We’re all familiar with this clip of George H W Bush in 1988:
It’s dangerous to make absolute statements like that in politics and it’s absolutely foolish for a Republican POTUS to make these bold statements when he had a Democrat controlled House and Senate to ‘work’ with for the next 4 years.
As we all know, in 1990 Bush had to compromise with the House and Senate and raise existing taxes. True, this compromise didn’t result in ‘new’ taxes but we all knew what Bush meant and the MSM had a field day with that 1988 clip. After that debacle, Bush didn’t have a chance in the 1992 Presidential election.
Fast forward to today – Did Obama just have his own “Read My Lips” moment?
“As your commander in chief, I will not commit you and the rest of our armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq,” Obama said at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.
Over the past few months Obama was faced with 3 choices in the ISIL situation:
1 – Do nothing. Let Iraq and Syria take care of it and use our armed forces to secure our borders to protect the homeland. (Full Disclosure – This is my choice)
2 – Put boots on the ground. Mobilize in Iraq and Syria and destroy these monsters.
3 – Play politics. The public sentiment was high that we needed to do something against ISIL after seeing two Americans beheaded so he chose to use air strikes to limit ISIL’s strength.
I hope you all know that Obama can’t afford a victory in Iraq because his worldview can’t stand for the notion that there are evil people in the world that can only be neutralized through force. Remember, this guy won the Nobel Peace Prize and thinks Islamic terrorists hate us because we have invaded their lands so if we just play nice with them then they’ll do the same with us.
Obama can’t order a ground campaign because the Leftist leaders who put Obama in power wouldn’t stand to have their guy follow the same path as George Bush (43) – The very guy who they maligned for his “Blood for Oil” campaigns.
So Obama chose the political route and he tried to appease his followers today by saying he will NEVERr commit troops on the ground in Iraq.
What if ISIL bombed a building in the US? What if ISIL committed vile acts of terrorism to the level of 9/11? What is ISIL gets hold of nuclear bomb material?
I pray that never happens but in this uncertain world we live in, none of the scenarios I list above is out of the realm of possibility.
If any of these dire situations play out I would have to think there would be a huge national outcry to commit ground troops in Iraq and Syria. Just like what happened after 9/11. What would Obama do then?
It takes a person who has a very simple view of the world to speak in such absolutes but sadly, Obama is just that type of person. GWH Bush made that mistake in 1988 and I hope, for the sake of the US, Obama just didn’t make the same mistake.
Read His Lips!