Diana West

We have met the enemy and he is "self-radicalization." No, wait: We have met the enemy and he is the Internet. We have met the enemy and he is broadband video?

"But this is hard stuff," President Obama tried to explain in this week's press conference. "Because of the pressure that we put on al-Qaeda's core, because of the pressure that we've put on these networks that are well-financed and more sophisticated and can engage in and project transnational threats against the United States, one of the dangers that we now face are self-radicalized individuals who are already here in the United States -- in some cases, may not be part of any kind of network, but because of whatever warped, twisted ideas they may have, may decide to carry out an attack. And those are in some ways more difficult to prevent."

More difficult to prevent? Ridiculous. But this is also a disgraceful thing to say under these circumstances. What Obama describes is the Keystone Cops case because he decided, as a matter of "Muslim outreach," to shut his eyes to the motivation of such attacks -- Islam, jihad, Allah's law (sharia) -- and ordered our security agencies and military to shut their eyes, too.

It is a fact that in concert with the Oct. 19, 2011, demands of an array of Islamic advocacy groups, including government-identified Muslim Brotherhood front groups (the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Society of North America, for example), the Obama administration subsequently ordered the "purge" of any training materials and trainers still teaching the history and doctrine of jihad at government security agencies and throughout the military. This unconscionable act of eliminating our first line of defense -- in effect, shutting down national security's eyes and ears, and, worse, logic itself -- is what accounts for the successful cycle of jihad that marks our era of decline. To be fair, it is not all Obama's fault. The current administration's see-no-Islam policy is an extension and amplification of the see-no-Islam policy initiated by President George W. Bush.

When a handful of House Republicans led by Michele Bachmann of Minnesota last summer raised the see-no-Islam "purge" and related issues with justified alarm, these remnant patriots in Congress were crucified as "Islamophobes" and scorned as lunatics. And now? No one in that Bachmann lynch mob (Obama administration, media, and, profiles in courage, GOP leadership) wants us to put things together now. They don't want us to realize that those two vicious bombs that exploded in Boston last month might well have been prevented had Bachmann & Co.'s warnings been heeded.


Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).