My latest column is up at AND Magazine.
Here is an excerpt:
Recently back in Washington after vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama held a press conference last week, in which he made a rather shocking admission: the White House has no strategy for dealing with ISIS, the militant Islamist group that continues to gain momentum in the Middle East and in various other locations around the globe.
However, it’s not like the White House hasn’t had ample opportunity to develop a strategy. They certainly had the capacity to strategize on how to deliver arms to the rebels in Syria shortly before ISIS popped up…in Syria. It kind of begs the question as to whether ISIS began its rise to power in the Middle East using weapons provided by the United States Government. That could definitely explain why President Obama continues to refer to them as ISIL: he would very much prefer that the media and the American people conveniently forget that the second “S” in ISIS stands for “Syria.”
Before his vacation, President Obama met widespread criticism for his nationwide fundraising tour. Not long after his fundraising tour came to a close, it was announced that he would be vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard. While he was on vacation, he made a few public statements about ISIS, the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, and a few other issues. But while an effort was made to send Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, and a few White House aides to Michael Brown’s funeral service, he apparently couldn’t be bothered to meet with his National Security and Military advisers to strategize about the growing terrorist threat posed by ISIS.
Mid-way through his vacation, it was, somewhat mysteriously, announced that the president would be returning to Washington for undisclosed reasons. Later on, it was disclosed that, rather than meeting to develop a strategy to combat ISIS, President Obama had returned to D.C. to attend a bachelor party.
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