August 28, 2014

About those Junior Varsity beheaders? Obama let slip “We don’t have a strategy yet.” [Darleen Click] UPDATED

O.Good.Lord.

President Obama admitted today that his administration does not yet have a strategy to combat the militant Islamic group ISIS that has seized large chunks of Iraq and Syria.

When the president was asked if he would seek Congressional approval for U.S. attacks on ISIS targets in Syria, he responded, “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.”

This is beyond pathetic … but don’t count out the perennial Obamessiah tongue bathers

There’s also a more sympathetic interpretation.

Viewed in context with the rest of his remarks, Obama’s point might be that there is no good strategy available for fully defeating ISIS in both Iraq and Syria — which is both consistent with his approach the crisis in those countries, in which he has primarily avoided risky escalation, and perhaps true.

Throughout Obama’s addresses on ISIS, including this press conference, he’s emphasized the need for a political strategy to defeat ISIS, one that focuses not on Washington but on Baghdad and, in an ideal world, Damascus. Barring political reform in the Iraqi government, and the development of some sort of peace in Syria, it’ll be really hard to fully defeat ISIS. In a changing, complicated situation, Obama’s thinking has long seemed to be, it’s better not to prematurely commit to a specific problem that might not fit the changing situation.

You can’t have a strategy for what can’t be done, in other words.

Holy Jaysus, but Zack Beauchamp needs a right-good beating …

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We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

Posted by Darleen @ 7:57pm
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  1. What never seems to be explained by his sycophant media is the guiding strategy ClownDisaster does have, and which precludes his developing the needful plan to deal with ISIS — namely, his intention to surrender to Iran.

  2. nice

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  3. obama is a pussy, and obama is america

  4. the you tube likes failshitamerica

  5. Not having a strategy never stopped him before.

  6. We don’t have a strategy because he can’t make a decision.

    Personally, I think that qualifies as an inability “to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” But good luck getting the Vice President and a majority of the cabinet to agree.

  7. The alternative is that he won’t make a decision. In which case, he runs afoul of his oath of office. But good luck getting the House of Representatives to Impeach his skinny black ass. To say nothing about getting the Senate to convict.

  8. >. But good luck getting the House of Representatives to Impeach his skinny black ass. <

    wouldn't be prudent – mitchy/orangeman

  9. I wonder what the world would look like today had we waited for the allies to come up with a political strategy to defeat the axis.

    Because it sure seems to me that we started to have trouble finishing off wars when we stopped investing in unconditional surrender and started investing in political reforms and peace processes.

  10. what the world would look like today

    I’m reasonably certain there would be far fewer if any Jews remaining in it. So the Arabs and Muslims generally would have been killing one another in the intervening years without so much ready to hand excuse based on Jew-hate. Brazil would be speaking German rather than Portuguese. Russia might not exist, and the Chicoms might not either, though the Chinese may have owned what was Russia by now. What else? So many things . . .

  11. This is probably prophetic. About any number of things:

    A moral response to this behavior might involve those officials, [who refused to do anything about systematic child rape in Rotherham] among others, hanging from lampposts. The legal system is, ultimately, an ancient bargain: Renounce your mob violence and blood feuds and we will provide you with justice. It could be argued that such a default as this calls the whole bargain into question, and justifies self-help along ancient lines.

    Rotherham doesn’t exist in the way that the Powers That Be think (or rather, pretend,) it exists. Rotherham exists as a colony of Pakistan.

  12. Oops. link

  13. such a default as this calls

    for icepicks.

  14. Russia might not exist, and the Chicoms might not either, though the Chinese may have owned what was Russia by now.

    I’m pretty sure you meant Manchukuo, not China.

  15. Actually not, since it wouldn’t have been likely Heisenberg’s discoveries would have been shared with the Nips, who the Germs would have backstabbed to be replaced with the more sensible Chinese.

  16. With tensions rising in Europe and the Middle East, Mr. Obama emphasized that a military response would not resolve either situation and pledged to build international coalitions to grapple with them. Despite pressure from within his own government for more assertive action, he tried to avoid inflaming passions as he sought new approaches.

    The president’s right: it’s not time to panic. The time to panic was about six months ago. It’s essentially too late to halt the dynamic of events now. Timing matters. Once the batter misses the ball it doesn’t matter how hard he subsequently swings. Someone should tell the president the time to bat is over and the janitor can’t keep the stadium lights on much longer
    […]
    [H]uman predators like their animal counterparts never take on something that might injure them, because any ding, matter how small, reduces their ability to hunt. Predators have always gone for the weak and defenseless prey from the beginning of time.

    Perhaps president Obama didn’t know that. But he’ll find out all about it now.

    But that which he gives away was never his anyway. How easy to hand the bully things which others worked and sacrificed for. Thus the endless rounds of golf between Triumphs called fundraisers. His “work” is done, now all that remains is the waiting.

    The avalanche has already started; It is too late for the pebbles to vote.

  17. So the Arabs and Muslims generally would have been killing one another in the intervening years without so much ready to hand excuse based on Jew-hate.

    If there were only one Jew left in the world, he would still be blamed for singlehandedly making the sun shine too hotly an a random jihadi’s head.

    If every last Jew were dead, Christians would be to blame because Christ was a Jew.

    If there were no Jews or Christians, Hindus would be to blame because they didn’t exterminate the Jews so that the jihadis wouldn’t need to. Except that if they had it would only be because those sneaky Jews let them so the jihadis would let their guard down and then the Jews would rise from their graves…

    I could go on.

  18. Perhaps someone should put this article on Obama’s desk:

    Note the material sources of the Islamic State’s power: supplies from and through Turkey’s Muslim Brotherhood government, paid for largely with money from notables in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, as well as from the government of Qatar. Beyond religious sectarianism, the motivation for this support is the Qataris’ and the Turks’ foreign policy seemingly based on promotion of Sunni political Islam wherever possible.

    The first strike against the IS must be aimed at its sources of material support. Turkey and Qatar are very much part of the global economy—one arena where the U.S. government has enormous power, should it decide to use it. If and when—a key if—the United States decides to kill the IS, it can simply inform Turkey, Qatar, and the world it will have zero economic dealings with these countries and with any country that has any economic dealing with them, unless these countries cease any and all relations with the IS. This un-bloody step—no different from the economic warfare the United States waged in World War II—is both essential and the touchstone of seriousness. Deprived of money to pay for “stuff” and the Turkish pipeline for that stuff, the IS would start to go hungry, lose easy enthusiasm, and wear out its welcome.

  19. It might be better to slip it into his golfcart, eCurmudgeon. Even there it’s doubtful it would do him any service, insofar as Valerie isn’t going to let go her grip on his balls.

  20. Russia has a strategy

    China has a strategy

    America lol

  21. Walter White goes to ISIS.

  22. heh, it’s a wonder whether Walter White in ISIS or Ayatollah Khomeini in the White House is the greater threat, given that the pledge to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” is made utterly moot.

  23. ISIS has a strategy and is but a part of an old, very long term grand strategy, as is this group too.

    Obama too has a strategy, one which cannot reveal its face, its existence, if it is to succeed, and it too is but a part of a long time grand strategy which is in merger talks with the other one above.

  24. We don’t have a strategy because he can’t make a decision.

    I’m thinking it’s more that he made the decision long ago: pull the troops out, “stop” the war, be the Peacemaking Hero.

    The fact that ISIS is stirring it up something awful is pissing him off. How DARE they drag him back into this discussion? “It’s been RESOLVED, people. The war is over. If Iraq can’t handle the aftermath of our departure, that’s hardly MY problem.”

    Leeden (h/t Insty) says that the strategy is to ally with Iran. Which, I thought we were in bed with the MBs, who are Sunni.

    If course, in the hierarchy of enmity among Muslims, Sunni & Shi’a will gladly team up to destroy both Great and Lesser Satans before fighting for the spoils amongst themselves.

    I’m not sure why anyone outside the Ummah thinks they can game the Muslims into doing anything that ultimately redounds to the favor of the kuffir over the Ummah.

    That’s just not where their allegiances lie.

  25. Well then, I can thank Michael Ledeen for speaking out where most no-one says a word.

    About that silence (by the dominant media organs), the question has to come sooner or later: why?

    Is it that the silence keepers know and know not to say? Or is it that the silence keepers are simply ignorant and prefer to keep themselves that way? Or what? What other explanations might account for the silence?

  26. The fact that ISIS is stirring it up something awful is pissing him off. How DARE they drag him back into this discussion? “It’s been RESOLVED, people. The war is over.”

    After all, he won.

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