President Obama, in Malaysia as part of his long-planned trip to Asia, was supposed to be focusing heavily on the Pentagon’s “Asia pivot” as the military component of his visit, but instead is finding himself talking non-stop about the ISIS war, eager to defend his existing strategy in the conflict.
At the same time, Obama is positioning himself as opposed to ongoing Congressional efforts to stop refugees entering the United States, aiming to present his strategy as simultaneously “compassionate” and a reipe for an eventual military victory over ISIS.
Obama is in a tough position in that regard, however, after claiming on the eve of the Paris attacks that ISIS was already successfully “contained.” He credited his strategy for that accomplishment and that’s putting his own estimation of where the war is going into serious doubt.
Other administration officials are trying to spin the last few weeks as a major victory over ISIS, huge ISIS terror attacks notwithstanding, claiming the recent assassination of ISIS figures in drone strikes prove that the US remains committed to wiping them out.
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American officials could claim a cat is a fish, but it won't swim like one.
If Obama is bogged down in an unwinnable war against ISIS, and he is, then so is Putin, who is using exactly the same strategy of air strikes but no ground forces. The US can afford to lose the war. There's no American interest at stake. Putin can't. He's staked his whole prestige on keeping his militarily useless naval base.
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Obama created ISIS.
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