ISIS: Is Barack Obama merely “incompetent,” or malevolently so?

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I was wondering what that sound was I heard the other day. Turns out it was jaws dropping at the Pentagon when they heard their commander in chief say this:

The US does not yet have a “complete strategy” for helping Iraq regain territory from Islamic State (IS), President Barack Obama has said.

He said the Pentagon was reviewing ways to help Iraq train and equip its forces.

But Mr Obama said a full commitment to the process was needed by the Iraqis themselves.

How long has ISIS/Daesh/The Islamic State been in the news as they rampage across what used to be Syria and Iraq butchering thousands? Over a year? And yet the president says his military still hasn’t presented him with a “complete strategy?” (Which begs the question of why he wasn’t pounding his desk demanding one, being the commander in chief, after all.)

Reacting to the news that they’ve just been thrown under a bus, a Pentagon official had this to say:

One military official reacted angrily to Obama’s blamesmanship:

“What the f— was that,” the official told Fox News. “We have given him lots of options, he just hasn’t acted on them.”

I guess this is how community organizers smooth over civil-military relations: take no responsibility for what’s in your job description and then find a scapegoat to take the fall for you, hoping enough of your toadies in the press will run with that to at least confuse the issue of your own failings. Deflect and distract, it’s the Obama way.

Of course, we’ve known for years that he just isn’t really that interested in his job, especially foreign affairs, which is one of his three major constitutional responsibilities. Hence his failure to really act on the options the military chiefs have given him and his need to blame someone else for his own failings.

As the Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds, sometimes says, if Obama really were trying to destroy America’s foreign relations, what, exactly, would he do differently?

5 Responses to ISIS: Is Barack Obama merely “incompetent,” or malevolently so?

  1. Tregonsee says:

    Bill Buckley used to ask the same question as Reynolds back in the Cold War period about the Democrat Party. Needless to say, that question was not well received, though one Liberal was candid enough to say they would be more circumspect.

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  3. john says:

    well because no plan is better than a bad plan
    we have all seen what happened when Bush executed a bad plan. I hope that will not be repeated. If Baghdad will not fight are you suggesting that the USA invade and occupy again ? 50% of all combat deployed troops now muster out claiming service related disabilities.
    We lost 5000 dead 25000 maimed 500 needing facial transplants and 1500 with urogenital wounds.
    ISIS was and is being supported by our best allies in the Mideast including Israel who has opened thir Golan border for wounded fighters (just the moderate ones)
    You seem to think that a plan is pretty easy to whip up, maybe you should email the Pentagon and tell them yours.
    Do you think the Pentagon is advocating for a return to Iraq?
    Oh and in your paln pls make sure to include an exit date, Americans don’t want another 10 year plan

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  5. grayjohn says:

    Obama is one of Them.

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