With his address to the nation Wednesday evening, President Obama revealed that he is a leader in deep denial about the threat the United States faces, and about the steps that are necessary to deal with it.
In his remarks, Obama offered up a series of delusions, each of which point to the ultimate defeat of the United States in the war he has embarked upon.
Delusion #1: Obama still thinks ISIS is the JV team.
Here’s how he began his speech:
We can’t erase every trace of evil from the world, and small groups of killers have the capacity to do great harm.
ISIS is not a small group of killers. It is an army of fanatics that has at least 10,000 fighters – and possibly tens of thousands more – with literally billions of dollars in loot to spend and control over a third of Iraq and portions of Syria.
It is more extreme than al Qaeda and will probably present a greater foe than al Qaeda in Iraq, which took years for U.S. military forces on the ground to defeat.
Delusion #2: This is not a war, it’s a counterterrorism operation.
We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy . . .
This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.
What leader tells their people the will “ultimately” win? What kind of campaign is that? Yeah, we’ll get there.
THIS IS NOT COUNTERTERRORISM. THIS IS WAR. GET YOUR HEAD AROUND IT.
Why are we pursuing a strategy that gives ISIS time and space to adapt to our tactics, gain more recruits, and send the American citizens among its fighters home to blow things up in the United States?
Why are we modeling this on far more limited operations against terrorists in Yemen and Somalia that – note Obama’s own phrasing – we have pursued for years.
Who gets in a war with the distinct goal of prolonging it??
We hit the beach in Normandy and were finished with the Germans in less than a year. That was back in the days when Democrats knew how to fight wars.
If you want to understand Obama’s lack of seriousness, look at this:
Our technology companies and universities are unmatched. Our manufacturing and auto industries are thriving. Energy independence is closer than it’s been in decades. For all the work that remains, our businesses are in the longest uninterrupted stretch of job creation in our history.
Why is Obama talking about carmakers in a war speech? Why is he bragging about creating jobs in remarks that should be focused on ISIS? Is he hoping to make New York City taxi drivers out of them?
The problem here is not just Obama’s natural tentativeness and his ingrained anti-any-war leftism, but his love of Obama. Because if he acknowledges he is in a war, it would be an admission that his policies have been a failure and his proclamations about war receding a joke.
This effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Message: I’m not George W. Bush. I don’t start wars!
And so this has to be just another bland little serving of counterterrorism, maybe this time with some hot sauce on the side.
Delusion #3: We can win this war with a half-assed effort.
I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This counterterrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground.
No combat troops?
Let me ask Obama this: What happens if the strategy doesn’t work? No escalation? Just bury our dead, admit defeat, and go home?
If destroying ISIS is a national security priority, then destroy ISIS. I believe we can do this without a major ground force commitment. But we will need some combat forces, at least to call the airstrikes in, and others to help the bumbling Iraqi army do things it can’t.
SO WE CAN DEFEAT ISIS EXPEDITIOUSLY.
This is not some damn Obamacare website project that you work on for years and then spend more years fixing it if it doesn’t work. THIS IS WAR. Get in and finish it.
And if it becomes clear that the strategy isn’t succeding quickly, then we need a massive influx of ground troops to take care of the problem
I outlined such a military strategy last month.
But think of this. We’ve already told the enemy what they’re going to have to be dealing with. Like the Taliban, we’re telling them, hang in there, you can do this, we’re not going to seriously hurt you.
Obama in fact is already involved in incrementalism of the type that loses wars and gets Americans killed, announcing last night that he was sending 475 more troops to Iraq. Armed with butter knives, I assume, since they aren’t “combat” troops. And now he’s going to bomb Syria, something he has resisted until now.
This man, who became president solely to redistribute wealth and get us fully going with socialism, is annoyed by foreign policy. It’s a distraction from his essential, domestic mission. I guarantee you we’ll hear little more from him about ISIS for months. He’s not into this.
He is operating in a fantasy world. In the real world, the United States is at war. He is a War President, JUST LIKE BUSH. If he doesn’t take it seriously, if he doesn’t wake up, our enemies are going to strike us here and kill many Americans.
That’s why I genuinely want him to succeed with this. He sounded and looked good last night – quite presidential. I’d be happy if his words matched his delivery.
I want him, for the sake of the country, to understand what’s at stake.
But I know him. And he won’t.