The former White House spokesman for President George W. Bush delivered a no-nonsense message to President Barack Obama on Thursday, saying, "Make your case, Mr. President!"
Ari Fleischer, now president of Ari Fleischer Sports Communications, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV
that he is frustrated by the president's lack of commitment to taking on the terror group Islamic State, or ISIS.
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"He's all over the map, and that's what's so frustrating about it," Fleischer said.
"Make your case, Mr. President. Whatever you decide to do, stand your ground. Go to the American people, rally support for no action, rally support for minimalistic action. Whatever it is, let us know.
"Destroy them, degrade them, leave them a manageable problem — these are contradictory goals. If you're the Pentagon, you have no clue what the commander in chief wants you to do."
Fleischer said Obama's indecisive approach on ISIS — which has been slaughtering Christians in Iraq and has beheaded two American journalists — has lawmakers and the American public frustrated.
"They start lobbying in public, arguing for this position or that position, because they know that the president has not made up his mind. That's what leads to these chaotic scenes," he said.
"So long as the president remains irresolute, ISIS will be encouraged and the American people and the people who work for President Obama will be discouraged."
Fleischer said Obama's lack of leadership will cost Democrats in the midterm elections.
"This is very much looking like a rejection election. In very much the same way the 2006 was a rejection election of President Bush over the Iraq war, this is shaping up similarly a rejection of President Obama over Obamacare, over the weak economy, over the international problems that he's presiding over," he said.
"Republicans will come . . . close to taking the Senate if they don't take the Senate, which would be a huge sweep," he said.
"Some people are talking that Republicans, if we pick up five or six seats in the House, we'll have the biggest Republican majority in the House that we've had since World War II."
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