The leader of the free world urged a broader assault on Islamic Stateyesterday and called for more nations to join forces to crush the enemy. In response, President Obama said he would think about it.
The upside-down quality of the meeting between Obama and French PresidentFrançois Hollande was painful to watch. The attacks in Paris have energized and emboldened Hollande, but Obama again oozed an air of “this too shall pass.” A week after he shamefully called the Paris slaughter a “setback,” he’s still in a fog of his own making.
What he won’t do is assert American leadership when it is needed most. Without the world’s military and economic superpower leading the charge, there can be no real charge.
Thankfully, Hollande is not giving up. His Washington visit is part of a frenetic shuttle mission to assemble a coalition that he hopes will smash Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and break up its murderous networks across Europe.
The point, he said, “is so that we can act.”