Obama’s foreign policy founders on ISIS, Middle East

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ANDERSON, Ind., August 29, 2014 — For weeks, Obama Administration officials, including members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense, have been saying that ISIS is a much larger problem than anyone had thought, that we need a coherent strategy against them, and that the threat is immediate and real.

Television and YouTube bring the proof into our homes every day.

Yesterday, President Obama, fresh from his latest vacation, held a press conference and said flatly that he has no strategy. “We don’t have a strategy … yet,” he said, a candid but disturbing admission.

“We can rout ISIS on the ground,” he said, but he admitted that when we leave, they’ll come back again if we don’t actually kill them. So for now he is limiting action to a few useful but inadequate airstrikes.


“Routing ISIS on the ground” sounds like a good first step. During the time we’re routing, he can work, as a dependable ally and a winner with a plan, with potential allies to formulate the strategy that will keep the savages from coming back, ever.

The president has known about ISIS/ISIL and other factions of al-Qaida for quite some time, and he still has not gotten around to developing a strategy. Perhaps he can’t get enough information, though he claims to get his information from media presentations rather than his own intelligence organizations, and ISIS is all over the news.

Perhaps he doesn’t watch TV when he’s on vacation, and he’s been on a lot of vacations. Or perhaps he just doesn’t have time for nasty little people fighting in a nasty desert, far away.

Or maybe he doesn’t think they deserve anything more from the U.S.

Perhaps Obama just doesn’t want to do anything overseas. After all, the U.S. poured a decade, billions of dollars, and thousands of American lives into “preventing the spread of terrorism” in the region, and the locals seem to be less irritated by ISIS than by decades of American interference, e.g., “no-fly zones” over Iraq and occupation.

Perhaps Obama is too busy developing a strategy to combat the spread of Putin’s Russia. Since at least the March invasion of Ukraine, the president has no doubt been spending much of his time building an international fighting force to deter Soviet Union 2.0. What that plan is, he is keeping secret.

Maybe Obama has been distracted, coordinating the coverups of the invasion of illegals and his sub rosa relocation of them to strategic areas in the U.S., or making sure Eric Holder is doing everything possible to get to the bottom of the IRS scandal, or maybe Fast and Furious. Perhaps he’s been busy planning his next vacation; perhaps he’s trying to make up an interesting foursome.

Whatever the president is planning, it can’t take place too soon.

He’s busy schmoozing with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and maybe someone who has his finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the world. Maybe he will come up with a plan. Maybe he will send military aid to Ukraine, or to the Kurds. Maybe he will draw another red line, somewhere. Maybe he will do something before another American gets his head sliced off on a viral video. Maybe he’ll do something before 9-11 of this year.

But whatever the president is doing, it isn’t the pressing business of the United States of America. Today, he heads to Rhode Island and Westchester, New York, to raise more money for Democrats.

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  • Robert A. Murray

    President Obama’s recent statement that in matters regarding the ISUS/ISUL Caliphate…We have no strategy.”…while simple and declarative…can acquire many different perspectival interpretations from audiences who hold many different biases. For his most ardent supporters, Mr. Obama’s admission is a clever subterfuge…designed to confuse and mystify a prospective foe. For his most vociferous critics, the President’s statement is just the most egregious in a series of verbal faux pas, teleprompter driven,vapid commentaries that in the most painful sense could describe a description of the entire Obama presidency to date. Disjointed, incongruous and often contradictory, Mr. Obama’s foreign and domestic agenda items appear at first blush to be nothing more than a reactive series of rhetorical flourishes interrupted by visits to the links at Martha’s Vineyard. However…while no strategy can indeed be a strategy, Mr. Obama’s blunt admission, when taken in the context of the entire region’s tumult, appears more trenchantly obvious then even me may have intended. The much trumpeted visit to Egypt early in his first term was capped by what could be inferred as a combination apology/ statement of contrition speech delivered at the prestigious Cairo University. Subsequent events…the student protest in Iran;the personal animosity shown towards the Prime Minister of Israel; collapse of the Tunisian government;an active endorsement of the anti-Mubarak forces in Egypt followed by a direct para-military/logistic support of a revolt against the Gaddafi regime in Libya followed suit over the next several years.The sum total of all of these incidences indicate at best an administration that oscillates between active, direct involvement and detached and aloof disinterest.While it can be argued that policies must be transparent, methods are not…this administration has achieved the opposite. The Obama administration has achieved precisely the opposite.Its policy is opaque at best while its methods are blatantly, stunningly and transparently ineffective!

  • Bilbo Baggins

    The real problem, in the world today, is Obama.