Four years ago this week, President Obama stepped to a microphone and declared an end to American combat missions in Iraq.
that time, Al Qaeda in Iraq - now known as the Islamic State of Iraq
and Syria, or ISIS - has splintered away from the main terrorist group,
mainly because of their use of ultra-violent methods of gaining control.
These have included the mass murders of women and children, the
persecution of people of other religious faiths, and the beheading of an
On Thursday this week, once again President
Obama stepped to a microphone to update the American people on the
situation in Iraq, reassure our allies, and put forth a vision of how
the rapidly growing Mideast crisis will be handled. His quote about what
the U.S. is willing to do to fight ISIS:
“We don’t have a strategy yet.”
are stunned. After more than two years of increasing violence in Iraq
and several weeks of outright combat fighting, the Obama administration
has nothing to offer to the solution. The statement - or more accurately
the lack of a statement - has put the U.S. and the world on notice of
just how far out of his depth President Obama is when it comes to
hostile foreign relations.
This week is also the 75th anniversary
of the start of World War II when German planes and artillery bombarded
Poland and tanks raced over the border in a blitzkrieg attack. President
Obama’s complete misreading or willing ignorance of the situation in
Iraq reminds us British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in the years
leading up to the war.
As Adolph Hitler rose to power in Germany
and the Nazi Party began to stretch to find the limits of what other
countries would allow them to do, Chamberlain advocated for a policy of
appeasement with the Chancellor. His complete lack of understanding of
what Hitler was capable of doing and of the danger involved with
allowing Germany to bully their way back to power is seen today as one
of the worst leadership blunders in history. Note the difference in the
appraisal of the exact same meetings between Chamberlain and Hitler:
“This is the second time in our history that there has come back from
Germany to Downing Street peace with honour. I believe it is peace in
our time.” - Chamberlain
- “If ever that silly old man comes
interfering here again with his umbrella, I’ll kick him downstairs and
jump on his stomach in front of the photographers.” - Hitler
quotes followed the signing of the Munich Agreement where parts of
Czechoslovakia were ceded to Germany in order to appease any military
action to take them. What history revealed was Chamberlain’s inaction
and appeasement was seen as signs of weakness, negating any need for
respect by Hitler.
Before anyone believes the analogy between the
danger of Germany at the start of WWII and ISIS today is an outlandish
comparison, look at the pair of reports released on Friday.
raid earlier this year on an ISIS base, a captured laptop revealed
attempts to produce biological weapons for use against ISIS opponents.
The report went on to state the production of the weapons was well
within the reach of the terrorists and that they only lacked a viable
Also on Friday, it was revealed agents of
Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Department of
Defense were all placed on high alert. In a three-page bulletin,
security personnel were warned ISIS members were planning on
infiltrating the U.S. through the border with Mexico. This type of move
would allow the terrorists to either use conventional weapons, such as
car bombs, or the chemical weapons mentioned above.
the time for pulling your head out of the sand is now before the
American people need to suffer through an attack on U.S. soil.