Obama Foreign Policy

Josh Earnest Struggles to Explain

Featured image The State Department’s twin Valley girls, Jen Psaki and Marie Harf, are not the only Obama administration spokespeople who often get tied up in knots. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest is just as bad. Fox’s Ed Henry asked Earnest to explain why the 21 beheaded Christians were not described as such, while the three murdered Muslims in North Carolina were the subject of a lecture by President Obama on »

Rudy unbound

Featured image Rudy Giuliani had a few choice words for our Puss in Boots president in his address to the Iranian-American Community gathering in Phoenix, Arizona last week. Part 1 is below; part 2 is here. In the event you seek a voice speaking with clarity and depth of feeling to articulate the president’s errancy in matters vital to our national security, this is must viewing. Giuliani’s whole speech is quotable, but »

ISIS: Crush it or bleed it?

Featured image Yesterday, I recommended an article by Graeme Wood about ISIS. Wood closely examines ISIS’s ideology which, not surprisingly, turns out to be thoroughly Islamic, though not embraced by most Muslims. Wood shows that President Obama’s failure to grasp what ISIS is about led to dangerously flawed decisions. He concludes by considering the implications of his analysis for the big question of the moment — how to deal with ISIS going »

Jobs For Jihadis!

Featured image Michael Ramirez piles on the hapless Marie Harf and her oh-so-nuanced jobs for jihadis plan: We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs… Click to enlarge: Can anyone think of a war that has been won by anyone, any time, any »

Marie Harf: I’m “too nuanced” for you

Featured image Wolf Blitzer invited Marie Harf on CNN’s Situation Room this afternoon. Blitzer sought her out to expand on her remarks on the administration’s approach to dealing with the Islamic State terrorists. Harf thinks that we must attack old-fashioned “root causes” of the material kind. Harf is promoting Great Society liberalism as the answer to “violent extremism.” Great Society liberalism couldn’t even cut it in the United States with more limited »

Eric Holder: Fox News Invented Islamic Radicalism!

Featured image There is a recurrent fantasy within the Obama administration that they could get away with anything, if only that damn Fox News would shut up. Well, sometimes that could be true. But other times, it’s delusional. Like when Eric Holder blamed Fox News for Islamic radicalism: Whenever you’re getting criticized by both sides, it probably means you’re probably getting it right. We spend more time, more time talking about what »

Benjamin Netanyahu explains

Featured image The Prime Minister’s Office has posted the video of Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations yesterday (below). The text of Netanyahu’s remarks is posted here. Netanyahu’s remarks were devoted entirely to explaining his acceptance of Speaker Boehner’s invitation to address Congress on March 3. As always, Netanyahu’s remarks are of interest and in contrast with the vilification and abuse that Team Obama has sent his »

Look back in anger

Featured image Have the mullahs of Iran given up their war against the United States for one minute since they came to power in the revolution of 1979? Is there any reason to think they might do so in deference to Barack Obama? Or is Obama signing us on to Iran’s war? Eli Lake takes a look at the state of play in a Bloomberg column that usefully “Iran’s peace letter from »

ISIS Must Be Crushed

Featured image I don’t think ISIS can continue to rule over large swaths of the Middle East for long. A distillation of pure evil, the group is too crazed to be stable. But in the meantime, ISIS is doing an enormous amount of damage. The outrages continue to mount: captured Kurdish soldiers paraded in cages, apparently to be burned alive; most recently, the simultaneous beheading of 21 Christians in Libya, a country »

YOLO

Featured image Michael Ramirez perfectly captures the spirit of our narcissistic, selfie-shooting, low-IQ president, who is utterly inadequate to the office he holds: There are many reasons why Barack Obama is unfit to be president, but one of the most basic is, he just isn’t smart enough to handle the job. »

The case against Obama’s Afghan pull-out plan solidifies

Featured image Yesterday, General John Campbell, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, delivered upbeat testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee about the effects of our military effort in that country. Campbell documented the extraordinary progress Afghanistan has made on numerous fronts in the 13 years since the U.S. toppled the Taliban. I don’t think there’s any dispute about this. Campbell also contended that the present situation is quite »

ISIS on the march in Iraq; al Qaeda on the march in Yemen

Featured image This week, President Obama proclaimed that ISIS is on the defensive and that its morale is low. He cited no evidence, but if indeed ISIS’s morale had flagged, it will receive a pick-me-up from the capture by ISIS forces of an Iraqi town just a few miles away from a military base where hundreds of U.S. advisers are stationed. The town is called al-Baghdadi. The U.S. base lies only five »

Barack Obama: Hand-washer-in-chief

Featured image Executives are supposed to deal with or avoid problems. Barack Obama, elected U.S. president with essentially no executive experience, prefers to wash his hands of them. He washed his hands of Iraq, though now he has been forced to dirty them there again. He’s trying to wash his hands of Afghanistan. He just washed his hands of Yemen, presiding over an ignominious U.S. exit during which, reportedly, American Marines turned »

Are we better off without Obama’s anti-ISIS AUMF? Probably

Featured image President Obama will conduct the American military action against ISIS as vigorously or (more likely) as halfheartedly as he desires. This is true whether or not Congress passes a new military authorization. Why, then, does Obama seek an anti-ISIS authorization for the use of military force. For two reasons, I believe: (1) for political cover and (2) to constrain his successor. The authorization Obama seeks does not authorize “the use »

Obama’s Goldilocks Approach to Terrorism [Updated]

Featured image We have written here, here and here about President Obama’s foreign policy interview with vox.com. Obama said that the press “overstates” the concern that people should have about terrorism, as compared with, say, climate change. He likened his attitude toward terrorism to that of a big city mayor toward crime–it’s an ongoing effort to keep the rate down. And he volunteered the observation that the victims of the Paris deli »

One pillar of unwisdom revisited

Featured image Perhaps the most dispiriting element of President Obama’s Vox interview with Matthew Yglesias is Obama’s likening of terrorism to a problem of domestic law enforcement. Obama draws an analogy between terrorism and crime control. We need to keep the lid on and do our best to reduce it. But we’re not in a war where the enemy is recognized or the object is victory. Terrorism is one of those things »

Cotton on Gitmo, take 2

Featured image Senator Tom Cotton is not impressed by the argument that our detention facility at Gitmo is a recruiting tool for terrorists. Indeed, he thinks the argument is a pretext for the pursuit of Obama’s world-turned-upside-down views (as it obviously is). Senator Cotton made his point in dramatic fashion in the Senate Armed Services Committee last week as he interrogated Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Brian McKeon about Guantanamo »