Patterico's Pontifications

3/23/2016

President Obama Tangos His Way To Defeating ISIS

Filed under: General — Dana @ 11:28 pm

[guest post by Dana]

After having devoted a full 51 seconds to mentioning the Brussels’ terror attack yesterday before leaving Cuba for Argentina, President Obama seemed a bit annoyed today at being questioned about his strategy to fight ISIS:

“You’ve resisted calls to alter your strategy for fighting the Islamic State, and you’ve said that your critics aren’t offering any better ideas,” AP reporter Josh Lederman said. “But the attacks keep happening. Did Brussels change anything for you, and if not, would you like to—do you think that Americans should see more attacks as being inevitable?”

“Josh, I think it is important to recognize that this is my number one priority,” Obama said. “I’ve got a lot of things on my plate, but my top priority is to defeat ISIL and to eliminate the scourge of this barbaric terrorism that’s been taking place around the world. We see high-profile attacks in Europe, but they’re also killing Muslims throughout the Middle East, people who are innocent, people who are guilty only of worshiping Islam in a different way than this organization.”

And showing that he really meant it when he said his top priority was to defeat ISIS, President Obama got right to work on degrading and destroying the JV team:

–Dana

Election Results: Depressing

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:43 am

It looks like Cruz crushed Trump in Utah, and Trump handily beat Cruz in Arizona. Trump gets more delegates. Cruz officials, probably remembering Louisiana, were assuring people on Twitter that the election day voters would narrow that gap considerably, showing Cruz’s momentum. But I’m not seeing evidence of it.

This is like an experiment where researchers construct literally the most laughable candidate imaginable, just to see if people vote for him. And when it works, one researcher keeps tweaking the candidate to make it more and more ridiculous, and the second researcher keeps saying “no that’s too much” and the first one says “no I don’t think so. They’ll still vote for him! Watch!” and they do.

I mean, if Hollywood had set out to portray the most cartoonish Republican of their feverish nightmares — pathologically and giddily dishonest, cruelly rude, narcissistic, authoritarian, thuggish, and generally clownish on every level — we’d all be like, “come on, Hollywood! You’re laying it on a little thick here!” And the only difference between their cartoon Republican and reality is that their character would want to slash government rather than grow it. (And I’d also probably vote for the Hollywood version.)

I’m not even sure I’m confident any more that Trump loses to Hillary in the general. I still think he does, because polls. But the thing that bothers me is that, when they ask her about Trump, she gets this smirk on her face. I recognize it. It’s the same one all the Republicans had on their faces, at the beginning of this primary.

Apparently, when your smirk turns into a look that says “holy crap I guess we have to take this walking abomination seriously” it’s too late.


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