Washington Post columnist George Will poked fun at Barack Obama’s exaggerated rhetorical ability, saying “Much has been made about the president’s reliance on a teleprompter, and today we saw, in all seriousness, one reason why.”
“He’s not that good when he’s winging it, and it’s very hard to be good when you’re making up a policy as you go along from press conference to press conference,” Will said tonight on Fox News’ “Special Report.”
Will’s criticism about Obama “making up a policy” on how to deal with ISIS “from press conference to press conference,” is particularly interesting because it was revealed that Obama has been receiving “detailed and specific intelligence about the rise of ISIS,” which was “included in the President’s Daily Brief, for at least a year before the group took large swaths of territory beginning in June.”
Speaking of Obama’s erratic rhetoric on ISIS, Will said that using words like “ ‘degrade,’ ‘destroy,’ ‘roll back,’ and ‘shrink,’ ” make “success” practically inevitable.
“When you promise, as he’s done,” Will said, “to do a lot and also promise to do a little, you’re going to succeed one way or another.”
However, Will still has doubts about what Obama can do about the threat from ISIS.
“It’s a basic principle of politics: If you will an end, you have to will the means to that end, and I don’t see that we’re ready to do that yet.”
Translation: we’re screwed.
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