After this he’ll probably nominate himself for a Profiles in Courage Award. After all, in the minds of the deranged left, anyone on the right IS the enemy.
The White House on Monday sought to go on offense against Republicans over the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) after coming under sharp criticism for its initial response to the Paris terrorist attacks.
The Obama administration said it plans to tighten the rules for entering the United States without visas, heeding warnings that an ISIS fighter could use the program to slip into the country undetected.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest, meanwhile, challenged Congress to approve a new authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against ISIS, something lawmakers have for months declined to do.
“For more than a year, Congress has been AWOL on their responsibility to pass an Authorization for the Use of Military Force, which would demonstrate to our allies and to our enemies that the U.S. is united in its efforts to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL,” Earnest told reporters, using an alternative acronym for the terror group.
“This effort is serious and should be the focus of serious debate,” he added.
Sure, we can have a serious debate with people who call you racist and Islamophobic.
Earnest made the call to action from Paris, where President Obama juggled talks on an international climate change agreement with meetings about the threat from ISIS, which claimed responsibility for the terrorist assault on the French capital.
The proactive approach appeared to be a shift from before the Thanksgiving holiday, when the White House was largely in a defensive crouch as Republicans forged ahead with legislation to toughen the vetting standards for refugees from Iraq and Syria.
Obama denounced the GOP’s legislative push, calling it contrary to American values, but his opposition failed to sway House Democrats; nearly 50 of them broke ranks to vote for the refugee bill.
The rebuke from the House came at a time when Obama’s strategy against ISIS was under heavy fire, with critics alleging that the White House seriously underestimated the group’s power.
Last year, Obama famously referred to ISIS as the “jayvee team” even as it was expanding its territorial hold. This month, just a day before the Paris attacks, Obama said that ISIS had been “contained” in the Middle East. After the carnage, he derisively referred to ISIS as “killers with good social media.”
In case anypone was under the deluded notion Obama gives a rat’s ass about national security, he’s busy sneaking Syrians into the country as quickly as he can.