In my last column, I quoted Arizona’s new Congresswoman, Martha McSally who was the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat. I wrote the column before the terrorist attacks in Paris that began on January 7 and lasted for three days where three men with deep histories of association with terrorist organizations carried out three deadly attacks. The first against a newspaper, the second against a police officer and the third against a kosher grocery store. Some 17 people were killed by the three men. As the story unfolded McSally’s words kept coming back to me, “You can’t be in the war you want to be in; you’ve got to be in the war you’re in, and you’ve got to just get the job done.”
If you look at our administration, what is the war they want to be in? I would say it is a war on global warming, a war on coal, a war on the rich, a war on Tea Party conservatives and Harry Reid’s war on the Koch brothers.
Our administration is in denial about the war we are actually in. When Colonel Hasan fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others at Fort Hood, it was called workplace violence even after Hasan repeatedly stated he was acting to protect Taliban leaders in Afghanistan from the U.S. military. Janet Napolitano used the term “man-caused disasters” to describe terrorist attacks and President Obama insists that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is not an Islamic group. The French now know the war they are in.
The French Prime Minister acknowledged that the death toll over three days of terrorist attacks and manhunts in Paris shows a “clear failing” in security and intelligence. He admitted there had been “flaws” in the way intelligence services tracked people likely to commit attacks as evidence emerged of the trio’s links to known terrorists, al-Qaeda in Yemen and ISIS.
The largest crowd in French history, more than 3.7 million strong, turned out Sunday for rallies across the country to mark the nation’s worst terror attack in more than half a century. In Paris, over 50 world leaders locked arms and marched down Boulevard Voltaire. There was one notable absence. No one from the Obama administration was there. The Obama administration sent three representatives to Michael Brown’s funeral in Ferguson, Missouri, but only our ambassador to France made the anti-terror march in Paris. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris but left before the march.
Until the administration quits fighting the wars they want to be in and begins fighting the war we are actually in, we will not make much progress in fighting terrorism anywhere, both overseas and in the U.S.