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Friday, June 12, 2015
Michael Reagan: No ISIS Plan Means No Vote of Confidence
No ISIS Plan Means No Vote of Confidence
By Michael Reagan
We've known for a long time that Barack Obama is clueless when it comes to dealing with what's left of Iraq. Now we also know he's still planless.
Our president was in Europe earlier this week at a "Group of Seven" conference, where he met with leaders of the world's seven most industrialized economies. During his concluding remarks he made news when he said his top security advisers were still working on a plan for how to train Iraq defense forces to fight ISIS.
"We don't yet have a complete strategy because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis," the president said.
He said the current problem had something to do with the central government of Iraq having trouble recruiting soldiers. That confession reminded Republicans like House Speaker John Boehner what the president said 10 bloody months ago — that he was still trying to figure out how to fight ISIS.
"We don't have a strategy yet," Obama said. When it comes to foreign policy, the president and his hapless crew of advisers have had a chronic "strategerie" problem since 2008.
But the deep-down problem Obama has is that he simply doesn't know how to be the leader of the United States. He still thinks it's all about announcing plans and asking the United Nations for permission to act like an American president.
Do you remember Ronald Reagan announcing plans for our warplanes to bomb Kaddafi's house in Tripoli? Or announcing we were going to go into Grenada? Or asking the United Nations if it was OK for the United States to do it?
You don't remember, because my father knew what we needed to do regarding Kaddafi and Grenada and he did it. He made his decision and then acted.
Checking with the U.N. — or even Congress — to see if it was OK with them was the last thing on his mind. It's called leadership. It's called being the president of the United States and knowing when to act like one.
No American president should ever wait for the U.N. to give him its OK on anything. (And don't worry about those threats that if we give the U.N. the disrespect it deserves it will move its headquarters out of New York City. It'll never happen, which is too bad, because the U.N.'s corrupt bureaucrats are too attached to New York's fleshpots.)
So come on, Mr. President. You were elected president. Wake up and smell the White House coffee. You have a lot of leading to do, if it's not too late.
Because you and Hillary have been so bad at your jobs, the Middle East has gone back in time a thousand years and collapsed into chaos and war. Iraq has been broken into pieces. Syria and Libya too. Afghanistan will probably be next, as soon you have us leave.
The rise of ISIS is already a major disaster and will only get worse. A report recently said it has recruited 25,000 followers from 100 countries. The last thing you should do, Mr. President, is hold a press conference and tell us you still don't have a plan to fight ISIS.
When you tell us that, you're basically admitting to the whole world that you are incompetent. The world, sadly, already knows that. So do half of the American people. But why have a press conference and put it on the record?
Michael Reagan is the son of former President Ronald Reagan and chairman of the League of American Voters. His blog appears on reaganreports.com