Ron Fournier, a writer for the National Journal, seems like a straight-up enough guy. He is a frequent guest on Fox News Channel and acquits himself fairly. He frequently admits these days to being disillusioned about President Obama, whom he vigorously supported in the past.
All of which serves to make his criticism all the more credible … and no doubt biting in the eyes of the administration. His latest cut may be the unkindest of all. As Brendan Bordelan writes at the Daily Caller, Fournier was a guest on today’s “Fox News Sunday,” where he “bemoaned the White House’s consistent underestimation of threats around the globe”:
This is a president that underestimated [the Islamic State] — he called them jayvee. He underestimated what was going to happen after Libya. He underestimated Putin.
He’s been the Commander-in-Chief or the Underestimater-in-Chief. So I don’t want him to underestimate — we can’t afford the president to underestimate this threat.
I also don’t want him to overreact. We’ve done that before, and it kind of got us into this mess.