No end in sight for airstrikes in Iraq

President Obama no timetable on airstrikes in Iraq

President Obama addressing the press | CREDIT: YouTube Capture
President Obama addressing the press | CREDIT: YouTube Capture

President Obama addressed America discussing the current crisis in Iraq. Obama focused his remarks on the latest targeted airstrikes against ISIS as well as the humanitarian aid drops to the Christians who have been forced to flee their homes.

Obama promised he would not give a certain timetable. He ended his speech by saying America is going to maintain vigilance. He called upon the people of Iraq to form a unified government that is strong enough to fight ISIS militants on its own, saying “all Iraqi communities are ultimately threatened by these barbaric terrorists.”

The president said that improving security in Iraq will take time and is going to be a long-term project. Obama assured America saying that he will continue to push Iraqi leaders to form a new government because they alone must solve their nation’s problems. The president said he has no plans to ask Congress for additional funds to finance the new operations in Iraq, but “we’ll have to evaluate what happens over time.”

“We can conduct airstrikes, but ultimately there’s not going to be an American military solution to this problem,” — President Obama

President Obama in his weekly address maintained that he has no plans to drag the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq. “We can conduct airstrikes, but ultimately there’s not going to be an American military solution to this problem,” he said. Also during his weekly address, he stressed the limited nature of renewed military action in Iraq and saying it is designed strictly to protect U.S. personnel and prevent a possible genocide of religious minorities.

Obama said that we can’t intervene in every crisis around the world, but when innocent people are facing a massacre, and we have the ability to prevent it, the United States cannot just ignore it. Most lawmakers are in favor of Obama’s recent actions in Iraq. However, some want more details on the President’s end strategy. Senator Blumenthal said Obama “owes the American people a better, fuller explanation of the scope and strategy of military actions.” Republicans including Sen. James Inhofe wants a broader strategy for fighting the militants who are hiding deep inside Iraq and Syria.

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