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Rogers and Feinstein: Bipartisan Barry Blasting on the Sunday Shows

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) may have been doing her best to be diplomatic on NBC’s Meet the Press, but the fact is that the Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee is clearly not pleased with how President Obama has been handling the threat from ISIS. It’s been said that the worst thing a president can be during wartime is indecisive, and the president’s now-infamous “no strategy” gaffe last week more or less solidified that this is a man who is nearly incapable of taking bold action. The Pentagon is at the ready for whatever he may decide; the problem is that Obama simply won’t make a decision.

I know what you want me to say. But I’m not going to say it in that sense,” prefaced Feinstein. “I think I’ve learned one thing about this president, and that is he’s very cautious. Maybe in this instance, too cautious. I do know that the military, I know that the State Department, I know that others have been putting plans together. And so hopefully, those plans will coalesce into a strategy that can encourage that coalition from Arab nations.”

“Too cautious” was Senator Feinstein’s euphemistic way of saying “dilly-dallying.”

Asked about Obama’s January comparison of ISIS to a “jayvee team, “I think it’s a major varsity team,” Feinstein said. “I see nothing that compares with its viciousness. I’ve been on the intelligence committee now since before 9/11, and I’ve watched this evolution of non-state actors into world terror very carefully and closely. And this is really the first group that has the wherewithal in terms of financing, the fighting machine in terms of a structure– a heavy equipment, heavy explosives, the ability to move quickly. I mean, they crossed the border into Iraq before we even knew it happened. So this is a group of people who are extraordinarily dangerous, and they’ll kill with abandon.”

She’s right on the money there. This Democrat may go off the rails on gun control and other liberal obsessions, but when it comes to terrorism, Dianne Feinstein gets it.

And so does her counterpart in the House of Representatives, Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI):

His foreign policy is in absolute free fall,” said Rogers of Obama. “You look at China, ISIS, Russia, Iran, North Korea — we have a serious host of problems presenting itself, and our traditional allies are now standing up and saying maybe America is not the best ones to lead us through the troubles.”

And that doesn’t even cover Libya, where an Islamist-armed militia group now claims it has “secured” a U.S. Embassy residential compound. Benghazi 2.0, anyone? It’s just in time for the 13th anniversary of 9/11.

It’s fairly clear that Obama doesn’t give a damn about the rest of his presidency, since he isn’t even really making an effort to posture himself in a (non-golfing) way that will help his own party in the midterm elections. He’s so concerned about preparing for a freewheeling post-presidency that he doesn’t seem to realize he looks like a total turd right now. You’d think the American president wouldn’t want to be upstaged by the British prime minister, but that’s exactly what’s happening. I’d hazard to guess Obama spends more time deciding which suit to wear on any given day — like that weird tan one — than he does in crafting a real terror-fighting strategy. The fact that he thinks he can still coast on the death of Osama bin Laden in 2014 as evidence of his super-awesome foreign policy is both laughable…and completely expected.

If he thinks this is going to get any easier after November, Barack has another thing coming. Remember when Obama promised Putin he’d have more “flexibilty” after the 2012 election? Yeah, it’s pretty much the opposite these days. He has the flexibility to act right now, and in two months, that could all be taken away from him. At the point where Republicans have gained more power in Congress and Harry Reid is off crying in the corner, the best this POTUS can hope for is a permanent relocation of the White House to Martha’s Vineyard for the remainder of his days in office. He’s practically moved it there already.


Matt Fox

Senior Editor

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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