Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Obama at Ft. Hood

Overall, President Obama delivered a nice speech in mourning the 13 soldier who were murdered at Ft. Hood last week. It was reverential, mostly focused on the 13 dead, and praising of the service of all military members. There are some things that he left out, like that this was a terrorist act against the United States on US soil. However, two points that he slipped in are troubling, and emblematic of Obama's troubling view of the military and attacks against the United States:

1. It may be hard to comprehend the twisted logic that led to this tragedy. But this much we do know -- no faith justifies these murderous and craven acts; no just and loving God looks upon them with favor. For what he has done, we know that the killer will be met with justice -- in this world, and the next.

The president seems to be afraid to condemn illogical ideas. There is no logic to extremist terrorist attacks. I understand that by adding "twisted" the president is implying that the acts don't fit into normal logic, but it's worse than abnormal logic. Insinuating that there's any logic involved gives weight to their ideas. Murdering 13 people because you've been co-opted by an Islamic cult, Al Qaeda, carries no logic. They are illogical, driven by hateful dogma, and not sanctioned by the authority by which they claim to be sanctioned (The Quran).

Coming from a party and ideology (liberalism) that is quick to characterize any anti-abortion action as the action of "right-wing Christian extremism," you'd think the President would know dogmatic, illogical religious extremism when he sees it.

2. For history is filled with heroes. You may remember the stories of a grandfather who marched across Europe; an uncle who fought in Vietnam; a sister who served in the Gulf. But as we honor the many generations who have served, all of us -- every single American -- must acknowledge that this generation has more than proved itself the equal of those who've come before.

We need not look to the past for greatness, because it is before our very eyes.

It's an eloquent statement, but one that raises a few questions. We look across generations to find heroes, from hundreds of years ago to today. We should always be encouraged to look to the past for greatness, as well as recognize it in our midst. Without understanding what made greatness in the past, we'll never be able to fully appreciate it today and in the future. When it comes to people who died for the US and for global freedom, there's no need to be exclusionary.

Without doubt, this generation is every bit as courageous and noble as those who fought for freedom in the Revolution, the Civil War, the World Wars and Vietnam. But it's yet to be determined if their cause will carry the same weight as the monumental victories for freedom in the Civil War and WWII.

I hope this statement implies that Obama is ready to devote the resources necessary to taming and making sense of Afghanistan. These people are not reasonable, and can't be killed with kindness. At the very least, the resources must be made available to destroy al Qaeda. Don't just fulfill the campaign promises you made to capture and kill Osama bin Laden and to track al Qaeda. Fulfill the promises made to the thousands of people and their families who've been murdered by Islamic extremism, and to the troops that have given their lives over seven years to preserve American freedom from those who seek to destroy it.

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  1. http://www.examiner.com/x-16146-Wilmington-Religion--Politics-Examiner~y2009m11d10-Barack-Obamas-friend-George-Soros