In response to the latest ISIS video, showing the beheading of Time and Foreign Policy journalist Steven Sotloff, President Obama has “vowed to ‘degrade and destroy'” the terrorist group, as one headline put it.
Except that, as usual with Obama and his rah-rah media interpreters, that’s not really what he said.
The key phrase of the day, “degrade and destroy,” was actually voiced in defense of his recent blockheaded revelation that he had no strategy for facing ISIS. Obama claimed that he had “only” meant to refer to a strategy for confronting ISIS (which Obama calls ISIL in the hopes that no one connects the group to the Syrian “rebels” he helped build up). He added that work to “degrade and destroy” ISIS in Iraq was “moving effectively,” whatever that means.
What Obama really said earlier this morning in Estonia was that ISIS could be a “manageable problem” if the “international community” pitches in.
“We know that if we are joined by the international community, we can continue to shrink ISIL’s sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities to the point where it is a manageable problem,” Obama said.
So in other words, he’ll be happy to organize, but actually doing something? Not so much.
It’s telling that so many of the news reports on Obama’s press conference include a line about Obama not revealing whether his “timeline” for adopting a strategy to attack ISIS had moved up after the latest beheading video.
Translation: The president’s got nothin’, per usual.
As Obama rambled, “And the question is going to be making sure we’ve got the right strategy but also making sure we’ve got the international will to do it. This is something that is a continuation of a problem we’ve seen certainly since 9/11, but before and it continues to metastasize in different ways. And what we’ve got to do is make sure that we are organizing the Arab world, the Middle East, the Muslim world, along with the international community to isolate this cancer.”
Note that “Muslim world” is separate from “international community,” which is mostly code for Europe, which really means Britain, which has its own serious internal problems due to the high number of Muslim immigrants.
Obama’s plan, then, is to make someone else do something about ISIS while he takes credit for laying out the place settings.
The reason is that, as some critics have noted, Obama helped create ISIS with taxpayer dollars. He still sees them as his people, no matter how many gory videos they post online. Based on his own actions throughout the globe, he seems to want an Islamic future for America and the world.
The Muslim world has shown repeatedly, plainly, loudly and clearly that, left to its own devices, it prefers to be ruled by the sort of barbarians who run ISIS, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and any of hundreds of Islamist offshoots. Wherever these mythical “moderate Muslims” are, they must be afraid to come out of their hiding places, because they never make themselves known.
Rather than confront the idea that it is Islam itself that is corrupt, people like Obama continue to make excuses for Muslims’ efforts to take the world back to the Dark Ages, as he did this morning:
“This particular brand of extremism that is first and foremost destructive to the Muslim world and the Arab World and North Africa and the people who live there. They’re the ones who are most severly affected. They’re the ones who are constantly under threat of being killed. They’re the ones whose economies are completely upended to the point where they can’t produce their own food and they can’t produce the kinds of goods and services to sell in the world marketplace.
“And they’re falling behind because of this very small and narrow but very dangerous segment of the population. And we’ve got to combat it in a sustained, effective way. And I’m confident we’re going to be able to do that.”
… And turn it into a “manageable problem,” but only if Obama can find someone else to take the lead.
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