Obama: Oh, Hey, I Just Realized Beating Islamist Terror Will Take a While (National Review’s Morning Jolt, by Jim Geraghty)

July 7, 2015

Obama: Oh, Hey, I Just Realized Beating Islamist Terror Will Take a While

Then-Senator Obama, March 19, 2008:

What more could America’s enemies ask for than an endless war where they recruit new followers and try out new tactics on a battlefield so far from their base of operations? That is why my presidency will shift our focus.

President Obama, Monday:

“This will not be quick. This is a long-term campaign. (ISIS) is opportunistic and it is nimble….This larger battle for hearts and minds is going to be a generational struggle.”

The guy who mocked his predecessor for getting America into an “endless war” now recognizes that the battle against radical Islam will be a “generational struggle.”


This is the sort of thing you say when you’re trying to break it to people that victory in the new war won’t come soon, and may not come ever. It’s the foreign policy equivalent of another of Obama’s favorite sayings, the old leftist bromide about being on “the wrong side of history”: The enemy’s backwardness is plain and our moral superiority is obvious, so ultimate triumph is assured even in the teeth of immediate defeat. All I could think of while watching this was those photos you see online sometimes of Afghanistan or Iran circa 1960, with all the women in blouses and skirts, and photos of the same two countries today, with women in head coverings or even full burqas. Better ideas don’t always win. Especially if they’re defended by weak leadership.

He’s thinking of pictures like this one of Tehran university students in 1971…

At this link, you’ll see a 1950s Iranian woman that will quicken a man’s pulse — safe for work, just…very different from what we see today.

Here’s Afghan women in 1970:

If you believe “the arc of history bends towards justice,” it’s a relief; God or Fate or Destiny will make sure things turn out okay. But if you believe the arc of history can be a squiggly line, or the door of history swings both ways, you don’t have the luxury of being so passive.

Other ISIS news:

The Islamic State militant group is no longer a terrorist group, but rather has morphed into a ‘terrorist army,’ the French minister of defence said Monday.

President Obama, yesterday: “Ideologies are not defeated with guns, they are defeated by better ideas. We will never be at war with Islam.”

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