse under of his Administration. Some of his policies have exasperated the problem include:
- The decision to withdraw all American forces from Iraq, including intelligence and training personnel. That decision allowed Al Qaeda to make a comeback in Iraq now under the banner of ISIS.
- Obama dithered when it came to the Syrian protests/revolution. That allowed the radicals to gain control of the events in Syria.
- The President made a decision to help take down the Libyan dictator Gadhafi. While possibly an appropriate decision, just like in Iraq, Obama left the vacuum that has since been filled by radical Islamists.
Obama has taken the naïve position that America and its previous projection of power created many of the world’s ills. The President’s retrenchment in the past six years and the significant increase in the radical Islamist’s power projection prove this policy wrong. The President also believes that by not calling the battle a “war on terror” or the enemy radical Islamists that there is no war. Since Obama’s election six years ago, terrorism has increased throughout worldwide and the radical Islamists control more territory in the Middle East and North Africa than ever. There is a war ongoing and it has been declared by the enemies of the West.
One of the GOP presidential contenders is Dr. Ben Carson, a world renowned neurosurgeon. Carson has proven his intellect in the field of medicine. He has yet to prove his mettle in the politics. Still, Carson offers clarity and conviction when he speaks on issues. When asked how he would handle the problem of the Islamic State, Carson said:
“They’re extremely sophisticated and they have tentacles that are growing throughout the world. They’re still in their adolescent stage and this is the time when we can crush them. But if we allow them to mature into a full-grown tree, with deep roots and thick branches, it’s going to be almost impossible. We need to do it now. I would use every resource available: military, banking, sanctions, you name it. And I would not hesitate to put boots on the ground. We need to be the leaders. The coalition will form if it has a leader. But you can’t sit around saying, ‘Oh, you guys do this.’ … This is serious. So I would commit everything to eliminating them right now.”
Carson then quoted Winston Churchill: “Fight your enemy while you can beat them.” Agree with Carson or not, he has a vision and strategy that is clear and definable.
The West needs to define a strategy to fight the war against terror and Islamic extremism. This strategy must first be defined prior to implementing a plan of action. It is unlikely that President Obama has the ability or the will to define such a strategy, which will result in further dithering by the United States until after the next president is elected. The question is whether our enemies will wait that long.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 6, 2014
A few weeks ago Campus Reform went to Harvard University and asked students who they felt was the greater risk to the world; the United States or ISIS. Some indicated that the US was the greater threat and claimed that American policies were responsible for the creation of radical Islamic movements such as ISIS. Some Harvard students then followed up on this “study” creating their own video questionnaire and found similar responses, videos posted below.
Harvard University is renowned as perhaps the most famous and supposedly intellectual colleges in the United States. The skills exhibited by some of the students in the videos bring into questions these conclusions.
It is remarkable that students from this prestigious University believe the United States responsible for radical Islam and the infighting within its subgroups. Had these students studied world history instead of the phony academics that make up much of today’s college curriculums they would have been taught that the Sunni–Shia divide that is led to so much conflict within the Islamic world began shortly after the death of the Islamic Prophet Mohammed in 632 with infighting over the secession to the Prophet. They would also learned that this conflict began over 1100 years before the founding of the United States.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 2, 2014
By the day more rats are leaving a sinking ship. This week it was former CNN host, Leftist Piers Morgan, who jumped ship.
Since leaving CNN, Leftist commentator Morgan was named editor-at-large of MailOnline. In a scathing column for MailOnline, Morgan says that Obama “committed professional suicide” when went on 60 Minutes and blamed the intelligence community for ISIS gains in the Middle East and further said that the President “single-handedly alienate 200,000 employees in the American intelligence agencies by going on 60 Minutes and ruthlessly chucking them all under a bus over the rise of terror group ISIS.” On this issue Morgan concludes that the President’s action was “a more shameless, reprehensible display of buck-passing it would be hard to find from a sitting President”.
Adding insult to injury, Morgan concludes by admonishing Obama that “it’s time he got off the damn golf course, got up to speed with his intelligence briefings and focused on wiping out ISIS,” before they wipe out more of the people he serves.”
President Obama likely yearns for the good old days when mainly those on the Right criticized his policies and style. As for Morgan and other Leftist in the mainstream media; shame on you. Six years into a presidency you finally begin to speak up on the incompetent and narcissistic behavior of the man. You must also accept responsibility in a failed presidency.
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