Terrorists running wild in the Middle East while an apathetic and cowardly world sits by and watches. Yemen yesterday -- at least 137 people killed after two mosques were bombed by savages. Earlier this week, 21 tourists in Tunisia were slaughtered by terrorists. ISIS says they did it. And in Libya ISIS fighters attempting to take over the entire government as there is no central authority in that oil-rich nation.
Perhaps the best expert on fighting terrorism in the Middle East is former CIA chief David Petraeus. He spoke to the "Washington Post" about the mess in Iraq. Quote, "The hard-earned progress of the surge was sustained for over three years. What transpired after that starting in late 2011 came about as a result of mistakes and misjudgments whose consequences were predictable. And there is plenty of blame to go around for that. I would argue that the foremost threat to Iraq's long-term stability and the broader regional equilibrium is not the Islamic state rather it is Shiite militias -- many backed by and some guided by Iran. I'm also profoundly worried that the continuing meltdown of Syria, which is a geopolitical Chernobyl until it is capped it is going to continue to spew radioactive instability and extremist ideology over the entire region," unquote.
Now, in the face of all the danger and chaos President Obama says he is looking at the long run. He believes ISIS will be defeated slowly. But there does seem to be urgency here as nearly everyday people are dying and nations are being destabilized. The President is banking on achieving a nuke deal with Iran. He believes can he do that. If he can do that he will finally have a victory in the Middle East.
So he sent this video message to the Iranian people.
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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The days and weeks ahead will be critical. Our negotiations have made progress but gaps remain. If Iran's leaders can agree to a reasonable deal it can lead to a better path -- the path of greater opportunities for the Iranian people.
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O'REILLY: But, of course, that message will be seen only by a few. I mean Iran is not exactly a free society. They don't have cable news.
"Talking Points" has said from the beginning of the ISIS intrusion into Iraq that U.S. foreign policy was too weak, too scattered and now we are seeing the unintended consequences of being passive. President Obama does not want to engage U.S. troops on the ground against the terrorists. They know that and so if they can dodge the bombs, they can continue their carnage.
In one country after another, the ISIS savages are gaining footholds because they are so brutal -- people fear them and surrender hands up. Meantime, the West dithers.
And that's “The Memo”.
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