Among all of the preposterous statements that Barak Obama made during his speech on Thursday I found this one to be particularly troubling:
We will not be safe if we see national security as a wedge that divides America.
Sorry, Mr. President, but you are the person in charge now. Decisions on national security can’t be made by focus groups. They can’t be made by polls or by any other method that’s the same as sticking your finger in the air to determine which way the political winds are blowing.
In his last seven-plus years in office, George W. Bush did what he thought he had to do to to keep the country safe. In doing so he outraged large numbers of people, caused his own approval ratings to plummet to record lows and sent his party from solid majorities in both chamber of Congress to decided minorities.
Yes, he was driving a wedge that divided America and he knew that there were more people on the other side of the divide than there were on his side of it. He knew that his policies were unpopular with our allies. But Bush knew that it was his most important duty to defend the people of the country and everything else was a distant second.
And for those seven-plus years we have not suffered another major attack.
To Obama it seems that if a policy that keeps us safe ruffles some feathers on either side of the Atlantic that policy is unacceptable. I just hope that if Al Qaeda tries to attack again–make that when they try to attack again–that the President doesn’t comission a poll, convene a focus group, and call Old World heads of state to figure out what to do about it. I pray that his desire to protect us exceeds his desire to avoid divisiveness because often those ends are mutually exclusive.