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Obama Settles On ISIS Strategy: Incoherence

Someone, please, make it stop.

It’s as if my neighbor became president somehow, and I saw him getting the newspaper – not that anyone gets the newspaper anymore – and I said, Hey, I heard you got a new job, what are doing now? and he said, OMG, I’m the effin President of the United States. It’s so cool!

Barack Obama is the Commander in Chief. He is currently sending men and women into war against ISIS. And he has no idea what he wants to do. He has no idea that he’s even in a war.

Let’s have a look at Obama’s pathetic utterances today in Estonia, starting with this:

We will not be intimidated!

Uhh, we’re the United States. They are a puny group of savages. Dangerous savages, who present a serious threat, but savages. It goes without saying that we will not be intimidated.

Now, let’s get to the meaty stuff, an exchange today between Obama and Ann Comptom of ABC News. Asked about ISIS, the president first threw in a little Blame-Bush stuff:

Because of what’s happened in the vacuum of Syria, as well as the battle-hardened elements of ISIS that grew out of al Qaeda in Iraq during the course of the Iraq war, it’s going to take time for us to be able to roll them back.

Forgive him. It’s a habit, like his Nicorette. He can’t help himself.

And now, the attempt to erase bad memories of his proclamation last week that he’s still thinkin’ on that ISIS strategy thing:

So the bottom line is this:  Our objective is clear, and that is to degrade and destroy ISIL so that it’s no longer a threat not just to Iraq but also the region and to the United States.  In order for us to accomplish that, the first phase has been to make sure that we’ve got an Iraqi government that’s in place and that we are blunting the momentum that ISIL was carrying out.  And the airstrikes have done that.

Degrade and destroy. WELL WHICH IS IT??? These are not the same thing. Did Churchill ever say, We shall degrade them on the beaches? Did Reagan ever say, Mr. Gorbachev, tear down part of this wall!

You can see, and our enemies can surely perceive, that Obama’s heart isn’t in this. He has to equivocate by throwing in some garbage about “degrading” the enemy. It’s the same kind of language he used about our fight against the Taliban, who are still very much in business.

Compton picked right up on the problem:

COMPTON: Did you just say that the strategy is to destroy ISIS, or to simply contain them or push them back?

OBAMA:  What we can do is to make sure that the kind of systemic and broad-based aggression that we’ve seen out of ISIL that terrorizes primarily Muslims, Shia, Sunni — terrorizes Kurds, terrorizes not just Iraqis, but people throughout the region, that that is degraded to the point where it is no longer the kind of factor that we’ve seen it being over the last several months . . .

We know that if we are joined by the international community, we can continue to shrink ISIL’s sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities to the point where it is a manageable problem.

Shrink ISIL’s sphere of influence? Reduce its effectiveness? MAKE IT A MANAGEABLE PROBLEM?

When Napoleon was luxuriating in Moscow, did the Tsar vow to make him a manageable problem? No, he sent him staggering back to France with the remnants of his starving, dirty, freezing, decimated troops, never to return.

ABC’s Jonathan Karl picked up on this one:

Oh, and by the way, there’s still no ISIS-in-Syria strategy:

And last week when this question was asked, I was specifically referring to the possibility of the military strategy inside of Syria that might require congressional approval.

It is very important from my perspective that when we send our pilots in to do a job, that we know that this is a mission that’s going to work, that we’re very clear on what our objectives are, what our targets are; we’ve made the case to Congress and we’ve made the case to the American people; and we’ve got allies behind us so that it’s not just a one-off, but it’s something that over time is going to be effective.

That is, we’re not yet “very clear on what our objectives are.”

This is not leadership. This is especially not military leadership. This is some guy being president leadership. Some guy who keeps talking, but hasn’t stopped to do the discipline of thinking.

Unfortunately, this guy, and his undisciplined, hesitant, and ultimately fearful mind, is responsible for our lives, those of our children, and the future of our country.

They wouldn’t believe this at the White House, but I’d much rather be reporting to you that Obama had settled on a strategy for defeating our enemy, ISIS, and was prosecuting it with relentless, cruel determination. That he had suddenly transformed himself into a great man. But that would be like asking my neighbor to lead the country.

94 thoughts on “Obama Settles On ISIS Strategy: Incoherence”

  1. LOL–good column. Our dear Mika said we need to maybe..contain or destroy this, that it was a cancer. Then she picked contain. Don’t we attempt to destroy cancer? Remember that New Yorker feature–HOLD THAT METAPHOR? Do they still have that?

    1. Speaking of metaphors, Obama reminds me of a parent who keeps repeating, “Next time, Jimmy, next time . . . I’m getting out the spoon.”

      1. Growing up, in my house, my mother used to say, when your dad gets home, you’re going to meet mister five….and held up her hand. ( get it? like a spanking was coming later)

        We never really met mister five physically, but it worked, because my dad was intimidating. Wish he was still with us, I miss Mister Five


    1. Makes me sick, Biden gets all blustery and angry. Then nothing happens. Obama wants to manage ISIS? Obama is a bigger danger to us than is ISIS. I pray that he is removed from office for dereliction of duty.

  2. Spot on, Keith. As I commented on one of the other threads, ISIS has already been degraded once and has sprung back. They are like the Hydra in Greek mythology. Didn’t Obama hear that al Baghdadi was let go at the “end” of the Iraqi War and told his former captors, “See you in New York”?

    1. He’s an idiot that has surrounded himself with college professor liberal fools with no military experience.
      His chief adviser was a slum lord in Chicago.
      What can we possibly expect from him aside from indecisiveness ?

  3. I understand that CBS has a direct link to the White House (Rhodes), but who’s feeding ABC their intros?

    George describes Obama’s “Bold goal”, apparently with no connection to what was actually said. On Sunday, Martha Raddatz described Obama’s “emotional” address regarding the first beheading. (I guess she missed the point that Obama evidently spent less time on his “emotional” chat than he did getting back on the golf course immediately afterwards).

    And “Meet the Press” ran a video of a group of ISIS soldiers. One of them wasn’t wearing a mask, and NBC pixelated his face. Since when does NBC take the effort to protect the identity of a “terrorist”?

    1. Pixelated the face. Fascinating. But the media published the address of the cop at the center of the Ferguson, MO uproar and somewhere the media wanted to publish a list of people with concealed carry permits. No double standard. Move along, nothing to see here.

  4. Degrade them? Maybe he’s planning things like “Hey, your mother wears combat sandals”, or “Your mother has a nose like a Bactrian camel” or the ever popular “Your mother’s so ugly, she should wear 2 burqas”. That’ll bring ’em to their knees!!!!!

      1. By the way, I have concluded that these terrorist people lack both a sense of humor and sense of the absurd–the US could squash you like an ant, people, and don’t forget we are the only country that ever nuked anyone–watch out, you never know. Do we look sane to you?

  5. A storm of words has always been the MOS of Little Barry. Still is. Words, words, lots of words that mean absolutely nothing.
    Throw enough bullshit at the American people and some of it is bound to stick.
    It’s every lawyer’s credo.

    1. Here is Obama’s entire philosophy on the foreign policy of the United States of America:

      “On the one hand this, and on the other hand that.”

    1. Yes, a very good article.
      Incoherence helps to explain why we have Jen Psaki, Marie Harf, Josh Earnest, and before them Jay Carney. Incoherence appears to have been needed to qualify for the positions.

  6. “It is very important from my perspective that when we send our pilots in to do a job, that we know that this is a mission that’s going to work, that we’re very clear on what our objectives are, what our targets are; we’ve made the case to Congress and we’ve made the case to the American people; and we’ve got allies behind us so that it’s not just a one-off, but it’s something that over time is going to be effective.”
    But Barry, don’t you remember that you said you have no strategy? And yet you just sent 350 of our brave military service members into Iraq? For what may I ask?

    1. “It is very important from my perspective that when we send our pilots in to do a job, that we know that this is a mission that’s going to work,”

      unfortunately, we rarely know that missions are going to work. You can execute to your best ability but this is war, so it doesn’t always go as planned.

      1. The nod to go war comes from the congress.
        After that it is up to the military commanders to design the mission unless the CIC puts restrictions on them.

  7. Actually Keith BHO is a lot like your neighbor walking out to get the newspaper. How else would he catch up on the goings on in the country and world?

  8. As I said yesterday, he is voting “PRESENT” once again!

    And lets stop letting ISIS rename themselves.ISIS begat ISIL begat IS…Remember when Bush1 kept calling Saddam sadddem? He mispronounced the name intentionally to not give the man any validity.

    Obama needs to just call them ISIS, or better year, ish ish, really tick them off.


  9. This idiotic statement is essentially the smoking gun that demonstrates Obama’s support for ISIS. Obama wants ISIS degraded rather than destroyed so that they can’t actually seize control of Iraq but be enough of a threat to enable regime change (Maliki has been replaced just like Diem, but hasn’t been shot, yet) in Iraq and Syria.

    Obama essentially created ISIS with his support of the “Arab Spring” that overthrew Daffy Gaddaffy (who was obligated to demonstrate Napolean’s maxim that you can do many things with a bayonet, but not sit on it) and then recruited, rearmed and redeployed ISIS fighters to take out Assad. The attack on the US “consulate” in Benghazi (since when is the location of a consulate concealed from the US military cammander of the region?) was ISIS fighters killing and looting their paymasters.

    This President is beyond stupid.

    1. Agree, Knuckle, “The arab spring ” was a big mistake and created a vacum now filling with Islamism, violence and religious wars. Obama is not convincing at all when he talks about these groups. Double-speak as usual.

    2. And let’s not forget Hillary Clinton’s role in fostering the Arab Spring. For one thing, she sold out an “old family friend”, Hosni Mubarak.

  10. I’ve said this before but stuff like this makes me repeat it. Part of Obama’s early life & schooling was in Indonesia. You remember what you learned ages 4-9, just like I remember Sunday School. I feel that in his heart, he still believes the Muslim stuff, and if not actually practicing it has a very soft spot for it. He doesn’t identify as American and will not deeply feel this outrage because somehow, he agrees with it.

    1. Definitely bears repeating. Plus his college roommate was from PAH-kistan.

      He is kind of like a substitute teacher, just biding time until the real one shows up, while everything around him dissolves into chaos.

      1. And lets not forget his bong-filled formative years which carried over into college and ?… He has and will NEVER know the America WE know & love. His mind is full of perversion which sees our country as evil & undeserving as a world power. He’s in way over his head. All he can really handle now is flying around in AF1 and feeding his obsessions of golf & celebrity status.
        Dont ya think his mental health is a concern as well? Seriously.

      2. I lived in southeast Asia for eight years. Four years in Malaysia and four in Indonesia. School children wear a government issued uniform, boys; shorts, a white short sleeved shirt, black shiny shoes and a skull cap. Under their arm, they carried a copy of the Koran. Obama is a Muslim. I do not believe he is comfortable in a church so he rarely goes. Just as children begin catechism between 3-6, so they are ready for communion, Obama learned the Koran beginning at age three. They also learn by rote/memorization. I do not miss the five times a day call to prayer or my driver having to wash his feet many times a day.

    2. I do think Obama has a soft spot for Islam (or even more than that), to the degree that he seems blind to the jihadist threat, or unable to think through the problems they are creating. As you suggest, our early formative years often crystallize aspects of our world view as adults. This is one of the key aspects of his personality and the way he reacts to the jihadist menace. It’s very odd, isn’t it?.

      1. Not only does Barry have a soft spot for islam, he’s a devout and committed muslim who longs for the formation of a new caliphate. He will then become the omnipotent caliph, and live happily ever after.

  11. It appears to me that ISIS needs a good old fashion lecture.
    Let’s send Obama over there and let him talk them into a coma.

    This guy is an insidious non performer, a completely incompetent dithering fool.

    Now there are a dozen commercial aircraft MISSING from Libya.
    And this on the eve of another 9/11 anniversary !

    Now there is something like 1800 troops over there in that hell hole to provide ‘advice’ ?

    I agree Keith, just make him go away.

    1. I wonder if he realizes how unpopular he is becoming, even among the liberal news media ?
      I feel that a lot of that is kept from him,….similar to the story, ‘The Emperor has no Clothes’.

  12. Obama could at least make up his mind on what to call them, ISIS or ISIL ? Why not stick to the short form, IS ?
    I think he, and all other western leaders ,should unite in the fight against Islamism. They are near our borders, even within our borders. They are a serious, serious threat. Assad and Putin, unlike Obama, realize this. He should ask them for advice, and not thwart them in these matters. I don´t think any westerners should have to fight in this region. I mean, there are plenty of able, tough soldiers, the peshmergas, the Syrian army. And the oily, wily Saudis, who fed the Monster should be made to pay for the operations. And fight themselves. They have bought so many fancy weapons and planes. Why not use them ?

    1. In the past some of the Muslims have claimed they can take no part because one Muslim should not raise his hand against another. Now the Saudis are not under attack from ISIS but other Muslims are. I guess that doesn’t count. My husband thinks the Saudis are being extorted and pay for protection.

      1. Also, I think Saudi Arabia is headquarters to the Wahabi sect which looks forward to Armageddon and the death of all non-believers.

    2. Why does Barry insist on using the term “ISIL”?

      “ISIL stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Now, to us Westerners we don’t really make much of a distinction, do we? No, honestly from our perspective its all about the same. But how would a Muslim living in the Middle East view it? Just what is the Levant anyway? Let’s take a look.

      The geographical term LEVANT refers to a multi-nation region in the Middle East. It’s a land bridge between Turkey to the north and Egypt to the south. If you look on a map, however, in the near exact middle of the nations that comprise the Levant, guess what you see? Come on, guess!

      It’s Israel.”


  13. Prime Minister Cameron tells MP’s the UK will ‘not be cowed by these barbaric killiers’
    The UK “will not waver” in its aim to defeat terrorism, said as he condemned the “barbaric” beheading of a second US hostage.
    He said: “What has happened to the two hostages so far and what may happen again in the future is utterly abhorrent and barbaric and these people need to understand we will no waver in our aim of defeating terrorism.” World UK

  14. Barry now has a raging case of what golfers call the Yips. Whenever he approaches a diplomatic green, or a microphone, he starts sweating… and then he 4 putts. The more he thinks about “not missing” the more he misses.

    I predict that an enraged Obama explodes in frustration and embarrassment, breaks several of the clubs in his bag (perhaps his Strawman 4 wood and Bush Wedge) on his knee and throws his bag in the lake. Soon.

    1. For Jen Psaki, reporters’ question are like irritating flies landing on her nose. She makes a face, slaps the fly and considers that a job well done.

  15. Keith !!! I just tried to use your contact form and the capcha thing wouldn’t let me drag the bread to the ant or the cigar to the pig !!! I couldn’t verify I was a human !

    Anyhow, no biggie, I saved the message, maybe it will help everybody with your Amazon widget :) Message as follows:

    I noticed it (the Amazon Widget on your sidebar) the other day so figured next time I placed an order I’d use it.
    Just did ! I clicked on one of the books and it took me to my account and placed an order. Though I did not buy any of the books your widget was promoting. Will you get a little kick back from my order? Hope so, I really do use Amazon a lot and my heaviest buying season is coming up soon :) Hope I’m helping!

    1. !!! That was one of the best posts I have read in a long time. Thanks Keith. You are why so many of us do not buy newspapers! Knowledge and entertainment rolled into one.

  16. There’s a story on Breitbart that the Sotloffs are furious with Obama intimating that Steve Sotloff was killed on the same day as Jim Foley and the NYT buried the story. I wish these families would start refusing to take his call.

  17. He has made all of these messes bigger than they should be because of his “thoughtfulness”. Even Mark Warner is now lashing out at him. OMG! He must be living on another planet.

    1. As far as I am concerned to many people now… coming out with suggestions of what O should have, or should do.
      Up untill now they have turned a blind eye to THE LIST.

  18. On Obama’s degrade and destroy comments—-“degrade” usually means using air power, and “destroy” typically means boots on the ground. Do we think Obama knows the difference? Is he telling us he’s planning to bombing ISIS and then sending in thousands of ground forces to “destroy” ISIS? Does destroying ISIS mean to Obama what it normally would mean to us?

    This is what happens when Obama lets his teleprompters do his thinking for him.

  19. Amazing. We have not sent arms to Kurdistan. Routing requests through Baghdad which is all but non functional. If Obama can’t even get this done — for whatever reason — our guys and gals in the field are going to be equally non supported.

    He is a disaster and people are dying while he dithers.

  20. Barack Obama is too political an animal to make a good military decision as CIC. The military is at risk. The Pentagon, DOD, STATE, FBI, CIA and Congress will go along with some limp effort. We should be more than ashamed. And Barack Obama should resign for the good of the country.

    Just like immigration his decision will be influenced by the elections. To pretend otherwise is a waste of time.

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