President Barack Obama has compared ISIS, the terrorist army that has seized control of Northern Syria and Northern Iraq, to the Joker, the mad, bad, and dangerous to know supervillain from "Batman." He had previously called ISIS the “JV team” an assessment that has come back to haunt him as the terrorists continue to inflict death and mayhem, murdering Christians and gays and rounding up women into sexual bondage.

Obama seems to have the late Heath Ledger’s interpretation of the Joker in mind from “The Dark Knight,” which is apt because if he had meant the slightly silly Cesar Romero Joker from the 1960s Batman TV show he would have had some explaining to do.

The president’s comparison may be more on target than he knows. The Joker in “The Dark Knight” pushes the envelope in insanity, committing acts of murder and mayhem to get what he wants which, as Michael Caine’s Alfred suggests, is to “see the world burn.” Negotiation, bargaining, and even threats are ineffective against Ledger’s Joker.

The only solution that will stop him is his death. That is the aspect of the Joker that President Obama does not yet seem to grasp. If he did grasp it, an American-led coalition would by now be assaulting the ISIS strongholds of Raqqa and Mosul and every black-clad mother’s son of them would soon be either dead or locked away somewhere forever.

Obama proved that he is not Batman, not even the campy Adam West variety when he suggested that ISIS is not an “existential threat to the United States.” Climate change remains the worldwide menace, and the president maintains his obsession to end it by any means necessary.

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The president has given cold comfort to certain people in San Bernardino, not to mention Paris. ISIS sending out jihadis to slaughter dozens or even hundreds of people may not succeed in bringing down civilization, but Obama’s casual attitude toward the threat is sure to taint his already tattered legacy. Besides, ISIS aspires to be an “existential threat” to the United States and the rest of civilization in that it wants to acquire weapons of mass destruction, especially chemical munitions.

One wonder if Obama will be so dismissive if ISIS sets off a chemical device in a crowded shopping mall or airport terminal.


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