If you plan to stomach the State of the Union’s parade of poster children Tuesday night you probably already know what to expect. There will be a lot of talk about guns. Talk about jobs. Talk about the Affordable Care Act. If Obama wants to take a chance, he might even congratulate himself for his nuclear deal with Iran.
National Security and Foreign Affairs
Are we about to exceed our quota of denial about how safe we are, thanks to America’s newest terror attack? Barack Obama’s statement that he confronts the threat of terrorism every morning1 isn’t quite the same as proving he did something about it. We can’t fault him for trying to deflect some of our worry away from the bureaucrats he charges with protecting us, but he doesn’t deserve any credit for limiting our options by shielding the religion chiefly responsible for terror.
No, the world does not want to live in peace and harmony. That’s not how it works. People, communities, and nations are all scrabbling for whatever they can get. Some are responsible about it. Some are not. We just experienced the consequences of tolerating those who aren’t. Once the spurious arguments over gun control are out of the way, Americans are going to get comfortable blaming what happened in California on radicalization, a catchall that avoids the truth: this is simply another take on radical Muslim public policy we have seen elsewhere, transplanted to America.
Humanity should not have been shocked by the attacks in Paris. There was nothing outrageous about what happened, even though the one-time leader of the free world chose to cast it that way.1 When America’s leadership decided long ago to publicly deny the direction Islam was so obviously taking, what did that portend for the civilized world?