Obama said he had authorized the strikes because militants from ISIS, which recently renamed itself also known as ISIL, were approaching the city of Erbil, where the U.S. has a consulate.*
“To stop the advance on Erbil, I’ve directed our military to take targeted strikes against ISIL terrorist convoys should they move towards the city,” he said. “We intend to stay vigilant and take action if these terrorist forces threaten our personnel or facilities anywhere in Iraq, including our consulate in Erbil and our embassy in Baghdad.”
Since the US has a diplomatic presence in just about every nation on earth, does that mean we will intervene when any city with an American diplomatic presence is threatened?
If only Obama had just come out and told the truth – that we can’t allow a group that’s too extreme for al Qaeda (!!) to gain control of one of the most important countries in the Middle East – who would that have offended?
This is what happens when the president just wants his presidency to end already.