As the murderous Islamic State spread their vicious venom in Iraq and Syria and a pitch-black shroud of gloomy hopelessness and foreboding doom engulfs the populace – the US of A seem paralyzed.
Still, they finally did manage to mount a response to the escalating violence when President Barack Obama (above pic) ordered limited airstrikes against IS targets and sent some humanitarian aid to communities under siege – I don't think they have achieved much though. American involvement is a mere show of tokenism. Obama is clueless and on Thursday, he said it as much!
At a press conference, Obama spoke a great deal about Iraq, Syria, and even the Islamic State but in the end, I only heard the six damning words – "We don't have a strategy yet."
Some are of the view that Obama is being frank – and that it is an unusual attribute in the Washington corridors of power. It is said that Obama's line is a textbook example of veteran journalist Michael Kinsley's definition of a political gaffe, which occurs when a politician tells an "obvious truth that he isn't supposed to say".
I think it is more a case of Obama being naïve! And the fact that he doesn’t have a foreign policy vision. He made that confession to tell us in so many words that he is stumped.
Maybe the severity of the IS savagery has not sunk in with Obama yet. Maybe he didn’t know that many innocents have been killed and are being killed. Maybe he hasn't seen the pictures of beheadings and crucifixions. Or read the reports of rapes and executions. Maybe he doesn’t care anymore?
Congressman Mike Rogers, chair of the House intelligence committee, said on CNN. "It was an odd press conference at the very best." Whether odd or not, the fact is that many more lives are in peril and only Obama can save those lives.
If ever there is a case for American intervention – THIS IS IT!
On Thursday, I was at Lot 7221, Jalan Merah Caga, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling in Kuala Lumpur to attend the Satu Hati Toastmasters meeting. I delivered an Advanced speech – I was voted Best Speaker – but there were two other speeches that were also pretty decent. I said “also” because I honestly didn’t think my speech was that good.
Only six Satu Hati members came that evening and it was heartening to see that their numbers were matched by an equal number of visiting Toastmasters who turned up to lend support to the meeting. I would give this meeting a 6 score over 10.