Obama rallies the nation after second beheading: ‘Shrink’ ISIS until it’s a ‘manageable problem’

posted at 9:41 am on September 3, 2014 by Noah Rothman

When American presidents respond to attacks and rally a shocked and dispirited public to their own defense, their inspired words echo throughout history.

“Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us,” Franklin Roosevelt declared in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. “No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.”

“Let me state as plainly as I can,” Ronald Reagan said in an address to the nation after the Soviet Union attacked and destroyed a Korean civilian airliner, “there was absolutely no justification, either legal or moral, for what the Soviets did.”

Reagan, who approached the Cold War with the novel notion that America should endeavor “win” it, minced no words. “This crime against humanity must never be forgotten,” he insisted.

“It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated,” George W. Bush said of the War on Terror before a joint session of Congress 9 days after the September 11th attacks. “The only way to defeat terrorism as a threat to our way of life is to stop it, eliminate it and destroy it where it grows.”

Making remarks in Estonia on Wednesday, just hours after a second American was beheaded by the Islamic State – an act which was called a “terrorist attack” by members of his administration the first time ISIS militants executed an American citizen – Barack Obama made his own contribution to these inspired calls to action.

“We will not be intimidated,” the president said in prepared remarks addressing the beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff. “Those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn that we will not forget and that our reach is long and that justice will be served.” He added that America’s goal must be to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State.

When asked what America’s response to this attack on the nation would be, however, Obama reiterated his insistence that the ISIS threat should be considered an international challenge rather than a strictly American problem. Moreover, he seemed to suggest that the idea that ISIS should be defeated was an unrealistic goal.

“We know that if we are joined by the international community, we can continue to shrink ISIL’s sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities to the point where it is a manageable problem,” Obama said. “And the question is going to be making sure we’ve got the right strategy but also making sure we’ve got the international will to do it.”

It is difficult to envision the circumstances that would have led Roosevelt to suggest that the Empire of Japan, or Reagan the Soviets, or Bush al-Qaeda, must be shrunken and made manageable. They were the enemy, and the objective was their unqualified defeat. Obama contradicted the statements he made in prepared remarks when he spoke extemporaneously on the ISIS threat, which indicates that his own instincts are in conflict with those of the members of his administration.

Obama’s strategy is more limited. He seeks to contain the threat of ISIS – a group he routinely calls a “cancer” in its nascent Islamic caliphate in portions of Syria and Iraq. But you don’t contain a cancerous growth; they develop into malignancy, they spread, they kill their host. A cancer must be removed. Obama’s is not a strategy, but a plan to mitigate the political damage an attack on the nation is doing to the president’s political standing.


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When asked what America’s to this attack on the nation would be

Seriously HA, just hire a paid proofreader already.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on September 3, 2014 at 9:46 AM

0′s best lines.

“we don’t have a strategy yet”

“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

Maybe its just me but I am still having a wee bit of trouble squaring the two.

Bmore on September 3, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Obama rallies the nation after second beheading: ‘Shrink’ ISIS until it’s a ‘manageable problem’

Great. Chicago Jesus thinks Obamacare will cover chemo for jihadi cancer.

M240H on September 3, 2014 at 9:49 AM

When asked what America’s to this attack on the nation would be…

I’m guessing the word “response” belongs in there somewhere?

NotCoach on September 3, 2014 at 9:49 AM

But you don’t contain a cancerous growth; they develop into malignancy, they spread, they kill their host. A cancer must be removed. Obama’s is not a strategy, but plan to mitigate the political damage an attack on the nation is doing to the president’s political standing.

This. Amen.

It’s clear that Obama doesn’t have the stomach for this whatsoever, and just wishes this would all go away so he can get back to minimum wages, contraception and that “green energy” nonsense. National security is such a bother to the man.

Aizen on September 3, 2014 at 9:49 AM

It’s almost like we have a community organizer as president.

gwelf on September 3, 2014 at 9:50 AM

“We know that if we are joined by the international community, we can continue to shrink ISIL’s sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities to the point where it is a manageable problem,”

Or, in other words, hit them enough to make them the next administrations problem.

Typical politician, just move the issue down the road a bit, can’t let it get in the way of fund raising. Because, and let’s be real here, you can’t spell fund raising without fun.

And that’s what being the leader of the free world is all about… Fun..

-_-

Gatsu on September 3, 2014 at 9:51 AM

The problem is with who resides at the White House since 2008…

Until that problem is solved, nothing will change…

PatriotRider on September 3, 2014 at 9:51 AM

The lightbringer is the most eloquent and inspiring man to ever grace the White House.

I’m sure the miscreants in ISIS are trembling in terror of obama’s words and they are shaking in fear of the strongly worded hashtag that is soon to follow.

HumpBot Salvation on September 3, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Let’s just put a bandaid on that skin cancer. I think that’ll slow it down some. At least we won’t see it.

RBMN on September 3, 2014 at 9:52 AM

When you think back to the great Rallying speeches in modern
History, you know, the speeches from Men like Churchill…Roosevelt, Eisenhower just before D-Day…George W. Bush on the rubble with the megaphone…

Yeah, this one ranks right up th well below them..

ToddPA on September 3, 2014 at 9:53 AM

It’s almost like we have a community organizer as president.

gwelf on September 3, 2014 at 9:50 AM

If only.

obama failed at that job as well.

HumpBot Salvation on September 3, 2014 at 9:53 AM

He added that America’s goal must be to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State.

That’s his problem right there. He can’t identify the problem. The real and absolute true problem is not the Islamic State. It is the malignant ideology that IS shares with AQ, AQIM, Boko Haram, AQAP, etc.

While it is absolutely necessary that IS be destroyed, until we destroy the ideology, we will continue to face this existential threat to civilisation.

Remember when ‘core’ AQ was ‘degraded and destroyed’?

How’d that work out for ya, Mr President?

Resist We Much on September 3, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Let’s just put a bandaid on that skin cancer. I think that’ll slow it down some. At least we won’t see it.

RBMN on September 3, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Save this comment for a VA thread or obamacare thread. It would work equally well on either.

HumpBot Salvation on September 3, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Isn’t this exactly how Clinton handled Al Quaeda?

Doc Holliday on September 3, 2014 at 9:54 AM

He added that America’s goal must be to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State.

Degrade?

Hey, your mother wears Army boots!

itsspideyman on September 3, 2014 at 9:55 AM

If this keeps up, they are going to start calling these barbaric beheadings “Øbama haircuts”….

DimsdalePiranha on September 3, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Isn’t this exactly how Clinton handled Al Quaeda?

Doc Holliday on September 3, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Yes, minus the cigar and blue dress.

Owners of empty factories should be upping their insurance about now.

HumpBot Salvation on September 3, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Nominal enthusiasm now, as compared to his Labor Day speech.

socalcon on September 3, 2014 at 9:56 AM

So, obama’s “strategy” is “SHRINKAGE”?

Yeah, sounds about right.

Pork-Chop on September 3, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Obama does not want to be known as the President that destroyed the first modern Islamic Caliphate.

Valerie: “Ain’t no way that is going to happen on my watch!!!”

albill on September 3, 2014 at 9:57 AM

It’s almost like we have a community organizer as president.

gwelf on September 3, 2014 at 9:50 AM

I’m beginning to wish that we had a community ‘organiser’ as President. Unfortunately, even as a community organiser, he never succeeded in organising a community.

Rather, Barack Obama is a community ‘agitator’…he was and is good at creating chaos, which is what we see all over the world.

Resist We Much on September 3, 2014 at 9:57 AM

F-

Del Dolemonte on September 3, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Degrade, as in only one beheading of a westerner per month allowed, not one per week.

albill on September 3, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Pathetic and beneath contempt.

Midas on September 3, 2014 at 9:59 AM

F-

Del Dolemonte on September 3, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Just in general. Lolz!

Bmore on September 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM

President Gutless Call.

Joe Mama on September 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM

“Michelle, guess what, I shrunk the terrorists!!”

Walter L. Newton on September 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The word “victory” simply isn’t in Obama’s vocabulary. And his pairing of the word “degrade” with the word “destroy” indicates he doesn’t understand the meaning of the latter word either.

Words matter. [Great short read on the subject: Orwell's essay, "Politics and the English Language."] Obama hires the wrong speechwriters, and he’s even worse when he goes off teleprompter.

Deeds matter more than words. Literally abandoning our embassy in Libya to terrorists, cutting off the Israelis when engaged in a death struggle with death worshippers, refusing to help Ukraine repel a Russian invasion, permitting the Iranians to develop atomic weapons, bringing in a wave of illegal aliens (where ARE those “children” today anyway?), yanking the Czech and Polish missile defenses… it’s going to be a long 2 1/3 years.

Zumkopf on September 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM

I am starting to read the planted thematic White House releases in previously credible places such as the WSJ. The meme goes something like this: the rise of IS happened “suddenly” and is a “sophisticated”, “highly-organized” terrorist organization, the likes of which we have never seen.

Bull.

The rise of groups like IS was foreseen going back to studies performed by the military regarding our drawdown in Iraq. It is a reconstitution of the same organizations we previously fought and defeated. It is the type of organization the military warned this administration would rise up if we did not leave behind a sizable force to perform institution building in Iraq.

But the president demurred and declared his victory in completing the withdrawal.

How does that look now?

IS in no more sophisticated than other organizations we have dealt with in either the Middle East or Afghanistan. They have learned our tactics and adjusted over time. That is the history and normal progression. Not some “unexpected, sudden sophistication”.

The only difference is this administration has allowed them to grow in number, actively recruit, obtain large sources of funding and acquire a sophisticated arsenal of weapons. Oh yes, and kill Americans without any fear of retribution.

I’m growing a bit tired of the blame, sophistry, incompetence, mendacity, social media stupidity and indifference from the children in our White House.

Marcus Traianus on September 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM

I’m beginning to wish that we had a community ‘organiser’ as President. Unfortunately, even as a community organiser, he never succeeded in organising a community.

Rather, Barack Obama is a community ‘agitator’…he was and is good at creating chaos, which is what we see all over the world.

Resist We Much on September 3, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Well, his mentors were all commies, so he certainly fits the role he was taught.

NotCoach on September 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM

‘Shrink’ ISIS until it’s a ‘manageable problem’

Great, a declaration that can mean anything the Rats want it to mean.

antipc on September 3, 2014 at 10:01 AM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog 16m

Shampoo strategy: president wants to make ISIS soft and manageable http://m.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-isis-manageable-problem-if-international-community-comes-together_804300.html

Bmore on September 3, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Does the Nobel certificate specifically allow such violence?

Bishop on September 3, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Can we shrink Obama’s narcissistic ego until IT is a manageable problem?

ConstantineXI on September 3, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Obama is awesome
-lefties

cmsinaz on September 3, 2014 at 10:02 AM

..spake the dickless POTUS. Here’s a magnifying glass and a pair of tweezers if you need to take a wiz, King Putt.

The War Planner on September 3, 2014 at 10:02 AM

…the U.S. (will) bomb the Islamic State (ISIS) “back to the Stone Age

Imagine this quote coming from Feckless Leader. He wouldn’t be able to spit the words out…

Fallon on September 3, 2014 at 10:03 AM

“Welshmen will not yield
“Remember the Alamo”
“Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord”
“We won’t come back ’till it’s over – over there”
“We will win the victory so help us God”
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“SHRINKAGE”

thelastminstrel on September 3, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Flexibility. Man o man this guy 0 is a complete screw up.

Retweeted by Noah Rothman
White House Live ‏@WHLive 48m

“Russian forces that have…moved into Ukraine are not on a ‘humanitarian’ or ‘peacekeeping mission.’ They are Russian combat forces” —Obama

Must have read the paper…….again.

Bmore on September 3, 2014 at 10:03 AM

“Manageable”: American tourists, soldiers, and diplomats are slaughtered from time to time at various places in the world, and remember to arrange your life to minimize time spent in tall buildings.

Apparently you flyover types don’t have a lifelong Secret Service detail to protect you, you should work on that. Stupids.

Bishop on September 3, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Good Lord. The scary thing is – I’m not surprised

gophergirl on September 3, 2014 at 10:04 AM

‘manageable problem’

Reducing the meat content of a ‘Big Mac’ to increase profitability is a ‘manageable problem”.

Cutting a hole in the side of the White House so President Hillary can enter and exit is a “manageable problem”.

Handling ISIS perhaps requires a bit more. But then again, without a “manageable problem” president, there would be no ISIS to begin with.

MaiDee on September 3, 2014 at 10:05 AM

25th Amendment, Section 4. The Cabinet needs to remove Dear Liar. Yes, Joe Biden is the less worse option at this point.

rbj on September 3, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Apparently you flyover types don’t have a lifelong Secret Service detail to protect you, you should work on that. Stupids.

Bishop on September 3, 2014 at 10:04 AM

First thing that needs to happen with the new Congress is the elimination of secret service details for ex Presidents. Since they earn so much from speeches, they can pay for their OWN security.

ConstantineXI on September 3, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Obama’ stance and words are inspiring……for ISIS.

portlandon on September 3, 2014 at 10:05 AM

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Bmore on September 3, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Obama rallies the nation after second beheading: ‘Shrink’ ISIS until it’s a ‘manageable problem’

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What Preznit Ø said? I dunno, I stopped paying attention to whatever crap rolls out of his mouth on any given day…

ExpressoBold on September 3, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Hey, dipstick in chief: we shrink government until it is a manageable problem. You EXTERMINATE barbarians.

This clown is going to get us all killed…

locomotivebreath1901 on September 3, 2014 at 10:08 AM

“We know that if we are joined by the international community, we can continue to shrink ISIL’s sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities to the point where it is a manageable problem,” Obama said.

He just described living with a non-curable cancer. Although, inevitably in the end, the cancer kills the patient.

parke on September 3, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Understatement of the day.

Bmore on September 3, 2014 at 10:08 AM

“And the question is going to be making sure we’ve got the right strategy but also making sure we’ve got the international will to do it.”

But first you need a LEADER.

Oh well………………….

GarandFan on September 3, 2014 at 10:08 AM

He didn’t “rally” SH!T. He’s feckless. He is absolutely UNWILLING to do what is necessary to WIN.

You know what he did today? He officially started his own Vietnam.

And it will go exactly the same way.

You cannot “contain” or “shrink” ISIS and groups LIKE them. YOU KILL THEM. ALL OF THEM. THAT’S how you “shrink” them. You kill every one of them you can possibly find.

Obama is dangerously INEPT. And we will see even more evidence of this in the coming months.

Meople on September 3, 2014 at 10:10 AM

“It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated,” George W. Bush said of the War on Terror before a joint session of Congress 9 days after the September 11th attacks. “The only way to defeat terrorism as a threat to our way of life is to stop it, eliminate it and destroy it where it grows.”

Yet Noah Bush was clueless on what was causing the terror…and never hardly used the word Jihad or Islam.

Here are some other quotes from “Bush the Mighty”:

“America treasures the relationship we have with our many Muslim friends, and we respect the vibrant faith of Islam which inspires countless individuals to lead lives of honesty, integrity, and morality. This year, may Eid also be a time in which we recognize the values of progress, pluralism, and acceptance that bind us together as a Nation and a global community. By working together to advance mutual understanding, we point the way to a brighter future for all.” Presidential Message Eid al-Fitr, December 5, 2002

“Islam brings hope and comfort to millions of people in my country, and to more than a billion people worldwide. Ramadan is also an occasion to remember that Islam gave birth to a rich civilization of learning that has benefited mankind.” President’s Eid al-Fitr Greeting to Muslims around the World, December 4, 2002

“Some of the comments that have been uttered about Islam do not reflect the sentiments of my government or the sentiments of most Americans. Islam, as practiced by the vast majority of people, is a peaceful religion, a religion that respects others. Ours is a country based upon tolerance and we welcome people of all faiths in America.” Remarks by President George W. Bush in a statement to reporters during a meeting with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan
The Oval Office, Washington, DC November 13, 2002

“We see in Islam a religion that traces its origins back to God’s call on Abraham. We share your belief in God’s justice, and your insistence on man’s moral responsibility. We thank the many Muslim nations who stand with us against terror. Nations that are often victims of terror, themselves.” President Hosts Iftaar Dinner
Remarks by the President at Iftaar Dinner State Dining Room

“Islam is a vibrant faith. Millions of our fellow citizens are Muslim. We respect the faith. We honor its traditions. Our enemy does not. Our enemy doesn’t follow the great traditions of Islam. They’ve hijacked a great religion.” Remarks by President George W. Bush on U.S. Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan Presidential Hall, Dwight David Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C. October 11, 2002

“All Americans must recognize that the face of terror is not the true faith — face of Islam. Islam is a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. It’s a faith that has made brothers and sisters of every race. It’s a faith based upon love, not hate.” President George W. Bush Holds Roundtable with Arab and Muslim-American Leaders Afghanistan Embassy, Washington, D.C. September 10, 2002

“If liberty can blossom in the rocky soil of the West Bank and Gaza, it will inspire millions of men and women around the globe who are equally weary of poverty and oppression, equally entitled to the benefits of democratic government. I have a hope for the people of Muslim countries. Your commitments to morality, and learning, and tolerance led to great historical achievements. And those values are alive in the Islamic world today. You have a rich culture, and you share the aspirations of men and women in every culture. Prosperity and freedom and dignity are not just American hopes, or Western hopes. They are universal, human hopes. And even in the violence and turmoil of the Middle East, America believes those hopes have the power to transform lives and nations.”
President George W. Bush Calls for New Palestinian Leadership
The Rose Garden, Washington, D.C. June 24, 2002

“When it comes to the common rights and needs of men and women, there is no clash of civilizations. The requirements of freedom apply fully to Africa and Latin America and the entire Islamic world. The peoples of the Islamic nations want and deserve the same freedoms and opportunities as people in every nation. And their governments should listen to their hopes.” Remarks by the President George W. Bush at the 2002 Graduation Exercise of the United States Military Academy West Point, New York June 1, 2002

“According to Muslim teachings, God first revealed His word in the Holy Qur’an to the prophet, Muhammad, during the month of Ramadan. That word has guided billions of believers across the centuries, and those believers built a culture of learning and literature and science. All the world continues to benefit from this faith and its achievements.” Remarks by the President George W. Bush At Iftaar Dinner The State Dining Room, Washington, D.C. November 19, 2001

“The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself. The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends; it is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists, and every government that supports them.” President George W. Bush’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People United States Capitol, Washington, D.C.
September 20, 2001

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So you can see Noah why I am not a fan of the Bush vision of fighting Jihad, because we never did. Instead we busied ourselves in a “campaign of love” to win Muslims hearts and minds…

Can you imagine FDR, socialist doofus he was, saying Nazism is really a wonderful idea…it has just been hijacked by Hitler and his small band of groupies. Oh and this is a war to stop the evils of Blitzkrieg not Nazism…

William Eaton on September 3, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Obama’s foreign policy:
“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!”

mjbrooks3 on September 3, 2014 at 10:11 AM

After Second American Beheaded, White House Compares Obama’s Response To ISIS To The “Bold Decisions” He Made During Auto Bailout…

Didn’t Bush make the original decision to bailout the auto companies?

In:

‘I’m going to respond just like Bush!’

Out:

‘It’s Boooooooooooooosh’s fault!’

Of course, Obama made the decision to behead the bondholders.

And, didn’t he make the ‘bold decision’ to force both into bankruptcy after making the ‘bold decision’ to bail them out further while promising that neither would ever file for bankruptcy?

As someone wrote yesterday, the Obama era is over, but the presidency continues…and Americans are the ones left holding the worthless, but very bloody, ‘bonds’.

Resist We Much on September 3, 2014 at 10:12 AM

“A manageable problem?”

You mean, like — say — the U.S. economy?

LMAO …

ShainS on September 3, 2014 at 10:12 AM

How does one manage murderers?

The Chicago way I suppose… let them run the streets.

Obama is hopeless… ironic.

petunia on September 3, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Obama rallies the nation

no, not so much

we will not forget and that our reach is long and that justice will be served

inspiring? I think not, just another platitude just like he spouted last time.

We want to kick butt! We want a strong president. Other world leaders came out with stronger responses than this, and they didn’t wait 24 hrs to come up with their words.

greencalliope on September 3, 2014 at 10:13 AM

greencalliope on September 3, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Our memory is about 10 minutes anyway.

Look how fast the left forgot 9/11.

petunia on September 3, 2014 at 10:14 AM

ISIS threat should be considered an international challenge rather than a strictly American problem

management by “committee” is for wimps

greencalliope on September 3, 2014 at 10:14 AM

For a glimpse into what BO really thinks about IS:

We are living through some extraordinarily challenging times. A lot of it has to do with changes that are taking place in the Middle East in which an old order that had been in place for 50 years, 60 years, 100 years was unsustainable, and was going to break up at some point. 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.

In other words, the rise of an Islamic Caliphate is part of the “new order” that only presents a problem in that some (not him) don’t want to see it happen. But once all those naysayers are eliminated, everything will be fine.

Syzygy on September 3, 2014 at 10:15 AM

“When ISIS beheads and commits genocide against innocents to excess, we will stand together with the rest of the sheep to encourage them to tone it down; so that it is not so politically embarrassing–at least until after the election at which point we can be more flexible.” This is Leadership./

KW64 on September 3, 2014 at 10:16 AM

But you don’t contain a cancerous growth; they develop into malignancy, they spread, they kill their host. A cancer must be removed.

I like this comparison Noah.

greencalliope on September 3, 2014 at 10:17 AM

What is wrong with this guy??????

PS: I actually have a theory. It is a theory I have had since he voted against requiring doctors to provide medical assistance to babies who survived abortion. Everything that has happened since then ratifies it…his indifference to those who have lost medical coverage, his comment to the lady whose mother needed insurance to manage her cancer (“She should just take a pill”) and all the rest.

I think he is a cold guy inside. I don’t think anything like this really bothers him. He will be for “the people” as a collective group for political benefit, but he cares nothing for the individual examples of the people.

That is what I think.

Blaise on September 3, 2014 at 10:17 AM

ISO- We will kill all the infidels.

Obama- Let’s be friends.

Anybody NOT see the difference here?

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Can you imagine FDR, socialist doofus he was, saying Nazism is really a wonderful idea…it has just been hijacked by Hitler and his small band of groupies. Oh and this is a war to stop the evils of Blitzkrieg not Nazism…

William Eaton on September 3, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Can you imagine the Nazi’s praising FDR’s New Deal? Can you imagine Mussolini praising FDR? Can you imagine FDR praising Mussolini? Can you imagine FDR, Hitler and Mussolini being compare together as great leaders by the world press?

It’s not as black and white as you make it.

Walter L. Newton on September 3, 2014 at 10:18 AM

I think he is a cold guy inside. I don’t think anything like this really bothers him. He will be for “the people” as a collective group for political benefit, but he cares nothing for the individual examples of the people.

That is what I think.

Blaise on September 3, 2014 at 10:17 AM

I don’t think he has a soul. Look at his eyes – they are dead, there is no light in them.

gophergirl on September 3, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Maybe Obama should talk with whomever is preparing his remarks.

MT on September 3, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Can you imagine the Nazi’s praising FDR’s New Deal? Can you imagine Mussolini praising FDR? Can you imagine FDR praising Mussolini? Can you imagine FDR, Hitler and Mussolini being compare together as great leaders by the world press?

It’s not as black and white as you make it.

Walter L. Newton on September 3, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Yeppers…since all of that actually happened.

Resist We Much on September 3, 2014 at 10:21 AM

OT- I think we found the team that is doing the messaging for the White House. Doh!

The public relations team behind a poorly timed promotion for “Sleepy Hollow” has apologized for an email sent to journalists Tuesday afternoon that declared Sept. 2 “National Beheading Day.”

The email was meant to stir hype for the DVD release of the 1st season of “Sleepy Hollow,” but it landed in journalist’s in boxes just hours after news broke that American journalist Steve Sotloff had been beheaded by ISIS

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2014 at 10:22 AM

‘Shrink IS until it is a manageable problem”?

What is that- the BeetleJuice Strategy?

Marcus Traianus on September 3, 2014 at 10:23 AM

We will be vigilant; we will be relentless; we will do what’s necessary to see that justice is done; we will confront this hateful terrorism; we will replace it with a sense of hope and civility; we will do everything we can to protect our people.

What he said after Foley was beheaded. Did he manage to pull off any of it yet?

greencalliope on September 3, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Can you imagine the Nazi’s praising FDR’s New Deal? Can you imagine Mussolini praising FDR? Can you imagine FDR praising Mussolini? Can you imagine FDR, Hitler and Mussolini being compare together as great leaders by the world press?

It’s not as black and white as you make it.

Walter L. Newton on September 3, 2014 at 10:18 AM

I am not a fan or praising FDR, just saying that after Pearl Harbor he was not trying to win Japanese and German hearts and minds in stupid statements of love. That is why we never defeated Jihad in Iraq, Afghanistan, or anywhere else. That is because newsflash…Jihad is a critical part of the Islamic faith…to be a good Muslims you must take part in Jihad.

Muslims are commanded by Allah to fight infidels or help others fight infidels until Islamic law is the law of mankind. The Quran is their 10 commandments…

William Eaton on September 3, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Did someone speak?

OldEnglish on September 3, 2014 at 10:24 AM

He will be for “the people” as a collective group for political benefit, but he cares nothing for the individual examples of the people.

That is what I think.

Blaise on September 3, 2014 at 10:17 AM

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You just described a PSYCHOPATH.

ExpressoBold on September 3, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Our memory is about 10 minutes anyway.

Look how fast the left forgot 9/11.

petunia on September 3, 2014 at 10:14 AM

yep, you’re right.

greencalliope on September 3, 2014 at 10:27 AM

We know that if we are joined by the international community,

And if we’re not joined by the international community, it mustn’t be a big deal, right? Right?

DarthBrooks on September 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Death Panels for Americans

Managed care for ISIS

faraway on September 3, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Obama destroyed Osama Bin Laden and he will destroy ISIS.

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 3, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Deeds matter more than words. Literally abandoning our embassy in Libya to terrorists, cutting off the Israelis when engaged in a death struggle with death worshippers, refusing to help Ukraine repel a Russian invasion, permitting the Iranians to develop atomic weapons, bringing in a wave of illegal aliens (where ARE those “children” today anyway?), yanking the Czech and Polish missile defenses… it’s going to be a long 2 1/3 years.

Zumkopf on September 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM

yes, a very long 2 years (and unsettling).

greencalliope on September 3, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Can you imagine FDR, socialist doofus he was, saying Nazism is really a wonderful idea…it has just been hijacked by Hitler and his small band of groupies. Oh and this is a war to stop the evils of Blitzkrieg not Nazism…

William Eaton on September 3, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Thread winner

faraway on September 3, 2014 at 10:35 AM

What will Obama do in response to the second beheading by ISIS…Pee in his pants!!!!!

logicman_1998 on September 3, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Nope, sorry, we can’t reliably excise a cancer if the patient has no viable immune system. Unless of course we don’t care if we kill the patient.

We can target ISIS’s leaders to constrict its growth and satisfy our sense of outrage, and we can help ISIS’s helpless victims by establishing safe havens or bolstering a Kurdish state; but unless we’re ready to keep 50-100,000 troops on the ground there for a generation, there isn’t the slightest chance we could stabilize, let alone civilize Iraqi/Syrian/Arab culture, with or without anotger coalition behind us. And don’t forget what happened when the lid came off Tito’s Yugoslavia.

The problem with words like “shrinkage” and “management” is not that they’re obviously unheroic sounding ; it’s that they betray as usual Obama’s purely domestic political, passively or cynically temporizing approach to foreign policy. In fact we do need to be limited in our goals; but those goals have to be worth risking lives for, not chimeras that will ultimately get Americans killed for nothing.

Seth Halpern on September 3, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Obama destroyed Osama Bin Laden and he will destroy ISIS.

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 3, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Yes sir, and last night nonp was correct that obama would make the right decision, he was just mulling it over. And today we find he will get them down to a manageable level of terrorists. Just a chess master.

cabra viejo on September 3, 2014 at 10:40 AM

An obama speech is like a fart in the middle of a F4 tornado.

HumpBot Salvation on September 3, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Please mark your calendars….

d1carter on September 3, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Threatening them with shrinkage must have ISIS quaking in their boots.

Star Bird on September 3, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Our memory is about 10 minutes anyway.

Look how fast the left forgot 9/11.

Obama has changed this country since then. On 9/11, we united to confront the enemy. Would we do the same today, or would an attack further polarize us?

petefrt on September 3, 2014 at 10:42 AM

“We know that if we are joined by the international community, we can continue to shrink ISIL’s sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities to the point where it is a manageable problem,” Obama said.

Yes. This.

I assume he’s using the strategy used by the world whereby the Nazi’s of the 1930s-1940s were ostracized by the world. They learned the errors of their ways, and Hitler became one of the worlds most respected leaders.

No….the world isolated the Nazis until they became a manageable problem, as they remain today.

No….I think there was a more draconian effort employed against them….I’m sure of it.

BobMbx on September 3, 2014 at 10:46 AM

“Shrink” ISIS until it is manageable? Is that like washing your underwear in hot water? Who writes this crap? Or maybe it is really the mind of obama in action without the tele. I heard Rand Paul Tuesday on the Michael Medved show refer to the beheading of two Americans as “Nonsense” in the context of “We need to get rid of this nonsense”. Paul is no more qualified than obama to lead this nation.
BTW I no longer capitalize obama’s name out of loathing.

inspectorudy on September 3, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Wow, the depth of his ignorance is bigger than his ego! You don’t manage a war you prosecute it. He still thinks he is a community organizer.

Sven on September 3, 2014 at 10:49 AM

This is right up there with John Kerry’s “We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they’re a nuisance.”

The cornerstone problem with the progressive/lib worldview is that it denies the existence of evil; instead, man can be managed into some Utopian creature. That’s why their proscriptions almost always fail.

Ricard on September 3, 2014 at 10:49 AM

When the stolen Libyan airliners enter US airspace and start heading for New York and Washington, I fully expect 0bama to dither until the very last minute, at which point he will finally get Val’s go-ahead to order a shootdown. When the falling wreckage kills hundreds of civilians on the ground, I fully expect him to say with a straight face that military action was not the answer and blame Bush.

CurtZHP on September 3, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Obama destroyed Osama Bin Laden and he will destroy ISIS.

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:26 PM

HA! OMG, that’s funny!

Ricard on September 3, 2014 at 10:52 AM

… we can continue to shrink ISIL’s sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities to the point where it is a manageable problem, …

One that can be negotiated with through diplomacy, like Iran.

Much like everything else Obama has done to further the cause of radical Islam, it seems that he actually wants this Islamic state to exist.

Oxymoron on September 3, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Deeds matter more than words. Literally abandoning our embassy in Libya to terrorists,

And let us not forget the airport and the reports that 11 commercial airliners are now the control of the Islamists.

pc253 on September 3, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Shrink? Manage? Joking of course? NOT! The only way is to completely remove these animals from the face of the earth! They are a plague and must be eradicated from the root up – each and everyone of them. Leave one spore and it will grow again! Obama’s Brotherhood must go and that is why he is afraid to do anything. They are his “brothers” and he is as hateful and mean and bloodthirsty as they as are his puppeteers! Eradication completely is the only solution! You cannot palliate terrorists in any way. Someone mentioned napalming them and sounds just about right. Otherwise, only other choice is nuclear. France and England have a lot to answer for having invaded these areas and changed everything. Don’t see them doing much but just waiting for us to die again for their mistakes. No way. Napalm or nuclear are the only choices.

Roselle on September 3, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Or at least not be the one to destroy it.

Oxymoron on September 3, 2014 at 10:53 AM

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