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Vacuousness coupled with incompetence equals Obama’s “strategy” to deal with ISIS

I’ve watched in horrified wonder these last few weeks as a man way over his head tries to act like he knows what he’s doing.  But he’s not fooling anyone.  Not even his most rabid supporters.  The great, shrinking American President – Barack Obama.

Here are a couple of quotes he’s made which typify his vacuousness – something at which he is quite adept:

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.

A manageable problem.  Yeah, that’s kind of open to any definition you want to hang on it, isn’t it?  It’s business school talk. What defines a “manageable problem” when talking about religious fanatics killing American citizens (as well as middle easterners by the thousands) to taunt the US president?  Are we there if they only behead one American journalist next year?  If they only crucify half the number they did this year, are we “managing” the “problem”? Oh, and by the way, what ever happened to R2P?  Only applicable to Libya?  And boy, did we “manage” that “problem” well.  Our embassy is now a jihadi swim club.

[W]hat 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.

Organize the Middle East?  I’d laugh out loud if what was going on wasn’t so dangerous.  This guy couldn’t organize a one man parade. He couldn’t lead a horse to water after a 10 mile run in the desert.  And coherence, as in a coherent policy?  Forget about that.  Ed Morrissey nails it:

The failure demonstrated by Obama and his administration over the last several weeks and months as the ISIS threat grew and metastasized is, at its core, a leadership crisis. Forget being the leader of the free world; this President can’t even lead his own team within one coherent message and strategy. As ABC’s State Department reporter Ali Weinberg remarked yesterday, this was the message just from one single day: “We’re going to destroy ISIS. Or manage them. Or shrink their sphere of influence. Or follow them to the gates of hell.”

With that failure to generate a united and coherent approach to ISIS among his own team, how could anyone expect the President to lead the world against this new terrorist army and the threat it poses to the region and the world?

They can’t, and he won’t.  Oh the “world” may do something, but it won’t be because of any leadership from Obama, et. al.  It will be because they’re awake to the threat that is ISIS and finally develop the intestinal fortitude to act.  And the US?  Like Libya, we’ll “lead from behind”.

What in the world could possibly go wrong with that?

~McQ

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29 Responses to Vacuousness coupled with incompetence equals Obama’s “strategy” to deal with ISIS

  • He has the job he thought he deserved without understanding “it’s a for real job slick, and there is no job MORE real”
    For all the power the job possess it does NOT allow the following skills to be used, and these are the only skills he really ever had:
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    He can’t pay to have the details hidden with expensive court orders.
    He can’t get by on being a “foreign exchange President”
    He can’t pass the buck for decisions he publicly makes speeches about, eEven if he didn’t make them and Valerie Jarret was using him like President Achmed the dead terrorist.
    He can’t duck foreign events or dodge them until something else comes along to distract the country.
    He can’t dig up dirt on Putin or ISIS to ‘make them go away’ and leave him victorious on the field.
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    Foreign events are not impressed by his ability to make speeches
    Foreign events don’t give him extra credit or cut him slack for his skin color.
    Foreign events don’t make excuses for him.
    Foreign events don’t care if he won a Nobel Prize for peace.
    Foreign events don’t let him delay them until after his next election or after his term expires.
    Foreign events can’t be stopped with unconstitutional power grabs or stacking a government agency with friendly idiots.
    .
    And everyone has had 6 years to know he’s every bit the empty chair Clint Eastwood made him out to be and then some.

  • The more Obama invokes the “international community” to rise up, the more I’m convinced he’s waiting for someone, anyone to come in and save his hide.

    • Yeah, what he doesn’t realize is he’s waiting for the version of the United States he hates, led by the sort of leader he abhors, to come bail his sorry ass out.

  • “A manageable problem. Yeah, that’s kind of open to any definition you want to hang on it, isn’t it? It’s business school talk.”
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    Jonah Goldberg has a good piece up about the awful pretext that Pres. ScamWOW has showed all his years: “I’m only interested in what works. I am not ideological”. It was and is, of course, a total lie.
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    As repeated here by the tongue-bath cabana boi for the Casa d’ Collectivo, Herr Doktor Erp.
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    There is an old lesson taught in the Bible…something about an “uncertain trumpet”. Nobody will rally to it.

  • I am so glad Obama is President, and he is handling these crises perfectly. The US is not the power it was. Iraq proved our inability to project power alone – Bush’s unilateralism was an utter failure. And with globalization and economic links important, Obama recognizes that the US to work within the framework of the international community and understand that there is no “magic bullet” that can somehow change things. ISIS is the result of the first Iraq war, and the instability and radicalism it caused. The Ukraine is Russia’s near abroad. Russia attacked Georgia when Bush was President too. The only way to deal with these problems is patient internationalism, and to do what Bush did not – recognize the limits of US power or military power. McCain would have been in five wars by now, the way he impulsively thinks that somehow that can fix things. So you all don’t agree, but I am delighted that we have a President who understands the way the world is changing, is moving away from old obsolete ways of thinking, and that he will be commander in chief for two and a half more years. And believe it or not, a lot of people see it like I do! But you all blame everything that goes bad in a world in transition on Obama. It’s convenient, it fits your ideological desire. But you’re completely off base.

    • “… project power alone …”
      Is this the tripe you tell your students. 26 days after the September 11 attacks, Operation Enduring Freedom commenced in Afghanistan. The campaign eventually involved 58 nations, many of them non-NATO members. In Iraq, 45 nations joined the United States in the March, 2003 mission to oust Saddam Hussein from control in Baghdad. By April, Angola and Ukraine had committed to joining the mission, raising the total number of coalition countries including the United States to 48.
      If you don’t know the facts, it just makes you look as stupid as Obama.

      • It’s one of those meme’s Scott likes, but knows to be a lie.

        • AND the idiot seems to believe that we PRINCIPALLY just projected military might in Iraq on the predicate that someone in the BOOOOOOooooooosh administration thought that would be all that was needed.

          His stupid just gasts my flabbers.

      • I want to see Scott address this point: that the US did not act unilaterally in Afghanistan or Iraq, contrary to his assertion. His explanation will be hilarious.

    • How’s about we Fisk the Twerb…

      “I am so glad Obama is President, and he is handling these crises perfectly.”

      –Well, that was purely for the paycheck. Finances must be tight in Moosenut or Camel-knuckle U or wherever it is that allows him to teach. I’m sure his check was already deposited directly.

      “The US is not the power it was.”

      –Mostly through the relentless and tireless effort of our President and his caddy. No matter how much he wants it to, a One Wood just won’t work on the Islamic State In Syria…

      “Iraq proved our inability to project power alone- Bush’s unilateralism was an utter failure.”

      –Alone. And by “alone”, Twerb means the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Poland. Among others. I think I even remember Fiji putting a small number of boots on the ground.

      “And with Globalization and economic links important, Obama recognizes that the US to work within the framework of the international community and understand that there is no ‘magic bullet’ that can somehow change things.”

      –Aside from the first half of that sentence being newspeak gobbledygook, I almost (seriously, almost) agree. There is no magic bullet that can change things. But a million or so perfectly mundane bullets sent to the proper targets might make a difference.

      “ISIS is the result of the Iraq War and the instability and radicalism it caused.”

      — Incorrect. ISIS is the result of two things: Religious zealots that are willing to sink to the most infernal depths of depravity as long as a “holy” book tells them it’s “O.K.” and a power vacuum left after President Obama pulled our forces out too soon and ignored the little jihadis while they were still in the ‘ little bloody polyp stage’, leaving them untreated until they metastasized into a full blown bout of Foreign Policy Colorectal Cancer. As opposed to any of the other cancers in various stages of development presently afflicting that hoary old paradigm of obsolescence we know as Western Civilization…

      “The Ukraine is Russia’s near abroad.”

      — First of all, d!p$h!t, it’s just Ukraine, not The Ukraine. What subject do you teach, again? I bet you really teach some seminars on financial self help like those “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” books that were all the rage a few years back. Second, “Near Abroad”? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Professor? Just say ‘neighboring country’ and leave the purple prose to the Literary Fiction genre.

      “Russia attacked Georgia when Bush was president too. The only way to deal with these problems is patient internationalism and to do what Bush did not- recognize the limits of US power or military power.”

      –So they did. That’s called a non sequitur, not that you care. But regardless, I don’t remember much more than stern words words from Bush in regards to that invasion. I could be wrong. So are you saying that by us not putting our soldiers in Poland and nearby countries when Georgia was invaded, that was Bush nor recognizing the limits of our power? And that Obama ratcheting up the tension is ‘patient internationalism’. What does patient internationalism mean anyway? More post-mod newspeak from the Twerb.

      “McCain would have been in five wars by now, the way he impulsively thinks that somehow can fix things.”

      –Mere conjecture. But funnily enough, it’s probably the only thing you’ve written here that even stands up to any kind of critical thought. That’s…really kind of sad… And, BTW, the second half of that sentence: Sheesh! It’s a mess. I suggest editing for clarity.

      “So, you all don’t agree, but I am delighted that we have a President who understands the way the world is changing…”

      —Nope, we don’t agree. I think the only thing he understands is when to go with the pitching wedge. And looking at his handi-cap, that’s even debatable. It occurs to me,we know more about his golf score than we do his college grades…

      “…is moving away from obsolete ways of thinking, and will be commander in chief for two and a half more years.”

      –I am going to go out on a limb here: Logic and Reason will never be obsolete. Never ever ever ever. And as to that second part, that’s if we’re even still here in two and a half years.

      “And believe it or not, a lot of people see it like I do!”

      –Oh, we believe it. Unfortunately. But a lot of people believe that heavenly bodies from nearby planets to stars millions of parsecs away actually influence their personality and love life. Don’t make ’em right.

      “But you all blame everything that goes bad in the world in transition on Obama. It’s convenient, it’s fits your ideological desire. But you’re completely off base.”

      –We don’t just blame Obama. We blame progressives and nanny-state busybodies. We blame Islamic terrorists and Russian strong men with overdeveloped senses of nostalgia. We blame crony capitalists and their pet congressmen. We blame a lot of things. But Obama, being the President of the United Staes, is in a rare position to actually help, rather than hinder. But damn, he just keeps getting stuck in the cockadoodie sand traps…

    • “And believe it or not, a lot of people see it like I do!”
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      No, Herr Doktor Erp. There are not.
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      But I will let you put up links to “a LOT of people” who the are tongue-bath cabana bois that you are.
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      Here you go… PUT UP THE LINKS, you lying sack of Collectivist shit.

      • “And believe it or not, a lot of people see it like I do!”

        You forget, fully half the population has below average intelligence. That’s over 150 million people. I am sure there are a lot of those who see it like he does.

    • “… I am delighted that we have a President who understands the way the world is changing, is moving away from old obsolete ways of thinking …”

      = = = = = = =

      And to think there are some here who still try to engage you in rational debate.

      LOL.

      • “And to think there are some here who still try to engage you in rational debate.”

        Very few. Most of us just use him as a practice dummy for joke making. Also a cautionary example about the dangers of glue sniffing and such. I hear he was the inspiration for the famous “This is your brain on drugs” infomercial.

    • now you’re just trying to get a response on a Friday night.
      Even you don’t believe he’s “handling these crises perfectly”.
      Give it a rest Scott, it’s sad.

      • I blame it on repressed and unquenched sexual drives. Some sort of perversion drives that kind of trolling.

        • Probably some sort of role playing fetish, maybe “The Komissar and the Kulak”. Of course that one is over, probably replaced by “The College Administrator and the Perfesser Who Doesn’t Publish”. I think we know who plays the submissive.

    • Hey skippy, want to talk about jobs again?

    • “I am so glad Obama is President, and he is handling these crises perfectly. The US is not the power it was.”

      Those two sentences go perfectly together, but you will never understand why.

    • In Erb’s world, “unilateral” means “getting 30-40 countries to go along with you”.

      I am so glad my children did not attend college in Maine.

    • The clown is pulling out all the stops to get you people to take your eyes off of Obama’s left hand.

      He only wants you to waste your time trying to convince him what he already knows: he doesn’t believe all the over-the-top agit-prop he wrote.

      Anyone who thinks he got a check for this doesn’t know him. He’s a slut, not a whore. He gives away his integrity for no charge.

    • Bush didn’t go it “unilaterally” so retract your lie ASAP

  • http://collegeinsurrection.com/2014/09/annual-meeting-of-poli-sci-academics-features-little-talk-of-obama/

    They are speechless on the subject of Obama. Scott hasn’t gotten the memo…

  • “The scientific community would come down on me in no uncertain terms if I said the world had cooled from 1998,” wrote Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia in Britain in 2005. He went on: “Okay it has but it is only seven years of data and it isn’t statistically significant.”

    If the pause lasted 15 years, they conceded, then it would be so significant that it would invalidate the climate-change models upon which policy was being built. A report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) written in 2008 made this clear: “The simulations rule out (at the 95% level) zero trends for intervals of 15 yr or more.”

    Well, the pause has now lasted for 16, 19 or 26 years—depending on whether you choose the surface temperature record or one of two satellite records of the lower atmosphere. That’s according to a new statistical calculation by Ross McKitrick, a professor of economics at the University of Guelph in Canada.

    Sooooo. Erp is batting .000. Perfect consistency….!!!

    • It takes work to be that dopey.
      There must be a pay check involved, but with his degrees he was overqualified to be the loudmouth idiot in the dunking tank at the carnival, so he had to settle for the college job.

  • http://www.nationalreview.com/article/387179/fox-news-enemy-state-kevin-d-williamson

    The Collective always needs enemies (e.g., Goldstein in “1984), but never more than now.

    Their ideas are old and stale. So they have to use something.