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MSNBC Analyst: Obama’s No Boots On The Ground Promise “May Come Back To Haunt Him”

Howard Fineman is the editorial director of the Huffington Post and an MSNBC political analyst. In a rare moment of truth, Fineman admitted to MSNBC host Chris Matthews that Obama has made “categorical statements” about sending troops back to Iraq for “political reasons and to reassure the public.” And that might come back to bite the president, politically.

“I think the sort of no-combat-troops phraseology that he used is one that could come back to haunt him and one that clearly Pentagon planners and others who say, you shouldn’t dare draw such lines, are trying to fuzz up in and around the president’s own statements,” Fineman said.

The cacophony of criticism over Obama’s often confusing strategy to combat ISIS is growing louder by the day.

Over the weekend, Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Obama is now “paying the price” for not arming Syrian rebels in 2012.

Brit Hume, who accused Obama on Sunday of having a “half-hearted effort” toward ISIS, said Monday that Obama’s ISIS strategy is one that is designed to “fail slowly.

CNN host Don Lemon said today that Obama seems to go by “public support,” instead of what his military advisers suggest he do to defeat ISIS.

Indeed, Obama has vowed that he won’t commit major ground forces to combat ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and has instead chosen to rely on heavy air strikes to defeat the Islamic terror group.

However that plan, according to the New York Times, has failed. “After six weeks of American airstrikes, the Iraqi government’s forces have scarcely budged the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State from their hold on more than a quarter of the country,” the Times reports.


Jerome Hudson

Managing Editor

Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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