Fox News contributor Michael Goodwin wrote in a New York Post column that in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, President Obama has two choices: “Lead us or resign.”
After Obama condemned the November 13 Paris attacks as an “attack on all humanity,” right-wing media panned his remarks for failing to describe the “Islamic nature of the attacks.”
Striking a similar tone in his November 14 column, Goodwin broadly criticized the president's counter-terrorism efforts, writing that “President Obama has spent the last seven years trying to avoid the world as it is.” Goodwin claimed that Obama denies the threat of terrorism, complained that "[h]e refuses to say 'Islamic terrorism,'" and ignored everything that the U.S. is doing to defeat the terrorist group ISIS. Writing that “there is no more time to avoid the truth of war,” Goodwin concluded that if Obama “cannot rise to the challenge of leadership in this historic crisis, then, for the good of humanity, he should resign”:
In any time and place, war is fiendishly simple. It is the ultimate zero-sum contest -- you win or you lose.
That eternal truth is so obvious that it should not need to be said. Yet even after the horrific slaughter in Paris, there remains a distressing doubt about whether America's commander in chief gets it.
President Obama has spent the last seven years trying to avoid the world as it is. He has put his intellect and rhetorical skills into the dishonorable service of assigning blame and fudging failure. If nuances were bombs, Islamic State would have been destroyed years ago.
He refuses to say “Islamic terrorism,” as if that would offend the peaceful Muslims who make up the vast bulk of victims. He rejects the word “war,” even as jihadists carry out bloodthirsty attacks against Americans and innocent peoples around the world.
Paris is the final straw. Obama's exemption from reality has expired. He must either commit to leading the free world to victory, or step aside so someone else can.
There is no more time to avoid the truth of war. America must organize the combined forces of the civilized world before Islamic State makes good on its vow to “taste” more American blood.
If Obama cannot rise to the challenge of leadership in this historic crisis, then, for the good of humanity, he should resign. Those are the only options and it is his duty to decide.