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President Obama very briefly interrupted his golf game on Thursday to announce that all is well in Iraq and that he will keep racial tensions stirred up in Ferguson, Missouri. It is reported that after his 9-minute speech, Obama quickly resumed his golf game.
Obama announced that the United States military had provided food and water to the Yezidi on Mount Sinjar in conjunction with limited military air strikes against the ISIL. However, Obama stressed he will limit any military action against ISIL and will not commit ground forces to the effort.
Obama will supply food, water, and other humanitarian aid to the Kurdish forces, similar to what he supplied to the Ukrainian military. However, it seems Obama will supply some military supplies to the Kurds. It appears Obama remains overly stingy with military aid to our allies.
“Now, the situation remains dire for Iraqis subjected to ISIL’s terror throughout the country, and this includes minorities like Yezidis and Iraqi Christians; it also includes Sunnis, Shia and Kurds. We’re going to be working with our international partners to provide humanitarian assistance to those who are suffering in northern Iraq wherever we have capabilities and we can carry out effective missions like the one we carried out on Mount Sinjar without committing combat troops on the ground.
We obviously feel a great urge to provide some humanitarian relief to the situation and I’ve been very encouraged by the interest of our international partners in helping on these kinds of efforts as well. We will continue air strikes to protect our people and facilities in Iraq. We have increased the delivery of military assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting ISIL on the front lines.
And, perhaps most importantly, we are urging Iraqis to come together to turn the tide against ISIL –- above all, by seizing the enormous opportunity of forming a new, inclusive government under the leadership of Prime Minister-designate Abadi. I had a chance to speak to Prime Minister-designate Abadi a few days ago, and he spoke about the need for the kind of inclusive government — a government that speaks to all the people of Iraq — that is needed right now. He still has a challenging task in putting a government together, but we are modestly hopeful that the Iraqi government situation is moving in the right direction.”
The problem is that Iraq is no more capable of holding back ISIL on its own than Germany was of holding back the Soviet Union on its own in 1951. A United States military presence is needed. In the case of ISIL and Iraq, at least heavy airpower coverage is needed because Iraq has no capable air power. ISIL should continue to be very pleased with Obama’s military plans for Iraq.
President Obama announced that the full force of Federal police power is being directed at the ongoing investigation in Ferguson, Missouri.
“This morning, I received a thorough update on the situation from Attorney General Eric Holder, who has been following it and been in communication with his team. I’ve already tasked the Department of Justice and the FBI to independently investigate the death of Michael Brown, along with local officials on the ground.
The Department of Justice is also consulting with local authorities about ways that they can maintain public safety without restricting the right of peaceful protest and while avoiding unnecessary escalation. I made clear to the Attorney General that we should do what is necessary to help determine exactly what happened, and to see that justice is done.”
Without apparently clearly knowing what happened that led to the death of the young man, Obama criticized the Ferguson police force. Obama has done this before, and Obama’s intervention has not been helpful.
“Of course, it’s important to remember how this started. We lost a young man, Michael Brown, in heartbreaking and tragic circumstances. He was 18 years old. His family will never hold Michael in their arms again. And when something like this happens, the local authorities –- including the police -– have a responsibility to be open and transparent about how they are investigating that death, and how they are protecting the people in their communities.”
Hundreds of young men are shot and murdered each year in Chicago. Over the Fourth of July weekend, 82 people were shot and 16 died. The Los Angeles Times reported,
The death toll from Chicago’s bloody holiday rose on Tuesday to 16 after two men who had been shot over the Fourth of July weekend died from their wounds.
Over the course of 84 hours during the Independence Day holiday in Chicago, 82 people were shot, prompting calls from Mayor Rahm Emanuel to put a stop to gun violence in the city.
Many of the shootings, which began about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, took place in some of the most violent South Side neighborhoods. Five people were reportedly shot by Chicago police, including two who died. The higher death toll was reported Tuesday by the Chicago Tribune.
President Obama has made little mention in the past of this immense Chicago tragedy and ongoing murder of innocents in Chicago. To my knowledge, Obama has sent no Federal authorities to Chicago to investigate. What is the difference between Fergusson(sic) and Chicago?