Can the Right Never Tell Obama He’s Making the Right Decision?

by Jim Geraghty

If a conservative or Republican thinks air strikes against ISIS are a good idea… how loudly should they commend the president? Do most grassroots conservatives so strongly oppose this president and what he has done in office, that they cannot bring themselves to support any of this policies? Do they fear that any words of praise will somehow strengthen the president’s hand in other policy areas?

Or is it that after “leading from behind” in Libya, the Benghazi attacks and the false explanation of the YouTube video, a slow and ineffective response to Putin’s aggression, futile cease-fire efforts in the Middle East, a withdrawal from a worsening mess in Afghanistan, a quickly-forgotten “red line” in Syria, and so on, grassroots conservatives with hawkish instincts simply have no faith in Obama’s ability to successfully execute a policy they agree with?  

Republican foreign policy gurus gave President Obama and his administration considerable grief for not maintaining a significant U.S. military force in Iraq and not successfully negotiating a long-term status of forces agreement with the Iraqi government. Today, his remarks indicated that the United States may be making a long-term military commitment to fighting ISIS in the country: “I don’t think we’re going to solve this problem in weeks. … This is going to be a long-term project.”

President Obama makes brief remarks and answers a few questions from reporters about U.S. operations in Iraq, before leaving for his two-week vacation at Martha’s Vineyard. 


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