President Obama delivered his highly touted ISIS “strategy speech” on Wednesday evening from the White House…and the 15 minutes he took to deliver the remarks were about as underwhelming as could be imagined.
Apart from a few comments designed to be soundbites on the Thursday morning news programs, such as “If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven,” there were precious few new details that would convince anyone he truly plans to “degrade and destroy ISIL.” It’s nice to claim that these have all been “core principles” of the Obama presidency for years, but his actions to date have unfortunately spoken otherwise.
The president spent more time touting his own record on fighting terrorism — and reminding us that Osama bin Laden is dead — than he did in outlining his meager four-point strategy. He even had the audacity to claim that his administration’s efforts in Somalia and Yemen have been successes. The experts seem to disagree.
Even this dude wasn’t impressed:
Incidentally, Obama continued his pattern of referring to the terrorist group as ISIL, rather than ISIS. He clearly doesn’t want to remind Americans of that pesky letter “S” that represents his failures in Syria. And for someone who wanted to come off as tough in his response to this enemy, I’m not sure how declaring definitively that “ISIL is not Islamic” does much to help matters, though he did manage to call them a “cancer” at one point. He also made sure to spend some time highlighting what he WON’T do (i.e. ground troops) and why his foreign policy doesn’t at all resemble his predecessor’s. The implication that Obama is not going to fight “Bush’s war” again does nothing to move the ball forward — however, I’m sure it makes him feel good.
But hey, he did manage to work in a reference to Ebola. So there’s that.
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