Factual Error on Tactical TerrorIt was a familiar September scene for most Americans. Too familiar. Thirteen years ago today, George W. Bush spoke to the nation from the same Oval Office as President Obama did last night, both determined to hunt down the terrorists who threaten our country. While the circumstances surrounding the speeches were different, the enemy is not; Muslim militants who demand the world submit to their form of Islam or be killed. For people watching last night's speech on ISIS, just one day shy of the 9/11 anniversary, it was an eerie and solemn reminder that the evil that robbed our nation of 2,977 bright lives still lurks.
After the deaths of tens of thousands innocent men, women, and children, and two American journalists, the flippant remarks of ISIS being a jayvee team were not uttered last night. But obviously, the administration still lacks a basic understanding of these extremists. In all 1,996 words of his address, none were more shocking than these: "ISIL is not Islamic." Exactly what part of "Islamic State" does the President not understand? If these terrorists aren't Muslim, then someone ought to tell them that.
The reality is, our military is about to put their lives on the line, and they need a strategy driven by national security -- not political correctness. U.S. troops can't win a war armed with liberal "tolerance." If the President can't even identify the enemy, how can he destroy it? One of the most crucial pieces of this ISIS puzzle is acknowledging the theological motivations of radical Islam. Anything less is a death sentence.