Do You Feel Safe?
Ant Antoine Comes to Breakfast
Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Thursday, September 11, 2014. Our little friend, Ant Antoine, is at the breakfast table this morning. He watched President Obama address the nation on the eve of September 11th and he has some observations he would like to share with you. Please join Antoine for this morning. He has baked a batch of luscious croissants for your enjoyment. I will be providing Irish Coffees. We hope to see you soon.
Getting Tough on Terror?
Thank you all for joining me this morning. President Obama addressed the nation last night to discuss America's response to ISIS. I listened, I watched and I hoped that I and my beloved human family would feel strengthened by his words. I did not. I listened, I watched and I hoped that I would hear the words that would ease the fear that I have been experiencing when I see how easy it is to gain illegal entry into the United States. I did not hear those words. In the beginning, I sensed that your President Obama was channeling George Bush when he addressed the nation after September 11th. He tried, but I didn't sense that President Obama's heart was in the right place. He had to make the speech, but in the end, what did he really say?
15 Minutes of Nothing
Your President Obama looked at America and vowed to go after ISIS, or as he prefers to call them ISIL. He acknowledged that there is a real threat, albeit not immediate, to the homeland. What he never addressed is his part in creating that threat by leaving our borders unattended. ISIS could be marching into Arizona as I write this and there wouldn't be a border agent to greet them appropriately on their way in. The agents are changing diapers, so shots will not be fired. America must confront and destroy ISIS wherever they are and some of them are right here. There are at least 200 American citizens fighting with these animals. They carry U.S. passports and are apparently free to come back anytime they choose. The thought of that terrifies me, and your President Obama didn't ease the fear. A recent poll shows that over 77 percent of Americans feel that an attack on the country may happen soon. Your President Obama needed to, but did not, address that concern.
What was your reaction to President Obama's speech?
Boiling It Down
At the end of the 15 minute speech, I was left feeling kind of empty. I listened to your president tell the country that all military actions that have been taken so far have been successful. If President Obama had left Iraq better protected, ISIS probably would not be there now. He didn't mention that. He also failed to mention exactly what countries comprised the coalition he kept referring to. Are there 4 countries, 8 countries or 48 countries? Will they be the boots on the ground? He did say he was going to send 500 additional advisers into Iraq to help the Iraqi army get up to speed. That is a tall order. First you have to find the army and then you have to try and convince them not to run away.
Your President Obama then discussed his plan to arm the Free Syrian army. That is a problematic idea because the Free Syrians have been infiltrated by ISIS! In the end, we will continue doing exactly what we have been doing all along. We will look for ISIS on the ground from the air. In the meantime, this hideous group will be growing bigger and more dangerous every minute. I don't pretend to know what it is we should be doing in Iraq and Syria, but I don't have a good feeling about the success of your president's plan. I think he needs to work on this problem for more than 15 minutes!
Let's go children of the homeland
The day of reckoning has arrived
Against you tyranny's flag is raised!