President Barack Obama landed in Germany and then dropped this startling admission on the laps of the worldwide media.
“We don’t yet have a complete strategy,” the president said in describing the U.S.-led effort to fight the Islamic State.
I make no apologies for my support of President Obama, but this one floors me.
Nine months into the campaign to defeat ISIL, the president today acknowledged that he’s been winging it.
My advice to the president — are you paying attention, young man? — is that you need to finish working on that strategy in a serious hurry.
I don’t believe you need to mobilize The Big Red One, or the Screaming Eagles, or a Marine division to — pardon that hideous euphemism — put “boots on the ground.”
But there needs to be a “complete strategy” to fight these monstrous terrorists.
The president is in Germany attending the G-7 summit and has pledged to speed up training and arming of Iraqi forces, which have been all but cowering in the face of ISIL advances on major cities and military installations. Yes, the Iraqi military has made some gains in recent days, but they keep getting pushed back.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter recently said the Iraqis lack the “will to fight” ISIL. They’d better find the will if they intend to defend their own country.
As for the complete strategy that the president said is coming, time is not our friend.
Let’s get busy.