Commentary

Obama, Fundamentally Transforming Our Nation’s Response to Threats

By Jen Kuznicki | December 29, 2015 | 10:09am EST
Barack Hussein Obama (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

You could say that if you were given the actual news every day, you would be even more ticked off about the direction of this nation.

As an example of what might be going on more than we know, the New York Times edited a piece they had already published to make Obama not sound like a political hack.

Mediaite notes that the New York Times (NYT) took out part of the story that you may have missed:

“In his meeting with the columnists, Mr. Obama indicated that he did not see enough cable television to fully appreciate the anxiety after the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, and made clear that he plans to step up his public arguments.”

According to NewsDiffs, the NYT replaced it with this:

“Mr. Obama argued that while there were potentially threats that would merit the kind of investment of lives and money equivalent to that made in the Iraq war, the Islamic State does not pose an existential threat to the United States and therefore the response should be measured. The United States needs to take on the group, in part to defend allies in the region, he said, but it should not be an all-out war.

“Moreover, he added, part of the group’s strategy is to draw the United States into a broader military entanglement in the region. A sustained but limited campaign may be slow and politically unsatisfying, but ultimately will be more successful, he contended.”

But which is worse: a president who seemingly doesn’t have better intel than the cable news channels, a president who lacks the basic empathy most have when Islamic madmen slaughter hundreds of people, or a president who doesn’t think the madmen pose a threat to the United States?

The quote that was taken out stresses the disconnect the president has between simple human compassion and the blowback from the people searching for justice.  I have no idea why the New York Times took it out, but maybe it sounds a little like the president wouldn’t know what to do or think without watching television?  Shouldn’t he be more completely informed than the information I’m getting?  Maybe he was too busy watching ESPN, he has admitted he watches it incessantly.

But the quote that was put in doesn’t exactly cause Americans to feel safe at all. Obama is basically saying that ISIS has the potential to commit another 9/11, but they are not at war with the U.S. And sure, they need to be destroyed, but we're going to take our time.

Each quote might scare people about what the heck the president has been doing, and how he thinks, but putting them together makes it sound like he thinks of the people as an afterthought, which may be the scariest thing of all.

But it's not like we weren't warned. A few days before his 2008 election, Obama warned us: "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America."

He's certainly transforming the nation's response to threats to our security.

Jen Kuznicki is a wife and mother, seamstress by trade, and American patriot who says, "Now is the time to act."

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