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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 2 2014 1:40 p.m. MDT

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Morgan, UT

"BEIRUT — Islamic State extremists released a video posted Tuesday showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, 'our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.'"

Barack Hussein Obama's response?

"We don't have a strategy yet."

Hayden, ID

No need to worry folks, "ISIS are JV league terrorists" according to our commander in chief.

Far East USA, SC


What do you propose? Specifics please.....

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

Obama should contact President Bush for advice. GWB knows how to take care of terrorists- you take them out, period! Obama "has no strategy".

Christopher B
Ogden, UT

Joe Blow,

Are you seriously suggesting the average commenter on the des news should have as an articulate plan to combat terrorist as the president of our country.

Wow - you really don't have much faith in our president barack

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

I'm curious as to why the DN groups this AP report in the Faith section.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

BO says he can reduce ISIS to a manageable problem. How many beheadings are “manageable”? going from one a month to one every other month? One a quarter? How about stonings, how many of those constitute a “manageable” number?

BO is in over his head, always has been, always will be.

Joe Blow,
Even DEMS on the house and senate intelligence committees say BO needs to act more forcefully. Ask them what should be done, since they have access to intelligence material.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

"....In its rise to prominence over the past year, the extremist group has frequently published graphic photos and gruesome videos of everything from bombings and beheadings to mass killings."

They apparently know how to manipulate the Western press into giving the headlines they so crave. That’s what you might call economy of effort.

Provo, UT

A few narrow minded extremists are faulting President of the United States, Barack Obama for "not having a strategy yet."

But these same folks seemed fine with Bush starting wars without waiting for any strategy at all!

Further proof that their prejudice against Obama has nothing to do with reason.

Alpine, UT

@ southmtnman:

President Bush had a strategy. That's why Saddam Hussein was toppled so quickly. A good strategy could also topple ISIS... if Obama takes action soon. The longer he waits, the more difficult it will become.
He knew they were a threat more than a year ago and could've taken most of them out with airstrikes when they were in the open while crossing the deserts in north-central Iraq 6 months ago. In both cases, he chose to do nothing. Now the cost to accomplish the same thing will be much higher. That's one of the costs of his habit of indecision.

salt lake city, UT

So many foreign policy experts here on the blogs. I'm amazed that more state department positions aren't filled by DN readers or Faux news viewers.
Yes the world is a dangerous place, always has been, always will be. But I have more fear of sabre rattling know it alls with little knowledge of the facts or the vision to understand the possible outcome of their actions. The last thing the world needs now is another rich cowboy with little understanding of life outside the country club.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

"A few narrow minded extremists are faulting President of the United States, Barack Obama for "not having a strategy yet."

You slay me with your humor!

Diane Feinstein and the other dems on the house and senate intelligence committees are "narrow-minded extremists"?

Yeah, probably, but not in the same contect you are using.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

It is time to institute a "no-exception" draft.

Richfield, UT

@ FT:

Your nonsensical comment added absolutely nothing objective or positive to the ongoing dialog. It simply demonstrated you have nothing in defense to preceding anti-current administration comments. Please come back and try against after doing a bit of research and pondering. Rhetorical comments are a dime a dozen and should be dispensed with.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

@Thid Barker – “GWB knows how to take care of terrorists- you take them out, period! Obama "has no strategy"

You do realize that Obama has killed more Islamic terrorists, including the one that killed 3000 of our citizens, than Bush ever did, don’t you?

But I realize that for many, facts don’t matter – what matters is how you look, talk and pose.

Hyrum, UT

@ FT:

What exactly are your credentials for determining who are foreign policy experts and who are not? You write as if you consider yourself to be one. But it actually seems as if you are less of one than those you are criticize. At least they objectify and reason out their comments. You didn't even try to.

You are right about claiming the world is a dangerous place. It appears to becoming more-so lately, based on many current events. That's perhaps the premise of the article and reason for readers sharing their opinions. What I find hard to understand is why you fear those readers and their opinions more than ISIS and other ultra-violent militant groups who claim to want world domination. That makes no sense at all. But that's what you claim.

If you really feel other people commenting on this post have no knowledge of any of the facts, as you stated, then please take a few minutes and enlighten us with the many facts that you ostensibly have and the "vision" the rest of us supposedly lack.

Are you really that much of an expert?

Hyrum, UT

@ Tyler D:

Actually, facts do matter to many of us. As such, please share with us the facts of your assertion that Obama has killed more terrorists than Bush.

What is the count for each and the verifiable sources of information that you use? I'm sincerely interested to know the actual facts involved regarding your statement... if there actually are any.

salt lake city, UT

Simple enough. Anyone posting on the DN News blog (including myself) is probably not an expert.
Americans and journalist have been getting killed overseas since the country was created. That will never change. We're targets because of who we are. ISIL has strengthened over the past year because of the instability in Syria and Iraq. Both countries will probably remain unstable unless we are willing to park 100's of thousands of troops over there and spend billions of dollars. We can't afford to do that and most realize it will likely not do any long term good.
BO has a politcal problem here at home when it comes to his foreign policy. I don't think he really cares about that because he is lame duck President and he'll do what he thinks is in the country and the worlds best interest. He has shown no problem striking out and killing thousands of terrorist if the situation suggest it. My guess is he'll handle this crisis like all the others, with patience, and a careful examination of the facts and likely out come.

Richfield, UT

@ FT:

Your followup comment made much more sense than the original and I commend you for it.

However, I don't think it would take hundreds of thousands of American troops to control ISIL since we would be fighting along with other local militaries. A fraction of that number (just tens of thousands) would be enough to bolster and give leadership to those non-American allied militaries.

They mostly lack leadership and modern fighting equipment more than anything else. That's what it would take to make a meaningful long-term difference. America could supply those things without going to the extent of waging an all-out war entailing hundreds of billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of troops on the ground... especially if decisive action is taken sooner rather than later.

I don't believe Obama's drone strikes have killed multiple thousands of terrorists, but I could be wrong. Do you have a verifiable source for your statement?

If Obama's primary concern is for our country's good, he shouldn't be spending so much time golfing and attending fundraising events during very crucial times. Even his own party is becoming critical of his current indecisiveness.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

@Tators – “please share with us the facts of your assertion that Obama has killed more terrorists than Bush.”

Well OK, I can do the homework for you if you like… just a pretty quick google search though.

Since it is difficult to distinguish terrorists from those simply fighting a foreign invader, let’s leave the ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan out of it and look just at drone strikes against known terrorists (since their intent is surgical & targeted).

Obama has killed ~2500 terrorists compared to ~500 under Bush

Or you could take the word of Michael Hayden, Bush’s former director of the Central Intelligence Agency who has described Obama’s anti-terrorism efforts as pretty much the same as Bush’s only with a lot more killings.

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