Peggy Noonan points out in the WSJ that after the Paris attacks, one week later, the hard, ugly truth is that these “primitive, ferocious young men will not stop until we stop them.” But how?
Lacking the strength and certitude of a Ronald Reagan, President Obama continues to prattle on about climate change “as the great threat of our time.”
All he can do at this point is troll the GOP with the mischief of his refugee program. If he can’t work up a passion about radical Islamic violence, at least he can tie the Republicans in knots over whether they’re heartless bigots who want to prevent widows and children from taking refuge from the Syrian civil war.
This is a poor prioritizing of what faces us. The public is appropriately alarmed about exactly who we might be letting in. It would be easy, and commonsensical, to follow their prompting and pause the refugee program, figure out how to screen those seeking entrance more carefully, and let in only the peaceable. If that takes time, it takes time.
Read more from Ms. Noonan here, who maintains that what people want now from their leaders is an air of shown and felt confidence. Leaders who will show us how to deal with a “possible parade of horribles” short term and long term. Is anyone thinking this through?