Is it just me or does anyone else think Obama has his priorities mixed up? ISIS is a serious threat to the U. S. They have already wreaked havoc in other parts of the world and recently were responsible for the carnage in Paris. Is Obama concerned? Apparently not enough since he is willing to let 10,000 Syrians into the U. S. with only minimal screening. Two of the participants in 9-11 actually trained in Scottsdale, Arizona. Wouldn’t that indicate how easy it is to enter this country with bad intent?
It looks like Obama is more concerned over whether the ocean will raise a couple of inches in the next million years than he is in destroying ISIS. Dana Milbank is normally a left leaning columnist who writes for the Washington Post. However, in his column of 11-29 he is not very complimentary to Obama; a guy he normally places on a pedestal.
Speaking of a recent East Room meeting between French President Francois Hollande and Obama, Milbank stated that Hollande and Obama were “united in their goal of defeating the Islamic State but separated by a stylistic gulf as wide as the Atlantic.”
Milbank continues: “On the left, facing the cameras, was Francois Hollande, war President. He spoke of ‘cowardly murderers’ who ‘dishonor humanity,’ of a ‘relentless determination to fight terrorism everywhere and anywhere,’ of ‘an implacable joint response’ of ‘hunting down their leaders’ and ‘taking back the land.”
“On the right stood Barack Obama, President Oh-Bummer.” (After reading that definition, I almost fell out of my chair as it was uncharacteristic of Milbank to mock the president.)
Milbank continued: As far as defeating the Islamic State, Obama replied: “That’s going to be a process that involves hard, methodical work. It’s not going to be something that happens just because we take a few more airstrikes.”
When questioned about a political settlement in Syria Obama replied: “It’s going to be hard and we should not be under any illusions.”
When asked if the Paris attacks could have been avoided, Obama replied that “it’s hard; that’s a hard thing to track…That’s a tough job.” (Really? Was Charlie Hebdo any indication of what was to come?)
Obama continued with “Some of them think that if I were just more bellicose in expressing what we’re doing, that it would make a difference.”
In reply to the above, Milbank made a great reply: “Well, yes.”
The result of this meeting showed no surprises: The normally unpopular Hollande saw his support numbers increase while Obama’s poll numbers decreased. Hollande was “upbeat and can-do” while Obama was “discouraging and lawyerly.”
Maybe Obama was more concerned about the glaciers.