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The Administration’s Adolescent Rants about ISIS

by Victor Davis Hanson // NRO- The Corner

 

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About Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. He is also the Wayne & Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History, Hillsdale College, where he teaches each fall semester courses in military history and classical culture.

13 Thoughts on “The Administration’s Adolescent Rants about ISIS

  1. Hoi Polloi Boy on February 23, 2015 at 8:07 am said:

    A wide spread epidemic starts with a single sick person. Radical Islam is the sociopolitical smallpox of our time.

  2. Barry Kruebbe on February 23, 2015 at 10:00 am said:

    Why is there no outcry among Muslims through out the world? I think Jordan is the only nation expressing disdain for what is going on with ISIS.

    • Jonathan Soss on February 23, 2015 at 2:01 pm said:

      Barry, I hear ya. It seems to be, however, only the King of Jordan and a large enough slice of the population of Jordan who are expressing disdain AND rising to do something. Unfortunately not all can be said of all Jordanians. Al-Sisi of Egypt has been pretty vocal recently in defense of the fight against this blight on Islam. Ayaan Hirsi-Ali is an international figure and outspoken critic of radical Islam and the incompatibility with western culture. Hopefully these folks have all of their affairs in order – at present the future doesn’t seem to be very bright for people who criticize Mohammed. I think that’s the issue: coming down on the wrong side can be very bad for one’s health. In what appears to me as typical fashion, many players in the Middle East are waiting for the dust to settle before claiming allegiance one way or another.
      IMHO.

  3. Raenalle DeGidio on February 23, 2015 at 10:08 am said:

    I’ve given up trying to figure out what Islam really believes. It’s a moot point. The concept of the “moderate Muslim” is a joke. Their ambivalence is palpable. George Bush was ridiculed when he said “you ‘re either with us or against us”. In retrospect, this statement is dead-center accurate. Moral fence-straddling is emboldening and empowering the so called ISIS. They will recruit, expand and grow in strength in proportion to continued, collective global cravenness and apathy.

  4. Perhaps it will be simply a matter of time where devout Muslims themselves will be called to make difficult decisions with regard to their relationship to the ‘new’ and vicious Islamic state. It could be life or death. It happened in Germany during those dark days in the 30’s when the intimidation started and kept on through the eventual terrible war. ‘Good’ men indeed became silent and quiet in order to keep their lives and well-being. Question is will this perhaps happen again?

    • JohnnyBoy on February 26, 2015 at 8:43 am said:

      That die has been cast. What you see now is where we are headed, and no thanks to the sad-sack, guilt-ridden American Socialists who put King Obama on his throne. The ship is headed into a dark Atlantic storm and the Captain is ordering to maintain speed and direction. He has two more years as Captain. What could go wrong?

  5. Louisiana Mike on February 23, 2015 at 2:12 pm said:

    Barry Kruebbe – Why not obstruct another Muslim on a jihad? Ex-ante, no one knows if an effort at jihad will be successful. Only after a jihad is completed do we know success or not. And success is determined by Allah. Obstructing another Muslim on a jihad could thus turn out to be an attempt at obstructing the will of Allah, which is futile and could threaten one’s eternal soul. It is better not to obstruct another Muslim’s jihad unless you believe they are clearly on the wrong path which is difficult to assess ex-ante and nearly impossible to know for certain.

  6. ”’ The risks of putting germany front and center in Europe’s crises”” from the wash. post.

  7. Yes, the Administration as epitomized by Obama plays the fools who insist the emperor really does have clothes because, well, he must! ISIS is not Islam, because well, it can’t be! So now VDH observes Obama as the cowardly, deceitful, wishful and willful child, that like so many others in recent history brought destruction onto their countries. Guiliani called it another way: Obama is a moron. Either way, never has it been so obvious to so many that we are headed to our worst hour in history. Now where is our Churchill?

  8. J Brown on February 24, 2015 at 3:28 am said:

    As far as I can recall moderate Muslims have never declared that ISIS has ever done anything that would insult or disgrace or come anywhere near to blaspheming their prophet Muhummad. But I don’t expect to see the ISIS cartoon network air any Muhammad toons anytime soon; that would be verboten.

  9. It appears that the Obama administration pledge of transparency is only for our enemies.

    It’s important to let them know our military timelines in advance.

    However if an investigative reporter or a Congressional committee asks for details about a current issue “Benegazhi” then no one seems to know, FOIA takes weeks or months, written/email correspondence is heavily redacted, and the PR flaks ensure we’ve all been gruber’d.

  10. JohnnyBoy on February 26, 2015 at 8:35 am said:

    A Muslim who states that his religion is the “Religion of Peace,” can be compared to a Christian that other Christians refer to as a “backslider.” Islam’s central tenet of “convert or die” has been in place for a millennium and is still in full force, world-wide. Anyone who thinks otherwise is listening to a moderate Muslim backslider.

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