“The rise of ISIS is the direct result of policy decisions made by President Obama and Secretary Clinton
Let’s look back at the Middle East at the very beginning of 2009, before the Obama-Clinton Administration took over. (Wait … isn’t it the Obama-Biden administration? Did we forget Joe?)
Libya was stable. (Define stable)
Syria was under control. (Um, really?)
Egypt was ruled by a secular President and an ally of the United States.
Iraq was experiencing a reduction in violence. (Don’t go there.)
The group that would become what we now call ISIS was close to being extinguished. (No, actually Daesh was not ‘close to being extinguished, but was on the rise)
Iran was being choked off by economic sanctions.
Fast-forward to today. What have the decisions of Obama-Clinton produced?”
Yes, Donnie, let us look back at the Middle East and see what happened between 2009 and present. It is commonly referred to as Arab Spring, and if you will read the definition and causes below, I do not think you will see any mention of President Obama, former Secretary of State Clinton, or even the western world, let alone the U.S. I know, I know … here I go with those pesky facts again:
What is the Arab Spring?
These were all a result of the ‘Arab Spring’ movement in the Middle East. The Arab Spring was a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests (both non-violent and violent), riots, and civil wars in the Arab world that began on 18 December 2010 in Tunisia with the Tunisian Revolution, and spread throughout the countries of the Arab League and its surroundings. Major insurgencies in Syria, Libya, and Yemen resulted along with civil uprisings in Egypt and Bahrain, large street demonstrations in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, and Oman, and minor protests even in Saudi Arabia.
What were the causes that led to the Arab Spring?
The Arab Spring is widely believed to have been instigated by dissatisfaction with the rule of local governments, particularly by youth and unions, though some have speculated that wide gaps in income levels may have had a hand as well. Numerous factors led to the protests, including issues such as dictatorship or absolute monarchy, human rights violations, political corruption (demonstrated by Wikileaks diplomatic cables), economic decline, unemployment, extreme poverty, and a number of demographic structural factors, such as a large percentage of educated but dissatisfied youth within the entire population. Catalysts for the revolts in all Northern African and Persian Gulf countries included the concentration of wealth in the hands of autocrats in power for decades, insufficient transparency of its redistribution, corruption, and especially the refusal of the youth to accept the status quo.
In the wake of the Arab Spring protests, a considerable amount of attention has been focused on the role of social media and digital technologies in allowing citizens within areas affected by ‘the Arab Uprisings’ as a means for collective activism to circumvent state-operated media channels.
And now on to the speech. The speech is nearly 4,000 words, so I have highlighted some key points here. If you would like to read a transcript of the entire speech, here is a link. As usual, my comments on his direct quotes are in blue for clarification purposes.
And so he goes, on and on about how everything is the fault of President Obama and former Secretary of State Clinton. I thought his speech was intended to be about putting forth his plan to combat terrorism??? Instead, so far, it is just more of the same ol’, same ol’ … finger pointing, false allegations, and blame … endless blame. It is getting old, tiresome and tedious, Donnie-boy. Fully 1,318 words into his speech, and nothing of value.
And just when you thought he was finally going to come out with some detail, he goes on and on about what President Obama should have done, what he said needed to be done, and if they had only listened to him …
“I was an opponent of the Iraq war from the beginning – a major difference between me and my opponent.” This has been said and proven wrong so many times in the past year. He supported the war in 2002 … it is well-documented in a radio interview on 11 September 2002 with Howard Stern.
“The rise of ISIS is the direct result of policy decisions made by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton.” Daesh is the direct result of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 under then President George W. Bush.
“I have long said that we should have kept the oil in Iraq – another area where my judgement has been proven correct … If they had listened to me then, we would have had the economic benefits of the oil …” Further proof, if any was needed, that he has no conception of how the world operates.
“We cannot allow the internet to be used as a recruiting tool, and for other purposes, by our enemy – we must shut down their access to this form of communication, and we must do so immediately.” Good luck on that one, Donnie … not in your power, not even remotely possible, and would be a major obstruction to free speech for innocent people.
“I have often said that General MacArthur and General Patton would be in a state of shock if they were alive today to see the way President Obama and Hillary Clinton try to recklessly announce their every move before it happens …“ And I have often said that the Founding Fathers would be aghast at the mockery you have made of the Constitution and democracy!
2,381 words and the man still has not come to the point of his speech! I am thankful that I opted for reading the transcript rather than listening, else I would be either asleep or very ill by now!
Finally … on to his “3-point plan”:
1 – But we must use ideological warfare as well.
“…my Administration will speak out against the oppression of women, gays and people of different faith … will be a friend to all moderate Muslim reformers … also speak out forcefully against a hateful ideology that provides the breeding ground for violence and terrorism to grow.” You are going to befriend the very people that you have vowed to throw out of the country? How does that work?
2. A new immigration policy is needed as well
“new screening procedures are needed … establish a clear principle that will govern all decisions pertaining to immigration: we should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people … ideological screening test … temporarily suspend immigration from some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world … “ Temporarily … for how many years, Donnie? And “ideological screening tests”? I probably could not pass. Leaves an awful lot of loopholes, if you ask me.
3. Finally, we will need to restore common sense to our security procedures
“… establish a Commission on Radical Islam … identify and explain to the American public the core convictions and beliefs of Radical Islam, to identify the warning signs of radicalization … develop new protocols for local police officers, federal investigators, and immigration screeners … keep open Guantanamo Bay …” Common sense? Did you say “common sense”, of which you are sorely lacking? And YOU are going to explain something to US, the American Public, who already understand far more than you???
And he concludes (finally) with this:
“This is my pledge to the American people: as your President I will be your greatest champion. I will fight to ensure that every American is treated equally, protected equally, and honored equally. We will reject bigotry and oppression in all its forms, and seek a new future built on our common culture and values as one American people. Only this way, will we make America Great Again and Safe Again – For Everyone.”
Thankfully, that is it, folks. All 3,963 words.
Since I have inserted my thoughts throughout, there is not much left for me to say. The speech was obviously written by speech writers, and one of his more intelligible speeches, with complete sentences, proper grammar, and a minimum of his usual gobbledy-gook. In fairness, I did listen to a few minutes of the speech, and he spoke with some of his trademark repetitions, but otherwise it was obviously a prepared speech being read from multiple teleprompters. However, it did not really say much. It fails to pinpoint any of the HOW’s … which is not a huge surprise. Fully two-thirds was spent on criticizing President Obama and Secretary Clinton, based on allegations that originate and reside in the minds only of Trump and his supporters, and tooting his own horn, most often falsely. When he did finally settle into a proposed plan, it was largely without teeth, an ideological “to-do” list based on false or partly false assumptions, and without the means by which to do virtually any of it. In sum, it was a waste of time.