The most dangerous man in the world
Obama blames “bad intelligence” for his underestimating the strength of ISIS. He has certainly been surprised by the ease with which ISIS is taking over Iraq, but he wouldn’t have been if he’d been even a little bit less arrogant and cocksure of himself. In an interview this past January with New Yorker magazine’s David Remnick Obama referred to non-al Qaeda groups in Iraq as the JV team.
“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” he said. “I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.”
Not that a man of such limited intelligence could appreciate the value of intelligence, but he was warned, for the past six years, that if he kept our special forces out of Iraq, we’d dry up our source of real information. He dismissed those warnings, pulled out our men and forbade the capture of live terrorists, preferring to blast them with drones rather than bring them in for interrogation and risk the political problems that would cause among his base. The military and the CIA were adamant about the danger of simply killing terrorist from the air, but Obama and his Harvard boys and girls knew oh, so much better.
And now he blames the military and the CIA. There’s a JV team loose in the world alright, but it’s on the links of Martha’s Vineyard today, not in Iraq.
Scrambling for a glimpse of Barry pretending to work
Remember when Obama blamed his difficulties on the failure of the
White House scribes press corp to “get the story out?” (that was before he decided to just blame everything wrong in the world on George Bush). Well today, just before he headed for his well-deserved rest and golf trip to the Vineyard, Obama’s team posed him at his desk; jacket on, feet off his desk, holding a telephone to his ear, and brought the press pool to the window so they could take a picture of him “working”.
Keith Koffler, White House Dossier:
There seems to be an effort afoot at the White House to demonstrate to the world that President Obama, who has now been getting flack even from the mainstream press for being disengaged – me and you have been wondering where he’s been for some time – in fact DOES SHOW UP FOR WORK.
In the strangest “pool spray” I’ve ever seen, the pool reporters were escorted to the windows of the Oval Office to bear witness to the fact that the president is on the phone.
Koffler adds this vignette:
And while I previously thought Obama was going to return from Martha’s Vineyard for a couple of days of “meetings” – before returning to his vacation – because something serious was going on, I’m now thinking nothing serious is going on at all!
During Thursday’s White House briefing, CBS correspondent Mark Knoller raised the possibility with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest that that Obama’s White House stop might have something to do with skepticism about the wisdom of taking a two week vacation while the world is falling apart:
KNOLLER: Josh, you said you couldn’t say who President Obama would be meeting with when he returns during the middle of his Martha’s Vineyard trip. Can you say what the subjects of those meetings might be?
MR. EARNEST: I can’t at this point, but you can check back next week and we’ll see if we can provide you some additional insight into those meetings.
KNOLLER: Does he just want to meet with somebody? (Laughter.)
MR. EARNEST: Presumably if he just wanted to meet with somebody he could probably find people in Martha’s Vineyard who would meet with him. But this is an opportunity for the President to meet with some of his White House staff who will be remaining in Washington, and it will be an opportunity for him to consult with them in person.
KNOLLER: Does it address or reflect a sensitivity about the optics of a two-week vacation?
MR. EARNEST: It does not. There have been questions raised by some of our critics about the optics of two- and three-day travel.
I would assume that Earnest is not saying whom Obama will be meeting with because neither he nor Obama have any idea whom he will be meeting with.
But as Knoller put, he will be meeting with somebody.
There’s a bright, new law on the horizon ….
When his response to every tragic incident is to propose a new law, as Drew Marzullo has in the aftermath of this week’s awful boating death of a beautiful young girl.
As a father going through something similar with his own son, I’m pretty sure I can understand and feel the heartbreak of her parents, but I don’t believe that the world can be perfect if only we had enough laws and regulations. Progressives do – that’s why they call themselves progressives – they think they’re progressing towards perfection on earth.
Politics and horrific tragedy should not really be combined, so I’ll quit now, but Marzullo’s proposal (enthusiastically joined by state rep Freddy Camillo) that no one under 18 be permitted to operate a boat except under adult supervision would bar all kids from fishing, serving on sailing regattas and just spending time on the water, thus prolonging their infantilization, a phenomenon already too prevalent in our society.
Parents can, and should decide when their child is mature enough to operate a boat, not bureaucrats. Boating accidents will continue to happen, regardless, because bad things happen in this mortal world, but the knee-jerk reaction of Marzullo and his ilk is as ill-advised as it is predictable.
That was so yesterday
The fighting resumes in Gaza, Syria (remember Syria?), Libya, Ukraine, and, over in Iraq, hundreds of women have been taken by ISIS as slaves. The latest poll shows 76% of Americans fear that their children will be worse off than they, and 61% think the country is on the wrong track,
So the Royal Family departs for the Vineyard today. “The President only interrupts his summer vacation; well alright, any vacation, for a real crisis, White House Supreme Counselor Valerie Jarrett told FWIW. “Like, you know, when he had to stick around to deal with the Democrat convention in 2012. He figures he’s still entitled to a twofer for that one.
“See you in September.”