Obama warns of ‘jihadists’ in Iraq, confirms ‘emergency situation’ may require military force

posted at 2:01 pm on June 12, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Asked to address the escalating crisis in Iraq on Thursday, President Barack Obama appeared to concede that the use of military force was an option for stemming the tide of ISIS rebels rapidly gaining control of strategic points across that country. He said that the United States has a interest in preventing “jihadists” from gaining footholds in Iraq and Syria, and added that there are “things that need to be done militarily.”

“I don’t rule out anything,” Obama said, “because we do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria, for that matter.”

The president stressed the need for internal political reforms in Iraq which are aimed at creating an atmosphere of inclusion for the country’s Sunni population.

“I think it’s fair to say that in our consultations with the Iraqis, there will be some short-term, immediate things that need to be done militarily, and our national security team is looking at all the options,” the president said. “But there this should be also a wake-up call for the Iraqi government.”

“What’s happened over the last couple of days, I think, underscores the importance of the point that I made at my West Point speech,” Obama continued. “The need for us to have a more robust, regional approach to partnering and training partner countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa.”

He noted that American power could be more smartly applied by training and equipping foreign governments to provide for their own defenses.

“In the short-term, we have to deal with what clearly is an emergency situation in Iraq,” Obama added.


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Samantha Powers slips loose the hash tags of war

butch on June 12, 2014 at 2:34 PM

I believe the full quote is “Tweet havoc and let slip the hash tags of war.”

roy_batty on June 12, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Those poor dead kids gave their lives and limbs for Iraq and this film flam man gave it all back for political expediency. Shame and disgust.

NYCMike on June 12, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Those poor dead kids gave their lives and limbs for Iraq and this film flam man gave it all back for political expediency. Shame and disgust.

NYCMike on June 12, 2014 at 11:27 PM

The ones who waged the unjust war are the ones you should be mad at because they gave us this Obama debacle.

weedisgood on June 13, 2014 at 12:03 AM

<blockquoteEVILBUSHHALIBURTON gave us this Obama debacle.

weedisgood on June 13, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Run through the dope-to-English translator.

Obama and Democrat voters gave us this Obama debacle. Not one single person in the entire Bush administration is responsible for the willful choice of the public to abandon all sense and elect a dubiously-legal clown of a man who practically has ‘traitor’ written across his face in pink neon marker.

LawfulGood on June 13, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Once again the golfer in chief learns of his failures after the rest of the world.

Don L on June 13, 2014 at 6:08 AM

The ones who waged the unjust war are the ones you should be mad at because they gave us this Obama debacle.

Except for the small fact that there was no debacle until, just as they did with Vietnam, the Democrats decided to cut off support for an ally.

F X Muldoon on June 13, 2014 at 6:38 AM

Don’t forget people he has to go golfing and campaigning before he can even think about Iraq. They need to chill while he chills with his Great Thoughts about the matter. Meanwhile the Country is burning down, Just like according to plan.

oldandtired on June 13, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Such an “emergency” as of Thursday that he plans to think it over on the weekend.

Don’t worry, we’re not expecting anything Monday morning.

virgo on June 16, 2014 at 1:38 AM

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