Robert Gibbs: Obama Offering 'Calm, Measured' Strategy on ISIS

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 09:41 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
President Barack Obama was likely trying to offer a picture of "calm" and "measured" leadership when he said his administration didn't have a strategy to battle the Islamic State, Robert Gibbs, former White House press secretary, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

During a news conference Thursday, Obama said, "We don’t have a strategy yet" on confronting the Islamic State in Syria. Gibbs said, given the severity of the threat the group poses, it is important for the president to remain steady before his meeting with leaders of other nations at a NATO summit later this week.

"The American people want to see a president, even understanding the limits of American power, providing a picture of calm, steady, measured leadership. The commander in chief role, I think, that's the important thing that the president and the administration have to convey this week," Gibbs said Tuesday.

Story continues below video.

Gibbs said the reason Obama held a news conference when he didn't have a strategy to announce could have been due to "the news vacuum is going to be filled with something as you're making plans to do whatever you're going to do in Iraq and Syria." He said it could also have been to give the president time to explain the situation to the American people.

"I think one of the reasons why you see what happened last week is the slowing down of the immediate process, in order to make sure that we understand . . . how this whole operation takes place," he said.

Gibbs explained that he thought "the rhetoric from some members of the administration got way, way down," before Obama was prepared to speak "publicly" about what action the United States would take. For White House staffers, he said Obama's comment made for a "winceable moment," where they were attempting to explain "what somebody meant to say, or what somebody was trying to say."

Nevertheless, Gibbs said Obama could be forced to undertake a "lengthy military mission" to confront the Islamic State threat if there is "unanimity among military and diplomatic advisers."

"This is clearly a president that has been reticent for several years to go into Syria. And, understanding that going in and doing two days worth of bombing runs is not going to solve your problems with ISIS," Gibbs said.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ben Carson Pledges Support for Israel

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 07:09 AM

In his first visit to Israel, prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he is in awe of the Jewish s . . .

Obama Executive Order Gives Pay Raise to Federal Workers

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 22:36 PM

Federal workers and uniformed military service members are getting a 1 percent pay boost. . . .

Mental Illness History Ruled on Appeal to Not Bar Gun Ownership

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 22:14 PM

A federal appeals court concluded that a history of mental illness shouldn't bar citizens from owning a weapon in a firs . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved