Taylor: Obama, self-radicalization, Benghazi and unfinished business

Barack Obama seems to be going through the motions when it comes to being president. May he should Photo: AP

CHARLOTTEMay 2, 2013 – Watching Barack Obama at his press conference earlier this week you got the feeling this presidency thing is really cutting into his recereation.

All the commotion of the last several weeks has kept Obama busy with the drawing red lines in the sand, creating meaningless buzzwords like “self-radicalized” to gloss over the problem of global terrorism, covering up for flawed former secretaries of state and finding time to make a call to a gay professional basketball player.

Remember those words, “Rest assured, we will find out who did this, and we will bring them to justice”?

The president is becoming quite adept at using them. First Benghazi, then Boston. Oh, and then there is that annoying skirmish in Syria that keeps popping up. Now we have to deal with a game changer, too. Well sort of.

Benghazi and Boston are looking more and more alike, because they are. We still have no justice in Libya and the administration and the State Department continue to stonewall further investigations. White House spokesman Jay Carney says that Benghazi is old news. That “happened a long time ago,” he says.

Forget about the four dead Americans. It doesn’t matter now, because it happened a “long time ago.”

Well Boston didn’t. That was less than a month ago. But we still cannot call the perpetrators of that attack terrorists. We need to do more analysis and research. Though the complaint against the co-conspirators filed yesterday says “terrorism.”

And then there’s that nagging trouble in Syria. The red line is there, but like Boston, we need to hold off until we have more information about those chemical weapons. “We just don’t know for sure,” says the president.

Some people appear to have information about what really happened in Benghazi. A high profile Washington attorney, Victoria Toensing, has been brought into the case, and she insists that people who have legitimate knowledge about the events of September 11, 2012 are being threatened.

Yet, the most powerful person in the world, the president of the United States, hasn’t heard anything about such threats.

Fear not. He says he will get back to us. When? After he is out of office? When the story is even older than it is now?

For the moment Barack Obama must deal with this growing problem of “self-radicalization” and making sure the Islamic community receives no additional blame for yet another attack on innocent people.

What is self-radicalization, anyway? Do you go to sleep one night and wake up the following morning shouting “Allahu Akbar” because you had a bad dream? Is it the proverbial light bulb illuminating?

You can believe that self-radicalization at the level of the Boston bombers is a reality if you want, but to do so is to deny the truth. Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s world view may have started changing in this country, but his dedication to the cause of radical Islam came from others with similar beliefs. That message is too complex to merely radicalize yourself without outside influences.

Brother Dzhokhar may have been a typical 19-year old until Tamerlan began to brainwash him. That is certainly a valid possibility, but establishing the deeply ingrained ideologies of fundamentalist Islam requires more than a do-it-yourself reading of the Koran.

All of which points to the increasingly disturbing attitude of our absentee president. With each passing day, the rhetoric is sounding more and more like mumbo jumbo.

Barack Obama took six questions in a 45 minute press conference earlier this week, and he said a lot while he was actually saying nothing.

If Benghazi, Boston, Syria and other international problems are resolved, it will not be because Barack Obama is on top things. After all, it was he who personally made the nerve-wracking decision to get bin Laden. Shouldn’t that be enough?

Then again, wasn’t that a long time ago?

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Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in CharlotteNCTaylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to SwitzerlandFrance and Italy for groups of 12 or more.

Inquiries for groups can be made at Peabod@aol.com Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.

As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 71 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.














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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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