Barack Obama blames ISIS failures on anyone but himself.
“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” – Arnold H. Glasow
Americans have short-term memory problems. Every election cycle during which the Democrats are in charge, the same sequence of events occurs in the exact same way. The Democrats are mired in scandal, and rightfully haunted by low approval ratings, the Republicans attack the Democrats for all their bad behavior, and reckless policy, and then the Democrats somehow bounce back. And whose fault is it? Ours. Sure, the media plays its part, and the Democrats lie as well as they breathe, but ultimately, it is the American people who are fooled; ultimately, it is the the American people who vote for the Democrats time, and time again.
Once again, we have reached that moment. With slightly over a month before the election, the Democrats are mired in scandal, haunted by low approval ratings, and Republicans are on the attack. October is critical. This is when the Democrats unleash their best rhetoric, and polish their best lies to convince the American people that they aren’t the do-nothing, lying, hypocritical, agenda driven, lying, hateful, aggressive liars that they are. I can’t use the word “lying” enough.
Obama has failed on numerous fronts as the leader of the free world. He has refused to secure our borders, he has expanded DACA, thus encouraging thousands of illegal child, and teenage migrants to enter the country, he plans on granting executive amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants by the end of the year, his IRS deliberately targeted conservative groups, he traded five terrorists for a possible deserter, and he radically underestimated ISIS. Let’s work with that last one.
Earlier this year, as ISIS was overtaking Fallujah, and advancing at an extraordinary pace, Obama referred to them as a JV team, meaning that they were like Al-Qaeda’s snot-nosed little brother–not a big deal. He seemed not to care very much at all about the terrorist organization. As we have seen, however, ISIS has proven to be a frightening movement, the likes of which we have never seen. While it was clear to many earlier this year that ISIS was an extreme threat, Obama was seemingly oblivious. As ISIS has grown, and become a widely known public concern, Obama has had to make an about face to save face.
During a recent interview with Chuck Todd on Meet The Press, Obama denied ever having called ISIS a JV team. Going back to the transcript of the original interview in which he made the JV remark, however, it is clear that he was referring to ISIS. In the most basic terms, he blatantly lied. Now, in an effort to save the Senate for the Democrats, Obama is throwing the Director of National Intelligence under the bus.
According to CBS News:
“The president was asked by 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft about comments from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who has said the U.S. not only underestimated ISIS, it also overestimated the ability and will of the Iraqi military to fight the extremist group.
‘That’s true,’ Mr. Obama said. ‘That’s absolutely true…Jim Clappper has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria‘…”
To the layman, it may seem as though the underestimation of ISIS was not the president’s fault, but that of the intelligence community. By laymen, I mean “average low-information voter.” But the key to understanding life is context. What contextual clues can we gather to conclude that Obama may not be telling the truth? His denial of calling ISIS a JV team comes to mind.
If the underestimation of ISIS were truly the fault of James Clapper, and the intelligence community, why lie? Why deny calling ISIS JV? If Obama was misinformed by Clapper, his misunderstanding of the severity of the ISIS threat was not his fault, but rather Clapper’s. Obama’s backtracking of the JV remark implies that he is the one responsible for the mistake.
The Timing. The Democrats are poised to lose the Senate, and Obama needs to boost the Democratic Party. By throwing Clapper under the bus, he can regain his leadership cred, and make it appear as though (as the most obvious representative of the Party) the Democrats are solid on foreign policy, and terror.
Finally, the warnings. Obama was warned by numerous individuals early this year that ISIS posed a serious threat. The next three quotes are from a September 28th article by Eli Lake of The Daily Beast:
“In prepared testimony before the annual House and Senate intelligence committees’ threat hearings in January and February, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the recently departed director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said the group would likely make a grab for land before the end of the year. ISIS ‘probably will attempt to take territory in Iraq and Syria to exhibit its strength in 2014.‘”
Once again, from The Daily Beast:
“John Brennan, Obama’s CIA director, said he thought both ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra, al Qaeda’s formal franchise in Syria, presented a threat to launch external operations against the West.”
“One former senior Pentagon official who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq was flabbergasted. ‘Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bull$%*##ing‘…”
Obama is not a leader, he is a failure, and his October sales pitches shouldn’t help his Party. We can expect many more speeches, and press events this month during which Obama will talk about how ISIS is being weakened, and how his strategy is working. Somehow, the jobs numbers, and economic forecast will rise just prior to the election, showing how much good Obama has done for us all. The mainstream media will extol Obama, and his incredible work, and the people will mindlessly walk into the voting booths on November 4th, and pull the lever for a Democratic candidate, because, well, the ISIS strategy is working, right?
Don’t be fooled. Obama was warned, he failed to act. Obama dismissed ISIS, then lied about it. Obama will do whatever it takes to save the Senate. Don’t be fooled.