- - Thursday, February 19, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Despite being designated as “JV” by President Obama, the Islamic State appears to be making exceptional progress at expanding its murderous reach throughout the Middle East in its quest to become the hegemon of the region.

As the map turns red from the terrorist group’s “martyrs” and victims, the response of the White House has been tepid and weak, which only encourages the enemies of modernity to redouble their efforts at establishing a caliphate. Not only is the president not stepping up our military response to these murderers, Mr. Obama has apparently denied needed intelligence to Jordan’s King Abdullah and Egypt’s President el-Sissi so they can carry out airstrikes in response to the latest immolation and beheadings in the region. The Kurds are even willing to take the ground fight to the Islamic State but Mr. Obama is refusing to provide them with the arms and ammunition needed for the job.

While I generally avoid conspiracy theories, one begins to wonder whether Mr. Obama is simply the most incompetent man to occupy the White House or if he’s carrying out an agenda that advances the interests of our enemies while it diminishes our own. The president will still be a young man when he leaves office in two years, and it’s become apparent the United States is not big enough for his ego and ambition. Perhaps Mr. Obama is simply sharpening his bona fides for whatever he has planned for when he leaves office?

THOMAS M. BEATTIE

Mt. Vernon, Va.

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