President Obama, speaking at the American Legion’s 96th National Convention, blames America for the rise of ISIS as a terrorist threat. He says their power has increased not because of his incompetent foreign policy, but because America has ‘occupied’ other countries.
Obama said, “ISIS in Iraq underscores how we have to meet today’s evolving terrorist threat.”
“The answer is not to send in large scale military deployments that over stretch our military, and lead for us occupying countries for a long period of time and end up feeding extremism.”
Essentially, Obama just blamed the rise of ISIS in Iraq on George W. Bush, who last served as Commander-in-Chief in 2008.
While making this speech decrying military operations in other countries, the administration was continuing air strikes in northern Iraq and preparing to expand operations into Syria.
Via the Wall Street Journal:
The president’s speech came amid signs the administration may be preparing for military operations in Syria. Senior U.S. officials have said the Pentagon would send surveillance aircraft into Syrian airspace to collect intelligence. The White House said Tuesday Mr. Obama hasn’t made a decision on whether to expand strikes beyond Iraq and into Syria.
The White House, according to one report, has also begun sharing military intelligence on ISIS with Syria’s Assad regime. A regime the President has had difficulty dealing with in the past, having committed to bombing Syria last year only to partner with them in a complete reversal almost immediately.
Rush Limbaugh covered this on yesterday’s broadcast, saying we were incredibly close to working with ISIS against Assad:
Look, the conventional wisdom was that Assad was gassing his own people. On this program I raised openly the possibility that maybe he wasn’t. Maybe he actually was a victim here. Maybe he was being made to look guilty. So, anyway, that’s filed away. This past weekend, I’m working feverishly both days on show prep, and I see that we are prepared — that Obama is thinking — about bombing in Syria.
But this time he’s gonna bomb the rebels, not Assad! So I looked at that and I did a double-take. I said, “Wait a minute! Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! What’s this about?” So I started delving into it. And, lo and behold, it turns out that what we were all speculating about a year ago was true. Assad was not gassing his own people, and the people that are making it look like Assad is gassing his own people is actually ISIS!
Here’s the point: We came dangerously close one year ago to allying with ISIS thinking that they were just Syrian citizens rebelling against the dictator, Bashar al-Assad. We were this close …
Seth Mandel of Commentary Magazine explained the Syrian foreign policy of a year ago:
“When it came to matters of war and peace, Obama was winging it, overwhelmed by the complexity of the world.”
In the President’s own head however, it isn’t all that complex. Everything – every ill in the world – can be blamed on his predecessor or American policy in general.
Mr. President, America isn’t responsible for the rise of ISIS in Iraq. But America’s current leader certainly is.
First posted at The Political Insider