Quantcast

The Real Reason Why Republicans are ‘Outraged’ Over President Obama’s ‘Strategy’ Comment

obama-isis-1It was the comment heard round the world: the moment when President Obama stepped up to the microphone during a press conference and dared to say that he doesn’t yet have a strategy for dealing with ISIS.

Which is exactly what I think he should have said.

But all day yesterday, whenever I flipped on the news, all I saw was some Republican commentator incessantly obsessing over Obama’s comments. Which I knew was going to happen the moment I heard them come out of his mouth.

Although knowing that Republicans were going to harp on his comments doesn’t make their pointless rabble rousing any less annoying.

But sitting at home today, an epiphany came to me. I know why Republicans are so upset about these comments. Because it gave them absolutely no “plan” to bash.

Since 2008, Republicans have obsessed over one clear objective: opposing whatever President Obama supports.

But what do you do when he doesn’t say what he’s going to do?

Sure, they can bash him for not having a plan. But the ironic thing is, neither do they. 

Though that doesn’t matter. Their lack of a plan isn’t what’s important. He’s the president and “he should have a plan by now.” As if dealing with ISIS is set on some kind of a deadline. Just because they demand an answer, doesn’t mean the right answer is yet available.

Because what can they do when their plan of “just say the opposite” is nullified because President Obama doesn’t really say anything? Their only option for “saying the opposite” would have been to lay out a clear and decisive plan – and we all know that was never going to happen.

Look no further than Syria. Around this same time last year things in Syria were on the forefront of the news. For months Republicans had been saying that President Obama needed to take action. Then once he threatened to use military force, many of those same Republicans who were calling for action suddenly opposed it.

Because the truth is, they never expected him to threaten military action. And once he called their bluff, they didn’t know how to respond. Because, as we all know, agreeing with President Obama sure as heck isn’t an option for Republicans.

But mark my words, no matter what “strategy” to deal with ISIS President Obama ultimately announces, Republicans are going to complain about it. Because that’s what they always do. He can say exactly what many of them have been saying, and they’ll still say whatever he said was wrong.

Because it doesn’t matter what Obama says or does, Republicans aren’t going to stray away from their strategy of opposing anything and everything supported by the president.


The following two tabs change content below.
Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on both Twitter and Facebook. Have feedback, compliments, criticism or hate mail? You can email him as well.
Did you find this article worthwhile? Please share it!

Comments

Facebook comments

  • Tina Martin

    hasn’t he also been bashed for telling his plans over national tv for all to see?

    • Larry Ham

      Whens the last time a president did NOT get bashed for telling his plans?

      • Jim Bean

        When is the first time a President SHOULDN’T be bashed for sharing the battle plan with the enemy?

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        jim,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, that’s really insane- U think any president will share TRUE secret details with anyone else???
        …………………………. u need to learn how to play chess

      • Stephen Barlow

        Well, let’s not get ahead of your self there sport. BEfore he gets on the checkerboard, he’ll have to master catching a ball and throwing it back. Then maybe Jim can balance one on his nose and beep a horn with his mouth.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Then you are SUPPORTING Mr Obama AND recognizing his cunning and skillful COMMAND of the US Military.

        Why didn’t you just SAY so.

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        the only ”support” of Obama jim and his LIK would employ would be supporting his lynching.
        =======================================

      • Stephen Barlow

        You are saying they would prop up the tree?

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        hmmmm,,,,,,,,,,,,,, don’t know– but Im certain that they would pray for (21st century) “gods” love in causing obamas demise–
        and yes; that includes his extinction immediately.
        OF COURSE: the white trash regressive will NEVER claim 2 do this—
        ” get them in the sights” ( sarah palin dialogues)

      • Stephen Barlow

        WMD Day. When Everyone EXCEPT Barack Obama BOUGHT the Cheney Plan to steal oil from a sovereign nation under the guise of ‘liberating people who never ASKED to be liberated.

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        those silly facts— I guess at THAT time republican cretins said OBAMA must NOT love America as he didn’t vote for the unpaid war

      • Stephen Barlow

        Sad but true, he was shunned for a bit by the 530 zealots who voted for revenge and MORE American deaths. 2.5 times as many American died because of Republican LIES about 9/11, than perished in the towers that morning.

        10 times as many Americans are suffering wounds from the Republican corruption about 9/11 than were wounded in the collapse or the clean up. Almost ALL of those have NOT received a fair hearing, medical care for their wounds or compensation for their losses.

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        cmon Stephen!!!! don’t U know about “private enterprise”????
        example- funny how FOX “news” now LOUDLY ( thru trace adkins and others) trumpets ” wounded warrior” which has the PATRIOTIC americans DONATING to some typical scheme which transmutes YOUR money to THEIR money and gives a token to the crippled American soldiers ( left alive) who tasted FIRSTHAND the military zeal which our PRIOR administration levied upon them for ZERO socio-economic results ( unless U are Halliburton or the military private industrial complex)
        ==========================================
        Ironically as I write this during a commercial break from the movie ”JAGGED EDGE” the “WOUNDED ( 19.95 per month) WARRIORS” begging is on!!
        PRAISE $$$$$$ JEEEE$U$

      • Stephen Barlow

        WWP is actually pretty up and up. Since the huge scandal in the late 90′s, United Way has been very particular about whom they include in their menagerie.

        I gave learned to give time instead of money because writing a check is harder than schlepping books from room to room in a VA hospital.

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        not knocking u–
        u know that—-
        im just pissed off at WHY we have so many wounded warriors!!

      • Stephen Barlow

        I AM PISSED that we even have ONE!

      • Stephen Barlow

        because we keep sending then to war.

  • Denise Porter

    since most people can’t get inside Obama head, most look foolish trying.

    • Larry Ham

      No need to be so sarcastic….wait, you were joking right?

    • Stephen Barlow

      MOST groups of THREE can’t equal what that man think before coffee in the morning.

  • Steve Zakszewski

    It’s funny to watch folks like Mike Rogers bitching about how Obama needs to act quickly and decisively while simultaneously suing him for acting quickly and decisively. And I watched a panel of allegedly intelligent people on Fox News Sunday– including Mike Wallace– bash Obama for not having a plan even though there were talks about bombing Syria last year. In their rush to blame Obama, they forgot that last year the US was going to bomb the Syrian government and not ISIS, which would have led to an even stronger ISIS. Whoops. And now the US is faced with Iraq Redux– do we support a secular strongman who used gas on his own people (just like Saddam Hussein) against an even more dangerous group of terrorists or do we try what we tried and failed so miserably at in Syria and attempt to support certain moderate elements but ultimately failing to do so?

    • Bonta-kun

      Shouldn’t Wallace really be focusing on whatever he gets thrown by Ryan Tannehill?

    • Stephen Barlow

      How ASHAMED of his son do you think the REAL Mike Wallace is?

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        sadly the great mike Wallace died in april 2012

      • Stephen Barlow

        I know, the ‘author’ was referring to Chris Wallace by his Father’s name.

    • Stephen Barlow

      WE apologize to the Middle East and help the Ukraine bring Putin down. You DO know that if each of the 10 NATO nations deploys ONE SINGLE DIVISION to help the Ukraine, that the new Soviet Army will depart BOTH Donetsk and Eastern Ukraine but most likely the Crimea as well? That would be 120,000 men and machines ans arms and ammo and Putin KNOWS he doesn’t have enough army for that kind of fight.

      The full weight of NATO could take Moscow in 4 months. Which I don’t think would be a bad Idea.

  • Maria DelCoco

    There’s been an excess of manufactured ‘outrage’ over just about anything he has tried to do, say, propose…whatever. It’s past getting old and way past annoying. I hope when he does let loose it is with such ferocity and with a distinct, attainable objective it throws the GOP and the terrorists back on their pins.

    • Larry Ham

      Yeah, the GOP should treat Obama with the same dignity and respect that Democrats gave Bush…I guess they’ll have to figure out how to photoshop a mustache on the president.

      • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

        Yea, Bush deserved a lot of respect for getting us into unneeded wars and then announcing that they wars were over while we still had people dying over there. He was a winner alright!!

      • Larry Ham

        He deserves just as much respect for letting unfettered immigrants stream across our borders so they can come here and live off legal taxpaying citizens…oh wait, Obama is doing that.

      • ThatGuyTom

        The anti child trafficing law that Bush signed as he was leaving office? Also Obama’s fault…because…reasons.

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        ohwait— Reagan did it en mass; bush policy opened the door again,,,,,,,,how more stupidity larry-0?
        how about billionaires and huge companies paying no tax? praise jeeeeesus? tax free scum churches?
        ========================================
        bytheway– no one in America is banning religion. we ask u keep it PRIVATE; not legislate it in government – we need no dead jewish gay carpenter or some outdated women hating book in OUR lives

      • Stephen Barlow

        Reagan thought it was a great idea, which is why be began the unfunding of the Border Patrol in 1982.

      • Stephen Barlow

        He deserved even MORE for making 23 million of us jobless and 11 million of our families homeless.

      • Bill Bixler

        Are you fucking kidding me. I hated the Bush policies but he was President. You and the rest of your “conservative” ilk have been treasonous, unreasonable, and racist (yes I said it).

      • Stephen Barlow

        NOt to mention Seditious, Dishonest, Unprofessional and … gulp… proletarian.

      • jonjstrine42

        You’re absolutely correct Larry. I remember the Democrats all the time calling Bush un-American, saying he was sympathizing with the terrorists, calling for his impeachment every day for incredibly trivial things, and saying that every single action taken by the Bush administration was to purposefully destroy America and turn it into a third world country. Oh, and let’s not forget all the times the Democrats went on TV yelling about how much Bush hated America.
        And of course there were all the times the Democrats blocked the Republicans from getting things done. All they did during the Bush years was say “NO!” to everything, even if it was their own idea.
        Wait… my mistake. That actually didn’t happen. Yes, Bush got criticized, harshly even. But I don’t recall the level of vitriol that we’ve see directed towards President Obama from Day 1. So it’s a bit of a false equivalency on your part. But thanks for playing.

      • SickOfConservatives

        Yeah the Democrats really fought hard during the 2000 recount and did not accept Bush as their president.

        The Democrats attacked Bush soooo much that most of them voted to go into Iraq. They did NOT call for his impeachment.

        Dick Cheney said that if you weren’t with them, you were with the terrorists. Jay Leno was still making Bill Clinton jokes into 2005.

        The Democrats said NO to two unfunded wars, the Bush tax cuts and Medicare Part D.

        The Democrats fought the Patriot Act.

        The only pop star who spoke against Bush and still has a career is Kanye West (“George Bush doesn’t like black people.”)

        Why are you lying?

      • jonjstrine42

        And once again my sarcasm goes unnoticed. Did you read the final paragraph of my post? I put it there for a reason, since people can’t seem to tell when I’m being sarcastic (which is odd, since it happens a lot).

      • SickOfConservatives

        If it “happens a lot” maybe that should tell you something.

      • jonjstrine42

        It does. It tells me there are a lot of people in the world that haven’t the wit to understand sarcasm. Especially when I add a paragraph after said sarcasm explaining that I was being sarcastic.

      • SickOfConservatives

        Funny I thought the message would be “stop being sarcastic on the internet,” but maybe that’s old school.

      • jonjstrine42

        Sorry. I gotta be me. Mainly because no one else seems to want the job (can’t say I blame them). And a sarcastic prick is who I am.
        And for that, I offer you my apologies. I’ll try to keep the sarcasm more readily apparent so those unable to differentiate between sarcasm and honesty, such as yourself, can more easily recognize it.

      • SickOfConservatives

        I’ll bet you have a lot of friends.

      • jonjstrine42

        Not a lot, just the right ones.

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        how about both of U shut up,,

      • SickOfConservatives

        You first.

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        don’t be a twit– U are fighting with another liberal. fight the regressive white trash “conservatives”,,,not each other

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        how about both of U shut up

      • jonjstrine42

        Yes, mommy.

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        seems like U both are on the same side—
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, so fight the enemy instead of each other
        =========================================
        lets start with the regressive micropenile oligophrenial rightwing trolls who TRY 2 instigate stuff on these threads; shall we?

      • Stephen Barlow

        YOU Sir are NOT a prick. You are just a weenie in Prick suit with the sleeves and pants legs rolled up.

      • candy151

        Jonjstrine42 I got it. The minute I started reading it, I got the sarcasm. Well done!

      • Stephen Barlow

        We thought you were being sarcastic about that…

      • Stephen Barlow

        Try REALLY laying it on as thick as cream cheese on a bagel. If it sounds too plausable… it’s only Satire.

      • Stephen Barlow

        BEcause he doesn’t KNOW HOW to do anything Fox News doesn’t script him to say!

      • Stephen Barlow

        Remember when the Dems threatened to default on the debt when they ShutDown the Government and exploited Veteran’s at Memorials, only to vote NO!! on THREE Veteran’s Bills fr the troops the Dems mutilated in Iraq and AfPak?

        hehehe There is a BIG DIFFERENCE between pointing out that LYING to get us into an unwinnable war for no reason other than corporateering for the oil industry was wRONG, and inventing fake FASHION CRITIQUES (momjeans) because you don’t wanna serve the citizens who not only voted for you BUT PAY YOU AS WELL!

        Did one single Democrat EVER criticize that titless skeleton mousehole Laura? About her clothes, diet, plans for children’s health… ANYTHING? EVER?

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        they couldn’t criticize her-
        she is a white regressive “Christian”
        ==================================
        criticism would rocket all who did to eternal damnation

    • Stephen Barlow

      I laughed SO HARD when he suggested part of the Republican platform to the RED house and they were ‘OUTRAGED’ at their own IDEAS.

  • Nancy B

    They’re so predictable.

    • Eg Kbbs

      In another predictable scene, yesterday McCain unveiled his plan to solve the problems. I am SO SURPRISED that he called for bombing and to provide munitions. (not to mention that we’ve already started selected bombing – something McCain seems unaware of. I mean, doesn’t he at least have staffers who follow the news ? If I know about the bombing, why doesn’t he ?)

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        he is still looking at “McCAIN FOR PRESIDENT” buttons

  • giankeys loves shemale porn

    remember: Obama is a muslim and we are all gonna die
    =======================================================
    say that often enough and VOILA!!! FOX “news” will give U your own eponymous Cable show – with FOX “news” contributors— so sign up and make TONS of money catering to the white trash regressives who have shown such brilliance by paying for listening to rush/ beck/ malkin (UGGGH) / Hannity / huck(ster) abee / Levin/ coulter/ ETC
    ==========================================================

    • Larry Ham

      Sorta like saying Bush/Cheney planned 9/11, or they blew up those levies in New Orleans to kill black people. It lets CNN, MSNBC, and the networks make TONS of money catering to low information Obama voters.

      • Harvsbuddy

        How many of these media companies gave any amount of credence to the two whacko conspiracies you mention here?
        None is the answer.
        I didn’t like President Bush, but I never believed the cockamamie theory he was behind 9-11.

        How many conservatives wanted to believe the President was born in Kenya?
        And if it was a colleague of theirs who espoused the Birther conspiracy, how many spoke out against them?
        Show me one report from CNN, MSNBC and the legitimate networks that concluded the Truthers might be onto something?
        The answer is none and yours is nothing but a straw argument.
        There are extremist idiots on both sides and you do nothing but help their cause with such nonsense.

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        wanna bet larry regressive ham doesn’t reply 2 U?

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        u owe me a DOLLA!!! larry ham didn’t reply!
        =—————————————————————–
        send me 10 cents ayear

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        I have never heard or seen any of THOSE networks say that. I have seen white trash regressive pseudo-religious ( see: VOODOO) scumbags on FOX “news” lie constantly thru their teeth. wanna compare repub VS dem federal policies in past 25 yrs and the effects upon ALL americans ( not just white trash scum elitists?) yes? want 2 compare? U f*cking loser regressives are very funny! shall we look at spending? Benghazi? Kenya birthers? equal equality?

      • Larry Ham

        Any time Skippy! You wanna discuss runaway government spending and borrowing? Bring it!
        You wanna discuss the results of uncontrolled immigration and how it’s destroyed the labor market and opportunities for poor people and blue collar guys? Bring it!
        Let’s talk about how liberal Democrats BUY VOTES with other people’s money, I can do this all day!

        I used to be young, stupid, naïve, and liberal (if you’ll pardon the redundancy) just like you. Then I got married, kids, mortgages, etc and then I grew up…what are you waiting for?

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        excellent! lets start with spending. shall we look at debt and deficits ( an PLEASE know the difference ) over the past 30 yrs? you go first- and please cite CBO and US treasury facts,,,,not michelle malkin and FOX “news” garbage

      • Larry Ham

        Sure, CBO shows that Nixon balanced the budget with a Dem Congress, and Clinton balanced it with a GOP Congress…so the country runs best when the presidency and Congress are run by separate parties.

        One party rule under Carter, Bush, Obama, and the first two years of Clinton were disastrous.

        CBO shows that when GOP took over Congress in 1994 we slowed spending growth and economy took off…this happened with the federal government and with state governments that elected GOP governors.

        Bush ran up huge deficits with a GOP Congress, Obama did so as well with a Dem Congress. And both made it easier to get food stamps and go on welfare so now we have record numbers of people living off government hand outs.

        Now this is the part where you put on your Rachel Maddow glasses and start spewing DNC talking points.

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        I prefer to ask why Reagans disastrous spending was omitted?

      • Larry Ham

        I wouldn’t call Reagan’s spending disastrous…are you even old enough to remember the Cold War? News flash: WE WON! We won without firing a shot by doing the exact opposite of what liberal Democrats like you said to do.

        The rest of that spending under Reagan went to social programs, still fighting the War On Poverty. And after 50 years, and countless trillions, the poverty rate is exactly the same as when we started.

        Now that you’ve been completely embarrassed in front of everyone you have no other choice than to play the race card.

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        u have again spun away from topic
        ================================
        proven by attempting 2 bring up something I NEVER brought up
        ==================================
        U spin adroitly!
        now,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, about the 20 yrs of Reagan/bush 1/ bush 2 job creation NUMBERS >VS< the 14 yrs of Clinton & Obama.
        ======================================
        " please continue governor"

  • mre2000

    You know you’ve run out of manufactured outrage when: a) theres no plan to manufacture outrage over; b) you have to manufacture outrage over no plan (ie nothing); and c) the only thing left to manufacture outrage over is that damn suit.

    When they start looking ridiculous TO EACH OTHER, you’ve officially run out of ammo.

    • Larry Ham

      News flash: when someone gets elected president the other party immediately sets out to destroy him. Get over it.

      • mre2000

        Now there’s an intelligent response. Tell me Einstein, what’s YOUR problem with his suit?

        Is you folks who need to get over it, but thanks for chiming in with your brilliant little nugget.

      • Harvsbuddy

        Because after 9-11, so many of President Bushes opponents spoke out against him and wanted to destroy him?
        Or was it more likely after they later found out he lied about the reasons to go into Iraq?
        From what I recall, most Americans stood behind President Bush just after 9-11.
        Something, the idiot Obama haters should have taken a lesson from.

      • Brian

        He lied about the weapons of mass destruction that were found proving he didn’t lie?

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        they never found what was claimed; and don’t give me this FOX “news” crap about they were sold elsewhere— saddam doesn’t sell stuff to his enemies; especially weaponry

      • Stephen Barlow

        30,000 functional Weapons were found? WHERE?

        in your dreams!!

      • Stephen Barlow

        NOPE, this is the FIRST TIME on record that a Seditionus effort was planned and begun BEFORE inauguration.

  • Guy

    There are also several democrats who think the same of this fool, Obama. The fact that you did not mention this invalidates your whole column and your flash opinions.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Doesn’t invalidate ANYTHING said about Republican behavior. Every word of it is STILL TRUE. It only proves that democrats think for themselves.

  • strayaway

    It is not unusual for presidents to propose a plan to Congress but ultimately only Congress can declare wars although the War Powers Act allows a president to act if the US is under imminent threat which isn’t the case. So I pretty much agree that Congress should get its act together and decide what to do if anything about IS instead of just criticizing the President. There is nothing, however, that prevents the President from suggesting a course of action although presidents are not required to do so. Most proposals would probably be better than letting McCain begin the conversation.

    A possibly related footnote: Islamic militants may now be in charge of Tripoli and guarding the US embassy there. That probably wouldn’t be the case if Khaddafi hadn’t been overthrown.

  • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

    It wouldn’t matter if Obama said that he HAD a plan and it was the best plan in the world—-the republicans would bash him anyway!! It’s been that way since the very second he became president! If the repubs are so brilliant then lets see THEIR plan!!

  • Jim Bean

    This dudes foreign policy strategy has been ‘look the other way’ from the beginning.

  • Pragmatic Progressive

    I disagree with Guy that Obama is a fool but Guy is correct that Democrats are upset over the “no strategy” comment as well.

  • FMJ

    The are trying to shift our attention from the fact that the GOP gave ISIS their weapons and money, so now they are blaming Obama, again. Sorry, GOP, but some of us know what you did and how YOU caused this mess. We all knew when Bush and Cheney went into Iraq that something much worse could and probably would happen.

  • Rustbelt Democrat

    Guy and Pragmatic Progressive are correct. Diane Feinstein was one of the Democrats who criticized the President concerning the strategy comment.

  • Jim Bean

    Is there any chance they were just bashing it because they didn’t like that he had no plan? I was always taught that not having a plan equals planning to fail.

    • giankeys loves shemale porn

      whats YOUR plan; o exalted wise sage?

  • ronifae

    Did you see Chris Matthews tonight? He sounds like he’s auditioning for a chair at FOX News.

  • Stephen Barlow

    “Repeal and REPLACE”, The Romney Tax Plan, The Ryan Budget, The Bush Iraq Exit Strategy, the GOP Recovery Plan… All titles of unwritten books.

    If the job of managing America is a ONE MAN JOB, then maybe the President should just CLOSE the Capitol for Business, and Administer the Government wholey on Executive Orders. BEcause two things in the Constitution would let him DO that.

    1) If a session is NOT called to order, NO ONE can introduce a bill nor vote on it to stop him and

    2) Congress has an appointed place to hold sessions and no where but the Capitol will suffice,

    Kinda like that fake Recess crap Boehner pulled to DENY the PRESIDENT his CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT of Recess Appointments. but in Reverse.

    The House can’t meet because the President CLOSED the Capitol!!!

    He could even email those in to the press corp from the 17th Tee.

  • Southern Liberal

    Obama is announcing his plan this week. That should silence critics on the left, such as Diane Feinstein.

    www. nbcnews. com/meet-the-press/exclusive-obama-deliver-major-address-isis-vows-hunt-down-extremists-n197456

    • Southern Liberal

      As for the Repugs, I have no hope for them.