Tag: terrorism

Orlando’s Lesson: No More Playing Games—It’s Time for War

Obama’s press conferences in response to this year’s string of terrorist attacks—Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels, and even the first press conference after Orlando—were all marked by a laconic or, perhaps more accurately, lackadaisical demeanor, suggesting that the twentieth century’s greatest orator really wanted to be miles away—at a Cuban baseball game, tangoing in Argentina, smoking Camels behind the barn, anywhere but where he was.

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Audacity Defined as “Rude Confidence”

That said, the general idea of the “audacity of hope” was that in an age —pre-2008, you understand — of desperate cynicism, we needed a gargantuan dose of optimism, even chutzpah, to find the silver lining around the darkest of modern clouds, chiefly those hovering above the United States. The only man with the requisite skills for the task was Mr. Audacity-of-Hope-and-Change himself.

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France Was Not the Only Target

We cannot ignore the reality of the terror that is spreading around the world. History is abundant with examples of regimes and cultures that have simply killed those that they disagree with. In spite of its flaws, the US is, as Lincoln well understood, “the last best hope of earth,” and we always need to remind others of the need for freedom and the threats to it.

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