Secretary of State John Kerry completed his tour to gin up Middle East support against the Islamic State, which incidentally, I have no idea what to call anymore. Is it ISIS, ISIL, IS?
This is as bad as the still-undetermined spelling of al Qaeda! If we’re going to go fight these people, we should at least be able to get their name right.
But that’s not the only problematic part of these military efforts, as the mainstream media is readily admitting. The Christian Science Monitor says the response to Kerry’s efforts “was less than enthusiastic.” And the Associated Press listed off a set of reasons why the Middle East is being so wishy-washy about standing against the terrorist organization plaguing it:
· The various governments don’t care for democracy, which the United States stands for. In theory, anyway.
· There are religious issues within the Muslim ranks, where Sunnis don’t want to help out Shiites and vice versa.
· Nobody takes the U.S. seriously anymore.
The AP briefly blamed Bush for that last assessment but went on to add, “The Obama administration’s swift abandonment of Hosni Mubarak in 2011 shocked allies in the region, most of whom were hardly more democratic than the ousted Egyptian leader. U.S. attempts to work with Islamists during the brief rule of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood left many concluding that American leadership was naïve and its diplomacy inept.”
Those key points and much of the rest of that section basically boils down to Obama being incredibly incompetent in his handling of the Middle East. But if you want to read it all for yourself, click here and then scroll down to the section that says “U.S. CREDIBILITY HAS WANED.”
Meanwhile, the Obama administration is still trying to play both sides, where it’s both going to war George W. Bush-style and is seeking the hippy credo of pot, peace and cowardice at the same time.
National Security Adviser Susan Rice told CNN: “I don’t know whether you want to call it a war or a sustained counterterrorism campaign or – I think, frankly, this is a counterterrorism operation that will take time. It will be sustained.”
She doesn’t know. This shouldn’t be a difficult classification, but she doesn’t know.
How can we expect others to get on board with our efforts if we don’t even know what those efforts really are?
That’s a question that deserves an answer. And the same goes for whether we have a president who actually cares about anything but his golfing stats.