Politics preventing Obama from dealing with Iraq as experts recommend

posted at 1:21 pm on August 14, 2014 by Noah Rothman

The Associated Press suggested on Thursday what everyone knows to be true, but is impolitic for some to say outright: President Barack Obama is not engaging the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq in the aggressive manner it deserves because it is politically inconvenient.

The AP revealed on Thursday that the administration has no illusions about the nature of the ISIS threat, and is resigned to the fact remains that a military solution is the only solution to the increasingly dangerous situation in the Middle East. Moreover, despite assertions to the contrary from some administration officials, the threat to the American homeland is real.

While the strategic approach to dealing with ISIS is relatively obvious, confronting the political obstacles that Obama himself has erected which prevent him from doing so is less clear.

Smashing the Islamic State, military and intelligence analysts say, would require a sustained campaign of American airstrikes, combined with a U.S.-backed ground force of Sunni tribesmen – the same approach that rooted al-Qaida in Iraq out of the Sunni tribal areas in 2008.

But such a campaign would be “orders of magnitudes more difficult” than Yemen because of how well-armed and well-trained Islamic State fighters are, said Peter Mansoor, a retired army colonel who helped oversee a turnaround in Iraq in 2008.

“We have a mismatch between our goals and our strategy at the present time,” said Mansoor, now a professor at Ohio State. “The goal eventually is to eliminate (the Islamic State), but the president has laid out a very restrained military option which can’t accomplish that goal.”

“A strategy to destroy the Islamic State would not require large numbers of American ground troops, but it would amount to a significant escalation from the recent air operations, analysts say,” the AP reported. “It might also require military action in western Syria, where the group has its headquarters in the city of Ar-Raqqah.”

Obama’s critics rightly fear that the president will be unable to address the ISIS threat in Iraq because it would mean introducing a significant American troop presence back into that country. This would also herald the collapse of a favored White House talking point that president successfully ended the Iraq War. Almost no one believes the president will conduct strikes inside Syria, where Obama declined to engage in military action in 2013 following the negotiation of a Russian-brokered deal which allowed Bashar al-Assad’s forces to surrender some chemical weapons.

Meanwhile, ISIS continues to advance even in spite of American airstrikes on militant positions.

In spite of this advance, media outlets are reporting that the United States is backing off a plan to conduct a rescue mission of the Yazidi minorities, saying that airstrikes on ISIS targets have forced the fundamentalist militants to retreat and abandon checkpoints surrounding Mt. Sinjar.

Moreover, based on the assessment of U.S. Marines and special forces on the ground on that mountain in western Iraq, the number of Yazidis who remain trapped are fewer than previously estimated. This, the Defense Department says, makes a rescue mission “far less likely.”

MSNBC’s Luke Russert reported on Thursday that, even though many of the Yazidis could evacuate from the mountain if they wished, many prefer to stay there because they continue to fear for their lives.

That makes perfect sense.

Call me conspiratorial, but the fact that multiple reports continue to indicate that the White House is at least as concerned with the political implications associated with taking “American involvement to another level” as they are with Iraqi security and the safety of this imperiled religious minority.


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Schadenfreude on August 14, 2014 at 1:22 PM

2004: Bush Lied, People died.

2014: Obama Golfs while People die.

portlandon on August 14, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Obama’s critics rightly fear that the president will be unable to address the ISIS threat in Iraq because it would mean introducing a significant American troop presence back into that country. This would also herald the collapse of a favored White House talking point that president successfully ended the Iraq War. Almost no one believes the president will conduct strikes inside Syria, where Obama declined to engage in military action in 2013 following the negotiation of a Russian-brokered deal which allowed Bashar al-Assad’s forces to surrender some chemical weapons.

Translation: The President’s poll numbers are more important than people’s lives.

Doughboy on August 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

A leader does what he knows is the right thing to do regardless of the politics.

A community agitator whines, dithers, and golfs a lot while the media makes excuses for the fact that he wears girl’s panties and still wets the bed.

ConstantineXI on August 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

“Politics”

In other words, he’d have to admit he was wrong.

CurtZHP on August 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

A majority of americans do not want another Iraq war.

The horror..A politician is doing what most of americans want him to do on the issue – airstrikes but nothing more than that.

Ned Pepper on August 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Fox is reporting that Obama has declared the ISIS mountain siege broken by military and that Christian refugees are leaving the mountain.

Christian Conservative on August 14, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Everything he does is based on politics. To him it’s a game of Dems vs. Reps. All he cares about is the game, not reality.

ConDem on August 14, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Obama needs a couple more weeks of vacation to think about it.

albill on August 14, 2014 at 1:30 PM

The incompetent fool is your typical left wing lunatic who does not believe that war will win or solve anything, except if it is a war against their domestic political opponents…

mnjg on August 14, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Politics Laziness preventing Obama from dealing with Iraq as experts recommend

FIFY

viking01 on August 14, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Politics? OH, you mean he’s beholden to his wacko leftist, Christian-hating, pro-ISIS, fringe voter base? So therefore he can’t act to protect American interests as “President”.

I’m sure we’ll hearing the Dims ratcheting up that Impeachment talk again here soon, hmm?

Meople on August 14, 2014 at 1:31 PM

It is not politics or poll numbers…Obama don’t care anymore.

He quit being president and is a golfer now.

Sort of like when we were little kids and we played pretend…I am a cowboys…now I am a fireman….look at me mommy!

William Eaton on August 14, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Obama Doctrine: Left Behind, Soul Harvest

faraway on August 14, 2014 at 1:33 PM

This is who is running the country now…

William Eaton on August 14, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Ned Pepper on August 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

If the people trapped on the mountain were black mooslims instead of Iraqi Christians, your and every other leftist’s tune would be exactly the opposite.

You know it, I know it, we all know it.

Meople on August 14, 2014 at 1:33 PM

3000 Yazidis eagerly await beheading or raping

faraway on August 14, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Did you rescue the Yazidis yet, daddy?

Galtian on August 14, 2014 at 1:37 PM

A majority of americans do not want another Iraq war.

The horror..A politician is doing what most of americans want him to do on the issue – airstrikes but nothing more than that.

Ned Pepper on August 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Hey left wing lunatic, did you see your welfare queens agitator dancing late at night at Martha’s Vineyard with a group of rich elite liberals you know the good rich not the bad rich)… All is fine in the world and in the USA, party on…

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obamas-danced-nearly-every-song-good-time-was-had-all_802918.html

mnjg on August 14, 2014 at 1:38 PM

For Obama, politics will always trump “doing the right thing”.

Bitter Clinger on August 14, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Worst President in History. Not even close.

Obama sucks.

HumpBot Salvation on August 14, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Why are politics in the way, he’s not running for anything again and it’s not like he has lied about stuff in the past. This is horse hockey.

Cindy Munford on August 14, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Ned’s so predictable.

We sing and he tap-dances.

CurtZHP on August 14, 2014 at 1:39 PM

The Audacity of Inconveniences.

southsideironworks on August 14, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Come on guys. Obama knows more about Iraq than his military and foreign service experts. he knows more about everything and can do a better job than any of the people he has.

Barak Heussein Obama
SUPER GENIUS
Have Brain Will Travel

jukin3 on August 14, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Call me conspiratorial, but the fact that multiple reports continue to indicate that the White House is at least as concerned with the political implications associated with taking “American involvement to another level” as they are with Iraqi security and the safety of this imperiled religious minority.

Can I call you anything-but-a-writer? That is one of the longest sentence fragments I have ever seen outside of the NYT. You never finished the thought, Noah.

GWB on August 14, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Noah, we know you’re busy watching MSNBC and chatting with your lefty buddies on twitter, but you could at least skim the blog that you write for.

From Ed’s post from earlier today:

A new Fox News poll has a rare bit of praise for Obama’s conduct in world affairs, with Americans approving 65-23 of his decision to launch airstrikes in Iraq.

sauldalinsky on August 14, 2014 at 1:47 PM

A majority of americans do not want another Iraq war.

The horror..A politician is doing what most of americans want him to do on the issue – airstrikes but nothing more than that.

Ned Pepper on August 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Yeah, a president who refuses to lead. That really sucks.

Ward Cleaver on August 14, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Obama knows more about Iraq than his military and foreign service experts.

jukin3 on August 14, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Not even close – he knows more about Iraq than the Iraqis!

GWB on August 14, 2014 at 1:48 PM

This is what people voted for. Only a second 9/11 will get this president to make a decision. After much polling

gxbhkt on August 14, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Call me conspiratorial, but the fact that multiple reports continue to indicate that the White House is at least as concerned with the political implications associated with taking “American involvement to another level” as they are with Iraqi security and the safety of this imperiled religious minority

I think that’s an unfinished sentence…

MTF on August 14, 2014 at 1:50 PM

..A politician is doing what most of americans want him to do on the issue – airstrikes but nothing more than that.

Ned Pepper on August 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

For the past 6 years, we have been doing foreign policy by whatever is popular with focus groups and polls – with results that are not only predictably bad, but getting worse. As Chuck Hagel mentioned, the whole world is on fire.

Politicians do whatever is popular at the moment. Statesmen lead according to principles that transcend what is popular at the moment.

Obama will never be more than a common politician – and (if his past performance is any indication of future performance) he will be remembered as a failed one.

SubmarineDoc on August 14, 2014 at 1:51 PM

We need a Commander in Chief what we got is a professor in chief

gxbhkt on August 14, 2014 at 1:52 PM

GWB on August 14, 2014 at 1:47 PM

I’m so glad you mentioned this. I kept going back to re-read wondering what I was missing. Thanks….I am not losing it!!! :)

CoffeeLover on August 14, 2014 at 1:52 PM

A majority of americans do not want another Iraq war.

The horror..A politician is doing what most of americans want him to do on the issue – airstrikes but nothing more than that.

Ned Pepper on August 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Americans are against Obama by wide margins on pretty much everything else. He’s just “doing what mist Americans want him to do” because it happens to coincide with what Obama wants to do – virtually nothing.

Chuck Schick on August 14, 2014 at 1:53 PM

A majority of americans do not want another Iraq war.

The horror..A politician is doing what most of americans want him to do on the issue – airstrikes but nothing more than that.

Ned Pepper on August 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Except for Obama-Democrat care…and the illegal invasion at our southern border…and foreign policy…and…

Obama does the opposite once public opinion gets above 60%.

jukin3 on August 14, 2014 at 1:55 PM

This is who is running the country now…

William Eaton on August 14, 2014 at 1:33 PM

What do you mean by “now”?

Schadenfreude on August 14, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Screw Iraq.
Tired of hearing about that hell hole since 2003.
Keep golfing Mr. President.
Hater gonna hate.

Ned Pepper on August 11, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Schadenfreude on August 14, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Anybody wonder if they don’t want anyone to find a connection between weapons from Libya and ISIS and does anyone wonder if ISIS has chenmical or biological weapons?

Sven on August 14, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Ideology is preventing him. He’s not too lazy or hobbled by some political subtlety.

He’s aligned with these “folks”. Therefore, no reason to deal with them in the way that we would expect to deal with them.

The fallacy of the argument is that his goals are not aligned with that of our nation. That’s why his actions/inactions don’t seem to make sense. It’s because we view them through the prism of what would benefit the United States.

freedomfirst on August 14, 2014 at 2:02 PM

..A politician is doing what most of americans want him to do on the issue – airstrikes but nothing more than that.
Ned Pepper on August 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM
For the past 6 years, we have been doing foreign policy by whatever is popular with focus groups and polls – with results that are not only predictably bad, but getting worse. As Chuck Hagel mentioned, the whole world is on fire.
Politicians do whatever is popular at the moment. Statesmen lead according to principles that transcend what is popular at the moment.
Obama will never be more than a common politician – and (if his past performance is any indication of future performance) he will be remembered as a failed one.
SubmarineDoc on August 14, 2014 at 1:51 PM
Ironically his legacy will be of complete and utter failure on everything he touched. The ACA is a hunk of none functioning junk and his policies have led to more trouble abroad I mean mass genocide you can’t make this kind of failure up.

sorrowen on August 14, 2014 at 2:02 PM

If it had been Snuggles reading about a goat on 9/11/01, he would have jumped up immediately and trampled over small children to get out of that classroom and to a place where he could convene a meeting with his closest advisors……. to determine the political implications of the 9/11/01 atrocieies. And how to set the narrative.

Happy Nomad on August 14, 2014 at 2:03 PM

The AP article is another in the now effectively-infinite series of the media running defense for the Obama administration. If only the light bringer wasn’t restrained by his requirement to please the party faithful, he’d be a good president. If only he could do what he wanted.

The president does what he wants. The thing that prevents him from being a good president is that his preferred policies don’t actually work.

Immolate on August 14, 2014 at 2:05 PM

We need a Commander in Chief what we got is a professor adjunct lecturer in chief

gxbhkt on August 14, 2014 at 1:52 PM

fixed if for myself

freedomfirst on August 14, 2014 at 2:07 PM

A majority of americans do not want another Iraq war.

The horror..A politician is doing what most of americans want him to do on the issue – airstrikes but nothing more than that.

Ned Pepper on August 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

A majority of Americans didn’t want the ACA. Didn’t stop him then.

butch on August 14, 2014 at 2:12 PM

2004: Bush Lied, People died.

2014: Obama stresses over his Lie, but then recovers with his second Stroke, while People die.

portlandon

FIFU

ugottabekiddingme on August 14, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Wait, the white house is saying that Obama “successfully ended the Iraq war”? I thought he just said it wasn’t his idea. I’m confused. Why wouldn’t this indicate that the president places political considerations over the right thing to do? What doesn’t he consider except political considerations.

warmairfan on August 14, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Iraq crisis
3m
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby: ‘We’re not talking our eye off the ball with respect to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq’ – @kristina_wong
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https://twitter.com/kristina_wong

Kristina Wong @kristina_wong · 3m

.@PentagonPresSec estimates 4-5K #Yazidis on #MountSinjar in #Iraq.

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Kristina Wong @kristina_wong · 3m

.@PentagonPresSec says US troops in #Iraq will continue to assess, protect US facilities, assist Iraqi forces, address humanitarian crisis.

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Kristina Wong @kristina_wong · 7m

.@PentagonPresSec: We’re not talking our eye off the ball with respect to the humanitarian crisis in #Iraq.

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Kristina Wong @kristina_wong · 28m

Ex-Obama official says US placing more emphasis on when troops come home than on how to protect national interests: http://tinyurl.com/mapwlws

canopfor on August 14, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Anybody wonder if they don’t want anyone to find a connection between weapons from Libya and ISIS and does anyone wonder if ISIS has chenmical or biological weapons?

Sven on August 14, 2014 at 1:57 PM

That connection’s been made – devastatingly. Can’t be hidden anymore.

And, yes, they do have them.

de rigueur on August 14, 2014 at 2:21 PM

…airstrikes but nothing more than that.

Great, another devotee of the long discredited theories of Douhet.

F X Muldoon on August 14, 2014 at 2:23 PM

The horror..A politician is doing what most of americans want him to do on the issue – airstrikes but nothing more than that.

Ned Pepper on August 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Uber-troll:

I’m glad you used the word politician. You’re right, politicians do exactly what they are told. Their positions are formed by polls.

But the presidency isn’t a job for a politician it is a job for a leader. Somebody that will act against what the polls say (Ford pardoning Nixon, for example). Somebody who will work to sell the public on their vision (GWB’s actions leading up to the Second Gulf War). Most importantly, somebody who is acting in the best interests of the nation (as he sees it) and has an ongoing relationship with Congress to get things done.

Instead of a leader, we have a filthy lazy stupid backward rat-eared bastard. A worthless creature unable to get beyond the superficialities of shucking and jiving trite talking points to actually perform as a leader.

Happy Nomad on August 14, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Translation: For Obama the politics are more important than doing what is right.

AtTheRubicon on August 14, 2014 at 2:28 PM

We need a Commander in Chief what we got is a professor in chief

gxbhkt on August 14, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Really. He would be more at home in the faculty lounge of a middling college, like the one Libby perfesses at.

slickwillie2001 on August 14, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Why are politics in the way, he’s not running for anything again and it’s not like he has lied about stuff in the past. This is horse hockey.

Cindy Munford on August 14, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Agreed. There are several more likely possibilities.

1. The Yazidi are predominantly Christian, with some Zoroastrian there as well. He dislikes Christians intensely (see “bitter clingers” speech). Zoroastrians he can’t figure out, but he’s reasonably sure they like Christians. in his mind, that puts them in the “unenlightened” and “insufficiently mystical” category. That alone would make him want them wiped out as a potential threat to the mystical purity of the enlightened East.

2. He thinks that once ISIS takes over Iraq and creates a Caliphate, he can “do business with them”. Both for oil and the left’s Holy Grail, the destruction of Israel. He doesn’t want to piss them off as a consequence.

3. He doesn’t care about anything but sports and Reggie Love now that he’s past his last election campaign. Except that he may campaign for Secretary General of the UN.

Always remember, he lives in a fantasy universe in his own head. Reality rarely wins.

clear ether4

eon

eon on August 14, 2014 at 2:38 PM

We need a Commander in Chief what we got is a professor in chief

ALas, not even that, a leturer in chief.

F X Muldoon on August 14, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Well, I heard this whole Islamic State thing is nothing but a spontaneous reaction to a you tube video. Oh, and it was good to hear from Melitha Harrith Perry that this Islamic State is not really about Islam. Whew!

TarheelBen on August 14, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Needs some quick edits:

Call me conspiratorial, but the fact is that multiple reports continue to indicate that the White House is at least as always and only concerned with the political implications associated with taking “American involvement to another level” as they are with Iraqi security and the safety of this imperiled religious minority. any action of any kind at any time on any issue.

Much better

Sacramento on August 14, 2014 at 2:54 PM

But what about all those South American kids at the border? How long until we take in millions of Iraqis and AFghan children? But their being threatened and killed. What’s that? They have to do it on their own, but South Americans don’t? (sound of crickets chirping).

rhombus on August 14, 2014 at 3:09 PM

President Barack Obama is not engaging the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq in the aggressive manner it deserves because it is politically inconvenient

I would expect nothing less from our islamist sympathizer in chief.

locomotivebreath1901 on August 14, 2014 at 3:13 PM

I believe the operative word here is, “Present”.

A majority of americans do not want another Iraq war.

The horror..A politician is doing what most of americans want him to do on the issue – airstrikes but nothing more than that.

Ned Pepper on August 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Ned does not understand airstrikes are acts of war.

Fox is reporting that Obama has declared the ISIS mountain siege broken by military and that Christian refugees are leaving the mountain.

Christian Conservative on August 14, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Has anyone told the Yazidis?

This is who is running the country now…

William Eaton on August 14, 2014 at 1:33 PM

As opposed to the last 5 years?

formwiz on August 14, 2014 at 3:21 PM

The horror..A politician is doing what most of americans want him to do on the issue – airstrikes but nothing more than that.
Ned Pepper on August 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Leaders don’t govern by polls. The presidency isn’t a committee. Presidents do what they judge to be best for the country and its citizens, regardless of the polls.

spinach.chin on August 14, 2014 at 3:42 PM

A majority of americans (sic) do not want another Iraq war.

The horror..A politician is doing what most of americans want him to do on the issue – airstrikes but nothing more than that.

Ned Pepper on August 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Obama would pick *this* issue to ‘do what Americans want him to do’. There’s is a first.

Had Obama forced a SOFA (status of forces agreement) on Maliki, insisting on maintaining a viable force for stability in Iraq, those poor folks on the mountain, thousands of non-compliant Muslims, and thousands of Christians (who have been driven out of their homes, terrorized, murdered, crucified with their eyes gouged out) would not be suffering from the predictable and predicted blow-back.

So too, Obama would not be in such a ‘politically untenable’ position.

Yes, it is a very ugly, difficult, complex matter to deal with. But that’s the job description of US president. It seems he wanted the perks of the job, but not the work that goes with it.

It’s time he started earning that Nobel Peace Prize – because as it stands, it is a monument to his incompetence, lack of work-ethic and to his rapidly improving golf game.

DrDeano on August 14, 2014 at 3:46 PM

?…
Barak Heussein Obama
SUPER GENIUS
Have Brain Will Travel

jukin3 on August 14, 2014 at 1:46 PM

.
.

So why isn’t he house-bound?!

Tard on August 14, 2014 at 3:48 PM

A majority of americans do not want another Iraq war.

The horror..A politician is doing what most of americans want him to do on the issue – airstrikes but nothing more than that.

Ned Pepper on August 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

A majority of the American People want lower taxes, more government provided benefits and reduced deficits. That this is not workable does not prevent majorities of the American people from being in favor of each element of these contradictory policies. Leaders do not follow the demands of an electorate that does not know enough to formulate military tactics and stategic defense when it comes to those issues. Politicians do yield to incoherent public demands and this leads to disasters down the road.

KW64 on August 14, 2014 at 3:56 PM

eon on August 14, 2014 at 2:38 PM

And he’s a jackass.

Cindy Munford on August 14, 2014 at 4:12 PM

That connection’s been made – devastatingly. Can’t be hidden anymore.

And, yes, they do have them.

de rigueur on August 14, 2014 at 2:21 PM

The stuff in Iraq even the Americans wouldn’t touch, I was wondering if they got a hold of some from Syria?

Sven on August 14, 2014 at 4:30 PM

HEY! The Chosen One is trying to take a vacation!

GarandFan on August 14, 2014 at 4:44 PM

The stuff in Iraq even the Americans wouldn’t touch, I was wondering if they got a hold of some from Syria?

Sven on August 14, 2014 at 4:30 PM

The April 10-11 chlorine gas attacks in Kfar Zeita were blamed by on Assad by the rebels, on the rebels (Jabhat al-Nusra) by Assad. U.S. blamed Assad. Russia claimed it was a false flag by the rebels to impugn the Assad regime. One of those little things that no independent agency will ever get around to confirming either way.

But Jabhat al-Nusra has been part of ISIS, despite the objections of al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri, since April 2013. So who knows what they’ve got?

One month ago, the Kurdish news agency was reporting that ISIS was using chemical weapons against Kurdish forces, although unable to identify what those were.

So who knows what ISIS has got, or from what source(s)?

de rigueur on August 14, 2014 at 5:10 PM

This would also herald the collapse of a favored White House talking point that president successfully ended the Iraq War.

That ship sailed a long time ago.

Call me conspiratorial, but the fact that multiple reports continue to indicate that the White House is at least as concerned with the political implications associated with taking “American involvement to another level” as they are with Iraqi security and the safety of this imperiled religious minority.

Can I call you anything-but-a-writer? That is one of the longest sentence fragments I have ever seen outside of the NYT. You never finished the thought, Noah.

GWB on August 14, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Erica Johnsen used to write some really long sentences, too. But they were always sentences.

I’m guessing Noah’s not too fond of rewriting.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 14, 2014 at 5:34 PM

This is exactly the diffident, equivocal, shambling, dilatory response to crises that we have come to know and despise from this administration. He hates making decisions. He always wants to keep his options open. Committing to one option may mean closing the door on others. His personality cannot abide that.

Esaus Message on August 18, 2014 at 8:19 AM