Five months ago in September 2014, after much criticism that he had no strategy to defeat ISIS, Obama declared he had a plan that would "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS. Two thousand air strikes later (map) (the same amount that military leaders would usually launch in the first few days of a conflict) ISIS is alive and well.
This week ISIS launched a daring assault on the sprawling al Assad air base in Iraq where a handful of U.S. Marines are stationed to train Iraqi troops. ISIS also took control of a nearby Iraqi town from which to launch further assaults. The Marines are basically bottled up in a defensive position and surrounded.
Just the day before Obama gave another speech where he announced "our coalition is on the offensive, ISIL is on the defensive, and ISIL is going to lose." Apparently ISIS didn't get the press release.
In that same September speech Obama claimed success in anti-terrorism efforts in Yemen:
OBAMA: This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.Except that now Yemen has been overrun by Iranian backed terrorists vying with Al Queda which recently seized a Yemeni Army base and set free terrorists from a Yemeni prison.
The U.S. suffered a further setback with the humiliating abandonment of our embassy in Yemen with staff and U.S. Marines fleeing to the airport and being forced to destroy their weapons before leaving the country. As a parting gift to the Iranian backed terrorist U.S. embassy personnel left behind a large number of sport utility vehicles. Ramadan came early this year.
On Thursday, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Yemen was 'collapsing before our eyes.' Apparently everyone but Obama knows!
If speeches were a strategy ISIS would be defeated by now and all our problems around the world and at home would be solved. But after more than six years in office Obama still does not understand that words have to matched with action. Obviously that's not a lesson he learned as a child!
UPDATE: Iraqi Sunnis Visit Washington to Ask for Help. Obama Turns Deaf Ear. Bush Steps In to Help.
How many times has Obama said it's up to the Iraqis themselves to wage this fight against ISIS? How many times has he appealed for others to step up and join us in this fight? Well, Iraqi Sunnis came to Washington last month to ask for help. The corrupt Iraqi government in Baghdad, which under Obama has become a puppet of Iran, will not send Sunni leaders any military supplies to fight ISIS. Apparently neither will Obama. The same story has been true of the Kurds in northern Iraq. Top Administration officials refused to meet with them.
The situation was so embarrassing, and STUPID that former President George W. Bush weighed in with a call to Sunni leaders and offered to help with introductions to GOP leaders.
Once again, Obama's strategy of helping those who would take up the fight rings hollow!