If you want to get some idea about why President Obama has not formulated a strategy for defeating ISIS, take a look at . . . Thursday.
On Wednesday night, reporters were given Obama’s Thursday schedule. It did not mention a meeting between Obama and his national security advisors.
Just before 10:00 am, we received word that he would convene a meeting with the National Security Council at 4:00 pm sharp. It sounded portentous. Such meetings aren’t normally scheduled so hastily or announced to reporters.
Then, at about 1:45 pm, 45 minutes after the daily briefing was supposed to have started, reporters were alerted that White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest would instead brief at 4:00 pm.
Now, that sounded a little weird, since it would occur at the same time as what seemed like an important national security meeting, about which reporters would be dying for information. Why not brief at 5:30? But, whatever.
Then, at 3:30 pm, we were informed Obama would make a statement at 4:00, followed by Act 2, which would be Earnest at 4:10 pm.
But wait a second, wasn’t Obama supposed to be in a meeting at 4:00 pm? And why would he be making a statement before entering this critical meeting. Maybe he would be saying, I’m about to have a meeting, and gosh, I’m super excited!
At 4:09 pm – just nine minutes late, very prompt for Obama – the president popped up in the briefing room to make a statement about an economic report nobody was paying attention to and to say some other things that weren’t news. Then he started taking questions.
OBAMA WAS GOING TO DO THE BRIEFING HIMSELF! Hurray!
Once he was offstage, we received official word that the Josh Earnest Show had indeed been pulled.
I think you get the point by now. The White House, where the president rolls into work mid-morning, where everything starts late, and where schedules are sort just suggestions, is a disorganized mess.
And that’s why there’s no ISIS policy, even though the administration claims to have been aware of the threat for a year.