Thursday's Baker Institute Blog carries a commentary from fellow Joe Barnes on President Obama’s Sept. 10, 2014, speech on ISIS and Iraq. “There’s a fundamental problem with the president’s speech: the disconnect between ends and means,” writes Barnes of Obama's commitment to destroy ISIS. “[This] may well take deployment of U.S. troops on the ground, something the president again said he would not order.” Also missing is an explicit exit strategy. “If our experience in Iraq and Afghanistan has shown us one thing, it is this: it’s much easier to get into a war than to get out of one. And we just got into one,” Barnes says.
Read “The president’s speech on ISIS: The disconnect between ends and means” in the Sept. 11, 2014, Baker Institute Blog.