Some pretty embarrassing stuff here, courtesy of the reject from the high school cheerleading squad who’s now parading around the Obama State Department. Marie Harf found herself engaged in some verbal fisticuffs on Thursday with her not-so-favorite frequent sparring partner, Matt Lee of The Associated Press. Lee was eager to get some answers about President Obama’s hastily assembled coalition to confront ISIS, but all he got from The Harfster in return was a healthy dose of ‘tude.
When both President Bushes made the decision to intervene military, their coalitions were huge. Even Bush 43 managed to pull together 48 countries in 2003 to invade Iraq, with an additional 37 countries providing troops after the completion of that invasion.
Obama’s grand coalition? 9 countries.
That’s right, NINE. And worse, that number may drop, with reports that Germany and Turkey won’t participate in airstrikes, and word that Britain isn’t too keen on that particular aspect of the plan either. Even Tom Brokaw knows this is a recipe for disaster.
So it was amid that backdrop that Matt Lee asked whether this is essentially the Coalition of the Flailing. Harf responded, “Why do you always focus on what people say they won’t do instead of the plethora of things they’ve said they will do? Why is that what you focus on? That’s actually not an unfair question, I don’t think, when we focus on our effort here.”
An interesting choice of words there. Why would we possibly “focus on what people say they won’t do”? Perhaps that’s because Obama himself is virtually obsessed with listing off the things he won’t do. Boots on the ground, anyone?
“I know there’s a desire for everything to happen in real time, but let’s wait and see how those meetings go,” begged the spokeswoman. “Everything does happen in real time, Marie,” Lee sarcastically fired back.
While the Obama administration waits to “see how those meetings go,” they just might want to work on controlling whatever it is that their message is supposed to be. With Secretary of State John Kerry proclaiming that America is not at war with ISIS, it’s no wonder that other countries don’t feel like we’re showing leadership or a commitment to our stated goal. Just a thought, but maybe Obama telling everyone that the engagement will last exactly three years — conveniently into the next presidency — has the world bolting from this one. I imagine the conversation goes something like this: Country A asks Country B why they haven’t joined Barry’s grand coalition. Country B answers, “Because America doesn’t even believe they’re at war. Why should we?”
What a mess. Not only are we indeed at war with those terrorist thugs, but we’re at war with STUPIDITY as well…in the form of Team Obama. Enjoy your coffee, Marie.
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