Onsdag kveld holdt USAs president en tale om hvordan han og USA har tenkt å nedkjempe IS. Her kan dere se hele teksten eller videoen. Denne strategien har fire søyler og kan oppsummeres med følgende punkter:
First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.
(Luftangrep både i Syria og Irak.. Men kan man bombe Syria uten samtykke fra syriske myndigheter, dvs. Assad?)
Second, we will increase our support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. In June, I deployed several hundred American service members to Iraq to assess how we can best support Iraqi Security Forces. Now that those teams have completed their work — and Iraq has formed a government — we will send an additional 475 service members to Iraq. As I have said before, these American forces will not have a combat mission — we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq. But they are needed to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence and equipment. We will also support Iraq’s efforts to stand up National Guard Units to help Sunni communities secure their own freedom from ISIL control.
(Ingen bakkestyrker, men soldater på bakken som ikke vil være i kamp og som bare vil drive opplæring.. )
Across the border, in Syria, we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition. Tonight, I again call on Congress to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters. In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its people; a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all.
(Greit nok i Irak.. Men hva med Syria? Hvem blir morgendagens allierte? Gårsdagens fiender? Hva blir sterkest: realisme eller idealisme?)
Third, we will continue to draw on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks. Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding; improve our intelligence; strengthen our defenses; counter its warped ideology; and stem the flow of foreign fighters into — and out of — the Middle East. And in two weeks, I will chair a meeting of the UN Security Council to further mobilize the international community around this effort.
(dvs. tørk ut finansieringskilder og rekkrutteringsarenaer.. Hva med å ha en seriøs samtale med regimene i Midtøsten som har skapt/støttet IS?)
Fourth, we will continue providing humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced by this terrorist organization. This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who are at grave risk, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities. We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homelands.
(det skader uansett ikke å drive med humanitær hjelp og kan bli en akseptabell plan B hvis plan A skulle havarere..)
This is our strategy. And in each of these four parts of our strategy, America will be joined by a broad coalition of partners. Already, allies are flying planes with us over Iraq; sending arms and assistance to Iraqi Security Forces and the Syrian opposition; sharing intelligence; and providing billions of dollars in humanitarian aid. Secretary Kerry was in Iraq today meeting with the new government and supporting their efforts to promote unity, and in the coming days he will travel across the Middle East and Europe to enlist more partners in this fight, especially Arab nations who can help mobilize Sunni communities in Iraq and Syria to drive these terrorists from their lands.
Av og til blir jeg rett og slett sjalu for ikke å være amerikansk statsborger når jeg leser noe som : «[..] This is American leadership at its best: we stand with people who fight for their own freedom; and we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.» Vakkert og fullstendig rettet mot hjemmepublikumet.. men dessverre ikke nok til å overbevise Senatet eller styrke Obamas egen posisjon foran Midterm elections.
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