I can’t recall any time when a president gave a press conference about some foreign military crisis just to say, “We don’t have a strategy yet.”
And yet, that’s precisely what President Obama did in talking about confronting ISIS, the Islamic caliphate army that has taken over much of Iraq and Syria.
Besides make Obama look like even more of a weakling than he usually does, the comment does a couple of things. One, it signals ISIS that they’ve got an “all-clear” from the White House to keep doing what they’re doing, so long as they don’t directly threaten U.S. personnel (journalists, missionaries and assorted civilians are fine, however). Two, it reveals the depth of the personal conflict Obama is working through.
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