You could spend all day reading and picking apart David Remnick’s long New Yorker piece about his interview with President Obama. Obama’s belief that his election to the presidency was somehow going to bridge the political divide in the US is a bit delusional. As if millions of Americans were going to abandon their traditional, conservative beliefs and jump on board his progressive bandwagon. Then of course there’s the assertion that his poll numbers are terrible because voters are racist.
But what’s really scary is his comparison of terrorist groups to a junior varsity sports team.
At the core of Obama’s thinking is that American military involvement cannot be the primary instrument to achieve the new equilibrium that the region so desperately needs. And yet thoughts of a pacific equilibrium are far from anyone’s mind in the real, existing Middle East. In the 2012 campaign, Obama spoke not only of killing Osama bin Laden; he also said that Al Qaeda had been “decimated.” I pointed out that the flag of Al Qaeda is now flying in Falluja, in Iraq, and among various rebel factions in Syria; Al Qaeda has asserted a presence in parts of Africa, too.
“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama said, resorting to an uncharacteristically flip analogy. “I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.
“Let’s just keep in mind, Falluja is a profoundly conservative Sunni city in a country that, independent of anything we do, is deeply divided along sectarian lines. And 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.”
So that’s the analogy they use? Comparing extremists to kids playing basketball? Colonel Oliver North called his analogy “frightening,” telling Greta Van Susteren: “I thought this remark, I call it a crack, about JV terrorists … can kill a hundred people maybe a professional kill 100 too. I don’t know why he says that. I find it to be frightening when a commander in chief sits down for interview like this and everything is wrong. Comments about Fallujah [as] just sectarian violence is wrong. They have a black flag hanging over the top of the city. It’s not just Fallujah, it’s Ramadi, a capitol, a route goes from the Iranian border to the Syrian border. They told Maliki you will open our supply route so we can supply Hezbollah terrorists in the effort to keep Al Assad in power. … The terrorism just doesn’t stop. Today 28 killed in bombings in Baghdad, 21 at a restaurant in Kabul. … This stuff is not going away. No. he can declare unilaterally the war is over. The bad guys have a vote. They have decided this war is going to continue and America is the number one target.”
There’s something seriously wrong with the president’s thinking on this. North also pointed out how our enemies don’t respect us and our allies don’t trust us.
Here’s the video, via Grabien.
Charles Krauthammer also weighed in, saying this is a “shocking demonstration of his strategic shallowness.”