In a wide-ranging interview with the New Yorker, Barack Obama compared Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq and Syria to junior varsity basketball players, downplaying their threat as small-league. He also shared what he thought were the chances of reaching Middle East peace agreements.
New Yorker editor David Remnick pointed out to the president that the Al Qaeda flag is now seen flying in Falluja in Iraq and in certain locations in Syria, and thus the terrorist group has not been “decimated” as Obama had said during his 2012 reelection campaign.
“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee 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 a 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.”
Remnick characterized Obama’s analogy as “uncharacteristically flip.”
Well, thanks to you Barky, they’ve gone Varsity. All of the accomplishments and sacrifices we made to help Iraq transition to a representative democracy, have been flushed. But you were never really enthusiastic about the war against terrorism, anyway.
We should never engage in ‘nation building’ unless it’s in the best interest of the United States and any threat, internal or external, has been eliminated. As I’ve said, it would have been much better if we had simply leveled every Islamofascist nation-state in the Middle East on 12 September, 2001.
Then we wouldn’t have to worry about Al Qaeda, the Taliban, or the consequences of Obama’s dicked-up foreign policy.