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7 Tweets That Show The Complex Reaction To Obama's Plan To Beat The Islamic State
President Barack Obama made his case for continuing American involvement in a region he had just years earlier declared victory in a prime time speech to the American people on Wednesday night.
“In a region that has known so much bloodshed, these terrorists are unique in their brutality. They execute captured prisoners. They kill children. They enslave, rape and force women into marriage. They threatened a religious minority with genocide. And in acts of barbarism, they took the lives of two American journalists — Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff,” Obama said, outlining his reasons for US re-entry in the war that began with airstrikes against IS targets in northern Iraq on August 8th.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a radical Sunni offshoot of Al-Qaeda, has gained a notorious reputation for unbridled savagery. They have sworn to a campaign to convert or slaughter religious minorities and Shiite Muslims across the Middle East, all in the name of establishing a so called Caliphate. Their campaign of ethnic and religious cleansing across northern Iraq has shocked a US populace weary of war into a majority support for the third major U.S. military intervention in Iraq since 1991.
The complicating factor is expanding U.S. involvement in Syria. Obama has pledged to support moderate Syrian rebels in a civil war that now includes the threat of ISIL.
“Across the border in Syria, we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition. Tonight, I again call on Congress, again, to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters. In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its own people — a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost.”
Another foray into what has been a perennially unpopular war has produced a predictably wide array of responses, even as Congressional leaders seem inclined to give the President whatever powers and resources he needs, though there are calls for official Congressional votes and approval.
But the national security community’s reaction to watching the speech live and voicing their thoughts on Twitter reflect the messiness and complexity of the situation.
Gulf War 1 No Fly Zone Operations Desert Fox ~Afghanistan interlude~ Iraq War Surge Victory? Maliki Stands Alone ~Afghanistan?~ ISIS War
— Kelsey D. Atherton (@AthertonKD) September 11, 2014
So we have been bombing Iraq more or less continuously since 1991. 23 years. That is difficult to comprehend fully.
— joshuafoust (@joshuafoust) September 11, 2014
I can't get over the fact that I'm finally FOR the war, and think what we're doing is not nearly extreme enough. It's a strange feeling.
— NS Webster (@NWEmbed) September 11, 2014
Obama tonight gave up his ten year dream to be the president remembered by history for ending two wars.
— Jonathan Alter (@jonathanalter) September 11, 2014
Our third war in Iraq features fighters attacking insurgents from a carrier named after the first president to send us into Iraq
— Kelsey D. Atherton (@AthertonKD) September 11, 2014
Where is the Democrat's anti-war movement now?
— J.R. Salzman (@jrsalzman) September 11, 2014
"Yemen? Yemen and Somalia were the best success stories you could work into the text? Really?" pic.twitter.com/OL7tlS7QZE
— Andrew Exum (@abumuqawama) September 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will leave "a small peacekeeping group" of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a U.S. pullout, the White House said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump pulled back from a complete withdrawal.
Trump claims border wall is under construction 'right now' using fence repair footage from 5 months ago
With a legal fight challenge mounting from state governments over the Trump administration's use of a national emergency to construct at the U.S.-Mexico border, the president has kicked his push for the barrier into high gear.
On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted a time-lapse video of wall construction in New Mexico; the next day, he proclaimed that "THE WALL IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION RIGHT NOW"
But there's a big problem: The footage, which was filmed more than five months ago on Sep. 18, 2018, isn't really new wall construction at all, and certainly not part of the ongoing construction of "the wall" that Trump has been haggling with Congress over.
Group of American vets detained in Haiti on weapons charges brought back to US, arrested upon landing
A group comprised of former U.S. military veterans and security contractors who were detained in Haiti on weapons charges has been brought back to the United States and arrested upon landing, The Miami-Herald reported.
The men — five Americans, two Serbs, and one Haitian — were stopped at a Port-au-Prince police checkpoint on Sunday while riding in two vehicles without license plates, according to police. When questioned, the heavily-armed men allegedly told police they were on a "government mission" before being taken into custody.
The Army allegedly missed this soldier's stomach cancer for 4 years. His widow wants someone to answer for it
The widow of a soldier whose stomach cancer was allegedly overlooked by Army doctors for four years is mounting a medical malpractice lawsuit against the military, but due to a decades-old legal rule known as the Feres Doctrine, her case will likely be dismissed before it ever goes to trial.
Hand grenades from the last major battle of the Revolutionary War have repeatedly scrambled bomb squads in Virginia's capital
In an uh-oh episode of historic proportions, hand grenades from the last major battle of the Revolutionary War recently and repeatedly scrambled bomb squads in Virginia's capital city.
Wait – they had hand grenades in the Revolutionary War? Indeed. Hollow iron balls, filled with black powder, outfitted with a fuse, then lit and thrown.
And more than two dozen have been sitting in cardboard boxes at the Department of Historic Resources, undetected for 30 years.