Dov Hikind Is Still Not a Fan of Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy

Assemblyman Dov Hikind doesn't think President Barack Obama is doing nearly enough to combat ISIS.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind. (Photo: Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
Assemblyman Dov Hikind. (Photo: Michael Nagle/Getty Images) Michael Nagle/Getty Images

President Barack Obama has done very little to win over Assemblyman Dov Hikind these past two years.

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The Brooklyn Democrat, who endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for president in 2012, complained yesterday that Mr. Obama is still showing a “lack of leadership” on foreign policy, creating what he called a “very, very scary” situation.

“We all want to see an America that is strong, an America that shows leadership. There are few people who would argue today with the very fact that America sure doesn’t show leadership today under this administration,” Mr. Hikind told the Observer at an event in Borough Park, Brooklyn. “What’s going on in that part of the world is very, very scary.”

The hawkish Mr. Hikind, a frequent world traveler, fumed that Mr. Obama was not doing enough to stop the Islamic State, a Sunni extremist group that has seized large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq.

“Finally the president came around to using our air force. It’s become pretty clear that it’s just not working. ISIS, ISIL, whatever you want to call it is continuing to–it’s just not working,” he said.

“If the job is to stop them and put them out of business, you do what you need to do. I would not want to send tens of thousands of American troops back,” he continued. “But should there be a greater presence of ground troops? I think that’s the consensus the experts are saying is necessary.”

“Whatever the president is doing now is clearly not working,” he added.

Mr. Hikind, an Orthodox Jew representing a relatively conservative district, is one of the few city Democrats who openly criticizes the president. Though his office has no direct impact on foreign affairs, he frequently holds press conferences and lobbies on international matters.

Mr. Hikind is facing re-election against Republican Nachman Caller on November 4.

Dov Hikind Is Still Not a Fan of Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy