Protecting the Folks
By: Bill O'ReillySeptember 10, 2014
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According to a new Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll, 47% of Americans feel the country is less safe than it was before we were attacked on 9-11, 2001.

That number is up from 28% last year, proving that Americans are very worried about President Obama's ability to protect us from harm. 

The Journal's lead editorial today explains why Mr. Obama's foreign policy has increased anxiety.  The President has tried to reason with the Russian tyrant Putin, even pulling missiles out of Poland and the Czech Republic as a gesture of good will.  In return, Putin has violated international law, attempting to demean Barack Obama and the West.

Mr. Obama refused to help pro-democracy forces in Iran, believing that appeasing the Mullahs would lead to detente.  Didn't work.  Iran continues to defy the world on nukes.

President Obama backed off from taking action against the Syrian tyrant Assad and did not arm moderate forces fighting him.  The result?  Assad is still in power and the ISIS terror army controls much of rural Syria.

Mr. Obama could not convince Iraq to allow U.S. troops to stay under a protected arrangement.  The result?   We pulled out and the Iraqi government under al-Maliki collapsed, allowing ISIS to occupy much of that country.

And finally, by announcing the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the president has emboldened the Taliban and destabilized hard fought gains made by NATO forces.

All over the world the decline of American power is causing chaos.  China is on the march.  Africa is under siege by Muslim extremists.  Egypt, Libya and Pakistan are in chaos.

That is the backdrop for tonight's foreign policy speech by the President -- himself under siege by the American people who are finally waking up to the fact that the U.S.A. is not being managed in an effective way.  Mr. Obama's poll numbers are cratering.  Thus the attempt tonight to convince us he has things under control.

Talking Points said months ago that ISIS should be bombed inside Syria and everywhere else:

BILL O'REILLY: "Then we have the ISIS terror army, which is taking taken over a third of Iraq.  It's now persecuting Christians, killing some of them, forcing others from their homes.  And what has President Obama done to the ISIS army?  Has he bombed their caravans to and from Syria?  Has he directed drones at their leaders in their headquarters?  No, he has not.  And U.S. intel warned the president that Islamic militants were gathering power and Syria.  But he did nothing, nothing to stop that."

Tonight the President is expected to announce expanded bombing.  I also told President Obama face-to-face that he would get nowhere with radical Muslim groups like the Brotherhood:

O'REILLY: "The Muslim Brotherhood, a great concern to a lot of people. Are they a threat to the USA?"

OBAMA: "I think that the Muslim Brotherhood is one faction in Egypt. They don't have majority support in Egypt. They are ..."

O'REILLY: "Are they a threat?"

OBAMA: "But they are well-organized and there are strains of their ideology that are anti-U.S.  There's no doubt about it."


O'REILLY: "Those are tough boys, the Muslim Brotherhood.  I wouldn't want them anywhere near that government." 

And those words prove to be true.

No matter what he says tonight, it is doubtful that Barack Obama realizes the danger this country is facing.  

And The Wall Street Journal lays some of the blame on his enablers. Quote: "Mr. Obama's intellectual and media defenders were complicit ... cheering on his flight from world leadership as prudent management of U.S. decline.  Even now some of his most devoted acolytes write that Mr. Obama's 'caution' has Islamic State's jihadists right where he wants them."

In this age of high-tech distraction, it takes a lot to wise up many of us.  But most Americans now understand that President Obama's world vision is failing.  It is up to him to turn that around.  

And that's the memo.