Fighting terrorism in America

© 2020 Jim Spence - On this site nine years ago, I posted a column entitled, “Let’s Play….Find the War Mongers.” It seems appropriate, based on the hysterical mainstream news media coverage of the recent U.S. killing of Iranian General Soleimani, that we play the game again.
A couple of weeks ago there were widespread predictions that Trump was a war monger and on the verge of starting WWIII. Naturally, the Democrats decided to take actions in the House of Representatives to limit the Commander in Chief’s ability to be well, you know, the Commander in Chief.
A nice history lesson to review military actions taken by previous presidents regarding terrorism seems in order. First, on my long list of attacks against Americans, is the attack on the American Embassy in Iran in 1979. Clearly a response was required. And eventually, President Carter brought the military in to try to send a message to state-sponsored terrorists. The rescue mission failed. Was Jimmy Carter’s ultimate military response to try to rescue U.S. diplomats an act of war mongering? Nobody in the news media accused him of that at the time.
Muamar Gaddafi of Libya was tied to assassination plans against U.S. diplomats in Rome and Paris in 1981. Ronald Reagan promptly ordered the shooting down of Libyan fighter jets. Reagan took heavy criticism in the mainstream news media for his actions. He had already been branded as a war monger by Democrats. So following the cue of those who lead them, the press questioned Reagan's motives from the start on Libya. Stand by for more on Libya.
Slobodan Milošević, the Yugoslavian/Serbian dictator, engaged in the horrific practice of systematic mass murder in Bosnia in the late 1990’s. The primary victims were Muslims. Serbia called their actions “ethnic cleansing.” What they were doing was nothing short of unrelenting genocide. President Clinton sent American bombers to attack Serbia for 78 straight days. This is a fact the hopelessly pacifist left conveniently sweeps aside. American jets dropped bombs on areas occupied by the killers every single day non-stop. Was the Clinton response to genocide war mongering? Even when bombs strayed and hit the Chinese embassy, the criticism from the mainstream media of Bill Clinton was muted. Most Democrats don’t even remember the fact that Clinton bombed that area for 78 straight days.
Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Queada’s attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington on 9-11 is perhaps the most famous terrorist ever stalked by U.S. forces. Eventually, in early May of 2011, Barack Obama ordered a special forces mission to cross the borders of Pakistan, without Pakistani permission. Obama intended to capture or execute bin Laden. Were the actions taken by Barack Obama war mongering? Americans, both Democrats and Republicans did not criticize Obama. They cheered him and his unauthorized military action against the notorious terrorist. The mainstream American press did not question his motives, instead they sang Obama’s praises. After all, Obama had already been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. Why shouldn't he barge into Pakistan and kill bin Laden?
Obama was a busy man in 2011. Also, in 2011, Anwar Al-Awlaki, an American citizen who was born in Las Cruces, NM was killed in actions authorized by Barack Obama. Al-Alwaki was in Yemen at the time when a U.S. military drone terminated him. Was Obama’s action war mongering? The mainstream media was not merely silent, it approved of the killing.
Barack Obama also decided he had had enough of aging dictator Muammar Gaddafi in Libya in 2011. Accordingly, Obama unleashed air strikes and tomahawk missiles on Libya. Eventually, in subsequent actions, Gaddafi was killed by American forces. Was Obama guilty of war mongering? Again, there was virtually no criticism of Obama in the American press for his actions against Libya.
Now lets get to another attack on a known butcher and check the reactions. In late 2019, Iranian General Soleimani was in Iraq illegally. He was planning attacks on the U.S. embassy and also on other American bases there. Intelligence identified his location at the Baghdad airport, and Trump authorized a drone attack on the man who ran state-sponsored terror in Iran. Was Trump guilty of war mongering? To listen to CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, Trump wasn't a hero like Obama. Instead he was a reckless, provocative, mad man who was bringing America on the verge of World War III. A draft of young people was coming. Trump had to be stopped.
The patterns of all these incidents makes everything clear. Presidents Carter, Clinton, and Obama could all act as responsible Commanders in Chief for taking out dangerous individuals engaging in state-sponsored attacks on U.S. embassies etc. President’s Reagan, Bush, and Trump are simply war mongers for doing the same thing.
Let's be honest here folks. Anyone who thinks that the so-called journalists at these news outlets named above, are anything more than propaganda foot soldiers in the Democratic Party are delusional.
These days 96% of all analysis of Trump’s actions are negative, including the battle against terrorists. And journalists, while devoting just 4% of all analysis to the positives, suggests America no longer has a safe and “free” press. These outlets are so caught up in self-importance they think 1st amendment rights are under attack.
They need to report on site on presidents Putin of Russia and Xi in China. There these dictators get 100% positive coverage in their media not 96% negative.
This all begs the question. Who is really under attack around here? The answer is freedom loving Americans.