Nonsequitur: Obama’s April Fools’ Joke?

April 1, 2016

During a summit today on Nuclear Weapons, President Obama highlighted the dangers of nukes in terrorists’ hands:

“[T]he threat of nuclear terrorism persists and continues to evolve …we know that al Qaeda has long sought nuclear materials. Individuals involved in the attacks in Paris and Brussels videotaped a senior manager who works at a Belgian nuclear facility. ISIL has already used chemical weapons, including mustard gas, in Syria and Iraq…There is no doubt that if these madmen ever got their hands on a nuclear bomb or nuclear material they most certainly would use it to kill as many innocent people as possible.”

However, the President also claimed that through coordinated efforts, his administration and those of current world leaders, “… have made it harder for terrorists to get their hands on nuclear material” and “measurably reduced the risk.”

But President Obama’s policies have not reduced the risks that terrorists will get hold of plutonium or other nuclear materials.  His negotiations with Iran have been followed by multiple missile tests, and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei publicly stating that “Those who say the future is in negotiations, not in missiles, are either ignorant or traitors.”  The President’s inability to deal effectively with ISIL or with Syria’s Assad has led to chaos and violence throughout the region. President Obama has been equally impotent in reigning in the violent tendencies of North Korea, who recently combined the threat of nuclear weapons against the US with more missile tests.  And we now have damaged relationships with known nuclear powers such as Pakistan and Russia.  We know North Korea, Pakistan and Russia have sold or attempted to sell weapons to countries throughout the Middle East, countries with direct ties to various terrorist groups.

President Obama does not deserve all the blame, as the Bush (W.) administration also made poor choices leading the growth of aggression and military power for our enemies.  But for the President to claim that his policies have made the world safer from terrorism and a nuclear threat is ridiculous.  It would be funny, if it weren’t so frightening.

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