President Obama could be heard talking tough on ISIS Wednesday – almost a year after many Americans had hoped he would begin to do so. But better late than never right?
The President stood up in front of the cameras today and assured America that ISIS would rue the day they turned to violence to accomplish their purposes.
Our coalition is on the offensive, ISIL is on the defensive, and ISIL is going to lose. Its barbaric murders of so many people, including American hostages, are desperate and revolting attempts to strike fear in the hearts of people that it can never possibly win over by its ideas or its ideology because it offers nothing but misery and death and destruction.
With vile groups like this, there is only one option. With our allies and partners we are going to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group. And when I announced our strategy against ISIL in September, I said that we are strongest as a nation when the president and Congress work together. Today my administration submitted a draft resolution to Congress to authorize the use of force against ISIL.
Along with the tough talk the President requested that Congress reauthorize the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq and that’s when the media’s ears collectively perked up.
Today my administration submitted a draft resolution to Congress to authorize the use of force against ISIL.
But the media remembered just a few years ago when then-Senator Obama derided his primary opponent, Hillary Clinton, for her support of President Bush’s AUMF.
Listen to what CNN’s Gloria Borger had to say about Obama’s… “fine tuning” of his policies.
I think you have to take a step back for a moment and look at what the president is saying today through the prism of his own political history. This is a man elected by challenging Hillary Clinton’s vote on the floor of the Senate to authorize the use of force in Iraq in 2002. He is now coming before the American people and saying, ‘I’m not doing that again, I was opposed to that, I’m not George Bush, I’m not Hillary Clinton in 2002. I am doing a very proscribed kind of military force that is non-combat that isn’t going to be perpetual that is going to give me some flexibility but I don’t want you to think I’m not the person you thought I was when you elected me in the first place.’ And by the way, he’s had this problem also with the question of drones, with the question of NSA surveillance. This is a president you see arguing with himself and having to kind of fine tune anything he does on these issues.
Wait, what? President Obama is a liar? I can’t believe it! Will wonders never cease.