This weekend, ISIS beheaded a third hostage. This one a British aid worker named David Haines, but Americans felt the loss just as deeply as they did the last two. It would be nice to think that the destructive force behind these murders would soon be obliterated by the mighty force of the U.S.-led coalition, but this isn’t George W. Bush we’re talking about here. It’s Barack Obama. And his response to the threat of ISIS is as milquetoast and misguided as the rest of his presidency.
Most experts agree that Obama’s call for limited, surgical airstrikes is not going to be enough to eliminate the enemy. The thought of relying on Iraqi and Syrian armed forces for the ground war is a nice one, but it isn’t realistic. A more likely scenario is that we wind up getting pulled into a war with the Assad regime. We might even repeat the mistake we’ve made countless times in the past by arming the very rebels who wind up fighting us in another decade.
Rescuing the Legacy
Of course, Obama’s new hawkish talk is more about saving his plummeting poll numbers than it is about neutralizing a threat. This is a president facing some of the worst disapproval numbers in the history of the White House. The Bush administration plumbed those depths at the hardest stages of the Iraq war, but Obama’s numbers are even worse. And Obama isn’t dealing with a growing anti-war movement. It’s his policies that have attracted the criticism. Whether it’s on immigration, terror, or the economy, this president has failed his country in more ways than you can count.
There was a time when the American people – or at least the left – had enough belief in “hope and change” to give him the benefit of the doubt. Sure, he hasn’t done anything too great yet, but just give him time. Now even his most fervent supporters are jumping ship like rats. Confoundedly, they seem to be throwing their support behind Hillary Clinton, but that’s a problem for another day. For now, Obama still wields the stick.
Putting Out the Fire
The importance of putting Republicans in charge of the Senate has never been more clear. This is a president incapable of leading the country. Disasters and scandals follow Obama wherever he goes. The IRS, the VA, the out-of-control border, and the Affordable Care Act are only a few of this president’s worst gifts to the country. A Congress led by the GOP won’t solve everything, but it might serve to tell the president in clear terms that the American people are not happy with the state of the country. Since he’s already admitted that he doesn’t watch the news, that kind of shift might be the first wake-up call he’s gotten.
When facing a foreign threat like the ISIS terrorists, there’s always a chance that Americans will change their mind and support the president. Many see that as patriotism. For that to happen, though, you have to have a leader in charge who embodies the American spirit.
President Obama is not that leader.