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Paradigms Lost
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez

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Posted By:Hazymac, 8/23/2014 6:00:11 PM

The administration’s abrupt transition from complacency to near panic on the rise of ISIS recalls Donald Rumsfeld’s famous dictum. But before the dictum, first the panic. (Snip) President Obama’s earlier dismissal of ISIS in January falls into a much more serious category. In an interview with David Remnick of the New Yorker, he boasted that there were now no significant threats worth considering. Al Qaeda had been ‘decimated’ . When Remnick challenged that claim, pointing out that the Black Flag was flying over Fallujah, the president famously waved it off. He characterized ISIS as a “jayvee” or junior varsity team,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 8/23/2014 6:30:01 PM     (No. 9978099)

Obama is finding out the ISIS cannot be manipulated with Politically Correct jargon, or impressed them with ´soaring oratory´. For unfortunate souls somewhere, it´s too late to undue the course this administration has charted.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/23/2014 6:39:45 PM     (No. 9978103)

His hubris - rooted in either ignorance or extreme naivete - is stunning.

Ultimately, he envisages a new geopolitical equilibrium, one less turbulent than the current landscape of civil war, terror, and sectarian battle. “It would be profoundly in the interest of citizens throughout the region if Sunnis and Shias weren’t intent on killing each other,” he told me. “And although it would not solve the entire problem, if we were able to get Iran to operate in a responsible fashion—not funding terrorist organizations, not trying to stir up sectarian discontent in other countries, and not developing a nuclear weapon—you could see an equilibrium developing between Sunni, or predominantly Sunni, Gulf states and Iran in which there’s competition, perhaps suspicion, but not an active or proxy warfare.

"...get Iran to operate in a responsible fashion" ? Surreal.

He lives in an ivory tower (that we own), surrounded by the likes of Ben Rhodes. And hands down his pronouncements.

Now I have to read the rest of the article. If I can make it without becoming more ill.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Emerson, 8/23/2014 6:42:45 PM     (No. 9978105)

Finding out that Alinsky´s community organizing doesn´t work worth a damn on barbarian terrorists like ISIS=ISIL.

Go and read Janet Daley´s piece. One of the best on the board today.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MirJoy, 8/23/2014 7:00:25 PM     (No. 9978117)

The President decided in January of this year that ISIS was comparable to a junior varsity team.

Does anyone else wonder whether or not our intelligence community was as unconcerned about the group?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bridgepard, 8/23/2014 8:00:18 PM     (No. 9978165)

Either Obama doesn´t listen to his intelligence briefings (probably true) OR intelligence gathering is crappy (probably true) or both.

Regardless wishful thinking is not a good foundation for foreign policy. Quite the opposite.

Unfortunately I fear Obama´s narcissism and naiveté may result in great harm to America, something possibly far worse than 9-11, which he will of course blame on someone else.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 8/23/2014 9:04:07 PM     (No. 9978229)

#5, I recall reading that Obama skips most of his daily briefings. He prefers to just get the briefing book handed to him, so he can read it (if indeed he ever does).

There was a news piece done of ValJar, showing her arriving at her office, turning on the lights, picking up the daily briefing book marked "confidential" from her secretary´s desk. If anyone reads it, my guess is it´s Valerie. Maybe she tells Obama if there´s anything she thinks he should know.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 8/23/2014 10:21:20 PM     (No. 9978273)

We know BO does not go to many of his briefings because he is bored with them. He is smarter than anyone else and can´t be bothered with that stuff. He also believes the US shouldn´t be involved in the world because it is a bad influence. So again, why bother.

The only thing BO is interested in is his political image. He is self centered and conceited enough to think that his image is what HE says it is. That somewhat works in the US because the media refuses to criticize him. But on the world stage it is a completely different matter. His buffoonery is evident. We will once again see his bravado, "Don´t call my bluff!", but the world knows it IS a bluff.

What WILL BO do??

The scary answer is that he has no ability to deal with a real crisis. It´s 3am and the phone is ringing but BO has checked out.

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