If you, like me, couldn’t stomach another Obama speech, the Heritage Foundation has condensed the high points to three minutes.
I just couldn’t watch another parade of lies and half truths marching across my home TV screen. I’ve seen it too many times before. I’ve heard him use “I” so many times that I don’t want to play that drinking game anymore. We’re all fed up with his using “ISIL” instead of “ISIS” like everyone else. Reminds me of my great aunt who insisted on calling an automobile a “machine” when everyone else said “car.” It grates. Watching his head ping back and forth as if he’s at a tennis tournament irritates.
Although the media insists this is one of his most eagerly anticipated speeches, I bet this one got very little viewership. People have Obama fatigue. He says what you want to hear, but he doesn’t do anything.
Thankfully, this video saves us all the trouble:
There don’t even seem to be any memorable lines, except “Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim.”
Really? Is that why it’s called Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant; so that it’s not associated with Islam? Maybe he should be concerned with the Christians who have had to flee the area. If it were Christians doing the head chopping, I bet Obama would have criticized Christianity.
Then he said we have “a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy” to “degrade, and ultimately destroy,” ISIS. Doesn’t have much of a ring to it, does it? Nothing like “we will not rest, we will not tire…” George W. Bush said.
How will we do this? It’s pretty vague. Airstrikes, Obama says, but we are already doing that. He’s sending 475 more men over there (why not 500? How did this number come about?), but “we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq.” How does that work? Obama then says we will “increase our support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground.” Translation: more money flowing over there to people like the Syrians who are dubious in their motives.
And here’s some of the best part: “And in two weeks, I will chair a meeting of the U.N. Security Council to further mobilize the international community around this effort.” When has the U.N. ever been useful to us? Allies are fleeing us like healthy people in an ebola camp. Obama can’t even work with Congress. How’s he going to get allies to do the dirty work he doesn’t want to do?
This didn’t stop him from slapping Congress. He asked them for their support in this endeavor, but he also told leaders yesterday that he doesn’t need their authorization for his military campaign. He even said this whopper: “I believe we are strongest as a nation when the president and Congress work together.” Not too long ago he warned them he had a pen and a phone and would use them. Which is it? Cooperation or elimination?
This speech was trying to sweeten his policy and make it palatable for Americans. He wants to milk the surge in Americans who now say we should oppose ISIS. It’s just more of the same warmed over.
It’s not a recipe for success.