It’s hard to believe, but France is stepping up to the plate after the Paris attacks, vowing to take the fight directly to ISIS. To that end, French President Francois Hollande has ordered his forces to carry out strikes on the terrorists in their main stronghold of Raqqa in Syria.
Even more shockingly, the French socialist has called upon President Obama to “join our forces” in combat against the ISIS caliphate, a far cry from the impassioned refusal of the French to support the U.S. in the war in Iraq 10 years ago.
But now that he has an opportunity to lead a concerted, multilateral effort against the jihadists, Obama has completely rejected his offer to form an alliance to take down this infestation.
After flatly declining Hollande’s invitation, Obama hammered Republicans who say that he should pursue an aggressive course of action against the Islamic State like the one the French president is now engaging in. He even insinuated that responding to his critics was beneath him, sneeringly stating “I’m too busy for that,” when asked about such criticisms.
Obama likes to talk big and tough when the subject of defeating ISIS comes up, he becomes very shrill and very defensive when he is questioned about his strategy against the terrorist organization. After a year of airstrikes and training local forces, the group still exists, and the only thing Obama can do is belittle conservatives for pointing it out. Per remarks of his reported in the Daily Mail:
“‘If they think somehow that their advisers are better than my joint chiefs of staff or my generals on the ground, I want to meet them. And we can have that debate.’
That was a jab at Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, who said last week that China was actively involved in the Syrian civil war, and suggested his intelligence sources were better than the White House’s.
He also took a swipe at Donald Trump, the GOP’s front-runner, who has become fond of claiming that America ‘doesn’t win anymore.’
‘What I’m not interested in doing,’ Obama groused, ‘is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning – or whatever other slogans they come up with – that has no relationship to what is actually going to work to protect the American people and to protect the people in the region who are getting killed and to protect our allies and people like France.’”
However, others are not nearly as impressed with the President’s response as he presumably is. According to Breitbart:
“The president has apparently lost the press — who seem to be more hawkish than Obama appears — questioning him repeatedly on the need to change his strategy after ‘more than year-long bombing campaign in Iraq and in Syria has failed to contain the ambition and the ability of ISIS to launch attacks in the West.’
Now, France is taking a more active military role in the war against ISIS and looking back as Obama continues to try to lead from behind, claiming successes in the face of what he obtusely calls ‘setbacks.’
In a statement, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said, ‘Never before have I seen an American president project such weakness on the global stage, let alone at a time when the world is in such desperate need of the leadership that only we can provide.’
Others question if America can actually provide that leadership while this president still holds office.”
A question very much worth answering, Mr. President.
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