The airstrikes against ISL ( Islamic State of Iraq , and Syria ) are a bit late . I warned that a military action was coming . I'm glad the president is doing something about this. Maybe we should have done something earlier ? President Obama said on Saturday that the airstrikes and humanitarian assistance drops he ordered last week in Iraq could go on for months, preparing Americans for an extended military presence in the skies there as Iraq’s leaders try to build a new government. “I don’t think we’re going to solve this problem in weeks,” Mr. Obama told reporters before leaving for a two-week golf-and-beach vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. “This is going to be a long-term project.” (3) Obama does not want to engage (1) . ISL and is only taking limited action for political expediency. He knows if he does nothing on behalf of the Christians and allows them to be slaughtered that will reflect poorly on the Dem Senatorial candidates up for re-election this November. This whole nightmare was unleashed way back when our nations (5) Government ( Obama Administration ) was supporting the Syrian rebels against Assad . America armed the rebels and " created" ISL , No doubt the "Armored Carriers" used by the Terrorists to Fire on Innocent Christian Civilians were those provided by the US. Most of the minorities fleeing the Jihadists are mostly the obscure sect of ***Yazidis "being indiscriminately attacked " , airstrikes began with a mix of fighter jets and drones that targeted militants firing on Yazidis near the town of Sinjar. The Kurdish capital, Erbil, once an island of pro-American tranquillity, was in the path of rampaging Sunni militants, the chairman, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, told the president. And to the west, the militants had trapped thousands of members of Iraqi minority groups on a barren mountaintop, with dwindling supplies, raising concerns about a potential genocide. (2).Looming over that discussion, and the decision to return the United States to a war (4) Mr. Obama had built his political career disparaging, was the specter of an earlier tragedy: the September 2012 attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, and has become a potent symbol of weakness for critics of the president. Of course the entire Stock markets around the world fell and oil surged, as investors reacted to news that the US will carry out airstrikes on Iraq. Yet there is a contradiction between the extreme narrowness of the missions handed to American commanders, and the breadth of the crisis that senior American officials are starting to describe in Iraq. It is not clear whether Mr Obama and his inner circle consider spiralling instability in Iraq in and of itself a threat to American national security. Iraqi politicians have been wrangling over the creation of a new government for weeks. In a not so subtle nudge, Mr Obama said that more American assistance would be on offer once a new government was in place.
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(1). Given the context of arab on arab violence (turn on your TV), or the ISIS monsters beheading kids in Irag Perhaps the greatest indication of moral decay within Islamic civilization is not the existence of ISIL itself, but rather the fact that ISIL has not been condemned by moderate Sunni Arab countries. Their silence pulls away the veil on the rot within and reveals the inherent weakness of moderate Islam.*** Yazidizs , here is a bit of interesting trivia about this minority sect. The Yazidi (also Yezidi, Êzidî, Yazdani, ایزدیان, Եզդիներ, Езиды) are a Kurdish-speaking ethno-religious community who practice an ancient syncretic religion linked to Zoroastrianism and early Mesopotamian religions. The Yazidi are "devil worshippers." (2). Most Americans wanted out of Iraq and President Obama fulfilled his pledge - how is it his fault that, in the face of suicidal religious fanatics, the Iraqi Army just dropped their arms and ran away? The problems of the region are far older than any of our recent presidents so it's not really honest to blame the ISIS assault on Obama. I'm definitely not a "hawk" and I'm tired of paying for bogus wars (3). Shortly before seven on Friday morning, US aircraft dropped two 500-pound bombs on artillery controlled by Islamic militants in northern Iraq. Barack Obama, as The New York Times noted, is now the fourth US president in a row to launch military action in that country. (4). President Barack Obama badly underestimated ISIS. Klein pivots off an Obama quote from New Yorker Editor David Remnick’s remarkable interview with the president “Going the Distance,” in January. (5). Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's book "Hard Choices" claims that the United States was involved in the creation of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).