President Obama went through the motions in his 15 minute nationwide address tonight about American strategy concerning ISIS/ISIL. He seemed detached from what he was saying as if his mind were elsewhere, perhaps the 18th green at Pebble Beach.
Tomorrow I will have a piece up on the main site on the 13th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001 which criticizes the manner in which Obama de-emphasizes the connection between acts of terrorism and Islam.
Needless to say, I wasn’t surprised when he said, “ISIL isn’t Islamic.” ISIL might not represent the entire Muslim world, but it certainly represents a critical mass of it. To deny ISIL’s ideological and religious motivations is absurd. It was equally absurd when Obama also declared that “ISIL isn’t a state.” Well, it controls a good portion of Iraq and seeks to establish a caliphate not only the Middle East, but here in the United States. How can Obama destroy and degrade ISIL if he cannot acknowledge their aims and objectives?
I’m sure ISIL was quaking in its boots when Obama announced he would be sending 475 troops to Iraq to provide training, intelligence and equipment. Sure there will be airstrikes, but the heavy lifting will be left to others. With this in mind, the Obama Administration seeks to lead “a broad coalition” against ISIL. The only country in this coalition that Obama identified is Iraq which has a government that is only days old and might not last out the month. The rest of the coalition? Obama is going to send John Kerry to Europe and the Middle East to “enlist” its ranks. Kerry will do about as well with this task as he did in bringing the Palestinians to the negotiating table.
President Obama’s remarks on ISIS/ISIL did little to inspire confidence here or abroad.