Lawmakers are fuming over President Barack Obama's admission that his White House lacks a strategy for dealing with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Syria, with one congressman comparing his performance to the bumbling sheriff's deputy Barney Fife from 'The Andy Griffith Show.'
And as House and Senate members piled on with sharp criticism, a former senior aide to a retired defense secretary told MailOnline that the Joint Chiefs of Staff are 'seeing red' and 'spitting nails' following Obama's candid admission.
'They're losing confidence in their mission,' said the long-time Pentagon insider, who spoke on condition of anonymity. 'When the president doesn't know what direction to point people in, all his advisers can do is guess at what he wants. That's not good.'
Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert told Fox News that Obama articulated 'a pitiful foreign policy, and Barney Fife is in charge [Source] reiterated things he or his aides had already said. But there was one l
When asked about whether his future plans for combating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) required congressional authorization, Obama ducked. "I don't want to put the cart before the horse," he said, before uttering the line that'll likely haunt him for the rest of his presidency. "We don't have a strategy yet."
Newly returned from Ferguson, MO, Our ebonics contributor SVW, sends this: "GULF BREEZE, Florida – Da Gulf Breeze Zoo announce' dat two Grévy’z zebra foalz wuz born uv differint motherz on da same day, Aug. 12, at da facilitee.
“We knew both femalez wuz due any day, buh we couldn’t predict dat both femalez would give birth on da same day,” say Desiree Haga, assistant curata, n' a nuze release. “Both deliveriez wuz quick an' we’a excite' ta report both babiez be happy an' healthy wiff they motherz.”
Grévy’z zebra be da mos' endangere' uv da three zpeciez uv zebra. Fewa den 2,500 uv da animalz be thoute ta exis' n' da wild n' Kinya an' Ethiopia, wiff around 600 livn' n' captivitee. Da zebra’z typical gestashun period be 390 dayz, o'around 13 monthz.
Accordn' ta da release from da zoo, baby zebraz be born wiff a unique brown an' crackah stripe pattern, wich darkinz ta black an' crackah az dey get olda. Motha zebraz communicate wiff they babiez usn' a varietee uv zoundz includn' squealn', brayn' an' gruntn'.
Both motherz an' they foalz be back on public display at da Gulf Breeze Zoo, off uv U.S. 98 n' Gulf Breeze, about a 30-minute drive eas' uv Pinsacola. [Source]
"As Obama golfed over the weekend, Tripoli Airport fell to the jihad boys," writes Mark Steyn. "I was there years ago, and thought it compared favorably with, say, Logan. Now it's a smoking ruin - part of the blowback from Obama's leading with his behind, or whatever he calls it. As things stand, this guy will end his presidency with a chain of failed states for al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, ISIS and the Taliban to gambol and frolic in, stretching from West Africa to the Hindu Kush. But you can't see them from Martha's Vineyard, so who cares?" [Read it all]
Fraser Nelson of British magazine The Spectator did some number crunching recently and found that Britain is poorer than every State in the USA but one.
As Nelson wrote: “if Britain were to somehow leave the EU and join the US … we’d be the 2nd-poorest state in the union, poorer than any state other than Mississippi.This is shocking and disheartening to American liberals who often assume that Great Britain is still the jewel of Europe pointing to its nearly 100 percent socialist-styled government as a model of perfection. But it turns out that decades of socialism has laid Britain low.
Jamie Brown, 29, was caught after he accidentally disturbed wasp nest while urinating during his getaway, a British court heard. Brown spent six hours in agony at Leeds General Infirmary, before being discharged and appearing before Leeds Magistrates Court which heard that Brown had attempted to flee with a stolen fish tank but as cops swarmed the area Brown relieved himself in a bush home to a nest of wasps and fled from the scene - catching their attention. [Source] BJS
Judge Jeanine Pirro has slammed President Barack Obama’s response to the beheading of American journalist James Foley as “weak, wimpy and pathetic.” She also called on Obama to leave the White House if he does not have the determination, desire and stamina to destroy ISIS. [Source]
Dear Diary: My iPresidentophone has been going beserk this morning, sounding all the ring-tones I have assigned, from Song of The Volga Boatmen, through Hava Nagila, and Rule Britannia, to Nkosi Sikelel iAfrika. Enough already! Don't these people know that I have a round of golf to attend to? I stuffed the phone under my pillows to serenade itself harmlessly, until maybe a housekeeper picks it up: " Mr Putin? Mr Cameron? Angular Merkel? I apologize, but the President is out on the links...." Hopefully these pesky folks will tire of pursuing me at all hours, expecting me to DO something about ISIS: To confront them before they reach our homelands. But, as the masses know, that's not my style. I prefer a more nuanced, intellectual approach. But enough about me.
Maureen Dowd, biting piece on Obama's absence from the world stage at such a critical time:
"I know it doesn’t look good to have pictures of me grinning in a golf cart juxtaposed with ones of James Foley’s parents crying, and a distraught David Cameron rushing back from his vacation after only one day, and the Pentagon news conference with Chuck Hagel and General Dempsey on the failed mission to rescue the hostages in Syria.
We’re stuck in the rough, going to war all over again in Iraq and maybe striking Syria, too. Every time Chuck says ISIL is “beyond anything we’ve ever seen,” I sprout seven more gray hairs. But my cool golf caps cover them. If only I could just play through the rest of my presidency..." Read it all.