President Obama thought he could issue a shrug of support to Paris then go right back to fighting the only enemy he knows: those dastardly Republicans. As he flitted around Antalya, Manila, and Kuala Lumpur, Obama mocked conservatives for being little crybaby scaredy cats and reassured the world that the JV team that just slaughtered 100+ in the French capital were just social media managers who woke up on the wrong side of the prayer mat.
Perhaps the political reality is dawning on the White House now, since post-Paris polling is coming in and it’s … not good. According to a Fox News survey, out of registered voters:
- 65 percent believe Obama’s ISIS strategy is not aggressive enough,
- 67 percent oppose Obama’s decision to take in Syrian refugees, and
- 83 percent believe an Islamic Terror attack will hit the US soon.
Polls taken by other news organizations are showing similar ugliness, demonstrating a widespread, bipartisan pushback to Obama’s indolence on Islamic terror. He was even pilloried by friendly panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”:
When Fox News and MSNBC are united against the President, his team will be considering a drastic reassessment. If hashtag campaigns and sophomoric mockery can’t convince an adoring press corps, it certainly won’t impress voters discussing a world in flames over their turkey and candied yams.
With only 36 hours until Americans tune out the news cycle for an extended weekend, I expect Obama to issue rushed announcements of vague military action tomorrow and promises of enhanced homeland security measures to come.
Oh, what’s this coming across the transom? The State Department just issued a worldwide travel alert over possible risks due to increased terrorism threats.
The alert comes amid information that ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan attacks in multiple regions by employing a “wide variety of tactics,” according to the State Department.
Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIS return from Iraq and Syria, as well as the threat from “unaffiliated persons” planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations.
The State Department said that U.S. citizens should “exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation” and “avoid large crowds or crowded places.”
Americans are also urged to exercise particular caution during the holiday season, and at holiday festivals or events. The worldwide travel alert expires on Feb. 24, 2016.
Thankfully, the alert only lasts three months. I’m sure the crack team hired by President Obama will have ISIS re-contained by then.