When U.S. presidents help to kill Americans

Before Obama, Hillary Clinton, and their party pit Americans against each other by cynically twisting the Islamic State’s Orlando victory into a so-called hate crime, and use it as a tool to negate the right to bear arms, Americans must recognize that it is the common policies and actions of the Obama/Clinton, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton administrations that motivated the killing or wounding of more than 100 of their fellow citizens in a Florida nightclub. Americans also must accept that there are many more such events to come. The reality is that the dead and wounded were killed by a team, Omar Siddique Mateen as the shooter, and Obama, Bush, and the Clintons as his indispensable facilitators. A more effective unit to kill Americans is hard to conceive.

Bill Clinton refused multiple opportunities to kill bin Laden in 1998-99, when al-Qaeda’s forces numbered in the hundreds; Bush’s unnecessary Iraq War opened a world of easy movement and abandoned arsenals for the Islamists, one that now stretches from Pakistan to the Atlantic Ocean; and Obama waged illegal and incompetently lead and executed interventionist wars in Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Iraq, and is now reinforcing the unstoppable U.S.-led defeat in Afghanistan. It is worth noting, too, that the Obama/Clinton-led military intervention in Libya completed the disaster Bush began in Iraq by clearing most of North Africa for the Islamists, and giving them more arsenals and a base from which to undermine Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco, and to expand southward into the Sahel and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, most Republican leaders, and the media also have continued to mindlessly chant the absurdity that describes today’s Islam as a religion of peace; this when Muslims clearly believe that U.S.-led, Western military interventionism in the Islamic world is meant to destroy their faith and brethren. Obama and Mrs. Clinton also have deliberately dulled the citizenry’s perception of how much danger the republic faces from Islamists at home and abroad, and of how the Executive Branch, under both parties, is using this prolonged war to solidify one-man rule in America. Obama, Bush and Bill Clinton, moreover, have sent U.S. troops to die or be wounded in the tens of thousands in the necessary and unnecessary wars they started but never intended to win.

It is time for Americans to accept that, no matter what their presidents’ say, the republic’s war against the Islamists — now about 75 days short of entering its 20th year — is far more than a lethal nuisance. It has become an existential threat because of the incompetence, deceit, and hubris of three U.S. presidents and their advisers and senior generals, and because of the determination, faith, growing skills and numbers, and absolute ruthlessness of the Islamists, men who clearly know that wars are won by killing the enemy until he quits or ceases to exist.

America’s twenty-year war effort has succeeded only in helping to make the U.S. national debt all but impossible to repay; filling once empty acreage at Arlington Cemetery; creating a boom for prosthetic-device makers; arming U.S. presidents with a scare-mongering tool they have used to degrade the Constitution and Bill of Rights; and expanding a war that could and should have been won in Afghanistan into a world war, with fronts on every continent save South America and Antarctica. Needless to say, the United States, being bankrupt, militarily worn and undersized, increasingly chaotic and lawless at home, and led by a corrupt, womanish, and commonsense-free governing class, currently, and for the foreseeable future, is not a match for the Islamists on one continent, let alone five.

As the Orlando story unfolds, then, Americans must bury their dead and clearly understand — no matter how Obama lies to exploit the Florida dead for Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy and to neuter the 2nd Amendment — that the men in that nightclub did indeed die by an Islamist shooter’s bullets, but that he shot them for only two reasons: (a) the last three presidents have relentlessly intervened militarily, culturally, politically, and unnecessarily in the Islamic world, and by doing so have taught Muslims to hate America and motivated Islamists to attack the United States, rather than solely focus on their main Arab and Israeli foes, and (b) the last three presidents have refused to authorize the U.S. military to exterminate the Islamist enemy and its supporters, preferring injury and death for Americans over risking condemnation from the U.S. media, the Democratic Party’s base, and the effete, largely disarmed European nations and their thoroughly anti-American media.

These presidents have left Americans with only two choices, either end U.S. interventionism now or be ready — even in the dilapidated condition just noted — to wage a U.S.-casualty-filled world war, which, to be won, would require readopting a style of war-making that produces numbers of dead among the Islamists and their civilian supporters that the world has not seen since 1939-1945. And the time to make this choice is fast running out. U.S. presidents and generals have amateurishly played and lost at war for nearly twenty years. The Islamists, on the other hand, have tirelessly persevered, learned from mistakes, mastered the internet, expanded geographically, and become ever more militarily effective and bloodthirsty, notwithstanding their far greater human losses and far fewer material and financials resources. If Americans do not elect a president who puts America first, stops overseas intervention, and refrains from helping to kill Americans, the republic’s choice will come down to one, kill or be killed. In such a situation, the republic’s survival could well be a very long shot.

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.