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Kerry Hints That US May Take Military Action Against ISIS And Soon
CNS News ^ | 6/23/2014 | Patrick Goodenough

Posted on 06/23/2014 5:49:05 PM PDT by markomalley

Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday gave the clearest indication yet that President Obama may order military action of some type against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) fighters who have been capturing territory in northern and western Iraq – and may do so soon.

Speaking in Baghdad, Kerry appeared to be preparing the ground for such action, stressing the scale of the threat posed by ISIS not just to Iraq and the region but also to the United States, and emphasizing that if Obama does give the order it would be because of that threat, not in order to bolster Iraq’s current prime minister or side with one Islamic sect against the other.

He also made clear that if deemed necessary, the decision would not be delayed until after Iraqi leaders form a new government. The constitutional deadline for that step is July 1, so Kerry essentially appeared to suggest that military action could take place before next Tuesday.

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Up to now, the administration has taken pains to stress the importance of setting up a new and more inclusive government in Baghdad following the April elections, reflecting a view that the security crisis provides the U.S. with the most leverage it may ever have to press Iraq’s leaders to share more power.

But although he did underline the importance of political progress, with ISIS continuing to make advances Kerry also spoke about the need “to separate what the United States might do [against the terrorists] from their government formation process itself.”

Speaking to reporters after talks with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other Shi’ite and Sunni leaders, he focused on the threat posed by ISIS, which with allied Sunni insurgents captured key crossings on Iraq’s borders with Syria and Jordan in recent days and is feared to be planning to target a major Shi’ite shrine in Samarra.

In response to a question, Kerry disputed the notion that Obama would necessarily wait until after the formation of a new government before taking direct action against the jihadists.

“The president is prepared to take action when and if the president decides that is important,” he said. “Clearly, everyone understands that Samarra is an important line. Historically, an assault on Samarra created enormous problems in Iraq. That is something that we all do not want to see happen again. And so the president and the team, the entire security team, are watching this movement and these events very, very closely.”

(In 2006 the golden dome of Samarra’s al-Askari mosque, one of the holiest sites in Shi’ite Islam, was destroyed, triggering a sustained wave of sectarian bloodshed. A second attack the following year destroyed the mosque’s two ten story-tall minarets, which had survived the earlier bombing. The dome and minarets were later rebuilt.)

Kerry said further that Obama “has moved the assets into place and has been gaining each day the assurances he needs with respect to potential targeting.”

“And he has reserved the right to himself, as he should, to make a decision at any point in time if he deems it necessary strategically.”

He said that if Obama decides that the urgency of the situation requires action against ISIS, it will have “has nothing to do with support for a specific government, or for – let me rephrase that. It’s not specifically support for the existing prime minister or for one sect or another.”

‘A threat left unattended’

Kerry described the terrorist group, also known as ISIL, as “more extreme than al-Qaeda.”

He also alluded to the 9/11 terror attacks, planned by al-Qaeda from its safe haven in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan: “None of us should have to be reminded that a threat left unattended far beyond our shores can have grave, tragic consequences.”

Kerry said ISIS could not be allowed safe haven anywhere, because if that occurred, “they will continue to plot against governments locally, regionally, and abroad. And that is clear from their own communications and from our knowledge of them.”

“ISIL threatens the stability of the entire region and it is a threat also to the United States and to the West – self-declared,” he said.

“The president understands very clearly that supporting Iraq in the struggle at this time is part of meeting our most important responsibility: The security of the American people, fighting terrorism, and standing by our allies.”

Iraq earlier formally asked the U.S. to launch airstrikes against ISIS fighters, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey confirmed while testifying on Capitol Hill last Wednesday.

A day later Obama announced he was sending 300 military advisors to help Iraq deal with the security crisis but held off on ordering airstrikes, although he did say he could yet approve them if the situation on the ground required such a step.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: airstrikes; iraq; isis; soskerry

1 posted on 06/23/2014 5:49:05 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

I hope Hanoi Boi drops all of our surplus MREs on them.


2 posted on 06/23/2014 5:51:43 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Feed the wacko enrviromentalists to the starving polar bears.)
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To: markomalley

So, they’ve calculated the best way to take the scandals off the front page is some sort of military involvement?

I’m surprised it has taken this long.


3 posted on 06/23/2014 5:53:06 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: markomalley

Give Kerry a rifle then and maybe he’ll get another purple heart.


4 posted on 06/23/2014 5:53:24 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: All

~~~“ISIL threatens the stability of the entire region and it is a threat also to the United States and to the West – self-declared,” he said.~~~

Therefore, we will release more terrorists from Gitmo.


5 posted on 06/23/2014 5:54:25 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: markomalley

So first we weren’t going to help.
Now we are going to help.
But the 300 soldiers on the ground are advisers and not to help either side. C’mon. What a f’ing joke.


6 posted on 06/23/2014 5:54:41 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: markomalley

They’re gonna cut off some ears, wire up their testicles?


7 posted on 06/23/2014 5:54:50 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: headstamp 2

Kerry plans to throw his medals at them.... once he can find the time to make a trip to Sgt Joe’s Surplus Barn” to buy a spare set.


8 posted on 06/23/2014 5:55:22 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ( "For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know")
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To: markomalley

Things must be going to hell fast for this bunch to actually consider doing something.


9 posted on 06/23/2014 5:55:38 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: headstamp 2

“Give Kerry a rifle then and maybe he’ll get another purple heart.”

Just have him drop his pants in Iraq and that should be good for an instant purple heart and hopefully AIDS!


10 posted on 06/23/2014 6:00:22 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: markomalley

My impression on John Kerry is that if he was sitting under a tree and a bird crapped on him, he would attempt to negotiate with the bird. And if the bird flew away, he would try to negotiate with the turd.


11 posted on 06/23/2014 6:00:45 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: markomalley

Heck, I’d be happy if OBAMA WOULD STOP ARMING AND FUNDING HIS SUNNI ISIS ALLIES!


12 posted on 06/23/2014 6:02:00 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: markomalley

We’ll have to take action as citizens in this country because the borders are wide open.


13 posted on 06/23/2014 6:02:37 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Anything is possible, if you don't know what you're talking about.)
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To: markomalley

In a joint appearance with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Secretary of State John Kerry immediately warned Assad that delays on his part would invite a U.S. military strike. “This is not a game,” said Kerry. “Expectations are high. They are high for the United States, perhaps even more so for Russia, to deliver on the promise of this moment.”

But a number of diplomatic obstacles immediately presented themselves. In an interview with Russian state TV. Assad said he would only give up his chemical weapons after the U.S. stops arming the rebels and threatening a military attack — a demand no one seriously believes the U.S. will acquiesce to.

“When we see the United States really wants stability in our region and stops threatening, striving to attack, and also ceases arms deliveries to terrorists, then we will believe that the necessary processes can be finalised,” Assad noted.

Additionally, Assad said joining the convention allotted him 30 days to hand over information on its stockpiles, a time frame Kerry immediately rejected.


14 posted on 06/23/2014 6:02:44 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: headstamp 2

“Give Kerry a rifle then and maybe he’ll get another purple heart.”

Nah, all it would take is for Kerry to visit a HQ in a combat zone and stub his toe.


15 posted on 06/23/2014 6:03:30 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: markomalley
“None of us should have to be reminded that a threat left unattended far beyond our shores can have grave, tragic consequences.”

How quickly their story changes when they're mugged by reality.

16 posted on 06/23/2014 6:03:37 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: piytar
9 months ago this imbecile was threatening to bomb Assad, and was arming ISIS, now he wants to bomb ISIS?

This is the foreign policy of a cretin.

17 posted on 06/23/2014 6:07:16 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: markomalley

18 posted on 06/23/2014 6:09:54 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: markomalley
I have to admit, when I first glanced at that headline I read it as:

"Kerry Hints That US May Take Military Action Against IRS – And Soon"

Thanks for getting my hopes up!

19 posted on 06/23/2014 6:10:20 PM PDT by Oberon (John 12:5-6)
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To: Oberon

LOVE IT!!!!


20 posted on 06/23/2014 6:18:30 PM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: markomalley; Chode; SgtBob; B4Ranch; nascarnation

Too late, should have been done weeks ago. Modify a few MOABS with Porcine and have at might get a few of them.

I never thought I would even consider X42 but that would be a bit better than the zer0 at this point.

Too bad the Crusades stopped and left a few, now they are scattered around like cockroaches.


21 posted on 06/23/2014 6:24:34 PM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: headstamp 2

If you give him a rifle he will recommend himself for a purple heart after stubbing his toe while running to hide.


22 posted on 06/23/2014 6:32:25 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: markomalley
...if Obama does give the order it would be because of that threat, not in order to bolster Iraq’s current prime minister...

*sigh* If Obama does give the order it would be to distract attention from the gathering gloom of his many domestic scandals coming home to roost.

23 posted on 06/23/2014 6:35:46 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Rome2000
9 months ago this imbecile was threatening to bomb Assad, and was arming ISIS, now he wants to bomb ISIS?

No bombs have fallen yet. These threats are merely for domestic consumption. If there is any action taken by Uncle Scam it will only be after ISIS, a.k.a. re-branded Al Qaeda, gets all the US tanks,vehicles, missiles and other heavy weapons left for them by the US trained Iraqi army back across the Syrian border. And if Uncle Scam does finally drop some bombs on ISIS they will 'accidentally' miss and land on the Syrian Army.

24 posted on 06/23/2014 6:36:01 PM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: markomalley

Well naturally we will get involved. When it was Sunnis that we supplied arms to that were winning, it was up to the Iraq government to fix. But now, Shiites are organizing and fighting back. USA to the rescue (of the Sunnis)!


25 posted on 06/23/2014 6:37:49 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: markomalley

He probably believes that he does not need Congress. His pen and his phone are sufficient.


26 posted on 06/23/2014 6:46:17 PM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama stands for the corruption of America in all aspects.)
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To: markomalley
So Kerry, McCain and Obama helped train and arm these clowns while they were in Syria and we are now paying the consequences.
27 posted on 06/23/2014 7:05:10 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: markomalley

Does this mean he’s for it again?


28 posted on 06/23/2014 7:06:08 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: markomalley
Kerry greets United States Marines at US Embassy, Iraq.

"It's ok boys and girls. You may not have heard this, but I was in Vietnam!"

29 posted on 06/23/2014 7:09:56 PM PDT by Dogbert41 (Up yours NSA !)
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To: markomalley
Air strikes on all encampments of ISIS and line of troop movements. Leave the cleanup to Iraq.
30 posted on 06/23/2014 7:32:13 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: markomalley

31 posted on 06/23/2014 7:33:30 PM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: F15Eagle
"So were going to have a war?"


32 posted on 06/23/2014 8:13:29 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: F15Eagle
I’m surprised it has taken this long.

they had to wait until ISIS has control of most of the country- and uparmed with all the munitions, including rockets - and the MRAPS etc = that we provided them - and then send in a few hundred of our Spec Ops guys against 20,3,000 of them...After all, Obummer hasn't had the opportunity to kill any more Seals for some time. ,

33 posted on 06/23/2014 8:19:38 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: markomalley
Kerry Hints That US May Take Military Action Against ISIS – And Soon

What's the point of announcing this publicly? Govts do as govts will, when ready and want to.

34 posted on 06/23/2014 8:29:11 PM PDT by odds
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To: markomalley

Don’t tell me J F’n Kerry laid down the feared “pink line!”


35 posted on 06/23/2014 8:48:49 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: UCANSEE2

I am going to have to watch that movie someday.


36 posted on 06/23/2014 10:40:26 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

Here, watch it anytime you want.

http://stagevu.com/video/svkmjwgzvhhn


37 posted on 06/24/2014 10:29:02 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: odds
what's the point of announcing this publicly

Really. Hasn't anyone noticed that when ISIS didn't announce their intentions ahead of time, they were practically in Bagdad before Obama was finished with his planned golf and fundraising plans.

38 posted on 06/24/2014 10:33:50 AM PDT by grania
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To: UCANSEE2

Thanks!


39 posted on 06/24/2014 8:21:14 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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