Moments after consoling the parents of Jim Foley, beheaded by ISIS in Syria (WARNING, GRAPHIC IMAGE) Obama went to the microphones with a statement in which he decried how there is no place in the 21st Century for this kind of barbarism (sound familiar) he promised:
OBAMA: The United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people. We will be vigilant and we will be relentless. When people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done.Does that have a familiar ring as well? He made a similar promise to bring the killers of our Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. With the killers hiding in plain site, even giving press interviews, we only managed to capture ONE of the killers nearly two years later. The rest remain at large.
The New York Daily News also questions Obama's resolve:
Americans can only pray that President Obama was as serious as a drone strike when he vowed the United States would “see that justice is done” for the beheading of American journalist James Foley.Obama's former aides and Pentagon staff admit he has no strategy for defeating ISIS. And from his behavior he doesn't appear to be working very hard to build the kind of international coalition he describes in his statement after Foley's murder.
While his anger was palpable, Obama’s resolve to rain death on the savages of ISIS was far from clear. Worse, he signaled disdain for the gravity of the moment by going from the presidential podium straight to a vacation round of golf.
The country deserved better from its reluctant-warrior commander in chief. So, too, Foley’s family. So, too, the family of Steven Sotloff, a second American journalist held by ISIS. So, too, the tens of thousands of Iraqis and Syrians facing murderous barbarity.
You had to examine Obama’s words closely to find a ray of hope that he would deliver on promised justice — not today or tomorrow but, maybe, after building an internationally sanctioned campaign. As he remarked, “we act against (ISIS), standing alongside others.”
Yes, it would be nice to see Islamic states at our side as we take the fight to ISIS, if only to transform the battle from one pitting the U.S. against Sunnis into one of Muslims against maniacs. But no one has ever seen such a coalition of the crescent.
So, unfortunately, doubts about Obama’s intentions are real. To his credit, the President authorized bombing strikes against ISIS to prevent the group from killing thousands of Yazidis. Properly, he has kept up the offensive after Foley’s beheading and in the face of a threat that Sotloff would be next to die.
He has presented the American campaign so far as saving innocent lives, protecting U.S. personnel and aiding Iraqi forces in combatting ISIS. While the drive has scored victories, the mission demands have now changed dramatically.
Staying the course is not an option.
With Obama it's business as usual and that means golf comes first. It also means that the threat from ISIS will continue to grow putting the lives of many more Americans at risk!
|Ten minutes after proclaiming Foley's killer would be brought to justice Obama was on the golf course!|