When terrorists strike, it’s common for President Obama to look like he isn’t interested in his job as Commander-In-Chief. This week, when ISIS terrorists carried out terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium, President Obama was in Cuba. He gave a 40-minute speech. During that speech, he devoted less than a minute to addressing the ISIS terrorist attacks in Brussels. Then he went to an exhibition baseball game between the Cuban National Team and the Tampa Bay Rays with Cuban President Raul Castro.
During the game, President Obama spoke with ESPN about his response to the terrorist attacks. He also cheered and looked like this was just another day. After leaving Cuba and landing in Argentina, President Obama addressed reporters about his response to the terrorist attacks.
At the press conference, President Obama said “It is very important for us to not respond with fear. I mentioned at the baseball game yesterday, one my proudest moments as president was watching Boston respond after the Boston Marathon attack because they taught America a lesson. They grieved. I was there for the memorial. We apprehended those that had carried it out. But a few days later, folks were out shopping. A few days later, people were in that baseball stadium singing the National Anthem and Big Papi was saying what he thought about Boston — Boston Strong — and how a terrorist attack was not going to change the basic spirit of that city. At that moment, he spoke about what America is.”
It’s one thing when a sports star talks about the US a week after a terrorist attack and praises the American spirit. That’s the type of thing that can inspire a nation. Presidents have a different, more important, responsibility. Presidents need to make sure that they’ve put the right policies in place to shut down terrorist attacks, that roll up terrorist networks and that prevent terrorist attacks.
President Bush accomplished those things after 9/11. Since entering office, President Obama has failed at all those things.
After 9/11, the Bush administration put in place policies that took the fight to the terrorists. After 9/11, there were 131 terrorist attacks inside the United States through the end of the Bush presidency. Those terrorist attacks produced 7 total fatalities inside the United States. Just 3 of those fatalities were Americans. There were 73 Americans killed worldwide by terrorist attacks during the Bush administration.
By comparison, there have been 85 terrorist attacks inside the United States, with 54 total fatalities inside the United States, including 50 US fatalities. Meanwhile, there have been 85 US fatalities worldwide during President Obama’s time in office.
More telling is the fact that terrorists control more territory now than they did the day before 9/11 and more territory than they held when President Obama took office. When President Bush left office, ISIS didn’t exist. Today, ISIS controls large portions of Iraq and Syria. They’ve got a strong foothold in Libya, too. According to this article, ISIS “has conducted or inspired nearly 75 terrorist attacks in 20 countries other than Iraq and Syria.” Those attacks have killed at least 1,280 people while injuring at least 1,770 others.
By every objective or quantifiable measure, President Obama has done a terrible job compared with President Bush. What’s worse is that ISIS has trained over 400 terrorists that are just waiting for a terrorist assignment:
The Islamic State group has trained at least 400 fighters to target Europe in deadly waves of attacks, deploying interlocking terror cells like the ones that struck Brussels and Paris with orders to choose the time, place and method for maximum chaos, officials have told The Associated Press. The network of agile and semi-autonomous cells shows the reach of the extremist group in Europe even as it loses ground in Syria and Iraq.
President Obama’s response thus far has been indifference. That clearly isn’t working.