On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle and Peggy Noonan, author and columnist for The Wall Street Journal, discuss the president’s response to the threat of ISIS. “President Barack Obama’s circle is indeed closer, tighter, and smaller in a lot of ways… Do you think that when it comes to Syria, when it comes to ISIS, President Obama is looking at a situation where he knows that, no matter what we do, we have no real allies?,” asks Mike. Hear Noonan’s response and her thoughts on a collaborative, punitive strategy against ISIS.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone in the defense establishment who doubts that we could take Al-Raqqah, Syria in three or four months from ISIS….But if we take territory, ground, from ISIS—we take Rakka, their capital—then what?,” asks Mike Barnicle of U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), a member of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, about his call for assembling a coalition to battle ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Watch the Morning Joe discussion between Mike and Sen. Johnson here on the complexities of fighting ISIS. Only on MSNBC.
“Ben Carson is now in that luge run, downhill in the wintertime…. But the big number to me is that 58% of Iowans could still change their mind. That reflects the mood of the country right now,” says Mike Barnicle of the latest Republican presidential polls out of Iowa, which show candidates U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) gaining ground and Ben Carson slipping. Listen to Mike’s comments on the GOP field and the Iowa political landscape here. Only on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
Investigative journalist Cam Simpson, senior international correspondent for Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Businessweek, joins MSNBC’s Morning Joe and talks with Mike Barnicle about how U.S. intelligence dramatically underestimated oil revenue and other income to ISIS. “Who were the accessories, the accomplices, to ISIS in getting this oil out of Syria and Iraq and into the world?,” asks Mike. Listen to Simpson’s answer here on why ISIS doesn’t even have to get oil out of their territory to make money. Read the report on ISIS’s financial numbers, “Why U.S. Efforts to Cut Off Islamic State’s Funds Have Failed,” at http://bloom.bg/1T0aUPX.
The Washington Free Beacon highlights Mike Barnicle’s comments on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, during which time he spoke about the thin line between anxiety and fear and how President Barack Obama’s disconnect with Americans on tackling global terrorism could help to push some over that line. “He’s certainly out of the loop in terms of the daily conversation here in this country. I think a lot of people want to hear from Barack Obama,” says Mike of the President.