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Too Calm, Too Rational: Do We Need More Vim From President Obama in the War Against ISIS?

Too Calm, Too Rational: Do We Need More Vim From President Obama in the War Against ISIS?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Dec. 1 2015 7:08 PM

Thank God This Guy’s President

The right and wrong things Obama is doing in both his actions and rhetoric when it comes to ISIS.

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Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, during a demonstration against Israeli military operations in Gaza, in downtown Srinagar, July 18, 2014.

Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images.

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On The Gist, Slate’s Fred Kaplan explains how recent GOP rhetoric plays perfectly into the bad guys’ plans. He’s the author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War and 1959: The Year Everything Changed. For the Spiel, what we know about abortion clinic safety.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.