— The Erimtan Angle —

‘Obama’s ISIS Speech on Wednesday, 10 September 2014, is more US Foreign Policy that is “falling down forward” (9 Sep 2014)’.

The Associated Press‘ Darlene Superville relates that “President Barack Obama will begin laying out a strategy this week to defeat Islamic State militants in the Middle East, meeting with congressional leaders Tuesday [9 September] and giving a speech Wednesday, the eve of the 13th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Obama disclosed his plans during an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press“. The Prez said this: “I just want the American people to understand the nature of the threat and how we’re going to deal with it and to have confidence that we’ll be able to deal with it”, at the White House upon his return from the NATO summit in Wales.[1]

For her part, Superville continues that at “Obama’s direction, the U.S. military has conducted more than 130 airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq in the past month. In retaliation, the group recently beheaded two American journalists it had been holding hostage in Syria, where the organization also operates. Lawmakers have pressed Obama to expand the airstrikes into Syria. He has resisted so far, but said he has asked his military advisers for options for pursuing the group there. In the interview, Obama said the U.S. would not go after the Islamic State group alone, but would operate as part of an international coalition and continue airstrikes to support ground efforts that would be carried out by Iraqi and Kurdish troops. At the NATO summit, the U.S. and nine allies agreed to take on the militants because of the threat they pose to member countries. Obama restated his opposition to sending U.S. ground troops to engage in direct combat with the militants, who have laid claim to large swaths of territory in Iraq, targeted religious and ethnic minority groups, and threatened U.S. personnel and interests in the region”.[2]

 

 

[1] Darlene Superville, “Obama says he’ll give speech Wednesday on plan to combat Islamic State militant organization” AP (07 Sept 2014). http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2014/09/07/obama-to-give-speech-wednesday-on-islamic-state.

[2] Darlene Superville, “Obama says he’ll give speech Wednesday”.

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