Obama Official On ISIS Strategy: “Stay Tuned”
The Obama administration has often been compared to celebrity status. Now it goes one step further in looking like a television show. Oh, and highlighting that they do not actually have a strategy
(The Hill) A senior State Department official urged critics of President Obama to “stay tuned” for the administration’s plans against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“We are putting the features in place, developing a broader regional coalition, a broad international coalition, working to get a new Iraqi government stood up, working to get our plans in place,” Brett McGurk, the deputy assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran, told CNN. “So stay tuned.”
During a press conference last week, Obama conceded that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to counter Islamist militants operating in Syria.
In other words, Team Obama had nothing, despite Mr. Obama having been briefed on the danger of ISIS for over a year. And it sounds eerily like yet another “leading from behind” strategy. Too bad Obama has spent very little time engaging world leaders and developing alliances. Taking selfies at funerals does not count.
McGurk said that the U.S. military could not “just go in militarily and start dropping bombs and hope that it’s going to work out” and called such a go-it-alone mission “counterproductive.”
“You have to have a very sophisticated approach to this,” McGurk said.
It sounds more like they are putting together a romantic sitcom rather than a plan to decimate ISIS.
On the positive side, there have been over 100 airstrikes. On the minus side, this is the same administration that couldn’t put together a website. Also, they do not seem to realize that they should talk to the Pentagon, which certainly has a plan. of course, that plan probably doesn’t include “leading from behind”.
Meanwhile, Dems are putting together an authorization
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said Tuesday he is filing legislation that would give President Obama clear authority to order airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
The move came after ISIS released a new video showing the purported beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Joel Sotloff, on Tuesday.
“This will ensure there’s no question that the president has the legal authority he needs to use airstrikes in Syria,” Nelson, a senior member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement Tuesday.
Good for him. Of course, nothing can be done till Congress returns next week. Too bad Congress hasn’t joined the 21st Century and go use something like Go To Meeting to take a vote.
Also, just to be clear, Obama talked tough last night after arrival in Estonia. Will he match the talk with action? Stay tuned.