Obama: Limit Future Presidents’ Counter Jihad Options
In a speech at the National Defense University last week (Thursday, 5/23/13) President Obama effectively asked Congress to “please limit my power as Commander-in-Chief.” In short, Obama wants the “Authorization for the Use of Military Force” adopted by Congress after September 11, 2001 to be repealed because al Qaeda has been decimated (let’s just accept that premise for purposes of this article). Obama’s public pronouncements on al Qaeda’s demise fail to recognize that al Qaeda is but a subset of the actual threat, the theology of Islamic Jihad. The President’s proposal would limit future Presidents’ ability to fight Islamic Jihad. These are the same counter Jihad military options used by the Bush administration and condemned by candidate Obama. Ironically, President Obama has used Bush’s counter Jihad military options with generally positive results. Nevertheless, the Bush/Obama counter Jihad military options (ie. see “drones”) will not be available to future Presidents if Obama has his way.
President Obama delivered one of the more remarkable speeches of his Presidency on Thursday, or for that matter of any recent President. The Commander in Chief who has ruthlessly used nearly all of the antiterror tools bequeathed by his predecessor has suddenly declared that the war on terror is all but over, and he invited Congress to put new limits on his war powers.
The reality is that the terrorist threat is also likely to last for decades, and it may increase as technology advances. The single most striking fact of Mr. Obama’s speech is that he never mentioned weapons of mass destruction. Yet WMD in the hands of terrorists is the greatest threat of all, and no one should doubt that al Qaeda or Hezbollah or Iran’s Revolutionary Guards would use them.
Though the anti-antiterror critics will never admit it, the U.S. has done very well balancing security and freedom since 9/11. It is precisely this success that is giving Mr. Obama an opening to claim victory. He risks squandering it by suggesting that we can now safely return to the policies and complacency that led to 9/11. (block quote credit Wall Street Journal- Opinion, “Commander in Doubt” 5/25/13)
Your humble blogger has previously noted President Obama’s refusal to acknowledge the theology of Islamic Jihad here, here and here. Despite Fort Hood (“workplace violence”!) and the Boston Marathon attack, Obama’s rhetoric reflects his continuing intransigence to publicly acknowledge the danger posed by the savage theology of Islamic extremism, Islamic Jihadism, or Koranic literalism. Now he wants to impede the ability of future Presidents’ to fight the counter Jihad? Please, somebody pinch me and wake me up from this nightmare! By “Grizzly Joe”
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