Obama faces growing pressure for more military force against Islamic State

Lawmakers from both parties are increasingly questioning the Obama administration’s strategy for dealing with a powerful Islamist terrorist group in the Middle East, saying the U.S. should expand its approach, which might include combat troops on the ground in Iraq and airstrikes in Syria.

Since authorizing strikes against the Islamic State group two weeks ago, President Obama has gone to great lengths to assure the American people that no U.S. ground forces will return to war in Iraq. White House officials also have stressed that, although the militants pose a threat to American personnel and interests in the Middle East, the U.S. is not declaring a broad-based war against the group, which now controls swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria.

Islamic State fighters took control of the Mosul Dam, the largest dam in Iraq and one that is critical to water supplies in Baghdad, the capital. U.S. forces over the weekend continued airstrikes against Islamic State positions, including targets around the dam. Kurdish peshmerga forces allied with Washington reportedly wrested back control of at least part of the giant complex from militant control in a counterattack that continued Sunday.

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • I Seigel says:

    Anyone notice yet that no one in Congress is demanding to be consulted about this? No one wants to vote. Why do you think that is? Anyone remember that it was just a year ago – or was it 2? – that Congress refused to authorize military action again Syria? And then they blamed Obama for the “red line” debacle.

    1. bobnstuff says:

      The republicans don’t want to touch this. It’s a no win situation. No matter what the president does the republicans will blame him for failing.

  • gagec1 says:

    I Seigel, they are now a nation, Bahgdadi announce it so in a speech that was delivered 2 weeks ago to his faithful: He stated that Iraq was now the center of the Muslim Pasha, and would soon have other Middle East nations like Syria, Turkey as part of the enlarging area of the Faith. So, he absolutely declared his statehood through this speech.
    Mr.President you must “Go for the Heart” of t his beast.

  • Vincent DiPentima says:

    Pres. OBama will not get involved in starting a war against Islam because he emboldened them in July 2009 addressing the Muslim Brotherhood by assuring them whewn he said, “America ia not

    1. I Seigel says:

      How can a religion bomb the White House? If a person or group bombs the White House, retaliatory measures will be taken against that person or group – not against a religion.

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