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Published: Thursday, Aug. 28 2014 11:24 p.m. MDT

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jsf
Centerville, UT

"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.

not here
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

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.

jsf
Centerville, UT

a no win war is just what he promised.

southmtnman
Provo, UT

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!

JWB
Kaysville, UT

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.

mohokat
Ogden, UT

Obama is searching in his box of crayons to come up with a color that he can draw a line with and scare ISIS into submission. Red didn't work so well for him last time. He thinks that his ability to read a Teleprompter will get the job done. Word are his weapon not action. They worked well in Syria and have worked well in Ukraine. Our enemies are acting and Obama is searching for a teleprompter moment to bail him out of indecision and ineptness. President Words the leader of the free world. Oh ya! I'm guessing he might come up with a strategy at his fundraiser today.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

There are two primary issues here...

1) The president was given an unearned Nobel Peace Prize before he was even sworn in. Now he thinks he always has to be dove, even when situations call for strong military action. He has a very difficult time pulling the trigger when it very much needs to be pulled.

2) Valerie Jarrett, his senior advisor in the White House is still calling all the shots, and has been since he was a state senator in Illinois. I've read multiple books on Obama and understand her unique relationship to him. She's even more of a anti-war activist than he is. He takes more advice from her and Michelle than all his other advisors combined.

Obama needs to start listening to his military experts who obviously understand the threat better than he does. They are united in taking strong action against ISIS. The longer Obama delays, the stronger ISIS becomes and the more difficult it will be when we are finally forced to confront them.

With our porous borders, I'm afraid another 9/11 will take place before Obama finally understands the severity of the threat involved.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

why should BO have a strategy for dealing with ISIS? After all, it was not HIS head they cut off, or the head of any of his family. BO was not among the syrian soldiers they executed.

No, he has plenty of time to demonize the GOP. plenty of energy to come up with ways to circumvent congress on just about everything. Plenty of desire to find ways to grant amnesty to illegals, but no time to deal with ISIS, especially if it makes him late for a tee-time.

Why should BO worry? he and his family have secret service protection.

Now when ISIS starts coming in illegally, will he find ways to grant them amnesty, too?

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

@Tators

Who are these "military experts" who are "united in taking strong action against ISIS."?

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

BO admitted having no strategy for ISIS. They have been around since 2013, and he doesn’t have a strategy how to deal with them? How many more Americans do they need to murder before he’ll bother with them? He has time and energy to demonize the GOP and try to grant amnesty to illegals, but none for ISIS? Maybe when ISIS starts sneaking across our borders?

Oh well, he and his family have secret service protection.

Brio
Alpine, UT

@ CHS 85:

The Secretary of Defense
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Multiple Chiefs of Staff
Multiple high ranking generals in each division

Interesting thing I just read about Obama and our nation's military leaders...

"Red Flag News is reporting that there is an ongoing purge of the US military’s leadership by the Obama administration. According to several high-ranking and respected retired Generals, Generals are being fired or forced into early retirement if they disagree or otherwise dissent from Obama’s agenda that is hollowing out our military force."

That's why it will soon be hard to find any truly expert military leaders who won't agree with Obama. Rather than taking any expert advice who isn't in agreement with his own, he simply keeps changing his "experts" until he will soon have a united group of yes-men who will all agree with him.
That's a very, very poor leadership strategy. It's little wonder his national and international credibility keeps falling.

Vanceone
Provo, UT

You know what? I'm tired of war. Doesn't mean we can just ignore it. ISIS has declared war on us. Obama and, apparently, the leftist posters here on DN, want to ignore it and don't have a plan, as Obama admits.

Well, Obama's been busy downsizing our military, just to prevent us from protecting ourselves. Every action he's taken has led to the promotion of radical Islam. I guess he likes beheaded women and children; he certainly doesn't care about them. Neither do leftists.

Maybe you guys on the left will care once they start beheading gays in downtown San Francisco? Probably not, judging on the total lack of coverage of a Muslim terrorist doing just that in Seattle recently.

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

@Tators
"Now he thinks he always has to be dove, even when situations call for strong military action. "

That's not what you all said when we had joint attacks with European allies against Ghaddafi.

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

Also, I can never tell if you all want Obama to get authorization from Congress or not get authorization from Congress for these military excursions, it always seems to be the route Obama doesn't take that you rally behind.

worf
Mcallen, TX

With Obama in the drivers seat, we better have our seat belts on.

Perhaps organizing a mid-east golf tournament will bring peace to the region.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

@Brio

In Obama's defense, we all know that a true adviser needs to be advised by the person they are advising on what advise he/she needs to receive. Those silly "advisers" Obama had earlier gave their expert opinion without first consulting Obama on what advise they should give. That makes them useless and so of course they have to go!

@Schnee

Or maybe Obama just chooses the wrong route almost every time.

I M LDS 2
Provo, UT

Haters gonna hate...

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