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Obama to Announce Plan to Fight ISIS Wednesday

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It was only two weeks ago that President Barack Obama told the world he did not have a strategy to deal with ISIS, now he plans to reveal one Wednesday. According to NBC News, Obama will make two claims in his speech. One, that ISIS is a credible threat and two, that the US has the ability to neutralize it.

Both of those claims have been heavily contended. ISIS is trying to establish a caliphate in the Middle East not launch attacks in the US – or at least wasn’t before the US started bombing them – they are a regional threat. Whether or not they can be effectively neutralized is also a question given that much of ISIS’ military capacity has come from stealing US military equipment from a retreating Iraqi army.

Though pledging not to use ground troops, the president said there would be an extensive military campaign that would seek to defeat ISIS by taking away territory and destroying the US and other military equipment ISIS now has in its possession.

Obama emphasized he will not advocate for the deployment of U.S. ground troops in the region, saying it would be “a profound mistake” to put American boots on the ground in Syria as some critics have suggested…

“Over the course of months, we are going to be able to not just blunt the momentum of (ISIS),” he said. “We are going to systematically degrade their capabilities. We’re going to shrink the territory that they control. And that’s how we’re going to defeat them.” He added: “The strategy both for Iraq and for Syria is that we will hunt down [ISIS] members and assets wherever they are. I will reserve the right to always protect the American people and go after folks who are trying to hurt us wherever they are.

Wherever they are is quite a mandate. Ironically, if there is any case study that a president should not be given such broad authority to pursue military action it is President Obama’s handling of Syria. If he had acted unilaterally and done air strikes against the Assad government, as he planned and proposed, ISIS would be even stronger now.

But look on the bright side, by finding another Islamic terrorist group to hype into an existential threat the US defense industry can keep rolling on. That means more jobs in our distorted economy, especially in key congressional districts.

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Obama To Announce Plan To Fight ISIS Wednesday

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It was only two weeks ago that President Barack Obama told the world he did not have a strategy to deal with ISIS, now he plans to reveal one Wednesday. According to NBC News, Obama will make two claims in his speech. One, that ISIS is a credible threat and two, that the US has the ability to neutralize it.

Both of those claims have been heavily contended. ISIS is trying to establish a caliphate in the Middle East not launch attacks in the US – or at least wasn’t before the US started bombing them – they are a regional threat. Whether or not they can be effectively neutralized is also a question given that much of ISIS’ military capacity has come from stealing US military equipment from a retreating Iraqi army.

Though pledging not to use ground troops, the president said there would be an extensive military campaign that would seek to defeat ISIS by taking away territory and destroying the US and other military equipment ISIS now has in its possession.

Obama emphasized he will not advocate for the deployment of U.S. ground troops in the region, saying it would be “a profound mistake” to put American boots on the ground in Syria as some critics have suggested…

“Over the course of months, we are going to be able to not just blunt the momentum of (ISIS),” he said. “We are going to systematically degrade their capabilities. We’re going to shrink the territory that they control. And that’s how we’re going to defeat them.” He added: “The strategy both for Iraq and for Syria is that we will hunt down [ISIS] members and assets wherever they are. I will reserve the right to always protect the American people and go after folks who are trying to hurt us wherever they are.

Wherever they are is quite a mandate. Ironically, if there is any case study that a president should not be given such broad authority to pursue military action it is President Obama’s handling of Syria. If he had acted unilaterally and done air strikes against the Assad government, as he planned and proposed, ISIS would be even stronger now.

But look on the bright side, by finding another Islamic terrorist group to hype into an existential threat the US defense industry can keep rolling on. That means more jobs in our distorted economy, especially in key congressional districts.

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