OBAMA VERSUS ISIS.
A man of understanding and tranquility.
How soon do Americans forget; but just a short while ago, in 2011, President Barack Obama has organized the United States and its European allies to oust Muammar Qaddafi, the brutal dictator, from power in Libya.
His methodology in that campaign is similar to his approach to the threat that ISIS (ISIL), a barbaric Islamic terror group, is presenting in the Middle East, and for that matter, in the world.
That military action has used only air power, with no ground troops of American, British or French, etc., deployed in that country (Libya). It was noticeable that not a single U.S. soldier lost his or her life in that effort.
He has been elected on the basis of ending the two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in which there were casualties, dead and wounded military men and women; and the U.S. was still reeling, physically, as well as economically,from those wars.
The one in Iraq has ended, and the security forces there have been adequately equipped by the U.S. for them to take care of that country. The Afghanistan war was about to end in 2014 (this year).
In the present campaign, he has ordered air strikes, first, against ISIS in Iraq, on the invitation of the Iraqi government, and also to protect American interests and diplomatic personnel there.
In Syria, where there was a civil war raging, as well as ISIS having its headquarters, he said that he had no military strategy there as YET, because the U.S. Congress, which was responsible for declaring war on behalf of the country, has not done so with respect to Syria.
Nevertheless, people, who have no business in his (Obama's) administration, were prodding him "to put boots on the ground" in Iraq and Syria. Everybody knew that he would only do so by virtue of what his National security and military advisers recommended to him in future.
He has shown strong and sensible leadership on every issue, since his election as president of the U.S. and leader of the Western world.
As Commander-in-chief of the U.S. military armed forces, he was not game in putting American men and women in harm's way, resulting in families losing fathers and mothers, brothers and sister, cousins and friends.
He and his wife, first lady Michelle, have witnessed several coffins draped in the American flag being shipped back home; and they have frequently visited the wounded in Veterans Hospitals, whose inmates were saying to them, "Mr. President, don't let it happen again; please," and that was a vital message he and Michelle could hardly ignore.
In fact, his world view was one of peace and harmony among all nations; and he has advocated and extended that gesture toward almost every country.
If the U.S. would show positive leadership in the world, it would be through an atmosphere of understanding and tranquility, as Obama has made that as the core philosophy in his foreign policy; and not by military power, as his adversaries were urging him to do.
He has vowed "to degrade and destroy ISIS," and those of us, who have faith in his administration and believed in his word were sure he would do exactly that.
As for ISIS, it has met its match. It is President Barack Obama of the United States.