Corporate media are covering President Barack Obama’s December 6, 2015 televised address as one where “the Commander in Chief has sought to reassure a nation on edge about terrorism,” as Time put it. The Wall Street Journal‘s front page story similarly emphasizes that Obama has “aimed to reassure a jittery nation … about the rising threat of domestic terrorism.”
What is clearly excluded from such interpretations and Obama’s speech overall is the fact that the United States, its intelligence agencies and international allies are the main sources of terrorism–including the Islamic State and Al Qaeda–while many of the terroristic mass shooting events over the past few years, including the 11/13 Paris “attacks” and last week’s San Bernardino event, are highly questionable.
Obama claims he wants to protect the country from terror and “fight ISIL.” Yet how should one regard a leader who consciously trains and arms thousands of marauding killers abroad to terrorize entire populations while spying on and disarming the citizenry at home? Who is the real terrorist?
Here is a transcript of the speech in full:
“Good evening. On Wednesday, 14 Americans were killed as they came together to celebrate the holidays. They were taken from family and friends who loved them deeply. They were white and black, Latino and Asian, immigrants, and American born, moms and dads, daughters and sons. Each of them served their fellow citizens. All of them were part of our American family.
“Tonight I want to talk with you about this tragedy, the broader threat of terrorism and how we can keep our country safe. The FBI is still gathering the facts about what happened in San Bernardino, but here’s what we know. The victims were brutally murdered and injured by one of their co-workers and his wife. So far, we have no evidence that the killers were directed by a terrorist organization overseas or that they were part of a broader conspiracy here at home. But it is clear that the two of them had gone down the dark path of radicalization, embracing a perverted interpretation of Islam that calls for war against America and the West. They had stockpiled assault weapons, ammunition, and pipe bombs.
“So this was an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people. Our nation has been at war with terrorists since Al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 Americans on 9/11. In the process, we’ve hardened our defenses, from airports, to financial centers, to other critical infrastructure. Intelligence and law enforcement agencies have disrupted countless plots here and overseas and worked around the clock to keep us safe.
Our military and counterterrorism professionals have relentlessly pursued terrorist networks overseas, disrupting safe havens in several different countries, killing Osama Bin Laden, and decimating Al Qaeda’s leadership.
“Over the last few years, however, the terrorist threat has evolved into a new phase. As we’ve become better at preventing complex multifaceted attacks like 9/11, terrorists turn to less complicated acts of violence like the mass shootings that are all too common in our society. It is this type of attack that we saw at Fort Hood in 2009, in Chattanooga earlier this year, and now in San Bernardino.
“And as groups like ISIL grew stronger amidst the chaos of war in Iraq and then Syria, and as the Internet erases the distance between countries, we see growing efforts by terrorists to poison the minds of people like the Boston Marathon bombers and the San Bernardino killers.
“For seven years, I’ve confronted this evolving threat each and every morning in my intelligence briefing, and since the day I took this office, I have authorized U.S. forces to take out terrorists abroad precisely because I know how real the danger is.
“As commander in chief, I have no greater responsibility than the security of the American people.
“As a father to two young daughters who are the most precious part of my life, I know that we see ourselves with friends and co-workers at a holiday party like the one in San Bernardino. I know we see our kids in the faces of the young people killed in Paris.
“And I know that after so much war, many Americans are asking whether we are confronted by a cancer that has no immediate cure.
“Well, here’s what I want you to know. The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it. We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us. Our success won’t depend on tough talk, or abandoning our values or giving into fear. That’s what groups like ISIL are hoping for. Instead, we will prevail by being strong and smart, resilient and relentless. And by drawing upon every aspect of American power.
“Here’s how. First, our military will continue to hunt down terrorist plotters in any country where it is necessary. In Iraq and Syria, air strikes are taking out ISIL leaders, heavy weapons, oil tankers, infrastructure.
“And since attacks in Paris, our closest allies, including France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, have ramped up their contributions to our military campaign which will help us accelerate our effort to destroy ISIL.
“Second, we will continue to provide training and equipment to tens of thousands of Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting ISIL on the ground so that we take away their safe havens.
“In both countries, we’re deploying special operations forces who can accelerate that offensive. We’ve stepped up this effort since the attacks in Paris, and will continue to invest more in approaches that are working on the ground.
“Third, we’re working with friends and allies to stop ISIL’s operations, to disrupt plots, cut off their financing, and prevent them from recruiting more fighters.
“Since the attacks in Paris, we’ve surged merged intelligence sharing with our European allies. We’re working with Turkey to seal its border with Syria, and we are cooperating with Muslim majority countries, and with our Muslim communities here at home, to counter the vicious ideology that ISIL promotes online.
“Fourth, with American leadership, the international community has begun to establish a process and timeline to pursue cease-fires and a political resolution to the Syrian war.
“Doing so will allow the Syrian people and every country, including our allies, but also countries like Russia, to focus on the common goal of destroying ISIL, a group that threatens us all.
“This is our strategy to destroy ISIL. It is designed and supported by our military commanders and counterterrorism experts, together with 65 countries that have joined an American-led coalition. And we constantly examine our strategy to determine when additional steps are needed to get the job done.
“That’s why I’ve ordered the Departments of State and Homeland Security to review the visa waiver program under which the female terrorist in San Bernardino originally came to this country. And that’s why I will urge high-tech and law enforcement leaders to make it harder for terrorists to use technology to escape from justice.
“Now, here at home, we have to work together to address the challenge. There are several steps that Congress should take right away. To begin with, Congress should act to make sure no one on a no- fly list is able to buy a gun. What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semiautomatic weapon? This is a matter of national security.
“We also need to make it harder for people to buy powerful assault weapons, like the ones that were used in San Bernardino. I know there are some who reject any gun-safety measures, but the fact is that our intelligence and law-enforcement agencies, no matter how effective they are, cannot identify every would-be mass shooter, whether that individual was motivated by ISIL or some other hateful ideology.
“What we can do, and must do, is make it harder for them to kill.
“Next, we should put in place stronger screening for those who come to America without a visa so that we can take a hard look at whether they’ve traveled to war zones. And we’re working with members of both parties in Congress to do exactly that.
“Finally, if Congress believes, as I do, that we are at war with ISIL, it should go ahead and vote to authorize the continued use of military force against these terrorists.
“For over a year, I have ordered our military to take thousands of air strikes against ISIL targets. I think it’s time for Congress to vote to demonstrate that the American people are united and committed to this fight.
“My fellow Americans, these are the steps that we can take together to defeat the terrorist threat.
“Let me now say a word about what we should not do. We should not be drawn once more into a long and costly ground war in Iraq or Syria. That’s what groups like ISIL want. They know they can’t defeat us on the battlefield. ISIL fighters were part of the insurgency that we faced in Iraq. But they also know that if we occupy foreign lands, they can maintain insurgencies for years, killing thousands of our troops and draining our resources, and using our presence to draw new recruits.
“The strategy that we are using now — air strikes, special forces, and working with local forces who are fighting to regain control of their own country — that is how we’ll achieve a more sustainable victory, and it won’t require us sending a new generation of Americans overseas to fight and die for another decade on foreign soil.
“Here’s what else we cannot do. We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam. That, too, is what groups like ISIL want.
“ISIL does not speak for Islam. They are thugs and killers, part of a cult of death. And they account for a tiny fraction of a more than a billion Muslims around the world, including millions of patriotic Muslim-Americans who reject their hateful ideology.
“Moreover, the vast majority of terrorist victims around the world are Muslim.
“If we’re to succeed in defeating terrorism, we must enlist Muslim communities as some of our strongest allies, rather than push them away through suspicion and hate.
“That does not mean denying the fact that an extremist ideology has spread within some Muslim communities. It’s a real problem that Muslims must confront without excuse.
“Muslim leaders here and around the globe have to continue working with us to decisively and unequivocally reject the hateful ideology that groups like ISIL and Al Qaeda promote, to speak out against not just acts of violence, but also those interpretations of Islam that are incompatible with the values of religious tolerance, mutual respect, and human dignity.
“But just as it is the responsibility of Muslims around the world to root out misguided ideas that lead to radicalization, it is the responsibility of all Americans, of every faith, to reject discrimination. It is our responsibility to reject religious tests on who we admit into this country. It’s our responsibility to reject proposals that Muslim-Americans should somehow be treated differently. Because when we travel down that road, we lose. That kind of divisiveness, that betrayal of our values plays into the hands of groups like ISIL.
“Muslim-Americans are our friends and our neighbors, our co- workers, our sports heroes. And, yes, they are our men and women in uniform who are willing to die in defense of our country. We have to remember that.
“My fellow Americans, I am confident we will succeed in this mission because we are on the right side of history. We were founded upon a belief in human dignity that no matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like or what religion you practice, you are equal in the eyes of God and equal in the eyes of the law. Even in this political season, even as we properly debate what steps I and future presidents must take to keep our country safe. Let’s make sure we never forget what makes us exceptional. Let’s not forget that freedom is more powerful than fear. That we have always met challenges, whether war or depression, natural disasters or terrorist attacks, by coming together around our common ideals as one nation and one people.
“So long as we stay true to that tradition, I have no doubt that America will prevail.
“Thank you. God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.”
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Our right to bear arms and terrorism are mutually exclusive under obama’s threat to remove our guns in exchange for his “protection.” He violated his oath of office to protect us and confiscating our guns will NOT change his position!
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We had Obama figured as a Corporatist thug and mouthpiece before he was even elected yet, didn’t we Mr Pudster…??
That dissidence at OEN is what became the genesis of COTO.
Although our agenda’s diverged eventually, I still appreciate much of the stay. ‘Till the Nurse Ratched affair….Lol
Hey stranger. Yes we did and we got the scars to prove it. Barry is looking very old. Running cover for the house has taken it’s toll. What I find incredible is the leap year cycle where eveyone for gets Clinton, Bush, Obama and start getting excited for El Trumpo. I swear it’s coming from space. Stop by sometime and we can make a few kilos of red pills and escape the matrix for good.
The Left/Right Hegelian ploy will seemingly forever baffle the herd of Homo Vishnu Amerikanus.
I do drop by and read COTO from time to time Puddy.
I am way busy on both T&S and a site called JFKfacts. I have gone back to the Kennedy Assassination as my main focus for the last few months.
And of course attending to my own blog is time consuming in itself.
That can be accessed here:
Drop by any time!
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Didja notice how he stuck gun control right into the middle, as a ‘tactic’ against ISIS, and pretty much equated gun rights with terrorism? Yeah, and to say that anyone who can fly shouldn’t be able to buy a gun is ridiculous – how many hundred thousand names are on the no-fly list? And most of them apparently in error. I mean, you can get on for literally nothing – making a comment like this one for example, or paying cash for things you buy, or being a veteran. All those behaviors are listed on ‘terror watch’ documents from DHS or the FBI.
But, once ON the list, you can almost never get OFF the list. So his proposal to fight ISIS is to disarm Americans so we can’t fight back in our own homes? And to make any ‘accusation’ from the No-Fly Stasi equivalent to a felony conviction in terms of our rights to defend ourselves and protect our families? This is totally unacceptable.
The Master of the Non-Sequitur, that’s Obama. But, he’s talking to his audience.
Obama mocks us and falls asleep with a wide grin on his face. He’s a happy man, he helped wreck the country.
all just part of The Fundamental Transformation of America
And so it begins… more vomit from the selected puppet in charge. So gun ownership is bad, false flags events/Mass casualty drills are good,and if you dissent, you will put you on the no-fly list and confiscate your passport and pension.
I think we need some feel-good Monday music..
Thanks. Athough filmed in London, it has a look in some places of Boston and New York – the lion, the statues…. Boykins is like the South Carolina name “Boykin” (Mary Boykin Chestnut wrote a diary during the Civil War – from the white Confederate viewpoint). Whenever I am watching football in the US I see these historic names and wonder about the players and their family history and where they came from.
That was nice, Ted. Try this:
Bela Fleck is good, but Victor Wooten is a much better musician. And a European American playing a “banjo’ is really funny to me. I guess “cultural appropriation is the norm these days.
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What’s to say that hasn’t already been said? To quote writer L. Neil Smith earlier this year:
Does anyone seriously believe a word from this person’s mouth?
The article below reportedly shows Farook and his wife at O’hare airport upon their return from abroad. Notice that they are standing apart and both of the couple’s their eyes are fixed on the camera? This usually happens when a person poses for the picture:
wow – this guy is quite the chameleon…did he gain 40 lbs after the early pics were released, or has he lost 40lbs. since returning to the U.S?
I’m no photo analyst, but something looks off – she looks like a cutout dropped in place? can’t put my finger on it
It’s better than that as Puddy said.
These terrorists were so well trained they appeared as 3 white guys dressed just as the Swat guys training around the corner to the witnesses.
That’s pretty good tactics there.
ISIS could be the little old lady crossing the street to your eyes, but may really be 15 armed soldiers in reality.
Do they have Hologram Technology down?
Looks like three white guys.
The press seems to have substituted the earlier version of the perp (I can’t find the picture any more), which was a young, handsome, very westernized dark-skinned guy, with the much swarthier, more “terrorist-looking” guy seen here.
Does anyone know what I’m talking about? There was a photo ostensibly taken from the dating site where the perp met his wife.
Yeah, he looked more like a frat boy than a sulking fat boy. Besides, if they were that “orthodox” she’d be behind him.
Pictures can be tricky depending on lighting, flash photography, etc., the same person can look a lot darker or lighter.
No, the ones I’m thinking of are definitely two different people. Different hairlines, totally (hair rarely grows down a person’s forehead as they age).
But you’re right: pictures can be deceiving.
Yes! That’s what I meant about the 40 lbs.
Does anyone know O’Hare well enough to verify this location?
Seems it could easily be a shot taken as they were Leaving the U.S. – like Wednesday night?
Guess I wasn’t the only person questioning the date – today’s Drudge version has grown a timestamp! How conveeeeeeenient!
Obama is unique as a puppet in chief over previous versions. He is by far the best and most gifted in doublespeak. Unlike the versions of Bush’s and Clintons, he incorporates direct threat and the truth of America as international terrorists in his triple entendre. Unlike Bush’s “you are either with us or the terrorists”, Obama directly states and refers to these narrated media disclosures as domestic terror and openly threatens America indirectly by using the government (ISIS) as the target of the terror. He has completely flipped the attacker and attacked and openly and transparently indicated that the global cabal running the operation, will hunt down anywhere, the terrorists. Along with the American Gladio inside the FBI, ATF, SPLC and LE, they have crafted the merging of their creation ISIS, the nusra front to the al-CIAda (base) and linked it directly to the domestic threat, we Americans. Linking conspiracy, constitutionalists and anti-government corruption to the international threat via the internet was genius. Using anti-semetism, xenophobia and race to brand all who expose criminality as hate.
If we accept that the global governing order is running false flags, terror drills and staging the events and narratives then we have to understand what his message truly is. Those who threaten the order will be destroyed. This is the triple cross. History and evidence has shown that resisters (rejectionists) to the NWO and all it entails are the terrorists and whether or not these terrorists will defend it with force or not does not really matter as they will use commerce, freedom of information, communications, finance as well as targeted assassinations via drones or covert ops to take you out.
Based upon tons of disclosure by countries that GLADIO, the B-thing has continued to operate since WWII, the objectives never changed. It was to seek out the resisters to global authority, infiltrate and identify and then conduct counter measures via false flags and terror to discredit those who were fighting for sovereignty to prevent the coups, which we can call the Arab Spring. Qaddafi was a great example this long endeavor, which failed until they just had to assassinate him. The secrets to Benghazi may never come to light. I confirmed Turkey and Pakistan as the same zones for their operations abroad and now we have seen both countries implicated in the latest event in SB, CA. We are only a stones toss away from the “servicing the target” and new bombs to be dropped in America. The DSM-5 bible on mental disorders is one as well as profiling and registry. Those with some education in gang-stalking can see all Fed agencies in this toolbox. Useful idiots in Intelligence, IRS, CPS, banking, healthcare, law enforcement and clergy will assist as we will ourselves by not opting out of the global grid.
“If people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust Congress, and don’t trust federal judges, to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some problems here.”
Who is we?
Can’t agree with you, Pud. When I listen to Obama, after I puke, that is, I realize the total lack of subtlety in his words and I notice the lack of cleverness. Anybody with a bit of sophistication and book learnin’ realizes the farcical nature of Zero’s verbiage. His assumptions thrown at airheads is perhaps enough to wow them. To somebody with both a pulse and IQ at least 48, his drivel is so patently boorish and boring that one can only marvel at the lack of coherence that goes to people that are “on” to him. If you are completely in the dark about the truths that can be easily obtained by tuning into legit websites, yes, you will misconstrue nearly everything he says, and he doesn’t say much at all. I think virtually every Congressperson and DC operative realizes O’s shortcomings, but since their meal tickets are handed out by the Cretinoid in Charge, they have to play along with him.
Once he got the Ignoble Peace Prize, it was all downhill after that. He killed Osama again, it takes a helluva man to render a dead man deader. Questions that reporters turn in for careful scrutiny before his press conferences indicate just how paranoid this man is. Notice that the biggest “conservative” radio hosts like Limbaugh, Hannity, and Levin all have call screeners to preclude “gotcha” phone calls. Obama knows that people hate him, those not on the government teat, that is. But, in true Orwellian fashion, hatred is love, stupidity is genius, and insanity is levelheadedness.
And this is how Obama is best described. There is nothing to admire about this human vacuum.
I overlook the dumbed-down nature of his delivery (for the mind-controlled) but hear the message behind it. I think it requires little to hear the message. It does require you believe in the left-right paradigm and are not in either camp but see that they are both shilling for the house, yet they compete with each other for top dog.
What I write about is how to see this in action. You can ID players on both sides by their use of ISIL or ISIS for example. So I see the Planned Parenthood event as a left team theater while the SB event as a right team event. Obama wants to destroy the right, from here at home and the Cap Hill gang wants to take out the foreign left. It’s all a big game of monopoly, Risk and Poker. At the end of the game, Hillary and Jeb will kiss, Trump and Bernie will laugh and get drunk and we will be on a Orwellian Hunger Games set.
In my opinion there are few rules for the game. The important one is never give up the house. Other than that the game continues. Why left right pundits pimps and personalities screen the callers is that they don’t want to get the call to do the math. “Three towers minus two planes equals one world order.”
Yes, certainly. He is doing just what he’s ordered to do. He is perfect in a casting call sort of way. Just “black” enough that any criticism can be charged to “racism”. He talks to the “left” but does the bidding of the Owners.
He is completely vacuous. He doesn’t care. They snatched him up off the beach, gave him a credit card and set about sheep dipping him.
Underneath that facade is the same two-bit hustler that turned tricks with middle-aged men in Hawaii to feed his need to “powder his nose”.
The manufactured story is every bit as phantasmic as these productions we study. They are complete and utter fabrications. Any who point to obvious anomalies are simply ignored.
Not to worry. When he goes there’ll be another, just like him. If they install one who decides to get creative they’ll eliminate that one and get another. Let’s face it, it doesn’t get more in your face than this.
I agree,Gil Favor. Obama is just smart enough,and ONLY smart enough to carry out his Ruler’s orders. Contrast him with JFK,who was not only smart,but determined to follow his own conscience…it got him “eliminated”…Zero wants none of that…thus he is and will be a very dutiful servant.
Everyone should watch ‘Dreams From My REAL Father”…until then: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsdWwLvSRa4
Could the FBI have used $8.99 crime scene tape at the Farook residence to notify the landlord and press gang not to contaminate the scene after they searched it?
They needed the “crime scene” compromised. Since bulldozing an apartment is not a easy as a school or a private dwelling, the brain power at HQ came up with marauders instead.
Anne, I don’t know. Even people who I know to be numb to these things were upset by this episode. All that personal information laid out for public display is well……….unreal.
I’m surprised they didn’t show Grandma’s ISIS secret decoder ring.
I can’t watch and listen to that man. Instead I watched this – a couple of videos by “pocketsofthefuture”. Well worth it when time allows. He thoughtfully dissects the mocudramas we’re exposed to now.
10 minutes: Why Did They Pass a Law That Makes Staged Hoaxes and Crisis-Acted Movies Legal?
18 minutes: Eagles of Death Metal Crisis Actors Revealed
Anne, yeah, I’ve mentioned the legislation a number of times. Since its inception there’s been at least one court case where they held for the defendant, basically saying that it was permissible for the “news” to lie.
The other one is interesting as well. That seems to be a standard feature of these productions. There is no plausibility to them. Just like the actors reactions, the participants actions are unnatural.
They leave us wondering “why did they say that?”. This approach cannot be accidental. I suppose that old cognitive dissonance thing is a factor. Being made to watch the implausible tends to soften reality.
Oh, I like him (Pocketsofthefuture) too. He has such a kind, gentle voice.
Barack “Barry” Soetoro Hussein Obama does not write the words on his teleprompter. How much of any speech given does he remember before he heads out to the golf course?
From a White House speechwriter:
I’m not jittery about domestic terrorism. I’m nauseated by our government’s corruption and revolted by its policies.
Hope that helps.
Muslims are the victims of terrorism. Hey, Barry, what about the 500k kids that were murdered in Iraq and the huge number of Syrians killed by bombs paid for by US taxpayers?
This contemptuous failure thinks he speaks a language that sentient Americans cannot understand. He thinks he is soooooo smart that only he knows how he insults us.
Obama the Impostor is really an ignoramus. Without his Teleprompters, the man stumbles and bumbles.
I wouldn’t buy a used pencil from this man.
The contemptible slobs we should all hate are Obama’s supporters in high places. When I think of our grotesque governor supporting HIllary Clinton because he “admires her political career”, I want to retch, then vomit. The nation is run by idiots and ignoramuses, fatheads one and all. This must be why we need lawyers in Washington, right?
I can understand your disgust, Gil; Obama’s policies are odious. But now consider: he ran for his first Election on Hope n’ Change, changing the policies of Bush jnr. And what he actually did was implement and expand them in foreign policy. And yet his poll numbers have been the same for years. 40%+ approving, 50%+ disapproving.
In order to maintain this minimum level of disapproval, he has to be a great political conman, and he is. He is evil, yes, but he is very intelligent and politically talented.
But I have same problem you do, I literally can’t watch either him or the Dem or Repub clowns; whoever is Elected will be worse than he is. Worse of all will be Clinton, a militarist and Wall Street adherent. Look on the bright side, Gil; things are going to get much worse than Obama.
these “mass killings” are not reality-they are Tv productions, Please turn OFF your TV. the TV is a piece of brain washing equipment nothing more, everything on it is scripted/produced for the agenda, if there are any “mass shootings” you can be very sure it didnt happen the way they said it did, but almost all of these teleivised and repeated reapeated & repeated on every channel over & over & over again are MADE FOR TV MOVIES, there is nothing on TV that is reality you must smash that set & stop believing the non sense they are force feeding you.Main Stream Media , is a Military Weapon , all things on the TV are made for the agenda https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bets2iwgQMI – how the cabal uses the TV as a brain washing tool- repeat repeat repeat the same information enough times then it is hard for people to change their minds about the “reality” they have been PROGRAMMED to believe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g7kTD4eP2U – boston “bombing” – sandy hook – not reality – but fakery – they are drills that are filmed then televised – one done with actors onlocation, the “set” ( boston) –one a drill TAPED & EDITED ( sandy hook was NOT EVEN AN OPERATING SCHOOL since the year 2007, you’ve been hoodwinked along with everyone else who watches TV & thinks that stuff is real – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj-3y4oLUD8 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmIrx9ey8u4 – here is how the “news” is made – these are ACTORS reading scripts they are NOT reporters, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhgVbbDBJ24 – The CFR Controls American Media https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJNgm4kM24s