I don’t know why anybody is surprised that President Obama, who won a completely undeserved Nobel Peace Prize for just not being George Bush, would declare that he wants to “degrade and destroy” ISIS (which Obama calls ISIL), a statement that sure doesn’t sound peaceful.
But for all his ballyhoo and bluster last night, Obama seems to be trying to live up to his socialist-tainted Peace Prize. His “war” plan sounds more like he’s going to phone it in, and to hell with the American troops who might be killed.
It wasn’t that many days ago that Obama said he didn’t have a strategy for dealing with ISIS, and after listening to his speech, it still sounds like he doesn’t.
His plan includes more airstrikes and 475 “boots on the ground.” (That media catch phrase of course means 475 troops, not 237.5 soldiers as that number of boots would imply. Thank you, mathematically challenged journalists of the world.)
Those U.S. troops are being dubbed “advisers,” not unlike the advisers we once sent to Vietnam.
In listening to Obama, it becomes clear that what he really plans on doing is the only thing he’s ever been halfway good at: community organizing.
Allegedly, the White House is working on building a “coalition” that will do most of his dirty work for him.
President Bush got support from dozens of countries for the Iraq War, including heavy hitter Britain. It will be interesting to see whom Obama can scrape up to fight his Iraq War II.
Only the foolish and the ignorant will stand beside Obama, since it was he who, more than anyone, is responsible for ISIS making as much progress as it has. Not only did he pave the way for their assault on Iraq by removing our troops too soon, but ISIS’s ranks have been swollen by Syrian “rebels” funded and armed by the White House.
Underscoring the likely doom of this effort is that Obama made it abundantly clear during his speech Wednesday that he is delusional or flat-out lying about the enemy we are facing.
“Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL (ISIS) is not Islamic,” Obama said, “No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. “And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al-Qaida’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.”
Now allow me to make two things clear: ISIS is very much Islamic, because it is following in the pattern of barbarity and violence that Muslims have set before the world since Mohammed got his first vision. And two, ISIS is a state whether you recognize the name or not, because it has conquered lands from other nations and is successfully holding them, and it has a ruler, a caliph, who is serving as an inspiration to jihadists around the world.
One of many things Obama doesn’t seem to realize is that in any military conflict, ISIS does not have to win. It just has to not lose. And facing a country that sadly is run by a bunch of navel-gazing liberals and a Muslim sympathizer, ISIS has a pretty good chance of not losing.
Obama made a point of vowing that U.S. troops will not be in combat but will only be advising Iraqi troops — something that we should have been doing for the past several years but we couldn’t because Obama wanted to impress his anti-war supporters.
So in summation, Obama plans to risk U.S. troops and America’s reputation by not fighting an enemy he helped create but that he hopes he can talk other people into destroying for him.
Obama sounds like he really doesn’t want to fight ISIS, and his past actions support that conclusion. He finds airstrikes acceptable, probably, because the chance of American casualties is fairly low. But actually sending in troops to take and hold territory, as you must to win any war? That won’t happen anytime soon.
The truth is Obama most likely only gave his tough-guy speech on the eve of the anniversary of 9/11 during an election year because he’s afraid we’ll be attacked, and he wants to appear as though he’s on top of things.
Americans need to ask themselves how we can win a war the commander-in-chief doesn’t even want to fight. Then they should demand that Washington come up with a real plan for victory, or just concede that Obama has lost Iraq to the terrorists after so many veterans died to give the Iraqi people a fighting chance at freedom.