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Ari Fleischer: Obama Can 'Reset' Foreign Policy in ISIS Speech

By    |   Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 09:37 AM

After a string of missteps, President Barack Obama has an opportunity to "reset" the administration's foreign policy in his speech Wednesday night on his plan to combat the Islamic State (ISIS), said former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer.

Fleischer told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday that the speech, which will be delivered on the anniversary of 9/11, was a "rare moment when presidents have the attention of the country."

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"The president has squandered much of the strength of foreign policy. He has a chance, frankly, to get it back tonight," said Fleischer, who served under former President George W. Bush. "The president has tremendous opportunity tonight to reset the foreign policy table."

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Fleischer said Obama has to be "resolute that we will destroy ISIS," and present the "details about how" that would happen, because "nobody can behead Americans without paying a heavy price."

Robert Gibbs, Obama's former press secretary, said on the same show that the president has "absolutely not" squandered his foreign policy, adding that the speech will give him the chance to "reassert himself to get rid of some of the bad optics of August."

"What the American people want to see is steady leadership and a plan for dealing with ISIS," Gibbs said. "The most important thing from the president is to reassert his leadership in laying out a succinct and clear plan."

Gibbs said Obama's "deliberateness" was a "reaction to a decade of having gotten into things in a manner of, sort of, ready, fire, aim." He said Americans are looking for a plan to move forward "with what they believe is a serious threat, not just in Iraq, but throughout the Middle East."

Fleischer said it was a mistake for Obama to have pulled all U.S. troops out of Iraq in 2011, but agreed with Gibbs that Americans want "solutions to what's going on there now to protect our country."

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After a string of missteps, President Barack Obama has an opportunity to "reset" the administration's foreign policy in his speech Wednesday night on his plan to combat the Islamic State (ISIS), said former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer.
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