Monday, November 16, 2015

Obama calls Paris terror attacks a setback: Continues to defend ISIS strategy

President Barack Obama on Monday conceded that the Paris terror attacks were a "terrible and sickening setback" in the fight against the Islamic State, but showed no indication of substantially changing his approach to defeating the group.

"There will be setbacks and there will be successes. The terrible events in Paris were obviously a terrible and sickening setback," Obama said.

The President also continued to claim that his strategy to deal with the Islamic State is "going to work."

"There will be an intensification of the strategy that we've put forward. But the strategy that we are putting forward is the strategy that ultimately is going to work," President Obama said.

President Obama's ISIS strategy involves airstrikes and a limited number of military advisers on the ground.

Obama admitted months ago, he really has no plan or strategy. He can't seem to reconcile the intelligence he is getting from the Pentagon and CIA with his thoroughly discredited, obdurate ideology.

So, Obama retreats behind doubling down on what has proven completely ineffective. Obama's idea of "containment" compared to what of most rational people is like night and day. This is the same level of containment he thinks he has achieved with Iran and their nuclear ambitions in his "agreement".

Sadly, for all of us Obama's delusion persists regardless of how many facts reality throws at it.

Obama's claim that his foremost responsibility is to protect the American People, but then to continue to double down on refugee access to the U.S. is symptomatic of this man's total disconnect from reality. Numerous individuals in the intelligence community have flatly stated in interviews that there is no effective vetting in place to handle these individuals.

But that doesn't seem to deter Obama. One can't help but think that Obama has a screw loose somewhere. And as far as "American values" are concerned, he effectively stopped upholding them a long time ago, especially in the area of foreign policy.

Obana's policy is simply no policy, No strategy.

Our reckless withdrawal from Iraq led directly to the growth of ISIS.

After years of cultivating ties with the tough Sunni tribes in the north, the ones who had aligned with Al Qaeda jihadists in the aftermath of Saddam's defeat, the U.S. had achieved a kind of partnership with these groups who feared the Shi'ite majority government that replaced the Sunni dictatorship.  They worked with us to kill the extremists:  the "awakening".

Unfortunately, when the Bush Administration ended, so did this partnership; its architect, Gen. Petraeus, resigned in a personal scandal, Obama worked hard to pull the soldiers out, against the advice of the military, and the Sunni tribes were left to fend for themselves.

The Shi'ite-dominated military, amateurish but armed to the teeth with U.S. weaponry, proceeded to treat the Sunnis vengefully and brutally, and the Sunnis responded by allying once again with extremists.

And thus ISIS grabbed 25% of Iraq and became a global threat.

Happy now, Mr. President?

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