Monday, June 15, 2015

WAR ON ISIS - President Obama Newest Plans

"One year since Mosul’s capture, White House rolls out plan to send more military trainers" PBS NewsHour 6/10/2015


SUMMARY:  One year ago, the Islamic State group shocked the world as it captured Iraq's second largest city.  Today, the White House laid out plans to send up to 450 more military trainers to that country and to establish a fifth training base.  Judy Woodruff offers a look back at the militants’ campaign of terror and the international effort to stop them.

JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  One year ago today, the Islamic State group shocked many around the world as it captured Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city.  One year later, Iraq is mired in a multifront war with the extremist organization and thousands have been killed.

The White House announced this afternoon that it will send more troops to train and advise Iraqis in the fight.  Tonight, we will explore that decision and take a look back at the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq as part of our series No End in Sight.

JOSH EARNEST, White House Press Secretary:  The President has been very clear that the efforts of the United States and our coalition partners will be to support the Iraqi people.  We will not do for them what they must do for themselves.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  The White House laid out plans to send up to 450 additional military trainers, joining 3,100 troops already there, and establish a fifth training base.

Spokesman Josh Earnest:

JOSH EARNEST:  It reflects the need for the United States, our coalition partners and for the Iraqi government, to be nimble, as we respond to an adversary on the ground in Iraq that has also demonstrated a capacity to adapt their tactics and to try to capitalize on their perception of weaknesses.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  All this follows the Islamic State’s capture last month of Ramadi, capital of Iraq’s largest province, Anbar.  Government soldiers fled before the militants.  And, Monday, at the G7 Summit, President Obama said there’s no complete strategy for defeating the group until the Iraqis are ready.

That brought renewed criticism from Republicans, which House Speaker John Boehner echoed after today’s announcement.

REP. JOHN BOEHNER, Speaker of the House:  It’s a step in the right direction, but as the President admitted the other day, he has no strategy to win.

NOTE:  No one else has presented a 'wining' strategy to date.  This war has to be won by moderate Muslims world wide.

"Can Obama’s plan ‘defeat and destroy’ the Islamic State?" PBS NewsHour 6/10/2015


SUMMARY:  The White House has announced it will send more troops to fight the Islamic State group in Iraq.  To discuss the multi-front war with the militants, Judy Woodruff talks to Michèle Flournoy of the Center for a New American Security, retired Col. Andrew Bacevich of Boston University, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and retired Gen. Anthony Zinni, former commander of the U.S. Central Command.

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