So I just have to wonder, will the Obama administration ever learn it’s a bad idea to wheel out Susan Rice on a Sunday talk show? The former U.S. Ambassador to the UN will always be remembered for her five Sunday talk show appearances where she claimed the Benghazi attack was a “spontaneous reaction to a crude anti-Islam video” and she was on because former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was “too tired” to appear.
Rice later appeared as National Security Advisor on Meet The Press and continued to staunchly defend her original statement about the anti-Islam video — which we now know was a lie. She said, “That information turned out, in some respects, not to be 100 percent correct. But the notion that somehow I or anybody else in the administration misled the American people is patently false. And I think that that’s been amply demonstrated.”
So if there’s ANYONE you’d think Obama wouldn’t want speaking on a Sunday talk show it would be Susan Rice — but then hey, he probably had no clue. After all, he’s only been to 42.1 percent of his intel briefings. And I guess Obama is “too tired” from all those fundraisers.
Nonetheless, yesterday Rice — the National Security Advisor — further advanced the idea that she is either blatantly incompetent or just REALLY blatantly incompetent.
As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, “On Sunday, Rice said the United States would not reevaluate the strategy to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL), despite its recent territorial advances, and said that the Obama administration is still not considering boots on the ground. “This is very early days of the strategy. The strategy is very clear. We’ll do what we can from the air. We will support the Iraqi security forces, the Kurds, and ultimately over time, the moderate opposition in Syria to be able to control territory and take the fight to ISIL,” Rice told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
I believe a very astute and brilliant person once stated, “the definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing expecting different results.”
Would someone please advise the National Security Advisor that when the enemy is still capable of conducting offensive operations — which the entire world sees — you ain’t degrading nothin’ — certainly not destroying them.
Seems like the National Security Advisor of the United States has been missing some intel briefings herself. First of all, it was just two weeks ago that ISIS overran an Iraqi Army base in western Al Anbar province north of Fallujah — more troops were massacred.
And if she was reading this website, she’d know her boss hasn’t given the Kurds any support whatsoever — a few airstrikes is not support, where are the arms for the Kurds Ms. Rice? And lastly, what “moderate opposition?” You mean the fellas who say they’ll continue to fight Bashar al-Assad regardless of what resources we provide? Perhaps Ms. Rice needs to sit in front of a map and understand that ISIS is at Abu Gharaib — you know that place where the progressive socialists kept telling us about when Bush was president.
Here’s another example of the absurdity of Susan Rice: “There has been no recommendation from the American military commanders, either on the ground or here in Washington, that the United States put any ground combat forces into Iraq. That has not come up the chain to anyone at the White House and I don’t anticipate that it will,” Rice said. “The president has been very plain that this is not a campaign that requires, or even would benefit from, American ground troops in combat again.”
I seem to recall the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs presenting such an option before a Senate Armed Services Committee. The question is why would these commanders bring up the option — which they did back in 2011 for a residual force in Iraq — when you have an intransigent ideologue in Barack Hussein Obama who, in his vast military experience, is telling the commanders what is and is not required in this “very significant counter-terrorism operation with many moving parts which will be conducted over a long period of time.”
I’m quite sure military planners have the American ground options ready to be presented — but we have a rookie Commander-in-Chief telling them to “talk to the hand.”
As Oprah said about Obama, “brilliant.”
And once again the Obama administration isn’t on the same sheet of music as his generals — because CJCS Gen. Dempsey was on another Sunday Show addressing same issue. As the Beacon reports, Gen. Dempsey pointed to Mosul as an instance where U.S. ground troops may be recommended. ABC’s Martha Raddatz asked Dempsey, “Would we be more effective against ISIS if we had U.S. troops on the ground spotting targets?” “Yeah. There will be circumstances when the answer to that question will likely be yes, but I haven’t encountered one right now,” Dempsey said.”
C’mon Gen. Dempsey, you know darn well that SOFLAMs* would be totally effective in Kobani.
“Mosul will likely be the decisive battle in the ground campaign at some point in the future. When [the Iraqi Security Forces] are ready to go back on the offensive (uh, in my lifetime?) My instinct at this point is that that will require a different kind of advising and assisting because of the complexity of that fight.”
I must admit, rarely have I seen such politicized responses from the senior uniformed leader of our military, which taken in combination with SecDef Hagel, National Security Advisor Rice, and SecState Kerry spells serious trouble for our Republic and its national security.
This statement by Rice demonstrates her delusion: “Our efforts have various, different lines of effort, as we call them. On the one hand, we’re trying to build up the capacity of the Iraqis, which means the Iraqi army, the Kurds – the Peshmerga inside of Iraq… we’re building up that capacity and we have seen some success in that regard. On the Syrian side, we also have a longer-term challenge of supporting the moderate opposition, and giving them, while they have great will, greater capacity to fight Assad and to fight ISIL.” So, this is going to take time,” Rice continued. “Our air campaign is off to a strong start… it can’t be judged by merely what happens in one particular town or in one particular region.”
There is no air campaign. We are not building up any capacity for the Kurdish Peshmerga Army. And where were we when the Iraqi Army got routed just two weeks ago?
I think it would have been better if Rice had just come out and blamed ISIS on an anti-Islam video — she would have had more credibility sticking to that lie than trying to make up new ones. ISIS must be laughing and thanking the moon god Allah for its luck in arising at such a time of American weakness and incompetence.
*Special Operations Forces Laser Markers