Is ISIS a serious threat or not? We’re not sure the President has decided yet.
Speaking from the G20 Summit in Turkey Monday morning, President Obama addressed the terrorist attacks that shook Paris late Friday night.
“Much of our attention has focused on the heinous attacks that took place in Paris… We’re working closely with out French partners as they pursue their investigations and track down suspects. France is already a strong counter-terrorism partner and today we’re announcing a new agreement. We’re streamlining the process which we share operational and military intelligence with France,” said President Obama.
Has the President changed his tune on ISIS, at least when it comes to the type of threat the wannabe caliphate poses? The reader may remember the oft-tossed around reference the president once made about ISIS, calling them a “JV” team.
Last year, during an interview with New Yorker Magazine, President Obama said of al Qaeda groups, “the analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee teams puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.”
The administration later tried to walk back the JV analogy, though no one bought it.
Fastforward to this morning.
“ISIL is the face of evil. Our goal, as I’ve said many times is to degrade and ultimately destroy the barbaric terrorist organization. We have a comprehensive strategy using all elements of our power. We have always understood this will be a longterm campaign. There will be setbacks and there will be successes,” Obama explained.
So is ISIS a JV team or the “face of evil” that must be destroyed? We might know the answer to this question, but we’re not sure this administration does.
When asked about his “JV” comments Monday morning, President Obama was not amused.
One thing we do know for certain — President Obama has no interest in winning.
“What I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of ‘American leadership’ or ‘America winning”’ –POTUS
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) November 16, 2015
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