Jewish World Review August 8, 2013/ 2 Elul, 5773
The American pill bug
By Victor Davis Hanson
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We all run across the pill bug in our gardens. At the first sign of danger, the tiny paranoid crustacean suddenly turns into a ball -- in hopes danger will have passed when he unrolls.
That roly-poly bug can serve as a fair symbol of present-day U.S. foreign policy, especially in our understandable weariness over
Yet we still have over a month to go before the 12th anniversary of the
Such preemptive measures are no doubt sober and judicious. Yet if we shut down our entire
Apparently al-Qaeda did not get the message that the administration's euphemisms of "workplace violence," "overseas contingency operations," "man-caused disasters" and jihad as "a holy struggle" were intended as outreach to the global Muslim community.
Instead, the terrorists are getting their second wind, as they interpret our loud magnanimity as weakness -- or, more likely, simple confusion. They increasingly do not seem to fear U.S. retaliation for any planned assaults. Instead, al-Qaeda franchises expect Americans to adopt their new pill-bug mode of shutting down and curling up until danger passes.
Our enemies have grounds for such cockiness. President Obama promised swift punishment for those who attacked U.S. installations in Benghazi and killed four Americans. So far the killers roam free. Rumors abound that they have been seen publicly in
Instead of blaming radical Islamist killers for that attack, the Obama re-election campaign team fobbed the assault on a supposedly right-wing, Islamophobic video maker. That yarn was untrue and was greeted as politically correct appeasement in the
All these Libyan developments take place against a backdrop of "lead from behind." Was it wise for American officials to brag that the world's largest military had taken a subordinate role in removing
No one knows what to do about the mess in
In a similar vein, the administration has so far issued serial "deadlines" to the Iranians to cease the production of weapons-grade uranium. They don't seem much worried about yet another deadline.
Our entire anti-terrorism agenda is a paradox. Obama ran for office on the promise of shutting down
U.S. Attorney General
These paradoxes were not lost on our terrorist enemies. The successors to
News that the FBI scrutinized and then apparently forgot about unhinged Islamists such as Tamerlan Tsarnaev and
Other rivals and enemies are now fully aware of our new pill-bug mode in the
Meanwhile, the new American pill bug curls up in hopes that the mounting dangers will just go away.
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Victor Davis Hanson, a classicist and military historian, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a recipient of the 2007 National Humanities Medal. Comment by clicking here.
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