Obama Doesn't 'Have a Strategy' on ISIS? Rightbloggers Do: Scare the Voters

The president did address the ISIS situation last week in modest terms, telling reporters that "I don't want to put the cart before the horse" and that "we don't have a strategy yet" on ISIS in Syria. Though presidential pronouncements on military operations are notoriously circumspect, rightbloggers, for perhaps the first time in history, took Obama at his word, and attacked him for not having the slightest idea what to do in Syria when all patriots knew that the solution was KABOOM!

"An American president who was serious about marshaling and mobilizing the elements of national power behind a strategy for victory could, we suspect, defeat the Islamic State more quickly and more easily than President Obama thinks," said the great military strategist William Kristol. Despite the failure of the Iraq cause he helped lead, Kristol was insisting last March that "a war-weary public can be awakened and rallied" to further mayhem abroad, and in ISIS he clearly saw a fresh chance. Obama couldn't be "the war president we deserve," added Kristol, but he was sure his fellow hawks in Congress would "lay the groundwork for the arrival of a new president who will lead from the front." Maybe Kristol will advise whoever that person is to wear a giant robe and carry a scythe, so everybody knows up front what they're getting into.

Haw haw, that Nobama sure loves golf, hates America. (Patriots Billboard).
Obama's statement was pounced on by commentators of all kinds, including some not normally associated with saber-rattling. "Obama, too, is in a coma. Waking up would entail actually building an international coalition to deal with the situation in Iraq and Syria . . . Obama also needs to lead on putting together a coherent, effective, and defensible policy for the war on terror — one that he can sell to Republicans, allies, and especially the American people who he has treated as an afterthought in all this," said Doug Feith — just kidding, guys! It was Nick Gillespie of libertarian flagship Reason.

Adding to the shame Obama brought to America, we were told, was Obama's choice of clothing. He delivered his remarks in a tan suit, which provoked the wrath of Representative Peter King and typically incisive commentary from the brethren, e.g., Steve Hayward of Power Line: "I think Obama's fashion-felony tan suit is a signal that he really has packed up his presidency." Perhaps the classiest reaction came from religious blogger Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist, who suggested Obama should have been wearing brown slacks, because he was shitting his pants with fear.

Meanwhile, at the upper reaches of the conservative food chain, Senator Ted Cruz proposed to a Dallas crowd — after telling them, "I spent last week in Washington, D.C. It's great to be back in America" — that the U.S. "bomb [ISIS] back to the Stone Age," compared "the Russian bear" to "the Obama kitty cat," and otherwise flexed his figurative muscles to the delight of rightblogger war hawks. "CRUZ'S 2014 GOP VICTORY PLAN," headlined Breitbart.com. "Barry Goldwater, the late Arizona senator who upended the Republican establishment, and to whom Cruz has often been compared, couldn't have said it better," said Eliana Johnson at National Review.

"Had we followed [my Syria plan], there's a good chance you would not see an ISIS today," Breitbart.com's Dan Riehl quoted Mitt Romney, the current Republican presidential frontrunner. Romney "rounds up by connecting the dots between what many are now coming to conclude is an extremely weak foreign policy on multiple fronts of the Obama administration," gushed Riehl.

John McCain, in his capacity as President of the United States' Sunday Morning Talk Shows, claimed Obama was "'either in denial or overwhelmed' by the threat ISIS poses to the United States," per Breitbart.com.

Meanwhile, the administration continues its airstrikes with what appears to be great success, and even the heretofore sluggish Iraqi forces have stepped up against ISIS, just as everyone would prefer. But so what? Rightbloggers don't care about those foreigners; whatever happens half a world away, they would prefer that you be left with the impression that the president is insufficiently butch, and that if you return Republicans to power they'll lead you back to glory and another multitrillion-dollar war.

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@edroso @villagevoice Waking up..building an international coalition Palau & Solomon Isles: Doh! are we back in coalition of willing?


"We can't bomb ourselves."

Poor old Silent Cal Thomas, throwing his boy Timmy McVeigh under the bus.

Has Cal forgotten that the roots of the tree of liberty must be touched up constantly with the hair dye of patriots?

"[H]ow would we counter a nosedive in the stock market or the ensuing chaos and fear?"

Massive bailouts of corrupt financial institutions, that's how!

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So,  what percentage of defense materiel sales does Bloody Bill Kristal get? 


Obama has sat on his hands while Putin reassembled the Soviet Empire. Obama has ruined our country.

Obama will sit and not do anything.

Obama has sat on his hands while Putin reassembles the Soviet Empire.

Obama has screwed up health care.. and our nation.

Obama's Arab Spring is still spiraling out of control with the ISIS… we have Hamas rocket attacks on Israel… Boko Harum is selling school girls as slaves…. and Iran is building atomic bombs with Obama lifting sanctions.

Obama has crippled the US economy. Everybody I know is either out of work or under-employed. I haven’t had a raise in years despite all my expenses increasing from year to year. My health insurance is now up to $400/month. Before the government touched it, it was $250/month! My auto insurance, which the government has yet to ruin, is thankfully only $25/month (from Insurance Panda). Please, Obama! Don’t try to socialize auto insurance!

With everything Obama touched in shambles, Barry needs a new hobby.


Alas, alas, we can't bomb ourselves, says the last man breathing on the rubble heap.



Putin has done nothing of the sort.  I am a FAR right winger and probably one of the only right wing blogs that has kept up on Ukraine since Nov 26, 2013.

It was JOHN MCCAIN who started the whole mess in Ukraine.  Joe Bidens son secured a position with the largest UKR gas co. Pierre Omidyar donated 500K to the UKR 'revolt', Victoria Nuland was grilled by Rep Rohrbacher for supporting NAZIs in Ukraine.

the rest of your complaints, I fully agree with except the fact that it is the US GOVTs fault that ISIS is out of hand.  We funded them.  OUR tax dollars.


@sakurymu This is obviously an advertisement for a car insurance company.


I find it odd that you seem to want Obama to do something in the ME, yet don't want him to do anything in the US. I also find it odd that you are blaming Obama for the economy that crashed, twice, under Bush. Oddly still, you think that Obama should have somehow gotten you a raise, when wages have been largely stagnant for decades.

Here's my perspective; There is no action Obama can take that would get GOP support, which Roy mentions here. They want him to get involved, them they don't want him to get involved. Either way, they will yell, and shout and stamp their feet for the Fox audience. They simply don't care what he does, because they will fight him tooth and nail over it, until they block him or he manages to get something through, which they will hobble as best they can, and declare it a failure because they've done everything they could to weaken it.

Your experience with the ACA is a prime example-several states haven't set up exchanges, and haven't accepted the Medicare funds because the state GOP blocked it. I have a friend who is finally getting her liver transplant after 6 years of waiting. I have others who used the exchange in my state to get better insurance plans than the one they had. But in states where it's been blocked, it hasn't been effective, and it's being blamed on the ACA, not the local lege.

Frankly, it wasn't Obama who's been screwing you over. It's the horde of political and media goblins who he's been fighting over every trivial thing, right down to his hobbies and the color of his suit, since before he even got inaugurated.


@McSalmon I hope and pray, daily, that BO keeps golfing until Jan 19 2017

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