I’m not a betting sort of person but it’s fun to play one when no money is on the line. Odds are that the president will be late to speak as usual. And I’m betting that he will not use the word war once. I could be wrong.
He won’t use the word Islamist Extremist either but we will hear extremists.
He won’t blame Bush but will infer that it’s all his fault.
The point is we want to know what he will do to defeat, not degrade ISIS. He will use the term ISIL which has a known meaning that isn’t important tonight.
It will be interesting to see if he can forge the type of coalition that GWB did and if he can sustain an act of war without calling it war.
He owns this one from start to finish. Perhaps he is smarter than all that waged war before him. But I’m betting he isn’t and will speak loudly and carry a small stick.
God Bless America.