Obama's Real Legacy: Creating a Global Haven for Terrorists

We mourn the couple murdered in Samaria. The world would do well to notice that it isn't just Israel that is being hit. Global terror has skyrocketed under Obama's watch.

Dr. Joe Tuzara,

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The evolving threat to America's national security has never been more random and unpredictable than in the dwindling months left at the Obama White House.

At the global level, scholars will long debate just who and what policies are fueling the "steeper-than-exponential rise of terrorist attacks." But one thing is clear: President Barack Obama’s legacy will likely be the establishment of a global haven for terrorism.

Obama's ludicrous assertions the world is "less violent" than it has ever been, that Al Qaeda's terrorist ranks are "on the run" and have been "decimated," .."America is winning right now. America is great right now" are blatant lies based on fantasy.

On the contrary, the Global Terrorism Index reported the number of terrorist attacks around the world has increased dramatically; 82% of all terrorism occurs in only 5 countries; 60%of all attacks occurred in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria; more than 90%of all terrorist attacks occur in countries that have gross human rights violations.

However, the rest of the world suffered a 54 % increase in terrorist incidents as well and the number of countries that have lost more than 50 lives hit an all-time high in 2013. This highlights that not only is the intensity of terrorism increasing, its breadth is increasing as well, the report said.

Not all terrorist incidents are equally devastating, and not all terrorist groups are equally effective.

Nonetheless, terrorist attacks pose an "extreme risk" in the capital cities of 12 countries, including in the strategic markets of Egypt, Israel, Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan. 

According to a new index which ranks world cities by the likelihood of a terror attack based on historic trends, 64 cities around the world are at 'extreme risk' of a terror attack.


With global deaths from terrorism up more than 4,000 percent in a dozen years, can we really call U.S. counterterrorism a success?
Of these, the majority are in the Middle East, Asia. Africa and Europe. The ‘high risk’ level in Paris is representative of a wider trend for Western countries, including Belgium, Canada and Australia, where the level of risk in key urban centers is substantially higher.

Despite the White House's orchestrated spin, nothing can be further from the truth: Under Obama's watch, global terror threat and terrorist attacks have skyrocketed.

Global terrorism has significantly worsened, in terms of the number of attacks, their lethality, as well as the size and strength of terrorist organizations.

According to the latest U.S. State Department Country Reports on Terrorism 2014, only 725 people were killed worldwide in 2002. During Obama’s first full year in office, in 2010, it was 13,186. In other words, terrorist related deaths grew by more than 4,000 percent from 2002 and by 148 percent from 2010 to 2014.

Even the Director of National Intelligence contradicts Obama, saying that the terror threat against the United States is "expanding" and "2014 is the deadliest year on record for attacks around the world."

Unfortunately, the persistence of alarming flaws in US intelligence are exploitable weaknesses that represent a far more "insidious threat" to American national security strategy on Iran, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) as well as withdrawal in Iraq and containing Afghanistan’s Taliban.

More than 50 intelligence analysts of the U.S. Central Command formally complained that their reports were altered by Obama senior officials to make sure they adhere to the administration's public line that the USis winning the fight against ISIL.

However, manipulation of intelligence data is nothing new. In 2003, then-director John Brennan of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center provided wildly inaccurate data to the CIA, which was then incorporated into the State Department report. Brennan is a Muslim convert and the current director of the CIA.

More recently, the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism charged that the current compilers of the State Department’s statistics, undercounted the violence during the Iraq War, which subsequently makes the recent increase in violence “more extreme than it really is.”

Today, more than 3,000 American soldiers in Iraq, training Iran-backed Shiite Iraqi Security, are more vulnerable to "suicide" terrorist attacks. Post-Iran nuclear deal, 35,000 U.S. troops in the Middle East face a now morally indefensible worldwide threat from terrorism.

Americans die from terrorism when they travel to war zones, or areas marked by violent instability. In the near term, and what this means is that US troops in the volatile region are at higher risk of terrorist attacks.

Even more troubling, the Iran deal weakens restrictions on Iran’s already active missile program and lifts the embargo on those weapons after eight years. Iranian military leaders have already stated Iran will not abide by the restrictions.

During the surge in 2007, 500 American service members were killed by sophisticated roadside bombs called Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFP), planted by Shiite militias and produced and supplied by Iran.

Despite this outrageous ignominy, the U.S. omits Iran and Hezbollah from terror threat list. So, no one should be surprised when Tehran use the billions of dollars after the lifting of sanctions to kill Israelis and Americans, including U.S. troops currently aiding Iran-backed Shiites in Iraq, Yemen, and Syria.

Most of the terrorist plots uncovered in the Middle East, have had targeted the Jewish and Christian community. Sadly, Obama has ignored the genocide of Christians around the world.

'Lone wolves' was believed to be "motivated" by Al Qaeda/ISIS or what law enforcement agency of the European Union (Europol) calls "religiously inspired terrorism."

In the United States, authorities have thwarted all but four of the more than 70 jihadist terrorist plots since 9/11.

Benghazi isn’t the first time the Obama administration has struggled about whether to call  a shooting spree, such as the Fort Hood massacre, an act of terrorism. The mass shooting produced more casualties than any other on an American military base.

Despite the suspect’s ties to al Qaeda, Obama considered domestic terrorist threats "violent extremism," avoiding at all cost the term "Islamic" or "terrorist" when describing incidents such as the Fort Hood shooting, which have all been designated as "work place violence."

Most disturbing, the presence of numerous Muslims of America (MOA) jihad training compounds in rural areas across the United States is alarming. Law enforcement which describes these compounds as “classically structured terrorist cells”, but Obama found no evidence of a jihadist underground or group carrying out a campaign.

Notorious for blaming fractious Congress and others for their politically motivated faux pas, Team Obama is to blame for the increasing sectarian strife while overall undermining the coalition efforts of over 60 nations in its war against ISIL.

It is a travesty that Obama isn't telling us the truth about the growing, global terrorist threat. With global deaths from terrorism up more than 4,000 percent in a dozen years, can we really call U.S. counterterrorism a success?

Indeed, the United States have achieved "remarkable success" in uncovering terrorist plots and preventing attacks in the U.S. homeland. But, the U.S. military will pay a heavy price to counter an increasing number of nontraditional and "asymmetrical" threats worldwide. 

Assuming there is no chance to reverse Obama's destructive policies, we cannot stand aside and do nothing about Muslim Brotherhood influence in the White House. 

The history is clear: When we stop appeasing the enemy, their capabilities will degrade and self-destruct. When we embrace a self-defeating strategy, the enemy gets emboldened and becomes a more powerful threat to global security and stability.

By Joe Tuzara, M.D. The writer was clinical research-physician-general surgeon for Saudi Arabian, Philippine and American healthcare systems and is currently an American freelance writer as well as op-ed contributor.





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