From The Washington Times:
The White House defended President Obama’s counterterrorism strategy Monday against a flood of criticism that his prime-time address to the nation was weak, while an analysis said the U.S. needs a complete overhaul of its war on terrorism.
From the president’s “stay the course” message in the face of the latest terrorist attacks to complaints that he veered into a partisan plea for gun control, even to questions about why he chose to stand at a podium in the Oval Office rather than deliver the address from the more presidential pose of sitting behind his desk, critics said Mr. Obama’s speech failed to inspire confidence in his strategy or reassure nervous Americans about the safety of the homeland.
“What I was hoping to hear was the elements of a new strategy that was actually focused on defeating ISIS, and not a list of what had been done, which was incomplete and was a containment strategy,” said House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, using a common acronym for the Islamic State, the Salafist extremist group based in Iraq and Syria that apparently inspired last week’s massacre in San Bernardino, California.
Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican, urged Mr. Obama Monday “to refocus his efforts on defending the nation rather than doubling down on policies that clearly haven’t worked.”
Even former presidential adviser David Axelrod, who was seen leaving the West Wing on Monday morning, offered little more in the way of praise for Mr. Obama’s speech than to say it was…