September 3rd, 2014
02:31 PM ET
4 months ago

Why it took Obama so long to address his 'no strategy' comments

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It took five days for President Barack Obama to address the controversy he caused by saying "we don't have a strategy yet" to defeat ISIS.

Wednesday, the President attempted to clarify what he meant by specifying that he was referring to ISIS inside Syria while highlighting the U.S. strategy in Iraq of airstrikes to weaken the extremist terror group that calls itself the Islamic State.

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  1. sonny chapman

    He should have said ,"Bring It On". Followed by,"I'm gonna Get Bin Laden, no matter what cave he's in". Then,"Democracy will Flow in the streets of Iraq & the whole Mideast".

    September 3, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. love344

    it is OK Mr President...

    September 3, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Congress will have the eventual say (or not) as they control the money. But, they are busy with their endless vacation, and don't seem interested in the Middle East emergency, so I doubt they will support the president with the ISIS crisis.

    September 3, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. BILL, WI

    No strategy for fighting ISIS inside of Syria. Now that makes more sense than just saying "no strategy". He has since learned that the UN and EU will not support any action or boots on the ground in Iraq or Syria. Did that have something to do with his non strategy becoming a strategy, along with our allies. Now what to do in the Ukraine?

    September 3, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. rycher

    because he's a scmbag trd who has no clue what he's doing.. a junior senator at best with a hate for America and the love of the deprived..

    September 3, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Chris..E.Al

    He should have said man you know how hard it is for me to shop for golf shoes at bass pro shop ?

    September 3, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "The big difference between a moderate and a independent is a moderate is still part of a political party."

    I think you read too much into it. There are plenty of independent moderates. In fact, conventional wisdom (setting aside whether we agree with it or not) is that the "independent" crowd is to some extent what defines "moderate" as they are assumed to be in the "middle" and therefore sort of the guardians of Overton's Window. This is why the GOP/Teatrolls enacted their goose-stepping march off the right side of the political spectrum in response to the election of a largely centrist Dem in 2008: to shift the appearance of where the "middle" lies and thereby justify their absurdist accusations that Obama is a "far leftist Marxist socialist seeking to turn us into a commy Russia Islamic caliphate" and other gems that are, unfortunately, too freekin stupid to get noted in most history textbooks as a way of teaching our childrenz just how farking crazy the right wing went in response to his election.

    September 3, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "It is very important from my perspective that when we send our pilots in to do a job - that we know that this is a mission that's going to work; that we're very clear what our objectives are, what our targets are,"

    You know...as opposed to your biggest "known unknowns" being "what the heck are we doing over there?", "when is it over?" and "how do we know when we've accomplished what we set out to do?"

    September 3, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Tom l, a moderate is solutions-based, which is an ideology. Your dependence on no solutions is quite telling.

    September 3, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Anthony

    It was not a smart thing to say. Even if Obama did not have a strategy other than airstrikes, he should not have said it. The most important thing right now is not to criticize or assign blame, but to come up with a strategy. ISIS has already beheaded two Americans, so the U.S. must respond. When people attack you, you hit back. If ISIS wants war, war is what it will get. All options should be on the table, including ground troops.

    September 3, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "He left a little ambiguous what the goal is today," David Gergen"

    If only because he corrected use of the word "destroy" because sounds like mass murder or genocide. we won't be "destroying" captives or those who are left over once the group has been largely pacified and rendered "manageable." I think he's being abundantly clear...or at least clear enough for the application of some common freekin sense and basic knowledge of the issue to result in a reasonable understanding of what he meant. Of course, leave it to the MSM to play knit-picky semantic games to provide themselves with a toe-hold, however slim, for manufacturing and encouraging the "confusion on the part of an American public that wants answers" that they so desperately want to be the narrative they report on.

    September 3, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    richer -You sound like one of those brain dead RWNJ scmbag trds that are hell bent on destroying America.

    September 3, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Lizzie

    Bill, WI, the US just put 350 more BOOTS on the ground in Iraq.

    September 3, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. Smitty

    Once again the BIGGEST LIAR OF THE YEAR shows his ineptness, how could he have a plan ??? Hes too busy screwing up America. Oh and then theres golf.

    September 3, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    BILL, WI

    No strategy for fighting ISIS inside of Syria. ... ... ... ...
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    A vote was taken In Congress on whether or not to authorize U.S. military action in Syria. Senate Republicans filibustered the bill, which killed it. Many would take that to mean that Congress has not authorized military action within the borders of Syrian. I'm pretty certain that the impeach-aholics would view it that way.

    September 3, 2014 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    From the article:
    "It took five days for President Barack Obama to address the controversy he caused by saying "we don't have a strategy yet" to defeat ISIS."

    What controversy? You mean the one the media created and fed us? Give me a break, CNN. You are not the only media news source you know....

    September 3, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @rycher
    because he's a scmbag trd who has no clue what he's doing.. a junior senator at best with a hate for America and the love of the deprived..

    Our country is facing a threat that is unlike anything we have ever faced before. This group has decapitated our citizens and used Fox News style propaganda to attempt to humiliate our President with the old "He takes too many vacations" schtick. This is the time to rally around the President and get Congress to do it's job and provide funds and assistance to obliterate this Cancer on humanity. Will the Republicans work with us, or will they crawl back into their holes like the hateful moron named "rycher"?

    September 3, 2014 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. rs

    Those deriding the "no strategy" statement are simply doing so for the sake of it. Clearly, there can be "no strategy" until: the requisite allies get together to cobble together a plan, troop levels, funds and leadership issues; Congress comes back from its "endless summer" and gives the President the authority to extend the actions already occurring beyond 60 days; The President, the Congress and the military sell the idea of yet another ground war in the Middle East as a solution to -anything.

    By facily attacking the President for what appears to be an is an attempt to have a thoughtful process in place to deal with IS is to venerate the disasters of the Bush/Cheney/neocon wars in Iraq and Afghanistan- i.e. wars without supplies; wars without sufficient troops; wars without plans; wars without logical ends- and wars without funding. Only blithering idiots support that sort of action.

    September 3, 2014 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. gedipn oyawa

    extreme hate for obama mean nothing! we say. the cry of afrog will not deter cow fron drinking pools water!

    September 3, 2014 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. Rusty Krus

    @Smitty
    Once again the BIGGEST LIAR OF THE YEAR shows his ineptness, how could he have a plan ??? Hes too busy screwing up America. Oh and then theres golf.

    At a time like this, Republicans like you are traitors. Go join the Taliban you stupid, hateful hick!

    September 3, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. Fair is Fair

    @ Tom Paine –

    Yes, we've indeed had both hardy discussion and civil discourse. My "95% / 100% / 5%" comment was not directed at you; however, it left no room for exceptions, you and others inclusive in that group. That was wrong on my part. Please accept my apology.

    September 3, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Larry Fine

    @Chris..E.Al
    He should have said man you know how hard it is for me to shop for golf shoes at bass pro shop ?

    Too ignorant to even warrent a thoughtful response.

    September 3, 2014 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. joekelaidis

    Lizzie, stop lying do some research. For once in your life use what you have for a brain.

    September 3, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. Lolo

    If I were him I would not have, but we know how the crazy severly conservatives are. They will keep harping on it until the cows come home. No harping about the liar Bush (mission accomplished) statement. Listen up dodo birds you cannot dismiss President Obama from history with your no nonsense thinking. By the time the books are printed most of the old coots will be with the devil. If you were not so racist and upset because a black man was elected president we would be in a much better place by now. No you had to cut off your noses to spite your faces and you will pay dearly come November. I would not be surprised if the GOP is in with ISIS, just to win votes in November, since they are such slime balls. Their rich buddies probably pooled their money together to start all this mess. The bottom line is they cannot be trusted period.

    September 3, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    Brass tacks:

    "We have no strategy other than carpet bombing and magically training them to defend themselves...they'll greet us as liberators...over in 3-6 weeks but no, we're not telling you how we'll know when it's over" results in the MSM cheering, reporting that WMDs do in fact exist and Sadam has them and "oh, btw, did we mention Plame's line of work?"

    "We have no strategy YET because I'm working hard with the Pentagon and Joint Chiefs et al to make sure that our mission is clearly defined and rationally limited and that we know what we're setting out to achieve, how we intend to achieve it and how we'll know when we're done...I'll let you know when we've pulled it into focus" results in MSM throwing a tantrum because it's "confusing" and "unclear" and doesn't give them "decisive" (read: "exciting" and "easily sensationalized") cowboy carpet-bombing runs to breathlessly report on in front of a blue screen depicting it all.

    September 3, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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