Obama blamed “intelligence efforts” for not anticipating, “their [ISIS] movement over the last several months”. By blaming intelligence efforts the president essentially blamed the military, while neglecting to acknowledge his own foreign policy was truly at fault.
At the core of Obama’s thinking is that American military involvement cannot be the primary instrument to achieve an unrealistic pacific equilibrium in Iraq. Seven months ago the president labeled ISIS a “jayvee team” as he regarded the “jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes”, not a threat to America.
In his own words Obama stated, “there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus” the ISIS “jayvee” terrorists.
For Obama, ISIS wasn’t a terrorist group worth taking seriously.
Since that statement ISIS has barreled through Iraq, destroying towns and murdering thousands of civilians. They have taken over control in Iraq targeting religious minorities, forcing over 200,000 in recent days to flee to the mountains or refugee camps in the nearby town of Erbil, the capitol of the independent ally region of Kurdistan.
On friday CNN’s Jim Acosta asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest if “ISIS is still the jayvee team?” Earnest did not directly answer the question, he didn’t need to as Obama’s incompetence, underestimation, failures and constant shifting of the blame speak for themselves.
Obama’s actions show that our president has the utmost disdain for our military and America’s world role as the sole superpower. In fact, according to the Pentagon’s latest review, Obama’s foreign policy is a direct danger to the United States.
On July 31, the National Defense Panel released its report reviewing Obama’s Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) on America’s national defense posture. The panel found that Obama’s QDR, military force reductions, and trillion dollar defense budget cuts are “dangerous – and will leave the country in a position where it is unable to respond to threats to our national security“.
The report stresses the need for the administration to return to the flexible response doctrine, where the military would be capable of fighting two wars at the same time. At our current state, with a war currently in Afghanistan, Obama’s threats of military intervention become much more hollow as our enemy knows we cannot subject our forces into two wars. Meaning, anything we hope to accomplish using our military will be limited in its capacity.
Now that Obama has decided to launch airstrikes against ISIS, the Obama Doctrine has now come into focus. That doctrine, in the words of Ben Shapiro is this, “pretend to give a damn about the suffering of innocents when it hits the headlines, ignore it the rest of the time…for Obama has always cared far more about appearances than realities”.
The realities of today show how hollow appearances allow evil to thrive. The reality is that genocide is taking place today in northern Iraq, where the Christian and Yezidi populations are being exterminated by ISIS. The nation and the world are beginning to realize how hollow appearances without serious military intervention on behalf of America will result in the death of ten’s of thousands of innocents.
As many Americans may oppose military intervention and support a diminished military in strength, I ask of you one question: If not us, then who? If not now, then when?