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Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

By Julie Pace, Associated Press

Published: Thu, Aug. 28 11:24 p.m. MDT

 President Barack Obama speaks the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq.

President Barack Obama speaks the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq.

(Charles Dharapak, Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama played down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East.

Obama said confronting the Islamic State militants requires a regional strategy with support from other states in the region. He said it's time for states in the region to "stop being ambivalent" about the aims of extremist groups like the Islamic State.

"They have no ideology beyond violence and chaos," Obama said.

The U.S. is already striking Islamic State targets in Iraq, and officials have said the president is considering similar action in neighboring Syria. The militants have moved with ease between the two countries, effectively blurring the border.

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1. jsf
Centerville, UT,
Aug. 28, 2014

"we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East.

How about developing a strategy of eliminating a violent militant group that has no respect for life and freedom.

Equivalent quotes, we want to degrade the Nazis' ability to continue the holocaust. We want to degrade the Japanese imperial militaries ambition to slaughter Chinese. We want to downgrade Saddam's ability to kill Kurds and Shiites.

You don't degrade an enemy bent on your destruction, you strategize to eliminate that threat.

But then Obama wont call a terrorist a terrorist. He has worked in hand with the Muslim Brotherhood. The sponsor of Hamas. Ah I got to get back to the links, to di-stress already.

2. not here
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO,
Aug. 28, 2014

jsf:

Please post just what you would like him to do. And please tell us that boots on the ground will help. And we have yet to pay for the last two wars, and if, and I may be wrong but I think (and tis is just me) that the fine folks of the US is way tired of war let alone a no win war.

3. jsf
Centerville, UT,
Aug. 28, 2014

a no win war is just what he promised.

4. southmtnman
Provo, UT,
Aug. 29, 2014

jsf,

Yes, get back on the links where your skills are better suited, because your political philosophy and foreign policy strategy are pathetic.

In the same way that "Western" geopolitical relations exploit a complex web of predominately Christian and Jewish religion-influenced groups, MiddleEastern political strategies exploit a complex web of Islamic religion groups who support ISIS behind the scenes. Rushing into this conflict like a Western John Wayne with guns-a-blazing would be a simple-minded and foolish prelude to global religious war - WWIII, if you please.

Despite some religiously oriented folks desiring to "hasten" the Second Coming and Armageddon, the rest of the peace-loving world would prefer avoiding such self-fulfilling prophecies, and instead find more nuanced and well-thought out strategies.

Oh, and please be sure to call "Fore" before each stroke!

5. JWB
Kaysville, UT,
Aug. 29, 2014

The Department of Defense has a multitude of plans for strategies. The problem is the elected political figure has his own agenda as Commander-in-Chief. He has boxed our country in with his personal agenda and lack of leadership skills he learned in community action groups and living overseas as a kid. A President needs to know what people have believed in and fought for. This country was built on principles and not on campaign funding abilities. His legacy is more important than our legacy during his election. There were actions the military could have done in Benghazi but the President was in Las Vegas. Even with Technology the leader needs to be with his staff and Department heads. Priorities need to be for the country not personal agenda.