Two Americans have been beheaded, and what do we get from our commander-in-chief? The New York Times characterized it this way: “a strongly worded statement.”
It’s true President Obama’s initial words on ISIS were tougher than usual, vowing to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State. And in sharp contrast to his West Point speech announcing the surge in Afghanistan, he didn’t include a timetable for withdrawal.
Of course, he went on to take some of the sting out by saying his goal is to make ISIS a “manageable problem.”
All this has even Sen. Al Franken (up for re-election, of course) fretting the Obama administration’s response has been too weak. Meanwhile, even as he deploys more American troops to Iraq, the president still refuses to admit we’re at war.