Friday, August 29, 2014

Obama Vindicates MCain

A couple of days ago, Stacy McCain called out Preznit Obama for his lack of strategy in Syria as well as elsewhere: Nobel Peace Prize Winner
There seems to be some confusion about President Obama’s “foreign policy.” At times, it has been alleged that he actually has a policy, but these allegations have never been substantiated. My perception, after watching this administration’s actions for the past five years, is that the “foreign policy” is just one continual ad hoc improvisation.
It’s not a Mozart concerto, it’s bebop jazz. For example:
The White House is struggling to deliver a clear message on the threat posed by radical Islamist group ISIS and what the administration might do to counteract it.
Officials have sowed confusion by giving different statements at different times on the level of danger posed by the Islamic group, whose full name is the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. . . .
Exactly what the hell is the policy? Today is Tuesday, so the Obama administration’s Tuesday policy is in effect, and the Tuesday policy is whatever the hell they decide it is. There’s no long-term plan, no overarching strategy. For the first four years, the Obama administration’s foreign policy was the same as its domestic policy, i.e., “Whatever It Takes to Get Obama Re-Elected.” Now, it seems, the policy is “Whatever It Takes to Help Harry Reid Keep the Senate Majority.”
In today's Post: Obama: U.S. doesn’t ‘have a strategy yet’ to comprehensively respond to Islamic State
Amid conflicting congressional demands, impatient Arab allies, and public concern that he will do too much or too little, President Obama made bluntly clear Thursday why he has not yet implemented a comprehensive U.S. response to the Islamist insurgency that is rapidly spreading across the Middle East.

“We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama said, in response to questions about when he is prepared to begin military action in Syria, and, if not, why not?

Rarely has a president spoken so plainly.

“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” he said. The suggestion that “we’re about to go full scale on an elaborate strategy for defeating ISIL . . . that we’ll start moving forward imminently and somehow Congress, still out of town, is going to be left in the dark, that’s not what’s going to happen.” ISIL is one of several acronyms referring to the Islamic State.
Oddly, he seems rather proud of this, like there is some virtue in indecisiveness. Sometimes problems go away if you ignore them long enough. Head chopping jihadists are not one those.

So, maybe, somewhere in the time you spend being driven around on the various gold courses and being entertained by adoring celebrities, you could take a few minutes to consult with some knowledgeable people (hint, you might have to reach beyond Valerie Jarrett) and think about this.

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