Hard to believe, we know.
Americans are increasingly unhappy with President Barack Obama’s handling of ISIS, and a growing share of the nation believes that fight is going badly, according to a new CNN/ORC survey released Monday.
The CNN/ORC poll found 57% of Americans disapprove of how Obama is handling the threat posed by ISIS, a significant decline in support for the President over the past few months. In late September, that number was 49%.
Fifty-seven percent disapprove of his handling of foreign affairs more broadly, and 54% disapprove of how the President is handling terrorism. Another 60% rate Obama negatively on his handling of electronic national security.
The declining approval ratings for Obama on national security come as a weekend of international turmoil further underscores the growing threats abroad.
At some point those still approving of his non-strategy might finally realize he doesn’t give a shit. Those with no faith in him include a near-majority of Democrats.
State Department spokesman Marie Harf said Monday night on MSNBC that ‘we cannot win this war by killing them, we cannot kill our way out of this war.’
Instead, she said, the administration should ‘go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups’ – including ‘lack of opportunity for jobs.’
‘We can work with countries around the world to help improve their governance,’ Harf insisted. ‘We can help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people.’
The embarrassing gaffe aired as the White House attracted new criticism for papering over religious aspects of a mass-beheading of Coptic Christians by the ISIS terror army.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest issued a 192-word reaction condemning the brutal killings as ‘despicable’ and ‘cowardly’ but made no mention of the religion of the killers or their victims.
The words ‘Christian,’ ‘Islam’ and ‘Muslim.’ were not included in Earnest’s statement.
A CNN/ORC poll found 57 per cent of Americans disapprove of how President Obama is handling the threat posed by ISIS.
Even among Democrats, 46 per cent say America’s battle with ISIS is going badly.
Public approval of the administration’s anti-ISIS efforts has slipped by 8 percentage points since September.
Part of that slide may be due to the State Department’s focus on what conservatives deride as ‘hashtag diplomacy’ – a program of pushback through social media designed to strip away ISIS’s glamourous appeal to would-be jihadis.
Other than that things are working out just fine.