On Monday night, Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal appeared on Fox News to discuss President Obama’s awful perspective on the world around us. Riley incredulously ruminated on the sad fact that the president seemed more annoyed by terrorism than angry about its effects. Riley went so far as to say that Obama believes that we should all just get used to the “new normal” of Islamic terrorism.
“This is a president complaining to reporters that terrorism is getting in the way of his other agenda items. He wants to focus on climate change or redistributing wealth. I don’t think his heart is in this fight. He sees this as a new normal. He sees this as a new normal. If containment of ISIS should be the strategy, if it results in a San Bernardino or Paris or Brussels every so often, so be it.”
While Riley’s analysis may have perturbed some liberals, there was no reason to worry because Homeland Security chief Jeh Johsnon showed up on MSNBC Tuesday morning to defend President Obama. Actually, he proved Riley right about pretty much everything…
“That’s one of the things we’re focused on right now. Terrorist-inspired attacks are part of the new era that we’re in right now,” Johnson told Joe Scarborough and the other panelists of MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
So yea, apparently Riley was spot on with his analysis.
Watch the rest of Johnson’s commentary as he admits that Ted Cruz is right about the war on terror, but that liberals don’t like to speak accurately about Muslim terrorism because it’s not politically correct.
Joe Scarborough: So — so how — how actively involved is ISIS in trying to launch an attack or a series of attacks on the homeland?
Jeh Johnson: Well, we know from their public calls and from social media and the Internet that ISIL has made efforts and called for attacks here in the homeland. And that’s — that’s one of the things we’re focused on right now. Terrorist-inspired attacks are part of the new era that we’re in right now.
Mike Brzezinski: So Ted Cruz has written a response to Bill Bratton on a topic that you have had to confront. “While Commissioner Bratton admits that the jihadists are driven by ideology, he astonishingly maintains that our response should have no ideological component whatever. That’s ridiculous. To stop the terrorists before they strike, we must understand what their motivation and goals are, where they might plot attacks and which targets they are inclined to strike. Their ideology tells us how they might peddle their radical Islamism in our cities and towns and helps us encourage our fellow Muslim citizens to choose a different path. The bottom line is that, to defeat radical Muslim, we need to focus on our counterterrorism resources where terrorists are likely to be. That’s not profiling or spying. It’s common sense.” Is it common sense?Jeh Johnson: Well, I certainly agree from my current position and from my Defense Department days that understanding your enemy is key; understanding the terrorist enemy, their motivations, is key. I agree with that statement in that respect.
We’ve spent a lot of time building bridges to American Muslim communities, as you know, because the Islamic state is targeting those communities to carry out attacks — to conduct attacks here in the homeland. So we spend a lot of time working with Muslim communities, American-Muslim communities. They are not a monolith. There are many of them across the country. To help them help us in our homeland security efforts. I have personally been all around the country to meet with American Muslim communities.Joe Scarborough: So do you think Ted Cruz’s comments were destructive to your efforts? Jeh Johnson: I think that, in this phase, it is critical that we build bridges to American-Muslim communities, not vilify them, not drive them into the shadows, and encourage them to work with us. Joe Scarborough: Right. Jeh Johnson: It’s everybody’s homeland. Joe Scarborough: So do you think that — do you think Ted Cruz’s comments were destructive to your efforts? Jeh Johnson: I believe that inflammatory comments about patrolling and securing… Mike Brzezinski: Or Donald Trump. Jeh Johnson: … Muslim neighbors or barring Muslims from entering this country, having an immigration policy based on religion, is counterproductive to our homeland security and national security interests.
Sadly for Mika, Joe, and Jeh, their opinion lies out of the mainstream of American thinking. Half of Americans support the Muslim ban on travel to the United States and almost half support increasing law enforcement patrols in Muslim neighborhoods. So while these three intellectually lazy liberals might like to pretend that Donald Trump and [score]Ted Cruz[/score] are crazy for supporting a strong defense against Muslim terrorism, most of America disagrees with them and agrees with Trump and Cruz.