From The Hill:
“Addressing reporters at the White House, Obama vowed Congress would not be “left in the dark” as officials draft plans to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama said. (YIKES!–Ed.)
Noting media reports suggesting the president was weighing expanding airstrikes into Syria, Obama said “folks are getting a little further ahead of where we’re at than we currently are.”
“We need to make sure that we’ve got clear plans, that we’re developing them. At that point, I will consult with Congress and make sure that their voices are heard,” Obama said.”
NOW he deems it appropriate to consult Congress? Was that before or after he decided to wear a tan suit designed to deflect from the actual substance of his transparent words?
It’s not as if the situation with ISIS just suddenly popped up unexpectedly. This terrorist organization has been growing and building momentum for at least the better part of two years, in Syria, Iraq, and Libya.
And it’s not as though they have grown in strength and boldness out of our – or anyone’s – sight.
We know where their main concentrations are. Hell, every cable news channel has one graph or another showing ISIS controlled or occupied areas in all three countries. They boldly broadcast scenes of captured armored vehicles and tanks rumbling through the streets of places they’ve overcome.
You don’t just wait to come up with a strategy, all the while allowing a dangerous situation to fester.
I don’t understand the meaning behind the administration’s catch-phrase that we are “weighing our options.”
ISIS is not a government, not a sovereign state, and not an entity for which diplomacy is an option.
The arm of ISIS which actually carried out the execution of James Foley is not a rouge element of this terrorist organization. They have been nicknamed “The Beatles,” presumably due to their British origin. According to reports, they have been given the responsibility for the holding and movement of certain hostages. That said, they don’t just operate freely from ISIS, autonomously deciding for themselves who and when to kill.
Their orders come from the maniacs running the Islamic State of ‘Insert Whatever Appropriate Savage Group.’
An American citizen was kidnapped. He was held for over two years by an entity hell-bent on domination and hatred of all things Western. And now that they’ve tasted some sense of victory, including having other western nations paying ransoms to secure freedom for their kidnapped citizens, they are emboldened to commit these crimes against humanity because they not only appreciate the shock-value, but they believe their actions are divinely justified.
“Weighing our options” is just a shameful diversion.
An American has been executed by a group of fanatics, and we know EXACTLY where they are. The proper response is to overwhelmingly destroy them and their ability to operate. In other words, bomb them until their ground is glass.
You don’t murder an American.