“What are you prepared to do?”
That was the iconic line Malone, Sean Connery’s character, said to Elliot Ness, played by Kevin Costner, in “The Untouchables,” a movie about four unlikely officers trying to take down Al Capone during Prohibition.
In that film, most of the officialdom in Chicago was complicit with Capone’s liquor and crime trade, even turning the other way when Capone’s gang murdered people. The movie shows Capone, the kingpin of all crime, living large in public, followed by a fawning pack of press photographers and reporters who treat him like a celebrity.
It’s funny how often the Obama Administration’s actions — or lack thereof — parallel movies.
In this case, ISIS is Capone’s empire, and the Administration is Chicago officialdom unwilling to enforce the law unless some stalwart like Ness drags them kicking and screaming to do so.
A new report indicates that the U.S. military has mapped out the locations of numerous safe houses that ISIS uses to conduct its slick multimedia recruitment and propaganda campaign that has had unprecedented success in recruiting bloodthirsty psychotics from around the globe.
And we’re not doing a thing about it because those houses are in the middle of populated towns, towns where ISIS propagandists live, shop, walk around, go to Starbucks and generally carry out the mundane tasks of everyday living while working diligently to do their part in destroying civilization and trying to burn the West to the ground.
We’re afraid of civilian casualties is the public explanation.
It’s been discussed many times that President Obama apparently has other motivations as well regarding his own plans for the Middle East.
In “The Untouchables,” Malone tests Ness’ resolve to get Capone by swiftly and casually taking him to a location where Capone’s underlings are producing liquor. Ness expresses surprise because the moonshine factory is operating in a warehouse back room of the U.S. Post Office directly across the street from the police station.
Malone: [stopping at a post office] Well, here we are.
Ness: What are we doing here?
Malone: Liquor raid.
Ness: [looking at the police station across the street] Here?
Malone: Mr. Ness, everybody knows where the booze is. The problem isn’t finding it, the problem is, who wants to cross Capone?
This Administration has a similar situation in that President Obama, should we say, has no enthusiasm for going after ISIS or other Islamist terrorists, and who wants to cross Obama? To do so would also entail risking the wrath of the fawning media that still treat this president as though he walks on water.
Our military is in an untenable situation. Charged with destroying ISIS, our troops and fliers can’t even get permission to fire at their targets 75 percent of the time, according to another recent report.
It’s easy to get the impression that civilian casualties are more of an excuse than an actual problem for this president, who has orchestrated the overthrow of the Libyan, Egyptian and now Syrian governments and is allowing Iraq to go back to hell piece by piece while he watches.
Can you imagine in World War II, if the Allies knew where Josef Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister, was operating from and they had a clear path unchallenged by the Luftwaffe to get to that spot, that they would have hesitated to bomb the hell out of the place because of worries about civilian casualties? Taking out Goebbels would have greatly harmed the Nazi cause and might have made the war that much shorter.
Similarly, taking out ISIS’s propaganda machine would put a serious crimp in their recruitment efforts, as well as send a clear message to Muslims that if you hide ISIS in your midst, you will be destroyed along with them. And to the barbarians of ISIS, it would send the message that if they care about their families and friends at all, they won’t set up operations in town.
In “The Untouchables,” Malone was very clear on how to fight a war against monsters, and he took it upon himself to educate the younger Ness.
Malone: You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. *That’s* the *Chicago* way! And that’s how you get Capone. Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that? I’m offering you a deal. Do you want this deal?
With regard to ISIS, no one seems willing to take up Malone on his offer.