Martha’s Vineyard (Storch Report) — While President Obama played 24 rounds of golf in 8 months, ISIS went from the JV team to the Varsity and is now wearing Kobe Bryant’s uniform.
As a result this serves up a checkpoint to the president’s analogy about the terrorist group which he declared to David Remnick of the New Yorker as not being up to par. Quite an achievement in such a short period. Where was the United States during this span and its intel . . . on course, or, off course?
Obama said at the time to Remnick, “The analogy we use around here (assumption being the White House) sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee (should be JV) team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama told Remnick. “I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian,” Obama said.
The Secretary of Defense Hagel said yesterday, in effect, ISIS is looking like Kobe Bryant, just a short 8 months later, they went from the JV to the Varsity he more than implied.
My blog headlines during the past week reflect what is on Obama’s plate, from the most recent to those that took place earlier, while his optics are less than favorable and his leadership with respect to the issues are worse. Here are the headlines:
Russia invades Ukraine; Al Sharpton becomes Obama’s go to man on race; White House under pressure to expand ISIS fight to Syria; ISIS offered to swap Foley for ‘Lady al Qaeda; Hagel says ISIS threat ‘beyond anything we have seen;’ Chinese jet threatened US intelligence aircraft; I am the Attorney General of the United States, But I am also a black man; Bad timing for these Obama optics; American journalist beheaded by ISIS; Cameron cancels vacation because assassin had British accent; Obama vows to be ‘vigilant’ and ‘relentless’ against Jihadists; calls on nations to excise ‘cancer;’ US Special Forces tried to rescue hostages in Syria, but failed; Holder heads to Ferguson, ‘flooding zone’ with investigators; ISIS beheads American journalist; Romney says Obama worse than even I expected; Police Officer suffered facial injuries; Autopsy reveals Brown was shot 6 times in front of body . . .
And these headlines of crises proportions went on before Obama could even complete his ill-timed vacation, with optics that were unfathomable on a global basis.
The impression: Obama is disengaged and doesn’t even care about the optics.