Obama: Threat from Iraq militants could grow

"We're going to have to have a more focused, more targeted strategy ..."
Associated Press
Jun 22, 2014

Al-Qaida-inspired militants who have violently seized territory in Iraq could grow in power and destabilize other countries in the region, President Barack Obama said.

The Iraqi public will ultimately reject the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the extremist Sunni group threatening Iraq's government, but the group still represents a medium- and long-term threat to the United States, Obama said.

"We're going to have to be vigilant generally. Right now the problem with ISIS is the fact that they're destabilizing the country," Obama said, using a common acronym for the group. "That could spill over into some of our allies like Jordan."

The Sunni insurgency in Iraq and neighboring Syria is just one of an array of threats the U.S. must guard against, Obama said in an interview recorded Friday and airing Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation."

He pointed to the group Boko Haram in north Africa and al-Qaida groups in Yemen that he said also demand the attention of the U.S. and its partners.

"What we can't do is think that we're just going to play whack-a-mole and send U.S. troops occupying various countries wherever these organizations pop up," Obama said. "We're going to have to have a more focused, more targeted strategy and we're going to have to partner and train local law enforcement and military to do their jobs as well."

Obama's comments came as U.S. lawmakers and officials within his own administration are grappling with the best way to address the growing insurgency in Iraq just years after American troops pulled out. As bloody sectarian violence breaks out once again in Iraq, a president who opposed the Iraq war and vowed to end it is finding the U.S. being lured back into the conflict by the deteriorating security situation.

Obama has announced plans to send 300 special operations forces into Iraq to train its military, but insists the U.S. military can't effectively quell the conflict unless Iraq's own Shiite-led government pursues a more inclusive approach that doesn't shun the Sunni minority.

The issue has divided Congress, with some lawmakers criticizing Obama for doing too little and others warning the return of armed troops to Iraq could be the first step toward pulling the U.S. back into the conflict.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said the unwillingness of Iraq's military to defend the city of Mosul begs the question of why the United State should.

"I'm not willing to send my son to defend that mess," Paul said Sunday on CNN.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said she believes the U.S. needs to be talking to Iran because it can play a major role in helping to prevent a major war between Sunnis and Shiites. She also voiced concerns about the need to build up intelligence to help track recruits from Europe and the United States who have gone to the Middle East to participate in the wars there.

"There will be plots to kill Americans," she told CNN.

Comments

There you go again

Why do I cringe when I read anything our president has to say about foreign policy?!?!

jazzbo

Because your head is full of Fox News.

Darwin's choice

Ray Charles could see the failing by your messiah. Your incredible infatuation to this man is telling.....

'ol clueless/failing

jazzbo

...and your head is full of ________ (rhymes with chit).

Darwin/ perpetual loser

There you go again

No, because Obama has NO foreign policy until he reads about it
in the paper (Obama's words-not mine).

jazzbo

@ Mr. There you go again-
Can you support your statement with a link ?

Or are you simply a parrot?

coasterfan

I wonder what Bin Laden thinks of Obama's foreign policy...

stooge's picture
stooge

Probably not much, considering...

Donegan

That statement shows exactly why liberals are brain dead. He killed one guy and claims victory while losing a entire country.
Face it Obama's foreign policy is non-existent. The admin bounces from one mess to another hoping to deflect from the failures with more failures.
Than god they killed Bin-Laden, If we would have captured him Obama would have already traded him for a klondike bar.

Contango

Re: "Bin Laden,"

Stale three yr. old news. Next...

grumpy

Bin Laden probably thinks much the same as Ambassador Christopher Srevens thinks of Obama's foreign policy...

Dr. Information

Liberals on this site cannot post anything without Bush or Fox News being said.

jazzbo

Right-wingers cannot post anything on this site without Fox News first saying it.

Steve P

The liberals depend on PMSNBC all ten viewers...

goofus

Be careful around spreading fox news, recent polling has it the most trusted newsite around

jazzbo

No doubt about it :
"Fox News is by far and away the most trusted source of GOP voters."

And bull dung is good eating according to a zillion flies and GOP voters.

Steve P

Ratings, FOX #1 with all demographics in the vast majority of time slots, more independents watching than any other network, sorry when the facts disagree with your liberal dribble.

jazzbo

So ? It just means that a lot of morons watch Fox News.

Steve P

jizzbo, no facts, once again liberal dribble. now go back to the home's TV lounge and watch PMSNBC with the other 9 viewers.

WeThePeople1965

No matter who you listen to, it's riddled with propaganda. Study on propaganda, you'll see it.

jazzbo

I agree.

There is truth and half-truths.
Half-truths are lies.

PS

....and then there are straight out lies.

coasterfan

Recent polling also shows that Fox viewers are the least informed. You must be very proud.

jazzbo

Fox News is also the most UNTRUSTED name on TV.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/20...

Lots of people watch it just to keep tabs on the Republican bullshizzle machine.

I even watch it occasionally -- I USED to watch it religiously.

Again , big numbers are misleading.
(Eat shizz , ...10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 flies can't be all wrong").

Steve P

The poll actually indicated higher education and income for Fox viewers, yet another liberal confused with facts.

jazzbo

You're certainly not in the "...higher education... " classification.

Steve P

jizzbo doesn't appear from the number and times of your posts you are distracted by a job, so force your large frame from the couch, go get more bon, bons and just wait for that government card to be reloaded the first of the month.

jazzbo

Steve Pee --

Curses , another Sherlock Holmes !
Between you and Donegan , I can't make a move and I have no place to hide !
You guys work part-time for the CIA don't you ?

(Go pound salt.)

thinkagain

I wonder how Olameo managed to come up with his observation of the situation in Iraq? While looking for the golf channel, he probably pushed the wrong button and heard it on FOX.

jazzbo

An obedient Christian would be praying for the president.

thinkagain

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I thank the Lord I’m not an Obama sheep,
If he ain't impeached by the time I wake,
I pray his days be few and his office another take.
Amen.

Darwin's choice

Amen!

JMOP

^^LOVE^^

jazzbo

Hillary

2016 - 2024

Steve P

First put a cold compress on your head, question name one personal accomplishment of Hillary? Picking up Monica's dress from the dry cleaner can't be counted.

Fromthe419

http://nypost.com/2014/06/21/ins...

Don't think the Messiah will be supporting Hillary in '16. There are deep divisions in the Democratic party.

jazzbo

@ Fromthe419-

And do you think that the Republican party isn't divided ?

The Republican party is a mini Iraq.

Contango

Re: "Hillary,"

So how would Ms. Clinton's foreign policy be any different in regards to the collapse of Iraq?

jazzbo

I don't know. Why don't you ask her ?

Contango

A: It wouldn't. She's just as clueless as the current jamoke.

jazzbo

Playing games.

Contango

"Obama and Clinton wish Muslims happy Ramadan"

The equivalent of wishing Christians a happy Lent or telling them to have a happy Good Friday.

Clueless jamokes.

http://www.todayszaman.com//news...

Darwin's choice

hillary....here's what she will be subject to every second of her miserable life!

A book signing, that doesn't go her way!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p...
"what difference does it make?"
obama/hillary/failed

rottnrog

Why is it that the right is not happy unless we are at war with someone ???

SCARY !!!!

Really are you ...

"Son, we live in a world with walls, and these walls have to be guarded by men with guns... I have more responsibility than you could possibly fathom... You have the luxury of not knowing what I know... I have neither the time nor The inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide. I prefer you said thank you, and went on your way, otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand to post. Either way, I don' give a damn what you think you are entitled to."
Jack Nicholson as Colonel Jessup from the movie A Few Good Men.

Contango

Re: "Obama has announced plans to send 300 special operations forces into Iraq to train its military,"

Yea, 'that' should help to stem the large number of Iraqi army desertions.

“Mr. President, the bad new is, the Iraqi soldiers we spent years training are abandoning their positions. The good news is, they run faster than we thought.”

- National Security Advisor (satire)

Contango

"The historic background of the Sunni–Shia split lies in the schism that occurred when the Islamic prophet Muhammad died in the year 632,leading to a dispute over succession to Muhammad as a caliph of the Islamic community,"

"The dispute intensified greatly after the Battle of Karbala, in which Hussein ibn Ali and his household were killed by the ruling Umayyad Caliph Yazid I, and the outcry for his revenge divided the early Islamic community."

These yahoos have been fighting one another for almost 1400 yrs.

Saudi Arabia, ISIL: Sunni

Iraq, Iran: Shia

Quite a dilemma for the POTUS. Is he up for the task of untying this Gordian Knot?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi...

jazzbo

@ Really are you ...

"You have the luxury of not knowing what I know... "

Bush knew that there weren't any WMD's in Iraq.

Darwin's choice

"Debunked"....find another lie to hide your messiah's failure behind, you have so many to choose from!

obama/failure

jazzbo

Prove it.

Darwin's choice / sheeple

deertracker

Did you find the WMD Darwin?

Darwin's choice

You two douchebags must be twins! Frick and Frack! Nut and Sack!
From a "non" Fox news site, 6/20/2014, read, and try to comprehend, I know it's a stretch for you minions, not having pictures and such....

"WHOOPSIE: MSM just reported on the WMD's that IRAQ "never had"! "

Like it or not, George W. Bush has now officially and forever been completely vindicated.

Although numerous Democrats, including Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, John Edwards, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, and others, claimed from 1998 through 2002 that Hussein had WMDs, they labeled President George W. Bush a liar after the war in Iraq began for having made similar statements, despite the fact that the Democrats overwhelmingly voted for the war.

Every Democrat, including Obama, Reid, Pelosi and Wasserman-Shultz, who called George W. Bush a liar and every other hateful name in the book, including every MSNBC host, owes him a huge apology.
The UK Telegraph reports on this seizure of WMDs in Iraq.
Isis jihadists have seized a chemical weapons facility built by Saddam Hussein which contains a stockpile of old weapons, State Department officials have told the Wall Street Journal:
U.S. officials don’t believe the Sunni militants will be able to create a functional chemical weapon from the material. The weapons stockpiled at the Al Muthanna complex are old, contaminated and hard to move, officials said.
Nonetheless, the capture of the chemical-weapon stockpile by the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, known as ISIS or ISIL, the militant group that is seizing territory in the country, has grabbed the attention of the U.S.
“We remain concerned about the seizure of any military site by the ISIL,” Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, said in a written statement. “We do not believe that the complex contains CW materials of military value and it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to safely move the materials.”

They continued with reporting on Saddam Hussein’s history of using these weapons.
The remaining chemical weapons from Saddam Hussein’s regime are stored in two sealed bunkers, both located at the Al Muthanna Chemicals Weapons Complex, a large site in the western desert some 80km north west of Baghdad.
This was the principal manufacturing plant for both chemical agents and munitions during Saddam Hussein’s rule.
Thousands of tonnes of chemical weapons were produced, stored and deployed by the Saddam Hussein regime. Iraq used these weapons during the Iran – Iraq War (1980 to 198 and against the Kurds in Halabja in 1988.

The chemical weapons that were seized from the facility include mustard gas, Sarin, Tabun, and VX."

jazzbo

Darwin's choice--

You sick little man - you have nothing.
Like it or not, George W. Bush IS NOT vindicated.

If the Drudge Report didn't report it - it didn't happen.

Darwin's choice

From the original nut hugger......

obama/failing

jazzbo

Typical Darwin ,

No answers , proof , links , intelligence ...

Just sickness from the mind of a twisted little man.

Darwin's choice

Yet here you are all day long, trolling the Register blogs!

Commenting on anything "failure" (obama) says-does-screws up, and NEVER has anything to back up your ramblings! You incredible loser! Your boyfriend must leave you wanting....

20 comments on this single topic from you,and not one that proves anything except you are the troll-douchebag I've called you out to be!

jazzbo

What are you doing here,you little loser ?
Don't you have a job blowing leaves or men or animals or something?

Darwin's choice

And, point: Darwins Choice!!!!!!!

obama/failing!

jazzbo

Oh ? Yourself ?

Darwin's choice

It's an incredibly pathetic person, who, when shown indisputable failure on a daily basis, blindly follows his messiah, and when he can't prove anything he wants to be true, he has to show his child like mentality by changing the subject! How shallow that pitiful obamabot must be. But, thats what got the failure elected twice, the incredible stupidity of people.

"You can't fix stupid" In your case, Ron White is exactly correct!

Keep posting though, your worth the entertainment!

thinkagain

I’m wondering if jazzbo is 4shizzle reincarnated?

Darwin's choice

Yep! The alligator mouth and canary azz!

jazzbo

That was stupid.

jazzbo

"You can't fix stupid" In your case, Ron White is exactly correct!
Keep posting though, your worth the entertainment! "

--You keep posting too.
It's fun to watch an hypocritical , unintelligent, clueless , blathering moron , like youself , make a fool of himself.

Steve P

jizzo, In 1998 Bill Clinton claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, it was later learned that Syria used some of these same weapons from Iraq against its own people last year, sorry when the facts don't agree with your far left dribble.....

deertracker

He didn't invade Iraq to find them so where are they?

Steve P

deerdong, He didn't do anything but bomb a aspirin factory to divert attention from his oral office exploits, which also resulted in 9/11, Syria used them against their own people this past year while obzo golfed..

deertracker

Where are they?? Where? BTW, it's "an aspirin" not a aspirin. Use "a" if the next word begins with a consonant and "an" if the next word begins with a vowel.

DISMISSED!!!!

Steve P

Latch on to a typo deerdong because your lack of facts for your liberal dribble. Senior Obama administration officials conceded that the chemical weapons used by Syria against their own people, when Obama drew his now famous line in the sand was from the Iraq stockpile.

jazzbo

Steve Pee-

You're another sick little man - you have nothing.
If the Drudge Report didn't report it - it didn't happen.

jazzbo

.

jazzbo

'

Really are you ...

Saddam did have Weapons of Mass Destruction. He had his air force spray Iraqi villages with blister agents, not tobasco sauce. Saddam was killing his own people, maybe we should have left him go. That would have saved so many American military lives, and saved a heck of a lot of money funding wars and rebuilding what we tore up.

Certain jobs in the US military require a certain level of security clearance. Have you ever asked a question to someone and been told. I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you? That is when you say I am on a need to know basis, and I don't need to know.

Do you find it strange? That when the twin towers were hit by the planes, they did not sway, after time they fell in on themselves. This was not the first time the World Trade Center Buildings came under attack. While I was in high school, some terrorists blew up bomb trucks in the parking garages of the World Trade Center Buildings. They did not fall. Do you find it strange that the Federal Building next to the towers that housed the FBI, CIA, and there were a few other agencies. But this building was not hit, and it imploded on itself. From what? Did you find it strange that after the towers fell that there was a retail shop across the street with a part of the WTC's steel structure embedded in like the fourth floor, but was still standing. Do you find it strange that days after this catastrophe, that the rubble still had hotspots? Did you find it strange that the flight recorder boxes were never found, but they found the terrorists Id's laying on the ground.

Now closer to the present day. Do you find it strange that a Malysia airplane would just banish into the Indian Ocean.

We receive the watered down version of what is really happening outside of our lovely little world, so things are easier to swallow.

Do you think Obama is going to say I am totally clueless on this, I am going to clear my thoughts on a round of golf. Do you think Bush was going to say I don't like what this Saddam guy is doing to his people. I have to get him before he sets off a dirty bomb here. But how do I get the support of the American people? Mr. Vice President get Halliburton ready.

jazzbo

Really are you ...a conspiracy theorist ?

Steve P

Recently, on Nov. 1, 2013 in Green Bay, Wis., Obama said, “Thanks to sacrifice and service of our brave men and women in uniform, the war in Iraq is over, the war in Afghanistan is winding down, al Qaeda has been decimated, Osama bin Laden is dead.” Let me guess this group overrunning Iraq is just upset over another video, or maybe they were forced to read Hillary's book.