"He sounds like President Bush," I said to myself.
President Barack Obama somberly spoke at the memorial service for the 13 killed during the Fort Hood shooting rampage. The President movingly praised the valor and selflessness of those who gave their lives, as well as that of those who enlist to help protect the country.
Many enlistees, the President pointed out, joined after 9/11, willing to fight an unconventional war against an unconventional enemy who kills and then hides among civilians. These enlistees joined knowing that this is an enemy from whom we have no expectation of a signed surrender. They joined knowing that much of the "international community" blames America for the "Arab and Muslim world's" anger, and many fellow Americans share that sentiment.
The President looked grim. He told the life stories of those slaughtered at Fort Hood, apparently by a Muslim jihadist who, inexplicably, remained in the military after publicly opposing Muslims fighting Muslims and actually contacting a Muslim cleric living in Yemen, who reportedly recruits for al-Qaida.
The President continues to ponder top Afghanistan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal's request for 40,000 more troops. If granted, this would mean Obama places national security ahead of party politics, since most Democrats oppose this war. Also -- at least at first -- the anti-Afghanistan-war Obama-lovers would bite their tongues or miraculously rediscover Afghanistan as the "good war."
President Bush "surged" in Iraq over the objections of members of his own administration, to say nothing of Democrats -- including Obama, who not only opposed the surge but also predicted its failure. Yet nothing in Obama's political career suggests a courage to defy the wishes of Democrats on any issue of significance.
As a senatorial candidate, Obama opposed the then-popular Iraq war. He later said, however, that had he been in the Senate at the time, he wasn't sure how he would have voted -- and that he understood the basis on which his fellow Democratic senators cast their pro-war votes. Most of his Democratic presidential opponents -- including Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, Joe Biden, John Edwards, etc. -- supported the war. Would a Sen. Barack Obama have voted "no"?
Obama neither mentioned the suspect's religion nor described his actions as "terrorism." But does the President, who campaigned promising to sit with our enemies without "preconditions," finally grasp the determination, intensity and lethality of our enemy -- Islamofascists?