Obama: “Our reach is long”

posted at 8:01 am on September 3, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

The President is in Estonia and he held a press conference to direct a message to ISIS in the wake of the beheading of a second American.

U.S. intelligence officials have verified the authenticity of a video showing the beheading American journalist Steven Sotloff, President Obama said Wednesday as he declared the U.S. would “not be intimidated” by the Islamic State militants’ acts of “barbarism.”

“Whatever these murderers think they’ll achieve by killing innocent Americans like Steven, they have already failed,” Obama said. “We will not forget, and our reach is long and justice will be served.”

The Sunni militant group released the video Tuesday purportedly showing Sotloff shortly before and after his death. In the video, a black-clad militant declares that Sotloff’s killing was retaliation for the U.S. airstrike Obama has ordered on Islamic State targets in northern Iraq.

“Just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people,” the man says.

Our reach is long. And our arm is powerful. But what will we do with it? Graeme Wood has published a lengthy piece on What ISIS’s Leader Really Wants over at the New Republic. Honestly, I don’t much care what he wants. But Wood notes – correctly, I think – that if Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is taken out, there is a long line of people waiting to take his place.

What this means for us is that, as much as it pains me to say it, drones and airstrikes may simply not be enough here. It would be a rewarding moment for the nation if we woke up to see video of a smart bomb taking out al-Baghdadi’s car, but it doesn’t seem like much would change. We may have to face the fact that ISIS needs to be dealt with directly in a way that removes the majority of their fighting forces and breaks their optimistic spirit which currently leads them to believe they can take and hold vast swaths of territory without repercussions from the United States and our allies.

This is a difficult call for me, particularly given how long Ed and I have spent arguing over American intervention overseas. But this is something different. I still have no interest in “fixing Iraq” and putting in a long term standing army, nor do I think our troops need new postal addresses in Syria. But a real solution here may come down to a need for some tens of thousands of troops on the ground, and sooner rather than later. If ISIS is foolish enough to move between towns in large armored columns again, then fine… let’s blow them to pieces. But many of them will be blending in with the locals as per the usual game plan over there. And that, unfortunately, sounds like a job for the Army. Not to stay there, to be sure, but these guys need to be taken out. If that means we have to lay waste to some of the countryside and take heat for some collateral damage, so be it. If we have allies who want to shoulder the load with us, that would be great. But if not, our troops are up to the task.

Yes, Mr. President, as Commander in Chief your reach is long and your arm is powerful. But what will you do with it?

Update (Ed): I’m not sure how many people here realize that Jazz and I became friends while arguing vociferously over the Iraq War during my days at Captains Quarters and Jazz’s at Middle Earth Journal and The Moderate Voice, but it’s true. And I agree with Jazz here that this situation is different than the question we faced in 2003 in Iraq, and that the issue here is more direct, if no less complicated.

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And now, what we are seeing is the old order not working, but the new order not being born yet–and it is a rocky road through that process, and a dangerous time through that process.

HT Syzygy ; )

Bmore on September 3, 2014 at 8:02 AM

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Journalist Steven Sotloff, who was beheaded by the Islamic State, was a dual American-Israeli citizen and studied in Israel, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said.
Sotloff’s connections to Israel and the Jewish community reportedly were sanitized from the internet and social media in order to keep the information from his radical Islamic captors. The Foreign Ministry cleared for publication Wednesday that Sotloff held Israeli citizenship.
Sotloff, who grew up in Miami, made aliyah in 2005 and studied foreign relations at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, a private college, Ynet reported. He then began reporting from countries throughout the Middle East, returning to Israel for the 2013 Maccabiah Games.

Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/09/03/news-opinion/united-states/beheaded-journalist-steven-sotloff-held-israeli-citizenship#ixzz3CFhW291B

kcewa on September 3, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Sorry, meant to link the HT Syzygy.

Bmore on September 3, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Barack HUSSEIN Obama is never going to commit to the destruction of ISIS or any other islamist group. Even though that is the only solution possible other than DEFEAT.

ConstantineXI on September 3, 2014 at 8:07 AM

But a real solution here may come down to a need for some tens of thousands of troops on the ground, and sooner rather than later. If ISIS is foolish enough to move between towns in large armored columns again, then fine… let’s blow them to pieces

Right now you have ISIS in Syria and Iraq and probably spreading to Libya, Nigeria, Somalia, Pakistan, and probably many other Muslim countries. You can’t repeat this pattern to over and over again. In the end, more people will start to talk about the nuclear option, because it not our job to spend billions and billion….maybe even trillions to police Muslim countries.

You mess with us, then you get the bomb. Period.

Oil Can on September 3, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Bmore on September 3, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Thanks. I think BO’s comments are pretty telling as to his thinking and why he’s done jacksh!t to stop IS.

Syzygy on September 3, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Yes, Mr. President, as Commander in Chief your reach is long and your arm is powerful. But what will you do with it?

Golf.

Gatsu on September 3, 2014 at 8:09 AM

But what will we do with it?

Scratch our own a$$, and sniff the result.

NotCoach on September 3, 2014 at 8:10 AM

We’ve known about ISO for over a year and the rat-eared wonder ignored doing anything. Might have been nice if the lazy stupid coward had done something before we got to this situation.

If you take out the ISO leadership, are the Iraqi and Syrian governments able to deal with the power vacuum? No. If the stupid bastard deals with ISO in his usual half-assed partisan way, he could well make the situation much much worse.

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2014 at 8:10 AM

to direct a message to ISIS in the wake of the beheading of a second American.

A message he delivered in a bored indifferent monotone, quite a bit different from his speech about Michael Brown.

dogsoldier on September 3, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Its just a cancer that needs to be contained not destroyed

That is this administrations thinking

They wont even call it a war but have no problem adding more boots on the ground

C’mon

cmsinaz on September 3, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Syzygy on September 3, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Thank you. ; )

Bmore on September 3, 2014 at 8:14 AM

BTW What King Putt really said was “put the cart ON the course.”

dogsoldier on September 3, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Obama was parroting or “channeling” Holder with these words…I wonder if they are going to try to capture all the Jihad Johns and bring them to America for the “_________ Trials”. You fill in the blank.

gracie on September 3, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Update (Ed): I’m not sure how many people here realize that Jazz and I became friends while arguing vociferously over the Iraq War during my days at Captains Quarters and Jazz’s at Middle Earth Journal and The Moderate Voice, but it’s true. And I agree with Jazz here that this situation is different than the question we faced in 2003 in Iraq, and that the issue here is more direct, if no less complicated.

Whether or not people agreed on the second Iraq war to begin with the IS problem is a result of Obama abandoning our commitments in the region. We never committed to Syria, so we stay out of that hell hole because there are no good options. But Iraq we have to deal with because we did make those commitments, and IS has committed acts of war against us. And while Iraq burns President Buchanan Obama dithers. The reality is that we need to put troops back on the ground, but Obama’s pride won’t allow it.

NotCoach on September 3, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Indeed dogsoldier
It sounded like he did not want to be there at all

What a difference compared to Cameron and W

cmsinaz on September 3, 2014 at 8:17 AM

cmsinaz on September 3, 2014 at 8:14 AM

They aren’t thinking, at all.

They have been told for over a month that ISIS is here and probably planning an attack.

Even CNN reported this yesterday. I’ve been yammering about it for a few weeks too.

dogsoldier on September 3, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Obama really is Jimmy Carter II: Bigger and Worse. Carter gave us the flowering of the Iranian Revolution. Obama’s given us the flowering of the Arab Spring.

RBMN on September 3, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Obama on ISO- Nothing to lose one’s head over.

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2014 at 8:19 AM

cmsinaz on September 3, 2014 at 8:17 AM

I agree. He came across like “they gave me this and I have to read it but I don’t want to.” Reminiscent of an unwilling child compelled to read something before the class.

dogsoldier on September 3, 2014 at 8:20 AM

This is a good thing. ISIS has reared its head, declared war and has struck targets and is willing to strike more. Okee Dokee Fine. Its far far easier to have a vocal, out in the open enemy who wants publicity and who showcases his methods than one who doesn’t declare himself and hides in the shadows.

If its a fight they want, well, cowboy up folks. We’ve been down this road before.

ted c on September 3, 2014 at 8:25 AM

We have nothing to fear, ISIS is only the JV team, and our Pee-Wee League all-star President has it all under control.

ConstantineXI on September 3, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Never believe Obama’s words….only his actions.

His teleprompter read words are meant to be used by TV news journalists to quote and re-quote to show Obama said something.

albill on September 3, 2014 at 8:26 AM

So what… we take out ISIS and then what? Another vacuum exits and we wait for cancer to develop again. How many times do you want to wash, rince and repeat? Viet Cong, Al Qaeda, ISIS… a rose by any other name. Apparently America is doomed to repeat the past. There’s nothing innovative or particularly successful about wack-a-mole but it’s really the only thing short-sighted, remote-control oriented Americans understand these days.

rhombus on September 3, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Yepper dogsoldier not if but when

Good analogy on his speech

cmsinaz on September 3, 2014 at 8:26 AM

“..reach is long..”

But man-parts are short and tiny.

FORE!

The War Planner on September 3, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Dog Eater will be doing what, treating this like a civil murder scene and sending the Utah State Patrol after ISIS?

Dog Eater’s Creed: Walk Softly and Carry A Mirror.

Bishop on September 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM

The Moderate Voice

Is there any other kind at Hotair Ed?

Jaibones on September 3, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Dog Eater’s Creed: Walk Softly and Carry A Mirror.

Bishop on September 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM

And an extra mascara.

Jaibones on September 3, 2014 at 8:34 AM

I would always rather fight the muslims over there on our terms than be forced to do it here under theirs. Dither over there and we will pay with our lives here.

HotAirian on September 3, 2014 at 8:37 AM

He puts 350 troops on the ground in Iraq and wants everyone to believe that is doing something. Now, I love our boys (and girls) and I know they are well-trained and well-equipped, but 350 is just symbolism. It ISIS attacked, it would be like trying to stop a Mack truck with a butterfly net. We’re going to have to get serious with substance, not symbolism.

Bitter Clinger on September 3, 2014 at 8:39 AM

I do not want another single drop of American blood shed in the hell-hole of the middle east. I do not want “boots on the ground” either because the current rules of engagement guarantee American casualties.

IrishEi on September 3, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Obama: “Our reach is long”

Over thirty comments in and no one made a Reggie Love joke. You guys are slipping.

CurtZHP on September 3, 2014 at 8:52 AM

O’s long reach will be with alligator arms.

vnvet on September 3, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Over thirty comments in and no one made a Reggie Love joke. You guys are slipping.

CurtZHP on September 3, 2014 at 8:52 AM

We were waiting for you. :)

Bitter Clinger on September 3, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Sadly for the nation, we should come to grips with the fact that our President sees foreign affairs (and that includes war and the rumors of war) as a domestic political issue, and he will deal with them in a political manner and just sufficiently to remove those issues from the front page of tomorrow’s newspaper.

He knows only one measure to calculate danger; that which calculates political damage to himself and whatever ideology he adheres to.

No matter how satisfying it may be to shout that we need to turn ISIS into a charnel house and the ME to glass, no matter how dangerous wise heads think fanatical Islam is to our world, realize that we will do only what Obama thinks will benefit himself.

This nation is literally powerless, because we have given over all our power to a narcissist with sympathy for our sworn enemies.

A bare majority of our citizens, more than half our political leadership, in collusion with all our mainstream media have done this.

We lack any way in which to force Obama to act.

We will reap the whirlwind.

Dolce Far Niente on September 3, 2014 at 8:58 AM

“Our reach is long”

LMAO. Your threats, Dude, are only effective if you ever get arounf to deciding to do something.

Personally, I think he meant by the threat was, “Beware my successor!”

Dusty on September 3, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Guys, maybe I don’t have enough information to make this kind of statement but it seems to me that both of these Americans had a real affection for Islamists. I’m not really sure that they were murdered but rather committed suicide to promote these criminals.

Cindy Munford on September 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Our reach is long……

but my drive to the green is longer…..

/comparisons.

ted c on September 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Reach, red line, what’s the difference?

Cindy Munford on September 3, 2014 at 9:09 AM

[Cindy Munford on September 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM]

That may be true. Still, I’m of the opinion that nobody but nobody gets to kill Americans, um, except other Americans.

Dusty on September 3, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Dusty on September 3, 2014 at 9:09 AM

I just want to be careful about being played. I don’t want to be Ferguson on a national level. I was willing to wipe them out based on the casualty level of our troops, not some simpering pseudo elitists that finally get the Lefts blood boiling based on their occupation.

Cindy Munford on September 3, 2014 at 9:14 AM

sounds good on paper but no politician has balls enough to formally declare war and WIPE them out.
we lost the will to actually win a war as soon as pictures of japan surfaced after we used the weapons that work.
the excuse the groups are not a nation state is bullsh*t.
there is stuff that needs to be done people are to queasy to accept and do.
give 30 days notice, innocents unass these areas as in 30 days we will render the land a maelstrom that will be unlivable for some time.
at day 31 wipe the populace of those areas from the face of the earth.
forever.
we’ve been fighting this battle since the original crusaders. at least those guys got the damned job done.
the declare islam a political party and outlaw it.

dmacleo on September 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM

What this means for us is that, as much as it pains me to say it, drones and airstrikes may simply not be enough here.

Is there any doubt?!

anuts on September 3, 2014 at 9:18 AM

I just want to be careful about being played. I don’t want to be Ferguson on a national level. I was willing to wipe them out based on the casualty level of our troops, not some simpering pseudo elitists that finally get the Lefts blood boiling based on their occupation.

Cindy Munford on September 3, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Well put. I think a case can be made though without relying on these murders. Obama could have prevented IS by getting a status of forces agreement long ago. And surrendering everything we fought for is just plain sickening.

NotCoach on September 3, 2014 at 9:19 AM

They call themselves the Islamic State. They exercise sovereignty over specific territory. Treat them as a state, not some amorphous group and declare war. Full blown Dec 8 1941 war?

xkaydet65 on September 3, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Obama really is Jimmy Carter II: Bigger and Worse. Carter gave us the flowering of the Iranian Revolution. Obama’s given us the flowering of the Arab Spring.
RBMN on September 3, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Agreed. More indifferent and far more foolish.

anuts on September 3, 2014 at 9:24 AM

we’ve been fighting this battle since the original crusaders. at least those guys got the damned job done.
the declare islam a political party and outlaw it.

dmacleo on September 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM

The crusaders were driven out of the middle east in about 150 years. They didn’t get the job done and in the end, Islam was stronger then ever.

Walter L. Newton on September 3, 2014 at 9:25 AM

ISIS needs to be shown complete First World violence that is sustained.
They must be crushed like Japan and Germany were crushed in 1945.
Now they may reconstitute, but that takes time and if they do so what if they stay within the borders of Syria, Jordan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Iran – muzzies killing muzzies is not our problem. They start with Christians then hit them hard again.
Meanwhile the source, Islam, must be pruned then chopped up. ISIS confined to muzzie lands can actually help as it illustrates to the populace what the logical conclusion of Islam is.
Islam will rot from the inside; the trick is to contain it until it does.
The seeds of democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan are in rough but rich soil. They need to be looked after so they can grow.

Bubba Redneck on September 3, 2014 at 9:31 AM

When we were first contemplating going into Iraq there was a hearing and Shinseki was asked what it would take to set Iraq aright. About 500,000 he said. After that Shinseki was persona non grata in the Bush Administration.

Shinseki was right and if we go in with half measures again, we will end up with the same result we have now. If we are going to war, go to Warre. To the knife, and to the hilt with only what is necessary on the home front to keep it going.

Quartermaster on September 3, 2014 at 9:31 AM

NotCoach on September 3, 2014 at 9:19 AM

True. ISIS seems to be pretty awful to citizens of their own country who don’t share their views and there was that attempt to take over the dam. I’m also a big fan of the Kurds. ISIS deserves to be eliminated I just hate that these two deaths are what finally makes it okay for liberals. It’s sad to see their families pain and confusion over the death of what they see as righteous spokesmen for these terrorists

Cindy Munford on September 3, 2014 at 9:33 AM

The crusaders were driven out of the middle east in about 150 years. They didn’t get the job done and in the end, Islam was stronger then ever.

Walter L. Newton on September 3, 2014 at 9:25 AM

they were doing well enough until about 1200 when they started getting tasked for political purposes.
when they were allowed to fight they got the job done, failures of political leaders are not their failures.
now foad

dmacleo on September 3, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Personally, I think he meant by the threat was, “Beware my successor!”

Dusty on September 3, 2014 at 8:59 AM

And he would be right.

In my mind’s eye I recall the post-Carter inauguration day January 1981 and what the Iranian hostage takers did, and for very good reasons.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on September 3, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Obozo only cares as much as it affects his tee time.
He’s old news; he’ll keep pin-pricking away at ISIS with drones until his term is up.
The next guy in office needs to go full monty, First World medieval on them.
Putin will if it looks like Assad will fall.
I say we back Assad and wack them hard in their home turf of Syria; Assad ain’t no nut job like Quadafi was and he is protecting Christians and other minorities in Syria from the Islamonazis. He understands it is his neck or theirs.

Bubba Redneck on September 3, 2014 at 9:42 AM

NotCoach on September 3, 2014 at 9:19 AM

As for your point on a status enforcement agreement, amen. As far as I am concerned we won the war in Iraq which should have guaranteed us a nice big shining base in Kurdish territory. I believe such an outcome would have changed the history of the Middle East that we have been watching unfold the last six years.

Cindy Munford on September 3, 2014 at 9:43 AM

The crusaders were driven out of the middle east in about 150 years. They didn’t get the job done and in the end, Islam was stronger then ever.
Walter L. Newton on September 3, 2014 at 9:25 AM

As long as they were at the strength they were when they took Jerusalem they were able to keep and hold it quite well.

anuts on September 3, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Over thirty comments in and no one made a Reggie Love joke. You guys are slipping.

CurtZHP on September 3, 2014 at 8:52 AM

I withheld my edited headline:

Obama gives ISIS a reach around.

I didn’t want to be crass.

Fallon on September 3, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Guys, maybe I don’t have enough information to make this kind of statement but it seems to me that both of these Americans had a real affection for Islamists. I’m not really sure that they were murdered but rather committed suicide to promote these criminals.

Cindy Munford on September 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM

You are not alone in this thinking.

Fallon on September 3, 2014 at 9:58 AM

they were doing well enough until about 1200 when they started getting tasked for political purposes.
when they were allowed to fight they got the job done, failures of political leaders are not their failures.
now foad

dmacleo on September 3, 2014 at 9:39 AM

As long as they were at the strength they were when they took Jerusalem they were able to keep and hold it quite well.

anuts on September 3, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Sorry if historical facts bothers either of you two. His statement was…

we’ve been fighting this battle since the original crusaders. at least those guys got the damned job done.
the declare islam a political party and outlaw it.

dmacleo on September 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Not true. After Islam drove the Crusader out of the middle east, Islam was stronger then ever. Plain fact.

And all the FOAD is not going to change that fact.

Walter L. Newton on September 3, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Fallon on September 3, 2014 at 9:58 AM

She’s not my favorite person to be thinking like but it is what it is.

Cindy Munford on September 3, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Guys, maybe I don’t have enough information to make this kind of statement but it seems to me that both of these Americans had a real affection for Islamists. I’m not really sure that they were murdered but rather committed suicide to promote these criminals.

Cindy Munford on September 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM

I’ll have to admit that this has been in the back of my mind. The manner in which Foley and Sotloff accepted their fate was…well, it was astonishingly calm and collected. Most people simply wouldn’t act in such a noticeably accepting manner, all but free of any discernible emotion, knowing that they’re about to be brutally murdered in a matter of a couple of minutes.

ISIS needs to be shown complete First World violence that is sustained. They must be crushed like Japan and Germany were crushed in 1945.

Bubba Redneck on September 3, 2014 at 9:31 AM

This. In spades.

It’s always said that we Americans “just don’t have the stomach” after Vietnam, the Gulf Wars, and the Afghanistan War to accept collateral damage in defeating an enemy.

Well, we need to GET a stomach and realize that we’re about to see videos of random beheadings on our own soil at the hands of both those freely allowed to file through our wide-open southern border AND homegrown blond-haired, blue-eyed recruits.

Mark that down, here and now. It’s not a matter of “if” it happens, but WHEN. Personally, I dare say we’ll start seeing it in a matter of months, if not weeks, even days. Arm yourselves accordingly and be vigilant at every turn.

I cannot believe there’s even a debate on what needs to be done. All of the dithering and hand-wringing is maddeningly ridiculous.

There needs to be lightning retribution. Go door-to-door over there, if need be, with the only Rule Of Engagement being to eradicate these animals with extreme prejudice, collateral damage be damned.

Push for a Constitutional Amendment citing Islam as a political and legal system antithetical to own–NOT a religion–thus ineligible for First Amendment protection.

Man up, America. Man the f**k up and accept the fact that the only way we’re going to effectively lick this is to do things contrary to our noble, fair-and-square nature, that we’re going to have to get down to the enemy’s level of mercilessness. Otherwise, shut the f**k up and accept the humiliating, demoralizing brutality that’s surely in store for us.

It’s a binary proposition. It’s black and white. Period.

Dime IV on September 3, 2014 at 10:13 AM

If anything, this current situation with IS aptly displays the war in Iraq and much of the reasoning was vindicated.

One pillar was that a strong Iraq, that is one to which we were committed to growing into s strong society, would have provide leverage against the rise of these terrorists groups. We paid for that policy with a lot of blood and there was no need for politics to fritter that away.

But irrespective of the predictable circumstances from people who were very acquainted with the region and threats, this administration did it anyway. All for politics and appearance with their party members.

I’m growing a bit tired of partial discussions and alleged or divined conclusions. This is not an “either-or” situation. When has that ever been the case?

This requires the same comprehensive strategy of the past including airstrikes, international coalitions, attacks on the financing and coordination with foreign ground forces.

The problem is our president has never had any interest in those factors. That is underwritten by the statement “we have no strategy”. Well, of course he doesn’t- who thought he did? This is a surprise to whom exactly?

Ultimately, this isn’t a difficult call if you stick to realities and cease the unsupported straw man arguments.

Marcus Traianus on September 3, 2014 at 10:17 AM

What this means for us is that, as much as it pains me to say it, drones and airstrikes may simply not be enough here.

NO SHIT!

Air power alone does not defeat an army.

GarandFan on September 3, 2014 at 10:17 AM

LOL at mentioning “thinking” in connection with Schlussel.

corona79 on September 3, 2014 at 10:24 AM

We need to fight to win and when we’ve won we need to be unapologetic and secure the future. We haven’t been about to do that since the WWII. Why is that?

Cindy Munford on September 3, 2014 at 10:25 AM

corona79 on September 3, 2014 at 10:24 AM

I know little of the lady except that years ago she swooped in here on Hot Air and lost her mind. I haven’t been able to get past that.

Cindy Munford on September 3, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Sorry if historical facts bothers either of you two.
Walter L. Newton on September 3, 2014 at 9:58 AM

No worries and no bother. They held it quite well.

anuts on September 3, 2014 at 10:34 AM

This. In spades.

racist

mankai on September 3, 2014 at 11:02 AM

“Reach” is Obamas code word for tossing a pebble at the bully from a safe hidden location.

malkinmania on September 3, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Obama meant “reach around”. He hasn’t even given us a reach around for all the pounding we’ve been getting from his administration while he walks around with a driver poking out his bum.

He isn’t going to do anything to isis. 350 people every other week is laughable. We need 30,000 on the ground after we pound them into pulp from the air in order to flush out and kill every single isis pusbag.

THAT is the ONLY solution.

Diluculo on September 3, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Air power alone does not defeat an army.

GarandFan

That doesn’t mean it has to be our boots on the ground though. And until we start fighting to win wars again without having to consult a lawyer before every decision, not one more drop of American blood should be spent there or anywhere else. Heck, victory isn’t even part of the goal according to Obama.

xblade on September 3, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Send a few cans of Raid to exterminate these cockroaches, really thats how i feel about these barbarians. Total total war from above. Any left standing then gets squashed by the big boot of the US ground forces

jaywemm on September 3, 2014 at 11:54 AM

So Obama’s going to give them a reach-around?

Ward Cleaver on September 3, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Obama’s reach is “around”.

1921 C DRUM on September 3, 2014 at 6:31 PM