“The analogy we use around here sometimes and is accurate is if a JV team puts on Laker uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.” — President Barack Obama on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), in January. (It’s Lakers, by the way, Mr. President, not Laker).
“They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it’s in Iraq or anywhere else. They are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of … military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded. This is beyond anything we’ve seen.” — Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, August 21, 2014.
Beyond. Anything. We’ve. Seen… their words.
My, how things change over a summer. Suddenly, ISIS is a top priority for an administration caught with its pants around its ankles and its golf balls in the drink. There is indeed a JV team, but unfortunately it occupies residency in the White House.
What’s really changed since January? Yes, there’s been a slew of towns falling into the hands of barbarians in Iraq and Syria, and the genocide of entire villages of Christians and Yazidis, complete with putting the heads of children on stakes, and now the beheading of an American journalist. But ISIS is the same threat today that it was eight months ago. They’re the same extremist thugs. The same wacko philosophy. This is a terrorist group (an army really at this point, controlling 35,000 square miles of territory) that is so brutal that even al-Qaeda had distanced itself from them, and that’s saying something! Nothing has changed.
No, the difference is that even to their typical media defenders and lap dogs the Obama camp has been exposed as a group of absolute foreign policy clowns. They are naive and inexperienced. Their actions, or rather lack thereof, have been indefensible. All the previous criticism regarding their childishly utopian foreign policy ideals, complete with nonsensical “reset” buttons, has come true. Did that “reset” button help the Ukraine? Has the past Obama Middle East apology tours paid any dividends in Libya, Syria, Iraq, or Gaza? Even his once Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, criticized the president, saying, “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.” Yes, yes, Mrs. Clinton is clearly doubling back on principle in a way that would make even Charlie Crist blush, and she’s obviously doing this for a run at the presidency. But that doesn’t make her statement inaccurate. She’s right (too bad she didn’t actually mean it).
This cartoon says it all: