How come the “top quote that haunts President Obama” doesn’t haunt him more?
“I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”
When the competition is Joe Biden or John Kerry, I’ll give Obama better than even odds. But is he a better military tactician than the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? Is he a better analyst than his National Security Advisor?
Wait, what? Susan Rice? Really? Okay, I’ll give Obama that one too.
But surely we can do better that President “Present” in the epochal battle against Islamic fascism.
President Obama says he intends to shrink the al-Qaeda-spawned Islamic State into a “manageable problem.” Perhaps we’ll learn more about how when he speaks to the nation on Wednesday evening. Still, the question presses: Is he the manager for the job?
In answering that question, past performance is more a guarantee of future results than is any statement of newfound purpose from a president whose innate dishonesty has turned his signature phrase “Let me be clear” into notorious self-parody.
As a graduate of the same Ivy League institution as Barry Sotero (or whatever he called himself at the time), I have to give him a pass. He was a transfer student from Occidental, so he never took Freshman Composition at Columbia. If he had, empty expressions like “let me be clear” would have been scraped off his prose like so much feces from his favorite meal (tough). He also would have been disabused of any notion that he was a good writer. Bill Ayers, maybe, but Barack Obama, no way.
Where were we…”Is he the manager for the job?”
In late September 2012, Mr. Obama’s administration quietly approved the transfer of 55 jihadist prisoners out of the Guantanamo Bay detention center. As Tom Joscelyn explained at the time, most of the detainees had previously been categorized as “high risk” because they were deemed “likely to pose a threat to the US, its interests, and allies” if released. Almost all of the rest had been assessed “medium risk” — still posing a threat, albeit one less certain than the “high risk” jihadists.
But Obama officials overruled those judgments.
Wait a second . . . two years ago in September . . . what was going on then? Why yes, the Benghazi massacre — whose second anniversary we mark this Thursday.
Among those carrying out the attack were operatives of Ansar al-Sharia. That’s the al-Qaeda affiliate with cells in Eastern Libya’s jihadist hotbeds, Benghazi and Derna. Ansar is led by Sufian Ben Qumu, a former Gitmo detainee who, inexorably, went right back to the jihad.
News of Obama’s approval of the mass transfer of Gitmo detainees came less than two weeks after the Benghazi massacre. Let that sink in: The Obama administration knew that a former Gitmo detainee was complicit in the most humiliating defeat suffered by the United States since the 9/11 attacks that took the nation to war; yet, the president approved the transfer of dozens more Gitmo terrorists.
Nice, but it gets better:
[T]his is the president who, though AWOL (and still unaccountable) while terrorists were killing and wounding American personnel in Benghazi, had the temerity not just to fly off to a Vegas fundraiser the very next day.
And just two days after Obama’s “Mission Accomplished” fundraiser, Ansar al-Sharia’s Tunis cell attacked the American embassy there. That al-Qaeda franchise is led by Seifallah ben Hassine, long-time jihadist confidant of bin Laden and his successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
And as we have seen in just the last few weeks, Obama’s “lead the jihad from behind” strategy has resulted in the near complete disintegration of Libya, with Ansar al-Sharia and its allies now controlling much of Tripoli.
And in a fitting conclusion, Andrew McCarthy writes:
President Obama probably does believe the Islamic State could become a manageable problem. Unfortunately, he also believes that when his ideology collides with reality, it is reality that must give. Reality does not see it that way.
To paraphrase Leon Trotsky, “Obama may not be interested in war, but war is interested in Obama.”
Last word to you, Mr. President: “I fought with you in the Senate for comprehensive immigration reform. And I will make it a top priority in my first year as President.”
Sure about that, sir?
“It’s here that companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future.”
Oy. We are so screwed.