If that sounds dramatic, it’s meant to be. We are currently semi-engaged in a variety of crises around the globe. As the pre-eminent democracy on the planet others look to us for help and support.
But Barack Obama is a new kind of isolationist. At times he is passive, like attacking the ISIS base camps in Syria. At other times he can be very aggressive, especially with his use of drones in the tribal areas of Pakistan or Yemen.
Mr. President: the game is afoot. Russia has overtly invaded Ukraine with tanks and ground troops. So far, there has been no credible response from the United States, unless you consider talk at the U.N. the best that we can do now.
Meanwhile, the Islamic State continues to threaten the very continued existence of Syria and Iraq. Stiff-necked dictator Bashar al-Assad must not have gotten the memo. If he doesn’t bend a little his head will be the one on a pike for all to see.
In Iraq the Kurdish Peshmerga (Those who confront death) and the best of the Iraqi security forces are battling back from oblivion stiffened by American airpower. But unless we toss some more weight on the scales it will only be a holding action.
But Obama has revealed to the world that he doesn’t know how to play this game and doesn’t have a clue where to start.
Yesterday, at a White House press conference, he stood up and told the world that we are going to do zero to help Ukraine. Furthermore, we have no strategy to defeat the Islamic State. Can you believe that the President of the United States actually uttered such inanities?
Of course, his staff attempted to mitigate the damaging statements. Here’s Josh Earnest doing damage control on CNN:
[T]he president was asked a specific question about what approach he was going to pursue when it came to possible military action in Syria against ISIL. That was the specific question he was asked and the president was explicit, that he is still waiting for plans that are being developed by the Pentagon for military options that he has for going into Syria.
Are they kidding? Do we all look like idiots? Well, I’m sure someone, somewhere will accept this hair-splitting but in the real world of our enemies this as weakness to be exploited.
And exploit it they will. Putin will continue to press his neighbor as long as there’s no pushback. The Islamic State will continue to gobble up territory and oppose their government over millions of Syrians and Iraqis.
The administration continues with their trip through the fantasyland that is Iraq by insisting that the solution is a unified government.
Well, of course, that will help but you don’t stand by while your neighbor’s house is burning down negotiating with him for the price of the hose. They’ll get it done when they do. Meanwhile, they desperately need heavy weapons and advisers. And how about greater air power?
Josh Earnest continued with his explanation of Obama’s plans in Iraq:
But when it comes to confronting ISIL, the president has been very clear for months about what our comprehensive strategy is for confronting the ISIL threat in Iraq. It starts with a unified Iraq government, that can unite that country to meet the threat that’s facing their country right now.
It includes strengthening our relationship with the Iraqi and Kurdish security forces, to make sure that they have the equipment and training that they need, to take the fight to ISIL on the ground in their country.
The third component of our strategy is engaging regional governments. It’s certainly not in the interest of governments in that neighborhood to have ISIL wreaking havoc and perpetrating terrible acts of violence in the region.
The fourth aspect of the strategy is engaging countries around the world in this effort.
And then, of course, the fifth aspect of the strategy, the fifth component, is the use of American military force.
This is what happens with a liberal Democrat government: all talk and no action. By the time we get to end of Obama’s dithering the world will be in flames.