— The Erimtan Angle —

On Wednesday, 10 September 2014, President Obama pronounced his policy goals regarding the terrorist organisation formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, yet now calling itself simply the Islamic State or IS. Talking to the to the nation from the State Floor of the White House, Mr. Obama said the United States was recruiting a global coalition of the arguably unwilling to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the IS.

Afterwards, the New York Times‘ Mark Landler remarked that the “president drew a distinction between the military action he was ordering and the two wars begun by his predecessor, George W. Bush. He likened this campaign to the selective airstrikes that the United States has carried out for years against suspected terrorists in Yemen and Somalia, few of which have been made public. After enduring harsh criticism for saying two weeks ago [in mid-August 2014] that he did not have a strategy for dealing with ISIS in Syria, Mr. Obama outlined a plan that will bolster American training and arming of moderate Syrian rebels to fight the militants. Saudi Arabia has agreed to provide a base for the training of those forces. Mr. Obama called on Congress to authorize the plan to train and equip the rebels — something the Central Intelligence Agency has been doing covertly and on a much smaller scale — but he asserted his authority as commander in chief to expand the overall campaign, which will bring the number of American troops in Iraq to 1,600”.[1]

[1] Mark Landler, “Obama, in Speech on ISIS, Promises Sustained Effort to Rout Militants” The New York Times (10 September 2014). http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/11/world/middleeast/obama-speech-isis.html?_r=0.

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