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.

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