Marginally Galvanized

When you refuse to identify the enemy, you’re in trouble.

When you refuse to destroy the enemy, you’re sunk.

And we’re sinking.

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Ranker Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is sounding the alarm that ISIS is “rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major U.S. city and people just can’t believe that’s happening.”

Wake up America and believe it!

Does it seem too surreal? Impossible? So frightening it’s hard to face?

Whatever the problem is, Americans had better get over it fast. And so had our elected officials,  most of whom are ridiculously behind the 8-ball.

Even Chuck Hagel can no longer avoid admitting that the evil we are facing is massive and powerful – militarily and financially. Hagel even managed to mention that “ideology” is a factor, though in this clip he didn’t go so far as to state just what that ideology is.

And there are other voices warning of the grave danger that is rapidly approaching, if not already here

Rick Perry recently made a relatively strong statement about ISIS when he spoke at the Heritage Foundation this week. Breitbart reports:

Texas Governor Rick Perry called for a stronger American response to the threat of Islamic State terrorists, just a day after President Obama addressed the topic.

Perry criticized President Obama for allowing ISIS to enjoy a “triumphant summer,” sweeping across Iraq with a “terrorist blitzkrieg.”

“We better get on top of this crisis, by every means necessary, because events are moving fast, and the price is only going to go up from here,” he warned during a speech at the Heritage Foundation on Thursday.

Perry called for decisive action from the United States, calling for politicians of both parties to unite against ISIS with a spirit of bipartisanship.

“If anything is left of that old spirit, we need to draw on it in a big way and right now,” he said.

Perry criticized Obama for only authorizing limited air strikes for the sake of containing the threat posed by ISIS.

“Clearly more air strikes are necessary,” Perry said. “Nothing less than a sustained air campaign, to degrade and destroy ISIS forces, is required.” He reminded the audience that the “Iraqi people were up against a terrorist blitzkrieg.”

Perry noted that the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were a “fierce and ready force” on the ground who were in the best position to tackle ISIS terrorists, and he called for the United States to deliver the heavy weaponry necessary to defeat them.

When asked about whether he would recommend American ground troops to address the crisis in Iraq, Perry said that American leaders should keep their options open.

“They need to be eliminated; they need to be eliminated now,” he added.

I have no quarrel with anything Perry said. But he, like most others, fell short of painting the broad picture. That is Islam. That is the Koran. That is jihad. That is not only ISIS, but al-Qaeda, Hezb’allah, Hamas, Boko Haram, and all the rest. And that the end goal is world domination. Despite the administration’s protestations otherwise.

So we’re left with random statements made by a handful of elected officials at a time when we need a powerful and unified voice and a show of overwhelming military might.

Unfortunately (understatement), the president is out to lunch. The man clearly doesn’t care and/or is simpatico with the enemy. He needs to step down, which of course, he won’t do. But others in power need to fill the dangerous void he leaves. Every single Senator and every single Congressman and woman needs to rush in to the close this gap in leadership.

And fast.

Because we’re running out of time.

Right now some are paying attention because James Foley was beheaded. And as awful as that was, it symbolizes something so much larger, so much more encompassing than one person. The public cannot allow their attention to fade. The media cannot allow their attention to fade. Our elected officials cannot allow their attention to fade.

Because if we look away, this awful, deadly, gruesome threat will become a fait accompli.

When you refuse to identify the enemy, you’re in trouble.

When you refuse to destroy the enemy, you’re sunk.

And we’re sinking.

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Ranker Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is sounding the alarm that ISIS is “rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major U.S. city and people just can’t believe that’s happening.”

Wake up America and believe it!

Does it seem too surreal? Impossible? So frightening it’s hard to face?

Whatever the problem is, Americans had better get over it fast. And so had our elected officials,  most of whom are ridiculously behind the 8-ball.

Even Chuck Hagel can no longer avoid admitting that the evil we are facing is massive and powerful – militarily and financially. Hagel even managed to mention that “ideology” is a factor, though in this clip he didn’t go so far as to state just what that ideology is.

And there are other voices warning of the grave danger that is rapidly approaching, if not already here

Rick Perry recently made a relatively strong statement about ISIS when he spoke at the Heritage Foundation this week. Breitbart reports:

Texas Governor Rick Perry called for a stronger American response to the threat of Islamic State terrorists, just a day after President Obama addressed the topic.

Perry criticized President Obama for allowing ISIS to enjoy a “triumphant summer,” sweeping across Iraq with a “terrorist blitzkrieg.”

“We better get on top of this crisis, by every means necessary, because events are moving fast, and the price is only going to go up from here,” he warned during a speech at the Heritage Foundation on Thursday.

Perry called for decisive action from the United States, calling for politicians of both parties to unite against ISIS with a spirit of bipartisanship.

“If anything is left of that old spirit, we need to draw on it in a big way and right now,” he said.

Perry criticized Obama for only authorizing limited air strikes for the sake of containing the threat posed by ISIS.

“Clearly more air strikes are necessary,” Perry said. “Nothing less than a sustained air campaign, to degrade and destroy ISIS forces, is required.” He reminded the audience that the “Iraqi people were up against a terrorist blitzkrieg.”

Perry noted that the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were a “fierce and ready force” on the ground who were in the best position to tackle ISIS terrorists, and he called for the United States to deliver the heavy weaponry necessary to defeat them.

When asked about whether he would recommend American ground troops to address the crisis in Iraq, Perry said that American leaders should keep their options open.

“They need to be eliminated; they need to be eliminated now,” he added.

I have no quarrel with anything Perry said. But he, like most others, fell short of painting the broad picture. That is Islam. That is the Koran. That is jihad. That is not only ISIS, but al-Qaeda, Hezb’allah, Hamas, Boko Haram, and all the rest. And that the end goal is world domination. Despite the administration’s protestations otherwise.

So we’re left with random statements made by a handful of elected officials at a time when we need a powerful and unified voice and a show of overwhelming military might.

Unfortunately (understatement), the president is out to lunch. The man clearly doesn’t care and/or is simpatico with the enemy. He needs to step down, which of course, he won’t do. But others in power need to fill the dangerous void he leaves. Every single Senator and every single Congressman and woman needs to rush in to the close this gap in leadership.

And fast.

Because we’re running out of time.

Right now some are paying attention because James Foley was beheaded. And as awful as that was, it symbolizes something so much larger, so much more encompassing than one person. The public cannot allow their attention to fade. The media cannot allow their attention to fade. Our elected officials cannot allow their attention to fade.

Because if we look away, this awful, deadly, gruesome threat will become a fait accompli.