He called the Islamic State “barbaric”? Doesn’t that make him a racist, bigoted “Islamophobe”? In any case, Obama is extremely unlikely to do anything effective here. “As commander in chief, I will not allow the United States to be dragged into another war in Iraq.” In other words, the caliphate is here to stay — not that any U.S. force could affect lasting change there, anyway — especially nowadays when it would be solely directed toward “respect” for Sharia oppression of women, non-Muslims, gays, etc.
“Obama Allows Limited Airstrikes on ISIS,” New York Times, August 7, 2014:
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Thursday announced he had authorized limited airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq, scrambling to avert the fall of the Kurdish capital, Erbil, and returning the United States to a significant battlefield role in Iraq for the first time since the last American soldier left the country at the end of 2011.
Speaking at the White House on Thursday night, Mr. Obama also said that American military aircraft had dropped food and water to tens of thousands of Iraqis trapped on a barren mountain range in northwestern Iraq, having fled the militants, from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, who threaten them with what Mr. Obama called “genocide.”
“Earlier this week, one Iraqi cried that there is no one coming to help,” Mr. Obama said in a somber statement delivered from the State Dining Room. “Well, today America is coming to help.”
The president insisted that these military operations did not amount to a full-scale re-engagement in Iraq. But the relentless advance of the militants, whom he described as “barbaric,” has put them within a 30-minute drive of Erbil, raising an immediate danger for the American diplomats, military advisers and other citizens who are based there.
“As commander in chief, I will not allow the United States to be dragged into another war in Iraq,” said Mr. Obama, who built his run for the White House in part around his opposition to the war in Iraq….