By Robert Pickup, Jr.
Liberals are so upset with Obama's foreign policy they have begun to
equate it with Bush's. Paul Rosenberg writes that Obama, in his recent
speech announcing war against ISIS denounced them in terms similar to
President Bush. According to him this bodes badly for our chances to
defeat them. The President went rogue when he said "It (ISIS) has no
vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way." This is
too black and white, too Bush esque for Rosenberg's taste. He quotes Sun
Tzu's "Art of War" to show us that you need to know your enemy to be
able to defeat him. By ignoring ISIS vision of the establishment of an
Islamic State President Obama, according to Rosenberg is taking the neo
conservative route of mindless violence.
There is much wrong with
This logic. To begin with he tells us an example of Obama being nuanced
is when in his ISIS speech he says "We cant erase every trace of evil
from the world." This is really just another of the Presidents famous
straw man arguments since no one is arguing that we do such a thing. He
just says this to make himself look more responsible and reasoned than
his political opponents. In reality President Bush never stated we
should erase all evil from the world or even that all Islam was the
problem. Bush's nuanced view of the war on terror was on display when he
said "ours is a war not against a religion, not against the Muslim
faith. But ours is a war against individuals who absolutely hate what
America stands for."
Further President Obama has never shown he
understands the vision terrorist organizations have going all the way
back to 2001. He sat in Jeremiah Wrights church when he said that
America was to blame for 9/11, that our chickens had come home to roost.
Obama was then quoted as saying that the main reason for the attacks
was that the terrorists lacked empathy. Then again after the attacks on
our embassy President Obama blamed it on a video that degraded the
prophet Muhammad. Contrast that with Bush's view of the terrorists
vision, "their attacks serve a clear and focused ideology, a set of
beliefs and goals that are evil but not insane...whatever its called
this ideology is very different from the religion of Islam. This form of
radicalism exploits Islam to serve a violent political vision: the
establishment, by terrorism and insurgency, of a totalitarian empire
that denies all political and religious freedom." This is exactly the
vision Rosenberg wants Obama to recognize in ISIS.
believes is the Presidents nuance is just his attempts to obfuscate the
real motivation of terrorists because he is unwilling to confront them.
The beheading of an American citizen awakened the public to the threat
ISIS poses, forcing the Administration into action. We can only hope
Obama takes the Bush approach which led to victory in Iraq instead of
his nuanced approach which led to an ISIS on the march.
Robert Pickup Jr is a constitutional conservative from
Massachusetts. He likes to write conservative responses to liberal
op-eds. His personal website is conservativecontrarian.wordpress.com.