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Gary Bauer / Jun. 18, 2016

Obama’s Foreign Policy in Disarray

In the wake of the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11, President Obama had the audacity to tell the nation on Tuesday that his efforts against ISIS were making “significant progress.” Forty-eight hours later, CIA Director John Brennan told Congress something quite different. Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee [Thursday], Director Brennan warned, “…our efforts have not reduced the group’s terrorism capability and global reach,” adding that in the days and weeks ahead ISIS “will intensify its global terror campaign.”

In the wake of the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11, President Obama had the audacity to tell the nation on Tuesday that his efforts against ISIS were making “significant progress.”

Forty-eight hours later, CIA Director John Brennan told Congress something quite different. Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee [Thursday], Director Brennan warned, “…our efforts have not reduced the group’s terrorism capability and global reach,” adding that in the days and weeks ahead ISIS “will intensify its global terror campaign.”

And, as I noted in [my last] report, Brennan was also clear that ISIS was attempting to smuggle terrorists into western countries disguised as refugees.

Obama says we’re winning. His CIA director says not so much. Given that the first of 49 funerals took place [Thursday] in Orlando, I think the evidence is clearly on Brennan’s side. Perhaps someone could schedule a CIA briefing for the president.

Here’s another point that deserves mentioning: If George W. Bush’s CIA director had so publicly and directly contradicted him, that would have been THE headline on the evening news. NBC News did mention Brennan’s testimony, but it was the fifth of eight stories [Thursday] night, while Disney’s potential liability for the alligators lurking on its property was third.

But that’s not the only foreign policy headache the administration has. It appears there is an open rebellion taking place within the ranks at the State Department. More than 50 State Department officials and career diplomats signed a formal “dissent channel cable” expressing their embarrassment and frustration with Obama’s failure to aggressively confront the Assad regime in Syria.

You may recall that President Obama erased his own “red line” on Assad’s use of chemical weapons. After Obama retreated, Russia and Iran stepped in and took over.

Understanding Orlando

I read a disturbing Gallup poll that asked Americans how they understood the Orlando attacks. According to Gallup, just 48% of Americans described the atrocity at the Pulse nightclub as “Islamic terrorism,” while 41% thought it was “domestic gun violence.”

Perhaps as much as any other issue, this shows the tremendous battle raging for the heart and soul of America, and it shows the power of the left-wing media to drive a narrative.

On the other hand, maybe it is not as bad as it looks. The Gallup poll was conducted among adults, meaning we’re not even talking about “low information voters.” Many may be low information non-voters. Their opinions reflect the prevailing narrative of the media, which is the president’s narrative, which is that Orlando was the result of gun violence — as if guns just go off all by themselves.

That is why left-wing politicians are so fixated on gun control as the solution and refuse to do anything to address radical Islam or immigration. As one commentator put it, the left’s solution to the Orlando Islamic terrorist attack is “More Muslims and less guns.”

Closing Thoughts

As we are coming to the end of this horrible week, let me just summarize some salient points here for your use if you happen to run into someone among the 41% of the country who is confused about what happened in Orlando.

  • The shooter, Omar Mateen, was inspired by radical Islam. He had been inspired by radical Islam his entire life. From the morning of 9/11 when he celebrated the attack to the day he died in Orlando pledging his loyalty to ISIS.

  • Mateen told us he was waging jihad in fulfillment of his Islamic beliefs before the attack and he repeatedly phoned it in and texted it during the attack.

  • Barack Obama and many liberals don’t want to call him a radical Islamist. Days later, the left-wing media continued to say that it wasn’t clear who he was. Yet, as several observers have noted, if a man says he is a woman, the president and the left immediately accept this and call him “her.” But when a jihadist says he is a jihadist, the left’s response is “Let’s not jump to any conclusions.”

  • Just so you know, he was a registered Democrat. If he had been a registered Republican, you would already know that.

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