If you like the way President Obama has handled Islamic terrorism, Hillary Clinton is your obvious choice in this election. In a 2013 speech to the Global Business Travelers Association, Hillary sounded just like Barack when she discussed the threat from groups like al Qaeda and ISIS.
“Make no mistake, as the recent travel alert underscores, we still face terrorism,” Clinton said, according to emails released by WikiLeaks. “It’s not a threat to us as a nation. It is not going to endanger our economy or our society, but it is a real threat. It is a danger to our citizens here at home, and as we tragically saw in Boston, and to those living, working, and traveling abroad.”
This matches what Obama said at the State of the Union this year, where he told Americans that ISIS did not represent an “existential threat” to the United States.
It may be comforting to say that – especially when you’re doing a haphazard job of destroying the threat – but it’s plainly nonsense. ISIS and its ideological brethren don’t just threaten the individual lives of innocent men and women; they could indeed destroy the U.S. and the rest of the Western world if left to grow.
On the most obvious level, the individual attacks begin to add up in our collective psyche. With every blast, every shooting, and every stabbing, a little bit more fear creeps into the culture. That fear only intensifies when government leaders seem more interested in protecting the religion of the perpetrators than stopping the terrorists.
Second, don’t forget that feeling you had on 9/11. No one could have dreamed of such a horrific sight. Don’t think that just because something catastrophic hasn’t happened that it couldn’t happen tomorrow. All it takes is for ISIS – wealthy from billions of dollars in oil sales – to get their hands on a nuke, and we will be instantly transported into another world.
Finally, we cannot underestimate this group’s ability to attract and indoctrinate young people with their slick, expensive online propaganda. When disgruntled Westerners and misguided Muslims start flocking to the Islamic State’s cause by the thousands, we will suddenly be dealing with a cancer that cannot easily be cured.
Put another way, Islamic terrorism isn’t a threat to the existence of the United States…right up until that moment when it is.
We need a president who will take action before that day comes.