Indecisiveness Aids Our Foes

Sometimes it seems Barack Obama may be better suited to have continued his short career as a college professor than to be president of the United States.

After all, there’s no rush to make decisions in a college class on constitutional law. Issues can be debated ad infinitum and no one is the worse for it.

It is different when Americans’ interests may suffer if decisive action is not taken quickly. It is different when people may die because of delays.

Obama’s indecisiveness has been on display during the past week.

A Sunni Muslim army invaded Iraq from Syria in January. It began a successful new offensive about 10 days ago, winning a large swath of Iraqi terroritory.

It took Obama more than a week to respond, with a Thursday order to send 300 special forces troops to Iraq.

On Sunday, the White House tried a new boast: U.S. special forces had captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, the Libyan who is a suspect in the Sept. 11, 2011, attack in Benghazi that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

Just days after the attack, the Associated Press identified Abu Khattala as a suspect. Since then, he has conducted interviews with several American journalists.

The AP was able to find Abu Khattala. Why couldn’t U.S. special operatives capture him sooner? The answer may be simple: It could have happened – but only once Obama ordered it. No wonder so many of our enemies no longer fear the United States.