If ISIS Were A Golf Ball
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Do Americans have to start dying within our borders for our president to take the threat seriously?
The challenge of holding Obama
Recently back in Washington after vacationing in Martha's Vineyard, President Obama held a press conference last week, in which he made a rather shocking admission: the White House has no strategy for dealing with ISIS, the militant Islamist group that continues to gain momentum in the Middle East and in various other locations around the globe.
However, it's not like the White House hasn't had ample opportunity to develop a strategy. They certainly had the capacity to strategize on how to deliver arms to the rebels in Syria shortly before ISIS popped up...in Syria. It kind of begs the question as to whether ISIS began its rise to power in the Middle East using weapons provided by the United States Government. That could definitely explain why President Obama continues to refer to them as ISIL: he would very much prefer that the media and the American people conveniently forget that the second "S" in ISIS stands for "Syria."
Before his vacation, President Obama met widespread criticism for his nationwide fundraising tour. Not long after his fundraising tour came to a close, it was announced that he would be vacationing in Martha's Vineyard. While he was on vacation, he made a few public statements about ISIS, the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, and a few other issues. But while an effort was made to send Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, and a few White House aides to Michael Brown's funeral service, he apparently couldn't be bothered to meet with his National Security and Military advisers to strategize about the growing terrorist threat posed by ISIS.
Mid-way through his vacation, it was, somewhat mysteriously, announced that the president would be returning to Washington for undisclosed reasons. Later on, it was disclosed that, rather than meeting to develop a strategy to combat ISIS, President Obama had returned to D.C. to attend a bachelor party.
The president did pause his vacation to make a statement after ISIS beheaded American journalist James Foley...then he left that press conference and went directly back to the golf course.
It was announced that President Obama would be interrupting his fundraising trip this past weekend, but rather than developing a strategy, he was attending a wedding.
It wasn't that long ago that President Obama referred to ISIS as "JV." Since then, they have taken control of significant portions of Iraq and Syria, have taken possession of military hardware the U.S. government gave to the nation of Iraq, and have spread worldwide. Any honest analysis of the situation surrounding ISIS makes it plain to see that we aren't dealing with the JV team anymore.
But the Obama administration continues to take a JV approach in their response. President Obama has shown extreme hesitancy to approach the ISIS threat head-on. He continues to insist that before the United States can take a strong stand against ISIS, Iraq must have a unified government that brings together its Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish peoples...a significant challenge, to say the least, and one that is not likely to be met anytime soon.
According to the Department of Defense, the strategy our government is developing is focused on "options to contain the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria." While that sounds nice, it's a bit late for containment. Britain has raised its alert level over fears of an ISIS attack. There are reports of increased terrorist chatter as we near the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11, which is right around the corner. There are reports of an ISIS presence in Juarez, Mexico, just on the other side of our Southern border...and who knows how many ISIS terrorists could have already taken advantage of the chaos on our Southern border, as the Border Patrol has been overwhelmed with a massive influx of illegal immigrants. Recently, and ISIS flag was spotted flying outside a home in New Jersey, and signs supporting ISIS were spotted among protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. People from Europe, and even the United States are traveling to the Middle East to fight for the Islamic State.
The genie is out of the bottle.
The mission to contain ISIS in Syria has already failed, yet President Obama doesn't seem to understand the threat ISIS poses across the globe. Chuck Hagel, Obama's own Secretary of Defense, recently described ISIS as "beyond anything that we've ever seen." A laptop recently uncovered close to the border between Syria and Turkey included plans for biological weapons attacks, which presents frightening possibilities for the United States and other Western nations.
So what does it take to get President Obama's full, undivided attention? If ISIS were a golf ball, would he then focus on the threat? If ISIS were to kill a black man in Middle America, would that get his attention? Do Americans have to start dying within our borders before our president will take the threat seriously?
Robert Cleveland, Senior Conservative Editor: Robert Cleveland is the IT Director for a document management services company. When he isn't working on computers and scanners, he's spending time with his wife and kids, or writing about just how jacked-up Washington politics is. He is a strong believer that hard work and freedom are what make America the greatest nation on the planet, and it is of the utmost importance that we never lose those values. Robert's other writing can be found at his blog, more...)