It’s been nearly a week since Obama said he doesn’t’ have a strategy for engaging the murderous terror group ISIS. And while he was out hosting fundraisers and having a good ol’ time at an MSNBC host’s wedding, ISIS was seizing and throwing a pool party in a US Embassy annex in Libya.
America has a president that would rather party, campaign, and golf, than keep the country or its diplomats safe.
But that’s not the “unfortunate fact” with respect to the Islamic State, according to Charles Krauthammer. The sad truth is America is “going to have to act on our own with whatever allies we can assemble for our own interests,” Krauthammer said on Monday’s “Special Report.”
“The fight against ISIS is for our interests. It’s not for Saudi Arabia,” Krauthammer said. He was responding to Saudi Arabia’s head of state, King Abdullah, who warned the West over the weekend of ISIS’s growing threat.
“If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month,” Abdullah said.
“The idea of inviting Iran into Iraq and into Syria to fight against ISIS isn’t exactly a happy prospect either. Iran simply leads another branch of Islamic radicalism that’s soon going to be nuclear, and you don’t want them in charge of Mesopotamia,” Krauthammer concluded.
The Guardian writer Owen Jones ultimately agrees with Krauthhammer but says the West’s close financial ties with fundamentalist countries like Saudi Arabia, only enables the radical islamism that spawns groups and movements like ISIS.
“Don’t expect Britain to act. Our alliance with the regime dates back to 1915, and Saudi Arabia is the British arms industry’s biggest market, receiving £1.6bn of military exports,” Jones wrote. “There are now more than 200 joint ventures between UK and Saudi companies worth $17.5 billion.”
“So much rhetoric about terrorism; so many calls to act. Yet Britain’s foreign policy demonstrates how empty such words are. Our allies are up to their necks in complicity with terrorism, but as long as there is money to be made and weapons to sell, our rulers’ lips will remain stubbornly sealed.”
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