Mr. President: Don't punish; drop bombs
President Obama reacted to another barbaric act with the same kind of confusion that we've come to expect from this rather confused man:
While highlighting ongoing efforts to build an international coalition to take on the group and promising congressional consultation, he offered no indication of his still developing strategy to take on the group.
“The bottom line is this,” he said at the start of a press conference. “Our objective is clear and that is to degrade and destroy [ISIS] so it is no longer a threat not just to Iraq but also the region and to the United States.”
But minutes later, he seemed to recast the goal more locally.
“Our objective is to make sure they aren’t an ongoing threat to the region,” he said. “As we’ve seen with al-Qaeda, there are always going to be remnants that can cause havoc of any of these networks, in part because of the nature of terrorist activities. You get a few individuals, and they may be able to carry out a terrorist act.”
Then, in a third formulation, he said he hoped to “shrink [ISIS's] sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its military capability to the point where it is a manageable problem.”
Maybe it's not in him to say that we are going to "smoke 'em out" or "make my day," but what is so hard about saying that we are going to kill each and every one of them?
Mr. President, they are not bank robbers or people who cheated on the LSATs. They are killers who want to kill the citizens of your country. And they won't hesitate to kill the people who voted for you, too!
Am I the only one who sees a lack of passion?
My God – they just killed two of your citizens in the most barbaric way known to man.
What does it take for President Obama to wake up and smell the risk?
This is a war, Mr. President. It's not the phony "war against women" that your party trumped up in the last election.
No, sir: this is a real war, where people get killed.