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Red Line 2.0: Rudy Predicts Obama Will Break His “No Boots” Pledge

I couldn’t honestly tell you if former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani reads Daily Surge, but on Monday, he echoed a sentiment I expressed in reaction to UN Ambassador Samantha Power’s various Sunday news program appearances. Essentially, we both believe that Barack Obama’s “no boots on the ground” promise isn’t any different from his infamous “red line” promise on Syria. It’s another example of something the president is adamant about because he believes it plays well politically. But eventually, he’ll be left with egg on his face when the facts are no longer convenient enough for him to maintain his vow.

I would never have said, ‘We’re not gonna put boots on the ground.’ I never would announce that in advance,” Giuliani told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “The fact is, before this is over, we’re going to have some troops there … when you listen to General Dempsey and you listen to his people, they seem to be pushing him in that direction … this is like the mistake he made with the red line.”

Still, Obama has never seemed to care much about past words and phrases coming back to haunt him. As I also wrote about in the aforementioned piece, you even saw this in Obamacare. With all of Barack’s repeated insistence that “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” it’s almost as if he believes he lives in a world where nothing is ever recorded or written about. And even if it is, he’ll just spin his own words later to explain to you that you misunderstood his intentions…despite the fact that he used the most straightforward language imaginable.

I agree with Rudy that there will indeed be ground troops in Iraq to fight ISIS, because — wait for it — they’re already there now. It’s just that Barack Obama isn’t referring to them as technically “combat forces.” Carefully parsing the English language is one of the Law Professor-in-Chief’s most favorite activities. It’s just that he doesn’t happen to be any good at it.


Matt Fox

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Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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