"He seems disconnected from reality." That declaration, used to describe President Obama, did not emanate from Charles Krauthammer or Ted Cruz. No, the words were those of MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, and they were not refuted by his mostly liberal panel of regulars.
"The only strategy that's working is the strategy that he tends to dismiss." That damning analysis came not from Ralph Peters or John McCain, but from CNN's Christiane Amanpour.
Even many of President Obama's most reliable supporters have awakened from their seven-year slumber. They can finally recognize that he is a commander-in-chief without a strategy, a president without a clue. The day before the Paris terror attacks, the president notoriously boasted that ISIS had been 'contained.' Then, after the attacks, he minimized the carnage as a 'setback.'
But when the subject turned to accepting refugees from Syria, President Obama finally displayed some real anger. Not at ISIS or Assad or his own strategy, which many believe led directly to the refugee crisis. The president's palpable ire was directed at Republicans and a few Democrats who are calling for at least a pause in accepting refugees from Syria.
The GOP, he said derisively, is 'scared of widows and orphans.' Truth is, Mr. President, a large swath of the world is scared of radical Islam, the ideology that dare not speak its name in your administration. And there is good reason for that fear. Just as the president was mocking his political rivals, the Islamists of Boko Haram were busy slaughtering 50 innocent civilians in Nigeria. Many of the dead were children. That bloodbath followed dual suicide bombings in Lebanon, the bombing of a Russian passenger jet in Egypt, and of course the Paris massacre.
Mr. Obama's opponents are not afraid of widows and orphans but they are rightfully worried that his fecklessness has contributed to the growing violence. And many people, both at home and around the world, are also fearful of President Obama's uncanny knack for ignoring reality. Earlier this year he said this to MSNBC: 'There is probably less war and violence around the world today than there might have been thirty, forty years ago.' The president went on to assure everyone that 'things can get better.'
On that front he is absolutely correct. Things can get better, but not until the president has a radical change of heart. Let's call it a 'fundamental transformation,' the kind he vowed to bring to the USA. Things may also improve if the next commander-in-chief is someone who can recognize the reality of the world as it exists, not the fantasy of what he or she wishes the world to be.
In two weeks President Obama will be back in his comfort zone, talking about the dire consequences of 'climate change' at a massive international environmental junket. If the past is any indication, he will declare 'climate change' to be the biggest threat facing the world today. But this year the conference just happens to be in Paris, whose shell-shocked residents know better. In fact, anyone to the right of Bernie Sanders understands that the biggest threat we face comes from the terrorists of radical Islam, not the possibility of a slightly warmer atmosphere.
The subhuman savages of the Islamic State, through their repeated atrocities, have declared war on the West. The time has come for the West to realize we are engaged in a full-scale fight against a determined and brutal opponent.
The butchers can be defeated, but we will have to be just as determined, just as brutal. And let's face it, we are in desperate need of a commander who can change strategy when necessary, someone who is strong and resolute and relentless.
ISIS is not just a jayvee team, far from it. And to defeat this malignancy, the West requires a leader who is not just a jayvee quarterback. That may sound harsh; it also happens to be true.