We don’t yet have a complete strategy because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis, as well, about how recruitment takes place, how that training takes place. And so the details of that are not yet worked out.
— President Barack Obama, G-7 Conference 2016
President Obama is in Bavaria, Germany for this year’s G-7 Conference, and on Monday he delivered a speech to the assembled nations and the journalists covering the event. Following his speech there was a short question and answer period, and one question in particular stood out and is getting coverage across the conservative corners of the Internet.
Question: Thanks, Mr. President. I wanted to ask about two things that were on the agenda at the G7 this weekend. The first was the Islamic State. You said yesterday, ahead of your meeting with Prime Minister Cameron, that you’d assess what was working and what wasn’t. So I’m wondering, bluntly, what is not working in the fight against the Islamic State. And in today’s bilateral with Prime Minister Abadi, you pledged to step up assistance to Iraq. I’m wondering if that includes additional U.S. military personnel.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: With respect to ISIL, we have made significant progress in pushing back ISIL from areas in which they had occupied or disrupted local populations, but we’ve also seen areas like in Ramadi where they’re displaced in one place and then they come back in, in another. And they’re nimble, and they’re aggressive, and they’re opportunistic.
So one of the areas where we’re going to have to improve is the speed at which we’re training Iraqi forces. Where we’ve trained Iraqi forces directly and equipped them, and we have a train-and-assist posture, they operate effectively. Where we haven’t, morale, lack of equipment, et cetera, may undermine the effectiveness of Iraqi security forces. So we want to get more Iraqi security forces trained, fresh, well-equipped and focused. And President Abadi wants the same thing.
So we’re reviewing a range of plans for how we might do that, essentially accelerating the number of Iraqi forces that are properly trained and equipped and have a focused strategy and good leadership. And when a finalized plan is presented to me by the Pentagon, then I will share it with the American people. We don’t yet have a complete strategy because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis, as well, about how recruitment takes place, how that training takes place. And so the details of that are not yet worked out.
Here’s his full response to the question:
Yes, folks, you heard that right. We still don’t have a plan for dealing with ISIS., but the President tells us that we are “making significant progress in pushing back ISIL.” I’m not exactly sure what that means, considering that ISIS has grown and stretched to its largest extent in recent days, but if the President says it… it must be so. Let’s get back to the bit about the plan though because we are making headway there!
I’m not kidding. While it may seem ridiculous that we STILL DON’T have a plan to deal with ISIS in place, at least it’s now simply not a “complete plan.” In case you’ve forgotten just last summer – there wasn’t ANY PLAN AT ALL.
“We don’t have a strategy yet. We need to make sure that we’ve got clear plans. As our strategy develops, we will consult with Congress.”
So you see? We are making some advance. Over the last year we’ve gone from not having any kind of strategy to deal with ISIS, and now we have an “incomplete” strategy. WooHoo! The Obama Administration sure works fast.
Meanwhile, back at home, there are Americans who actually think that President Obama has done a good job as President. Obama’s current approval rating sits at just under 45%, which is to me proof-positive that our education system has completely failed our nation. Our economy is in shambles, our freedoms are under assault, Russia and China are acting out in the face of our weakness, and the Middle East is in complete chaos… but somehow 45% of our fellow citizens think Obama is doing a “good” job. I shudder to think what would have to happen for them to think that he’s doing a bad job.
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