From 6-17-16 episode of The Rob Zicari Show LIVE 10-1pm M-F
Obama gave a speech in Orlando on Thursday.
It never ceases to amaze me how much BS rhetoric comes out of this president’s mouth whenever there is a tragedy like last Sunday’s shooting at the Pulse nightclub. Rhetoric that has nothing to do with what happened, that paints a picture that is in direct contradiction with facts.
A day before Obama’s speech, CIA Director John Brennan testified before Congress that ISIS was more dangerous than ever. It wasn’t covered much in the mainstream press. They will give round the clock coverage to something Donald Trump said on the Howard Stern show 15 years ago, but when the CIA director gives testimony that is the complete opposite of what the President of the United States is telling us, it’s barely a blip on the radar. There are no panels discussing it, there’s no debate whatsoever. It’s a one day story.
For the past year and a half, we’ve heard ISIS is a JV team, ISIS is under control, ISIS is losing. Then we get all of these terrorist attacks. We get reports that the FBI is being handcuffed and not able to do their job because the Obama administration is telling them that certain things like monitoring Facebook accounts could be considered Islamophobic.
Here are excerpts from Obama’s address to the survivors and the families of victims killed in the Orlando attack:
Four days ago, this community was shaken by an evil and hateful act. Today, we are reminded of what is good. That there is compassion, empathy and decency, and most of all, there is love. That’s the Orlando that we’ve seen in recent days. And that is the America that we have seen.
So far so good. Obama went on to talk about those killed and the impact it has on their families:
This afternoon, the vice president and I had the opportunity to meet with many of the families here. As you might imagine, their grief is beyond description. Through their pain and through their tears, they told us about the joy that their loved ones had brought to their lives. They talked about their sons or their daughters — so many young people, in their 20s and 30s; so many students who were focused on the future. One young woman was just 18 years old. Another, said her father, was a happy girl with so many dreams.
There were siblings there talking about their brothers and their sisters and how they were role models that they looked up to. There were husbands and wives who had taken a solemn vow; fathers and mothers who gave their full hearts to their children. These families could be our families. In fact, they are our family — they’re part of the American family. Today, the vice president and I told them, on behalf of the American people, that our hearts are broken, too, but we stand with you and that we are here for you, and that we are remembering those who you loved so deeply.
Again, all good stuff.
As a nation, we’ve also been inspired by the courage of those who risked their lives and cared for others. Partners whose last moments were spent shielding each other. The mother who gave her life to save her son. The former Marine whose quick thinking saved dozens of lives.
Joe and I had the chance to thank Mayor Dyer, Chief Mina, Sheriff Demings, all who responded in heroic ways; the outstanding police and first responders who were able to, through their professionalism and quick response, rescue so many people. We also owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to all the doctors, all the nurses who have worked day and night to treat the injured, save lives and prevent even more anguish.
The doctors and nurses definitely deserve praise. Having to deal with dozens of people with bullet wounds has to be a mind-numbing experience. Body after body coming into that hospital. I can’t imagine the horror and pandemonium. It had to be complete chaos. Big props to the hospital and the workers for taking care of business.
As one of the doctors here said, “after the worst of humanity reared its ugly head … the best of humanity came roaring back.” Let me get that quote more precisely -— “after the worst of humanity reared its evil head … the best of humanity came roaring back.”
Now remember when everybody accused Donald Trump of politicizing the tragedy? Remember that? OK.
Take a look at what Obama said next:
Now, if we’re honest with ourselves, if, in fact, we want to show the best of our humanity, then we’re all going to have to work together at every level of government, across political lines, to do more to stop killers who want to terrorize us. We will continue to be relentless against terrorist groups like ISIL and al-Qaida. We are going to destroy them. We are going to disrupt their networks, and their financing, and the flow of fighters in and out of war theaters. We’re going to disrupt their propaganda that poisons so many minds around the world.
We haven’t been destroying them. We haven’t been disrupting their networks or financing or propaganda. The CIA director said ISIS is stronger than ever and attacks have continued. All we’ve been doing is moving the mess around.
They say Donald Trump’s rhetoric will inspire more attacks. Trump’s language inspires people who want to kill us. No, what inspires people is seeing how strong ISIS still is in that region. That’s what inspires people. A winning team.
So when the president of the United States says we’re kicking their asses and the CIA says no, weren’t not, and then we keep getting attacked, people who want to harm us are even more inspired. In the last six months, two airliners have been brought down by terrorists, and there have been countless attacks, from Paris to Brussels to Tel Aviv to the U.S. We’re not disrupting a damn thing.
We’re going to do all that. (When?) Our resolve is clear. But given the fact that the last two terrorist attacks on our soil — Orlando and San Bernardino — were homegrown, carried out it appears not by external plotters, not by vast networks or sophisticated cells, but by deranged individuals warped by the hateful propaganda that they had seen over the Internet, then we’re going to have to do more to prevent these kinds of events from occurring.
This is a lie, and nobody’s calling Obama out on it. San Bernardino wasn’t homegrown. The wife, Tashfeen Malik, was born in Pakistan and lived in Saudi Arabia. She came to America, radicalized her American-born husband, and then carried out an attack that killed 14 people at a Christmas party. That’s not homegrown.
You might say that the Orlando attack was homegrown, but it’s not, considering that Omar Mateen’s parents are both from Afghanistan and his father hosted a TV show where he praised the Taliban. So the Pulse shooting wasn’t homegrown, either. The United States does not teach what Omar Mateen was taught. Mateen did what he did based on an ideology. An ideology his father shares, his mother shares. Everybody from that region of the world shares an ideology that inspired the attack in Florida.
It’s going to take more than just our military. It’s going to require more than just our intelligence teams.
This is also not true. We have the greatest military in the world. If Obama was really serious about taking out ISIS, we would be lighting up the sky every single night over their strongholds. Our military hasn’t yet been unleashed. There is no shock and awe, it’s all hem and haw. You don’t see the skies lit up every night like they were over Iraq because we’re not doing that. If we fully unleashed our military, the threat from ISIS would be diminished in a week.
It’s not going to require more from our intelligence teams. Our intelligence teams are being handcuffed. When they go to investigate a terrorist, and they ask the terrorist why there are getting reports of him saying terroristy things, the terrorist says, “I didn’t really mean it. I just said it to scare my co-workers. They are mean to me because I’m a Muslim.” So the intelligence team backs off and closes the investigation. That’s exactly what happened with Omar Mateen. The FBI determined he wasn’t a threat. He was a victim of Islamophobia, nothing more.
If we used our intelligence and military capability at its highest level, these attacks wouldn’t happen. Plain and simple. The shooting in Orlando was not a random attack.
As good as they are, as dedicated as they are, as focused as they are, if you have lone wolf attacks like this, hatched in the minds of a disturbed person, then we’re going to have to take different kinds of steps in order to prevent something like this from happening.
Those who were killed and injured here were gunned down by a single killer with a powerful assault weapon.
Obama doesn’t want to do what needs to be done militarily. He doesn’t want to use our intelligence capability. Obama wants to take away a gun that is completely harmless without a terrorist behind the trigger.
Donald Trump is right. There is something going on with this president. Remember during the last couple years of the Reagan administration when people speculated that the president had something wrong with his memory? Sure enough, Ronald Reagan was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Now, I assume there is nothing wrong with Obama’s brain. So why is he not doing everything he can to protect Americans? There is something going on. What is it?
Calling this a lone wolf attack is disingenuous. A Hollywood director’s son who guns down a bunch of people in Santa Barbara because girls are mean to him is different than a person who follows an ideology that calls for terrorizing non-believers. Being labeled not cool is not an ideology. Neither is dressing up like the Joker and shooting up a theater. Writing letters to Jodie Foster is not an ideology.
Eliot Rodger, James Holmes and John Hinckley were legitimately deranged people. The San Bernardino killers were not deranged, and neither was Omar Mateen. There were following an ideology that is practiced by millions upon millions of people.
Those who were killed and injured here were gunned down by a single killer with a powerful assault weapon. The motives of this killer may have been different than the mass shooters in Aurora or Newtown, but the instruments of death were so similar. And now, another 49 innocent people are dead. Another 53 are injured. Some are still fighting for their lives. Some will have wounds that will last a lifetime.
Now we’re getting into politics.
Of course, Obama isn’t attributing any of this to radical Islam whatsoever. Radical Islam is not just blowing stuff up and shooting people. Radical Islam is saying a woman can’t drive. Radical Islam is female genital mutilation. Radical Islam is covering a woman from head to toe in a black sheet. Radical Islam is killing people for leaving the religion or for being gay.
Omar Mateen slaughtered 49 gay people because radical Islam says it is acceptable to do so. Omar Mateen used an assault rifle, Iran and Saudi Arabia use a hangman’s noose and a sword. Omar Mateen was killed by police, Iran and Saudi Arabia do business with the United States.
We can’t anticipate or catch every single deranged person that may wish to do harm to his neighbors, or his friends, or his coworkers, or strangers. But we can do something about the amount of damage that they do. Unfortunately, our politics have conspired to make it as easy as possible for a terrorist or just a disturbed individual like those in Aurora and Newtown to buy extraordinarily powerful weapons — and they can do so legally.
Again, Omar Mateen and the San Bernardino killers were not deranged. Neither were the Paris attackers, the Brussels bombers or the Fort Hood shooter. They were following a deranged ideology. If you don’t think that mutilating a woman’s genitals and killing someone because they’re gay or they leave a religion is deranged, there’s something going on with you. Taking legal weapons off the market isn’t the answer.
I’m pleased to hear that the Senate will hold votes on preventing individuals with possible terrorist ties from buying guns, including assault weapons.
This is an empty gesture that would not have prevented what happened in Orlando. Nobody wants a terrorist to have a gun. I think that’s something we can all agree on. But Omar Mateen was investigated and cleared by the FBI. By definition, he was not a terrorist. According to the FBI, he did not have terrorist ties and would thus not be prevented from obtaining a weapon.
The low information voter listens to what the president says and they believe it. They believe that even though Mateen was under FBI investigation, he was able to buy a gun because Republicans made it that way. But Mateen wasn’t under investigation. He was cleared because he said he was being bullied by his co-workers. The low information voter is confused, because he’s getting mixed messages from the president and the CIA.
The Orlando attack happened because of President Obama’s policies. He didn’t go into the club with a gun and do the shooting himself, but his actions as president contributed to the massacre as much as Omar Mateen.
Obama calls this a hate crime. A hate crime by a Muslim whose ideology is all about putting gays to death. Obama says we don’t know the motivations of Omar Mateen or what influences led him down the path of violence and terror. We don’t know why Mateen did what he did, but Dylann Roof? The Confederate flag made him do it. The Dukes of Hazzard made Dylann Roof kill nine churchgoers in South Carolina. Oh, and white supremacy.
The Confederate flag, the Dukes of Hazzard and white supremacy made Dylann Roof kill, but Omar Mateen? We’re not sure. We have no clue. Could be repressed homosexuality. San Bernardino? Workplace violence, we think. But we know for certain that the Confederate flag made Dylann Roof kill, so it had to come down. Roof used a handgun instead of an assault rifle, so they couldn’t blame the shooting on that inanimate object. Instead, they blamed a flag.
So that was the gist of Obama’s Orlando speech. You want to talk about politics? Using a tragedy to exploit an agenda?