The Devil's In The Details
By Raymond Shipley
"We should take pride in the progress that we've made over the last 8 years. That's the bottom line. No foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland. And it's not because they didn't try," said Barack Obama in a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday. The statement was met with mostly blank stares and sparse applause. Even those least interested in political partisanship are finding this statement difficult to swallow. Did Obama just outright lie about terrorism in the United States?
Well, yes and no. As the saying goes, "the Devil's in the details." As is his style, Obama loaded this statement with fallacies and half-truths, with just enough fact to defend it from those that would point them out.
This author can say with a clear conscience there is no pride taken in any "progress" made under Obama. But he said it was the bottom line, so case closed, I guess. His statement alone leaves no room for debate, which, in addition to begging the claim, certainly attempts to shut down the conversation without rebuttal.
Obama is correct when he says, specifically, "No foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland." But only if one succeeds in discounting the plethora of "lone-wolf" attacks perpetrated by groups and individuals on behalf of foreign terrorist organizations, as well as those labeled "soldiers of the caliphate" by ISIS itself, which is a statement used to denote members of the organization. It may seem as if it is splitting hairs to call him on this, but the intent of Obama has been all along to move the goalpost in order to maintain his claims of grandeur. Nevermind when a "lone-wolf" terrorist like Dylan Roof commits an act of terror the responsibility is laid squarely on every right wing or WN group in existence. No, that just isn't the same.
This administration has done the same thing, playing both sides, in their illegal immigrant deportation statistics, claiming to have deported more illegals than any other. Well, this is easy to do when the definition of deportation is changed to include illegals caught in the act of trying to enter the country, which has never been included before. Once this number is discounted, as it has always been, the number of illegals deported has actually dropped 40% since 2009. But changing the rules and moving the goalpost has been a hallmark of the Obama administration, so why act surprised now?
Whether one wishes to believe Obama and ignore the "soldiers of the caliphate" that have perpetrated terrorist attacks on US soil or not will be up to the individual. However, since this POTUS likes to play on feelings, it makes this author wonder how the families and loved ones of the victims in San Bernardino, Orlando, Boston, Little Rock, Fort Hood, Moore, Queens, Brooklyn, Garland, Chattanooga, St. Cloud, NYC/NJ and Columbus feel about Obama's statement. Do they agree?