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If We Have a Positive Trend Line, We Have a Safer Country

4:48 PM, Sep 1, 2009 • By RACHEL ABRAMS
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Obama National Security Adviser James Jones has an idiosyncratic view of what constitutes a successful defense against a foe with blood on his mind. In an interview with ABC yesterday, General Jones disputed Dick Cheney's charge that we are at vastly greater risk because of actions taken by the Obami, asserting that the president's popularity with foreign leaders has actually made us safer:

The world is coming together on this matter now that President Obama has taken the leadership on it and is approaching it in a slightly different way -- actually a radically different way -- to discuss things with other rulers to enhance the working relationships with law enforcement agencies -- both national and international.

Uncertainty about whether Obama's way is "slightly different" or "radically different" is excusable, even from a team member: with its ping ponging back and forth between Bushian initiative and Carterish retreat it can be a trial even for the best of analysts to decode the non-law-enforcement aspects of Obamic foreign policy. (There is one thing this confused general should know: we are not a regime, and our president is not a "ruler." Just sayin'.) And General Jones is not much of an analyst: "we are seeing results that indicate more captures, more deaths of radical leaders, and a kind of global coming-together," but he's not "making a tally sheet saying we are killing more people, capturing more people than they did -- that is not the issue."

What is the issue?

We have better human intelligence; we know where the terrorists are moving. Because of the dialogue and the tone of the dialogue between us and our friends and allies . . . the trend line against terrorism is positive, and that's what we want. If we have a positive trend line we have a safer country."

This is not some Birkenstocked Cesar Chavez worshipper standing in line for Barack Obama's autograph drunk on the global-village Kool-aid and spouting leftist bromides -- this is a former Marine General and the national security adviser to the president of the United States. What a disgrace. Let's hope that whispering about his leaving turns out to be true.