In case you weren’t sufficiently concerned about the president’s lack of spine and clarity on Iraq, his brief appearance today should have shaken you from your slumber. He seemed to come out with a statement because everyone is clamoring for him to say something, not because he had anything much to say. He is reviewing options. The al-Qaeda militants who want to set up a state stretching through a swath of Iraq and Syria are a threat to our interests. The president showed up to say that?!
What he did manage to articulate was unfortunate. Saying we won’t use troops — does that include drones and more formidable air power? — repeats his pattern of giving assurances to our enemies. And his complaint that Iraq military forces haven’t stood up to the challenge is draw-dropping. It was his administration that insisted on ending any presence in Iraq.
Without exerting any U.S. leadership, he called on the Gulf states to cooperate. Cooperate with what? He has yet to lay out a game plan. It is unnerving to see a president obviously so in over his head.
Someone should ask Hillary Clinton about all this. She is all about “hard choices,” so she should tell us what her game plan would be and whether a status of forces agreement could have helped the now faltering Iraqi military. But then again, her handlers might want her to stay away from microphones. She appears incapable of getting through an interview, no matter how liberal the press outlet, without a serious misstep. Her latest came in an interview with the BBC. Here was this doozy:
QUESTION: You famously pressed the reset button. Are you embarrassed by that now, that gesture?
CLINTON: No, I think it was a brilliant stroke which in retrospect it appears even more so, because look at what we accomplished. Between the Russian invasion of Georgia in August 2008, which of course torpedoed relations between United States and the Russia for good reason. We come into office, and for that period of time, the interregnum if you will, Medvedev is President, Putin is Prime Minister, and there were jobs that we wanted to get done. We wanted to get Russia on board with tough sanctions against Iran. We wanted to have a new START Treaty to limit nuclear weapons. We wanted to get their help in transiting across through huge country to get things we needed into Afghanistan. We got all that done. Putin comes back. Look where we are now. He invaded another country, so yes, but while we had that moment, we seized it, we used it and succeeded.
Brilliant. But for whom?
The deeper the Obama foreign policy she helped craft sinks into the abyss and the longer she talks, the worse Hillary Clinton’s presidential prospects become. That may be a good thing. Whoever follows Obama will have a horrendous time trying to undo the damage.