Asked by Anonymous
This cartoon sums up many of the criticisms of Obama regarding his approach to the Islamic State in Iraq:
Obama is doing all he can to combat Islamic State without actually “going to war” with Islamic State. In other words, he’s putting his campaign promises of ending the war in Iraq, wrapping up things in Afghanistan, and “sending al-Qaeda running” before an actual true full-fledged military effort against ISIS. Furthermore, between his lax approach and the bumbling message being put forth by the State Department, I’m not sure if they really know what they’re really doing. I have zero confidence in this administration to complete the task at hand.
I’d also criticize his adamant stance on not putting “boots on the ground.” Unless he’s just paying lip service to the country and to the enemy (which is doubtful), but secretly really planning on putting armed soldiers into combat against Islamic militants, I believe it’s poor judgment to rule out any type of military tactic or approach to win this battle. That’s what this whole conflict should be about by the way, winning the battle with ISIS.
Lastly, while I do approve of Obama’s decision to continue an air campaign against ISIS, I do not approve of his plan nor Congress’s approval of arming Syrian opposition rebels. This method has been tried over and over throughout the last several decades. I don’t mind possibly training rebel fighters, but giving them any arrangement of small or large arms is just a bad idea. Let’s say we actually defeat ISIS and they retreat back to their holes in the ground…for a while at least; do we get to collect all our weapons back? No. They’ll continue to be passed around the middle east and used for every single small conflict that will happen thereafter, possibly even in another conflict with the United States down the road. If you want an armed opposition force on the ground against Islamic State (which I believe is inevitable for victory), then stop pussyfooting around and send our armed and superior trained soldiers to do the dirty work.
It would seem that certain members of the black community, who actually believed that electing the first black president would bring about some kind of real social progress for blacks, are finally starting to realize that all that “hope and change” stuff was nothing more than a bunch of empty promises. It turns out the black community, especially the youth, have taken the worst hit by the Obama economy. Go figure.
Still, they (well, at least this Princeton professor giving the lecture) still yearn for more government solutions to their community’s plight. This begs the question…how much does a Princeton professor earn again?
Although war is bad, the death of innocents is far worse. Unfortunately, this truth is totally ignored by the anti-war liberals and libertarians. As Zo puts it in this video, “y’all have been suckered by Hollywood in some slow-clap ending where people bury the hatchet and two opposing factions hug it out." This is not reality. Not only do these people like to bury their heads in the sand and pretend evil does not exist or won’t come to harm them down the road, they’re generally the same apologists who blame everything that’s gone wrong in the world on the United States.
Asked by blackascoffee
That’s because he’s had nothing important to say. Tonight proved that.
Asked by Anonymous
More chatter about himself and his plans as to repair his tarnished image after saying “he had no plan.”
From what I’ve heard, I believe he’s going to lay out perhaps a larger air mission in the region; however, he’s also talking about including training and arming more opposition forces on the ground, which I believe is just another bad idea. I’m sure he’ll also throw in there something about going around Congress if they don’t agree his plan. For the record, I believe he should address Congress for approval.
The spokesperson for the family of American journalist Steven Sotloff appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper show last night and leveled some stern criticism at the Obama administration. He claimed that Sotloff was kidnapped by the so-called “moderate Syrian rebels” who the Obama administration armed and then sold for a bounty to ISIS.
Here’s the video:
A spokesman for Steven Sotloff’s family contends the slain American journalist was sold to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant by Syrian rebels and says the Obama administration “could have done more” to save him.
Appearing on CNN Monday evening, Barak Barfi said that his sources in the region have told him one or more of the Syrian rebels sold Sotloff to ISIL for $25,000-$50,000. He referred to them as “so-called moderate rebels, that people want our administration to support,” a jab at lawmakers and political figures — including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and many others — that have suggested arming the Syrian rebels.
Barfi, a research fellow at the New America Foundation, reserved stronger criticism for the Obama administration, whom he accused of spreading inaccuracies and failing to do enough to secure Sotloff’s release. The White House has confirmed two separate videos released in the last month showing an ISIL militant beheading Sotloff and fellow captured U.S. journalist James Foley.
“We know that the intelligence community and the White House are enmeshed in a larger game of bureaucratic infighting and Jim and Steve are pawns in that game and that’s not fair,” he said, in a reference to Foley.
We’ve been saying from the very beginning that the Obama administration is foolish and dangerous to arm the Syrian rebels. We already know for a fact that many of these weapons have fallen into the hands of ISIS rebels. If the story of Sotloff’s bounty is true, it only further demonstrates that the Obama administration’s “solution” to ISIS is to keep arming ISIS.
…but wait a second…all these uber anti-interventionist “heads-in-the-sand” libertarians keep saying the Syrian rebels are ISIS? Just like they keep saying that the US created al-Qaeda and the Taliban by aiding the Mujahideen in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union…totally ignoring the Afghanistan Civil War. The US foreign policy is always to blame.