Chad’s Morning Brief: Obama Says the United States Is Not Losing to ISIS, Boy Scouts Leader Calls for Group to Allow Gay Adults, and Other Top Stories
Here is your Morning Brief for May 22, 2015.
Not Losing to ISIS
According to POLITICO, President Obama believes that while the United States suffered a 'tactical setback' against ISIS, we aren't losing.
“No, I don’t think we’re losing,” Obama said in an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, referencing ISIL’s taking of Ramadi. “There’s no doubt there was a tactical setback, although Ramadi had been vulnerable for a very long time, primarily because these are not Iraqi security forces that we have trained or reinforced.”
He spoke to Republican criticism of his withdrawal from Iraq, sharing one of the lessons he drew from the initial 2003 invasion.
“I know that there are some in Republican quarters who have suggested that I’ve overlearned the mistake of Iraq, and that, in fact, just because the 2003 invasion did not go well doesn’t argue that we shouldn’t go back in,” he said. “And one lesson that I think is important to draw from what happened is that if the Iraqis themselves are not willing or capable to arrive at the political accommodations necessary to govern, if they are not willing to fight for the security of their country, we cannot do that for them.”
So in other words, sorry Iraq but the President of the United States says you are screwed. Obama acts though he would rather have ISIS control Iraq than the Iraqis. It must make our other allies feel great the United States won't be there if you are invaded.
I feel bad for the people of Iraq that because of President Obama, they have a very real chance of losing their country and possibly their lives.
It's the second time this week that the Boy Scouts are in the news and this time there might be even more controversy than banning water guns. According to the AP, the national president of the Boy Scouts believes that the ban on gay adults is no longer sustainable.
In a speech Thursday in Atlanta to the Scouts' national annual meeting, Gates referred to recent moves by Scout councils in New York City and elsewhere to defy the ban.
"The status quo in our movement's membership standards cannot be sustained," said Gates, a former U.S. secretary of defense.
Gates said no change in the policy would be made at the national meeting. But he raised the possibility of revising the policy at some point soon so that local Scout organizations could decide on their own whether to allow gays as leaders.
It's not sustainable? How so? Only a very small percentage of the population is gay. What isn't sustainable for the Boy Scouts is the turn they are taking to the left. Staying with your values is sustainable in 2015, no matter how unpopular they may be.
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