It's like Groundhog Day, the movie. All the Sunday morning shows seem to be more concerned about Mr. Obama's inability to utter the phrase "radical Islam", or "Islamic extremism". It's as if it seems he should, and because he won't, they feel compelled to force him. But the reality is that in America the people with even a slight knowledge of what is happening in our world have already made up their minds about this president. From my perspective he is a dangerous person because he possesses so little wisdom. Others, on the left I suppose, think highly of him for things like this, claiming he "gets it". And the real problem isn't about this pathetic president's inability to utter these phrases. It is instead about why and how that informs American policy.
There is some purpose, I suppose, to hitting the president over this on these shows still. But it presumes that low-info voters, the vast majority of which would've voted for Mr. Obama, have lost their TV remotes with the TV stuck on one of these channels, and these people just can't stop watching and so they might, in fact, learn something. I'd say that's a wasted hope. Few people who remain unknowledgeable about current events are likely even awake for these shows.
The problem with Mr. Obama's unwise choices is that our allies take notice just as much as our enemies. The Islamic State...they pray to Allah five times a day, they have Imams, they read the Quran, they are as much Islamic as are fringe Christian groups that might exist in America (Westboro comes to mind, or even Mr. Obama's previous church) which Christians in America denounce and try to marginalize...is hardly an existential threat to us in the form it presently exists. The Islamic State, should we not defeat them, will cause us economic problems, will further radicalize much of the Islamic world, and will become a more difficult problem for us. And there is the real chance they will be successful in launching attacks right here in America. Not every radicalized Muslim seeks to go to Syria to take up the fight after all. Some stay right here. In college. Or at work.
But they aren't likely to soon be an existential threat to America. It is the disarray of our allies around the world that is the far larger problem. It brings to mind Yeats' "fate" that the center cannot hold. America has been for the better part of a century the axle hub that the world spins around, and like it or not our abdication of serious and wise leadership causes a wobble that could, if left alone (or worse, made worse by this awful president who has nearly two years to make it so), causes the tread of our tire to wear badly and fray sooner, and ultimately we can expect a blowout. This IS an existential threat to America, and it doesn't have to be this way.
It is far more dangerous to America to alienate allies than it is to underestimate enemies (JV squad my ass). And while Mr. Obama has done both, it's the former which hurts us the most. When the time comes where we actually do face an existential threat by the likes of the JV squad, Islamic State, our allies might just give us the finger. More likely, they might just give us the scimitar given we will have already abandoned them to the enemy within.
The only JV squad at work on the world stage right now which has any chance to truly harm America is already doing so. It's Mr. Obama's team on the court.