A retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel has called President Obama a "p***y" after he addressed the nation last night (6 December) following the San Bernardino massacre in California last week. Last week fourteen people were killed and 21 others injured in deadliest terror attack on US soil since 9/11 and Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters took to Fox News to tear into the president's Oval Office address in which he appealed for patience and unity and recounted Washington's strategy to destroy the Islamic State (Isis).
"He keeps speaking about 'we can't give into our fears, don't be afraid,'" Peters told host Stuart Varney on Fox Business Network's Varney & Company on 7 December. "Look Mr President we're not afraid, we're angry, we're pissed off, we're furious! We want you to react, we want you to do something!" Peters shouted to crescendos of "yes, yes!" from Varney.
"You're afraid," Peters continued. "I mean, this guy is such a total p***y, it's stunning. We, the American people, who he does not know in any intimate sort of manner, we want action. We want action against Islamic State."
Peters went on to allege that Obama has done more harm to police departments than IS and restrains the army for "political cover". He added: "This is a president who doesn't want to hurt our enemies. This is a president who cares more about thugs in Guantanamo, or thugs in Ferguson, Missouri, than he does about law-abiding American citizens and their right to live in safety and peace."
Peters was cautioned about his choice of language by Varney following his tirade in response to the first question. "Law abiding Americans owning guns is not the problem here. The problem is Islamist terrorism and the president will not even say Islamist terrorism," he continued. After his response, Varney told Peters: "You used some very strong language there about the President of the United States, and I'm the anchor of 'Varney & Co' and I have to ask you either you should apologise for that, or take it back."
Peters apologised before imploring Obama to "unleash our military". Varney ended the interview by telling the Fox News commentator: "We will see you again very, very soon. Calm down, lad, calm down."
In his speech to the American people last night, Obama outlined a series of moves made by his government to tackle terrorism. IS will be defeated by "drawing on every aspect of American power", he said.
Laying out how, the president said the US military hunt terror plotters in any country necessary, air strikes against IS leaders, its revenue streams and infrastructure. He added that training and equipment will continue to be provided to Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting IS on the ground and cooperation with allies to foil plots and halt financing to the terror group. Obama said that a ceasefire and political resolution to the Syrian crisis will also contribute to the common goal of defeating IS. "This is our strategy to destroy Isil [IS]," Obama concluded.