In his final national security speech, delivered in Tampa, FL, President Barack Obama told his audience of service members that soldiers have a duty to question Donald Trump’s authority, once he becomes president, and to criticize him.
President Obama also told the service members that the Second Amendment and global warming can be blamed for terrorism.
President Obama spoke to soldiers at MacDill Air Force Base, in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, December 6, about “the foundation that we will leave for the next administration”.
Framing the U.S. military’s mission as a fight against “violent extremism”, the president told soldiers that they need to rise up against Donald Trump, if they feel that he is enforcing ill-considered policies.
The president insisted that “each of us has… the universal right to speak your minds and to protest against authority; to live in a society that’s open and free; that can criticize our president without retribution”.
Mr. Obama also insisted that an adequate U.S. policy against “violent extremism” is a “long term” policy and added:
So rather than offer false promises that we can eliminate terrorism by dropping more bombs or deploying more and more troops or fencing ourselves off from the rest of the world…
We have to take a long view of the terrorist threat. And we have to pursue a smart strategy that can be sustained. In the time remaining, let me just suggest what I think should guide this approach.
The president sounded as though he blamed terrorism on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and global warming.
Speaking of the troubled Middle East, Mr. Obama asserted that global warming plays a large part of that conflict, claiming that “a changing climate is increasing competition for food and water”, thus driving the conflict in Syria and other nearby nations.
He then went on to blame the Second Amendment for “violent extremism” in the United States, insisting that:
Somebody who is trying to kill and willing to be killed is dangerous, particularly when we live in a country where it’s very easy for that person to buy a very powerful weapon.
Touching on the Constitution;s First Amendment, President Obama hinted that he deems free speech to be too freely used to prevent “impressionable minds” from being shaped by “extremism” on the internet.
Touting his efforts to limit the reach of online terror recruiters, the President said:
We’ve worked with our tech sector to support efforts to push back on terrorist messages on social media that motivate people to kill.
Defending Islam against the charge of extremism, the resident said:
We are fighting terrorists who claim to fight on behalf of Islam.
But they do not speak for over a billion Muslims around the world, and they do not speak for American Muslims including many who wear the uniform of the United States of America’s military.
If we stigmatize good patriotic Muslims, that just feeds the terrorists’ narrative.
It fuels the same false grievances they they use to motivate people to kill.
If we act like this is a war between the United States and Islam, we’re not gonna lose more Americans to terrorist attacks, but we’ll also lose the sight of the very principles we claim to defend.
Speaking about the rise of ISIS, the President insisted it keeping American troops in Iraq after 2011 would not have prevented the rise of the terror network, before taking a dig at President George W. Bush:
By 2011, Iraqis wanted our military presence to end, and they were unwilling to sign a new status of forces agreement to protect our troops from prosecution if they were trying to defend themselves in Iraq.
In addition, maintaining American troops in Iraq at the time could not have reversed the forces that contributed to ISIL’s rise.
Some of the mistakes of the 2003 invasion have helped to give rise to the organization that became ISIL in the first place.