Lauer: Well, let me flip that coin on its other side. If there are flickers, as you say, of Al Qaeda among the rebels, would it not be a sign to them or showing them that the United States has compassion, and we’re willing to use our military might to help all people?
Yes, he did just ask that. I do not understand this mind set, and I’m afraid it is the same idea our president has of Al Qaeda and other groups of people who are hostile to our nation. This is why he goes on his “apology tours” across the globe. And sure, many nations around the globe may dislike the United States role as the “world’s policeman.” I’m not to fond of it myself. But, anytime a nation is hit with a natural disaster or is under attack, who do they look to? I do like that. I like the respect this country used to get. Much like an actual policeman, everyone complains about the United States when we catch them doing something bad, but as soon as someone pulls a gun on us they are the first person we call.
People across the globe know our history of “compassion”–aside from maybe a few in the White House–but, Al Qaeda does not care. They are terrorists. If Matt Lauer thinks “compassion” would have stopped the 19 members of Al Qaeda from flying into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, he’s crazy. Al Qaeda operates on their convictions, which happen to be very violent, especially towards non-Jihadists. Anyone who understands the difference between a belief and a conviction knows that one action by the United States is not going to change the opinion of these individuals. Not to mention, why exactly do we care what Al Qaeda’s opinion of us is?
If compassion is what Matt Lauer is seeking from the leaders of our country, maybe they should start at home. Hearings revealed that there are traces of Al Qaeda within the rebel forces of Libya. These hearings took place after President Obama decided to send in our military. I don’t find any compassion what-so-ever in asking our troops to defend the same people we ask them to protect us from, and I certainly don’t find any in possibly arming a group of individuals responsible for killing over 3,000 Americans on our own soil.
…but that’s just me.