President Obama admitted today that his administration does not yet have a strategy to combat the militant Islamic group ISIS that has seized large chunks of Iraq and Syria.
When the president was asked if he would seek Congressional approval for U.S. attacks on ISIS targets in Syria, he responded, "I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet."
The president said he would consider his military options today with the National Security Council.
“The options that I’m asking for from the Joint Chiefs focuses primarily on making sure that ISIL is not overrunning Iraq,” Obama said during a news conference in the White House briefing room, using another acronym for the militant Islamic group ISIS.
Earlier this week, the president approved military surveillance flights over Syria, but air strikes in that country have not been authorized. U.S. military planes have carried out over 100 airstrikes in Iraq.
“As commander in chief, I will always do what is necessary to protect the American people,” he said today. “Our military action in Iraq has to be part of a broader comprehensive strategy to protect our people and to support our partners who are taking the fight to ISIL."
Obama said he is dispatching Secretary of State John Kerry to the area to work with allies, and ordered Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to prepare “a range of options” for dealing with ISIS.
“It also means that states in the region stop being ambivalent about these extremist groups,” Obama said. “This should be a wake-up call to Sunni, to Shia, to everybody that a group like ISIS is beyond the pale; that they have no vision or ideology beyond violence and chaos and the slaughter of innocent people."
I guarantee you that this guys has a strategy when it comes to golf, but when it comes to dealing with a potential threat to national security, he's got nothing, nada, zilch.
And isn't that call by the President for states in the region to stop being ambivalent about extremist groups so very telling? That coming from Mr. Ambivalence himself.
He is to ambivalence what Kim Kardashian is to big butts, what Miley Cyrus is to sleaze, what Harry Reid is to incompetence.
I still struggle with the fact that this man was not only elected but re-elected by a majority of Americans.
We are in such deep doo-doo.