Another blunder by President Obama. From the Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio): “I’d like to address the ongoing threat of al Qaeda in Iraq. Precious blood was spilled, and national treasure was expended helping Iraqis remove a brutal dictator and repelling terrorist elements determined to stamp out human freedom and dignity. That progress is now threatened and, in the case of Fallujah, it’s been reversed. A status of forces agreement with Iraq should have been agreed to, and this administration failed to deliver.”
The Iraqi ambassador shares in the view that Obama turned defeat into a tragedy. “Iraq’s ambassador to Washington says the Obama administration doesn’t fully grasp the consequences of failing to more aggressively combat a surging al Qaeda threat inside his country, pointedly suggesting that President Obama has been less engaged with Baghdad than his predecessor.
I don’t think blaming others for the government’s Obamacare bungling is going to work all that well. “Democrats taking heat back home for Obamacare’s rocky online rollout say don’t blame them — blame Big Business. Facing an onslaught of constituent frustration over problems with online exchanges, several Democrats have started pointing fingers at the companies and senior executives in their home states that have contracts to get the health care websites up and running.”
Catching the small slips and turning them into disasters is a full-time job. “The Republicans last year launched their own group, America Rising, to counter the Democrat-aligned outfit, American Bridge, that was formed in 2011. . . . American Bridge and America Rising are trying to reach identical goals — destroy the opposition –- using very different models, in a contrast that stems directly from their political philosophies.”
We are already seeing how Obama botched his own Iran policy. “Recent economic indicators suggest that even before the Geneva interim agreement comes into effect, Iran’s economy is now on a more positive trajectory compared to the dismal conditions of 2012 and 2013 when tough US and EU financial and energy sanctions threatened to precipitate a balance-of-payments and financial crisis.”
There is a good case to be made that Obama’s Afghanistan policy wasn’t so much a mistake as a moral failure. “He sent young men and women to die for a war he was utterly ambivalent about and which he had no interest in winning. (Recall that Mr. Obama decided to withdraw the surge troops in Afghanistan in the middle of the fighting season rather than what the military recommended. That decision made no sense from a military standpoint, but it did happen to occur shortly before the 2012 presidential election.) As a senator he did everything he could to ensure that we would lose the Iraq war. What Secretary Gates has revealed is a moral stain on the president that will never be removed.”
Aside from the serial stumbles the Dems have the “six year itch” problem. “Obviously, American voters do not have the date of each second-term, midterm election circled on their calendars to kick [out] the party in the White House. But the novelty, energy, and excitement of newly elected presidents tends to dissipate in their second terms. We normally see a scarcity of new (good) ideas, and, to put it bluntly, a level of fatigue starts to plague the relationship between a president and the electorate. Statements, decisions, and policies from the first term can come back to haunt the administration during second terms. Certainly, ‘If you like your health insurance, you can keep it’ might be a nominee in this category. Bad things tend to happen once a president reaches his second term, be they scandals, unpopular wars, economic downturns, or whatever.”