- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 2, 2014

Piers Morgan, the CNN host turned Daily Mail editor-at-large, took a somewhat shocking jab — shocking given his left-leaning politics — at President Obama, calling the commander-in-chief’s choice of pronoun during a recent “60 Minutes” explanation of what went wrong with the Islamic State pure “buck-passing.”

Mr. Morgan first referred to Mr. Obama’s interview, and reminded how the president said “James Clapper has acknowledged that they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” he wrote in an op-ed for the Daily Mail.

Mr. Morgan then penned: “As Governor Chris Christie pointed out, by saying ‘they’ rather than ‘we,’ Obama tried to distance himself from any personal responsibility or accountability for what has been a catastrophic failure to act over the greatest terror threat facing the world since Osama bin Laden. A more shameless, reprehensible display of buck-passing it would be hard to find from a sitting president.”

Mr. Morgan then went on to write that America’s intelligence will now likely “exact cold-blooded revenge on Obama by drip-feeding negative stories about him until he’s gone,” he said in the Daily Mail.

And he summed: “The truth is that Obama is the one who underestimated ISIS, plunging his head ostrich-like into the sand and hoping they would go away without having to do anything to actually make them go away. … Obama prides himself on a ‘leading from behind’ American strategy to confronting global terrorism and the current chaos raging throughout the Middle East. But refusing to intervene in conflicts like Syria has so far proved to be spectacularly self-defeating. Far from making America stronger, Obama has made the world’s greatest military power look weak.”

Mr. Morgan’s parting shot: “It’s time he got off the damn golf course, got up to speed with his intelligence briefings and focused on wiping out ISIS. Before they wipe out more the people he serves,” the Daily Mail said.

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