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Barack W. Bush, Aiming to Dismantle the Network of Death!

Finally, change we can believe in:

There can be no reasoning — no negotiation — with this brand of evil. The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. So the United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.

“Don’t speak English, huh, ISIS? All right, let’s try a language you do understand.”

Obama later added, “Those who have joined ISIL should leave the battlefield while they can.”

Jonah offers a detailed assessment of Obama’s speech here. I’m a bit cheerier.

Before the United Nations, Obama pointed out that all too often, the “international community” isn’t worth a hill of beans:

Too often, we have failed to enforce international norms when it’s inconvenient to do so. And we have not confronted forcefully enough the intolerance, sectarianism, and hopelessness that feeds violent extremism in too many parts of the globe.

The average foreign-policy wonk can speak at length about the differences among core al-Qaeda, al-Qaeda affiliates, ISIS, Boko Haram, and this new Khorosan Group. The average American looks at each group and sees . . . “Islamist maniacs who want to kill us . . . more Islamist maniacs who want to kill us . . . another group of Islamist maniacs who want to kill us . . . a different group of Islamist maniacs who want to kill us, and finally, Islamist maniacs who want to kill us.”

Here’s Obama today:

The ideology of ISIL or al Qaeda or Boko Haram will wilt and die if it is consistently exposed, confronted, and refuted in the light of day.

Notice the reference to “ideology,” singular, and “it,” not “they.” Despite their locations, their ideology is the same.

If you’ve ever complained that the Muslim community around the world is far too tolerant of homicidal maniacs acting in the name of their faith . . . here’s Obama today:

It is time for the world — especially Muslim communities — to explicitly, forcefully, and consistently reject the ideology of al-Qaeda and ISIL.

Look, we’re stuck with this guy as president for the next two years. I’d rather have Barack W. Bush than the guy golfing his way through his second term.

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