Charles Krauthammer comments today on the latest developments in the nation’s fight against Islamic terrorism (or, “the war on terror” if you prefer). Obama continues to make mistakes, but Krauthammer commends two decisions the president made in the wake of the Christmas Day attack:
“To be sure, after a few initial misguided statements, Obama did get somewhat serious about the Christmas Day attack. First, he instituted high-level special screening for passengers from 14 countries, the vast majority of which are Muslim with significant Islamist elements. This is the first rational step away from today’s idiotic random screening and toward, yes, a measure of profiling — i.e., focusing on the population most overwhelmingly likely to be harboring a suicide bomber.
Obama also sensibly suspended all transfers of Yemenis from Guantanamo. Nonetheless, Obama insisted on repeating his determination to close the prison, invoking his usual rationale of eliminating a rallying cry and recruiting tool for al-Qaeda.” (Emphasis added).
Well said, as usual.
The terrorist threat is not going away anytime soon. But if we take it seriously – more seriously than we do our own pious, aggrandized notions of what it means to be liberal and pluralist – then we can and will defend ourselves with great success and continue to diminish the enemy over time.