Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review, unleashed a torrent of criticism at liberal Fox News commentator Bob Beckel, ripping Obama for his armchair strategy to defeat ISIS solely with minimal airstrikes, and going after those in general who insist on supporting him despite the obvious failures.
The exchange led Lowry to declare that the problem with liberals who support Obama is that “they haven’t been able to deal with reality for years.”
Watch (transcript below):
Transcript via Gateway Pundit:
Rich Lowry: Bob, in 2009, when President Obama took over, how much of Iraq did al-Qaeda in Iraq control? What territory?… Zero. Basically none. That was the situation. All President Obama had to do was hold that. It took a minimum effort… Do you know how many bombs we dropped Sunday and Monday in Syria when ISIS was sweeping into this town, was about to take another town on the Turkish border? Three. Three strikes. Three.
Bob Beckel: We waged a war in the Balkans all from airpower and we won(?) …We know there’s US personnel on the ground…
Rich Lowry: So is ISIS being rolled back? Where are they being rolled back? …One dam. What else? What town have they lost? They’re advancing in Syria. This is just reality. This is the problem with liberals supportive of President Obama. They haven’t been able to deal with reality for years. The reality is we are not winning against ISIS now.
Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters, who originally expressed optimism for Obama’s plan to defeat ISIS, referred to the plan as “pathetic.” He would add that he had to control himself to avoid describing it as “idiotic nonsense.”
It requires a certain measure of delusion to have any confidence in this President doing what is required to defeat ISIS. Sadly, enough people that have been ‘unable to deal with reality’ managed to get him elected twice.