Obama to chair U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss threat of Western Islamist militants

posted at 6:01 pm on August 18, 2014 by Noah Rothman

In September, President Barack Obama will preside over a meeting of the United Nations Security Council. This marks only the second time in history that an American president has presided over the UNSC, the first being President Barack Obama.

On the agenda when Obama first took the helm of a UNSC meeting in 2009, however, was the issue of nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament. The president will take on a substantially more pressing and less utopian subject when he addresses the UNSC member states next month: Western fighters joining the ranks of Islamist militants in the Middle East who could potentially plan and execute terror attacks on Western targets.

According to administration officials, who revealed Obama’s plan to chair a UNSC meeting exclusively to the liberal news outlet Think Progress, the nature of the threat and a counterterrorism strategy designed to address it will be on the agenda.

“Specifically the meeting will cover the phenomenon of foreign fighters travelling to conflict zones and joining terrorist organizations, as seen in the surge in foreigners joining ranks with such groups as Jahbat al-Nusra in Syria,” Think Progress reported.

TP does not, however, mention the terror threat posed by the Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria, where a July estimate suggested over 10,000 Western fighters are training for and executing attacks.

Over the weekend, Syrian opposition forces called on the United States to carry out airstrikes similar to those being executed against ISIS targets in Iraq on Islamist positions in Syria. The highly publicized announcement came seemingly out of the blue, though unconfirmed foreign affairs reporters indicated that this plea came at the request of the United States:

Of course, the U.S. continues to confuse its allies in Syria by not being clear about the level of American support they can expect.

The news come as the US is carrying out air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and a day after the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that aims to weaken the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s Syria branch.

Commenting on the resolution, the Syrian Coalition’s Special Representative to the UN, Najib Ghadbian, said: “The Syrian Coalition calls for targeted air strikes in Syria. Strikes should be backed up by intensive train and equip programmes for the moderate Syrian opposition forces that have been effectively fighting ISIS [Islamic State] for over a year.”

Another member of the coalition told Al Jazeera that the group was “getting different promises” from the US.

The Islamic State, an al-Qaeda splinter group, has in the recent months seized swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate.

Following the Syrian opposition’s calls for U.S. intervention against Islamist fighters, Vice reported that Assad’s forces executed their most comprehensive strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria to date. If America acts in Syria, it may well be doing so alongside the Syrian army less than one year after Obama addressed the nation about the need to execute airstrikes against pro-Assad forces.

This comes as Iran and the U.S. are reportedly working toward the same goal of rolling back ISIS in Iraq, though without any overt coordination. While “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” tacitly allying with Damascus and Tehran in the effort to combat ISIS would have been virtually unthinkable just months ago.


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Why does he call them ISIL?

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 6:02 PM

He wants the UN job when he leaves office. Count on it.

joekenha on August 18, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Can`t he just go golf and leave the hard work to patriotic and interested Americans?

ThePrez on August 18, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Obama to chair U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss threat of Western Islamist militants


… actually he’s not going to CHAIR the meeting
… more like calling it to order, making an opening statement and then slipping out to make his tee time.

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 6:04 PM

They deserve each other.

It’s part of Obama’s part to force the US’s sovereignty under the UN.

Oil Can on August 18, 2014 at 6:05 PM

According to administration officials, who revealed Obama’s plan to chair a UNSC meeting exclusively to the liberal news outlet Think Progress, the nature of the threat and a counterterrorism strategy designed to address it will be on the agenda.

The fool had the word “terrorism” removed from the mil. training manuals, after he personally, single-handed, killed Osama.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 6:05 PM

This marks only the second time in history that an American president has presided over the UNSC, the first being President Barack Obama.

Bwahahahaha, what a narcissist.

Also preparing for his post-presidency gig. Come on, now. I’m sure people wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Obama wants to go even higher after leaving the Oval Office (assuming he does!). What’s higher than President of the United States? UN Secretary General, if you’re Obama.

If America acts in Syria, it may well be doing so alongside the Syrian army less than one year after Obama addressed the nation about the need to execute airstrikes against pro-Assad forces.

Yup, and why I think Obama deliberately says “ISIL” instead of “ISIS.”

Aizen on August 18, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Of course, the U.S. continues to confuse its allies in Syria by not being clear about the level of American support they can expect.

We have allies in Syria?

Bitter Clinger on August 18, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Why does he call them ISIL?

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 6:02 PM

.
Because he doesn’t know what the meaning of IS is?

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Because he doesn’t know what the meaning of IS is?

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 6:06 PM

He also is clueless as to what/where the Levant is.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 6:09 PM

We have allies in Syria?

Bitter Clinger on August 18, 2014 at 6:06 PM


Of course we do!
Obama’s been ignoring them or stabbing them in the back like all our OTHER allies!

What more proof do we need???

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 6:09 PM

According to administration officials, who revealed Obama’s plan to chair a UNSC meeting exclusively to the liberal news outlet Think Progress, the nature of the threat and a counterterrorism strategy designed to address it will be on the agenda.

Exclusively?!. WTF?! “Today George W Bush have an exclusive scoop to Rush Limbaugh about how he was going to work with NATO to attack Afghanistan.”

What’s Obama going to discuss anyway? Sorry about the mess I Bush America made but I’m new here and have the solution and y’all have to help?

He should be forced to resign. Immediately.

Skywise on August 18, 2014 at 6:10 PM

He also is clueless as to what/where the Levant is.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 6:09 PM

.
He couldn’t find his ass with a map even if Valerie Jarret drew it with a marker on his mom jeans!

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 6:11 PM

I wonder which gold course they’re going to hold the meeting at??

KMC1 on August 18, 2014 at 6:13 PM

He couldn’t find his ass with a map even if Valerie Jarret drew it with a marker on his mom jeans had a strap-on!

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Corrected

UnstChem on August 18, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Well, considering that obama is a ‘Western islamist militant’ himself – he can offer them the ‘insider’s perspective’.

What a worthless sack of shiite.

Pork-Chop on August 18, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Corrected

UnstChem on August 18, 2014 at 6:14 PM


Sweet Jesus!
Did it ever occur to you we all could have gone the rest of our lives without THAT visual in our heads?

;->

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Anybody else notice VICE eating the lunch of traditional media outlets?

forest on August 18, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Obama to chair U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss threat of Western Islamist militants

Yeesh, what could POSSIBLY go wrong.

United States (remaining) Allies Hardest Hit.

BlaxPac on August 18, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Maybe he’ll ask the pope to sit next to him at the UN.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Sweet Jesus! Did it ever occur to you we all could have gone the rest of our lives without THAT visual in our heads?

;->

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Joan Rivers already confirmed that Moochie is a tranny. It’s just good sense.

UnstChem on August 18, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Obama: “There is no Islamist Militant problem. This conference is adjourned. But all the same, who’s up for Rockin’ the Casbah with me, yo.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ9r8LMU9bQ

BuckeyeSam on August 18, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Sweet Jesus! Did it ever occur to you we all could have gone the rest of our lives without THAT visual in our heads?

;->

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 6:17 PM

When its chick-on-dude, they call it pegging.

Dolce Far Niente on August 18, 2014 at 6:29 PM

LOL, community organizing for ages 9-12.

antipc on August 18, 2014 at 6:31 PM

In September, President Barack Obama will preside over a meeting of the United Nations Security Council. This marks only the second time in history that an American president has presided over the UNSC, the first being President Barack Obama.

And a participation trophy, isn’t that special.

antipc on August 18, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Why does he call them ISIL?

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Because he whistles too much when he says ISIsssssss? Dogs start howling. But mainly, just to prove to himself that he’s still the smartest guy in the room. Sort of like “Pock-eee-stahn”.

bofh on August 18, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Dog Eater plans to try and appease ISIS by flying their flag above the White House dome.

Bishop on August 18, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Perfectly on topic too

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 6:34 PM

He will ‘chair’ or ‘preside’.

I wish they had said he would ‘lead’, because the world could use a good belly-laugh these days!

s1im on August 18, 2014 at 6:39 PM

This will primarily be a “praise and excuse Islam” conference, because you can’t let a “great religion” like “Submission” be made to look bad by those (like ISIS, the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, ad absurdum) who actually follow the insane precepts of its terrorist founder Mohammad the thieving, slave-holding warlord to the letter.

Obama is a soft-pedaller for the religion of Holy Terror.

Nothing good can come from him, because he lies about the fundamental nature of Islam, and its actual imperialistic, totalitarian intentions.

profitsbeard on August 18, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Why does he call them ISIL?
Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Because as a islamic calaphatist himself, he does not recognize the ‘modern’ nations like Syria, Jordan, Israel and Lebanon… . He considers them to be “The Levant”.

Just as he doesn’t consider Spain and Portugal to be real nations, but as part of Al-Andalus.

LegendHasIt on August 18, 2014 at 6:44 PM

He’s been right on top of the issue so far, after all.

Wait, maybe withdrawing from Iraq was some sort of secret plot to get to chair the UNSC meeting on islamist militants!

Maybe he thinks it’s about ex-military and tea party members that his administration sees as a threat.

Does homeland security acknowledge Muslim extremists as a threat yet? I thought they took that out of their training materials because it wasn’t PC. When was the first time Obama admitted Muslim extremists were a real threat, anyway?

talkingpoints on August 18, 2014 at 6:45 PM

The friend of my enemy is my friend – er, the enemy of my friend is my friend – er, the enemy of my enemy is my enemy, uh, is my friend’s cousin, uh, I give up.

vnvet on August 18, 2014 at 6:49 PM

How late will he be?

formwiz on August 18, 2014 at 6:55 PM

This comes as Iran and the U.S. are reportedly working toward the same goal of rolling back ISIS in Iraq, though without any overt coordination. While “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” tacitly allying with Damascus and Tehran in the effort to combat ISIS would have been virtually unthinkable just months ago.

This is because ISIS/IS is a Sunni Jihad movement and a lot of Sunnis are supporting it in some way. This also includes them getting money and weapons from sources in the oil rich Arabs states. They are getting so much love from Sunnis, especially Sunni Arabs, because ISIS is proudly following traditional Sunni Islam, and are making infidels (the enemy)fear Sunni Islam. This also explains why do many Christians (and other religious minorities) sided with Assad. They don’t want to be slaughtered. It is another example of the utopian foreign policy we have had during the Bush and Obama years. Realism…we need more realism in our FP.

Remember why Hitler came to power, German pride. It was not like he forced himself on the German people, a large portion of them fell in love with him. Thus it is so with IS. This is not a war with just ISIS, it is a war of people, of civilizations.

Now I don’t think we should help Iran at all. Let them fight their own battles with ISIS and the Arabians, and in reverse let the Arabians do the same. That part of the war is not our fight, and any goofy retread plan to attempt a forced reunification of Iraq in the form of a democracy will end in failure like everywhere else it has been tried in the Islamic world.

However, that does not mean we cannot hurt ISIS by supporting the a Kurdish state to diffuse their power, or come up with out of the box ideas like the creation of a Christian state in parts of Syria and Lebanon. Assad is a bad guy, but it would be madness to destroy his power only to allow the Sunnis to win. I don’t trust any of the so called Free Syrian army because they are Sunni Arabs and they have shown a bad habit of handing over their weapons, if not joining with ISIS.

On last thing, Iran as a military power is overrated. They are living up to their reputation of being the “France” of the Islamic world, which is why the Turks (Ottoman Empire) back in the day tended to kick their rear all over the place.

William Eaton on August 18, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Why does he call them ISIL?

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Because he whistles too much when he says ISIsssssss? Dogs start howling. But mainly, just to prove to himself that he’s still the smartest guy in the room. Sort of like “Pock-eee-stahn”.

bofh on August 18, 2014 at 6:33 PM

I’ve been wondering too. I was thinking he likes “Levant” better than “Syria” because not too many people even know what it means. “So there are terrorists in ‘Levant’ – never heard of it” works better than “So there are terrorists in Syria fighting against Assad – Hey didn’t Obama want to get rid of Assad too?”

forest on August 18, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Good grief, no.
All Obama will do is blame the United States and the western world and the Bushes for being terrorists and militants.

albill on August 18, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Obama to chair U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss threat of Western Islamist militants

The battle is at least 90% lost if you call them that. But then you already know that, Obama.

VorDaj on August 18, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Noah getting readable ?

Lucano on August 18, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Important if true

To who?

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM

I was thinking he likes “Levant” better than “Syria” because not too many people even know what it means. “So there are terrorists in ‘Levant’ – never heard of it” works better than “So there are terrorists in Syria fighting against Assad – Hey didn’t Obama want to get rid of Assad too?”

forest on August 18, 2014 at 7:25 PM

I think you have if figured out. Obama doesn’t want people to know his misadministration was arming some of the very same terrorists.

VorDaj on August 18, 2014 at 7:39 PM

I was thinking he likes “Levant” better than “Syria” because not too many people even know what it means. “So there are terrorists in ‘Levant’ – never heard of it” works better than “So there are terrorists in Syria fighting against Assad – Hey didn’t Obama want to get rid of Assad too?”

forest on August 18, 2014 at 7:25 PM

I think you have if figured out. Obama doesn’t want people to know his misadministration was arming some of the very same terrorists.

VorDaj on August 18, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Yep, and they are bloody terrified of talk about the connection between Benghazi and Syria.

slickwillie2001 on August 18, 2014 at 8:06 PM

…. and here we have the fu&king enemy chairing the meeting.

lel2007 on August 18, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Can we take away their citizenship and deny them re-entry?

goatweed on August 18, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Since Obama really can’t negotiate (I mean, the man is incapable), the Security Council ‘gig’ ought to make him run, not walk, back to the nearest golf course, as these folks won’t bend to his will.

The only takers of the ‘Jedi Mind Trick” on the East River are the weak minded that Obama sends there.

J_Crater on August 18, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Another empty chair moment. I feel safer already.

Kissmygrits on August 19, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Obama’s Middle East policy: Bay of Pigs writ large.

BobMbx on August 19, 2014 at 8:57 AM

He couldn’t find his ass with a map even if Valerie Jarret drew it with a marker on his mom jeans had a strap-on!

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2014 at 6:11 PM

You’re assuming she needs one……..

BobMbx on August 19, 2014 at 8:59 AM

My recommendation: Carpet bomb the entire area occupied by either IS or Syrian “rebels”. Let Allah sort them out.

Hucklebuck on August 19, 2014 at 10:21 AM