August 7, 2014

I don't know what can of worms we just opened up with the announcement of air strikes against ISIS in Iraq and I guess time will tell whether it actually puts a stop to their siege or just makes matters worse there.

I do know it would be nice to hear some solutions offered for the region that didn't always involve selling people more arms, dropping more bombs on people's heads and more military intervention.

That said, this was entirely predictable. No matter how often President Obama does exactly what they want on the right, they're going to criticize him for it and for not being hawkish enough.

Case in point, Bill O'Reilly's Talking Points Memo this Thursday evening where just about an hour and a half prior to President Obama announcing there would be air strikes against ISIS, Bill-O was carping that he was content to just sit on the sidelines. O'Reilly won't be happy until we've got ground troops back in Iraq and we're in a full blown war with Russia as well.

From Fox's blog: O’Reilly: Obama 'Seems Comfortable on Sidelines' as ISIS, Putin Advance:

In tonight's Talking Points Memo, Bill O'Reilly examined the United States standing down in the face of recent hostile action.

A major threat to the U.S. is posed by the ISIS terror army, which now controls much of Iraq and Syria and is threatening Lebanon and Jordan, as well, as it seeks to establish a Muslim caliphate in the Middle East.

"According to the U.N., at least 200,000 refugees have fled these killers who are murdering Christians and other folks they don't like in grisly ways," O'Reilly explained.

President Obama, however, has not ordered the U.S. military to move against ISIS, although there have been indications that some bombing is being considered.

Although most Americans do not want any re-involvement in Iraq and are tired of sacrificing lives for foreign nations, according to O'Reilly, "You don't walk away from a dire threat, you confront it in a smart way."

He suggested drones or air power to slow down the ISIS army and prevent Islamic terrorism from gaining enormous power.

O'Reilly then turned his attention to Russian President Vladimir Putin amassing forces at the eastern Ukraine border.

"Does President Obama have a plan ready to go in case Putin does invade that sovereign country?" "The Factor" host asked. "If so, might it not deter Russia if the plan was made public?"

While acknowledging many Americans have no interest in faraway places, O'Reilly reiterated that American power is the last hope in defeating worldwide terrorism.

"But President Obama seems comfortable staying on the sidelines with the rest of the world, allowing ISIS and Putin to disrupt civilization," O'Reilly concluded. "The longer we wait, the more painful the inevitable confrontation will be."


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