Obama: Oh, Hey, I Just Realized Beating Islamist Terror Will Take a While. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Then-Senator Obama, March 19, 2008:
What more could America’s enemies ask for than an endless war where they recruit new followers and try out new tactics on a battlefield so far from their base of operations? That is why my presidency will shift our focus.
President Obama, Monday:
“This will not be quick. This is a long-term campaign. (
ISIS) is opportunistic
and it is nimble....This larger battle for hearts and minds is going to be a
ISIS: “Ideologies are not defeated with guns, they are
defeated by better ideas.” By AllahPundit
Excerpt: Via RCP, bear in mind that one of the can’t-miss ideas recently floated by a former Obama administration advisor is that gay marriage might defeat ISIS. This is the sort of thing you say when you’re trying to break it to people that victory in the new war won’t come soon, and may not come ever. It’s the foreign policy equivalent of another of Obama’s favorite sayings, the old leftist bromide about being on “the wrong side of history”: The enemy’s backwardness is plain and our moral superiority is obvious, so ultimate triumph is assured even in the teeth of immediate defeat. All I could think of while watching this was those photos you see online sometimes of Afghanistan or Iran circa 1960, with all the women in blouses and skirts, and photos of the same two countries today, with women in head coverings or even full burqas. Better ideas don’t always win. Especially if they’re defended by weak leadership.