Priorities

Obama has shown he cares more about Muslim public opinion than Americans’ security. There’s no other reason to even consider closing Gitmo, especially given that there is a too-large probability that the same terrorists wind up yet again killing innocents. The tepid Obama responses to the latest security failure, the Crotch Bomber, again demonstrate an extreme reluctance to embrace what should be any president’s first and most important priority: protect America and her citizens.

One thing you’ll likely not see is for our bloated Homeland Security apparat do what it should be doing: profile. It is plain nonsense when those who argue against profiling claim that a) non-Muslims have been terrorists in history, b) not all Muslims are terrorists, c) some Muslims look like Anglo-Saxons, and so on and so forth. Worst are those who equate white Christians with Arab Muslim terrorists: after all, we should treat everyone the same, shouldn’t we?

No. We should not. We should, nay, must, apply greater vigilance and attention towards a suspect group. That group would be Muslim men between the ages of 16-45, especially those from the Middle East or who have traveled to such vacation hot spots as Afghanistan and Yemen. No, not all terrorists fit this profile. But an overwhelming majority do.

Wouldn’t that be discrimination? Yes. And it would be justified, based on current events. No, not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists these days, at least those who threaten America, are Muslims.

New Gingrich gets it, as the title of his essay today demonstrates: On Terrorism it’s Time to Know, to Profile, and to Discriminate. From that essay, these points:

America is long overdue for a serious global strategy that includes targeting threats such as the terrorist killer at Fort Hood, the individuals recently arrested in Detroit, Denver and New York, and the five Americans detained in Pakistan.

…instead of targeting the source of the threats, our politically correct government decides to make life more miserable for the travelling public by imposing hopelessly meaningless rules such as not allowing passengers to leave their seats in the last hour of the flight. Bound by cultural sensitivities, the default reaction of the bureaucracy is to review the procedures and wring its hands ineffectively.

Newt is right. And his conclusion is hard but has the ring of truth:

Today, because our elites fear politically incorrect honesty, they believe that it is better to harass the innocent, delay the harmless, and risk the lives of every American than to do the obvious, the effective, and the necessary.

In the Obama Administration, protecting the rights of terrorists has been more important than protecting the lives of Americans.

The sooner we can neutralize Obama with a Republican congress, the better. He still has three years in which to weaken America; we must be eternally vigilant as Obama tries to give away the store to those who hate us.

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