DENVER, August 12, 2013 — The trial of Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan is well underway, and his initial comments are must-see television. President Obama should pay particular heed to Hasan, since the entire Obama foreign policy approach is being rejected in Hasan’s rantings.
One of the critical decisions Obama made when taking office was to project a more “humble” American foreign policy. The George W. Bush approach kept Americans safe after 9/11, but was seen by the Obama team as overtly machismo. The terms “War on Terror” and “radical Islam” were banned from all Obama administration documents and press conferences.
Obama withdrew from Iraq and scheduled a similar withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Obama made it clear in his speeches that “this war, like all wars, must end.”
Obama received considerable credit after the successful operation to kill Osama bin Laden, but his overall narrative of defeating al Qaeda withers under scrutiny. One accusation against Obama is that in some instances he simply denies that the problem of radical Islam even exists. He has been hawkish in using predator drones to kill al Qaeda targets, but quite dovish with regards to captured militants. Obama has to kill them, since every capture is a potential public relations nightmare.
Like many leftists, Obama and Eric Holder deeply believe in the idea of treating terrorists as criminals, and terrorism as a matter for law enforcement to handle. The ideological approach taken by Obama and Holder is the complete opposite approach taken by the Bush administration. Hasan provides clear evidence on which approach works.
The Obama Administration refused to publicly consider radical Islam as a motive for Hasan’s murder of 12 American soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas. Holder refused to answer the question on whether Hasan’s religion was a factor. The incident was labeled “workplace violence,” as if Hasan threw a stapler at coworkers rather than spraying them with bullets. After publicly floating the idea of a civilian trial for Hasan, Obama backed down under intense political pressure. Hasan is being subjected to a military trial, and is representing himself.
Any notion that the Obama narrative on workplace violence deserves to carry the day was debunked with Hasan’s opening statement. He referred to himself as a “mujahedeen,” a Jihadist warrior in the battle to spread Islam by the sword. In describing his murdered victims, Hasan stated that “war is an ugly thing.”
Obama can no longer cover his eyes and ears. Leftists across the world can no longer deny the truth: Radical Islam was the motivation for Hasan to commit murder. He said so himself.
In front of the world, he declared himself a soldier in a war.
Obama is right when he says that wars must end. Where he is wrong in his desperate ideological attempt to convince himself and the rest of his fellow Americans that his declaration that a war has ended really ends it.
Wars do not end by declaration. They end under only two conditions: One side decides that its defeat is inevitable; or both sides decide that victory is impossible. The losing king on the chessboard surrenders rather than face total and complete annihilation; the chessboard of Korea saw stalemate rather than checkmate.
Wars do not end when one side refuses to fight while the other side resolves to fight to the bitter end.
Obama has often shown a stubborn streak, refusing to let evidence interfere with his inflexible ideological beliefs. Yet he is one man. If even a fraction of liberals understand and accept what Hasan is saying, then a vital shift in policy can eventually take place.
Obama’s approach to broad global conflicts has failed. There was no justification for withdrawing from the Bush War on Terror approach because the War on Terror is very real and very active.
Eradicating radical Islam is the defining struggle of the 21st century in the same way the 20th century saw America wage wars hot and cold to defeat Nazism and Communism.
Obama tried to change the linguistics, but Hasan has now eliminated the need for flowery, politically correct language.
The way to prevent terrorism is to find terrorists and kill them. Killing the enemy starts by knowing the enemy and labeling the enemy honestly.
Americans hate war, and are currently very war weary. Yet we must remain at war with radical Islamists, because they remain at war with us.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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