Bernie Sanders reminds CNN host: You can slam Obama, but Bush’s ‘blunder’ created ISIS – RawStory

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Sunday told CNN host Candy Crowley that it was easy to criticize President Barack Obama’s fight against ISIS in Iraq, but he reminded her that it was President George Bush’s “disastrous blunder” that allowed the extremists group to get a foothold in the first place.

In a interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Sanders agreed that ISIS had to be defeated, but he said that “the people of America are getting sick and tired of the world and region — Saudi Arabia and the other countries — saying, ‘Hey, we don’t have to do anything about it. The American taxpayer, the American soldiers will do all the work for us.’”

“Saudi Arabia is the fourth largest defense spender in the world,” he pointed out. “They have an army which is probably seven times larger than ISIS, they have a major air force. Their country is run by a royal family worth hundreds of billions of dollars.” (Source: Read more)

Obama: U.S. underestimated Islamic State – USA Today

Tune in at 7:00 PM today Sunday September 28, 2014

President Obama told 60 Minutes that the United States underestimated the strength of the Islamic State before it took over large parts of Syria and Iraq, and overestimated the Iraqi army’s ability to fight the militants.

The Islamic State took advantage of the chaotic civil war in Syria to become “ground zero for jihadists around the world,” Obama said in an interview to be aired Sunday night on CBS’ 60 Minutes.

The U.S. has launched airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Syria and Iraq, part of an overall plan to roll back the militant group that has threatened the United States and its allies. (Source: Read more)

Obama crafting plan for ISIS threat in Syria – msnbc

The Political Agitator response: This is why I love my President because he is a strong intelligent black man who is a Professional and Kind to the people. You see he does not get caught up in the political bullsh+t that Ignant A+s Racist White Folks and Ignant A+s Safe Negroes throw at him. I strive to be just like him and I think I am on my way. Hell no I am not ashamed of my President because he is the man, one of the best President’s we have ever had or if not the best. Damn I can’t wait for responses from the Ignants!

For good or ill, President Obama sometimes offers candid, shorthand assessments without much regard for how they’ll be perceived by the political world – or how easily the comments might be taken out of context. From a distance, I get the sense he just doesn’t care what offhand phrase might send the Beltway into a tizzy and generate a half-dozen Politico items. After nearly six years on the job, Obama just seems to have bigger things on his mind.

But those of us who regularly swim in these waters – and who’ve internalized Republican talking points to the point at which we can visualize Fox News segments before they even air – tend to see the pointless uproars coming.

Take yesterday, for example. (Source: Read more)