December 28, 2015

Jason Kander Equivocates On Obama’s ISIS Policy

Pander alert: Missouri Democratic senate candidate Jason Kander is at it again. This time he’s trying to walk back his support for President Obama’s failed foreign policy agenda.

In an interview with National Journal published Sunday, Kander refused to rate President Obama’s handling of the threat posted by ISIS terrorists:

JOURNAL: “On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the president’s handling of ISIS?”

KANDER: “I’m not going to get in to doing scales of 1 to 10, because then you don’t know what you’re comparing it against. I think it’s very clear that we need an aggressive strategy from the president. But we also need a more aggressive strategy from Congress. We need Congress to do more than just engage in partisan games. And so far that’s not what we’ve seen.”

Kander went even further to distance himself from the President in the interview, saying he was “disappointed” with Obama’s broader handling of global affairs, and claimed he is “not in line” with the Democratic Party on national security.

How times have changed from Kander’s consistent praise of President Obama – even specific praise for his foreign policy approach.

For example, Kander was singing a very different tune in 2009, when had this to say to the Kansas City Star about President Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize:

“More than praising any one person, I think the international community is saying to America, We are ready to follow you again. It s quite a statement”

Earlier that year Kander had called Obama “a leader” who would “fix large problems on a permanent basis” in an interview on a Kansas City webcast:

And Kander bolstered Obama’s plan to transfer terrorist detainees from Guantanamo Bay to U.S. facilities – including Fort Leavenworth – by voting against a resolution opposing the plan as a Missouri state legislator.

Given a new CNN/ORC  poll released today showing that 40 percent of Americans believe ISIS is currently beating the U.S. and our allies in the fight against terror, it looks like Kander’s revamped rhetoric is more about convenience than conviction.  Unfortunately for Kander, pandering to swing voters is cheap, but a webisode is forever.