Friday, September 12, 2014

President Obama Delivers an Update on the Economy, Iraq, and Ukraine

Like so many Americans I watched the Presidents speech with family, and much interest. This was an important speech. As much as we all don't want to be at war any more, it looks like evil had caused us to continue the fight. I'm tired of war. Still I support this effort to eliminate the ISIL terrorists. I have kept up with what reports I can find. So far they paint a picture of horror, that if left unchecked would pose a serous risk to our people. 

I support to the effort to eliminate this new threat to our family. I remember one of them saying they will fly their disgusting black flag over our White House. I don't want them to get away with killing our American people, or all the others they have murdered.

These words were rather touching. The president repeated what some refugee who was trapped on top a mountain said , "We owe our American friends our lives. Our children will always remember that there was someone, who felt our struggle and made a long journey to protect innocent people."

I remember someone else who said about the same thing. It was from one of the survivors of the Bosnian Genocide. He also thanked the United States and its people for taking part in stopping the mass killings there. It seems like time and again the United States has stood up for liberty and fought the forces of evil. Then when we are done, another creep starts trouble on a honorific scale, and back into the fray we go.

One thing I think is true. The conflicts the United States has gotten into didn't always turn out for the best, but this is war we are talking about. Nothing ever comes out good in war. It is just a nasty business that sometimes free people must engage in or lose it all.

The only thing I would have done differently is this. I would of pounded the murderers the minute they crossed the Iraqi border. I would of bombed Syria when they crossed the line using chemical attacks. I am very glad we cut a deal to get the chemical weapons stock pile out of there when we did. I would hate to even imagine the horror ISIL would of unleashed if they had gotten their murderous hands on that stock pile of death.

The President shouldn't of said he wouldn't send ground troops into action. If he had said he would try his best to keep our troops out, but this is war, and no one knows what it may take to ultimately crush them to oblivion at this time.

Okay we're committed. I hope our forces, along with a willing and steadfast coalition of nations can cooperate to destroy ISIL once and for all, and as swiftly as possible. In other words, pound the crap out of them bastards. Send them all to hell.

Here is the Presidents speech for you who wish to view it.


President Obama Delivers an Update on the Economy, Iraq, and Ukraine

At the White House this afternoon, President Obama provided an update on important issues ahead of his attendance at the NATO Summit in the United Kingdom next week.

The President first addressed the "number one thing that most Americans care about" -- our economy. He noted that the economy is growing "at a stronger clip" than predicted and that we have more work to do to continue this momentum:

This morning, we found out that our economy actually grew at a stronger clip in the 2nd quarter than we originally thought. Companies are investing. Consumers are spending. Over the past four and a half years, our businesses have created now nearly 10 million new jobs. So there are reasons to feel good about the direction we’re headed. But as everybody knows, there’s a lot more we should be doing to make sure more Americans benefit from the progress that we've made and I am going to be pushing Congress hard on this when they return next week.

As the U.S. military continues to carry out targeted airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and to address the humanitarian situation on the ground, the President reiterated his commitment as Commander-in-Chief to "always do what is necessary to protect the American people and defend against evolving threats to our homeland."

"Our military action in Iraq has to be part of a broader, comprehensive strategy to protect our people and to support our partners who are taking the fight to ISIL. And that starts with Iraq’s leaders building on the progress they’ve made so far and forming the inclusive government that will unite their country and strengthen their security forces to confront ISIL."



The President reported that our strikes have cost ISIL terrorists arms and equipment, and Iraqi and Kurdish forces are continuing to push them back. The U.S. will consider a range of options but he made clear that a successful strategy will require working with an inclusive Iraqi government and strong regional partners to meet this threat:

Now ISIL poses an immediate threat to the people of Iraq and the people throughout the region. And that’s why our military action in Iraq has to be part of a broader, comprehensive strategy to protect our people and to support our partners who are taking the fight to ISIL. And that starts with Iraq’s leaders building on the progress they’ve made so far and forming the inclusive government that will unite their country and strengthen their security forces to confront ISIL.

Any successful strategy, though, also needs strong regional partners. I’m encouraged so far that countries in the region -- countries that don’t always agree on many things -- increasingly recognize the primacy of the threat ISIL poses to all of them. And I’ve asked Secretary Kerry to travel to the region to continue to build the coalition that’s needed to meet this threat. As I’ve said, rooting out a cancer like ISIL will not be quick or easy but I’m confident that we can -- and we will -- working closely with our allies and partners.

For our part, I’ve directed Secretary Hagel and our Joint Chiefs of Staff to prepare a range of options. I’ll be meeting with my National Security Council again this evening as we continue to develop that strategy. And I’ve been consulting with Congress and I’ll continue to do so in the days ahead.

After speaking with Chancellor Merkel of Germany today on the situation in Ukraine, the President noted that the evidence is clear: "Russia is responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine."

The violence is encouraged by Russia. The separatists are trained by Russia. They are armed by Russia. They are funded by Russia. Russia has deliberately and repeatedly violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and the new images of Russian forces inside Ukraine make that plain for the world to see. This comes as Ukrainian forces are making progress against the separatists.

As a result of the actions Russia has already taken, and the major sanctions we’ve imposed with our European and international partners, Russia is already more isolated that at any time since the end of the Cold War. Capital is fleeing. Investors are increasingly staying out. Its economy is in decline. And this ongoing Russian incursion into Ukraine will only bring more costs and consequences for Russia.

The President also noted that the NATO-Ukraine Commission will meet next week at the NATO Summit and provide "another opportunity to continue our partnership with Ukraine." "I look forward to reaffirming the unwavering commitment of of the United States to Ukraine and its people when I welcome President Poroshenko to the White House next month," he added.