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By Attorney Jonathan Emord
Author of "The Rise of Tyranny" and
"Global Censorship of Health Information" and
"Restore The Republic"
January 19, 2015

Blame for escalation of ISIS attacks, including most recently in Paris, is in no small part rightfully placed on Barack Obama. When ISIS reared its ugly head in Iraq and Syria, the United States responded not with overwhelming force to obliterate the scourge from the face of the earth but with a slowly asserted and limited air campaign. That campaign was destined to fail from the start.

Imagine if Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, or Ronald W. Reagan were President right now. We can well imagine what those great leaders would do with ISIS. The contrast with Barack Obama could not be greater. Presidential leadership demands strength of character, resolve, and unwavering commitment to eliminate those who would kill us. Barack Obama has none of those characteristics, America’s enemies know it, and America and its allies are paying the price because of it.

Fanaticism, particularly when cloaked in a misguided religious purpose, can lead adherents not only to commit suicide in an effort to destroy an enemy but also to define an enemy broadly to include all who do not share that same religious purpose. ISIS, like Al-qaeda, is of that ilk. They are at war with the entire non-Muslim world and, even within the Muslim world, with those who do not subscribe to their particular brand of fanaticism. There is only one effective means to deal with the ISIS threat and that is to use every means at our disposal to ensure the complete eradication of the organization’s members and of every person who aids and abets its activities and to do so as rapidly as possible.

Consistent with President Obama’s general failure to lead or with his preference to “lead from behind” (which is the same thing as not leading at all), he has maintained a low profile in response to the terrorist attack in Paris. Indeed, so low that not a single U.S. official of any stature joined world leaders in Paris to protest the ISIS action. The failure to make clear to the world that we will use every means at our disposal to eliminate ISIS and to deploy in fact every means at our disposal to bring about that end is viewed by the terrorists as weakness. That perceived weakness is enabling the organization to recruit more members who are undoubtedly increasingly situated in Western countries and is emboldening its members to take ever more destructive actions against the Western world. Unless a dramatic reversal occurs soon to escalate promptly and expand military destruction of ISIS, we will likely see more instances of terror in the West, including in the United States.

Having failed to engage in total war against ISIS when ISIS first came to international attention, Obama could have salvaged the lost campaign if, immediately following the Paris attack, he declared his intent to do so, but he did not.True to form, as he did after each beheading of an American by the group, Obama has simply decried the acts without committing American forces to do whatever it takes to eliminate ISIS. That lack of resolve has emboldened our enemies. The President could have flown to Paris, appeared at the rally, and then held a joint press conference with the French President pledging to deploy all resources necessary to ensure the eradication of ISIS. He did nothing of the kind. He was missing, having abandoned America’s leadership role in the war against terror.

One wonders what level of offense Obama requires before he will act to defend America’s interests. Will he use full force to eradicate ISIS only after ISIS has committed multiple atrocities on American soil? Perhaps even that is not enough provocation for him. Will Congress have to lead first and force his hand? We have two years left of this agony.

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The longer the United States takes before it does what is required, the more difficult that task will become. Success depends on the element of surprise in implementing rapid and multiple simultaneous attacks upon ISIS, through the use of overwhelming force in each engagement, and on an unrelenting drive day and night to ensure that every last person tied to the group in Iraq and Syria is routed out and eliminated. Our military is up to the task and the nation has at its disposal the resources required. We just lack a commander-in-chief with the necessary resolve. Many may die because of that lack of resolve and blame should appropriately be placed on Barack Obama himself.

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Jonathan W. Emord is an attorney who practices constitutional and administrative law before the federal courts and agencies. Ron Paul calls Jonathan “a hero of the health freedom revolution” and says “all freedom-loving Americans are in [his] debt . . . for his courtroom [victories] on behalf of health freedom.” He has defeated the FDA in federal court a remarkable eight times, seven on First Amendment grounds, and is the author of the Amazon bestsellers The Rise of Tyranny, Global Censorship of Health Information, and Restore the Republic. He is the American Justice columnist for U.S.A. Today Magazine and joins Robert Scott Bell weekly for “Jonathan Emord’s Sacred Fire of Liberty,” an hour long radio program on government threats to individual liberty. For more info visit, join the Emord FDA/FTC Law Group on Linkedin, and follow Jonathan on twitter (@jonathanwemord).





One wonders what level of offense Obama requires before he will act to defend America’s interests. Will he use full force to eradicate ISIS only after ISIS has committed multiple atrocities on American soil?