Obama: We don’t have a “complete strategy” against ISIL

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“President Obama said Monday the United States does not have a complete plan to train and equip Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), saying Baghdad needs to show a greater commitment to building a fighting force.

“We don’t yet have a complete strategy,” Obama told reporters during a news conference at the G-7 summit of leading industrial nations in Germany.
Obama’s comments are a surprising admission nine months into the U.S.-led coalition’s campaign against the terror group.

Earlier on Monday, the president pledged ramped-up assistance to Iraqi forces during a meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who has pleaded with coalition partners for more military and intelligence backing.

The president said the Pentagon is working on a plan to increase the flow of weapons and provide more training to Iraqi forces so they can keep pace with ISIS fighters, who have made recent gains, including taking the key city of Ramadi.

But Obama also called on the Iraqi leader to do more to recruit fighters to government forces and Sunni militias fighting ISIS extremists.

“What is fair to say is that all the countries in the international coalition are prepared to do more to train Iraqi security forces if they feel that additional work is taken advantage of,” he said.

Obama said the Pentagon has yet to submit a “finalized” plan “because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis as well about how recruitment takes place, how that training takes place.”

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9 Responses

  1. Again! Why not say :
    WE HAVE A STRATEGY….EVOLVING AS WE AWAIT OUR PARTNERS’ CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS JOINT EFFORT TO ERADICATE THIS BARBARIC TERRORIST ORGANIZATION WHO
    HAVE NO RESPECT FOR INNOCENT HUMAN LIVES INCLUDING THOSE THEY CLAIM TO BE THEIR OWN!
    Why risk losing the confidence of those who look to us for leadership by giving them the impression that we lack ‘any’ plan?!

  2. Listen to the whole statement, not just the wing-nut cherry-picked phrase.

    • I’m no Obama fan,
      but he’s right.

      This is not our fight.
      It is up to Iraqis to push ISIL back.
      It’s clear what they need to do –
      work with the folks who live in the areas currently controlled by ISIL –
      and until the gov’t of Iraq is wiling to take that crucial step,
      we should wait in the wings.

      If the US was to charge in and lead the fight, we would just create more animosity.
      .

  3. Obama, true to being a wishy-washy politician, needed to say, that when Abadi reconciles with the Sunni majority in Anbar and recruits them into the armed forces, then, and only then, should we aid them. Plain and simple!

  4. the strategy, is to keep finding ways to justify funneling money to the “defense” industry, keeping highly paid defense contractors, many x-military double dippers, employed. The only thing our foreign policy and much of our domestic policy is doing is keeping secure cash flow to war profiteers, and giving Crystal, Jeb Bush and other chicken hawk Members of the Project for the new American Century hard ons. May they all rot in hell.

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