A Failure to Connect

The Oval Office is the President’s ultimate sign of authority and power. Speeches from this location are generally reserved for the most important policy-making sort. Declarations of war, announcements of peace and reassurance during times of great loss have all been delivered from within its confines. But, not every speech can live up to those standards.

On Sunday Dec 6th, President Obama announced a rare primetime address from the Oval Office- something he had only done twice before during his two terms as President. Like most Americans, I expected he would announce an all-out war on ISIS or maybe a crackdown on those who are attempting to infiltrate our borders with hope of doing Americans harm. After all, we had just experienced a terror attack in broad daylight. Unfortunately, I and many others were disappointed.

Instead of promising America that his administration would stop at nothing to find and punish those responsible, he cautioned us not to be afraid. Rather than caution those responsible for the radicalization of the California shooters, he warned America not to give into our fears. When he could have announced an all-out push to wipe ISIS from the Earth, he reaffirmed his commitment to educating those who would be lead astray by their recruiting efforts. Finally, despite admitting that the San Bernardino attack was an act of terror, he continued to preach about how further gun control was necessary- as if that would have stopped the recent violence.

ObamaAs the leader of the free world, the President of the greatest nation on Earth continued to repeat the same rhetoric we have been hearing for months. I keep hearing another voice in my head. All   I could think about was the computer generated message you hear when you try to make a call but it won’t go through.

“Your call is unable to be completed as dialed. Please check your number or try again later.”

Americans are not afraid; we are angry. We do not want to negotiate or educate those that hate us; we want to warn them that they have crossed an invisible line in the sand. I do not care if ISIS tears Syria apart at the seams for the next thousand years.  Fighting has been occurring in the Middle East for thousands of years and it is unrealistic to think it will change anytime soon. But, when it affects American citizens on American soil, whether the direct result of ISIS members or by those who simply support the ideology, it becomes an American problem- not a Middle Eastern problem. I expect the American President to address American problems swiftly, directly and with all the might at his disposal.

Will an all-out war on radicals bring back those killed or heal those injured in San Bernardino? No; nothing will do that. But, it will cause others considering similar acts of terror to think twice. It could prevent another attack from occurring tomorrow in NYC or Philadelphia.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
Tom Burrell

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