Knowing President Obama’s Alinskyite proclivities, his third State of the Union address – coming as it did amidst a reelection campaign – could have been predicted to be filled with lofting, sometimes inspiring but routinely bait-and-switch rhetoric. Even so, his exploitation of the U.S. military for nakedly political purposes translates into an extreme plumbing of what might be called his audacity of deceit.
If the President had been simply paying homage to the amazing men and women in uniform and extolling their courage, patriotism and selflessness, that would have been one thing. It would have been understandable, even commendable, to have cited such qualities in a call for legislators to come together as our troops do to accomplish the difficult missions at hand.
The fact that Mr. Obama wrapped such comments – literally as the opening and closing bookends for his speech – around so many distortions, misrepresentations and outright falsehoods about our national security situation, however, transforms what might have been a welcome presidential paean to the armed forces into a further betrayal of our troops.
Let’s start with his portrayal of the “end of the war in Iraq.” This antiseptic, no-fault characterization of what he has done must not be allowed to obscure the reality: President Obama simply quit that front in the larger war we are in. I call it the War for the Free World.
That doesn’t mean the battle for Iraq is over, let alone the war won. Instead, we have simply surrendered the strategic territory over which we had shed so much blood and spent so much treasure.
In Iraq, as elsewhere, that is translating into a vacuum of power. It is being filled by enemies of our country and setting the stage for this war’s next, likely still-more-horrific phase.
The same can be said of the President’s profoundly misleading description of the “isolation” of Iran, his “decisive blows” against al Qaeda and the prospects for an Afghanistan that will, in the aftermath of his cutting and running there and his negotiating our surrender terms with the Taliban, somehow “never again [be] a source of attacks against America.”
Some have described such remarks as delusional. They are worse. They are designed to delude us.
Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
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