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You Know I'm Right | Commentary by Betty Arenson
| Friday, Jun 17, 2016

bettyarensonPresident Obama revealed more in his June 14 address to the nation than he intended.

One thing is assured: Obama is incapable of ceding PC to embrace America first.

He began his speech by claiming the meeting he had just attended with the National Security Council was planned ahead of the Orlando attack but said it “shaped much of our work today.”

He just wanted us to know that he and his group are on it (terrorism) – but this one just slipped through.

Obama assessed: “He appears to have been an angry, disturbed, unstable young man who became radicalized.” That means we are supposed to feel better because the murdering terrorist was a lone wolf and not part of a group. Sorry, we don’t.

This president provided non-specific successes of all of the bad things that have been prevented under his leadership, then erased the blanket words with this: “But these lone actors or small cells of terrorists are very hard to detect and very hard to prevent.”

Obama missed that the comment is a great argument against his rush to get 10,000 refugees here by the end of 2016.

He stoutly pronounced the refugee “push” as written in The Hill on April 28, claiming that part of the challenge is “as much as possible, (to) provide the American people an assurance that everybody here has been vetted at a very high standard.”

What standard?

CIA Director John Brennan announced Wednesday that ISIS is getting stronger and is plotting against us in a variety of ways including masquerading as fleeing refugees.

Brennan’s assessment trumps a PC president.

Tragically, America has too many of her own future terrorists here legally now. We hardly need imports. It looms large that we need a moratorium on such migration until we can catch our breath and vet these individuals with absolute thoroughness.

Obama was clearly in full-on defense mode when he delved into a litany of his anti-ISIS accomplishments. One of them was: “ISIL continues to lose the money that is its life blood.”

That’s a fallacious claim, especially in view of the erroneous Iran deal where Obama lifted sanctions that will give Iran, a known terrorism sponsor, $150 billion.

That move is even more outrageous considering the administration is wholly aware of Iran’s intent with the funding.

In January, CNN quoted Secretary of State John Kerry: “I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists. … I’m not going to … tell you that every component of that can be prevented.”

Americans should be outraged that this administration has no conscience, putting us at risk for the sake of kissing up to a country that’s loudly vocal with “Death to America.”

Obama was visibly thin-skinned in his efforts to support why he will not utter the words “radical Islamic terrorism.”

He said: “Not once has an adviser of mine said, ‘Man, if we use that phrase, we are going to turn this whole thing around.’ Not once.”

That’s a deceptive statement.

Obama is well known for not listening to his experienced military advisors. For one, he was warned not to take the troops out of Iraq. That move is seen by many as one of the reasons ISIS (ISIL) swelled into the monster it is today.

Another terrorist nutrient was Obama’s tough talk with Syria in 2012 when he drew the “red line.” Syria called his bluff in 2013 and clearly abridged the warning. By September 2013, Obama was saying: “I didn’t set a red line on Syria” He eventually said the world set the red line, bolstered by former Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying, “President Obama did not draw the red line. Humanity drew it decades ago” (CNN).

Here’s the most illuminating information from this angry president.

He repeatedly professes he will not put “boots on the ground” anywhere. We now know we have boots on the ground in Iran, Iraq and Yemen. Most of all, this president, in his 25.06-minute speech, in his quest to perform, lauded his order to kill Osama Bin Laden. But he erred by telling us the truth: He said that the same military unit he ordered to “get” OBL is “now on the ground in Iraq and Syria.” Verify it between the 15:10 and 15:38 minute mark.

It was telling that Obama took this latest jihad upon America to patch together a sanctimonious, petulant response to Americans. He was thin-skinned, ill-tempered, and after 7½ years finally shows his true core. He is not and never was Barry Cool. To date he’s had all of the sycophants cradling him, and now he leaves the bassinet trying to sound like a leader – a man he is not.

If you can look at the past 7½ years and this latest public response and still wonder why Donald Trump arose, then it’s a good guess you’ll be voting Democrat.

God Bless America. We are not safe from terrorists, foreign or domestic, and most sadly, from our own present form of government.


Betty Arenson has lived in the SCV since 1968 and describes herself as a conservative who’s concerned about progressives’ politics and their impacts on the country, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She says she is unashamed to own a gun or a Bible, couldn’t care less about the color of the president’s skin, and demands that he uphold his oath to protect and follow the Constitution of the United States in its entirety.

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  1. Monica says:

    Guess you’ll be really unhappy when Hillary wins then

  2. Gary H says:


    This column itself is so ridiculous it doesn’t deserve a direct response. As to Orlando, that shooter turns out to be a very conflicted gay man who had frequented that exact gay bar many times. He was also a wife beater, and was quite apparently self-conflicted, confused, nuts, angry… was on the FBI watch list twice…. and still easily bought military style weapons.

    This is a domestic problem, not a religious or muslim or even a terrorist problem. This is a nut job getting high powered weapons and turning on society.

    If you want to let people like this have easy access to weapons and blame it on Obama, go for it and you too, can join the nut job league. Rational, fair, reasonable people now see that something must be done to, in a pragmatic, enforceable way, keep assault weapons out of the hands of people who have not need for them.

    This isn’t an Obama problem. It’s an America problem.

  3. Steve Thomas says:

    In the news last night our top security officals from the CIA, FBI, and DHS all reported that ISIS is a greater threat to our security than ever and they expect more attacks here on our soil. Our top security officials are advising that Americans lives are in danger and yet just this week Obama allowed over 400 additional Syrian refugees into our country. Orlando was a horrible tragedy and according to our security officals we should expect more attacks. Even President Carter in 1979 recognized the threat during the Iran hostage crisis. Carter deported Iranians and canceled Visas. American safety should be our President first priority.

  4. Not every republican is Fascist but Every Fascist is a right-wing republican!

  5. So I’m supposed to listen to a 68 year old woman talk to me about progressive politics? Yeah.. Just like how I should listen to Limbaugh on how to beat opiate addiction.

  6. Bill says:

    Gary and Jeremiah should be writing an op-ed here.At least they’re thoughtful, pragmatic and FACT based.

    Shame on you and your generation indeed…the older, angry white people who are fast becoming a minority.

    My favorite line from Betty (referring to President Obama): “To date he’s had all of the sycophants cradling him, and now he leaves the bassinet trying to sound like a leader – a man he is not”, really fits her authoritarian ruler Trump perfectly.

  7. C. Mason says:

    All the people commenting on your very moderate description of facts are in a total spirit of blindness. Inexperienced people and their lack of education at this point has nothing to do with how completely blind all these comments are. This is terrorism and the information I personally know about our incompetent government, would make a clear thinking person never leave the house. You column will never educate blind people who will find an excuse for everything and blame others with lack their own lack of accountability…everyone here is probably looking for more free stuff and don’t care what’s going on until they get theres. I am sorry for people insulting your column, remember they live in their own magical world of delusion. The only way a bad person gets a gun is they steal or take it, this guy was bad he was flagged and due to extreme political correctness the government they love allowed his foreign muslim name get waved thru to get a gun. It’s the government that the people commenting here created another mess of death. And his father for 20 years, once a month, flew from Florida to Burbank filming pro Taliban cable films that he paid for and because he was Muslim it would be racist to stop his free speech. …except I can’t scream fire in a movie theater for fun. I am sure the angry gay muslim was not coached by his terrorist father, yeah right, he probably informed his son that a sacrifice may give him a pass on his homesexuality by taking out some his gay comrades,so alah can forgive the son in the next life and of couse the virgins in death, his father probably planned it to know he would see his now not gay son in heaven.

  8. I find it interesting that SCVTV Santa Clarita only seems to allow right wingers to voice their editorial opinions.

  9. Fortunately, the Santa Clarita Valley is becoming more and more purple to blue. This woman is simply spouting the same pablum that the Republicans have been feeding themselves since the President was elected in 2008. They never, ever talk about how GWB ignored the warnings that the outgoing Clinton administration left regarding the danger of Al Qaeda and Bin Laden. Oh well, the right wing has increasingly become more crazy and more irrelevant.

  10. Rudi Fox says:

    You wanna get rid of idiots. bring ya friends and #voteblue

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