Four years ago this week, President Obama stepped to a microphone and declared an end to American combat missions in Iraq.

Since that time, Al Qaeda in Iraq - now known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS - has splintered away from the main terrorist group, mainly because of their use of ultra-violent methods of gaining control. These have included the mass murders of women and children, the persecution of people of other religious faiths, and the beheading of an American journalist.

On Thursday this week, once again President Obama stepped to a microphone to update the American people on the situation in Iraq, reassure our allies, and put forth a vision of how the rapidly growing Mideast crisis will be handled. His quote about what the U.S. is willing to do to fight ISIS:

“We don’t have a strategy yet.”

We are stunned. After more than two years of increasing violence in Iraq and several weeks of outright combat fighting, the Obama administration has nothing to offer to the solution. The statement - or more accurately the lack of a statement - has put the U.S. and the world on notice of just how far out of his depth President Obama is when it comes to hostile foreign relations.

This week is also the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II when German planes and artillery bombarded Poland and tanks raced over the border in a blitzkrieg attack. President Obama’s complete misreading or willing ignorance of the situation in Iraq reminds us British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in the years leading up to the war.

As Adolph Hitler rose to power in Germany and the Nazi Party began to stretch to find the limits of what other countries would allow them to do, Chamberlain advocated for a policy of appeasement with the Chancellor. His complete lack of understanding of what Hitler was capable of doing and of the danger involved with allowing Germany to bully their way back to power is seen today as one of the worst leadership blunders in history. Note the difference in the appraisal of the exact same meetings between Chamberlain and Hitler:

- “This is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honour. I believe it is peace in our time.” - Chamberlain

- “If ever that silly old man comes interfering here again with his umbrella, I’ll kick him downstairs and jump on his stomach in front of the photographers.” - Hitler

Both quotes followed the signing of the Munich Agreement where parts of Czechoslovakia were ceded to Germany in order to appease any military action to take them. What history revealed was Chamberlain’s inaction and appeasement was seen as signs of weakness, negating any need for respect by Hitler.

Before anyone believes the analogy between the danger of Germany at the start of WWII and ISIS today is an outlandish comparison, look at the pair of reports released on Friday.

In a raid earlier this year on an ISIS base, a captured laptop revealed attempts to produce biological weapons for use against ISIS opponents. The report went on to state the production of the weapons was well within the reach of the terrorists and that they only lacked a viable delivery method.

Also on Friday, it was revealed agents of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Defense were all placed on high alert. In a three-page bulletin, security personnel were warned ISIS members were planning on infiltrating the U.S. through the border with Mexico. This type of move would allow the terrorists to either use conventional weapons, such as car bombs, or the chemical weapons mentioned above.

Mr. President, the time for pulling your head out of the sand is now before the American people need to suffer through an attack on U.S. soil.