Think back to the mid-2000s. Remember the palpable outrage that filled nearly every political discussion? The left ranted and raved and asserted that George W. Bush was a “war criminal” and that his foreign policy decisions were disasters.
Fast-forward to 2015 and what do we have? The territory we fought to secure, for which so many young men and women gave life and limb, is now in the hands of radical Islamic jihadists. Our president will not cite their religious fanaticism as the leading factor for their violence, America’s military might is a joke and our so-called “commander-in-chief” is actually warning the enemy before we bomb them.
As if all of that were not bad enough, the number of deaths worldwide from terrorism has quadrupled since Obama assumed office.
Where are the leftist crowds demanding his removal from office? If Bush was a monster for facilitating death, what ought we to think of the man whose policies have greatly enabled the augmenting of such wholesale death and carnage?
According to a report from Breitbart, deaths from terrorism are up about 426% from Bush’s era. While it may be wrong to lay each and every death at the feet of Obama, it’s clear that Obama’s complete and utter failure on foreign policy has enabled a destabilization of the Middle East- a prospect that has emboldened ISIS and threatened large populations within the Middle East, such as the Syrian refugees Obama appears committed to adopt.
Deaths from terrorism increased 80 percent last year to an all-time-record of 32,658 people killed, compared to 18,111 in 2013. The number is up about 426 percent from the 7,654 killed by terrorists in 2008 under President Bush, according to the latest report from ‘Vision of Humanity.’
The 2014 economic cost of 13,370 terrorist attacks in 93 countries included property damage, medical costs, lost income for victims, and the indirect costs of preventing and responding to terrorist acts. The annual “Global Terrorism Index” report estimated those costs hit an all-time-high in 2014 of $52.9 billion.
Boko Haram and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant were jointly responsible for 51 percent of all claimed global terrorist fatalities in 2014. About 57 percent of all the attacks and 78 percent of all the deaths occurred in the five nations of Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria.
But the number of nations suffering over 500 or more deaths from terrorism increased in 2014 by approximately 120 percent, to 11 countries.
Nigeria experienced the largest increase in terrorist activity with 7,512 deaths in 2014, a jump of over 300 percent over the prior year. But Iraq continued as the worst place for terrorist attacks in 2014, with 9,929 killed, setting another new all-time-record for a single nation.
The number of countries suffering at least one terrorist fatality spread significantly last year, from 59 in 2013 to 67 in 2014. Advanced Western nations suffering at least one terrorist death included Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada and France.
As the Middle East destabilized from 2011 through 2014, global terrorist attacks set a new record each year. Over the three-year period, the total number of people killed by terrorism was approximately 63,214.
The 2015 year was on track through mid-June (latest data available) to set another all-time record, with the IntelCenter tracking “5,209 terrorist and rebel incidents” that killed a total of 14,193 people.
America should not serve as the policeman of the world. However, we are currently saddled with a worst-case scenario.
We are currently bleeding money to offer an appearance of force in the Middle East while doing, essentially, nothing. Our programs to train native fighters has failed miserably and our weak position on the world stage has welcomed intrusion into the Middle East from increasingly-militant Russia. We have surrendered our hard-won territory in Iraq to ISIS and are currently in the process of finalizing a deal with Iran that would lift economic sanctions in exchange for meaningless promises to slow nuclear development. Lifting these sanctions would enable Iran, the largest state-sponsor of terrorism, to increase their efforts to fund terrorist violence.
Now, thanks to the rapid destabilization of the Middle East, Americans are being forced to accept 10,000 refugees from the very country in which ISIS resides.
Bush is starting to look pretty good by comparison, huh?