It sounds like President Obama, but it’s not. And that’s a problem for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). “Well, actually, I have a great deal of concern — and not thinking through the consequences of intervention has caused Islamism and radical jihadist groups to proliferate.” Actually, the problem started with the isolationist fantasy that we can withdraw from the world with no dangerous consequences.
It seems like not-very-smart diplomacy. “Western governments that overthrew Muammar al-Qaddafi but declined to disarm the militia that would predictably wreak havoc in Libya are now condemning the efforts of allied regional governments intervening to stanch the rise of Islamists who are dictating political outcomes contrary to election results. So we are now in favor of continued violent squalor for Libya? Because that is what our policy amounts to. . . . If there actually is an Obama Doctrine — and it’s a debatable point, given the contradictions in the administration’s policies — it is this: Step back, criticize others who step forward, and laud our own moral superiority for doing nothing.” Bingo.
It looks like New Hampshire hotels are filling up. “Sen. Rob Portman, who kicked off his would-be campaign with a visit to New Hampshire Tuesday, has played the role of the Democratic candidate during debate prep sessions for the last three Republican presidential nominees. . . . Republicans close to Portman say his decision to test the waters in New Hampshire was part of a very serious, deliberate consideration of whether to run for the White House in 2016.” Well, he could say he was for gay marriage before Hillary Clinton.
It reads like an all-purpose critique of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. “Obama’s Strategy for Islamic State ‘Makes No Military Sense.’”
It doesn’t operate like any other “recovery.” The Obama economy still disappoints: “The U.S. economy has grown just 1.5 percent in the 2014 fiscal year — far slower than White House projections — while more than $500 billion of deficit spending was added to the national debt, according to projections released Wednesday by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.”
It never turns out like you hope — with Hamas entirely wiped out. “On the one hand, in participating in the aid effort, Israel would be working with a Palestinian government supported by Hamas, which the Israeli government holds responsible for the deaths of 69 Israelis and for showering the country with rocket and mortar fire. On the other hand, any instrument — even a humanitarian aid effort — that may help reduce the influence of Hamas in Gaza should be used, some Israeli officials argue.”
It is like Obama let the war on terror get completely out of hand. “The U.S. government is tracking and gathering intelligence on as many as 300 Americans who are fighting side by side with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and are poised to become a major threat to the homeland, according to senior U.S. officials. Officials say concern is widespread in Washington that radicalized foreign fighters could return to the homeland and commit terrorist attacks with skills acquired overseas, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the information. Those concerns were heightened by the disclosure Tuesday that a California man was killed fighting alongside militants with the group, also known as ISIS.”