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Indecisive president now wants international support to face down ISIS

President Obama’s stance on his own foreign policy has become another alteration every five minutes; literally. Frustration within Washington is mounting as the president wiggled through Wednesday with more changes and contradictions. The scene this time was the small European country of Estonia, considered a future threat for conquest by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The musical chairs of Obama foreign policy
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Incredibly, less than a week after publicly announcing the United States had no strategy to deal with the ISIS threat, the leader of the free world indicated the “goal of the United States in Iraq is to diminish the extremist group to "a manageable problem." Not only is this musical chairs policy change ludicrous, it is dangerous for this country and our allies.

The president’s latest shifting comments raise genuine concern as to whether he actually has a vision or if the ever-growing threat from the jihadists has virtually overwhelmed him.. Before he called it a “manageable problem,” he said the United States planned to "destroy" ISIS. Which is it?

Leaning heavily on his "duck and hide" necessity for international cooperation, rather than the obviousness of America's won interest, he said, "We know that if we are joined by the international community, we can continue to shrink ISIL's sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities to the point where it is a manageable problem," during his speech Wednesday in Estonia, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Obama went on to vaguely state that the administration's objective was to "degrade and destroy" ISIS in Iraq, and that the United States had already been "moving effectively" to achieve that goal, according to The Hill. Essentially the president is saying one thing and doing another. It isn’t fooling anyone listening, especially America’s allies who depend on our leadership. President Obama clearly does not want to lead, but rather wait for countries like Belgium and Luxemburg to cast their approval first.

The latest remarks are already creating a storm of criticism among both the president’s usual opposition and many of his staunchest supporters like Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and head of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee. It appears this time around, President Obama will actually have to define American foreign policy and leave the political speeches to his vice president, Joe ("send them to hell") Biden.

There is no more room to feign ignorance or blame others, such as the CIA or Pentagon, for the ever-widening crisis in the Middle East. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said, said the U.S. can degrade, disrupt, and destroy ISIS "targets" in Iraq but cannot destroy ISIS as an organization. "The only way you're going to destroy an organization like this is by defeating their ideology," he said. "You can bomb them every day, and you're not going to get rid of the ideology that allows them to fester and to continue to get resources and to grow, to train and to equip,” Kirby told The Hill.

Rear Adm. Kirby went on to say the military is working on it. Now if they only had a commander-in-chief who could read his teleprompter just one way, perhaps the U.S. could begin to appear as the leader of the free world and its beacon of hope; or maybe it's too late.

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