September 9, 2014

Not the Second Term Obama Envisioned

Gerald Seib writes in The Wall Street Journal of the president’s latest trouble: “When President Barack Obama speaks to the nation on Wednesday, he won’t merely be discussing his strategy for taking on the militant fighters of Islamic State. He will be acknowledging, tacitly, that he is overseeing a second term radically different from the one he imagined.” Seib continued, “The second Obama term was to be about escaping the morass of war and terror emanating from the Muslim world in order to move on to other needs back home; it wasn’t to be about being sucked back into that morass.” That’s true as far as it goes, but it also lets President Passerby off the hook. Yes, Obama wanted to focus on his leftist domestic agenda, including immigration “reform” and the implementation of ObamaCare, but his stubborn insistence on withdrawal from Iraq contributed to the rise of ISIL and resulted in the U.S. “being sucked back into that morass.” While sometimes you just have to play the hand you’re dealt, in this case, Obama chose his own cards. More…

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