Meant to post this over the weekend, from Peggy Noonan’s latest column:
Everything’s frozen. When you ask, “What is the appropriate U.S. response to ISIS?” half the people in Washington answer: “ George W. Bush broke Iraq and ISIS was born in the rubble. There would be no ISIS if it weren’t for him.” The other half answer: “WhenBarack Obama withdrew from Iraq, ISIS was born in the vacuum. There would be no ISIS without him.”
These are charges, not answers, and they are getting us nowhere. Bitterness and begging the question are keeping us from focusing on what is. We’re frozen in what was….
Of course, that’s SOP in Washington in this generation.
Be sure to follow the link, and see King Abdullah all dressed up like a combat soldier, to let you know he’s serious…
Ah, so only uniforms can signal seriousness?
I’m pretty sure the last line was tongue-in-cheek.
Yes. As in, “Didn’t Dukakis look SERIOUS in that tank?”
Although, I will say, the king didn’t look as incongruous as Dukakis did. Of course, kings have experience wearing uniforms. You just don’t normally see them in fatigues, which is what jumped out here…
Less incongruous because of significant military training. From Wikipedia: “In 1980 he joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, was commissioned into the British Army as a Second Lieutenant, and served for a year as a troop commander in the 13th/18th Royal Hussars. In 1982, Abdullah was admitted to Pembroke College, Oxford, where he completed a one-year Special Studies course in Middle Eastern Affairs. Upon returning home, he joined the Royal Jordanian Army, serving as an officer in the 40th Armored Brigade, and undergoing a parachuting and freefall course. In 1985, he attended the Armored Officer’s Advanced Course at Fort Knox, and in 1986, he became commander of a tank company in the 91st Armored Brigade, holding the rank of Captain. He also served with the Royal Jordanian Air Force in its Anti-Tank Wing, where he was trained to fly Cobra attack helicopters.”
Quite right, Bob.
Peggy Noonan: ““What is the appropriate U.S. response to ISIS?”
No more meetin’s! No more discussions! No more Sollozzo tricks! You give ’em one message – I want Solozzo. If not, it’s all-out war, we go to the mattresses.
Caskey 2016 – A wartime consigliere.
And there’s no police captain…