John Kerry only recently became able to acknowledge the similarities between what he and team Obama have been insisting is only a “significant counter-terrorism operation” and a war on ISIS.
While Hussein Obama was able to lay out what he said is a strategy for dealing with ISIS in Iraq and Syria, there has been no evidence of any progress on the part of the regime towards actual implementation. There has been a lot of talk and some of it is very hard to make sense of.
Aside from the war not being a war, Kerry proclaimed on national television, in response to a direct question, that America is not looking for partner nations to provide ground troops.
That is a position which is 180 degrees in conflict with the stated strategic position that Obama laid out in his ISIS speech.
Bob Schieffer asked Kerry on CBS’s “Face the Nation” if he had “found anybody that was willing to put troops on the ground into this fight.”
Kerry responded, “Well, we’re not looking to put troops on the ground. There are some that have offered to do so but we are not looking for that at this moment anyway. The answer is yes, there are some that have said that, there are some that are clearly prepared to take action in the air alongside the United States and to do air strikes if that’s what they are called on to do.” Kerry then says they are putting together the whole package and it is inappropriate to release pieces of information independently.
When pressed as to if he really believes that air power alone can accomplish the mission, he sarcastically informs Schieffer that “there are troops on the ground, they’re called Syrian.” So Kerry must be inferring, as opposed to straight talking, that there are no other troops desired by his regime and their grand coalition beyond the Syrian opposition.
Suddenly, while explaining that the Syrian opposition has been fighting ISIS for two years, Kerry reverses himself again and says that other nations may decide at a later time to join up. Fortunately for Schieffer, Kerry found it within himself to forego the sarcasm the second time around.
To recap, Kerry went from nations have volunteered troops to we don’t want them, to troops are already there and back to not knowing if another nation in the neighborhood might decide to join at a later time, all in the course of a minute and forty-seven seconds.
With mixed signals like that, it’s no wonder that the Obama regime is having trouble enlisting support.
At least one thing remained consistent. John Kerry repeated that our commitment to defeating this enemy does not include American troops on the ground. At least, that is, until our wide open southern border provides an avenue through which they attack us on the homeland.
Rick Wells is a conservative author who recognizes that our nation, our Constitution and our traditions are under a full scale assault from multiple threats. Please “Like” him on Facebook, “Follow” him on Twitter or visit www.rickwells.usc