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.