What Leadership Looks Like *Open Thread*


It ain’t this mealy mouthed response by President Obama in response to the horrific burning alive of a Jordanian pilot:

Good grief. Maybe Obama’s complete and utter lack of clarity on “whatever the ideology is,” or words to that effect, is why he had a closed-door meeting with Muslim leaders and would not reveal who these people in our White House were (h/t Facebook friend). Uh yeah. Some leader.

And it sure isn’t this ridiculous response from Ashton Carter during his Confirmation hearing in the Senate Wednesday on strategies to defeat ISIS:

Wow. If, “uh, uh, uh” is our only strategy, it is NO wonder that we are in trouble. Here is the text of this exchange from the Washington Examiner:

[…] “The strategy connects ends and means, and our ends with respect to ISIL needs to be its lasting defeat,” Carter said when asked what he understands the strategy to be. “I say lasting, because it’s important that when they get defeated, they stay defeated, and that is why it’s important that we have those on the ground there who will ensure that they stay defeated once defeated.”

“It’s different on the two sides of the border,” he said. “It’s one enemy, but there’s two different contexts. In Iraq, the force that will keep them defeated is the Iraqi Security Forces. Our strategy is to strengthen them and to make them that force.”

Meanwhile, on the Syrian border, the U.S. is trying to build the force that will keep ISIS defeated, which will be “a combination of moderate Syrian forces and regional forces,” Carter said.

That nonsensical response to the question received this response from Sen. John McCain:

[…] “It doesn’t sound like a strategy to mean, but maybe we can flesh out your goals. It sounds like a series of goals to me,” McCain said at Carter’s confirmation hearing Wednesday.[…] (Click here to read the rest.)

No kidding – that wasn’t a “strategy” at all. No wonder we are facing such extreme threats from radical Islamist terrorists if this is how they are approaching things.

Nope, those aren’t leaders, especially Obama, not by a long, long shot. No, not even close. One result of these horrendous, barbaric attacks, is that we are seeing what real leaders DO look like, and the following would be one (h/t Facebook friend). From Michelle Malkin:

King Abdullah (Photo credit: Twitchy, with this Tweet: Photos of King Abdullah’s first personal air attack on ISIS, courtesy of @AlArabiya. @SaloumehZ pic.twitter.com/rhe5gRzLW8)

Uh, yeah. Now THAT is a leader. Not only was King Abdullah forceful in his response to the abhorrent manner of death for his pilot, he PERSONALLY went on sorties against ISIS (he is a pilot). And this is what he had to say, according to BizPacReview:

[…] “He said there is going to be retribution like ISIS hasn’t seen,” said Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr., a Marine Corps wartime veteran who was in the meeting with the king. “He mentioned ‘Unforgiven’ and he mentioned Clint Eastwood, and he actually quoted a part of the movie.”

Eastwood both directed and starred in the film, playing the role of a retired Old West gunslinger who reluctantly takes on one last job.


“He’s angry,” Hunter said of his conversation with the king. “They’re starting more sorties tomorrow than they’ve ever had. They’re starting tomorrow. And he said, ‘The only problem we’re going to have is running out of fuel and bullets.”

“He’s ready to get it on,” Hunter added. “He really is. It reminded me of how we were after 9/11. We were ready to give it to them.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Sadly, that was then, with a different president (whether one agrees with the wars into which we went or not), and this is now, with a president who cannot even name just who these terrorists are.

King Abdullah, and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, most definitely do not have that problem as Al Arabiya reports:

[…] Jordan’s ‘severe’ response to ISIS after it killed an air force pilot by burning him alive, came just hours after King Abdullah vowed to avenge Maaz al-Kassasbeh’s death.

“The blood of martyr Maaz al-Kassasbeh will not be in vain and the response of Jordan and its army after what happened to our dear son will be severe,” Said King Abdullah in a statement released by the royal court on Wednesday.

Jordan had previously been divided on its participation in airstrikes against ISIS, with many question why the country was involving itself in the fight.

But it was a divide that largely vanished after the revelation of Kassasbeh’s brutal execution.

Jordan’s information minister, Mohammad al-Momani told AFP: Amman was “more determined than ever to fight the terrorist group Daesh.” And a government spokesman said Jordan would step up its role in the U.S.-led fight against the militant group.


Meanwhile Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said radical Islam’s “cruelty knows no borders, the greatest threat to humanity would be if these extremists get their hands on nuclear weapons,” referring to Iran’s nuclear program. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Wow, that is not mincing any words at all, is it? Nope – Netanyahu and King Abdallah have NO qualms calling these radical Islamist terrorists just what they are. But even more than that, they have NO qualms in going after them in a big way, with an eye to obliterating them off the face of the planet.

But that is what leaders look like. Sadly, we are all too aware that is not what Obama is.

At least that’s what I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.


42 Responses to “What Leadership Looks Like *Open Thread*”

  1. insanitybytes22 Says:

    Good post, Rev Amy. Uhg, just uhg.

    One thing that is even worse than confronting evil is to be trapped somewhere with people who refuse to name it or speak of it or even recognize it. That makes it far scarier and bigger, like the giant pink elephant in the room. That’s the kind of thing that causes the most harm to people’s psyches in dysfunctional families. Here we are as an entire country being forced to experience what that is really like.

    Our leadership could go out there in front of the cameras and have a complete meltdown over the kind of barbarism and evil that these acts embody, and it would be far more reassuring that what we are being subjected to now.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks, Insanity. And you are so, so right – it is VERY hard to live among people who refuse to see reality. Even more, it is hard to live with those people but it is the INSULTS they then heap on top of us as their delusion to not deal with reality. Just staggering.

      Yes, that is what our leadership SHOULD be doing, but instead, Obama is equating Christianity from the Crusades (in retaliating for Muslim invasions) to these insane barbarians from today. Grrrr.

    • mcnorman Says:

      If he doesn’t say it, it can’t be insanitybytes22. Life must be a walk in the park for the clown in charge. Back in the day, I remember people not noticing the 7000 lb gorilla in the room…they were in altered states. What is the clown’s excuse?

  2. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    So, Obama was lumping in the horrific acts of Islamist terrorists with acts by Christians during the Middle Ages. WTH?? Not for nothing, but there is NO COMPARISON, and the Crusades were in RETALIATION for Muslim invasions.

    I am so, so sick of this man making excuses for these people, and throwing Christians under the bus all at the same time. WOW.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Remember when an Obama spokesperson talked about Benghazi being some time ago? And now Obama references something that happen between 4 and 7 hundred years ago? And they are supposed to be the smart ones in the room? Only if everyone else is an idiot.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Oh, it was longer ago than that – almost a thousand years ago. And to use an example of fighting back against Muslim marauders that long ago as an example of how we shouldn’t get on our high horses regarding ISLAMIST TERRORISTS is astonishing. There is something seriously, seriously wrong with this man…

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Oh, and Marge – good to *see* you!

          And you are correct that the Inquisition and some of the crusades were during that time, but yeah – Obama was going back quite some time to try and connect Christians to Islamic terrorists. Even then, a good part of the Crusades was to recover lands invaded by Muslims. Funny how people like Obama always forget to mention that part…

    • foxyladi14 Says:

  3. mcnorman Says:

    Leadership is a rare quality. You know Patton is rolling in his grave.

  4. HELENK3 Says:

    Dems threaten to boycott Netanyahu’s speech to congress. Bet that if the muslim brotherhood, or hammas or isis spoke to congress they would have their asses in the seats and clapping and cheering to beat the band.
    they no longer represent America

  5. HELENK3 Says:


    wh refuses to answer whether or not they support Jordan’s retailiation

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      But of COURSE they won’t answer. That is how Obama rolls. He empowers our enemies, and distances himself from our allies.

  6. HELENK3 Says:

    I keep thinking ” all it takes for evil to flourish, it for good men to do nothing”..backtrack is not only doing nothing, he is doing all he can to help evil to spread

  7. piper Says:

    I know that my questions are a bit off putting. Who is that woman in the blue dress sitting behind Ash Carter? Why is she wearing a low cut dress highlighting her cleavage?

  8. HELENK3 Says:


    OUCH but it does sum up the difference

  9. HELENK3 Says:


    you gotta love Trey Gowdy

  10. HELENK3 Says:


    wouldn’t you just love to sit down and have a conversation with James Woods. i would

  11. HELENK3 Says:

    ROGER SIMON: A Jew Examines Why Obama Never Names Islam. “It grieves me much to write this, because it is a horrible situation. Obama is not a Manchurian candidate and never was. He never had to be. He is just absolutely the wrong human being to be leading the West at this point in history. Heaven help us.”

  12. HELENK3 Says:


    why is backtrack denying Jordan tools to help fight isis?

  13. HELENK3 Says:


    hey this one only cost us $1.1BILLION

  14. kenoshamarge Says:

    Anyone looking for what leadership looks like will not find it in an Obama White House. What they will find is deception, equivocation, corruption and incompetence. The voters of this country, for some reason I will never understand, chose to elect a flashy, smooth-talking narcissist to office and now we, and the world must live with it.

    The only upside I can see, if there is one, is that any honest citizen now sees the media for the corrupt and biased entity it is.

  15. HELENK3 Says:


    he must be doing something right

  16. HELENK3 Says:


    backtrack sure has changed things hasn’t he?

  17. kenoshamarge Says:

    I believe Daniel Greenfield hits the nail squarely on the head in this article.

    Beat the Media, Win the White House


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That is absolutely what it is going to take – beating the media. The way they go on the attack over the littlest little thing Reps say and do while ignoring the MASSIVE things the Dems do is going to make it hard, though. That was what happened to Romney, too – the selective reporting by the media, the aiding and abetting by the media even during debates, etc., etc. Thanks for the link – appreciate it!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        IMO if the GOP doesn’t learn to fight the media, Newt Gingrich could give lessons, they will lose again and again in presidential elections. The MSM smears the GOP and either praises the left of hides their malfeasance. This is not how a free press is supposed to work. They, in their arrogance and corruption, don’t seem to care.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          No, it is not at ALL how the “free press” is supposed to work, not even close.

          Good idea abt Gingrich! He should give seminars on how to overcome the MSM! 🙂

  18. HELENK3 Says:


    the caliph of America

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