President Obama’s economic deviancy

Obama is primarily responsible for the Tea Party movement, despite the fact that it is the nemesis of the President and the political establishment.

The movement is predominantly composed of a small number of Libertarians and a large number of Conservatives. The Tea Party Conservatives are formerly Conservative Republicans who have given up the notion of having a moral government and are tired of funding an immoral government. They are disconnecting from the Republican establishment, which today seems more comfortable managing big government than ultimately reducing it. Herein lies their commonality with Libertarians. The Tea Party is thus at the vertex of this confluence that emphasizes as its central theme the notion that the U.S. must return to a Constitutionally limited federal government.

The catalyst of this political migration is Obama’s stated goal of a “fundamental transformation of America.” Indeed, the Tea Party can most accurately be described as a popular revolt and instinctive response to such statements from this administration. Obama’s speech on the national debt reinforced the logic behind the movement; the President’s extremist economic goals further imperil our nation’s already dire fiscal situation.

“The fourth step in our approach is to reduce spending in the tax code. In December, I agreed to extend the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans because it was the only way I could prevent a tax hike on middle-class Americans. But we cannot afford $1 trillion worth of tax cuts for every millionaire and billionaire in our society. And I refuse to renew them again.
“Beyond that, the tax code is also loaded up with spending on things like itemized deductions. And while I agree with the goals of many of these deductions, like homeownership or charitable giving, we cannot ignore the fact that they provide millionaires an average tax break of $75,000 while doing nothing for the typical middle-class family that doesn’t itemize.”

By referring to deductable expenses as “spending in the tax code,” the President indicated his belief that a person’s income is for the discretionary use of government, or for whatever Obama deems our nations “investments.” This then clarifies the enormous difference between the beliefs of the contemporary Democratic Left and those of free-market capitalists. The former believe that an individual’s labor product is a resource that belongs to the state, which may then be allocated, or, more accurately, appropriated it in a manner that it sees fit. The latter argue that a person’s labor belongs to them and them alone, and are thus the ultimate deciders of its fate.

“But let me be absolutely clear: I will preserve these health care programs as a promise we make to each other in this society. I will not allow Medicare to become a voucher program that leaves seniors at the mercy of the insurance industry, with a shrinking benefit to pay for rising costs. I will not tell families with children who have disabilities that they have to fend for themselves. We will reform these programs, but we will not abandon the fundamental commitment this country has kept for generations.”

The “fundamental commitment” that Obama speaks of is not a promise that American citizens made to one another. Rather, it is a promise Obama and the Left made to people who take from the system and a promise paid for by people who provide that system with money. This is possible because the voters who take far outnumber the voters who pay. Obama’s promise is that he will use force to take from a few to provide for the many in exchange for their political support. This he calls “courage.”

Today, fewer than 10 percent of Americans provide almost all federal income tax revenues. As it so happens, Obama and the Democratic party’s chief constituency is part of the 90 percent who think the top 10 percent can afford higher taxes. This explains why the Left defines democracy as the power for those who take from the system to decide how to spend the money of those who pay for the system. Over the years, this concept has been dressed up in all too many guises; social justice; economic justice; economic democracy, social democracy, and others.

The Tea Party emerged out of the fact that this narrow definition of democracy has grown steadily and unchallenged ever since Obama began campaigning for President. The Democratic Party has slowly built its base upon a dependency class, all while the Republican Party has provided only a modicum of resistance. This has set the national interest on drastically divergent paths and shattered American history’s political status quo.

Most importantly, however, it has allowed for the rise of political migrants who desire a return to the founding principles that made our nation prosperous in the first place and produced the wealth and power that the political class now seeks to redistribute to itself.

This article originally appeared in The Hill on April 25, 2011 and can be found at: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-a-budget/157555-president-obamas-economic-deviancy

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U.S. slapped by S&P – Will Conservatives learn and fight?

For the first time in history, Standard & Poor’s hit the American economy with a major warning, changing their view of our prospects from stable to negative.

The top ratings agency put the United States on notice yesterday that it could lose its AAA rating if it does not act quickly to pare down our deficits and total national debt.

If we as a country refuse to immediately address the federal spending spree we will be responsible for a catastrophic collapse of our economy.  That is why the GOP Trust has launched a national ad campaign to STOP CONGRESS FROM RAISING THE DEBT CEILING!

Spending cuts will never be taken seriously until Congress stops voting to increase the limit on the national credit card.  The Debt Ceiling vote is our best opportunity to finally start the fiscal restoration of our country.

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The U.S. will not lose its AAA rating if our leaders in Washington make the tough decisions needed to tackle the out of control federal spending binge.  If our leaders continue to kick the can down the road we will pay the price severely.

If we lose our AAA rating it is likely that we will not even be able to pay the interest on our massive debt once our rates are readjusted.  We will find ourselves in a debt trap of which there is no escape. 

We must act now!

David Beers, managing director at S&P, told the Washington Times that other AAA-rated nations like the United Kingdom, Germany and France had debt concerns, but he said these countries started tackling their debt problems over a year ago while the U.S. was still rapidly adding to its massive debt.
“In all these cases [in Europe], the governments are clearly on the path to bringing the deficits down. The United States is not,” he said.

It is time to take away the government’s credit card and force our leaders to address the issue that will destroy our great nation.

Our ad campaign can do it but we must buy massive chunks of airtime to energize all of America and show the political establishment that this must be done.  This is not negotiable!

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Join the Fight to Save our Country!

This is a fight that we can and should win.  The Republican leadership controls this debate.

THE GOOD NEWS- Obama cannot raise the debt ceiling without Republican votes in both the House and Senate.
THE BAD NEWS- The Republican leadership’s actions on tax and spending reform so far have been atrocious.  Last week’s budget deal was proven a sham.
We cannot let Republican leadership throw our principles under the busagain.  They must hear from all of us and we must get the American public involved in saving our country from the runaway debt.
Our national ad campaign will deliver a massive victory for tax and spending reform.

STOP THE FISCAL CHILD ABUSE!
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If the Republican leadership failed to learn from last year’s historic elections… it is now our duty to not only educate them but to hold their feet to the fire.  If they refuse to stand up for America we will replace them with new leaders who get it.

We have seen issues like this too many times before.  Conservatives fight the good fight until the political establishment with all of its money and political influence garner enough votes to pass any level of spending increase they desire.

Our ads will fight back against the establishment and the liberal media and give the conservatives in Congress the support they need to win this fight.

We have a chance to stop the spending spree and start our country back on the road to fiscal sanity.  We can do it but we must all come together and we must act fast.

The vote is only weeks away unless Republicans cave in to the political establishment sooner.
We can do it but we must act now!

All we have to do is force all Republicans to hold the line and do the job they were elected to do.
Thank you for your tremendous support for The GOP Trust.  GO HERE NOW! 
Yours for America,
Scott Wheeler

Executive Director
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Bachmann, King and Napolitano all agree we must stop Obama

Dear GOP Trust Supporter:

Congressman Michele Bachmann and  Congressman Steve King  are standing up against Obama and the political establishment- we must send help!!!! THERE IS A CRITICAL VOTE TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING COMING UP IN CONGRESS – THIS WILL BE OUR ONLY CHANCE TO SERIOUSLY DEFUND OBAMACARE AND THE OTHER OUTRAGEOUS SOCIALIST PROGRAMS.  The only way we can take our country back and get spending under control is to STOP Congress from raising the DEBT CEILING – GO HERE NOW TO STOP THE SPENDING.

Our Award winning ad team is working on the message right now that will call attention to this matter and increase the chance that we can stop Congress from raising the debt ceiling! If we can air this ad nationwide we can have a significant impact but we need your help.

One of the reasons Obama wants this so badly is that he will borrow more money to pay off his friends who will help him get re-elected next year!

Obama is trying to SCARE Americans into believing that we must increase the debt ceiling or some financial crisis will ensue.  THE TRUTH IS THAT IF WE ALLOW CONGRESS TO GIVE OBAMA WHAT HE WANTS HE WILL SPEND THAT TRILLION DOLLARS IN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS AND WILL CAUSE THE FINANCIAL CALAMITY HE CLAIMS HE IS TRYING TO PREVENT!

We can stop it if we can reach the American people with the right information. Our campaign will do it!  AND YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  GO HERE NOW TO STOP OBAMA FROM TAKING OVER OUR ENTIRE ECONOMY!

Michele Bachmann has shown remarkable courage in the face of some of the most vicious attacks. She has been one of the few to stand up and tell the truth about what is happening in the cloak rooms of the Capitol.

If other Republican members see that the American public is informed on this issue they will support Bachmann, King and the others who are fighting this important battle.

We need to wake the nation up and get them to support those who are taking a tough stand to help save the Republic.

GO HERE – Help Michele Bachmann and Steve King and the others who are trying to stop Obama from getting Congress to give him another trillion dollars for the next six months. Get these ads on the air!

Judge Andrew Napolitano from the Fox News Channel said “I don’t think we should borrow another nickel, we should not raise the debt ceiling.  There is a time to draw a line in the sand and it is now!” The GOP Trust couldn’t agree more with the Judge!

Even Obama has argued against raising the debt limit: “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.” –  Senator Barack Obama, before voting against raising the debt ceiling on March 16, 2006.

Now, in typical Democrat fashion, Obama is manipulating Americans’ fear of a potential financial collapse to call for more unprecedented runaway spending and bigger government. But in doing so, he is simply delaying the inevitable moment when his administration is called to task by the American people and their fiscally conservative representatives in Congress for selling out our children and grandchildren by saddling them with insurmountable debt to the benefit of fat cat union bosses, Wall Street robber barons, and the Communist Chinese government.

Unfortunately for Obama, that inevitable moment is upon us and we will seize it. We now have a chance to save our country from this administration’s addiction to spending for future generations of Americans.

This is a critical battle that conservatives must win.  The debt ceiling vote will give Republicans maximum leverage to stop funding Obama’s horrific healthcare bill but the weak Republicans need to hear from us so they don’t get rolled again!

The Republicans in leadership don’t think we care that much about Obamacare, we need to let them hear from us! The debt limit vote is the first step!

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We have the most creative team in the country.   Pollster Frank Luntz has rated our ads extremely high in effectiveness!  No one can do this job like we do.  We answer only to you and are the best bargain for your political donations.  We have proved it time and time again and will now lead the charge to stop the out of control spending that threatens our future.

Generous conservatives like you have allowed us to stay ahead of the curve and to get our message out loud and clear.   Now we are ready to do it again.

Please join with me and help take our country back.  JOIN THE FIGHT!
Yours for America,

Scott Wheeler

Executive Director

 


Unions and Obama Kickoff 2012 Election

The Campaigner-in-Chief, Barack Hussein Obama launched his $1 billion re-election campaign yesterday.  This is the first shot in what will be the most important battle in modern day politics and one that will determine the future of our great republic.

Consider this:  In just 2 years, Obama took over much of the American healthcare system, auto industry, banking industry, housing industry and student loan industry among others.  His Administration’s pro-European style government added a whopping $3.6 TRILLION to the national debt.  THIS WAS JUST TWO YEARS! Now just imagine what 8 years would bring.

His campaign is expected to break all records with a campaign fund eclipsing $1 billion.  Much of this money will come from his comrades in Big Labor. That’s right, a bulk of his campaign cash will come from the very unions we are fighting right now in Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, Indiana and many other states.

We have been fighting to expose the radical Obama agenda from the beginning and have been leading the fight against the union protestors in these key states.

Our ads and videos are reminding the American people that their tax dollars pay the salaries of these public union protestors that skip work to demand more benefits and higher pay even though they already receive more than the private sector.

GO HERE TO EXPOSE THE TRUTH
Stop the Union Stranglehold on our Economy

If we are to stop Obama’s reelection and derail his radical agenda we must not back down from this important fight.  Make no mistake the battle being fought against the unions in the states is the first critical battle of 2012.

Now it is time to move this fight to a bigger stage. To successfully expose Big Labor corruption and to counter their millions of forced dues being spent to elect big government, Obama Democrats – WE MUST THINK BIG AND ACT EVEN BIGGER.

I have developed a MULTI-PRONGED STRATEGY that will tell the American public the truth about union waste and abuse and will fully expose their socialist agenda that has deeply infected the political establishment.

  1. We are going to produce a short, explosive documentary on unions and their destructive impact on the American social, economic and political system. We produced a similar film last fall, Breaking Point that redefined the historic November election for conservatives.
  2. We are going to continue to produce our campaign style TV ads to support our fearless leaders taking the fight to their states. The Wisconsin ad produced by our creative team was dubbed by pollster Frank Luntz as the only ad that truly worked during that fight.  He said “This is one of the rare times in American politics today when a very clear, very tough message appeals across the political spectrum… They set the proper context… They set the proper tone.”

With your help, we will produce this documentary, create more ads and buy massive chunks of national and local airtime to expose the truth to the entire American public.

CLICK HERE TO TELL AMERICA THE TRUTH

End the Union Stranglehold on our Economy

Our 30 Minute Documentary will expose the government unions and permanently change the public perception of union leadership in this country.

Our team is sorting through hours of video footage showing union violence and union leaders talking about their power and political influence over the very government officials who determine their wages and benefits.

Everyone deserves to see this video footage and our important research.
If we can get this information in front of the American people we will severely limit their ability to strong-arm the political and electoral system for decades.

We have done this before and with your help we will do it again!

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE – GO HERE NOW AND
JOIN THE FIGHT FOR AMERICA!!!

The fight against public sector unions has moved into 20 states including: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Tennessee and Washington. More measures are being introduced every day!

The battle in WISCONSIN and OHIO is still far from over.  If we don’t turn the tide in the battle for public opinion we will ultimately lose these once thought victories.

Labor leaders and their Democrat pawns in Ohio have started a massive effort to repeal the bill through a ballot initiative and launched multiple court challenges.

A liberal judge in Wisconsin ordered “no further implementation” of the legislation.  The Unions have launched a viscous boycott against more than 200 job creating companies and are now resorting to BLACKMAIL telling companies to either post a pro-union sign in your shop’s window or you will make the list!

Additionally the Wisconsin unions are getting significant momentum with their re-call campaign against 6 Republican senators and running an incredible smear campaign against conservative Supreme Court Justice David Prosser to switch the balance of the court that will ultimately decide the fate of Wisconsin’s legislation.

We have a great opportunity before us but we must turn the tide in public opinion.  We can do it!

WE CAN WIN THIS BATTLE IN EVERY STATE!
Help us win this fight!

Please FORWARD THIS EMAIL to your friends and colleagues. We need as many conservatives as possible to help combat the millions being spent by Big Labor!!

If we are to succeed in stopping the corrupt unions and their socialist agenda from bankrupting our country we must capitalize on our momentum and fight this multi-state battle with a message that reaches everyone across the political spectrum.

Winning the battle for public opinion is essential to winning this fight!

When we finally declare victory, the American public will fully understand that there is no such thing as a “Right to Collective Bargaining” and we will have permanently changed the public perception of unions in this country.

Please help us buy massive chunks of national and local airtime and expose the truth about unions to the entire American public.

GO HERE TO GET THIS FILM ON THE AIR

Together we will defeat Union waste and Abuse!

We must not let Big Labor’s smear tactics and the media’s unabashed bias turn the tide.

We must win the critical public opinion battle.  This can only be accomplished through a massive outreach effort that exposes and disseminates the truth about the corrupt unions to every audience possible.  We must also continue to rally behind and support our brave elected officials and their heroic efforts across the country to regain fiscal control and save their states from bankruptcy.

Big Labor is raising millions of dollars (transferring taxpayer dollars) to support Obama liberals. If we are to ensure the defeat of the Obama’s agenda in 2012 we must defeat the unions now.

If everyone knew what you and I know about the unions, there would never be another liberal Democrat elected President in America. Please help us make this happen.

GO HERE TO EXPOSE THE UNIONS
FIGHT THEIR SMEAR CAMPAIGN AND DEFEND CONSERVATIVES

Together we will win the public opinion battle and provide the needed cover for our brave elected officials to succeed in this noble fight for America’s future.

Yours for America,

Scott Wheeler


Video: GOP Trust: Obama’s “unusual” relationship with Qaddafi

National security expert Scott Wheeler talks about the future of Libya and its relations with the United States, as well as the little known connections between President Obama and Qaddafi.


Wheeler on Fox Business tonight – Important update on Libya.

**Media Alert**

Scott Wheeler, Executive Director of the GOP Trust and national security analyst will appear on Fox Business Channels’ Follow the Money tonight discussing thecurious connection between Barack Obama and Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi.


Many analysts are questioning Obama’s tepid response to the dictator’s brutal treatment of protesters.  I published a column TWO YEARS AGO that may answer some of these questions.  It appears in its originally published form below.

Please read this column and tune in tonight to watch the discussion.

When: Tonight, 10:00 p.m. EST

Channel: Fox Business Channel

Show: “Follow the Money”

Who: Scott Wheeler, Executive Director of the GOP Trust

This column originally ran on Townhall on May 12, 2009.


Obama – Qaddafi Coincidence?

By Scott Wheeler

Whose interest was President Obama serving when on March 30 he ordered Chrysler to either conclude a merger with Italian automaker Fiat within 30 days or lose federal bailout funds? That untimely announcement placed Chrysler in the untenable position of accepting whatever Fiat offered, literally cutting the legs out from under the struggling American carmaker’s negotiating platform.


Some financial analysts had already determined that what Fiat was offering was a very bad deal for Chrysler. “The steal of the century,” Forbes columnist Jerry Flint wrote of the deal back in January, “Fiat gets Chrysler for next to no money, and American taxpayers must throw in $7 billion to make it happen.” By most accounts, Chrysler was in real trouble, but by announcing to the world that Chrysler had no other alternatives Obama effectively told Fiat that Chrysler would accept whatever they offered, eliminating Chrysler’s ability to cut a better deal.


Why would President Obama undercut a US company, involved in a heated negotiation, in favor of a foreign company’s interest? Clear answers are not available, but there is one very curious shareholder in Fiat that raises some interesting questions. The African nation of Libya owns at least a 2 to 3 percent stake in Fiat and thus makes Muammar Qaddafi, who controls the wealth of Libya, a direct beneficiary of the deal favoring Fiat.


Does Obama owe Qaddafi? That is a tough question to answer, but Obama’s record-shattering 700 million dollar presidential fundraising operation and a revealing speech made by Qaddafi nearly a year ago seems to undress Obama’s inexplicable sabotage of Chrysler’s negotiating position with Fiat. Before anyone was suspicious of the sources of Obama’s campaign funds, Qaddafi made a speech that was carried by al Jazeera on June 11, 2008 and translated by The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).


“All the people in the Arab and Islamic world and in Africa applauded this man. They welcomed him and prayed for him and for his success, and they may have even been involved in legitimate contribution campaigns to enable him to win the American presidency.”


Is Qaddafi revealing his knowledge of something that no one else even suspected at the time? Since Qaddafi’s June 08 speech other evidence has surfaced suggesting that Obama raised significant sums from dubious sources in Qaddafi’s neighborhood including tens of thousands of dollars the campaign was forced to return once it was revealed its origins were in Gaza, the Middle East. So far there has been very little interest in the sources of Obama’s massive fundraising, and with Democrats in control of both houses of Congress it is unlikely that there will be an investigation into what many believe is the most prolific fundraising abuse ever.


Qaddafi’s prescient speech didn’t end with his apparent knowledge of Obama’s sources of campaign funds. MEMRI’s translation also included Qaddafi’s foreknowledge that Obama’s campaign rhetoric about supporting Israel was just a head fake also.


“But we were taken by surprise when our African Kenyan brother who is an American national, made statements [about Jerusalem] that shocked all his supporters in the Arab world, in Africa, and in the Islamic world… As you know, this is the farce of elections – a person lies and lies to people, just so that they will vote for him,” Qaddafi stated in his speech that got no coverage from the main-stream American media. Since his election, it has been pro-Israel Americans who have been shocked at how quickly Obama’s policies turned hostile toward Israel, such as the 900 million in aid headed to Gaza after they attacked Israel with mortars late last year, and forcing Israel to negotiate with Hamas.


With the precision of a campaign insider, Qaddafi also predicted a recently announced Obama policy regarding Israel nearly a year ago: “We thought he would say: ‘I have decided that if I win, I will monitor the Dimona nuclear plant, and the other WMDs in Israeli’s possession.”


Last week, a state department official announced that the Obama administration would pressure Israel to sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty that would allow Obama to inspect Israel’s nuclear weapons program, something the Israelis have kept secret since its inception.


What is most amazing is that the propaganda arm of the Middle East, the anti-American al-Jazeera network, has proven more informative about Obama’s Middle East policies than the sycophantic American media.
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One Nation Under Islam

By Scott Wheeler

 

The Obama administration’s handling of Egypt reveals a level of incompetence that renders the U.S.—and the entire world— a more dangerous place.  In the early days of the protests in Egypt, the terrorist group Muslim Brotherhood stayed on the sidelines.  This was out of fear that Mubarak would come for them, and well he should have, considering the Brotherhood has tried to assassinate him in the past.  The moment Obama turned on Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood officially joined the protests and began organizing the opposition.

Meanwhile, Leftist groups in the U.S., which are allied with Obama, were already angling to help the Muslim Brotherhood in its quest for at least a share of the power in Egypt.  In the days before Mubarak stepped down, the White House and other administration officials gave confused and conflicting accounts about Mubarak’s intentions and the timing of events.  Indications were that the Obama administration was taking its cues from the news media – our intelligence community was forced to admit that it had relied upon cable television for the “analysis” the CIA chief offered in Congressional hearings— and did not have an open diplomatic channel to the Egyptian leadership.  Deep chagrin aside, it’s alarming that Mubarak, a longtime U.S. ally, was not listening to or talking with Washington, but the Muslim Brotherhood was.

Now the power vacuum in Egypt creates a deeper, more complex problem for the West:  how do we handle the resurgence of radical Islam with Egypt in play?  If the “democratic” movement slides into chaos, gives birth to factions, and leads finally to extremist Islamist government (the Sunni version of the Iran-ruling mullahs), then the Israeli-Palestinian problem will soon seem trivial in the shadow of the new threats that Israel and the U.S. would likely face.

Mubarak’s departure represents the loss of a strategic ally and the end of a stabilizing force in the Middle East.   The U.S. now has the opportunity —and the obligation— to transform the way in which we deal with Islam.   And deal we must.  I propose something straightforward, totally unambiguous: treating the global culture of Islam as a nation in and of itself.

Islamists, or what I call political Islam, already behaves as a nation.  The Muslim Brotherhood serves as the executive branch, while non-violent Islamist activists that campaign for “Muslim rights” are its department of state, and violent jihadists are its military.

Islamists will hate this idea because as they have spread out around the world they have strived mightily to cloak themselves in the protections of their host country even while refusing to assimilate to its customs, and in many cases, actively undermining the security of those nations. European leaders have recently become sharply aware of the consequences.  British Prime Minister David Cameron called the UK’s accommodating of Muslim extremists a mistake.  “The idea that we should respect different cultures within Britain to the point of allowing them – indeed encouraging them – to live separate lives, apart from each other and apart from the mainstream…is wrong headed,” Cameron said to a European commission.

While working under-cover, I have sat in Islamist training sessions (run in some cases by Muslim leaders that many in the West might call “the moderate voices”) and have been lectured on how Muslims “must blend in.”  Not for the purposes of assimilation, but for the purpose of deception: “call yourself American, call yourself Canadian,” we were instructed.  It is the logical way to acquire political power to advance the Islamist agenda.

The Islamists have been practicing Fourth Generation Warfare against the West for years. They have waged war as an organization rather than as a nation, thus making counter-measures extremely difficult.  It is a strategy designed specifically to obscure who is an enemy and who isn’t.

We are constantly admonished by the news media –and the administration– not to “indict a whole religion based on a few fanatics” who carry out deadly terrorist attacks.  But when the military of a nation-state attacks U.S. interests, isn’t that what we do? When Iraq merely posed a threat to stability by attempting a weapons-of-mass-destruction-program, coalition nations fought a war that not only devastated Iraq’s military, but also killed civilians and eliminated civilian infrastructure. Those are the unintended consequences of wars to preserve liberty and Western Civilization.  Stated crassly, that is the cost to Iraqis of not overthrowing their maniacal tyrant, Saddam Hussein, who was not only terrorizing their country, but also threatening other nations.

Wars waged by Islamic organizations, such as al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah are in essence the same as wars waged by nation-states.  Non-violent members of the organization may pay a price for the crimes of other members of the organization who use them as human shields.  As harsh as that seems, perhaps we in the U.S. have made life too easy for Muslims who allow themselves to be used in that way.  Do those who simply ignore violent jihadists and say, “well, I am not one of them,” while never divorcing themselves from the violent community as a whole, not earn some culpability?

Allowing the global Islamic community to remain intact hampers our ability to distinguish between those with a violent or anti-West agenda from those who respect freedom and religious liberty.  How can we tolerate it?