President Obama Announces Targeted Airstrikes Against ISIS To Avert Genocide In Iraq


In a statement to the nation, President Obama announced that he has authorized targeted airstrikes and a humanitarian mission to avert a potential genocide in Iraq.


The president announced that he authorized two operations in Iraq. He announced targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel in Iraq, and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who trapped on a mountain, and almost facing certain death.

President Obama said, “When we have the unique capabilities to avert a massacre, I believe the United States of America can not turn a blind eye. We can act carefully and responsibly to prevent a potential act of genocide. That’s what we’re doing on that mountain. I have, therefore, authorized targeted airstrikes if necessary to help forces in Iraq as they fight to break the siege of Mount Sinjar and protect the civilians trapped there.”

Obama outlined the humanitarian mission and expressed understanding about concern over airstrikes in Iraq. He said, “As Commander In Chief, I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq, so even as we support Iraqis as they take the fight to these terrorists, American combat troops will not be returning to Iraq.”

Earlier this week, the UN warned that a humanitarian tragedy is unfolding on Mount Sinjar, “A humanitarian tragedy is unfolding in Sinjar. The Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government should urgently restore their security cooperation in dealing with the crisis. I call on all Iraqi authorities, civil society and international partners to work with the United Nations to ensure the delivery of life-saving humanitarian assistance.”

It is difficult not to view the latest airstrikes and humanitarian aid as more cleaning up of the mess that Bush’s Iraq war left behind. One of the consistencies of Obama’s presidency has been his willingness to deploy US resources for humanitarian missions. Some people will certainly be alarmed and see this announcement as movement towards war, but that isn’t the case.

The president is making it clear that troops aren’t going back in and there is not another US war in Iraq on the horizon. It would be morally wrong for the United States to let tens of thousands of people be massacred over a war of choice that George W. Bush started.

Tonight’s announcement isn’t a new war. It is the president dealing with the consequences of the mess that George W. Bush left behind.

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15 Replies to “President Obama Announces Targeted Airstrikes Against ISIS To Avert Genocide In Iraq”

  1. I mention this earlier and I don’t know. I said this will not end well but the more I read about the situation it seems to me we have to do something.

    We don’t need ground troops but we do need to arm the Kurds. This is where there are no good options. Turkey will go nuts if we do and Kurdistan is talking about declaring independence will not help matters.

    I don’t even want to talk about the baggers and their media enablers who will say the President is going against the Constitution because that is what they do.


  2. He’s faced with no real good choices. Thank God he’s the president. Can you imagine Romney or McCain at that podium tonight?

  3. I was hoping for an airstrike in Ukraine, but this is better. I was hoping for our President to be the first to find and promote peaceful solutions, but this is our world we live in. Whether you believe in God or not, we must be responsible for taking the correct path. Only we can help ourselves and the rest of the world find a better way.

  4. Airstrike in Ukraine? On who? And if I am thinking what you are thinking do you know when I was in the army what was our general orders if war broke out? Bend over and kiss your ass goodbye

  5. I hope Dick Cheney and his coattails hanging daughter are being used as missiles, but I doubt it.

    So, does this make President a tyrant, or dictator? Does this make him God, or a King, or is he a wuss? Is he bad and tough enough now for the republicans

  6. I wish a good outcome for us and Iraq (as opposed to the ISIS “caliphate”) both. But since this is Obama, I bet the teabaggers are wishing for catastrophe.

  7. I keep thinking about what Colin Powell said – if we break it we own it- Bush dismantled the very fabric of Iraq and put in a man to
    govern who had no intention of doing so, he never meant to have a coalition of the various factions and now we see the result.

  8. Depends on who you ask. Some people will say there was no ISIS at the time when McInsane and his sidekick Lindseymade the offer. They will say they were rebel groups fighting Assad. What they wont say is that is where ISIS came from. So if the blood gurgling sociopaths had their way those weapons we gave to the “rebels” ISIS would have them and another side effect we would be the Air Force for ISIS.

    That’s what pisses me off, people still listen to these idiots when on every foreign policy question they have been wrong and you know what? They will be on the Sunday gobshites of bovine excrement being asked what we should do

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