President Obama recently sat down with VICE News for a major interview that has been highly anticipated by those of who care about these things. VICE has a way of cutting deep to the heart of the matter in much of what they do, and in their short time operating, they’ve already developed some very well received media on some very difficult issues (in particular, their multi-part report on ISIS).
I’m not sure anyone anticipated that the interview might come to define everything that is wrong with the Obama administration… but it just might. The interview was filled with softball questions and many opportunities for the President to attack republicans (which he did), but the most startling aspect of the interview was just how often he blamed Republicans for our nation’s problems.
The lack of humility and the depth of his delusion concerning his own decision… was staggering.
Perhaps the place where his delusion and self-servingness was most apparent was when he blamed President George W. Bush for ISIS.
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One is ISIL is a direct outgrowth of al Qaeda in Iraq that grew out of our invasion which is an example of unintended consequences — which is why we should generally aim before we shoot.
Wrong. ISIS was an outgrowth of the Syrian civil war, which was a problem that was borne out of President Obama’s early policies in the Muslim world. The Obama administration’s double-minded behavior on foreign policy led to the “Arab Spring” which led to the toppling of many governments and the rise of extremist terrorist organizations. ISIS is Obama’s baby… and yet he blames Bush for them.
SMITH: “One of the biggest questions I had was how did they [ISIS] become so popular so fast? How did they get so many foreign fighters from America, from the UK, from Scandinavia, from all over the world go there, outstrip al Qaeda almost overnight… and so, a) how did they become so popular out of nowhere? And then b) how do we stop them?”
OBAMA: “Two things. One is ISIL is a direct outgrowth of al Qaeda in Iraq that grew out of our invasion which is an example of unintended consequences — which is why we should generally aim before we shoot. We’ve got a sixty country coalition. We will slowly push back ISIL out of Iraq. I’m confident that will happen. But what I’m worried about and what we have to stay worried about is even if ISIL is defeated the underlying problem of disaffected Sunnis around the world but particularly in some of these areas, including Libya, including Yemen, where a young man was growing up and has no education, has no prospects for the future, is looking around. And the one way that he can get validation power respect is if he’s a fighter. And this looks like the toughest gang around so let me affiliate with them. And now you’re giving me a religious rationale for doing this. That’s a problem we’re going to have generally and we can’t keep on thinking about counter-terrorism and security as entirely separate from diplomacy, development, education — all these things that are considered soft but in fact are vital to our national security. And we do not fund those. If you ask the average person, ‘How much do we spend on foreign aid?’ They will say, ‘25 percent of the federal budget.’ Well, it’s little over 1 percent. We should be thinking about making investments there that ultimately save us from having to send our young men and women to fight or having folks come here and doing great harm.”
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