Where is Western leadership?

posted at 2:01 pm on September 4, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

That’s the theme of columns from both myself and the Daily Mail’s Max Hastings in the face of a surging army of Islamist terrorists proclaiming themselves a state. After the beheadings of two American journalists and a series of genocidal attacks on minorities in northern Iraq and Syria, “the world seems a frightening place,” Hastings writes today. In part, Hastings argues, that’s because the West has reduced its military capabilities as part of a fantasy of declining threats. That has encouraged others to unleash their own ambitions, and not just ISIS:

Cameron and Obama convinced themselves that, once we had escaped the Afghan and Iraqi quagmires, Britain and the U.S. need fight no more conventional wars.

They refused to heed what many wise voices warned them: events and tyrants have ways of setting the agenda for peace or war, whatever the wishes of politicians.

A critical part of the argument for having strong armed forces is to deter aggressors, making it unnecessary to fight them.

Ministers, including David Cameron, lie and lie about our residual military capability.

Britain is reduced to having a little Army, which can just about  Troop The Colour; a Navy that is building two enormous carriers for which we cannot afford a credible air component; and an  Air Force that can conduct strike operations only with American support.

In the long term, if we want tyrants such as Putin to take seriously not only the Western Powers, but also the whole concept of international order, we must have the military capacity to fight him, even if we do not want to use it.

Twice in this generation, we seem to have succumbed to the same “end of history” thinking that promises “peace dividends” through disarmament. Instead, history keeps moving forward and in many ways repeating itself, and the peace dividend turns out to be neither peaceful nor savings at all. The 9/11 attacks almost thirteen years ago put an end to that thinking the first time, and the two beheadings of American journalists and the threat of another conducted on a British reporter should be a wake-up call.

At least Cameron is committing to the fight rhetorically. In my column today at The Fiscal Times, I argue that US policy has become utterly incoherent, starting at the top. The American response has been so contradictory that we heard three very different messages about US goals in a single day. While Joe Biden talked about following ISIS to “the gates of Hell,” Obama talked about managing them without actually engaging much at all:

Obama has spent the last two weeks talking tough but proposing no action at all, other than the tactical strikes necessary to keep ISIS away from Irbil and the Mosul Dam. The President has repeatedly rejected the option of putting American troops on the ground to fight ISIS, even while Kerry calls for an international coalition to stop their aggression.

The White House has offered contradictory signals on whether it wants to conduct air strikes on ISIS targets in Syria as well as the tactical strikes in Iraq, which makes Biden’s statement yesterday sound even more futile and empty than it otherwise would. We will follow ISIS to the gates of hell, but not to Syria? We will confront the evil of ISIS wherever it spreads, except every place it already resides?

Just a few hours after Obama’s comments in Talinn, CNN’s Jim Sciutto asked the Defense Secretary to explain the contradictory declarations of the Commander in Chief made just a few hours earlier. “Which it is?” Sciutto asked. “Is the mission goal to contain or destroy?” Hagel ended up citing Biden in discarding the “manageable threat” goal, saying that he hadn’t heard the exchanges with the media but had only read Obama’s written remarks. “The mission is very clearly, and we’re providing the President with these options, to degrade and destroy ISIS’ capability,” Hagel emphasized. “It’s not to contain them.”

The failure demonstrated by Obama and his administration over the last several weeks and months as the ISIS threat grew and metastasized is, at its core, a leadership crisis. Forget being the leader of the free world; this President can’t even lead his own team within one coherent message and strategy. As ABC’s State Department reporter Ali Weinberg remarked yesterday, this was the message just from one single day: “We’re going to destroy ISIS. Or manage them. Or shrink their sphere of influence. Or follow them to the gates of hell.”

With that failure to generate a united and coherent approach to ISIS among his own team, how could anyone expect the President to lead the world against this new terrorist army and the threat it poses to the region and the world?

Ron Fournier isn’t impressed with Obama’s leadership, either:

While members of the president’s Cabinet along with Democratic and Republican lawmakers consider the Islamic State a danger to the United States, the man most responsible for protecting U.S. interests has suggested that they are overreacting.

ISIS is a junior varsity squad, Obama shrugged last fall.

Social media exaggerates the horrors, he sniffed last week.

Even today, pressed for clarity of his vow to “roll them back,” Obama said, “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’s a manageable problem.”

A manageable problem? While containing ISIS may be the best realistic outcome, “Let’s Manage the Situation!” is hardly a national rallying cry.

The wildly contradictory messages coming from this administration, and from Obama himself, demonstrate a bigger problem than rhetorical incoherence. Obama is not demonstrating leadership on any level, not even among his own team. That incoherence and rudderless performance encourages our enemies and opponents, and the power vacuum it leaves will not easily be refilled by the West, and certainly not while Obama continues to abdicate his responsibilities of leadership.

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On the back nine??

oldleprechaun on September 4, 2014 at 2:04 PM

President Pant Load…

Seven Percent Solution on September 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Check the Conservatory, I think it’s in there with professor Plum, and a candlestick.

Flange on September 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM

As Oscar Wilde said, life is an imitation of art and we elected Chauncey Gardiner.

Unfortunately our real-life one has been found not to walk on water after all.

Drained Brain on September 4, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Western leadership

We miss the Pope/Emperor and his divisions.

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faraway on September 4, 2014 at 2:08 PM

On the back nine??

oldleprechaun on September 4, 2014 at 2:04 PM

One and done everybody!

Gatsu on September 4, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Leadership is hard. It is the actual work behind being the President.

Been saying this since early on in his Presidency, he loves the idea and perks of being President, not the actual job of being President.

We elected someone with no known leadership accomplishments. We were told it was not important. Now our chickens are coming home to roost..so to speak.

jjjdad on September 4, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Obama is not a Westerner. All of his influences are foreign, even the ones he got from (allegedly) attending Columbia and Harvard.

Culturally, Obama is more African and islamic than he is American.

ConstantineXI on September 4, 2014 at 2:10 PM

This is what happens when elections become about Race and Identity and also a big ego. Obama is the poster child what happens you don’t promote via ability.

Elections should be about principles and ideas.

Oil Can on September 4, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Sadly living up to the RAAAAcist stereotype we’d all so like to avoid….

RL on September 4, 2014 at 2:12 PM

The wildly contradictory messages coming from this administration, and from Obama himself, demonstrate a bigger problem than rhetorical incoherence.

And, that leads to this:

Troops React To Biden’s “Gates Of Hell” Comment: “How The F*ck Are We Going To Do That When We Can’t Leave The Front Gate Of Our Base!?”…

America’s GI “boots on the ground” in Iraq are so frustrated with the White House message about their mission against the Islamic State — which Vice President Biden vowed Wednesday to chase “to the gates of Hell” — that they’re wondering how they’ll accomplish the goal “when we can’t even leave the front gate of our base.”

Biden on Wednesday delivered what was probably the toughest statement to date from the administration, declaring, after another U.S. journalist was beheaded by the Islamic State, “we will follow them to the gates of Hell until they are brought to justice.”

But his tough talk was at odds with a message delivered earlier in the day by President Obama, who said that while his administration’s goal is to “destroy” ISIS — it also is to “shrink” it to a “manageable problem.”

Amid the mixed messages, a source in contact with special operators in Iraq told Fox News that “frustration and confusion reign” among Americans on the ground there.

The source relayed the complaint of an unnamed special operator: “Chase them to the Gates of Hell? How the [f---] are we going to do that when we can’t even leave the front gate of our base!?”

Resist We Much on September 4, 2014 at 2:13 PM

The new world disorder

Can the old, pre-Obama postwar order be rebuilt? Of course, but it will require budgetary discipline, a visionary president, experienced national-security advisers, skillful diplomats, and a public that is informed and cares. In other words — not for another two years and five months.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Check the 14th tee box.

HumpBot Salvation on September 4, 2014 at 2:15 PM

obama is clinically sick.

This makes him the most dangerous ‘leader’ of the free world.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Who really thought a little Jakarta street kid would uphold Western ideals and show Western leadership?

HumpBot Salvation on September 4, 2014 at 2:16 PM

#smartpower

everdiso on August 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Thank you, President Obama!

Ned Pepper on August 11, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Actually Obama’s azz is a pretty safe place to be.

Ned Pepper on August 11, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Retweeted by zerohedge

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President Obama extends national emergency declared on September 11, 2001, by another year, says terror threat continues

Oil Can on September 4, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Obama’s Problem as ‘The Smartest Person in the Room’


Best article on obama’s non-IQ

h/t Del

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 2:19 PM

If you saw obama in yesterday’s presser in Estonia, and watched the president of Estonia watching him, you know all you need to know.

obama is mortified that something bad will happen on his watch, in the USA.

He has 40 FBI agents on Ferguson and zero on the IS-dead-one from Minn., who worked for the airlines.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Where is Western leadership?

Obama has done a great job exposing the cowardice of sheltered western Europe.

This is their problem and leadership needs to start with those rich nations most affected by Russian provocation.

Going it alone in this case is foolish. Why be patsies for the Euros?

FrankT on September 4, 2014 at 2:21 PM

The leadership vacuum is being filled by ISIS and others of similar stripe who have the ability and will to take the reins of power. The so-called ‘leaders’ in the Western world seem to be little more than observers, just be along for the ride. Ability and will to lead are woefully absent.

Meanwhile, Waldo has converted to Islam, changed his name to Mohammed, left the picture book, and has joined ISIS. The next picture book (if there is one) will consist of satellite or other recon photos taken over Iraq or Syria, but the book probably won’t come out until mid 2017.

s1im on September 4, 2014 at 2:23 PM

I cannot support the placing of American troops and citizens in harms way under this Administration and a Donk Senate.

They don’t understand “The Long War” concept and strategy, and, secondly, they do not have the cojones for it (and are not competent enough to execute it if they did.)

Best case is we cut our losses until 1/20/2017 and pray we don’t get hit on home soil.

Yeah, yeah, “hope is not a plan”, I know. But that’s what got voted for in ’08 and here we are…

Bruno Strozek on September 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM

O/T – A heartfelt thank you to Resist We Much for all of her posts.

31giddyup on September 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM

But his friends at the Daily Beast, led by fanboi Jonathan Alter, HOPE he can DO SOMETHING that will make this all go away.

And when that SOMETHING is done, we’ll all forget about this little rough spell we are in now.

Sting on September 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM

1. obama bumbles and blunders
2. Hagel, yes, convert, same as Brennan, has to bail him out on CNN
3. Kindergarten at state…you know that one
4. Rosen eating their lunch
5. Biden slips
6. Marines react to Biden and tell the truth

Putin and IS are laughing their azzes off at their fortunes.

everpisso and Ned Pepper orgasm all over obama, while Goebbels does it all over the world.

Josh Earnest is an oxymoron, but the lies better than Carney.

Most schadenfreude, how really painful it is for the leftist talking heads on TV to defend anything obama.

Note to media – this made my day. YOU pretend there is NO obama presidency, because it’s too idiotic to go there. YOU brung him, twice. YOU own him, Toyota!

It was eerie. It was as if there has been no Obama presidency. If I am right in my analysis, the complete absence of panels assessing Obama’s record is an indication that the academy now regards Obama as an indefensible embarrassment. This, in turn, may well be a sign that we are in for a wave election in November. What cannot be defended is apt to be jettisoned.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 2:27 PM

“We know that if we are joined by the international community, we can continue to shrink ISIL’s sphere of influence…”

Is this a pitch for another Nobel Prize? The first one came for something Obama hadn’t done (and never would, as it turns out). This one would be for something he fantasizes that he’s doing… “continu(ing) to shrink” ISIL’s sphere of influence.

Does he get to “imagine” his golf score, too? Or does he have to write down what he actually shoots?

There is little doubt that, were Barack Obama a hound dog, he would spend the entire day licking himself.

IndieDogg on September 4, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Where is western leadership?

Golfing and fundraising. He already got his Nobel Peace Prize, so there.

“Elections have consequences.” “At this point, what difference does it make?” etc., etc.

spiritof61 on September 4, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Best article on obama’s non-IQ

h/t Del

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Thank you. Good read.

The smartest person in one room fully understands that he may not be the smartest person in the next. That’s a large part of what it takes to be “the smartest person in the room.”

Change the word from “room” to “planet” and it tells us the order of magnitude of the problem we have.

Oil Can on September 4, 2014 at 2:30 PM

We elected someone with no known leadership accomplishments. We were told it was not important. Now our chickens are coming home to roost..so to speak.

jjjdad on September 4, 2014 at 2:10 PM

New Presidential seal to feature a proud crowing rooster to replace the current Bald Eagle — would work perfectly to represent our President at so many levels.

s1im on September 4, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Meanwhile, Waldo has converted to Islam, changed his name to Mohammed, left the picture book, and has joined ISIS. The next picture book (if there is one) will consist of satellite or other recon photos taken over Iraq or Syria, but the book probably won’t come out until mid 2017.

s1im on September 4, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Rumor is that they’re all wearing balaclavas and burqas in the picture book, which makes it doubly hard.

Fenris on September 4, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Where is western leadership?

Well, here.

Biden goes barbarian, aka GWB.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Hillary is in Mexico, kissing Slim’s ring azz.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 2:33 PM

How can you ask this: “Where is Western leadership?”, and post it with a photo of obama?

Pork-Chop on September 4, 2014 at 2:33 PM

How can you ask this: “Where is Western leadership?”, and post it with a photo of obama?

Pork-Chop on September 4, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Shhh “on vacation”…says the outfit…

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Troops React To Biden’s “Gates Of Hell” Comment: “How The F*ck Are We Going To Do That When We Can’t Leave The Front Gate Of Our Base!?”…

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Congress has the power to declare war.
House republicans can declare war against ISIS.

What are they waiting for?
They neo-cons have been awfully quite this time around.

weedisgood on September 4, 2014 at 2:37 PM

*quiet

weedisgood on September 4, 2014 at 2:38 PM

How can you ask this: “Where is Western leadership?”, and post it with a photo of obama?

Pork-Chop on September 4, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Or we can use the picture of him in the jogging suit lifting the little boy weights.

Oil Can on September 4, 2014 at 2:41 PM

lester/everpisso and Dead Pepper are missing from the obama-in-an-oaf threads, as usual.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 2:42 PM

obama-inis-an-oaf

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 2:42 PM

What are they waiting for?

weedisgood on September 4, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Wasn’t Obama briefed on the ISIS one year ago….the JV team.

Oil Can on September 4, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Each time of the eleven times this nation has declared war on any other nation, the declaration was made after the President of the United States made a formal request to congress, either in writing, or by addressing a joint session of congress in person.

This is what is called leadership from the Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces and President of the United States.

IF congress were to be forced to declare war without receiving such a formal request from the Commander in Chief/President of the United States of America before the declaration, the tenure of the Commander in Chief/President of the United States of America would necessarily and effectively be over, as he would have been found to be derelict in his duty and unfit to lead.

thatsafactjack on September 4, 2014 at 2:43 PM

The world has tested Obama and found him wanting…..

sorrowen on September 4, 2014 at 2:43 PM

The Empty Chair – Clint Eastwood

thatsafactjack on September 4, 2014 at 2:36 PM

We wish he were just an empty chair. He is sick, and down right dangerous.

Good that you posted the links, as a fantastic reminder of what the expectations have become. Must be Hell to be them :)

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM

What are they waiting for?

weedisgood on September 4, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Harry Reid, er…

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Where is Western leadership?

Fighting Hussein’s enemies, you know white Americans, Christians , US taxpayers etc.

burrata on September 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

I can tell you aomwthing that isn’t incoherent and rudderless – ISIS – they are following Islam and the Koran and Mohammad with clarity and precision.

VorDaj on September 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

thatsafactjack on September 4, 2014 at 2:43 PM

obama is special, racist :)

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

ISIS – they are following Islam and the Koran and Mohammad with clarity and precision.

VorDaj on September 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

And they thank Allah for obama.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 2:48 PM

I can tell you something that isn’t incoherent and rudderless – ISIS – they are following Islam and the Koran and Mohammad with clarity and precision. Anyone who does not understand this, understands nothing.

VorDaj on September 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Wasn’t Obama briefed on the ISIS one year ago….the JV team.

Oil Can on September 4, 2014 at 2:43 PM

It doesn’t matter Obama has always been incompetent and that’s not going to change.
If the Republican leadership feels he is not being engaged enough the house can declare war against ISIS.
It seems to me Obama is not the only one playing politics here…just pointing out hypocrisy.
The constitution gives that power to congress. They should exercise it if they feel the commander in chief is not being effective.

weedisgood on September 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Must be Hell to be them :)

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Indeed. It has been observed, down through the ages, that men can create their own prisons, their own Hell on Earth, and in Obama, whom they exalted, the LEFT realizes the veracity of those reflections.

thatsafactjack on September 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

“Where is Western leadership?”…

In the JayVee, I think.

ExZek on September 4, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Krauthammer did call Obama delusional and that seems to be penning out.

sorrowen on September 4, 2014 at 2:52 PM

obama is special, racist :)

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Oh, yeah… I keep forgetting:) Somehow the basis upon which he’s deemed ‘special’ has always escaped me.

thatsafactjack on September 4, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Congress has the power to declare war.
House republicans can declare war against ISIS.

What are they waiting for?
They neo-cons have been awfully quite this time around.

weedisgood on September 4, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Did you flunk civics?

Resist We Much on September 4, 2014 at 2:52 PM

USA is good. But, obummer has you covered from behind.

jake49 on September 4, 2014 at 2:53 PM

The constitution gives that power to congress. They should exercise it if they feel the commander in chief is not being effective.

weedisgood on September 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

This CinC is not ineffective, he is the de facto enemy . So yes, let Congress declare a war on our enemies, foreign and domestic. Nothing wrong with that logic

burrata on September 4, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Where is Western leadership?

Dunno, Ed. I haven’t seen any for 6 years.

Cody1991 on September 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM

The Bear is Loose!

This picture/article explains our foreign policy.

Bucket bear rescued by volunteer group

Oil Can on September 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

As for the leadership I have no idea…

sorrowen on September 4, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Where is Western leadership?

Thank you, President Obama!

Ned Pepper on August 11, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Where is Western leadership?

It’s clear Obama is in the fantasyland of HopeNChange. I think of those large cruise ships or oil tankers that wreck or founder because of some bone-headed move. The captains of these ships, as apparently incompetent as they are, have probably spend their whole adult lives learning about ships and the sea.

Compare such captains to Obama, who has no training or experience to prepare him for his role as Commander in Chief. Imagine how much worse off we are than ships with incompetent captains. We have a captain of the ship of state who acts based on some fantasy of how the world is. When he sees something he doesn’t like, he says it doesn’t comport with our values, “that’s not the kind of country we are”, that’s so “20th century”, is “on the wrong side of history”, or is somehow out of step.

Obama is delusional. He makes Captain Queeg look like the model of sanity.

/Obama tells you: the world doesn’t understand geometric precision like I do.

LashRambo on September 4, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Western leadership is in Obama’s golf bag, along with all the rest of Obama’s balls.

No Truce With Kings on September 4, 2014 at 3:07 PM

This CinC is not ineffective, he is the de facto enemy . So yes, let Congress declare a war on our enemies, foreign and domestic. Nothing wrong with that logic

burrata on September 4, 2014 at 2:54 PM

One may ask rhetorically if Obama were the Manchurian Candidate how much more damage could he do without drawing attention to his true identity. Maybe this is as much damage as he can do, within those limits.

LashRambo on September 4, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Apparently, the “gates of hell” aren’t in Syria, or Iraq, or Afghanistan …

I think the Bamster thinks they’re in the Fox News studio.

BD57 on September 4, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Forrest Gump called. He wants his suit back.

wdkeller on September 4, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Flashback to 2007: Then-Senator Obama said of the Muslim world, “I think that the world will have confidence that I am listening to them. That will ultimately make us safer.”

Oil Can on September 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Western “Leaders” are extremists or dogmatists. That is to say they are committed to ideologies without any regard for actual events, and without regard for the cost to ordinary peoples’ lives.

Whatever they see and hear is filtered through their ideological preconceptions and only the residue is delivered to their brains. They are deluded, just as people like Mao were deluded; intending to do good and make improvements but with their thoughts so far disconnected from reality that they destroy what was good and embrace what is worse. They are imbued with power but have no understanding of the human condition.

If Western societies — including the USA, but especially Europe — are to avoid massive internal conflict and consequent totalitarianism it is essential to find new leaders and, more importantly, new ways of governance so that sentimentality and ideological dogma do not prevail over wisdom.

YiZhangZhe on September 4, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Forrest Gump called. He wants his suit back.

wdkeller on September 4, 2014 at 3:13 PM

I’m not a smart man, but I know what redistribution is.

Oil Can on September 4, 2014 at 3:20 PM

obama got two breaks

Wall to wall media coverage on Joan Rivers’ death and the McDonnell guilty verdicts.

Media salivating. The weekend coverage is set.

Faux too.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 3:24 PM

You know what’s scary? The Obama administration is screaming about how dangerous ISIS is. Biden, Hagel, the rest: they are out there beating the drums of war.

It’s Obama himself desperately trying to tamp it down. His entire administration is on a different page than he is, and they–leftists all– are trying to warn us.

Obama is telling us to do nothing.

What, exactly, does that mean? When was the last time a president publicly disagreed with his entire administration?

Obama’s the one saying ‘we won’t kill them. We will manage them.” Is this his open admission of sympathy with ISIS?

Vanceone on September 4, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Satan called and wants Biden to return the Gates of Hell.

Walter L. Newton on September 4, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Maybe this is as much damage as he can do, within those limits.

LashRambo on September 4, 2014 at 3:08 PM

I think he has only just started, as I’ve always said, his tactics maybe marxist but his motives are islamic. He never lost sight of his goals while everyone around him distracted us with cakes and circus.

burrata on September 4, 2014 at 3:29 PM

This is what happens when elections become about Race and Identity and also a big ego. Obama is the poster child what happens you don’t promote via ability.

Oil Can on September 4, 2014 at 2:12 PM

This is also what happens when people assume that an Ivy League degree equals high intelligence.

How astonishing is it that, a mere 7 years after the terror attacks of 9/11, Americans elected as Commander-in-Chief a man who says he is “uncomfortable with the concept of victory” and who admitted that he “didn’t give much thought to what would follow” after he used our Air Force to take out Qadaffi and created a power vacuum in AQ-infested Libya.

Obama had no qualifications whatsoever to be president (and even admitted as much in 2004 when he was promising voters in Illinois that he wouldn’t quit as Senator to run for President in 2008). But the media and the so-called elites convinced voters that Obama was brilliant, and pointed to his Harvard Law degree as proof.

It’s pathetic how eager millions of voters were to believe the nonsensical hype about Obama. And now all of us are paying the price for their foolishness — and will be paying for many years to come.

AZCoyote on September 4, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Ask the mother of James Foley if ISIS is “A manageable problem.”

Libertyship46 on September 4, 2014 at 3:38 PM

This DEMOCRAT administration – we must label it for what it is: Democrat, weak, cowardly, foolish, maybe low intelligence??? Geez.

I wonder what the others in the meeting say about our leaderless, fearful, cowardly president.

THey can’t take up the military b/c they’ve counted on us for decades. While staying in Germany was wise, they should have helped foot the bill – same w/ Japan and Korea – no one wants to help us financially yet we’re supposed to cover for them?

They have been spoiled and become weak like any group that does not have to support itself.

MN J on September 4, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Behold. The chickens have come home to roost. But not the way Rev. Wright had it figured.

This is the end result of 6 decades of anti-Western and anti-American thinking inculcated in an entire generation.

It’s not just a failure of the Obama administration. It’s a failure of the entire West which refused to uphold and defend its ideals and foundational principles.

Cleombrotus on September 4, 2014 at 3:43 PM

ConstantineXI on September 4, 2014 at 2:10 PMConstantineXI on September 4, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Of course, consider that we now have a philosophical environment where his kind of thinking is regarded as enlightened.

Cleombrotus on September 4, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Instead of waiting to be led, maybe it’s time to get behind and push.

formwiz on September 4, 2014 at 3:53 PM

In the long term, if we want tyrants such as Putin to take seriously not only the Western Powers, but also the whole concept of international order, we must have the military capacity to fight him, even if we do not want to use it.

In other words, “speak softly and carry a big stick”.

Ronald Reagan built up the military capacity to fight the Soviet Union, but he didn’t have to use it when the Soviets backed down. Peace through strength.

Our current Duffer-in-Chief snarkily said in 2012 that the “1980s are calling and want their foreign policy back”. Sounds like a great idea, Mr. President. When will you start?

Steve Z on September 4, 2014 at 4:48 PM

weedisgood on September 4, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Did you flunk civics?

Resist We Much on September 4, 2014 at 2:52 PM

I’m thinking the unhinged, emotionally needy, pothead flunked a lot of things.

CurtZHP on September 4, 2014 at 5:31 PM

1) Pathetic response to attack in Benghazi

2) Abandon Ukraine as Russia takes Crimea

3) Watch while BRIC countries find alternative to U.S. Dollar as Reserve Currency

4) “No strategy” for dealing with ISIS/ISIL

5) Missing opportunity to support reform in Iran during “Arab Spring”

6) Allowing/encouraging surge of ILLEGAL aliens crossing our southern boarder

7) $17+ Trillion National Debt (not including unfunded liabilities)

8) Encouraging Israel to agree to cease-fires rather than encouraging Israel to finish destroying terrorist tunnels in Gaza

9) Keeping Corporate Tax so high that American companies move to other countries

10) Reducing size of U.S. Military and removing 100s of top level officers

How many people think the United States still qualifies as a “Super Power?”

Sadly, I don’t.

Elections have consequences.

wren on September 4, 2014 at 5:31 PM

I’m thinking the unhinged, emotionally needy, pothead flunked a lot of things.

CurtZHP on September 4, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Him and his brother Anti-Control flunked out of grade school.

LawfulGood on September 4, 2014 at 6:14 PM

There never really was and I doubt there ever will be a peace dividend. It was all in our imagination and sadly still in the imagination of many.

Faramir on September 4, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Where is Western leadership?

Uhhh, wherever the “West” went. How did it come to this?

WryTrvllr on September 4, 2014 at 8:38 PM