by Daniel Greenfield
In August 2012, James Foley retweeted a link to a CNN story asking “Right-wing extremist terrorism as deadly a threat as al Qaeda?”
The article concluded that indeed it was.
Three months later, Foley had been kidnapped. Two years later, on another August, a former branch of Al Qaeda chopped off his head.
In a New Yorker interview this year, which seemed to focus on the Lakers more than anything else, Obama wrote off ISIS as what happens when a “jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms”. He suggested that the answer lay in training the Iraqi police forces better.
That same month, ISIS had declared an Islamic State in Fallujah, the event that Obama was dismissively reacting to, and extended its reach beyond Iraq and Syria into Lebanon and Turkey. By June, the steamroller advance across Iraq had begun destroying the Iraqi military, never mind its police forces.
In April, Peter Bergen, the original author of the CNN article, had another piece contending that “right wing extremists” were now even “more deadly than Jihadists.” On August 18, he produced a CNN piece claiming that ISIS was no threat to Americans.
On the next day, ISIS chopped off James Foley’s head.
The incredibly deadly right-wing extremists have yet to show off the severed head of a journalist.
Obama has now been forced to hit ISIS with air strikes and to even put men on the ground while denying that the United States was at war with ISIS or that ISIS had anything to do with Islam.
And it was that denial which is at the root of the problem.
The official line was that there were two flavors of Al Qaeda; a transnational terrorist organization that had been defeated and local terrorist groups with no international ambitions. We didn’t have to worry about the junior varsity Jihadis of ISIS because they only wanted a little Lebensraum in Iraq and Syria.
It’s still the line being pushed by the White House spokesman even as American planes are bombing the JV Jihadis in Iraq after the junior team mixed a little genocide into their warm up routine….