Obama On Islamic State: Everybody Chill Out, I Got This!
September 3, 2014 Leave a comment
“Well, keep in mind that from the outset, the moment that ISIS went into Mosul, we were very clear that this was a very serious threat not just to Iraq but to the region and to U.S. interests.”
Deadly clashes erupted in Mosul on 6 June , when militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), an al-Qaeda breakaway, launched an assault on the northern city with allied Sunni Arab tribesmen.
On Monday, the governor of Nineveh province urged residents to “stand firm”. But within hours, Atheel al-Nujaifi was forced to flee before the provincial government’s headquarters was overrun by hundreds of men armed with rocket-propelled grenades, sniper rifles and machine-guns.
ISIS/ISIL/IS “went into Mosul” on June 6.
Today is September 3.
By my reckoning, 89 days have elapsed since IS “went into Mosul.” If that event was “a very serious threat not just to Iraq but to the region and to U.S. interests,” why are we still lacking a coherent policy to deal with that threat?