Well, it was Marie Harf’s turn at the State Department podium on Wednesday. I’m guessing her big sis, Jen Psaki, was busy getting ready for the Taylor Swift concert…but that’s neither here nor there. Marie was predictably hammered with questions about ISIS or ISIL or whatever we’re calling the thugs today, following Obama’s five-minute remarks about the beheading of journalist James Foley. And it didn’t take long for Matt Lee of the Associated Press — who probably deserves some sort of Medal of Freedom by now — to heckle the Harfster.
Lee simply wanted to know why Obama had said in his statement that “there has to be a common effort to extract this cancer so that it does not spread” if there’s no concrete evidence of other governments actually aiding ISIS.
“You’re reading something into that statement that I don’t think is actually there,” responded Harf.
“Well, I’m reading into this that you’re actually going to do something,” fired back Lee, as he laughed at Harf and asked her what else the president could have possibly meant.
The back-and-forth continued for a while, until Lee asked the so-called spokeswoman, “if you’re already happy with what the people and governments around the Middle East are doing to extract the cancer, why would he say it? … I’m not trying to be confrontational; I’m just trying to figure out, if you need all the governments to work together, do you think that they’re not all working together now?”
Honestly, Matt’s question seemed pretty straightforward to me. But leave it to the Obama State Department to dance around semantics. This is the problem here. The president so desperately wants us to believe that he’s doing everything he can to target and weed out our enemies, yet he has no problem with the optics of constant golf games. So while he’s busy working on his left hook, he leaves it to his Press Secretary, the Pentagon, and the State Department to explain the policy. And they all happen to be even worse at detailing that policy than Obama himself is.
At this point, we’ll never have a firm grasp of what the supposed “Obama Doctrine” is, which is why the whole “Don’t do stupid stuff” rule that the administration is now attempting to back away from has stuck. If I had one piece of advice for the president right now, it would be to call British Prime Minister David Cameron. He cut his own vacation short and immediately bolted back to London after learning of James Foley’s murder, vowing to determine whether the terrorist in the video — who had a British accent — was one of his citizens. That’s called leadership, and even if Cameron did it for the optics only, he sure has a better grasp of looking good than Obama does these days. It’s high time for Barry to pick up his “phone and pen” once again, but for good reasons:
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