Thursday, June 12, 2014

Obama Appears To Be Channeling Pontius Pilate

Oh, well, let's hope Al-Qaeda doesn't hold too much of a grudge against the Iraqis who helped us...David Burge Tweet

Most people know the Gospel accounts of Pontius Pilate. In short, after advocating for Jesus to be spared, he eventually relented to the crowd. He washed his hands to avoid any personal responsibility for the Crucifixion of Christ. One can argue that Pontius Pilate had more guts than Obama and his administration.
  • "Now, Iraq is not a perfect place. It has many challenges ahead. But we're leaving behind a sovereign and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government that was elected by its people."  Pres. Obama's address to the soldiers at Ft. Bragg in 2011.
  • "Seven years after US forces under Gen. David Petraeus drove them out of Iraq's Anbar province, a coalition of desperados led by Sunni Muslim jihadists have scored their biggest victory by seizing Mosul, Iraq's third most populous city." NY Post today
  • After we pulled out of Vietnam, many people remarked that we didn't lose Vietnam; we quit Vietnam. There's some truth in that statement. The Democrats at the time cut funding and additional aid to the South Vietnamese government. In essence, the South Vietnamese were unable to defend themselves from the approaching Communist hordes descending on them from the North. It shortly led to the fall of Saigon in 1975. And Americans have been forever haunted by those images of South Vietnamese families trying to hitch a ride on our Huey's, as they also watched the last slick taking off from the roof-top of our embassy in Saigon. Historian Lewis Fleming said at the time "it was not the Hanoi Communist who won the war, but rather the American Congress that lost it." And may I add, after the Communists took over, they killed thousands and sent thousands to re-education camps---many of those were good people who helped us in that war. In neighboring Cambodia, millions were murdered by the Khmer Rouge.
  • In some ways, we're watching as history repeats itself in Iraq. And like Vietnam, the debate on whether we should have even entered both countries will continue for decades. Nevertheless, in his 2012 keynote speech to the DNC, Obama boasted about having the Taliban and al-Qaeda on the run. "We've blunted the Taliban's momentum in is on the path to defeat and Osama bin Laden is dead."
  • And today what are we watching developing? The administration just released 5 Taliban commanders. Last week, the Taliban attacked Pakistan's main airport in Karachi leaving at least two dozen people dead. And al-Qaeda, under the reconstituted group name now known as ISIS or "The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria"  seized two of Iraq's major cities and are currently threatening Baghdad. Along the way, they are killing innocents and cutting off quite a few heads.
  • Obama knows most Americans are sick of wars (an emotional not strategic response). He knows most of those same Americans could care less about what happens in Afghanistan and Iraq in the future. Like Vietnam, Obama quit both wars for purely political reasons. After all, he took credit for how well the wars were going in 2011 as referenced above. Unfortunately, he's not considering what the consequences will be for our troops (and their families) who fought and died in both wars. We know the consequences. We see them in the faces of 60-75 year old Vietnam veterans. But like Pontius Pilate, it's much easier for Obama and others to just wash their hands and acquiesce to the base and thuse avoiding all responsibility to what happens to innocent victims of terror---even if those victims happen to be Americans.