By Jim Emerson, staff writer
Obama’s ISIS speech was well-rehearsed theatrics. Look for Breitbart to release the name of the Hollywood big wig who directed the President, for this was the first time in his political career that he acted presidential to the American people. As for substance it was embarrassing. His strategy was similar to Clinton’s “Wag-the Dog” airstrikes on Serbia. Mister Obama believes he can defeat ISIS with airstrikes and the introduction of proxy Armies to fight a war that will most likely be directed by NATO. He is using America’s Libyan military tactics to fight ISIS. The kicker is Obama wants to continue sending aid and weapons to the Syrian rebels to fight Assad. Surely America’s smartest ever president has to know that this is how ISIS acquired its supplies and training in the first place. Maybe Barack is hoping that an al-Qaeda/Muslim Brotherhood partnership will join the fight to topple ISIS. Air power is a wonderful thing but only boots on the ground are capable of taking territory.
Now let’s make two things clear: 1) ISIL is not “Islamic.” 2) No religion condones the killing of innocents and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim.
The leader of the Islamic State is Amir al-Mu’minin Caliph Ibrahim, formally Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the holder of a PHD in Islamic studies. On 29 June 2014, he announced the establishment of a caliphate and declared himself Caliph Ibrahim. Conceptually, a caliphate represents a sovereign state of the entire Muslim faithful. Doing something in the name of religion is not necessarily a sign of the religious. After all ISIS is doing what the Islamic prophet Muhammad commanded in the Quran. As for the killing of innocents, many followers of the various sects of Islam have been proficient in the killing of innocents and proudly display videos on the net. One day soon, the media may show a protest by American Muslims condemning the actions of Jihadis, but don’t hold your breath. Silence is acceptance and since he studied Islam in Indonesia, Obama knows it’s OK to lie to infidels if it furthers the cause of Islam. If the prophet Muhammad were alive today many of the same people would condemn him as not being “Islamic.”
As I have said in recent articles, American forces will not have a combat mission. We will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq.
Obama’s speech was purely political. As for the events that led to his decision to go to war against ISIS, Obama didn’t care what they were doing viewing them as the junior varsity of Islamic terrorism. Of course Obama did believe it important to squeeze in a presser about the murder of James Foley before his tee time. The speech was nothing more than a Hollywood production designed to make himself look like a leader and help Democrats running for re-election in November.
Obama’s insistence that U.S. forces on the ground will not have a combat mission is a farce. In the current political climate, Democrats know that coffins arriving at Dover AFB will hurt their chances for re-election. As Commander-in-Chief, Obama no longer trusts his military in a ground war against ISIS. And he must keep faith with the liberal base by staying out of Iraq. His poll numbers have reached an all-time low and that has undoubtedly damaged his massive ego a bit.
The White House claims this is not a war. But dropping 500 lb. bombs on armed thugs in their occupied territory is war.
Sooner or later, Obama will be forced to deal with it.