There can be no doubt the western world is at war with Islamists, that is people who want to impose religion by force on the rest of the world.
But Obama says we should not be fearful and that the GOP candidates are wrong to tell people they should be fearful. “We are not well served when in response to a terrorist attack we descend into fear and panic,” It is not irrational to fear terror of the type carried out in Paris, in Mali, in Beirut, in New York, it is rational, it is good common sense.
Obama minimizes the threat of allowing Syrian refugees into the country as well. “Apparently they’re scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America.” Well that is disingenuous because it isn’t widows and orphans who make up the majority of the refugees, it is young men. And the group is over 97% Muslim. I think most Islamists are in fact Muslim. So forgive us if we suspect that ISIS may be smart enough to embed Islamists into the refugee group. We’d be fools not to think that’s happening.
And what if Obama is right, that his “don’t worry-be happy” position is correct and the appropriate response? Should our leader not go on television and speak to the people of the country to explain why we should not be fearful? Why we should not allow Syrian refugees into the country? Why the US should open itself to even the potential of a terrorist making it to our shores?
Of course he should. Presidents since the advent of television have routinely used television speeches to reassure a fearful or grieving nation. But where is Obama in this crisis? He is outside the country chastizing GOP politicians long-distance. I say get home and reassure your own people.