We’ve never accused President Obama of having a plan to confront ISIS. Even so, what he said just this morning — a mere hours before the worst terrorist attack France has ever seen, at the hands of ISIS — may be a new low.
Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” President Barack Obama seemingly downplayed the threat of ISIS in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that aired on Friday’s broadcast of “Good Morning America.”
Stephanopoulos asked Obama if ISIS was gaining in strength, to which Obama denied they were.
“I don’t think they’re gaining strength,” Obama responded. “What is true is that from the start, our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq, and in Syria they’ll come in, they’ll leave, but you don’t see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain.”
“What we have not yet been able to do is to completely decapitate their command and control structures,” he admitted. “We’ve made some progress in trying to reduce the flow of foreign fighters and part our goal has to be to recruit more effective Sunni partners in Iraq to really go on offense rather than simply engage in defense.”
Even tonight, in the aftermath of the attacks, President Obama claimed he doesn’t “want to speculate” on who perpetrated the attacks. This, even as reports were coming in that the gunmen were shouting, ‘Allahu Akbar’ and ‘This is for Syria.’
Meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande said this:
“To all those who have seen these awful things, I want to say we are going to lead a war which will be pitiless. Because when terrorists are capable of committing such atrocities they must be certain that they are facing a determined France, a united France, a France that is together and does not let itself be moved, even if today we express infinite sorrow.”
Now, which one of these leaders inspires more confidence in fighting ISIS?
We can only hope that out of France’s horror comes a big wake-up call for our feckless leader.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]