President Obama is set to reveal his strategy on prime time tomorrow. Based on what's being reported so far, it's not only as bad as I predicted, it's even worse.
The president apparently hasn't learned from the mistakes he made previously. After covertly arming ISIS without consulting congress and creating the current mess, he now wants congress to exacerbate his folly by including a last minute authorization to arm 'Syrian rebels' in a must-pass spending bill that comes before the House tomorrow..with no oversight from congress on who gets the $5 billion he wants or how it gets spent.
By the way, this is yet another one of those continuing resolutions. The word 'budget' appears to be extinct, at least when it comes to the Obama Administration and the Democrat controlled senate.
Being President Obama, he has also tacked on partisan amendments to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank and an Internet tax measure. something hugely unpopular with most Republicans and even some Democrats, and for for good reason. That way, if the Republican controlled House refuses to pass this CR, or insists on more oversight and details, the president and his part can accuse them of 'obstructing the fight against terrorism' and spin this to blame them for his ineptness.
So we're talking about $5 billion dollars to 'fight terrorism', a blank check with no oversight, and no guarantees on how funds and/or arms won't simply go to jihadis again. That's especially relevant given this administration's previous fiascoes in that area. Listen to this Democrat, who's all ready to give the president what he wants no questions asked:
“We don’t know what the details are, so we can’t say what is in it and what isn’t,” said Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, who said the fund could be used to fight ISIS in Iraq or even Syria if that’s what the president decides to do. “I think that kind of flexibility is useful.”
You can't make this stuff up.That money, according to the way the White House CR is now written could literally go to anyone, anywhere.It could go to al-Qaeda allied militias, or to Iran allied Shi'ite militias like Moqtadah al_Sadr's Mahdi Army. It could go to Hamas, or to Hezbollah. It could even go to domestic campaign funding, or covertly to elections in say, Israel to help elect far Left candidates to the Knesset who will do the Administration's bidding and surrender to the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians.
With this president, anything is possible.
And to show you how ridiculous this is, President Obama is talking about arming the Syrian rebels on the one hand while engaging with our new allies, Iran in 'security cooperation' and 'coordinated action' on the other. Has no one explained to him that Iran is allied with Syria's Basher Assad?
And speaking of Iran, have you noticed that nothing's being said lately about their illegal nuclear weapons program or their failure to cooperate with inspections by the IAEA?
Meanwhile, the president took pains to inform congress that even though he wants the money, he can attack Islamic State without consulting them. and do pretty much what he wants, as the Washington Examiner reports:
President Obama told congressional leaders in a meeting Tuesday that he has the authority to launch broader attacks against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, downplaying the prospect of a Capitol Hill vote on his military plan ahead of his prime-time address to the nation Wednesday night..
Obama “told the leaders that he has the authority he needs to take action against [the Islamic State] in accordance with the mission he will lay out in his address tomorrow,” the White House said in a readout of the meeting that included Obama, Vice President Joe Biden; House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif
This has the potential to turn into even a bigger catastrophe than the president's illegal war in Libya.
It's about time congress assumed some responsibility for what's going on. They need to find a credible spokesperson (Ted Cruz, Rand Paul or Duncan Hunter Jr. would be good choices) to explain to the American people exactly what's going on, why they're refusing to fund another illegal Obama war and what they need from this president in the way of oversight in order to even consider authorizing the funding...which includes, by the way, a clean resolution without the partisan add ons.
Islamic State isn't the JayVee Mr.President, you are. And not even in the starting lineup at that.