From the Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff:
ISIS crisis seems lost on this president
His own people have sounded the alarm; did it not reach Martha’s Vineyard?
“An imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it’s in Iraq or anywhere else; … as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen; … beyond anything we’ve seen …” – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, on the gathering threat of terror group ISIS
“We don’t have a strategy yet.” – Barack Obama
Thirteen years after 9-11, four years after the intelligence community began tracking ISIS and just days after other administration officials sounded the loudest possible alarm, the president of the United States admitted Thursday being caught completely flat-footed.
Many Americans enjoying the last days of summer may not have noticed the absolutely deplorable admission by this dog-ate-my-homework president. But we guarantee you the enemy has noticed, along with our geopolitical rivals China and Russia. And history will likely take note as well.
The word “feckless” doesn’t even come close to describing how a deer-in-the-headlights face looks when displayed by a U.S. president.
ISIS is “an imminent threat to every interest we have” and “beyond anything we’ve seen,” and this president has no strategy?
Meanwhile, the president’s spokesman insists we’re not at war – with an enemy who is unambiguously proclaiming war on us, beheading one of our fellow citizens to prove it. And the spokesman even had trouble reluctantly acknowledging an appropriate goal would be the destruction of ISIS.
Of course, this administration is loath to admit there even is a war on terror – while Pope Francis, of all people, seems to be aware of it.
Mr. Obama seems terrified to utter the word “terror,” much less the term “war on terror.” His administration dropped that phrase years ago in favor of “overseas contingency operations.”
How’s that working out?
Words do matter. They are the offspring of one’s thinking.
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