Monday, September 08, 2014

So, we'll wait till Hump Day then ...

Yesterday on DontMeetDavidGregory, President Obama provided a preview of the Strategy he seems to have signed off on.
US President Barack Obama is to set out his "game plan" against Islamic State militants in a speech on Wednesday.

Mr Obama, who has been criticised for failing to outline a strategy, told NBC TV the US would degrade IS, shrink their territory and "defeat them".

US jets bombed IS targets in western Iraq for the first time on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Arab League has vowed to take "all necessary measures" against IS, which has seized a huge amount of territory from Iraq and Syria.
Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, Mr Obama said: "I'm preparing the country to make sure that we deal with a threat from Isil."
Mr Obama went on: "On Wednesday, I'll make a speech and describe what our game plan's going to be going forward."
But the strategy was "not going to be an announcement about US ground troops", he added.

He said: "This is not the equivalent of the Iraq war. What this is, is similar to the kinds of counterterrorism campaigns that we've been engaging in consistently over the last five, six, seven years.

"I just want the American people to understand the nature of the threat and how we're going to deal with it and to have confidence that we'll be able to deal with it."

Mr Obama said the strategy would not involve the US alone but would be one pursued by an international coalition.
Of course; now President Obama will have his coalition of the willing

If you want a preview of some of the regionalal challenges, you may want to check out yesterday's Midrats with Bill Roggio from Long War Journal.

If I may be a bit pedantic; we already have US ground forces in Iraq, can we please stop playing word games? There are better ways of wording that - and, well, life is what happens when you are planning other things.

Here is the executive summary;

You can watch the full interview as well;

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