Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said this weekend that it was high time we had a president who understood our enemies. In an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis on Sunday, Giuliani said Islamists all over the world would soon be facing a new reality in Donald Trump.
“We’ll have a President who’s going to put his foot down with regard to this radical Islamic terrorism,” Giuliani said. “The President, the kindest thing I can say, is he has a lackadaisical attitude about it. He treats it like these are, at worst, individual criminal acts.”
Giuliani said that Barack Obama does not see these terrorist organizations for what they really are, nor does he comprehend what the U.S. must do to combat them.
“This is a war. This is getting really, really bad. Just about in time we’re getting a very, very different president with a different approach to it,” he said. “I think Donald Trump sees it as a war, and he’s going to deal with it that way.”
Obama came into office with the absurd belief that we could defeat Islamic terrorism by pretending that it didn’t exist. We could ignore it. Call it something else. Talk about the theology of it. Explore a variety of imaginary “root causes.”
His delusions – and his blundering foreign policy decisions – allowed the Islamic State to become the most dangerous terrorist group in history. And still, he treats ISIS like something that will just sorta…die away gradually – a problem that’s more about Americans watching too much TV than about terrorists slaughtering innocent people.
We can debate the real motivations behind Obama’s choices. Maybe it’s actually delusion and he really believes he did the best he could. Maybe it’s just his way of ignoring a difficult problem so he can concentrate on his preferred interests. Maybe his real views on Islamic terrorism would horrify most of the people who voted for him.
At this point, it doesn’t really matter anymore. What’s done is done, and this clown is about to be out of our lives – a fact we should all be grateful for. Psychoanalyzing Barack Obama may be entertaining, but it’s basically irrelevant. We don’t need to get to the bottom of his failings to fix them.
Defeating Islamic terrorism will not be a cinch, but it’s going to be a lot easier with a president who’s actually trying.