January 12, 2016

LYNDON B. OBAMA: “When it comes to offering progress reports on his war against ISIS, Barack Obama is beginning to sound like a previous wartime Democratic president. It is not a flattering comparison,” Richard Benedetto recently noted at Real Clear Politics:

Over the past few weeks, Obama has issued several upbeat statements crafted to assure an uneasy American people that the fight against terror is going well, only to have the facts come back and bite him.

He is starting to develop a “credibility gap,” faced by Lyndon Baines Johnson during the Vietnam War. LBJ and his commanders kept telling the nation that the war was going well when it really was not.

“We are pleased with the results we are getting,” Johnson said in an impassioned November 1967 press conference. “We are inflicting greater losses than we are taking.”

Johnson added that it was “an encouraging sign” that decreasing numbers of Vietnamese were living under Communist control. “Overall, we’re making progress,” he added. “We’re satisfied with that progress.”

Sound familiar?

Very much so, especially today, when the capture of two Navy ships by Iran sounds eerily reminiscent of the Pueblo incident, which took place this month in 1968, when the North Koreans temporarily captured the USS Pueblo, “a Navy intelligence vessel…engaged in a routine surveillance of the North Korean coast when it [was] intercepted by North Korean patrol boats. According to U.S. reports, the Pueblo was in international waters almost 16 miles from shore, but the North Koreans turned their guns on the lightly armed vessel and demanded its surrender.”

No word yet if the US sailors detained in Iran will be flashing “the Hawaiian good luck sign” at their captors, but it would certainly have double meaning this time around.

Related: Report: Obama Ordered the CIA Not to Support Green Movement in Iran in 2009.

And this is the thanks we get today from the mullahs — why it’s as if they mean it when they say they’re really America’s enemies or something.

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