[Marxism] Obama Weighs Airstrikes or Aid to Help Trapped Iraqis, Officials Say

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Aug 7 10:50:36 MDT 2014

(So let me get this straight. Obama was using ISIS as a weapon against 
the Shi'ite "axis of resistance", right? Maybe he was pretending to do 
that when his real intention was to support an Iranian/Iraqi conspiracy 
against Saudi Arabia and Turkey. And maybe Obama is a secret agent of 
the Communist Party USA with Posadista deviations who wants to spark 
WWIII, out of which socialism will arrive over the smoldering rubble?)

NY Times, August 8 2014
Obama Weighs Airstrikes or Aid to Help Trapped Iraqis, Officials Say

WASHINGTON — President Obama is considering airstrikes or airdrops of 
food and medicine to address a humanitarian crisis among as many as 
40,000 religious minorities in Iraq who have been dying of heat and 
thirst on a mountaintop after death threats from the Islamic State in 
Iraq and Syria, administration officials said on Thursday.

The president, in meetings with his national security team at the White 
House on Thursday morning, has been weighing a series of options ranging 
from dropping humanitarian supplies on Mount Sinjar to military strikes 
on the fighters from ISIS now at the base of the mountain, a senior 
administration official said.

“There could be a humanitarian catastrophe there,” a second 
administration official said, adding that a decision from Mr. Obama was 
expected “imminently — this could be a fast-moving train.”

The administration official said that “the president is weighing both 
passive and active options,” defining passive action as dropping 
humanitarian supplies. He added, using an alternative name for ISIS, 
“More active, we could target the ISIL elements that are besieging the 
base of the mountain.”

Mr. Obama made no mention of imminent military action as he traveled to 
Fort Belvoir in the Virginia suburbs on Thursday to sign legislation to 
overhaul the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs. Top officials were 
in the meantime gathering at the White House to discuss the possible 
Iraq action.

The administration had been delaying taking any military action against 
ISIS until there is a new Iraqi government. Both White House and 
Pentagon officials have said privately that the United States would not 
intervene militarily until Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki stepped down.

But administration officials said on Thursday that the crisis on Mount 
Sinjar may be forcing their hand. About 40 children have already died 
from the heat and dehydration, according to Unicef, while as many as 
40,000 people have been sheltering in the bare mountains without food, 
water or access to supplies.

The administration officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because 
they were not authorized to speak publicly. One official said that any 
military action would be “limited, specific and achievable,” noting that 
Mr. Maliki’s political party was supposed to announce a new candidate 
for prime minister on Thursday, but had not yet.

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