With different terrorist attacks being reported seemingly weekly, important national security questions need to be asked. Is the United States safer today than it was the day President George W. Bush left office? Is western Europe safer today than it was the day President George W. Bush left office?
This morning, an ISIS terrorist killed 10 people in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkey’s Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, blamed the terrorist attack on the Islamic State. This comes less than 2 weeks after Syrian ‘refugees’ committed dozens of sexual assaults in Cologne, German on New Year’s Eve. Yesterday, we learned that similar attacks had happened in Stockholm, Sweden in August, 2015 and covered up. That’s before talking about the ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris and the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.
President Bush’s record will show that 9/11 happened on his watch and he captured the mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It will also show that 9/11 was the only terrorist attack that happened on his watch.
Meanwhile, President Obama’s record will show that the Navy Seals killed bin Laden during his time in office. Further, the objective record will show that his ill-advised pull-out of troops from Iraq allowed ISIS to rise. That’s in the past. Looking forward, it’s indisputable that terrorist attacks are proliferating across the globe and here at home.
That’s before talking about President Obama’s statement that his administration thought of ISIS as “the JV team” and his statement that Yemen was proof that his national security policies were working. That, of course, was a month before Yemen collapsed and the Yemeni government went into exile.
ISIS now controls much of the territory in Anbar Province in western Iraq that Iraqi and US troops liberated during the surge of 2007-2008. ISIS is growing in northern Africa and southwest Asia, too. There’s confirmed reports that ISIS is using the Obama administration’s refugee resettlement program to spread its terrorists into western Europe and the United States, too.
The record is clear. When it comes to fighting and capturing terrorists and preventing the proliferation of terrorist attacks, the Bush administration’s record is definitely superior to the Obama administration’s record. The United States, western Europe, northern Africa and southwest Asia are all more dangerous now than they were on January 19, 2009. That isn’t just popularly held opinion. It’s a statement of statistical fact.