President Barack Obama won't get tough on terrorists — and made that clear once again on Thursday when he said the U.S. has no strategy to take on the Islamic State (ISIS), according to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
"I wish I could say I was shocked and surprised. This is an administration whose incompetence has only exceeded by their ideological extremism," Jindal said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"This president believes in multilateralism as a goal, not as a tactic. He doesn't believe in American exceptionalism, [that] a stronger America leads to a more peaceful world both for our enemies and our allies.
"If he has no strategy for ISIS I wonder what the Iranians are thinking when it comes to their nuclear ambitions? We cannot afford a nuclear-armed Iran."
On Thursday, Obama declared that the U.S. does not have a strategy yet for taking on ISIS, which has been slaughtering Iraqis as it attempts to create a caliphate in the Middle East.
Jindal said Obama's remark was just the latest in a series of weak declarations about terrorism.
"When he gave his comments after the awful beheading last week of the reporter [James Foley] … he said, 'they are destined to fail because they're destroying and we are building,'" Jindal said.
"He didn't say we're going to hunt them down and kill. He didn't say they don't need to be expelled, they need to be exterminated.
"They're not going to fail just because they destroy, they're going to fail because forces of good mainly be led by the Americans by the United States are going to go, hunt them down and kill them."
Jindal called Obama "incredibly naïve" about the dangers ISIS and other terrorist groups pose to the United States and the rest of the world.
"For whatever reason he refuses to call out fundamentalist Islamic terrorism for what it is," he said.
"There's no reason we should've sat idly by while ISIS has occupied so much territory in Iraq and Syria, terrorized Christians and others over there and killed innocent civilians.
"There's no reason for them to have been able to grow in size and strength. This is an easily, preventable crisis that this administration has allowed to happen."
But Jindal said Obama's lack of backbone was not surprising based on other foreign policy decisions.
"This is an administration that refuses to boldly and clearly support Israel and never fight against Hamas or another terrorist group,'' Jindal said.
"This is an administration that did nothing when Russia went into Crimea. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin wouldn't be into Ukraine today if we had a stronger presence in the White House."
Jindal, who is vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said the nation's commander-in-chief is also wrong to telegraph the U.S. military's actions to the world.
"This is the same president that broadcasts to the world, oh we're going to leave on this certain date and we're not going to send troops on the ground," he said.
"I'm not advocating for troops on the ground, but I don't want to tell my enemies that. Why in the world would you go to the table and unilaterally announce by the way we're not going to do these things."
Jindal is the author of an article in the September issue of Newsmax Magazine about Common Core, which sets nationwide standards for math and English in schools, and why he is opposed to it.
"We've been fighting Common Core for some time in Louisiana. We filed a legal case yesterday saying that Common Core is a violation of existing federal laws where the federal government is not supposed to be setting local curricula," he said.
"It's also a violation of the 10th amendment. In our country, we have never allowed the federal government to make these decisions that are better made at the local level. We trust parents, teachers, locals and educators. The bureaucrats think they know better than us.
"This is a very important fight in terms of not only what's being taught in our classrooms across America, but also the limits on the federal government's powers."
Jindal said he is still mulling whether to seek the 2016 GOP presidential nomination — and is still a ways off from deciding.
"I won't make any decision until after November. We've got important elections to win in the meantime and the Senate, the House, the governor's races," he said.
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