Obama Foreign Policy

Speaking of “near certainty”

Featured image Alan Dershowitz’s Wall Street Journal column “The education of a wartime president” is behind the Journal’s subscription paywall but is easily accessible via Google. I learned something from it and urge readers to check it out. It is an important column, deserving of extended discussion in a couple of respects. I want to take it up by annotating it with relevant links. Professor Dershowitz introduces his subject with an Obama »

As ISIS rolled towards Kobani, did Obama squander an opportunity to degrade it?

Featured image As John discusses in the post just below this one, ISIS is fighting its way into Kobani, a large Kurdish city on Syria’s border with Turkey. If ISIS takes Kobani, it will have achieved another major victory and created another humanitarian disaster. As John also notes, U.S. air strikes have failed to halt ISIS’s march on Kobani, and it may be that air strikes could not have done so. Ordinarily, »

Lamer than expected

Featured image Under the byline of Nour Malas, Dion Nissenbaum, and Maria Abi-Habib, the Wall Street Journal assesses the progress of the Obama administration’s air campaign against ISIS so far in the story in the story that appears online under the headline “U.S.-led airstrikes disrupt Islamic state, but extremists hold territory” (behind the Journal’s paywall but accessible via Google). In the newspaper the headline reads “Islamic State proves resilient.” The air campaign »

Netanyahu Instructs Obama and MSNBC

Featured image Yesterday Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on Andrea Mitchell’s MSNBC program. While not as obviously loony as some MSNBC hosts, Mitchell is a loyal Democratic Party soldier, and she aggressively parroted Barack Obama’s criticisms of Israel. With his usual cogency, Netanyahu set her straight. It would be nice if Obama would view the tape, but I suspect his ignorance is impenetrable. First, a couple of the exchanges, then on to the video: »

Leon Panetta destroys what little was left of Obama’s excuse for not leaving troops in Iraq

Featured image Following in the footsteps of Robert Gates, his Obama administration predecessor at the Pentagon, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has criticized the president’s handling of a key battleground in the war against Islamic terrorism. Gates’ criticism centered around Afghanistan. Panetta’s focuses on Iraq. In Panetta’s forthcoming memoir “Worthy Fights,” which Time Magazine has excerpted, Panetta argues that Iraqi leaders privately wanted U.S. forces to stay behind after the formal »

Americans Think Obama Is a Wuss

Featured image Rich Lowry on today’s Fox News Poll: The new Fox News poll captures the incredible hawkishness of the American public at the moment. Among likely voters, 74 percent of people say the president hasn’t been tough enough in fighting Muslim extremists; 53 percent favor ground troops if air strikes alone won’t work (and 58 percent think ground strikes alone won’t work); 57 percent think our actions against the Islamic State »

Analyze this

Featured image Our friend Michael Ledeen spoke last night by telephone with Mark Levin on Levin’s radio show to discuss the secret trip undertaken by an emissary to Tehran on behalf of Obama during the 2008 campaign. Jim Hoft picked up on the Levin show segment here and posts the audio (below). In the segment Michael revisits his disclosure of the trip taken by Ambassador William G. Miller to Tehran in 2008 »

By fighting ISIS are we aiding Iran?

Featured image Two of the most insightful commentators around — Cliff May and David Frum — worry that America’s fight (such as it is) against ISIS will assist Iran, our deadly enemy. How valid is this concern? There are two main ways in which Iran might benefit from our “war” against ISIS. First, the war might prompt the U.S. to make concessions to the mullahs in exchange for Iran’s help. The Iranians »

Jen Psaki explains

Featured image The president and his flacks are talking as fast as they can to explain that the visible deterioration of our interests around the world has nothing to do do with the actions of the administration itself. This past Sunday on 60 Minutes Obama passed the buck to his intelligence functionaries for failing to foresee the swift rise of ISIS over the past two year. Now his flacks have had to »

New York Times exposes Obama’s shameless ISIS blame-shifting

Featured image Peter Baker and Eric Schmitt of the New York Times destroy President Obama’s attempt to shift blame to the intelligence community for his lack of focus on ISIS: By late last year, classified American intelligence reports painted an increasingly ominous picture of a growing threat from Sunni extremists in Syria, according to senior intelligence and military officials. Just as worrisome, they said, were reports of deteriorating readiness and morale among »

Marie Harf explains: ISIL Was Too Fast For Us!

Featured image With the dissolution of the Obama administration’s foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere, President Obama is talking as fast as he can. Obama set some kind of a land speed record for double-talk in his interview with Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes last night, highlighted by Obama’s passing the buck for his misunderestimation of ISIS to the Director of National Intelligence et al. That hasn’t gone down too »

Obama: The CIA Assured Me They Were JVs!

Featured image On 60 Minutes, President Obama explained why his administration let ISIL get so out of hand: our intelligence agencies underestimated them! The exchange is at the beginning of this clip, followed by the usual Obama filibuster, with another interesting question and answer at the end: IowaHawk comments pungently: Obama, June: I think ISIS is a JV team. Obama, now: They thought ISIS was a JV team. #CaptainPronoun — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) September »

Obama’s “Yemen model” is failing in Yemen

Featured image In his address to the nation about countering ISIS, President Obama said that the will model for his strategy will be the one we have employed in Yemen against al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP). That strategy consists of relying on the Yemeni government to combat AQAP on the ground and pitching in with targeted air strikes to degrade that terrorists’ leadership. On its face, the applicability of the »

ISIS advances as Obama dithers

Featured image The Wall Street Journal reports: Since Thursday, Islamic State rebels, backed by tanks and other heavy armor, have seized control of more than 60 villages near the regional capital of Ayn al-Arab, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group. The extremist insurgents, also known as ISIS or ISIL have also forced the evacuation of about 100 other villages, Kurdish field commanders and Turkish officials said. . »

Barack Obama, Neocon?

Featured image A friend and Power Line reader has been emailing me to express outrage at the Democrats’ inconsistency in supporting President Obama’s implementation of the Bush Doctrine. I asked him to write up a post; here it is: President Obama’s September 10 speech announcing his intention to “degrade” and “ultimately destroy” ISIL in Iraq and Syria poses a huge political and ideological problem for the Dems and the left. The reason »

Remy on the ISIS Crisis

Featured image Oh yeah, you knew this was coming: our hero Remy Munasifi and our pals at Reason.TV out this morning with a 90 second video that combines mockery of Obama’s unserious ISIS “strategy” and the NFL’s timorousness.  Enjoy: »

Obama’s Real ISIL Strategy

Featured image I think President Obama sold himself short when he said, repeatedly, that he didn’t have a strategy to deal with ISIL. I think he has an objective, in support of which he has a clear strategy. His objective is to get past the midterm elections without paying a price for the chaos in the Middle East that his fecklessness has produced. His strategy is to “do something” in the form »