Does a TV show do a better job explaining reality than a presidential administration? What does it say about the level of media discourse when a fictional TV show accomplishes this? Should 'Homeland' continue to be renewed? http://thefederalist.com/2015/12/31/homeland-understands-isis-better-than-president-obama-does/ Homeland Understands ISIS Better Than President Obama Does Writers of the fictional Showtime series tap into something the administration cannot seem to grasp. Jay Caruso By Jay Caruso DECEMBER 31, 2015 The season finale of Homeland on December 20 wrapped up what was arguably the best season since the first. This season, Homeland took on a ripped from the headlines feel, with storylines similar to the real-life counterparts of Edward Snowden, Vladimir Putin, and more importantly, the rise of the terrorist group ISIS. The timing couldnt be more prescient, particularly with the havoc ISIS is causing around the world. It couldnt be more different from President Obamas tendency to look the other way while he insists his strategy to defeat ISIS is working, despite all evidence to the contrary. The fifth season of Homeland begins in part with Peter Quinn, a CIA operative returning from a two-year stint in Syria where he was assessing the situation with Bashar al-Assad and taking part in Special Forces missions against ISIS. In a meeting with CIA, military, and civilian officials, Quinns brief, tense exchange exemplifies the way our current administration has handled ISIS. Bureaucrat: You said the program should be renewed, Im asking is our strategy working? Quinn: What strategy? [Awkward silence.] Tell me what the strategy is and Ill tell you if its working. [More awkward silence.] The Danger Of Obamas Ignorance Two years ago, ISIS was not even a household name. They were often referred to as an al-Qaeda linked terror group. The president, asked about ISISs January 3, 2014 takeover of Fallujah, said the following in a New Yorker profile published on January 27, 2014: The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesnt make them Kobe Bryant.