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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Special Coverage: Obama’s Remarks On Iraq

Newly-recruited Iraqi volunteers in police uniforms attend a training session at the Ibrahimiya police camp outside the central Iraqi Shiite city of Karbala on June 19, 2014, as thousands of Shiite volunteers join Iraqi security forces in the fight against militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities this week. (Mohammed Sawaf/AFP/Getty Images)

Newly-recruited Iraqi volunteers in police uniforms attend a training session at the Ibrahimiya police camp outside the central Iraqi Shiite city of Karbala on June 19, 2014, as thousands of Shiite volunteers join Iraqi security forces in the fight against militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities this week. (Mohammed Sawaf/AFP/Getty Images)

Note: Here & Now is providing special coverage of the president’s remarks

President Barack Obama is sending up to 300 military advisers to help Iraqi forces stem violent sectarian fighting.

The president announced the deployment from the White House Thursday after meeting with his national security team.

Obama said U.S. forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq but will help train Iraqis.

He also says the U.S. is increasing its intelligence efforts in Iraq and is prepared to create joint operations centers to share with Iraqis.

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  • Frog

    Its a mess.

    Interesting was John Burns of NY Times who was on CNN Reliable Sources last weekend:

    “It seems to be the central lesson, at least in my time there, was that the United States invaded the country to depose a murderous, tyrannical president which had, in the short term, some, many, in fact, beneficial effects for the Iraqi people. But we also discovered too late that this was a deeply fractured society and the sectarian animosities aren’t just the ones that have been engendered in recent years, but ones that go back 1,000 years, were beyond our management and goodness knows American ambassador, American generals, American presidents, did everything possible to try and bridge those gaps. It proved to be beyond them. And what we’re seeing now, it seems to me, it’s just an inevitable outgrowth of that.”

    http://reliablesources.blogs.cnn.com/2014/06/15/iraq-a-war-reporters-view/

    • Sam

      That is completely not true, the level of hypocrisy, ignorance, and stupidity about both the Iraqi and Syrian crisis are overwhelming, there was no sectarian animosities between Arabs or Muslims before the criminal regime of Iran stick its nose with support from the US into the Arab world, Iran is claiming that they are killing Syrians and Iraqis to protect the Shia’a and the shrines, when those same Shia’a and shrines survived for 14 hundred years under Sunni governments, unfortunately and I am speaking from an Arab American prospective, the US and other governments have become the military wing of both Israel and Shia’a in the region and that is the reason why the people of Syria and Iraq choose an extremist group such as ISIS over the ruthless, thuggery, criminal puppets of Iran in Syria and Iraq, there was no option left for the people to get their dignity back after the US give Iraq to Iran on a golden plate and turned a blind eye on the war criminal in Syria to kill, torture, displace, gas to death, destroy Syria and Syrians

  • Rick

    Why is Obama late to his own press conference? Did he get held up on the golf course again?

    • Chris OConnell

      Thanks for your insight. You must have went to college. I can say this about George Bush: He may not have known anything about anything, or even cared, but he was always on time!

      • Rick

        Again, you bring up Bush. Not relevant at all to what I said.

        • Chris OConnell

          Yes, very relevant. George Bush thought Clinton was very undisciplined because he always ran late like this. So he made it a point of always being on time. Here, Obama is late and you are criticizing Obama. I am merely noting that unlike Obama (and Clinton), Bush was on time to these types of events. And you seem to hold timeliness as a priority. But what I am really observing is how unimportant and petty this is as a priority in light of the substantive issues of foreign and domestic policy. That is how it is relevant.

    • Pleiades

      There are numerous considerations to that need to be in place for a news conference that is going to exhibit a policy decision regarding something as serious as this crisis. The administration would need to potentially contact the Iraqi government, the Saudi government, the Iranian government, the Syrian government, the Israeli government, the Russian government and the Chinese government among pthers to discuss the policy.

    • Raoul

      Maybe, but most likely it was John Boehner holding him up waiting for some corporation to pay for his $10,000.00 golf fees.

  • Chris OConnell

    I hear Groupthink. All this alarm. And crisis. Is it a crisis in Ghana? Or in Canada? Are they freaking out in China and Russia? Why isn’t anybody looking at our ridiculous reaction, calling for bombing Iraq? No other country in the world is reacting like this yet you are all in your bubble of Exceptionalism. And the notion that the world is ours.

    • Rick

      Who do other countries call on most often when they need help?
      Hint: it’s not Ghana.

      • Chris OConnell

        As if we act altruistically to help other countries. Haha.

  • RAOUL

    I stand with the President on his decision with the exception of sending 300 military advisors to Iraq to help Maliki. How much more training and armament does one need to fight his enemy but runs away when his enemy approaches? If Maliki does not include Sunnis in his government, Baghdad will fall. Maliki should go and to show good faith as a sort of an apology for Shock and Awing Baghdad, Dick Cheney should be under arrest for igniting the wars in the Mideast….. send Dick to Guantanamo.

  • Sam

    The level of hypocrisy, ignorance, and stupidity about both the Iraqi and Syrian crisis are overwhelming, there was no sectarian animosities between Arabs or Muslims before the criminal regime of Iran stick its nose with support from the US into the Arab world, Iran is claiming that they are killing Syrians and Iraqis to protect the Shia’a and the shrines, when those same Shia’a and shrines survived for 14 hundred years under Sunni governments, unfortunately and I am speaking from an Arab American prospective, the US and other governments have become the military wing of both Israel and Shia’a in the region and that is the reason why the people of Syria and Iraq choose an extremist group such as ISIS over the ruthless, thuggery, criminal puppets of Iran in Syria and Iraq, there was no option left for the people to get their dignity back after the US give Iraq to Iran on a golden plate and turned a blind eye on the war criminal in Syria to kill, torture, displace, gas to death, destroy Syria and Syrians

  • Sam

    It is amazing that no journalist or talking head pointed out that the failure of president Obama to bring an end to the Syrian massacre by the Assad regime is the main reason that led to the current crisis in Iraq, and that this will continue to spread and worsen as long as this administration still think that turning a blind eye to the Syrian massacre is the best that they can do to keep Assad the Iranian, Russian, and US puppet in power, yeah, I know the US acts like a third world country when it comes to solving the Syrian massacre, but act as supper power when it comes to free an oil reach country like Libya, or when it acts to protect its puppets and criminals in Syria and Iraq

  • Mike Ls

    Due to the delay of President Obama, I listened to what could only be described as painfully ignorant dialogue on the part of the hosts Jeremy Hobson and especially Robin Young. At one point Robin asked if they have Television in the Kurdish part of Iraq. I guess she thought they ride around in donkey carts and live in caves.

    She actually read on air the definition of Inflection Point

    I have always felt that Here and Now has been more like the Good Morning America of NPR. It tries too hard to be “hip and relevant” instead it comes of as vapid and ignorant.

    Sorry I expect my reporters on NPR to be educated, informed and prepared.

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