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Obama Credits [Unnamed Predecessors’] Policies With Keeping America Safe

Obama Credits [Unnamed Predecessors’] Policies With Keeping America Safe

Naturally, couldn’t manage to compliment Bush-Cheney by name.

It’s amazing what you can miss if you don’t attend fundraisers for the Democratic Party.

Daniel Halper of the Weekly Standard tells a fascinating story about Obama at such an event in Rhode Island this weekend:

Obama: Bush-Cheney ‘Security Apparatus’ Makes Us ‘Pretty Safe’

President Barack Obama said last night at a Democratic fundraiser in Rhode Island that the terrorism from ISIS “doesn’t immediately threaten the homeland.” The reason? The security measures taken by President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to Obama.

First the president said the situation in the Middle East is “scary,” according to a transcript of the event released by the White House.

“I don’t have to tell you, anybody who has been watching TV this summer, it seems like it is just wave after wave ofupheaval, most of it surrounding the Middle East. You’re seeing a change in the order in the Middle East. But the old order is having a tough time holding together and the new order has yet to be born, and in the interim, it’s scary.”

Then he told the Democratic donors not to worry because measures put in place by Bush and Cheney “make us … pretty safe.”

“The good news is that we actually have a unprecedented military capacity, and since 9/11 have built up a security apparatus that makes us in the here and now pretty safe. We have to be vigilant, but this doesn’t immediately threaten the homeland. What it does do, though, is it gives a sense, once again, for future generations, is the world going to be upended in ways that affect our kids and our grandkids.”

Of course, Obama, who has blamed much on his predecessor, did not name Bush and Cheney.

Is it any wonder that Obama is becoming so comfortable with his inner Bush?

Brian Hughes of the Washington Examiner recently wrote:

On airstrikes, Obama channels the words of George W. Bush

President Obama was sent to the White House on promises of being different from his predecessor. But of late, he’s sounding a lot like George W. Bush.

“America does not forget. Our reach is long. We are patient. Justice will be done,” Obama said this week when discussing the threat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria poses to U.S. citizens.

The phrasing was reminiscent of Bush’s remarks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when he said “whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.”

At least Obama won’t have to deal with the anti-war movement. They went out of business the moment he became president.

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“You’re seeing a change in the order in the Middle East. But the old order is having a tough time holding together and the new order has yet to be born, and in the interim, it’s scary.”

I suppose “old order” is his code for Israel, and “new order” signifies the radical Muslims (ISIL) with particular emphasis on the “L”.

Humphrey's Executor | September 2, 2014 at 10:01 am

“At least Obama won’t have to deal with the anti-war movement. They went out of business the moment he became president.” Nothing so revealed the rank hypocrisy of the left. They were religiously broadcasting body counts until after election day 2008. So much for their principled care and concern for human life.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to Humphrey's Executor. | September 2, 2014 at 10:48 am

    The Left plays a sad trope. As it forms and reforms into the issue or meme of the minute, it glibly slides by any and all normal cautionary signposts indicative of a movement with one ounce of honesty or humanity. The ends always justify the means on the Left. Hence, great Leftists and Mass Murderers are often the same. Humanity and human life? Only if they are a political expedient.

“The good news is that we actually have a unprecedented military capacity, and since 9/11 have built up a security apparatus that makes us in the here and now pretty safe. We have to be vigilant, but this doesn’t immediately threaten the homeland.”
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I wonder, does part of being “vigilant” include leaving our southern border wide open to any and every foreigner who feels like strolling across? Or how about the thousands of student visa holders that Obama’s DHS has “lost track of” and has no clue where in the U.S. they are, or what they’re doing?

And the security apparatus that Bush and Cheney installed may have kept us “pretty safe” while Bush and Cheney were running it, but under Obama’s direction that security apparatus failed to prevent the Boston Marathon bombings, as well as the Ft. Hood killings, despite the fact that the Russian security apparatus repeatedly warned Obama about the Tsarnevs, and Major Nidal Hassan practically telegraphed his jihadi identity and intentions to Army brass.

So Obama and his cohorts (like the 24/7-Secret Service- guarded Valerie Jarrett) may feel “pretty safe,” but the rest of us — especially those of us living near the southern border — don’t share that feeling.

    Deodorant in reply to Observer. | September 3, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Rather selective. Didn’t GWB get a PDB about Osama determined to attack the US? Weren’t there numerous reports of men taking pilot training who had no interest in learning how to land? Weren’t there known terrorists that weren’t stopped at the border? Wasn’t Bush out on his ranch clearing brush? I guess that was necessary so that the terrorists couldn’t cross his ranch without being seen.

    BTW, how did the 11-20 million get here? Was Bush standing guard at the border?

Just think how much safer we would have been if Bush hadn’t invaded Iraq. What could we have done with 2 trillion dollars?

Boy, you people have a short and selective memory.

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