Yesterday ABC News reported that the Pentagon has confirmed “it is investigating allegations that U.S. Central Command’s intelligence assessments of the progress of the war on ISIS was distorted to provide a more optimistic picture.”
Old joke. The world’s greatest magician is driving to Las Vegas with his girlfriend.
Then a front tire blows out and he stops the car. After getting out and checking the trunk to find that there isn’t a spare tire he is sitting by the side of the road looking glumly at the flat tire when his girlfriend impatiently told him, ‘Well! Why don’t you make a magical gesture and fix the tire?’.
He looked and her for a moment and said in response, “I could hypnotize you to believe the tire is fixed. And I could even hypnotize myself to believe the tire is fixed. But how do I hypnotize the tire to believe it’s fixed?”.
Barack Obama is in that position. He can convince his followers and the media that ISIS is ‘Junior Varsity’ and is under control, he can even convince the Congress to believe that he has ISIS is under control (actually that part is easy, those people don’t really care one way or another). But how does he convince ISIS that he has them under control and is defeating them?
He is reaping the fruits of all the previous years of his administration (of his life really). The military he has molded by purging anyone who didn’t fall into line with the deep, destructive changes. (On the plus side there are the cute caps he wants for the Marine Corp) The legacy he leaves will be set hard and fast by what left on the ground. Not just in the Middle East, but in the loss of American prestige and influence in Europe and Asia. Even Saudi Arabia is at the point that they prefer to form their new alliances with Israel, and Israel with them.
I think the question of where the Barack Obama Presidential Library is placed should be settled… Moscow. Not Moscow North Dakota, the Moscow in the Russian Federation.