Obama should take executive action to fire himself. He would be doing everyone a favor.
The Department of Defense is fuming over President Barack Obama’s admission on Thursday that his White House lacks a strategy for dealing with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Syria.
And as lawmakers piled on with sharp criticism, the president headed on the road Friday for a political fundraising trip.
A former senior aide to a retired defense secretary told MailOnline on Friday that the Joint Chiefs of Staff are ‘seeing red’ and ‘spitting nails’ following Obama’s candid admission.
‘They’re losing confidence in their mission,’ said the long-time Pentagon insider, who spoke on condition of anonymity. ‘When the president doesn’t know what direction to point people in, all his advisers can do is guess at what he wants. That’s not good.’
‘I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,’ Obama said Thursday, referring to the thorny problem of whether to attack ISIS inside Syria’s borders. ‘We don’t have a strategy yet.’
‘We need to make sure we’ve got clear plans, and we’re developing them,’ the president said. ‘At that point I will consult with Congress and make sure their voices are heard.’
Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert slammed Obama on Thursday, likening him him to a bumbling deputy sheriff from ‘The Andy Griffith Show.’
‘This is a pitiful foreign policy and Barney Fife is in charge,’ he told Fox News.
‘I don’t know where he’s getting his information. Maybe it’s CIA Director [John] Brennan who said earlier this year that ‘No, these guys don’t want a caliphate’.’
‘He must have his head buried in a hole somewhere on the first green.’
Meanwhile, the president headed Friday to a Democratic fundraiser in Rhode Island.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said on CNN that Obama’s appearance on Thursday ‘was an odd press conference at the very best, but to have a press conference to say we don’t have a strategy was really shocking given the severity of the threat.’
Obama mentioned four times on Thursday his intention to seek advice from Capitol Hill before deploying more military assets in the Middle East, likely in response to concerns from members of the House and Senate that he was unconstitutionally freezing them out.