We’re old enough to remember people saying Ronald Reagan was the “Teflon President.” Even if you assume that to be true, Barack Obama is the “Slip & Slide President” by comparison. There hasn’t been anything that is his, or his administration’s fault, and the buck doesn’t stop anywhere.
The latest gem is the “problem” in Iraq. The President refused to press for a Status of Forces Agreement that would have left some troops in Iraq in order to keep our finger on the pulse of the country and make sure that things like ISIS didn’t happen. He’s blaming that on President Bush, even though he campaigned on pulling every last troop from Iraq and said over and over that he was “ending” the war in Iraq.
His most recent duck-and-cover came on Saturday when he took a question about ISIS.
Got that? It was bad intelligence. That’s what it was. It was “unexpected” – and that is the watchword of the Obama administration.
First of all, he’s lost Andrea Mitchell.
We’ve gotta say, when you’ve lost Andrea Mitchell, you’ve just lost. She used to adore this President, now we think she’s just so disappointed she cries herself to sleep every night.
We’d offer some additional questions to the President. You say “everyone” was surprised at how fast ISIS moved. That’s why you couldn’t do anything until last week, the first week of August. Well, apparently everybody was fast asleep at the switch because there were some events that might have given a clue that there was a problem. First, from the Washington Post on January 3, 2014, eight months ago.
BEIRUT — A rejuvenated al-Qaeda-affiliated force asserted control over the western Iraqi city of Fallujah on Friday, raising its flag over government buildings and declaring an Islamic state in one of the most crucial areas that U.S. troops fought to pacify before withdrawing from Iraq two years ago.
And, again from the Washington Post on June 10, 2014, just two months ago.
BEIRUT — Insurgents seized control of most of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Tuesday in a powerful demonstration of the threat posed by a rapidly expanding extremist army to the fragile stability of Iraq and the wider region.
So, for the last eight months ISIS has been knocking down cities that were taken from al Qaeda with the blood of US Marines and US Army soldiers and the President just got around to figuring out that there was a problem last week because of “bad intel.”
More like he couldn’t be bothered because his golf game needed work.