Upset over a Tragedy, but Engaged in an Ongoing Process

by Michael Walsh

My Monday New York Post column concerns the pathetic futility of the Obama administration’s reaction to the Somali pirates and the murders in Frankfurt last week. You really can’t make this stuff up:

The reaction from the administration was dispassionately anodyne, as if these people had met with some freak accident. President Obama called Frankfurt a “tragic event,” while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the pirate incident left her “deeply saddened and very upset.”

Meanwhile, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley did the usual Obama pretzel, avoiding any mention of Islam in connection to Frankfurt. Asked whether the sudden jihad explosion of a Muslim Kosovar holding German citizenship was a terrorist incident, Crowley replied evasively: “Was the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords a terrorist attack? You have to look at the evidence and look at the motivation, and then you make a judgment, and that is a process as far as I know that is ongoing.”

There you have it: an “upset” administration engaged in a “process” over a “tragic event.” Is there a better or more pathetic image of a nation in deliberate retreat from great-power status?

Although some of us have been there right from the start, I think we’re all gradually drawing toward the same conclusion, are we not?

“When people see a strong horse and a weak horse,” said Osama bin Laden in November 2001, “by nature they will like the strong horse.” Having declared war on America and Israel in 1996, bin Laden knew who his enemy was.

Do we?

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