It usually takes more than a day or two for reality to betray Obama’s deep thoughts on our Islamist enemies and others, but it always does. Oh, wait. Our Islamist enemies — they’re not Islamic. And when the bill comes due for Obama’s unreciprocated tokens of love for the Islamic Republic of Iran (not Islamic either, right?), it’s going to be a doozy.
At NR, Victor Davis Hanson captured Obama’s reflections on ISIS the day before yesterday’s massacres in Paris: “A few hours before the catastrophic attack in Paris, President Obama had announced that ISIS was now ‘contained,’ a recalibration of his earlier assessments of ‘on the run’ and ‘Jayvees’ from a few years back.” The video of Obama’s reflections this week is below.
As for “containment,” David French comments:
ISIS has been allowed not just to live, but to grow. And now it’s demonstrating massive increase in its destructive reach. Within the space of days, it has apparently brought down a civilian airliner, bombed Beirut, and now reportedly launched a multi-pronged urban assault in a western capital. This is what happens when terrorists are allowed safe havens and given free reign to recruit and spread their influence.