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David French:

To understand the sheer scale of the Democratic national-security collapse, ponder this horrible fact: In the 2012 presidential election, for two months the key debate was whether the murder of four Americans in Benghazi meant that President Obama was exaggerating his success against al Qaeda. In 2016, the news cycle has already moved on from the murder of 49Americans in Orlando six weeks ago.

It’s moved on in part because of terror attacks that have killed more than 100 men, women, and children in France, Germany, and Turkey. In the last two months, terrorists have used guns, axes, knives, bombs, and even a truck to snuff out the lives of innocents in great cities on three continents. In the last year, jihadists have killed or injured Americans in Tennessee, California, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

Terror has become the new normal. We can’t dwell on the Chattanooga shootings because San Bernardino happened. We can’t dwell on San Bernardino because Orlando happened. In Europe, we can’t dwell on Paris because Brussels happened. We can’t dwell on Brussels because Istanbul happened. We can’t dwell on Istanbul because Nice happened. We can’t dwell on Nice because Munich happened.

And to think, last week the media actually mocked Republicans for emphasizing the terror threat. Yet the media is only following President Obama’s lead. This is a man, after all, who minimizes terrorism so much that he’s fond of describing bathtubs as a greater threat than ISIS.

Meanwhile, Jihadists are laughing all the way to the bloody bank. Grant them safe havens, and they’ll use their resources to recruit, train, and inspire the next wave of jihadists. Open borders to migrants, and they’ll infiltrate the ranks of refugees. Treat any concern about terror as “Islamophobia,” and they’ll exploit the resulting complacency and political correctness.

This is what happens when a nation replaces the Bush doctrine with the Obama/Clinton doctrine. After 9/11, President Bush vowed to deprive terrorists of their safe havens, to take the fight straight to the enemy. The result? Exactly three Americans died in Islamic terror attacks on American soil after the Twin Towers came down.

After his election, Obama — with Hillary Clinton’s help — pulled back from the Middle East, squandering gains previously made against the Jihadhist threat. The result? Syria and Iraq have been bleeding for years, ISIS has arisen, a wave of refugees have destabilized Europe, and terrorism has returned to our shores with a vengeance. In the last year, America has averaged one terrorist mass killing every four months, with other attempted mass killings in Texas, California, and Pennsylvania thwarted by alert and courageous law-enforcement officers. There are more jihadist terror cases now than at any time since 9/11.

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