Jen Psaki said Wednesday; “the President has a comprehensive strategy.” Poor Jen, she’s a good soldier and perhaps a true believer but she’s clearly not on the inside. For a good soldier, out in public, doing her best to present the President in a positive light it’s just not fair and we are, as you know Jen, all about fairness. Jen, take my advice, have another drink! Jen said there is a comprehensive strategy; the President, the next day, says there is no strategy; perhaps there is a strategy to develop a strategy. Perhaps we could get a Real Clear Politics graph on how many times the administration agrees with itself; could be a very low number. The spin is “still considering options”, “out of context”; the implication is that the President is still waiting on the Pentagon.
General Dempsey seems to have gone from Hawk to henpecked. Hagel goes from “we’ve never seen anything like this… get ready for everything” to disappeared. Hagel’s next public appearance will, likely, look like a hostage tape. It is!
The President is intent on building coalitions, regional solutions, “others” joining in the effort, more reform required of the Iraqi government. It’s not a strategy, it’s not even tactics; it’s a mantra. The President sets out to build a coalition with folks that do not trust or respect him, publically. Saudi Arabia makes significant public statements only after assuring, in private, that public statements are for domestic and regional consumption, and that they “don’t really mean it”. “We’ll say we hate you, but we really love you, okay?” Not with this President, the Saudi’s, the most circumspect of players, took the President to the wood shed in public over Syria. Israeli confidence or lack thereof, in the President is dramatic. Neither side has much good to say; that’s quite a trick. Ticking off everyone is not as easy as it may seem. Who could have seen Israel and Saudi Arabia making common cause? It’s the Riyadh Combo: Iran moving toward nuclear weapons, the U.S. unable to find its own hind side with two hands and a flash light and a President, seemingly, having difficulty making a decision. ISIS is the realization of the threat that the House of Saud has attempted to communicate to the Wahhab religious powers that be; the beast will, eventually find its way to us.
It’s some strange manner of hypnosis capable of defying realities, Valerie Jarrett in the starring role as the Mad Monk. This is amateur hour because she is, in fact, a complete amateur with no background in any of these critical issues. I don’t have a link for you, its serial absorption over time; it’s dozens of symptoms, obscure quotes, reporting absent revelation of sources, its points of consistency and inconsistency. You consider it all together; plausibility being the rational standard, in most cases you just don’t go there, the test is not met. In this case there seems to be no other “there, there”!
Irrationality on one side creates a Newtonian reaction on the other. Making the same mistakes over and over again is irrational. At the very least have the President say, “if we identify a target of opportunity that makes a significant difference in ISIL’s ability to operate or our ability to deliver humanitarian aid, we will take that opportunity.” Is that so hard? Is that to Hawkish? What did we say to ISIL? They now have the “Obama Consideration Period” to adopt positions that thwart the predictable tactics and current reluctance of the Americans. “Thanks Brother Barack, we’re glad to hear that you’re still thinking of this in terms of politics; love ISIS.” “We’ll be phasing up the genocide and hiding the tanks.”
There is no Presidential illumination of the strategic threat. It occurs on a variety of levels well beyond who has passports, where borders are? Stratfor argues that ISIS is not a direct threat to the American homeland. They might be right in a limited sense but there is competition in the Jihadi world. Al Qaeda is in competition with ISIL/ISIS/IS to take just one case. What can al Qaeda do? Al Qaeda can attack the West, the plan may not be fully evolved, maybe sooner than they wanted but to take the headlines away from ISIS, they have to attack the West. Attacking the West is automatic credibility, fame and resources. That context represents a strategic threat considering our porous border, support mechanisms that exist in the tri-border area, Mexican Cartels and the availability of weapons in the dark. George, broaden your vision.
I frequently turn to Winston in times of trouble; reminders born out of historic accomplishments and a decade in the political wilderness, suffering for the sin of being right. “The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.” More from Winston; “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it but in the end there it is.”
What will we stand up for? We have over the course of multiple Presidencies ignored religious persecution, localized terror and genocide. We have negotiated with terrorist states and sold at least a portion of our soul to those who deny the validity of that soul. The options we have to mitigate the threats are not politically correct in the context of the governing ideology. At the level of common denominators, it gets scary. It’s scary that the crazy conspiracy theorists of years gone by don’t seem quite so crazy anymore.
Knowledge is power, it is also a source of fear; fear of fecklessness, fear that the lessons of history are lost, fear that your children will pay the price, fear that knowledge is less significant than the ideology of the moment.