I’m guessing that a majority of Americans (a slim majority, but still a majority) know that America entered WWII because the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. What few stop to consider is why we ended up fighting, not only the Japanese who had just bombed us, but the Germans as well, since they, after all, had not yet done anything to us. The answer to that unasked question is that, for reasons known only to a megalomaniac, a few days after the Pearl Harbor attack, Hitler declared war on the United States. The United States took up the challenge with gusto. Within months, America had become a war machine, cranking out ships, tanks, guns, airplanes, and trained troops. If Hitler hadn’t acted, Germany might have won the war. England, after all, was on the ropes by the time America came in to help out.
It’s a little chilling to think that, were we to replay December 1941 with Obama in the White House, America would simply have ignored Germany’s declaration of war. We would have heard that we have no quarrel with the Germans, who are a peaceful people, except of course for a handful of madmen. We would have been told that, if these madmen killed our citizens, we would bring the actual killers to justice, but that we had no quarrel with the nations or ideology that gave birth to those killers and that are hard at work to raise an army of madmen.
As our administration and media talked, Hitler would have tightened his grip on Europe; fought a single front war against the Soviet Union; killed all the Jews, Gypsies, mentally disabled, and homosexuals in Europe; and then enslaved all Slavs and Communists (never mind that Naziism was a variation of socialism itself). At the end of the day, our government would have said that we’re scarcely in a position to criticize the Nazis, since America was once a slave country itself. Congress would then have announced economic sanctions, but the Executive office would have failed to enforce them.
But we don’t need a hyp0thetical December 1941 to imagine what our current administration would do. We can watch it in real-time today. There is a saying that “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt” — and it’s funny that you should mention Egypt right now. As if 9/11/01 and 9/11/02 weren’t strong enough declarations of war, Islamist clerics are actively calling all Egyptians to wage war against the west, starting with kidnapping:
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has urged Egyptians to restart their revolution to press for Islamic law and called on Muslims to kidnap Westerners, the SITE Intelligence Group said Friday.
In a video released on jihadist forums and translated by the US monitoring service, Zawahiri also lashed out at President Barack Obama, calling him a liar and demanding he admit defeat in Iraq, Afghanistan and North Africa.
Criticizing the new Egyptian government — led by a president drawn from the Muslim Brotherhood — as corrupt, he said a battle is being waged in Egypt between a secular minority and Muslims seeking implementation of Shariah law.
I’ll admit that this is a challenging war because we are fighting, not a single nation, but a geographically diffuse ideology, but it is still war. After all, what do you call it when a vast and recognizable group of individuals announces that it intends to kill and enslave your people, and then uses arms to carry out that promise?
We should be addressing this war on all fronts: militarily, economically, and ideologically. Instead, we are pretending it’s not happening. To give credit where it’s due, George W. Bush figured out the military part and, with Iran, the economic part. His problem, though, was that, as leader of a pluralist country, but he couldn’t bring himself to break through political correctness to admit that we are at war with a huge ideological foe. After all, many Americans who are good, decent people share the same label (i.e., “Muslim”) as that foe. We confuse linguistic nuances with substance.
A problem of nomenclature, though, should not be allowed to obscure the fact that we have an active, resolute, powerful, and devious enemy. We therefore do not fight that foe by excusing it. Instead, we fight it by using every breath of free speech to challenge it in every way possible — debate, media, leaflets dropped from airplanes, and whatever else could work.
Obama has been the ultimate Islamist apologist. He has only half-heartedly imposed sanctions against Iran, given a blank check to the Palestinians (who are a front in this Islamist jihad), weakened Israel (which is an ally in this existential battle), demoralized troops and energized enemies in Afghanistan by setting a certain pull-out date, and undermined a nascent democracy in Iraq by pulling out all troops without leaving a provisional force. As for what just happened in Benghazi, that’s a chapter in itself, one that includes institutional cowardice and politicizing, lying, cover-ups and, with the imprisonment of a video maker, the destruction of our First Amendment.
Not only is Obama not much of a leader, he’s totally unsuited to military leadership. You have to love your country to lead your military. Obama doesn’t. You have to believe in your country’s values to lead your military. Obama doesn’t. You have to courage to lead your military. Obama doesn’t. At every level, in every way, Obama fails as a military leader. Let’s fire him from the job before it’s too late and we find ourselves defeated in the war we continue to pretend doesn’t exist.