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Stephanopoulos' softball question to Obama regarding whether ISIS was gaining in strength, was as expected, if not planned, quickly denied.
Obama responded, “I don’t think they’re gaining strength. What is true is that from the start, our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq, and in Syria they’ll come in, they’ll leave, but you don’t see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain.”
Obama also admitted that, “What we have not yet been able to do is to completely decapitate their command and control structures," but fell short of conceding his failure to articulate a cogent and comprehensive strategy is a possible cause for global terrorist resurgence.
So then, how has Obama's tune changed in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris? President Obama claimed he doesn’t “want to speculate” on who perpetrated the attacks. Regardless of a profusion of reports affirming that the gunmen were shouting, ‘This is for Syria,’ and ‘Allahu Akbar’ our feckless leader is incapable of stating the obvious.
In contrast to President Obama, French President Francois Hollande offers us a different perspective:
“To all those who have seen these awful things, I want to say we are going to lead a war which will be pitiless. Because when terrorists are capable of committing such atrocities they must be certain that they are facing a determined France, a united France, a France that is together and does not let itself be moved, even if today we express infinite sorrow.”
I can only hope the world is watching and and taking note. On the one hand we have a slick politician who told the world that terrorism was "on the run," "decimated," and "on their heals," and has yet to come to grips the gravity of Islamic terrorism. On the other hand, we hear a French politician tell it like is, exposing the existential realities of terrorism. So I ask you, which of these leaders inspires confidence in fighting ISIS?
Will the horrors in France be a wakeup call for the world? We can only hope - and possibly write blog posts....
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