Intentionally or not, President Barack Obama’s current strategy for defeating and destroying ISIS is "unattainable," says his first Defense Secretary, Robert Gates.
“…there will be boots on the ground if there’s to be any hope of success in the strategy. And I think that by continuing to repeat that [there won’t be troops on the ground], the president in effect traps himself,” Gates said on CBS This Morning.
“I’m also concerned that the goal has been stated as ‘degrade and destroy’ or ‘degrade and defeat’ ISIS,” because it sets an "unattainable" goal.
Gates is speaking from experience. As Defense Secretary for both Obama and George W. Bush, he saw the United States military inflict “some terrible blows” against al Qaeda – including the killing of Osama…[more]
The American people don’t really care about Benghazi, right?
In the juvenile words of former Obama Administration National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor to Fox News’s Bret Baier this week, “Dude, this was, like, two years ago.” Or as Hillary Clinton infamously shrieked, “At this point, what difference does it make?”
It’s a distraction. A political circus. Nothing to see there. Move along.
To date, numerous observers have cogently and correctly detailed why the continuing Benghazi scandal should matter. …
"Americans are afraid. The White House is afraid. Democrats are afraid. President Obama's 'Year of Action' has turned into a Year of Fear. The country seems mired in dread. And that could have mortal consequences for midterm Democrats. New polls out this week betray a rattled public, one that is jittery about war, security, and the economy -- and one that is increasingly looking to the GOP, not…[more]
—James Oliphant, National Journal White House Correspondent
— James Oliphant, National Journal White House Correspondent