The Obama administration has raised the art of doublespeak to pretzel making. In case you missed it, the president’s team put out an advisory Thursday about holding deconfliction talks with Russia.

What the heck?  I’m normally pretty good at this stuff, but deconfliction? Apparently Gwyneth Paltrow is consulting the Obama administration’s communications office. Only Gwyneth -- who famously described her divorce from musician Chris Martin as a conscious uncoupling -- could come up with a dithering mouthful like “deconfliction.” Keep in mind, this is the Obama team’s attempt to appear smarter than the rest of us.

It would actually be funny if the subject wasn’t so damn serious. This is all about Russia’s recent airstrikes in Syria which appear to be taking aim not at ISIS, but rather U.S. trained rebels. These are our guys, or as the president would describe them, “the non-bad bad guys.” The administration seems to think the best way to corral Russia is to soften them up with gentle words of encouragement. Why not a shoulder rub? Somebody call Joe Biden STAT!

And again, it’s RUSSIA! Playing pattycake with made up non-aggressive words only further enables Alpha male bullies like Vladimir Putin. There’s a reason Reagan didn’t say, “Mr. Gorbachev, unbuild this dividing thing...when you get a chance.”

This president has been insulting our intelligence from the first days of his administration when he began referring to terrorist attacks as “man-caused disasters.” And don’t forget his award-winning choice to call wars “overseas contingency operations.”

This president has been insulting our intelligence from the first days of his administration when he began referring to terrorist attacks as “man-caused disasters.” And don’t forget his award-winning choice to call wars “overseas contingency operations.”

The location of the conflict is poetic. Syria is where the president earned his bones as the Ditherer-In- Chief. Remember the “red line” he drew in Syria? Remember when the terrorist despot flipped off the most powerful man in the world and crossed that line? Remember when the president did nothing? Again?

The doublespeak is just as shameful as the passivity of this president. From Syria to Libya to Iraq and all over Africa, a savage extermination is being carried out by Islamic radicals (perhaps he’d call them “overbelievers”) and the president has chosen to lead by following. You’d think that would at least involve strong words of concise conviction, not politically correct poppycock.

Is he appeasing Putin or just taking a “not getting in the way” approach?

Remember when the president sent back the bust of Churchill? Betcha he replaced it with a statue of Neville Chamberlain.

T.J. McCormack is a communications specialist and commentator.  He is a former comedian. Follow him on Twitter@TJMcCormack.