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Posted by on Sep 6, 2014 in At TMV, Featured, International, Military, Terrorism, War | 12 comments

Kerry: ISIL ‘An Ambitious, Avowed Genocidal, Territorial-Grabbing, Caliphate-Desiring, Quasi State…’

Wales meeting Kerry and Hagel

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Destined for criticism from those who oppose any military action in curbing or stopping ISIL’s rampage and atrocities, President Obama on Friday appeared to have received assurances for support and cooperation from “at least nine allies,” at the NATO Summit in Wales, according to the New York Times.

Those allies, referred to by Secretary of Defense Hagel as the “core coalition,” are Britain, France, Australia, Canada, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Poland and Denmark.

The efforts against ISIL would consist of continued airstrikes against ISIL leaders and positions, strengthening “the moderate Syrian rebel groups to reclaim ground lost to ISIS, and enlist friendly governments in the region to join the fight.”

However, the president’s aides insist that Obama has not yet made a decision on the use of airstrikes inside Syria. This is a critical and complex decision because it is essential in order to “degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL” — as the President claims to be his goal — but also involves attacking another nation, significantly enlarging the conflict and the risks for further escalation and, at the same time, it is seen by many as indirectly helping President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.

Speaking at the conclusion of the NATO Summit in Wales, the President said that any coalition against ISIL must include Arab states — particularly Sunni Arab states. He added that people in the region need to see those states “rejecting the kind of extremist nihilism that we’re seeing out of ISIL.”

The Times:

Obama administration officials said privately that in addition to the participants at the meeting Friday, the United States was hoping to get quiet intelligence help about the Sunni militants from Jordan. Its leader, King Abdullah II, was attending the Wales summit meeting.
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United States officials said they also expected Saudi Arabia to contribute to funding moderate Syrian rebel groups. In addition, Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States, said in a statement this week that the Emirates stood ready to join the fight against ISIS. “No one has more at stake than the U.A.E. and other moderate countries in the region that have rejected the regressive Islamist creed and embraced a different, forward-looking path,” the ambassador said.

Watch the President’s press conference at the conclusion of the NATO Summit in Wales below, and read his full remarks here.

Perhaps the strongest words at the NATO Summit came from Secretary of State John Kerry, who, at the start of the meeting and after summarizing the progress already made against ISIL, said:

There is no containment policy for ISIL. They’re an ambitious, avowed genocidal, territorial-grabbing, Caliphate-desiring, quasi state within a regular army. And leaving them in some capacity intact anywhere would leave a cancer in place that will ultimately come back to haunt us. So there is no issue in our minds about our determination to build this coalition, go after this.

He then described how “we’re going to do [it]”

Read more here.

Lead photo: Secretary of State Kerry and Secretary of Defense Hagel at NATO meeting in Newport, Wales, Sept. 5 (State Department photo)

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  • sheknows

    Thank you Dorian. Finally they are deciding on a” strategy.

    The speech seems to talk of a “holistic” approach, or as I understand it…attack every aspect of their organization from financing to military and recruitment. This depends largely on the assistance of others to essentially “give what they can in the way of support” and we will do the rest except commit boots on the ground.

    When/if we go into Syria, it will open up a whole new dynamic and that is something Obama must consider carefully.

    As with all types of war strategies no matter how ell executed, there will be more collateral damage.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    As with all types of war strategies no matter how well executed, there will be more collateral damage.

    That is the most difficult and saddest part of such military actions. The only thing I can say, Sheknows, is that the United States always has done everything in its power to prevent or limit such “collateral damage,” even at the cost of substantially increasing the risk to its own military.

    Thanks for your comment.

  • Shannon Lee

    There is no such thing as war without collateral damage. Even a bullet shot into the sky has to land somewhere…

  • dduck

    Funny, if any of us on the right had said five or more days ago, what Obama has said in the last two days, we would be classified as war and fear mongers. Now it’s all OK.

  • Shannon Lee

    I think the difference is that these guys aren’t some made up boogieman. They are real and marching, at least were, through the middle east intent all killing anyone that doesn’t look right.

    but I have been on the “blow them up” side of things for quite some time now

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    Agree, Shannon Lee.

    I believe that there might just a be a smidgen of a difference between invading and for eight long years occupying a sovereign nation on, at best, false pretenses and using limited, targeted military strikes to slow down or stop a gang of terrorists marauding through the Middle East, beheading Americans (at least two thus far), murdering thousands of innocents and — as many experts claim — posing a real threat to even more Americans and to America.

    But, again, I could be wrong.

  • sheknows

    ” we would be classified as war and fear mongers. Now it’s all OK”

    I am sure Kerry, Hagel and Obama will be called “warmongers” by some, and while it’s never ok, it is apparently a course of action our allies..and even our non-allies agree must be taken to rid the region of this particular lunatic group.
    In other words, it seems to be a universally accepted concept that these guys have to go!!

  • sheknows

    edit to add: although I feel had we gone into Syria sooner, maybe we could have stemmed the tide of the IS.

  • dduck

    It’s nice to be in such august company. 🙂

  • The_Ohioan

    Now it’s all OK because the left can also be called war and fear mongers, and because the right can pound on Obama for something new and different. Some may call that progression.

  • dduck

    With all due respect, I wouldn’t say it is a new and different pounding. Some would say that it is a continuation.

  • JSpencer

    This is a critical and complex decision

    You’d better believe it. Let’s hope we don’t end up doing more harm than good… again.

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