September 28, 2009
Is This Any Way To Fight A War?
Barack Hussein Obama was finally talking tough.
The President said this past week in New York City, before the General Assembly of the United Nations, that "we understand the gravity" of the threat. "We are determined to act. And we will meet our responsibility to future generations." He said that a failure to address the threat could lead to an "irreversible catastrophe." Time, he said, is "running out," but "we can reverse" the problem. "If things go business-as-usual, we will not live, we will die," he said. "Our country will not exist." He told us that it wouldn't be easy, but "I am here today to say that difficulty is no excuse for complacency. Unease is no excuse for inaction."
And there was action, though not the kind Obama was calling for. As he spoke, bomb-sniffing dogs were out in force in New York City. The city was in what historians will refer to as a low-grade state of war readiness, defensive and apologetic.
Ray Kelly, the New York City Police Commissioner, was giving a press conference on the current situation. A cell of Islamic jihadis targeting New York City were planning to attack the transit system, as well as sports stadiums and the sites used for Fashion Week. Self-storage lockers in Queens were being searched for bomb-making materials.
According to Fox News, "Federal counterterrorism officials warned local police to patrol stadiums, hotels and entertainment complexes for suspicious activity after the arrest of a Colorado man suspected of a far-reaching terror plot." The threat reached far beyond New York City: "The FBI and Department of Homeland Security also issued joint alerts to police around the country to watch storage centers and public transportation systems for any unusual behavior."
Muslim terrorist Zazi was planning to kill on the eighth anniversary of 9/11. He and his fellow jihadis bought chemicals in beauty-supply stores to make bombs like the ones that killed hundreds in London in 2005 and Madrid in 2004. Twenty-four others were allegedly involved in the plot. A New York imam -- one who worked as an informant for the FBI -- tipped off Zazi that police were asking about him. Got that? The imam demonstrated where his loyalty lied: shariah (Islamic law), not American rule of law. His allegiance was to jihad and the murder of infidels.
The city went into serious lockdown mode. While Ray Kelly was advising nervous New Yorkers about a possible Islamic attack, Barack Obama was speechifying at the UN but not talking about that very real threat at all. While the bomb-sniffing dogs and frantic actions by New York Police showed what the real threat was, Obama had a very different mortal threat to the nation in mind. He wasn't talking about the "irreversible catastrophe" that would come to New York City and the entire nation if these Muslim terrorists succeeded in their attack plots. He had nothing at all to say about the prospect of thousands of people being murdered by Islamic jihadists at a baseball or football game.
No, in the upside-down world of Barack Obama's America, Dear Leader was in New York City talking about what he thought was the greatest threat to Americans and to future generations. Not Islamic terror attack, not nuclear holocaust from Iran, but global warming. "We understand the gravity of the climate threat," Obama said. It was about the climate threat that he said, "we are determined to act" and that we would "meet our responsibility to future generations." Not jihad. Not the inevitable nuclear holocaust. Not about what brought New York City to lockdown. Not about what brought New York City to its present state of controlled chaos. Global warming.
Yet the latest scientific evidence cites a lack of credible data on global warming. All North American scientific climate modeling is based on NOAA temperature stations. There is a serious problem with the raw data reported in the latest Climate Reference Network prepared by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS). These range from inadequate documentation to the continued use of faulty, outdated instruments. Never before has so much depended on such inaccurate data.
But science does not get in the way of policy when it comes to the great global warming scam. And jihadi activity does not get in the way of Obama's denial of Islamic empire lust. Just this week alone, a Muslim in New York was indicted for plotting to kill American troops. Another was arrested in Dallas for plotting to blow up an office building. Yet another was charged in a plot to blow up a federal building in Springfield, Illinois. Other Muslims have been accused of plotting an attack on the Quantico Marine base. And other Muslims disappeared after arousing suspicion while photographing the Philadelphia subway system.
Still, law enforcement personnel are on the job -- Obama hasn't put them all on the global warming beat yet. Police and Federal agents continued to scour the city, searching storage houses, searching everywhere for explosives and Islamic terrorists, while the UN General Assembly busied itself with discussing how to target this hoax of hoaxes, global warming. The irony was thick enough just for that alone; it reached its height when Obama said: "In short, the United Nations can be an institution that is disconnected from what matters in the lives of our citizens, or it can be an indispensable factor in advancing the interests of the people we serve."
I kid you not. This from a man whose administration banned the phrase "war on terror" and associated terms from the government lexicon. This man who has not said a single word about the real threat that has New York City on edge this week has the audacity and lack of self-awareness to prattle at the UN about being "disconnected from what matters in the lives of our citizens." At the very same time that the jihad has New York (and the free world -- the dar al harb) in a controlled panic, Barack Obama is selling "the irreversible catastrophe" of global warming, government run healthcare, cap and tax, and American sovereignty.
The leading American thinker and economist Thomas Sowell described Obama this way: "He is heading this country toward disaster on many fronts, including a nuclear Iran, which has every prospect of being an irretrievable disaster of almost unimaginable magnitude. We cannot put that genie back in the bottle -- and neither can generations yet unborn. They may yet curse us all for leaving them hostages to nuclear terror."
In one terrible historic moment, and I suspect we will have a litany of them in the next couple of years, he turned over American sovereignty, American righteousness and reason over to that collective negation of humanity, the UN. He chaired a session of the United Nations Security Council this week. According to Anne Bayefsky, "he turned it into a summit of heads of state and chose the agenda. He insisted -- in the words of the advance American ‘concept paper' -- that ‘The Security Council Summit will focus on nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament broadly and not focus on any specific countries'. Obama pushed hard for the adoption of a new Security Council resolution, which was passed unanimously, and which never mentions Iran or North Korea."
His plan is to disarm free, rational nations and allow rogue nuclear proliferators to run wild. "The issue with most rogue states like and Iran like North Korea by talking with them you are giving them legitimacy and you're also giving them time, which proliferators need" -- so said John Bolton back in March 2008.
When the story broke yesterday that the Islamic Republic of Iran had built a second nuke plant near a heavily populated civilian area, Obama's knee jerk reaction was, unsurprisingly, to turn and run. He even declared to the enemy: "This isn't a football game, so I'm not interested in victory; I'm interested in resolving the problem." He is not interested in victory? Then what is left for us but failure?
Is this any way to fight a war?
Pamela Geller is the editor and publisher of the Atlas Shrugs Web site and former associate publisher of the New York Observer.