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Islamists Attack Christmas Party

By Mark Alexander

Barack Obama’s timing is impeccable.

As you recall, hours before the bloody Islamist attack in Paris three weeks ago, Obama offered these words of assurance regarding the metastasizing threat of the Islamic State’s terror campaign: “We have contained them.”

Apparently not.

Wednesday morning, Obama was asked in a CBS interview if an attack like the one in Paris could happen here. He responded: “We have to make sure that we keep a clear-eyed view about what needs to be done. ISIL is not going to pose an existential threat to us. … [O]ur homeland has never been more protected by more effective intelligence and law enforcement professionals at every level than [it is] now. If you look at the number of successful terrorist attacks that have occurred, you know, we have disrupted a lot of them…”

Apparently not.

Hours after that remark, two Islamists targeted an office Christmas party in San Bernardino, California, and murdered 14 people, wounding 17 others.

As for Obama’s claim about being safer now than ever, an hour before the attack yesterday, we published my column, “The Escalating Cost of Obama’s Foreign Policy Failures.” In that column, I refuted Obama’s absurd claim, and reiterated, “Make no mistake: The same sort of bloody mayhem we witnessed in Paris is coming to a homeland theater near you. Indeed, a timeline review of the frequency of Islamist attacks in the U.S. clearly shows a sharp increase beginning with Obama’s first year in office.”

Obama was asked about the California assault shortly after his CBS interview, prior to the apprehension and identification of the assailants. Unable to blame global warming for the California assault, predictably, Obama used the bodies of victims as a platform to advance his gun-control agenda, telling reporters, “There are some steps that we could take, not to eliminate every one of these mass shootings, but to improve the odds that they don’t happen as frequently — common sense safety laws.”

Actually not. California has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation (and even those don’t remotely equal the laws in France, where assailants used fully automatic weapons). And for the record, improvised explosive devices are easy to construct, and do a lot more damage than guns — as demonstrated in Paris.

While the details of yesterday’s Islamist assault are a bit clearer this morning, we thought you might want some perspective on how we analyzed this incident in real time, versus the 24-hour news folks at CNN and Fox. What follows are excerpts from my rolling analysis for our editorial team, followed by what we know now.

1645 (Eastern Time Zone): Astounding now, 2.5 hours after this assault, SBPD has not issued an official confirmation of how many assailants, what vehicle, etc. Fox and CNN ramble on with endless speculation about how many “shooters” and what vehicle.

1645: My LAPD contact confirms at least two assailants and black SUV. One assailant has an Arabic name — significant because this implies an organized assault and possible Islamist motive. As the MSM talkingheads continue with their claptrap, what none of them have said, but we all know for certain: This assault occurred in a “gun free zone.”

1745: CNN and Fox continued regurgitating the most inane garbage for the last 3.5 hours — stupid speculation about every aspect of assault. That’s totally disrespectful of the victims and their families. Dumbest remarks: “sending in a robotic robot” and a reference to “explosive bombs.” The only person who has less information than the MSM is the spokeswoman for the San Bernardino PD. Her statements are about an hour behind the handful of actual facts in the media coverage.

1915: LAPD contact confirms owner of vehicle is “Syed Farook” and second assailant not known. Still possible a third assailant. According to sources, assailant walked by a lot of people on the first floor, to target second floor meeting room, county employees at Christmas party. Clearly a connection between the assailant and the targeted group. Want to bet Obama turns this into “workplace violence” because of religious intolerance? Bad Christians intolerant of Muslim coworker?

2045: SBPD finally confirms two assailants dead, one suspect detained. LA FBI ASAC all but confirms “terrorism.” Name of assailant might be a clue… CNN braying jackass Don Lemon and “psychological expert” insists this attack fits Obama’s “mentally ill gunman” narrative, regardless of religion of assailant. Insists more gun control is the solution.

This morning, here’s more of what we know:

Fourteen people were murdered at a San Bernardino Christmas party by two people armed with handguns and semiautomatic rifles, a.k.a. “assault weapons,” as the Leftmedia nefariously dubs them.

The attack was the deadliest since 27 were murdered in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012. The Leftmedia, meanwhile, is hysterically reporting that it’s the 355th mass shooting this year. Their source? A small group of anti-gun malcontents running a propaganda website that purports to tally such incidents. To inflate the numbers, the group includes, for example, incidents involving pellet guns. Fully a third of the shootings they count left no one dead, and many of the others are gang-related.

Yesterday’s attackers were killed after a police chase, and identified as Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik. As you may have guessed by reading their names, they were Muslim. They were also married. Farook was a health inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, which was hosting the party the perpetrators targeted.

“He was very religious,” Farook’s father said of his son. “He would go to work, come back, go to pray, come back. He’s Muslim.” Farook traveled to Saudi Arabia recently and began growing out his beard, which may signify religious observance. And a couple wouldn’t leave their six-month-old child with Farook’s mother to undertake what would almost certainly be a suicide-by-cop mission without a greater motivation.

The two had bombs and other such items at their home, and the tactical gear they used in the attack indicates planning, certainly not the Obama administration’s favorite standby, “workplace violence.”

Indeed, in a press conference this morning, Obama insisted, “We don’t know why they did it. … We do not know their motivations.” But he then launched his preferred assessment: “It is also possible this is workplace related.” He repeated that claim multiple times, along with references to “mass shootings” to keep the focus on weapons, rather than “mass murder,” keeping the focus on assailants. He concluded, “We see the prevalence of these kinds of mass shooting in this country. … We all have a part to play. … It’s going to be important for all of us — including the legislatures — to see what we can do.”

Notably, Obama did not mention the most relevant fact in terms of motive — the fact the assailants were Muslim.

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Clinton Calls for Investigation Into Chicago PD

Wannabe elected official Hillary Clinton called for the federal government to investigate the Chicago Police Department after there were protests over the death of Laquan McDonald, who was killed by police in October 2014. The protests were sparked by the release of a video showing Chicago officers shooting the 17-year-old 16 times. It was released during the trial for the officer who fired the shots. Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement, “Hillary Clinton is deeply troubled by the shooting of Laquan McDonald and the outstanding questions related to both the shooting and the video.” In making the statement, Clinton, currently only a U.S. citizen seeking the limelight, is trying to bolster her credibility with Black Lives Matter protesters. What is unique about Clinton’s newest position is that she burned one of her own supporters to do so. The Wall Street Journal notes that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel worked as a staffer in the Bill Clinton administration and he, at least up until this week, supported Clinton. This is a way for her to distance herself from Barack Obama’s platform, and try to become a more attractive candidate for supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement, a potential constituency she insulted in August. This happened even though Emanuel (who, interestingly, planned on taking his family to Cuba for a holiday vacation) fired his police superintendent the day before. He’s just one more political casualty on Clinton’s scramble for power. Clinton advisers like Sidney Blumenthal should beware.

Long War Update: Whose Side Are We On?

Among the many consequences for Barack Obama’s myriad foreign policy screw-ups comes this tidbit from The Washington Post: “Iraqis think the U.S. is in cahoots with the Islamic State, and it is hurting the war.” Such charges are “beyond ridiculous,” insists Col. Steve Warren, the military’s Baghdad-based spokesman. “There’s clearly no one in the West who buys it, but unfortunately, this is something that a segment of the Iraqi population believes.” Perhaps it’s because Obama gives that impression, not only casting aside American blood and treasure, but reportedly having military units warn Islamic State oil transport drivers before bombing their trucks.

Charles Krauthammer observed, “The chairman of the joint chiefs was asked whether he considers the drivers of the oil trucks by ISIS — the ones who export it — as combatants, and he said, ‘No, they’re civilians, trying to feed their families.’ And that’s why we actually dropped leaflets warning the drivers three-quarters of an hour before any air strikes. This is a joke and it comes not from the Pentagon, it comes from the White House. This has not been a serious air war and all the promises … are a joke as long as this president is commander-in-chief.” Just so, and the average Iraqi can hardly be blamed for hearing rumors of such events and believing that the U.S. is supporting the terrorists.

Bill Nye Tells Another Whopper of a LieAs hard as it sounds, someone actually managed to outperform Barack Obama for stupidest comment award at the UN climate summit. Bill Nye, who’s commonly known as “The Science Guy” — or “The Science Lie” in our humble shop — spewed more pompous rhetoric in an interview with the Huffington Post. “It’s very reasonable,” he asserted, “that the recent trouble in Paris is a result of climate change.”

“There’s water shortage in Syria, this is fact-based,” Nye went on to explain. “Small and medium farmers have abandoned their farms because there’s not enough water, not enough rainfall. And especially the young people who have not grown up there, have not had their whole lives invested in living off the land, the young people have gone to the big cities looking for work. There’s not enough work for everybody, so the disaffected youths … are more easily engaged and more easily recruited by terrorist organizations, and then they end up part way around the world in Paris shooting people.”

“You can say, ‘Well stamp out the terrorists,’” he concluded. “But if everybody’s leaving their farms because of water shortages, that’s a little bigger problem.”

This isn’t the first time Nye’s made ridiculous surmises. This is the same person who last November blamed anomalous lake-effect snowfall on climate change, absurdly suggesting: “Everybody, when Lake Erie’s warmer, more water evaporates into the air and it snows more. I don’t make the rules, people.” Only Lake Erie was sitting at four degrees below average at the time. Oops. Just two months later, in January 2015, he again blamed a major nor’easter on man-made global warming without a shred of evidence.

Any rational scientists knows that long-term precipitation patterns naturally fluctuate. What does Nye believe is driving Boko Haram, the Nigerian terrorist group whose country has been abnormally wet for the last two decades? But that’s the problem — he’s not a rational scientist. As meteorologist Joe Bastardi recently opined, “[T]he fact is [Nye] is not a man of science. He is an actor. That is his profession.” As are most politicians. And so far, they are doing a terrible job convincing the public that global warming is “our greatest national security threat.” And with comments like these, it’s no wonder.

Don’t Miss Alexander’s Column

Read The Escalating Cost of Obama’s Foreign Policy Failures. The combined threat of ISIL and Iranian nukes poses a far more catastrophic threat than that we witnessed on 9/11.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Jonah Goldberg: “The Obama administration often warns that insulting Islam … can invite a terrorist backlash and help Islamists win new recruits. Question: If Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with Islam, why would insulting Islam invite more terrorism? As secretary of State, Clinton worked assiduously to cast the attack on our compound in Benghazi, Libya, as nothing more than the reaction to an Internet video. After the recent Paris attacks, her successor momentarily admitted that he thought the terror attacks on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo earlier this year had ‘legitimacy.’ Kerry quickly corrected himself, saying that the attacks weren’t actually legitimate but that he could still see the ‘rationale’ behind them. You will be hard-pressed to find any such rush to understanding when it comes to the so-called Christian terrorism in Colorado. And that’s because progressives, from the president down, are much more comfortable talking about the threat posed by the white Christian Americans who happen to vote Republican and oppose Planned Parenthood than they are discussing the threat from people determined to kill Americans.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Political tags … are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.” —Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988)

Narrative fail: “San Bernardino shooting happened less than two miles from a Planned Parenthood health clinic.” —Bloomberg Business

“Your ‘thoughts’ should be about steps to take to stop this carnage. Your ‘prayers’ should be for forgiveness if you do nothing — again.” —Sen. Chris Murphy

“GOD ISN’T FIXING THIS. As latest batch of innocent Americans are left lying in pools of blood, cowards who could truly end gun scourge continue to hide behind meaningless platitudes.” —New York Daily News front-page cover

“The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world. And there are some steps that we could take, not to eliminate every one of these mass shootings, but to improve the odds that they don’t happen as frequently — common sense safety laws, stronger background checks. And for those who are concerned about terrorism, some may be aware of the fact that we have a no-fly list where people can’t get on planes, but those same people who we don’t allow to fly could go into a store right now in the United States and buy a firearm and there’s nothing that we can do to stop them. That’s a law that needs to be changed.” —Barack Obama (Step one would be eliminating Islamic extremists.)

“We should never think that this is something that just happens in the ordinary course of events, because it doesn’t happen with the same frequency in other countries.” —Barack Obama (Thanks to his policies, mass shootings everywhere, like we recently saw in Paris, will increase in frequency.)

“Yo GOP, kinda hard to talk about ‘keeping people safe’ when your peeps are shooting up America.” —Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas

“Horrifying news out of #SanBernardino. Enough is enough: it’s time to stand up to the @NRA and enact meaningful gun safety laws.” —Martin O’Malley

And last… “When Robert Dear kills people, blame goes to all pro-life conservatives. When Syed Farook kills people, it’s the fault of the NRA.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

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