Listen to this. Congressman Pompeo is a serious man, a warrior, and eager for the president to succeed, not fail, in the war on IS.
The president’s “strategy” has “no chance of success” say the Kagans. They were the key contributors to the “surge” strategy that worked in Iraq from 2007 forward until President Obama pulled U.S. troops prematurely and completely from Iraq in 2011.
Bill Kristol declared himself “depressed” on tonight’s post-speech broadcast. So was I. We were led to believe the president had turned a corner, but on so many fundamental details he is so terribly misinformed –“These terrorists are unique in their brutality”; “American leadership at its best”; “ISIL is not Islamic”– or willfully ignorant as to wonder as Bill asked rhetorically whether he actually gets briefed on anything?
No mention in the speech of Afghanistan –and the speech wandered from Ebola to Yemen to the American automobile industry– much less of Israel so as to defy any conventions of the craft of speechwriting. The address was both very narrow and ridiculously broad; exhortatory and dull. What a mess. What a long, long two years ahead. The best that can be said is that it took the issue of the collapse of America’s position in the world and underlined it for voters heading into November. Vote for Democrats at your peril. They are leaderless. So is the nation.