I have not been shy in criticizing President Barack Obama for his foreign policy lately, specifically with regard to his foreign policy in dealing with the growing threat of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL).
Many pundits have commented that the Obama foreign policy lacks both vision and strategy. I could not agree more, and I have repeatedly criticized him for his foreign policy of inaction, and now it seems that it is growing to become a reactive one. There is a pattern that we now see. Obama waits until something happens, he ponders and waits on what should be done, then he takes a limited action—just enough to make a dent on ISIS advance in Iraq but not enough to fully eliminate this grave threat. He then seemingly becomes satisfied with a temporary fix, until something else comes along, then the whole cycle restarts.
This is now the situation, after the brutal execution of American journalist James Foley. It is becoming abundantly clear that ISIS, if given the opportunity, will try to inflict harm on American lives. Even Obama’s own cabinet member, Defense secretary Chuck Hagel and military leader Gen. Dempsey both warned the American public of the real threat that ISIS poses to the United States. Nevertheless, it is unlikely that we will see decisive, immediate action from the Obama administration. He will continue with his pondering and waiting game, until this ISIS threat grows to unmanageable extent.
His pondering and waiting game in June afforded ISIS the two-month time it needed to grow to become the massive threat we now see today. If Obama continues with his indecisive policy—now after the death of an American life—we will likely see more American causalities, not only in the distant land of Iraq, but also at home possibly as a result of a 9/11-style terrorist attack which ISIS is capable of.
Rest assured, Obama will continue the aforementioned pattern of foreign policy decision making, pondering and waiting, until his indecisiveness ultimately harms the security of the American people.