When assessing President Obama, love cannot be measured but treason surely can

Mayor Giuliani and all Neoconservatives too often confuse the sound of their own voices with the voice of God and therefore expect the great unwashed American citizenry to believe what they have said and do what they have ordered without a second-thought. When Giuliani said that President Obama does not love America, he may have expected the citizenry to collectively stand up and agree. Well, much of it has not done so, and probably will not unless Giuliani can tie an unmeasurable — “love” — to some recognizable metric. Needless to say, he will not be able to do so. One could, I suppose, turn the table on Mayor Giuliani and his Neoconservative brethren and argue that they do not “love” the United States and are disloyal to it because they are always eager to expend American lives, honor, and treasure to support Israel, a nation which is irrelevant to U.S. national security. American patriots, after all, generally do not knowingly waste American money and lives to serve foreign interests that are counterproductive for U.S. national security.

Anyway, George Washington and his founding colleagues believed that the only way to judge a man’s character, loyalties, and intentions is to observe and evaluate his words and actions, as well as the company he keeps. If Mayor Giuliani had kept the Founders’ admonition in mind, he would have been able to make a telling and easily provable point. He first would have referred to the following passage in the U.S. Constitution: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” Setting aside the sentence’s non-pertinent first clause, Giuliani could have focused on the clause that explains that treason can be identified and punished in individuals or groups found to be “adhering to their [America’s] Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” The specifics that support this charge against President Obama are abundant and have been witnessed by tens of millions of Americans.

It was this tack that I took in June 2014 when writing the essay I have included below. Since that essay’s publication, President Obama has continued to adhere to enemies of the United States, and has undeniably given them “Aid and Comfort.”

  • He has released at least nine additional Islamist fighters from Guantanamo Bay and sent them to governments that have a substantial and urgent national security interest in getting those fighters out of their territory as quickly as possible, even if that means allowing them back on the battlefield to kill Americans and others.
  • He has continued to deliberately lie to Americans by denying that the Islamists are waging a genuine religious war against the United States. By saying publicly that the mujahideen have nothing to with Islam Obama attains a lose-lose result; he reassures the enemy that the leader of the world’s greatest military power does not have a clue about the foe his is up against, and he offends the tens of millions of Muslims who believe that the mujahideen have everything to do with protecting Islam. By angering those Muslims the president certainly hardens their support for the Islamists. The only winners from the president’s seemingly pathological deceitfulness are several of the Democratic Party’s fundamentally anti-American interest groups: the Muslim Brotherhood organization in the United States; the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the faculties of Ivy League and other universities that are inexplicably described as elite.
  • He and his White House staff have leaked plans for a U.S. military orchestrated and supported Iraqi-Kurdish spring offensive against the Islamic State-held city of Mosul, thereby giving the Islamists several months to prepare to defend the city and pin a humiliating defeat on the to-date feckless Iraqi and Kurd military forces. Indeed, the forewarned Islamic State took its first defensive measure today by seizing nearly 100 Assyrian Christians in Syria. Odds are that if Obama launches his offensive against Mosul, the lives — and perhaps the heads — of those Christians will be forfeit.
  • He today vetoed the Keystone Pipeline Bill which will — as part of his larger campaign to prevent U.S. energy self-sufficiency — keep America closely involved with and protective of the Arab tyrants who rule the oil-rich, Arab Peninsula police states. This will promote additional support, volunteers, and donations for the mujahideen which they will use to wage their religious war against America and those tyrants. (NB: The veto also keeps 40,000-plus unemployed or underemployed Americans from getting the kind of solid, middle-class jobs that Obama deceitfully claims he wants for all citizens. Of course this result does not equate to treason, only to a wicked and savage heartlessness.)

What Obama “loves” — beyond himself — is ultimately an unknowable. What is known and provable is that with his actions President Obama has knowingly aided America’s most lethal enemies, and with his words he has comforted that enemy by deliberately misleading Americans about their foe’s religiosity, motivation, and size, as well as about the treat it poses. Perhaps a politician — or better yet a prosecutor — more serious and able than Mayor Giuliani ought to give it another shot?

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Author: Michael F. Scheuer

Michael F. Scheuer worked at the CIA as an intelligence officer for 22 years. He was the first chief of its Osama bin Laden unit, and helped create its rendition program, which he ran for 40 months. He is an American blogger, historian, foreign policy critic, and political analyst.