U.S. military officials on Wednesday tried to spin President Barack Obama's lackluster speech during the NATO meeting in Estonia with regard to America's strategy for battling the ultra-terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. However, when he announced his Attorney General Eric Holder would target the Ferguson police force, there appeared to be a spark of emotion.
During his televised speech from Estonia, Obama added to the confusion when he first said: "Our objective is clear, and that is to degrade and destroy [ISIS] so that it's no longer a threat not just to Iraq but also the region and to the United States." But a few paragraphs later, he said, "If we are joined by the international community, we can continue to shrink [ISIS'] sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities to the point where it is a manageable problem."
Yet, when it came to the Ferguson police, who were caught up in the media circus that followed the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was an African American, by a white police officer, the local grand jury investigation barely started when Obama ordered Holder to not only go after the yet-to-be-charged cop, but to subject the entire police department to a Justice Department fishing expedition.
"This is a community organizer at work trying to organize a coalition in order to please the many people whom he wishes to influence," said former counterterrorism specialist for a major police department, Fatima Soto. "He is just throwing words out there in order to argue with his detractors later that they're misinterpreting those words."
Meanwhile, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Mike Rogers, blasted President Barack Obama and his administration over their lack of a cohesive strategy to defeat the Islamic State terror group steamrolling through parts of Iraq and Syria. Many within law enforcement and the military claim Obama has a non-plan.
At a press briefing last Thursday Obama told reporters that he and his administration did not yet have a strategy for dealing with the Islamist tidal wave taking place in parts of Iraq and Syria and for defending the American homeland and overseas interests.
During his interview on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, the Michigan Republican said, "[W]e find it consistent with his past policy and actions on foreign policy. And it shows -- I think exemplifies his foreign policy is in absolute freefall. If you look at China, you look at ISIS, you look at Russia, you look at Iran, North Korea, we have a serious host of problems presenting itself, and our traditional allies are now standing up and saying, well, maybe America is not the best ones to lead us through these troubles. That is an issue that we are going to have to deal with."
"We have a serious host of (foreign) problems presenting itself, and our traditional allies are now standing up and saying 'well, maybe America is not the best ones to lead us through these troubles,'" Rogers added.
Many Americans -- including members of the news media -- were shocked that following a press briefing in which Obama reacted to the "execution" of freelance journalist James Foley at the hands of a British-accented jihadist, the President went right back to his golfing.
That action by Obama was juxtaposed with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron cutting short his vacation and returning to his office at 10 Downing Street in London. Cameron immediately appeared on British television and said the United Kingdom is up against "a greater threat to our security than we have seen before," and that the group must not be allowed to setup Islamic caliphate in Iraq.
"As much as I hate to say this: I wished for a moment that Cameron was our Commander in Chief instead of Barack Obama who may actually believe his own rhetoric," said former police commander of an anti-terrorism unit, Ricardo Murphy.
And fellow cop, Kevin McCullough, claimed that "Obama's White House staff spends most of their time covering up for his snafus and trying to spin his comments that it's no wonder there's no strategy to combat ISIS [or] deal with Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the illegal alien flood at the border, the Islamization of Libya, Egypt, Yemen and other countries and the continued economic problems within the U.S."
The Islamic State, which was originally called al-Qaida in Iraq (AQII), is a major threat to the United States by its own admission. The terrorists' victories against modern armies have once again caused counterterrorism experts in the military and law enforcement to pray that a terrorist nightmare can be averted, according to Accuracy in Media.
Rep. Rogers said that intelligence and law enforcement officials are very concerned since they don't know every American that has trained with the ISIS or other radical Islamist groups such as Al Shabaab, Boko Haram, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and others.