- - Sunday, December 6, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

One of the duties of the commander in chief is acting quickly to deploy troops and/or warships and ordering airstrikes to protect Americans and national interests.

After Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three Americans were killed in Benghazi in 2012, President Obama flew to Las Vegas to campaign. When American James Foley was beheaded by the Islamic State in 2014, Mr. Obama said, “We will be vigilant and we will be relentless” in pursuing the terrorists who murdered him. Then he went golfing. After the Islamic State beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians in Egypt earlier this year, Mr. Obama again went golfing this time in Palm Springs, Calif. When the same terrorist group announced the death of Kayla Mueller, a U.S. aid worker, this year, Mr. Obama went to a fundraiser.

After the horrific Paris attacks last month, French President Francois Hollande said, “France is at war.” Mr. Obama merely called the attacks a “setback” and flew to the Philippines to campaign for climate change. In Malaysia, Mr. Obama said the attacks would “stiffen our resolve. We’ll be relentless.”

While Mr. Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry ponder the rules of engagement yet again, France and Russia have taken the lead with meaningful bombings, not pinpricks, to destroy the Islamic State. Mr. Obama sees the terror organization as a mere political inconvenience. Russian President Vladimir Putin has now forced Mr. Obama’s hand. America and the world need an effective commander in chief, not a campaigner in chief. It’s time to lead!

CRAIG BOYER

Bayport, N.Y.

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