Obama was asked about Iraq today. From the NY Times:
WASHINGTON — President Obama said on Thursday that he was watching the rapid advance of militant groups in Iraq with “a lot of concern,” and that the United States stood ready to provide increased help to the Iraqi government, though he did not specify what kind.
Speaking in the Oval Office after meeting with Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia, Mr. Obama said: “Iraq’s going to need more help. It’s going to need more help from us, and it’s going to need more help from the international community.”
“I don’t rule out anything,” Mr. Obama said, “because we do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria, for that matter.”
"Or Syria"! Good catch, Mr. President. As to our plan for denying the jihadists a foothold in Syria, are we going to switch sides and back Assad now? Or cast about for any moderate rebels left to support?
When life hands Obama lemons he passes out the lemonade as if its a campaign rally:
The president said the escalating crisis confirmed his decision to reorient the administration’s counterterrorism strategy from fighting Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan to focusing on a more diffuse set of terrorist groups, some linked with Al Qaeda, from the Middle East to North Africa.
He's been right all along! I do think that the final transcript will reveal a typo in the Times account; the correction will be that
...the escalating crisis confirmed his decision to disorient the administration’s counterterrorism strategy...
In other words, Obama won't limit himself to losing in Afghanistan; he still thinks he can stand back and lose in Libya, Syria and Iraq as well.
The president did not announce a hashtag meant to terrify ISIS, so we are left with #ObamaIsStillThinking and my suggestion, #BackToIraq.