The Other McCain

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Question For An Office Holder

Posted on | September 11, 2014 | 25 Comments

Spake Bobo:

I think a president should always be saluted when they go against their natural inclinations. His inclination is not to use military force. It’s certainly not to insert American power and American bombs into another Arab country and that’s what we’re going to be doing. But I thought they laid out a four-point strategy that was reasonably clear and it’s pretty ambitious. I guess the question I would ask is he said our goal’s clear — to destroy ISIS. What happens if air strikes don’t do it? What happens if the Iraqi army can’t do it? What if the Free Syrian army can’t take some ground in Syria? If that stuff doesn’t happen and our goal is clear to destroy ISIS, what’s the next step? But I think so far you have to salute him for a pretty clear, pretty straightforward strategy.

By the time the ink dries in the history books, Brooks, looks like Obama shall have destroyed precious little else other than the American health care system.


25 Responses to “Question For An Office Holder”

  1. Steve White
    September 11th, 2014 @ 9:28 am

    Brooksie should rest assured that there will be no long war against ISIS, so sayeth Obama. So if air strikes don’t do it Obama will just go to war against the Republicans. It’s the only fight he knows how to run…

  2. William_Teach
    September 11th, 2014 @ 9:38 am

    Someone should tell Obama that ISIS is part of the Tea Party: I bet he’d go after them hard then.

  3. daialanye
    September 11th, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    If words can do it, Obama will save the day.

  4. kilo6
    September 11th, 2014 @ 10:20 am

    Ever since Brooks comment about Brockobomma’s perfectly creased pants and his follow up commentary, I’m surprised anyone bothers with any of the baloney he spews.

    Old reference to creased pants comment for anyone not familiar-

  5. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    September 11th, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    Have you ever listened to the twaddle he spits out at NPR? Brooks is a disgrace.

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  7. Quartermaster
    September 11th, 2014 @ 10:48 am

    Worse, he’d sic the IRS on ’em. I’d pity poor ISIS. Almost.

  8. RS
    September 11th, 2014 @ 12:03 pm

    Setting aside motivations for a moment, we are seeing the inevitable end result of the Progressive belief that humans are perfectible. Whether it be by “breeding” or education or whatever. It is the belief that evil can be overcome by force of words alone; by appeals to reason and rationality. It doesn’t work; It has never worked; It will never work. The struggle against evil is existential, truly zero sum. Either Evil wins or it does not. The only speech appropriate when confronting it and its human perpetrators is to promise the Good will win totally and leave a pyramid of skulls to remind later generations of that fact.

  9. Dana
    September 11th, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

    We know that the Islamists are now trembling, trembling! in fear.

    Dear President Obama: there’s really no threat quite like an empty threat.

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  11. Fail Burton
    September 11th, 2014 @ 1:03 pm

    Simple comparisons like that are unavailable to literalist identitarians. Appearance to such people is everything – larger principles nothing. There is no goose/gander or Golden Rule in a worldview like that. If you act like the KKK but have a different color then you don’t act like the KKK. Unsurprisingly, this is the source of the sarcastic “Social Justice Warriors” tag. Our racist anti-racists.

  12. Kirby McCain
    September 11th, 2014 @ 1:19 pm

    Michael Moore has been quoted as saying that Obama is the first black president and that’s about it. If you ignore the negatives I guess that’s true.

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  14. K-Bob
    September 11th, 2014 @ 4:36 pm

    The only thing I’ve ever heard from barack that’s “pretty clear, pretty straightforward” is when he goes “Uh, uh, uh,…”

  15. K-Bob
    September 11th, 2014 @ 4:39 pm

    Borrowing from Terry Pratchett, what Brooks is, …is what you get when you go so far into disgrace that you come out on the other side of it. Like an entire negative zone of disgraceful, where it’s become its own form of enlightenment to those who have lost credibility even to themselves.

  16. K-Bob
    September 11th, 2014 @ 4:41 pm

    Good point. He’s already seen to it that the EPA and Education have the military-style weapoins, armor, and slgihtly-used MRAPs to take them on.

    Want boots on the ground? Send the EPA’s armored division.

  17. Quartermaster
    September 11th, 2014 @ 7:05 pm

    I’m sure their “countenance was changed, and” their “thoughts troubled” them, “so that the joints of” their “loins were loosed, and” their “knees smote one against another.” I’m sure the laughter is good for their hearts.

    With apologies to Belshazzer and Daniel.

  18. Bob Belvedere
    September 11th, 2014 @ 8:19 pm

    The IRSS Waffle Division.

  19. K-Bob
    September 11th, 2014 @ 8:23 pm

    Hah! I can imagine the tee shirts already.

  20. kilo6
    September 11th, 2014 @ 9:29 pm

    Hearing or seeing him for longer than 3 sec is enough reason to change the station or switch off

  21. Adobe_Walls
    September 12th, 2014 @ 3:08 am

    President Ruthless Hardass would know how to handle this problem. Adopt a policy of “Obscenely Disproportionate Overreaction” against security threats. And then after taking care of the EPA he’d take care of ISIS. And Brooks shouldn’t fret about the failure of airstrikes, as long as the goal is to turn the ground under ISIS’s feet to molten lava the campaign shall be a success.

  22. K-Bob
    September 12th, 2014 @ 3:58 am

    I’m starting to think lava would definitely class up the Middle East.

  23. Joan Of Argghh!
    September 12th, 2014 @ 9:12 am

    The reflective quality of so much glass could end the fears of global warming. Just sayin’…

  24. K-Bob
    September 12th, 2014 @ 4:43 pm

    Let’s get the Hockey Stick brigade involved, then. They’ve been dying to do something major to stop all this warming they invented.

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