What should we do about ISIS? (Or as the president prefers, ISIL, which uses the French diplo-speak term Levant for the mideast, and after all who amongst us doesn’t get a tingle up their leg from using French diplo-speak?) Whatever you call it, we should do everything we can at the local level, here in the US, to prevent domestic attacks from these extremely dangerous jihadists. Overseas, we should retreat from areas where ISIS may attack. Beyond that we should probably just pray.
I realize this is a contrarian position. There seems to be a bi-partisan consensus forming that the Obama administration must take bold and decisive action to fight ISIS “over there, so we don’t have to do it here”. Never mind that this sentiment was once known as “The Bush Doctrine”, and that it’s repudiation is one of the core ideologies of our current president -- it only makes sense as national policy with a competent Commander in Chief. Barack Hussein Obama is not and will never be that person.
If you want to occupy the student union, Obama is your guy. If you want to choose brackets for March Madness, Obama is your guy. If you want to hear platitudes read off a teleprompter, Obama is your guy. If you want to hear how this country is racist, guilty, flawed, corrupt, unfair, mean, nasty, sexist, and has a crappy constitution, Obama is your guy. If you want to play golf, attend fundraisers, and do talk shows, Obama is your guy. But if you want to communicate with deadly radical jihadists in the only language they understand, the language of force, I’d recommend anyone other than Barack Hussein Obama, and that includes my Labradoodle.