TwitterACicon86x90vert facebookACicon86x90vert
TV/Radio XFINITY | WOW! | WBBM | WXRT | B96 + Dance | US99 | K-HITS CHICAGO

   *** SCORES: BEARS | BLACKHAWKS | BULLS | CUBS | FIRE | WHITE SOX ***
YoutubeTwitterFacebookArlingtoncardinalYahoo! Google Bing Aol.ArlingtoncardinalTMZ Rotten Tomatoes ET Online Box Office MojoArlingtoncardinal Channel 9 WGN Channel 7 Chicago ABC Channel 5 Chicago NBC Channel 2 Chicago CBS Daily HeraldChicago Tribune Breaking NewsArlingtoncardinal Chicago Gas PricesFloridaCardinal.comGLOBALCONFLICTMAPS.COM Arlingtoncards.com THE GUIDE

After President Barack Obama’s Mind-Bending Speech on How to Defeat Islamic State, True Reality Creeps to the Surface

Thu September 11 2014 6:02 pm  http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=71070
 Share The Cardinal -- Arlingtoncardinal.com Articles (E-Mail, Facebook, Twitter & More) 

CHICAGO BEARS RADIO -- WBBM Newsradio 780 "Traffic on the 8's"


Syrian and Iranian officials criticized the Obama administration on Thursday for excluding them from an international coalition coming together in the battle against the Islamic State group.

President Barack Obama is having a hard time recovering from his bungling of Middle East foreign policy. His speeches and addresses are a little painful on the ears these days, and have people asking today, “What coalition?”

Here’s what sticks in the back of the minds of most people.

President Barack Obama opened the speech with a public relations preamble about withdrawing 140,000 troops from Iraq, which is considered to be exactly the cause of the vacuum that has allowed ISIS to expand into Iraq.

But what? We’re going back to Iraq for a third time? Yes, this is how it always starts … first advisors, then boots on the ground. Aren’t boots already on the ground?

President Barack Obama dismissed ISIS as a JV team. Then White House tried to bend reality and tell us we didn’t hear what we thought we heard.

Obama described it as bad optics when video showed him on the golf course six minutes after addressing the nation about an ISIS beheading.


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs GEN Martin Dempsey discuss ISIL’s threat to the U.S.

In a single weekend, following an ISIS beheading, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs GEN Martin Dempsey addressed ISIL’s threat to the US and then the statements were downplayed when President returned from vacation.

They’re beyond just a terrorist group; they (ISIS) marry ideology and sophistication of strategic military prowess; they’re tremendously well-funded. Oh this is beyond anything that we’ve seen. We must prepare for everything.

— Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

ISIS is driving around in our tanks and using them against innocent people in an attempt to build an Islamic State by telling residents to conform to their version of Islam or die by the sword.

Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al-Qaida’s affiliate in Iraq and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government nor by the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way (for limited practical purposes ISIS is ISIL).

— President Barack Obama September 10, 2014

Two journalists were beheaded, but President Barack Obama just wanted to contain the ISIS offenders — as opposed to destroying and eliminating them. Now with polls showing anxiety about national security, the president talks a little tougher about ISIL, and says in his speech, “We will degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.”

In the speech, Obama added, “America will be joined by a broad coalition of partners. Already, allies are flying planes with us over Iraq, sending arms and assistance to Iraqi security forces and the Syrian opposition, sharing intelligence and providing billions of dollars in humanitarian aid.” No details or confirmation about the broad coalition of partners. Strange, but two allies you would assume would be involved — are not …

At a news conference following Barack Obama’s address last night, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke about joining the coalition and said: “To be quite clear, we have not been asked to do so and neither will we do so.”

Britain’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond on participation in the coalition: “Let me be clear: Britain will not be taking part in any air strikes in Syria. We have already had that discussion in our parliament last year and we won’t be revisiting that position.”

Didn’t Barack Obama say something about a red line — that a red line would be crossed about if Syria used chemical weapons against citizens? Now are we going to be allies with Syria? It’s very confusing. Maybe that’s why Great Britain and Germany would rather stay away from the obscure plans and mumblings of President Barack Obama.

“We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.

— President Barack Obama August 20, 2012

One year after the August 21, 2013 Ghouta chemical attacks, President Obama clarified (bended reality): “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent of the world’s population said the use of chemical weapons are abhorrent and passed a treaty forbidding their use even when countries are engaged in war.” Just say Chemical Weapons Convention, don’t be a smart aleck.

Just remember the reality bend: “We’re not at war.”


Nearly 40 nations have agreed to contribute to President Barack Obama’s coalition to beat back Islamic State militants. But as CSIS defense expert Samuel Brannen explains, it remains unclear exactly what role many of those nations will play.


Speaker of the House John Boehner questioned whether President Obama’s strategy to combat Islamic State militants was “enough,” but said Congress “ought to give the president what he’s asking for.”


Get updates from The Cardinal ALL NEWS FEEDS on Facebook. Just ‘LIKE’ the ‘Arlington Cardinal Page (become a fan of our page). The updates cover all posts and sub-category posts from The Cardinal — Arlingtoncardinal.com. You can also limit feeds to specific categories. See all of The Cardinal Facebook fan pages at Arlingtoncardinal.com/about/facebook …

CLEAR SKIES?  Weather Data for Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Tags: , , , ,    

IMPORTANT NOTE: All persons referred to as subjects, defendants, offenders or suspects, etc. are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Try a more powerful search in the box below ... SEARCH BOX PRODUCES RESULTS FOR The Cardinal -- Arlingtoncardinal.com ...
(POWERFUL SEARCH for The Cardinal, which can be expanded on the results page.)

Where background Wikipedia info/photos are used, original work is modified and released under CC-BY-SA.

! MORE NEWS FAST!!! MOST RECENT: CRIMEBLOG | MOST RECENT: FIREBLOG | SUBMIT NEWS TIPS
::: Health, wellness and fitness gifts! CoolFitnessGifts.com ::: Cubs, Sox caps at ChicagoFanfare.com :::

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS BREAKING NEWS --The Cardinal -- Arlingtoncardinal.com is a breaking news blog with Arlington Heights & Chicagoland emphasis. Early breaking reports may prove to be inaccurate after follow-up investigation, which may or may not be updated in The Cardinal -- Arlingtoncardinal.com. For in-depth coverage, please also check the following links for network television, cable news networks and Chicago local media coverage ...

Daily Herald | Daily Herald -- Arlington Heights | YouTube.com/DailyHeraldClips
Today's headline videos: FOXNews Video | YouTube.com/FoxNews | Associated Press | The Cardinal
Chicago Area Newspapers
CNN Arlington Heights  FOXNEWS  BREITBART.COM  cbs2chicago  NBC 5 Chicago  abc7chicago   WGNTV      WGNRADIO720  NEWSRADIO 78  CHICAGO BREAKING NEW  Daily Herald Arlington Heights  Chicago Tribune   Seed Newsvine
 
Video LOGO youtube Twitter Arlingtoncards facebook battery status Cardinal Calendar Search Batteries Plus RSS Help ...
All Headlines
crimeblog | fireblog
« EARLIER | SEARCH ARTICLES BY DATE -- Arlingtoncardinal.com/searchdate | LATER »

Comments for Arlingtoncardinal.com
COMMENTS are now available via one or more of our official Facebook pages. Comments no longer appear on the Arlingtoncardinal.com article per se. Please comment on Facebook.com/ArlingtonCardinal or check the other popular Arlington Cardinal Facebook pages at Arlingtoncardinal.com/about/facebook ...

SUBMIT CRIME TIPS ...
Anyone having information about serious crime in Arlington Heights should register on CitizenObserver.com and look for the anonymous TIP411 feature, or call Arlington Heights Crime Stoppers at 847-590-STOP (847-590-7867). Callers are guaranteed anonymity and may qualify for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Not a resident of Arlington Heights? Check CitizenObserver.com for availability for your community.

   Arlingtoncardinal.com/traffic | Traffic on Twitter

CHICAGOLAND RADAR


Weather radar map is provided by DarkSky.net
Arl Hts Weather | NEXRAD | FULL SCREEN RADAR

RSS Cardinal Weather Center

US & WORLD NEWS

Top News Video …

CHICAGOFIREMAP.NET TWITTER

digital-lifestyle.com

TMZ Plus …

RSS OBITUARIES