Last January, The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer dismissed the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as a junior varsity terrorist outfit compared to al-Qaida. “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate,” he told The New Yorker, “is if a JV team puts on a Lakers uniform that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.” Now the savage beasts are threatening to raise the black flag of Allah over the White House.
On Friday, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken about TWMDCO’s strategic shallowness. Tapper seemed incredulous as he posed the question. In a twofer Jim Acosta, CNN’s Senior White House correspondent, asked WH press secretary Josh Earnest, “Is it safe to say that ISIS are no longer the ‘JVs’?”
Here is Earnest’s angst-ridden response:
“I think what is appropriate to say is there is no question that the Lakers uniforms that were worn, to use that analogy a little bit, that were worn by the al-Qaeda leadership in Afghanistan has been decimated and defeated in Afghanistan. There is no question that is the result of the many decisions made by the president and the courageous service of our men and women in uniform and in the intelligence agencies. What is also true is that there are other organizations that subscribe to the violent extremist ideology that is espoused and promulgated by al-Qaeda.”
“Many of those groups in the nations across the globe are not particularly sophisticated and are focused on local sectarian conflicts that don't pose a significant or immediate threat to U.S. interests or the U.S. homeland. There are, of course, a couple other organizations that do pose a more substantial threat to the United States and our interests. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is one of them, and you've seen the United States in concert with our allies and partners take significant, important steps to mitigate the threat that is posed by those organizations that do have designs and capabilities to try to strike the United States, and in some cases try to strike the homeland.”
“We do remain concerned about the military proficiency that has been demonstrated by ISIL and that's why you've seen the president take steps, including the authorization of military force that would protect American citizens who might be harmed by them.”
Let me see if I have this straight. The administration remains “concerned about the military proficiency that has been demonstrated”. How reassuring. I suppose the thousands of Christians stranded atop Mount Sinjar who are thirsting and starving to death are not evidence of a metastasizing force of pure, unadulterated evil and neither is the beheading of a toddler. (WARNING: Do not visit this link unless you are prepared to see extremely disturbing images.)
The errand boy sent by grocery clerks may not want a war with the brutal, hateful, oppressive, murderous, genocidal face of Islam, but it is at war with us.
He has known for months, as the rest of the world has, that ISIS has a stranglehold on vast swaths of Syria and Iraq. It took the gut-wrenching pleading of Yazidi Prime Minister Vian Dakil to Iraq’s Presidential Council to stir the world’s awareness of the systematic genocide occurring in the region.
I have to agree with Turkish poet Serkan Engin: “…the world will meet with a big tragedy when the Islamists get more power, as the world suffered because of Nazism.”