A reporter asks Hussein Obama if his supposed objective of destroying and degrading ISIS are the same thing in his mind. She references a statement made by John Kerry that there is no way to contain them, questioning if the goal is then to annihilate them.
Obama immediately goes on defense, making excuses for his slow response in his now-familiar, expert on everything, philosophical persona.
He says ISIS is too big to be contained; the goal has to be to dismantle them. Heâ€™s wrong; the goal should be to kill them. Dismantling leaves the component parts whole, intact and capable of being reassembled at a later time. That is not the appropriate response to a murderous terrorist jihadist army.
That is the type of weak and tepid stance that emboldens and enables our enemy. If Obama were a member of ISIS himself, this is precisely the type of supportive foot-dragging they would expect of him.
He references â€œwhat happened with al-Qaedaâ€ as some sort of model of success upon which to base present and future actions. Al-Qaeda still exists, and they are still a threat. Obamaâ€™s record on al-Qaeda is a model of what not to do, of what doesnâ€™t work.
Obamaâ€™s wisdom and perhaps his ever-elusive strategy prescribe that, â€œYou take out their leadership and over time they are not able to conduct the same kinds of terrorist attacks as they once could.â€
Over time and thousands of dead bodies, they grow old, and canâ€™t get around as well either. How long is over time? Rather than destroying, actually killing the enemy, he talks of chasing remnants that are left over. His vision is that weâ€™ll slowly work in at them from the edges on all sides, degrading their threat gradually. We then embark on a pursuit of smaller, dispersed groups rather than attacking the concentrated numbers while we can, while they are gathered together.
It certainly seems like he prefers a protracted war on terror with an ever-strengthening threat to America and our allies over a decisive action to take them out and remove the threat.
Itâ€™s like a plan based upon his model of not attacking the exposed and vulnerable ISIS convoy when they launched their invasion. Donâ€™t hit them with enough force to destroy them, let them grow, and then take out a few individuals from time to time to make it look like youâ€™re doing something. Maybe he should remind us again of how he took out bin Laden.
If this is Obamaâ€™s â€œstrategyâ€ it wasnâ€™t worth the wait.
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