As President Obama unveils more and more of his strategy to “degrade and ultimately defeat” ISIS, we learn more and more about his foreign policy deficits. We learn, for example, that in his estimation, the junior varsity terrorist organization, which recently beheaded its third journalist, British reporter David Haines, has done a lousy job of terrorizing the West.
In an account by Peter Baker in Saturday’s New York Times, Obama explains:
If he had been “an adviser to ISIS,” … he would not have killed the hostages but released them and pinned notes on their chests saying, “Stay out of here; this is none of your business.” Such a move, he speculated, might have undercut support for military intervention.
The notion that ISIS would have been more effective following the advice of a putative leader named Barack Hussein Obama is an interesting one. According to the results of a newly released NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll, 62% of Americans support military action against ISIS. The clear implication is that the American people, who were so war-weary during Obama’s first term that many applauded his feckless announcement of a withdrawal date from Iraq, are now worried enough about the terrorist threat to support a return to the battlefield. (As a sobering aside from the same poll, an even larger percentage, 68%, say they have “very little” or “just some” confidence that Obama is the man for the job of subduing the ISIS threat.)
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