Did We Really Expect Obama to Have a Plan

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Back in August of 2014, the Washington Times wrote that president Obama acknowledged that “he doesn’t have a plan for defeating Islamist militants in Syria and backed away from imminent military action… After a week of speculation that he was about to expand U.S. airstrikes against the terrorist group — also known by the acronyms ISIL and ISIS — from its positions in Iraq to those in Syria, the president said he has ordered his military advisers to give him ‘a range of options.’”

“But Mr. Obama tried to tamp down the suggestion that his decision was imminent, saying ‘folks are getting a little further ahead of where we’re at than we currently are.’”

That was then. It’s almost a year later and he now claims that “When a finalized plan is presented to me by the Pentagon, then I will share it with the American people. It’s not – eh-uh-uh – we don’t yet have a complete strategy because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis as well, about how recruitment takes place, how that training takes place.”

Yes – MLK had his “I Have a Dream” speech and Obama has his “I Have No Strategy” speech. read more

Radical Islam – What’s in a Name?

By: the Common Constitutionalist

Does it really matter if an administration won’t call ISIS Islamic?

Does it really make a difference whether they call it terrorism, Islamic terrorism, or just extremism?

What’s in a name? Is it going cause our administration to somehow fight harder, or at all?

21 beheadedWe conservatives constantly rail against political populism and grandstanding. But isn’t that what this is? We’ve heard sayings like “We have to name it” and “We must recognize and put a name to evil.”

Why? What’s in a name? I know I sound like one of those squishy establishment “no labels” weenies, and I frankly don’t care if I do.

But I ask again – what’s the big deal in calling ISIS Islamic. We could call them a tuna fish sandwich or a hippopotamus – what’s the difference?

My point is that everyone on the right is getting hung up on this “Islamic” label. We champion that Reagan called the Soviet Union the evil empire and Bush called out the new axis of evil.

Yeah, those made us all feel good and patriotic and want to chant “USA, USA” and all. I get that and I agree that those declarations can be an important national unifier, but beyond that, they’re just good theater. read more