“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.” – President Obama
LISTENING TO Julie Mason on SiriusXM on Wednesday, Josh Rogin, foreign policy reporter for The Daily Beast, made a comment that sums up the dangers of IS and the world’s response so far. The situation “couldn’t be more of a mess than it is,” Rogin rightly analyzed. President Obama confirmed that point in the briefing late Thursday in admitting the Administration simply doesn’t have the components working together.
“We Don’t Have A Strategy Yet” started trending on Twitter as soon as the words slipped Obama’s lips.
Now, you can take that as it’s a complicated situation, which it is, with many moving parts, which there are.
The problem is that it’s a midterm and President Obama has lost the ears, eyes and sympathies of everyone but die hard Democrats. The other issue is the truth, which is he simply doesn’t want to do anything quickly for fear of making everything worse, including his own reputation that could leave a legacy like Iraq.
Leaders aren’t supposed to just learn lessons from past mistakes, like Iraq, and they also aren’t supposed to let bad foreign policy options paralyze them into not having a concrete strategy in case political will fails our allies, which has now evolved into quite a mess of its own.
Anyone can applaud the President’s honesty, but he’s just not at the point in his presidency where anyone appreciates it.
I didn’t agree with the Richard Haas theory of Assad being a partner against IS, which he outlined in the Financial Times this week. The absurdity of this option is obvious, but it’s Haas so you have to consider the consortium of thinkers he represents.
The White House will be cleaning this up for days. That’s just the atmosphere we’re in and President Obama no longer gets cut any slack whatsoever.
Unforced errors are the worst, especially ones that confirm talking points of his Republican adversaries.