Chad’s Morning Brief: Obama Admits That He Doesn’t Have a Complete Strategy Yet to Deal With ISIS, Demands for the Department of Justice to Investigate McKinney Police Officer, and Other Top Stories
Your Morning Brief for June 9, 2015.
According to FOX News, President Obama is taking heat for comments he made on Monday. After months and months of dealing with the Islamic State, President Obama told reporters that he still doesn't have a complete strategy yet to defeat the terror group.
President Obama took heat Monday for admitting he doesn't yet have a "complete strategy" in hand for training Iraqis to fight the Islamic State -- months into the coordinated campaign to defeat the deadly terrorist network.
"When a finalized plan is presented to me by the Pentagon, then I will share it with the American people," Obama said, adding, "We don't yet have a complete strategy."
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said in a statement: "It is no surprise this administration does not have a 'complete strategy' for training Iraqis to fight ISIS. What is surprising is that the president admitted it."
The president addressed the ISIS fight during a press conference on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Germany. He appeared to be speaking specifically to a new strategy for accelerating the training and equipping of Iraqi security forces. "We're reviewing a range of plans for how we might do that," Obama said.
A U.S. official afterward stressed to Fox News that Obama was indeed talking only about optimizing that train-and-equip mission, "including integration of Sunni fighters," and not "overall strategy." State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke also said Obama was not speaking to overall strategy.
Remember, The White House has said over and over again that it is the job of Iraq to fight back against the Islamic State. That is our strategy. To let Iraq fight the battle, yet we don't have a strategy in place to make that happen.
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry wasted no time on the campaign trail sharing his thoughts with what President Obama said.
It is a failure of leadership that nine months after President Obama first said we don't have a strategy to defeat ISIS, the United States is in no better position in the fight against this radical terror group. As we see ISIS continue to inspire more followers and see Ramadi fall under their control, the Obama Administration's rhetoric about ‘setbacks’ does not match the reality on the ground. Positive rhetoric alone does not solve problems, action does. If I were Commander-in-Chief, it would not take nine months to work with our military leaders to develop a complete strategy to destroy ISIS and protect American security interests and values.”
President Obama continues to place this country in danger as he is more concerned about climate change than terrorism.
Calls for the DOJ in McKinney
Civil-rights groups from around the nation are planning their next battle and the location looks to be in McKinney, Texas. According to the Dallas Morning News, several people called for the Department of Justice to investigate a white police officer who has been accused of excessive force.
One day after the world was introduced to McKinney Police Cpl. Eric Casebolt, several civil-rights groups and activists are calling for his firing and demanding a Department of Justice investigation into the incident.
“There are few words to describe the inhumanity of McKinney law enforcement and Officer Casebolt’s brutal, unprofessional and discriminatory violence this past weekend,” says ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson in a statement sent to the media this afternoon. The civil-rights group — which Fast Company recently named one of the year’s “most innovative companies” for its role in axing NYPD’s “stop and frisk” policing policy— is based out of New York.
“Our hearts go out to all the teens who experienced the terror and pain of unjust treatment at the hands of police, a trauma all too familiar to Black people across the country,” says the statement. “We strongly urge local officials and Collin County District Attorney to fire Officer Casebolt and charge him with assault and battery. No person who treats another human being, let alone children, in such an abusive, life-threatening manner can be a police officer. All of the officers present at the Craig Ranch pool, who stood by and allowed this police violence to take place must be held accountable and an independent investigation by the Department of Justice should be launched into the McKinney PD. True change begins with accountability.
“In America, pools have long been a place where the boundaries of racial segregation are enforced and what happened in McKinney is no different. The fact that white residents thought the teens, who had guest passes, ‘didn’t have permission to be there’ highlights the racism that kicked off the ensuing police violence. Dehumanizing racial stereotypes about Black girls and boys as ‘inherently wrong’ and ‘out of place’ in white spaces continues to rule the daily lives of Black people. McKinney, Texas is no different.”
The statement was issued following a noon press conference in front of McKinney PD headquarters, where the NAACP, local pastors and others demanded similar actions.
I watched the press conference yesterday and thought it was a sad and pathetic display by those trying to make a name for themselves. More than one speaker accused the police officer of being on drugs and having psychological problems. One speaker even compared the incident to a terrorist attack.
I stand by the comments I made yesterday on the show. I don't believe the officer should be fired. The officer was doing his job. Unfortunately, it's cool in America to blame the cops first instead of those who actually did wrong. Will McKinney turn out to be another Ferguson? I don't believe so, but we will wait to see what happens.
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