The reaction to President Obama’s speech on the ISIS threat has been very interesting. Some Democrats are warning against the president failing to get Congressional approval for any military action, while some Republicans, like Sen. John McCain, have claimed he doesn’t adequately grasp the threat the Islamic State presents. Either way, I am not hellbent on us fighting another war, that we clearly can’t win. Remember Vietnam?
New York Times: As President Obama “prepares to send the United States on what could be a years long military campaign against the militant group, American intelligence agencies have concluded that it poses no immediate threat to the United States. Some officials and terrorism experts believe that the actual danger posed by ISIS has been distorted in hours of television punditry and alarmist statements by politicians, and that there has been little substantive public debate about the unintended consequences of expanding American military action in the Middle East.”
Wonk Wire: Terrorism is not a major worry for Americans.
Sarah Palin: “Obama famously claims to despise the “theater” and “optics” of the presidency. In tonight’s speech he illustrated the “optics” of toughness. He tried to show a war-weary America that he’s tough in his speech concerning the threat of ISIS/ISIL. “The One” who believes in leading from behind can’t have it both ways. He sure wasn’t concerned about “optics” when he let the crisis starring this Islamic death cult reach this point as he dithered and danced and golfed the time away while the Middle East exploded into chaos.”
Dick Cheney: “This is the same president, after all, who not long ago was assuring the nation that “the tide of war is receding.” Those words suited his purpose at the time, in 2012. And yet of course that was the very time when dangers now obvious to all were gathering. In fact, all that receded from Iraq and elsewhere was American power, influence, and leadership. And if you think that American withdrawal marks an ebbing of conflict and a return to peace, then consider the new jihadist caliphate and all that will now be needed to clear it out.”