Thursday, September 04, 2014

Cruising the Web

But at least now Obama has announced his goals concerning ISIS.
We know that if we are joined by the international community, we can continue to shrink ISILl's sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities to the point where it is a manageable problem," said Obama.
That's quite a difference from Biden's traveling to Hell to take them on. I'm sure that everyone will be inspired by that. I can imagine the slogans from previous wars.
Abraham Lincoln's version would have been "-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, and we'll keep fighting until the Confederacy become a manageable problem."

Woodrow Wilson would have gone to Congress in 1917 and said, "It is a fearful thing to lead this great peaceful people into war, into the most terrible and disastrous of all wars, civilization itself seeming to be in the balance. But the right is more precious than peace, and we shall fight until the Germans are a manageable problem."

Winston Churchill would have said, "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 until the Nazis become a manageable problem."

FDR would have spoken to Congress on December 8, 1941 and said, "No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to until the Japanese are a manageable problem."

And JFK would have said in his inaugural address, "Now the trumpet summons us again-not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need--not as a call to battle, though embattled we are--but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, "rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation"--a struggle until the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease and war itself are manageable problems."
Quite a bit different from when he was claiming to have decimated al Qaeda.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was asked about the President's "manageable problem" remark today and all Hagel could do was deny he'd heard anything about it and then advise reporters to pay attention only to what Obama's prepared remarks were. In other words, don't bother paying attention to anything he says without the teleprompter.

Joe Biden goes all Wrath of Khan on ISIS.
“When people harm Americans we don’t retreat, and we don’t forget,” he said. “They should know, we will follow them to the gates of hell until they are brought to justice, because hell is where they will reside! Hell is where they will reside!”
And here is Biden's inspiration.

You can tell how irritated those in intelligence are with the implication that President Obama hadn't been told how dangerous ISIS was and that explains his major gaffe in referring to them as the JV team. Now we're getting leaks from those in intelligence that Obama had been informed for over a year about the growing danger from ISIS and had been given specific information that could have served the basis for air attacks on them when they were still rather contained. And this stuff wasn't all that secret. As Paul Mirengoff points out, he'd been blogging about ISIS a year ago.

Oh, and the White House press spokesman's attempt to spin Obama's disastrous JV comment as not being about ISIS - well, that just earned four Pinocchios from the Washington Post. I guess the White House press office is earning its money this year as they try to clean up from Obama's gaffes or awkward announcements on foreign policy.

Jonah Goldberg contemplates the differences between the Democrats' rhetoric about Republicans to their approach to ISIS. He contrasts all the silly stuff that Obama admirers were writing about how Lincolnesque Obama was at the beginning of Obama's administration. And Obama explicitly encouraged those comparisons in how he retraced Lincoln's path from Illinois to Washington before their inaugurations. Then Goldberg includes truly appalling dialogues between European supporters of ISIS discussing how they could use non-Muslim women as slaves.
It’s also worth noting that the president has done everything he can to claim that his domestic political opponents are engaged in a “war on women.” He won an election largely because he convinced enough women — and pliant journalists — to take this bilge seriously. Just this week the head of his party went on at great length to claim that the Republican governor of Wisconsin has been “giving women the back of his hand.”

Oh, and let us not forget, the president and his supporters work very hard to paint their domestic political opponents as religious extremists because some private businesses and religious groups don’t want to pay for procedures that violate their conscience.

Now compare this to the people who are celebrating the fact their faith allows them to enslave women.

Just think about it for a moment. The president surely knows about this. His administration surely knows about this. And yet, the president — this modern incarnation of Lincoln, protector of women and opponent of domestic religious extremism — defines his goal for the Islamic State as reducing it to a “manageable problem.” Does this mean that if the group renounces any designs on attacking the U.S. homeland (an impossibility given the tenets of their faith and ambition for a global caliphate) he will stand by as they continue to barter women as sex slaves and breeders? This is the same man who campaigned in Berlin as a “citizen of the world” and champion of global community.

Forgive me, but the term, “Lincolnesque” doesn’t immediately spring to mind.

The disconnect goes beyond mere inconsistency or hypocrisy. It is a moral sickness that is sickening to behold.

Peter Wehner finds the model for President Obama's approach to foreign policy.
The president, rather than facing reality, appears to be turning from it. He looks to be falling deeper into denial. He doesn’t like what’s happening in the real world, so he’s reinventing it. This is how it plays itself out: Mr. Obama now insists he really and truly wanted to keep American troops in Iraq rather than withdraw them. The tide of war is receding. Vladimir Putin’s conquests are a sign of weakness and even unfashionable. (“You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext,” Secretary of State John Kerry said as Russia began its invasion of Crimea earlier this year.) The Libya campaign was a model of success. As recently as the early part of this year, ISIS/ISIL was nothing more than a “jayvee team.” The president’s policies have, according to White House press secretary Josh Earnest, “improved the — you know, the tranquility of the global community.”

We now have a presidency that resembles a Monty Python movie. Apart from the Islamic State, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Gaza, Iran, Pakistan, Libya, Crimea, Ukraine, Russia, China, Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria, North Korea, and other nations, the world is a sea of tranquility.

The difference between the Obama presidency and Monty Python is Monty Python was intentional satire.
Here are some disturbing indicators of what stories we might be hearing more about at some point in the future:
An ISIS jihadist recently killed in Iraq was from Minneapolis and had a job at the airport with unfettered access to planes. I wonder how many more such American jihadists with such jobs there are out there.

Islamist rebels in Libya have not only gained control over our former embassy there, but they also have control of the airport and Libyan jetliners. This provokes disturbing memories of what terrorists can do with an airplane.

And there are indications that members of ISIS are already in the US, perhaps having come through our southern border. Would that surprise anyone?

And al Qaeda has announced opening a wing in India to wage jihad there and in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Timothy Carney ponders what makes a state a state and why shouldn't ISIS be considered one.

Ed Rogers has figured out what the Democrats' strategy is for this fall's elections.

Meanwhile, John Fund points out how Democrats are hoping people won't remember which party has controlled the country for the past six years.
This Labor Day marked the unofficial end of the summer holiday season, and it was also the beginning of the two-month campaign sprint till the midterm elections.

Democrats are making it clear that their campaign will be about agitating the liberal base to get out and vote — which to some extent has to involve getting voters to forget they’ve owned the White House for six years. Vice President Biden spoke at a labor rally in Detroit and told union members, “It’s time to take back America” to ensure “you get an equal share.”

Take back America from whom?

President Obama cast his net for votes wider at a Laborfest in Milwaukee by declaring: “Hope is what gives young people the strength to march for women’s rights and workers’ rights and civil rights and voting rights and gay rights and immigration rights,” he said. “Cynicism is a bad choice. Hope is a better choice.”

I know that hope springs eternal, but many voters are fatigued that after six years of Obama they’re still waiting for change in the economy. That’s one reason why neither Biden nor Obama emphasized their economic record yesterday.

How come so many liberals seem to think that President Obama is the first president ever to have been criticized? Are their memories really that short?