Obama contradicts himself on ISIS strategy in Estonia presser

Where in the world is Obama’s strategy for dealing with ISIS? Apparently not in Tallinn, Estonia, where the president of the United States contradicted himself this morning on his search for his strategy in dealing with ISIS.

First, he said:

“The bottom line is this: our objective is clear. That is to degrade and destroy ISIL so that it is no longer a threat not just to Iraq but also to the region and to the United States.”

“Degrade and destroy” seems pretty clear. ISIS will be weakened and then will cease to exist, if the president has his way.

But then, later in the course of his somewhat rambling (that’s a charitable adjective) remarks, he said:

"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” is a very different goal than destroying ISIS.

This incoherence is a very serious problem, for it strongly suggests the president is dithering, unable to make up his mind, and therefore unable to take decisive action.

Emperor Nero called, and he wants his fiddle back.

Where in the world is Obama’s strategy for dealing with ISIS? Apparently not in Tallinn, Estonia, where the president of the United States contradicted himself this morning on his search for his strategy in dealing with ISIS.

First, he said:

“The bottom line is this: our objective is clear. That is to degrade and destroy ISIL so that it is no longer a threat not just to Iraq but also to the region and to the United States.”

“Degrade and destroy” seems pretty clear. ISIS will be weakened and then will cease to exist, if the president has his way.

But then, later in the course of his somewhat rambling (that’s a charitable adjective) remarks, he said:

"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” is a very different goal than destroying ISIS.

This incoherence is a very serious problem, for it strongly suggests the president is dithering, unable to make up his mind, and therefore unable to take decisive action.

Emperor Nero called, and he wants his fiddle back.