Posted by: vicholdsforth | July 27, 2012

The Failed Policies of the Past (Part 2: National Security)

So yesterday we graded Barack Obama’s paper on his defense of the Constitution.  Seems like the next logical thing to tackle is national defense.  Probably Obama’s biggest national security accomplishment has been to further subjugate the safety of its citizens to political correctness.  No, I haven’t forgotten about Osama bin Laden.  I just think that Obama has taken way too much credit for that for himself already.  Bin Laden was found largely because of intelligence gathered during, and using procedures implemented by, Obama’s predecessor; which, by the way, he criticized loudly and indignantly during his campaign.  In the course of bragging about bin Laden’s death, Obama disclosed the identity of Seal Team 6, 22 of whose members were subsequently killed in a Taliban attack.  Coincidence?  I think not.  An investigation into a disturbing series of significant and crippling security leaks coming from the Obama White House is currently underway.  The folks investigating these Obama Administration appointees are…more Obama Administration appointees.  Yep, they were appointed by Eric Holder, the same Eric Holder being held in contempt of Congress by a huge bipartisan majority in the House (255-67).

But back to political correctness, an area in which Obama excels.  In spite of liberals’ fawning devotion to the policies of other nations and rulings of international courts over and against our own Constitution, they obstinately refuse to take a cue from Israel on transportation safety by implementing profiling techniques to screen airline passengers.  No matter which side one takes on the conflict in the Middle East, there is no escaping the fact that there has not been a successful terrorist attack at Ben Gurion International Airport in 40 years.  We, on the other hand, are more concerned with offending racial minorities than we are with harassing the handicapped, traumatizing children, and embarrassing women with security procedures that are not only intrusive and demeaning, but demonstrably ineffective.  The TSA failed to detect two dozen men taking flight instruction while here illegally.  Moreover, the flight school itself was owned by an illegal alien!  The Underwear Bomber was subdued by fellow passengers because he slipped through security at the airport, even after his father approached US authorities to warn them about his son.  Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano inexplicably insisted that “The system worked.”  She still has her job, by the way.

And let’s not forget about the Fort Hood shooter, who continued to be able to serve in our armed forces because his superiors were so cowed by political correctness that they chose not to act on compelling evidence that Nidal Hasan was an Islamic radical.  In spite of the fact that he was shouting “Allahu Akbar!” as he mowed down unarmed men and women, the military, the media, and the White House refused to refer to Hasan as a terrorist; in fact, it was well over 2 years before I heard any journalist or public official refer to him as a terrorist.  The event was categorized as “workplace violence” by the White House.  And General George Casey’s statement in the aftermath of the shootings, which killed 13 and wounded 32, focused not on vanquishing our enemies, but on preserving diversity.

Finally, let’s not forget Obama’s obstructionism on the Keystone Pipeline.  Our reliance on oil supplied by unfriendly nations is a significant national security issue.  When we had the chance to pipe oil down here from our friendly neighbor to the north, Canada, Obama, apparently feeling the need to placate environmentalists, blocked the necessary federal permits.  This doesn’t even make any sense.  Underground pipelines are the safest means to move oil from well to refinery.  Because this oil is not flowing in a pipe to American refineries, it will instead be hauled by tankers to China, and then we’ll get to buy the finished product from them.  Forget about a trade agreement…China acquired the Canadian oil company Nexen lock, stock, & barrel a few days ago.  Looks like this is a problem Obama’s successor is not going to be able to fix easily.

National Security FAIL!

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