His current plan, such as it is: the President should get a new National Security team, including a new NSA and a new Chair for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Obama should also bring back Gen. Petraeus, Bob Kagan, and some other generals he named with a track record of success to form an advisory commission, or something.
Lest people are having trouble getting worried about the ISIS takeover of Sunni Iraq, Mccain mentioned that ISIS stole nearly half a billion dollars from the Mosul central bank, making them the best-financed terror group out there.
However, McCain had no suggestions for a hashtag, so Team Obama won't be listening and ISIS won't be trembling. I suggest #BackToIraq.
SPEAKING OF 'I TOLD YOU SO': Here is Michael Gordon of the NY Times, writing in Sept 2012, about the Obama effort in Iraq:
In the case of Iraq, the American goal has been to leave a stable and representative government, avoid a power vacuum that neighboring states and terrorists could exploit and maintain sufficient influence so that Iraq would be a partner or, at a minimum, not an opponent in the Middle East.
But the Obama administration has fallen frustratingly short of some of those objectives.
The attempt by Mr. Obama and his senior aides to fashion an extraordinary power-sharing arrangement between Mr. Maliki and Mr. Allawi never materialized. Neither did an agreement that would have kept a small American force in Iraq to train the Iraqi military and patrol the country’s skies. A plan to use American civilians to train the Iraqi police has been severely cut back. The result is an Iraq that is less stable domestically and less reliable internationally than the United States had envisioned.