Obama is playing games with national security and priorities

It may look good to close embassies and file charges against terrorists, but in typical Obama-style, it's all about politics. Photo: Time to fight terrorism in the shadows Photo: TheWorld.org

CHARLOTTEAugust 7, 2013 — President Obama’s decision to shut down more than 20 embassies and consulates through the Middle East and Northern Africa is solid evidence of the mind games Islamists are able to play with Westerners.

The looming threat of a potential terrorist plot was probably legitimate. Then again, there is always a threat of potential Islamic jihad in that part of the world. In this case, it may have indeed, been more intense than usual, and considering the events in Benghazi nearly a year ago, it is certainly better to err on the side of safety.

For one brief moment it appeared the Obama administration had finally done the right thing in the Middle East when potential terrorist threats swept across the region. It was only a flash, but in that fleeting instant of “leadership” it seemed the president had finally done something right where foreign policy is concerned.

Not that Obama did anything wrong. Just that, as usual, it became cloudy, politicized and dubious as well as being an over-reaction.

We might ask, what does the president have to do? He’s damned when acts and damned when he doesn’t.

That is not true. Obama and Alex Rodriguez have a lot in common. They are both victims of self-inflicted wounds due to an abundance of narcissism. They also both like to misrepresent the truth, which is a key factor when credibility comes into question.

Neither the president nor the Yankees superstar have ever been team players, though they would both vociferously deny it. “Looking out for Number 1” is their game; they are always their first priority.

Benghazi is a reality. It happened. It was the inadequate security and the ensuing response, or lack of response, that made it controversial. Little wonder the administration would be gun shy about the prospects of another Mideast snafu as the anniversary approaches.

Whether threats of new tereror attackes were credible or not, past pronouncements such as the “death of al Qaeda” and the abundance of “phony scandals” do not allow much wiggle room for Obama’s decision. If it is true that timing is everything, any reasonable observer could not help but notice that we are at the end of Ramadan and the anniversary of Benghazi is looming.

It has been clearly proven that al Qaeda is not dead. Bob Beckel of Fox News and others in the press say that the al Qaeda of Osama bin Laden is not the al Qaeda of today. The organization has indeed changed, but if they mean that al Qaeda is less dangerous today, that is like saying that lung cancer is less dangerous than pancreatic cancer.

What Beckel does not seem to grasp is skillfully explained by David Rothkopf in Foreigh Policy when he observes, “extremists come in many forms with many allegiances, so targeting any one organization doesn’t necessarily reduce the threat.”

Terrorism is terrorism. Al Qaeda is constantly morphing and adapting to stay ahead of Western reactions. Islamists are creative geniuses. It is the only way they can survive. Whatever iteration they are in today can change tomorrow, so it matters little what al Qaeda looks like today compared to 9/11/01.

In a follow-up to the embassy closings, the Justice Department also announced that it has filed charges against several suspects in the Benghazi attack. So what? We have known who the suspects are for a year. They are still not in custody. They have still not been brought to justice.

The announcement seems suspiciously convenient since the anniversary of Benghazi is on the horizon. There is plenty of time for another road trip and more speeches about how the government is intensifying security for Americans.

Here’s a dirty little secret which will be prime material for the president in mid-September. It is a known fact that Islamists are fanatics about dates and anniversaries, but they are also smart. Do not for one minute think they are not aware that the entire world will be on alert on 9/11 of this year as a result of the Benghazi attacks last year.

Evacuate embassies and consulates in August and announce that charges have been filled against the Benghazi attackers and who know what else might arise between now and September 11. Then when nothing happens on that date, the president can go to the podium and beat his chest and announce to his breathless supporters that his leadership prevented a potential global firestorm.

What we really need to do is start looking in the shadows where the problems really exist, root them out and start thinking like enemy. We need to get our priorities straight.

 

About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events and the people and cultures around the globe. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.

 

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