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Obama's strategic bumbling is theater of the absurd

Obama's strategic bumbling is theater of the absurd

"You're all suckers."

That has to be what Barack Obama is thinking as the country falls for his head-fake.

Let's recap.

George W. Bush's surge reduced the Islamic State's precursor, al-Qaida in Iraq, to a paltry 700 members, according to CIA Director John Brennan. Its membership has grown by something close to 4,000 percent. As it metastasized, Obama yawned, calling it the "JV team." When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad violated Obama's "red line," Mr. Obama yawned again, and the refugee crisis was born.

By August 2014, Mr. Obama was grudgingly conceding he needed a new counterterrorism strategy. One tactic he ruled out: building up...

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