From Daily Mail:
The French Minister Laurent Fabius has a message about Iraq for Mr. Obama: Get back to the White House and do something.
“I know it is a holiday period in our Western countries,” Fabius told a radio interviewer Tuesday in France, “but when people are dying, you must come back from vacation.”
Obama is on a family and golfing vacation in Martha’s Vineyard but says he will come back to Washington this weekend before returning for more golf on Tuesday.
So far, Obama’s approach has consisted of airlifting humanitarian supplies to victim groups, protecting aid drops with airstrikes, and begging for help from allies.
Meanwhile, Britain, France, Italy, and other European nations have all backed the humanitarian assistance with personnel and material, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The White House raised eyebrows yesterday, however, when it was announced that Obama was about to deploy troops to Mount Sinjar–where tens of thousands of persecuted religious Yadzis are hiding.
The rescue mission, according to deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, “is separate than saying U.S. forces are going to be redeployed in Iraq in a combat role to take the fight to ISIS.”
Despite the negotiations, the possible collapse of Iraq, and Hamas’ continued rocket attacks on Israel, Obama remains on vacation.
He hasn’t logged as many vacations as President George W. Bush did, but the timing of this one couldn’t be worse.
“Even presidents need down time, and Obama can handle his commander-in-chief duties wherever he is,” Washington Post writer Dana Milbank wrote on Monday.
“But his decision to proceed with his getaway just 36 hours after announcing the military action in Iraq risks fueling the impression that he is detached as the world burns.”
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