CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 9, 2015 — Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, President Obama outdoes himself.
Though the president’s comments on Monday, at the G7 summit in Germany about not having a “complete strategy” for dealing with ISIS are already common knowledge, saying so to the world is hardly reassuring.
What is so confounding about Obama’s statements is that he does have “complete strategies” when it suits his purposes to have them. Healthcare, political campaigns, lining up his next putt, appearing on late night talk shows are all part of the “strategy,” but when it comes to national security, he is out to lunch. Christians and non-Muslims are being slaughtered, beheaded and burned alive on a daily basis while Obama makes up his mind.
Some observers ask why ISIS is a specifically American problem since it has global ramifications. Fair point. It should not be.
However, Obama, who recently made the bold argument that he has restored America’s credibility in the world, refuted his own rhetoric with his “not strategy” comment. The world looks to the United States to lead. We remain the strongest nation in the world, and though we should not act unilaterally against ISIS, we should be able to offer more than “we do not have a complete strategy.”
Obama’s solution is to shrug his shoulders and walk from the podium as if his words alone are enough.
His words indeed speak volumes. Not having a “complete strategy” is itself a “strategy,” but not one worthy of a leader.
Obama continues to cling to the notion that what is required is “essentially accelerating the number of Iraqi forces that are properly trained and equipped and have a focused strategy and good leadership.”
When he speaks of a “focused strategy and good leadership” as the keys to success, he should first look at his own leadership in the U.S.
The president is proud that he reduced American military forces in Iraq after nearly a decade of fighting while supposedly training the Iraqis to fend for themselves. Now the U.S. is gone and those trainees are nowhere to be found.
That amounts to ten years of wasted time, effort and money. The Obama-solution? More of the same.
One military official was incredulous when he heard Obama’s comments. He told Fox News, “What the f— was that? We have given him lots of options, he just hasn’t acted on them.”
Recently Daniel Seidemann, an attorney who is American by birth and Israeli by choice, told an audience in Charlotte, N.C. that the only people in Washington who have any concept of what is happening in the Middle East are in the Pentagon. These are the very same people advising a president who rejects their strategies at every turn, much like he rejects those Republicans who have “never come up with a viable healthcare alternative.”
Apparently the number of critics capable of doing something about a renegade president’s policies are few and far between. Whenever Obama walks out on a branch, like Wiley Coyote, there are dozens who speak out, but nobody ever seems to saw off the limb.
Former presidential hopeful John McCain and newly announced candidate Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., frequently make plenty of noise but appear powerless to do more.
If Obama can have a “complete strategy” to let Iran become a nuclear power, would it not seem logical to have some kind of strategy for dealing with ISIS?
Given the plethora of Muslim Brotherhood advisors who roam the halls of the White House, surely the president could find one who has a semblance of an idea about dealing with militant Islam. Even if they give him the wrong advice, he could do the opposite. That has certainly worked for him in the past with other administrative policies.
Said Obama, “when a finalized plan is presented to me by the Pentagon, then I will share it with the American people. We don’t yet have a complete strategy because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis … and so the details of that are not yet worked out.”
Thus another episode of feigned leadership passes in the life of Presidnet Obama as he continues to count each passing day of inaction en route to completing his tour of duty as the president who phoned it in.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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