AIM Editor Roger Aronoff appeared on the Philadelphia, PA Conservative Commando radio show last week to talk about his recent article “President Obama’s Credibility Is in Short Supply.”
The President has been making contradictory statements regarding America’s strategy to combat the militant Sunni group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) [also known as IS and ISIL], and his vacillation on the issue has been so obvious that many in the media have taken notice. Time magazine decried the President’s “muddled vision” and Business Insider noted how the President completely “changed his tune” on ISIS, adopting a hardline approach to the terrorist group after initially calling for containment measures.
But President Obama’s politically motivated public dodges don’t stop there: they extend to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Obamacare, and even the immigration debate. Aronoff lamented the lack of leadership demonstrated by our President, saying, “The one big debate is whether it’s naiveté… or it’s really sort of carrying out his goals and ambitions.” Either way, it’s “horrifying,” he said.
“…you’re watching the world without a leader right now, without a superpower that gives the rest of the world confidence,” said Aronoff, pointing to how China has become geopolitically aggressive in the Asia Pacific, pushing for more territory, and how Russia has made forays into Ukraine.
If Benghazi serves as a Rosetta stone for administration mismanagement and dereliction of duty, the President’s approach toward ISIS demonstrates that President Obama has an ongoing blind spot toward Islamic terrorism. Aronoff noted that first President Obama compared ISIS to the “JV” (junior varsity) team, then he said America should degrade and destroy them while contradicting himself and asserting they should be taken down to a “manageable level.”
“Containment and destruction are mutually exclusive actions. Which has the President chosen?” asks Aronoff in his article. Thus, America’s allies abroad are wondering whether President Obama will change his tune again after they promise help with this problem, and will likely be reluctant to get involved.
“A lot of this happened when he said during a press conference last week that when it comes to what we’re going to do in Syria, we don’t have a strategy,” commented Aronoff. “And this caused him tremendous blowback. Even if you don’t have a strategy, you don’t want to go out and say it.”
And if President Obama does develop a strategy, he needs to stick to one single path, not vacillate over and over again as a political strategy. Aronoff noted that The New York Times has reported that President Obama’s plan would take three years to execute, pushing important actions against ISIS into a future administration.
“And he doesn’t want to call it a war [against ISIS], which is what it would be,” said Aronoff.
Since this interview, that confusion has grown. Secretary of State John Kerry said “war” is the wrong word, yet White House spokesman Josh Earnest, along with the Departments of State and Defense, said we are at war with ISIS. Kerry reluctantly acknowledged as much on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. As usual, the administration is trying to have it both ways, and is sending out confusing signals to both our allies and enemies.
You can listen to the complete interview here: