There’s a fine line between ambitious and delusional, and on the issue of ISIS, Obama just crossed that line.
Via The Hill
President Obama wants the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) defeated by the end of his term, Defense Secretary Ash Carter says.
“That’s what he said he wants. That’s what he told me and [Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford]. He said, ‘Get this done as soon as possible. I’d like to not leave this to my successor,’ ” Carter said Friday an event hosted by Politico.
In other words, he doesn’t want a President Trump to be able to take credit for destroying ISIS.
So far, U.S. operations against ISIS have cost $6.5 billion since August 2014, about $11.4 million per day for 571 days, according to a new Pentagon estimate on Friday.
That may sound like a lot, but in the context of a $600 billion military budget, it’s pocket change.
Despite his claim that we’ll “degrade and destroy ISIS,” our action thus far has beeb only in the form of airstrikes. Oh, and he’s blocked 75 percent of those.
Here’s an idea: instead of telling us you’ll destroy ISIS, how about you actually destroy ISIS? As one commenter on Reddit put it, “It’s like I always told my ex I wanted to get her a nice thing for our anniversary, but I didn’t, and now I’m single. You don’t need to tell people what you want to do, just do it.”
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]