I know most of us are still reeling from the Umpqua Community College shooting in Roseburg, Oregon. Prayers for the souls of those who lost their lives, their families, and those wounded and perhaps scarred for life. But we must never forget the carnage and death that occurs regularly in our inner cities, our urban areas, such as President Obama’s hometown of Chicago, which goes unmentioned from the nation’s biggest bully pulpit.
But that is not what I want to focus on right now.
On October 2, we got the September jobs report and it is still disturbing. Our economy is not growing at the necessary rate. The report put the unemployment rate at 5.1 percent, which is unfathomable when you consider the U.S. workforce participation rate remains at a historic low near 62.7 percent. In the entire month of September, the American economy added 142,000 jobs, 30,000 below what was estimated. These numbers are anemic, and do not represent a flourishing free market economy but one that is struggling — under crippling tax and regulatory policies implemented over the past seven years.
This cannot be the new normal and accepted as “positive” gains, especially considering annual GDP growth is below 2.5 percent. These are the reasons why the Obama administration has turned to Janet Yellin and the Federal Reserve to prop up the economy with artificial measures called “quantitative easing” — incessantly low interest rates and printing. It’s creating another bubble that will certainly burst. And it’s not about raising taxes on high wage earners; it’s about sound fiscal policy that restores our economy.
That is the major domestic economic concern for today, but there is a greater international concern. Due to the weakness of the Obama administration — or perhaps the intentional decimation of our global influence and military capacity — we could be on the verge of a major conflict.
A declared state terrorist organization, Iran’s Quds Force, led by General Qassem Suleimani, is now openly operating on the ground in Syria. Yes, Iran has “boots on the ground” in Syria using Russian air assets to attack the Syrian rebel forces supposedly supported by the Obama administration. I think it is fair and honest to say, another “red line” has been crossed in Syria. Sadly, President Obama took to the stage two weeks ago, showing his unrighteous indignation over having new gun safety laws – but said nothing about the Russian-Iranian-Syrian-Hezbollah alliance.
Perhaps President Obama should take to the world’s largest bully pulpit and announce that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iranian nuclear deal, is cancelled. It is beyond belief that President Obama and his cohort of 42 Democrat Senators, who blocked the Resolution of Disapproval from even reaching the Senate floor for a vote, could still support this foolish agreement.
I’d like Obama, any liberal progressive supporter or their media accomplices, to explain to me why now is a good time to release $150 billion of unfrozen assets to Iran. Why is now a great time to relieve sanctions on the number one state sponsor of terrorism that is now operating in Syria, OPENLY, and attacking and killing the people that the United States is supposed to be supporting?
How can President Obama actually look at himself in the mirror, look at the American people and tell us Bashar Assad must go — when he has created the conditions for him to stay?
Remember the dismissive laugh of Obama three years ago about Russia being our number one geopolitical threat? Well, Russia is now conducting bombing operations in Syria, has taken the Crimea, and overrun the eastern portion of a sovereign state, Ukraine. Guess who’s laughing now?
Allen West is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. During his 22-year career, he served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, receiving many honors including a Bronze Star. In 2010, West was elected as a member of the 112th Congress representing Florida’s 22nd District. He is a Fox News contributor and author of “Guardian of the Republic." Mr. West also writes daily commentary on allenbwest.com.
Editor's Note: This piece was originally published by Colonel Allen West on allenbwest.com.