Obama threw down on Carson’s claim that he has better advisers and info than the White House, “I think it is entirely appropriate in a democracy to have a serious debate about these issues, Folks want to pop off and have opinions on what they think they would do, present a specific plan,” Obama said. “If they think that somehow their advisers are better than the chairman of my Joint Chiefs of Staff or the folks on the ground, I want to meet them and we can have that debate.”
The President also took down Trump, “What I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership, or America winning or whatever slogans they come up with, that has no relationship to what is actually going to work to protect the American people and protect people in the region who are getting killed, and to protect our allies and people like France. I’m too busy for that.”
When Carson was asked for details during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, he unleashed a crazy worldview that somehow ended in the United States involved in a shooting war with Russia in Syria. For his part, Trump thinks that defeating ISIL is like a business deal. Trump has repeatedly stated that he will defeat ISIL by sitting down and talking tough with them.
The only other Republican “plan” belongs to Jeb and the neo-cons who want to return to the failed Middle East policy of the shrub years. As usual, the Republicans are long on criticism, but short on real solutions. While Trump and Carson pander to an increasingly delusional Republican primary electorate for votes, President Obama is trying to work the global community to defeat ISIL.
Obama’s message to Carson and Trump was to put up or shut up. President Obama showed Trump and Carson the difference between pretending to be president and actually being president.