The big news yesterday was President Obama’s stunning admission that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to defeat ISIS.
The statement came during a press conference in the White House Briefing Room yesterday afternoon.
That sentence–perhaps better than any other–encapsulates President Obama’s feckless foreign policy. From “leading from behind” to mocking Mitt Romney’s assertion that Russia is our number one geopolitical foe and now this, it’s clear President Obama is not leader on the world stage. He is merely an observer. And for the Leader of the Free World, that’s simply not good enough.
The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake explored this topic in a story this morning:
“As with all gaffes, the worst ones are the ones that confirm people’s pre-existing suspicions or fit into an easy narrative….Polls have increasingly shown that Americans view Obama as a weak commander in chief without much direction or heft t0 his foreign policy. The latest is a Pew Research Center survey, released shortly before Obama’s errant statement Thursday, that showed 54 percent of Americans say he’s “not tough enough” when it comes to foreign policy and national security.
‘Will this gaffe push a whole bunch of voters into the GOP column in November? Of course not. But it certainly helps the GOP make the case that Obama’s foreign policy continues to “lead from behind.” And to the extent foreign policy matters in the coming election (which it’s starting to look like it could), that could put some red-state Democrats in tough positions.”
Blake is not alone in questioning Obama’s careless statement. Here’s CNN’s Barbara Starr:
And ABC’s Good Morning America:
Well, I’m sure President Obama will come up with a strategy to fight ISIS over the weekend…
…whoops, he’s actually going to a fundraiser and a wedding.