As most people know, no matter what President Obama says or does conservatives are going to criticize it. I’ve joked many times that if he cured cancer tomorrow, the leading headline on Fox News would be President Obama Declares War on Oncologists. It’s utterly ridiculous how they literally can’t give him credit or praise for anything.
Take the fight against ISIL, for instance. For months all you’ve heard from the Republican party and the conservative media is how he’s “not doing anything” to combat the terrorist group. It’s an absurd premise considering we’ve carried out well over 2,000 airstrikes in just the last few months. But I guess that constitutes “doing nothing.” Though conservatives were in no short supply of praise for Jordanian King Abdullah for his tough talk following the brutal execution of one of his nation’s pilots – even though all he’s done is carry out airstrikes against the radical Islamic group as well.
Funny how that works, right? Two leaders of two different nations, both ordering airstrikes against a terrorist organization, yet conservatives see one as a “strong leader” and criticize the other as “weak” – when they’re doing the exact same thing. Wait, no, that’s not totally true; the “weak” one has ordered far more airstrikes than the supposedly “strong” one.
Well, if you haven’t heard by now President Obama submitted a proposal to Congress for authorization to use military force (including some ground troops) to fight ISIL.
Now, you would think that this would be one of the few things Fox News could get behind, but then you’d be wrong. Naturally, the hosts of Fox & Friends couldn’t help themselves from proving that they’ll criticize President Obama no matter what he does.
“It seems it comes with a ton of restrictions,” Elisabeth Hasselbeck said. “Restricting the war fighting discretion of the president. Specific limits seem to be put in language of this agreement on ground troops. A limited time, really saying this is going to be done in three years. What does it say to the enemy? Pretty much outlining all we won’t do.”
Yes, because why should a president have a plan, right? I guess she believes we should just do what George W. Bush did and start two wars without any sort of plan, exit strategy or even an outline on how we plan to achieve any of our goals.
“Can you please tell us what we’re going to do and not tell us what we’re not going to do?” Brian Kilmeade stated. “It seems like the president’s caught up in 2008. He’s not George Bush! He wants to tell us every other day.”
“Or tell the enemy how long to wait us out,” Hasselbeck responded
This is absurd. Here we have a president learning from the mistakes we’ve made in the past as it relates to going into war – and these idiots are criticizing him for it? Clearly he drafted this proposal as a means to give us specific limits on what we can do so that we don’t end up in a perpetual war, and it also sets it up to where we have to continue to authorize the use of our military every couple of years if we end up in a full-blown war against ISIL.
I can pretty much guarantee you that had President Obama submitted a proposal for use of our entire military, with no timeframe put in place for when we’ll possibly withdraw our attack, these same hosts would have been bashing him for “going back on his word” of no ground troops and for not having a “precise plan.”
But make no mistake about it, no matter what he had ultimately ended up doing, they would have criticized him for doing it.
Watch the clip below via Fox News: