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  • How are we going ‘degrade and destroy’ ISIS if airstrikes will not do the job. What’s General LOTUS military strategy

    President Obama made his strongest statements yet against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Wednesday, promising that the U.S. will “degrade and destroy” the extremist group after they beheaded a second American journalist.

    “Our objective is clear and that is to degrade and destroy ISIL so it’s no longer a threat—not just to Iraq but also to the region and to the United States,” Obama said, referring to ISIS by their alternate name.

    Obama: US objective to degrade, destroy ISIL
    On Tuesday, ISIS released a video of the beheading of Steven Sotloff, 31, a freelance journalist who worked for Time and Foreign Policy and was seized in Syria last August. His killer appears to be the same masked jihadist who killed James Foley exactly two weeks prior. The video’s authenticity was confirmed by President Obama and American officials early Wednesday.

    The death of the Florida-based journalist has redoubled calls for expanded military action in the region, particularly airstrikes in Syria where the group is headquartered. Obama, speaking from Estonia just hours after agreeing to send 350 more troops into Iraq to protect the country’s diplomatic efforts, promised that “justice would be served.”

    US sending 350 more troops to Baghdad embassy

    The president said a combination of regional cooperation, airstrikes, and ground efforts would defeat ISIS.
    “The first phase has been to make sure that we’ve got an Iraqi government that is in place and and we are blunting the momentum that ISIL was carrying out and the airstrikes have done that. Now what we need to do is make sure that we’ve got the regional strategy in place that can support an ongoing effort, not just in the air but on the ground to move forward,” he said. “It’s something that over time is gonna be effective.”

    Obama said that expanding the military operation into Syria would likely require congressional approval – “It’s very important from my perspective that when we send our pilots in to do a job, that we know this is a mission that’s going to work … that we’ve made the case to Congress and to the American people” – but said he was confident the country could stop the extremist movement.
    “Our objective is to make sure that ISIL is not an ongoing threat to the region and we can accomplish that,” he added.
    In both videos showing the beheadings of the journalists, a masked ISIS militant says their executions are a response to American airstrikes in the region. That mission, which began with the limited goal of protecting religious minorities and U.S. assets threatened by ISIS, included humanitarian air drops to bring relief to thousands of Yezidis – members of an ancient religious sect – who were trapped on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq without food or water. On Monday, the president informed Congress he’d broadened those strikes to aid a northern town where civilians were similarly trapped.
    “Today our country grieves with [Sotloff’s family],” Obama said. “Whatever these murderers think they can achieve by killing innocent Americans like Steven, they have already failed.”
    Sotloff’s mother made an emotional plea last week, begging his captors to release him. ““As a mother, I ask you to be merciful and not punish my son for matters he has no control over,” she said.
    In his address, the president briefly eulogized the fallen American.
    “Steven’s life stood in sharp contrast to those who murdered him so brutally – they make the absurd claim that they kill in the name of religion, but it was Steven, his friends say, who deeply loved the Islamic world. His killers try to claim that they defend the oppressed, but it was Steven who travelled across the Middle East risking his life to tell the story of Muslim men and women demanding justice and dignity.”

  • “That doesn’t mean ISIL doesn’t still pose a threat. It doesn’t mean they aren’t still trying and in some cases succeeding at taking and holding ground,” he continued. “No one said this would be easy or quick, and no one should be lulled into a false sense of security by accurate air strikes. We will not, we cannot bomb them into obscurity.”

    The Pentagon official told reporters that Iraqi and Kurdish forces are currently in the best position to put pressure on ISIS and that American efforts will require a “long struggle” and “strategic patience.”

    “This group will adapt, and we’re going to have to adapt right along with them,” he said. “And air strikes alone, you’re just not going to bomb them away. It’s not going to happen like that.”

    The Pentagon’s low expectations for U.S. air strikes against ISIS are shared by forces fighting the terror group on the ground in the Middle East.

    Sefqan Ciya, a field commander of People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Kurdish group fighting Isis, told Newsweek in a recent interview: “We in the YPG have been fighting alone for a year, holding out against Isis in Kobane, but the U.S. and the international community are ignoring this fight. The reality is that Isis will not be stopped in northeast Syria unless the international community, above all the U.S. and EU countries, provide us with adequate military aid and cooperate with us in order jointly and effectively to target and attack Isis positions.”

  • Confirming the suspicions of the president’s harshest foreign policy critics, Pentagon officials told reporters this week that they shouldn’t expect air strikes to do much to weaken the Islamic State terrorists gaining ground in Iraq and Syria.

    Despite the approximately 310 U.S strikes on ISIS targets across Iraq and Syria launched by the end of the day Tuesday, Pentagon press secretary Admiral John Kirby said that ISIS “remains a very potent force.”

    Kirby said that ISIS fighters are countering the strikes by attempting to blend in to urban areas where air strikes could cause civilian casualties and being less brazen, but that they still pose a significant threat.

    “Yes, they’re dispersing, and yes, they aren’t communicating quite as openly or as boldly as they once were,” Kirby said. “That’s a good thing, because if they aren’t operating as freely, then they aren’t as free to achieve their goals.

  • Confirming the suspicions of the president’s harshest foreign policy critics, Pentagon officials told reporters this week that they shouldn’t expect air strikes to do much to weaken the Islamic State terrorists gaining ground in Iraq and Syria.

    Despite the approximately 310 U.S strikes on ISIS targets across Iraq and Syria launched by the end of the day Tuesday, Pentagon press secretary Admiral John Kirby said that ISIS “remains a very potent force.”

    Kirby said that ISIS fighters are countering the strikes by attempting to blend in to urban areas where air strikes could cause civilian casualties and being less brazen, but that they still pose a significant threat.

    “Yes, they’re dispersing, and yes, they aren’t communicating quite as openly or as boldly as they once were,” Kirby said. “That’s a good thing, because if they aren’t operating as freely, then they aren’t as free to achieve their goals.

    “That doesn’t mean ISIL doesn’t still pose a threat. It doesn’t mean they aren’t still trying and in some cases succeeding at taking and holding ground,” he continued. “No one said this would be easy or quick, and no one should be lulled into a false sense of security by accurate air strikes. We will not, we cannot bomb them into obscurity.”

    The Pentagon official told reporters that Iraqi and Kurdish forces are currently in the best position to put pressure on ISIS and that American efforts will require a “long struggle” and “strategic patience.”

    “This group will adapt, and we’re going to have to adapt right along with them,” he said. “And air strikes alone, you’re just not going to bomb them away. It’s not going to happen like that.”

    The Pentagon’s low expectations for U.S. air strikes against ISIS are shared by forces fighting the terror group on the ground in the Middle East.

    Sefqan Ciya, a field commander of People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Kurdish group fighting Isis, told Newsweek in a recent interview: “We in the YPG have been fighting alone for a year, holding out against Isis in Kobane, but the U.S. and the international community are ignoring this fight. The reality is that Isis will not be stopped in northeast Syria unless the international community, above all the U.S. and EU countries, provide us with adequate military aid and cooperate with us in order jointly and effectively to target and attack Isis positions.”

  • rodentologist@bellsouth.net rodentologist 5 hours ago Flag

    "He is even dummer than you are"

    I guess people who only have third grade educations are too dumb to be able to be able to spell "dummer" [sic].

  • rodentologist@bellsouth.net rodentologist 5 hours ago Flag

    "Nate says it stays blue with a 50 % probability??? He is even dummer than you are,"

    Car Wash Attendant, commenting on Nate Silver, who empirically has been extraordinarily accurate in predicting elections, including getting ALL 50 states right in the last presidential election.

  • Nate says it stays blue with a 50 % probability??? He is even dummer than you are,
    At 50-50, it is nyones guess about the Senate!!!

  • He is gaining on the plagiarist opponent Mary Burke, and this was taken prior to her Obama Like
    Deer In The HeAdlights explanation of plagiarism, which she admits to doing!!! SAY Bye to Mary,
    She is toast! And us Wiscinsin taxpayers are the winners, along with Walker, our hero!!!!

  • If Kansas elects an Independent, it makes it nearly impossible for the GOP to pick up enough states to take the Senate. The most telling poll. With 33 days left, 3 races are neck and neck. It is bad news for the GOP if the democrat is neck and neck.

    Nate Silver says that the Senate stays blue with a 50% probability.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    Dem Rep Arrested For Voting 19 Times

    by andimsupposedtobecrazy Sep 30, 2014 7:15 PM

    Ayala must have learned it from Ann Coulter, who caught voting illegally TWICE in Connecticut (and also in Florida).

  • Reply to

    Happy birthday, Mr. President.

    by pilodialcyst 13 hours ago

    "Carter suggested Operation Eagle Claw, a failed 1980 attempt to rescue the hostages taken by Iranian revolutionaries at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, could have been successful if he committed one more helicopter to the mission.

    "I think I would have been re-elected easily if I had been able to rescue our hostages from the Iranians," Carter said. "And everybody asks me what would do more, I would say I would send one more helicopter because if I had one more helicopter, we could have brought out not only the 52 hostages, but also brought out the rescue team, and when that failed, then I think that was the main factor that brought about my failure to be re-elected. So that's one thing I would change."

    Operation Eagle Claw was aborted after three of the helicopters taking part in the mission experienced mechanical problems.

    Carter also said he believed he would have been re-elected if he took military action against Iran in response to the taking of the hostages. Though he argued he "could have wiped Iran off the map," Carter said he thought avoiding war was the "right decision."

    "I could've been re-elected if I'd taken military action against Iran, shown that I was strong and resolute and, um, manly and so forth," said Carter, adding: "I could have wiped Iran off the map with the weapons that we had, but in the process a lot of innocent people would have been killed, probably including the hostages, and so I stood up against all that, er, all that advice, and then eventually my prayers were answered and every hostage came home safe and free." seems a clear cut matter of principle for Carter.

  • You know as well as I, that the President really never gets to take what most in the country wouls consider a true vacation.......Post FDR (with maybe Eisenhower as the exception) no President's time is his own for more than a few minutes a day every day once they take the oath of office..........

  • so you except half the data and use it to try and prove your point, but not the rest becasue of who put it out...... you silly neo-con hypocrite

  • G W. Bush, was on vacation 1,020 days... more than any other President in American history.

    GW Bush spent 32% of his presidency on vacation.

    GW Bush took the longest single vacation — 5 weeks — of any President in 36 years while 2 wars waged, American's lost their jobs, retirement savings, watched their home value plummet and their Health Insurance Premiums increased over 100%.

    BTW gw bush's father GHW Bush holds the #2 Spot for most vacation days as president.

    Silly right wing losers.........you are laughable fools.............lol

  • "you missed the point"

    lol...The point is that the Daily Caller is making an ASSumption on the length of White House Daily Briefing and then using that ASSumption to make a meaningless correlation with their ASSumption of the average time President Obama takes to play a round of golf.

    "The daily briefing calculations are based on a new report by the Florida-based Government Accountability Institute, which reported Sept. 30 that Obama has attended 875 Presidential Daily Briefings over the course of his presidency.

    Those briefings allow top intelligence officials to share their latest intelligence data on security threats, and also to focus the president’s attention on growing or novel problems.

    The formal intelligence briefings usually last 45 minutes, according to the “daily guidance” schedules issued each evening by the White House. That time adds up to about 700 hours, so far."

    Silly right wing simpletons and their laughable grade school logic......hahahahah

  • you missed the point .. then he has spent less than 2.69 hrs per week at daily intelligence briefings. As the leader of the free world and with all that is going on in the world is less than 2.69 hrs/week or since he most likely works 7 days a week.. about 20 minutes a day is that proactive. How many issues can be discussed in depth in 20 minutes ar questions asked of a presentation? Maybe that is all he needs?

  • Reply to

    Ignore the Soapbox Blowhards Here

    by chuckpalot Sep 15, 2014 10:29 AM

    Today we witness another facet of the MO gem; a bit of a safe haven when $$$ flows out of a nervous market.

    Just another reason to smile!

  • "But he’s also spent roughly 800 hours on almost 200 golf trips since his first inauguration."

    800 hours divided by the 297 weeks President Obama has been in office works out to less than 2.69 hours per week.

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha........I love the childish desperation of the silly empty headed right wing losers.

  • pilo, you got nothing new? you need to rehash a post from a few days ago? Come on, get digging on some new information.

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