Warns on overreaction: Obama Paris Overreaction
Published: November 23, 2015
Warns on overreaction: Obama Paris Overreaction, “The bad events in Paris were obviously a awful and sickening setback”, Obama said at a G-20 meeting in Turkey.
Obama, who held an informal coffee-table summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday, said there were still differences between the two leaders over the future of President Bashar al-Assad “who we do not believe has a role in Syria’s future because of his brutal rule”.
Just a day before the Paris attacks, suicide bombers affiliated with the Islamic State killed 43 people in a Beirut suburb. “It’s going to take time”. Keep in mind, we have the finest military in the world and the finest military minds in the world.
The president grew irritated amid repeated questions about whether he had underestimated the strength of the Islamic State. “Because that seems to be the only thing that they’re doing is talking as if they’re tough”.
“It is not just my view but the view of my closest military and civilian advisers that that would be a mistake”, Obama said, adding that’s “because we would see a repetition of what we’ve seen before, which is if you do not have local populations that are committed to inclusive governance and who are pushing back against ideological extremes, that they resurface, unless we’re prepared to have a permanent occupation of these countries”.
The Paris attacks “should not lead us to overreact with the notion that we have to immediately ourselves squelch ISIL with an invasion”, said O’Hanlon.
President Obama referenced his visits to Walter Reed Hospital where he thanked many injured warriors.
“Every few months I go to Walter Reed and I see a 25-year-old kid who is paralyzed or who has lost his limbs”.
Rather than casting about for a new strategy, Obama said USA would intensify its current campaign of airstrikes and arming and training moderate forces.
Obama called on other nations to “step up” with more resources against the Islamic State “if we want this progress to be sustained”.
The United States has agreed to speed up its sharing of military intelligence with France to try to avert such assaults, the USA leader added in a news conference after a summit in Turkey.
The United States is working closely with France in its investigation of the attack and its hunt for suspects in the “heinous” attacks, he said.
“When I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which a person who is fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted, when a few of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that’s shameful, that’s not American”, Obama said.
While officials say the USA had been aware of the Islamic State’s desire to strike targets outside the Middle East, Obama said he had not been briefed on any intelligence that indicated an attack in Paris was likely.
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