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Hayden: ‘Overly Reflective’ Obama Using Rhetoric to Avoid Fighting ISIS

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Tuesday on Newsmax TV’s “Newsmax Prime,” while discussing President Barack Obama admitting yesterday that his administration dose not have a “complete strategy” to defeat ISIS, former NSA and CIA director General Michael Hayden said Obama’s “overly reflective” leadership style is causing him to use “rhetoric in place of action.”

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Hayden said, “I get the part where you’ve got to get the Iraqis to buy into your plan, but there are a lot more clear ways of saying that – ‘We’re going to have to synchronize our approach with the Iraqis, we’re going to have to harmonize our approach with the Iraqis’, But to say we’re still in search of a strategy, which is you know kind of a higher order function, nine months into combat operations, that is a little bit scary.”

“The other comment that was also quite revealing ‘we are reviewing our plans,’ that suggests rhetoric in place of action. That’s what you say when you really don’t want to get other things underway. I dont mean to be overly critical but I think a lot of folks are beginning to lose patience here.”

On Obama’s leadership style, Hayden said “Some people who get that job can be overly decisive, others can be overly reflective. I think we’re at a point now where we might be admiring the problem a little bit too much and not getting along with solving it.”

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