Does President Barack Obama have a strategy towards the Islamic State? This question will be answered today at 9:00 p.m. ET as Barack Obama, who now has developed a strategy (so he claims), addresses the U.S. nation in a prime time event.
According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, Americans view the Islamic State a major threat for the United States and its interests and so have widely supported airstrikes on Iraq. It is unclear whether there will also be air strikes against the main hub of the terrorist ‘state’ in Raqqah Syria. USA Today is reporting that Obama’s pitch will include asking congress to approve paying money for training ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels to fend off the ISIS.
According to another Washington Post-ABC News poll, President Obama’s ratings have declined to a new low as American’s feel that Obama has failed as a president. 38% (down 8% since July) of the Americans approve of the international affairs being handled by Obama, 52% believe he has been too cautious in dealing with the Islamic insurgents and 65% are in favor of extending the U.S. air strikes to Syria.
What a difference a year makes! Around 12 months ago John Kerry was begging the American people to support a strike on Syrian dictator, Bashar Al-Assad. Now Obama will be making a pitch to strike ISIS (or ISIL or IS), which is an enemy of the regmine. It should be noted that although there is much evidence that Assad has strengthened ISIS to discredit the opposition, that move is clearly tactical as Assad shares nothing in common with ISIS nor does he plan to share power.
However, unlike one year ago, when the US population broadly opposed any strikes on Syria, today, the American people are far more supportive of a strike against the terrorists in Iraq and Syria.
Obama to discuss the progress made in Iraq
In his speech, Obama will reportedly be discussing the progress made in Iraq to fight the militant insurgents, and the formation of a national government in Baghdad. Obama will also be talking about leading an international alliance to destroy the ISI, but will need help of those near in the region to help in the ground battle. Earlier this week, the U.S. fighter jets conducted bombing raids on Haditha Dam in Anbar province, but there is no talk of ground troops.
According to The Guardian, a senior administration official issued a statement to the media in which he said, “Tonight you will hear from the president how the United States will pursue a comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL, including US military action and support for the forces combating ISIL on the ground – both the opposition in Syria and a new, inclusive Iraqi government.” John Kerry today, has stopped in Baghdad, ahead of the speech to meet with Iraq’s newly appointed Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
The U.S. intervention in the Middle East, as pledged by Obama when running for president, was supposed to have ended three years ago. Now, as he announces further intervention in the region, it appears to be more aggressive.
What questions will the U.S. citizens have then Obama address the nation?
According to CNN, as Obama addresses the nation some key questions citizens might ask themselves are: how does the President define the nature of the enemy? Is it geographic or ideological? Can Obama bring himself to describe the religious intensity of our enemies? What would the President consider victory? What are our strategies to defeat terrorists coming to the United States?
Obama ask for donations ahead of the speech
As the mid-term elections are coming near, Obama in and email to Democratic donors today asks to “chip in $10 or more right now to help elect Democrats.”
“There are just 55 days left in this election, Daniel,”
“That’s 55 days left for Democrats in tight races across the country to build the organization they need to win — and if we don’t step up right now, it’s going to be harder for our candidates and volunteers to do that. That’s just the truth.”
“Daniel, I’m asking for your help — chip in $10 or more right now to help elect Democrats.”
Will Obama surprise everyone with his strategy to tackle the current situation in the Middle-East? Stay tuned as we provide live coverage of Obama’s speech below.
Live coverage below:
More details are leaking out about the speech Obama is planning to give tonight. Reports state that Obama plans to liken ISIS Fight to current counter-terrorism Campaigns in Yemen and Somalia. Obama is quoted as saying that the strategry against ISIS is one “that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.”
The White House has released the following statement
As Prepared for Delivery
“So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat. Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.”
“But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.”
Earlier today on WhiteHouse.gov Obama stated:
Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, President Obama will address the nation on the United States’ strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL. You can watch the President’s address from the State Floor of the White House live at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
Read more about the situation in Iraq here:
President Obama’s remarks on the murders of two American journalists, Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff
Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s statement on troop levels in Iraq
President Obama’s most recent update on ISIL and Iraq
This is Obama’s speech on Syria literally from one year ago (19/10/13) check it out
September 10, 2013 – Obama Syria Speech Address – President Obama delivered a speech to the American people on Tuesday night on Syria outlining the U.S. response to the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons against rebels and civilians. Obama’s speech comes after news that the Syria has agreed to surrender its chemical weapons stockpiles to international control for eventual destruction, which Obama has indicated could avert a U.S. strike.
It seems that many Americans would even be willing to support boots on the grounds. Check out this WSJ graphic which