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Obama must go ‘all-in’ against ISIS, say two heavyweight American diplomats

September 10th, 2014
03:14 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

U.S. President Barack Obama must show the world that he is “all in” if there is any hope of defeating ISIS, two veteran American diplomats told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday, hours before President Obama was set to reveal his plan to fight ISIS in a primetime address.

“We are fighting a mortal enemy, an existential enemy. We win or we pay,” said Ryan Crocker, who has served as American ambassador to Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

“It's all about American leadership. Either we assert it now or we don't win this fight.”

President Obama must demonstrate that “we're all in. We are in with a coalition that we will lead, and we are going to stick with it as long as it takes.”

“He was not all in in Libya…Nothing good is going to happen in Iraq, in Syria, and in the region without American leadership, and in our system that means presidential leadership.”

Some have suggested that ISIS, though clearly radical, is not as big a threat to the American homeland as was al Qaeda. Crocker vigorously disputes that, and calls ISIS “al Qaeda 6.0.”

“They are more numerous. They are better armed. They are far better financed. They are better experienced.”

“And perhaps most critically, there are several thousand of them who hold Western passports, including American passports. They don't need to get a visa. They just need to get on a plane.”

“If we don't think we're on their target list, we are delusional.”

President Obama has long been wary of becoming entangled in the Syrian civil war, overruling then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her effort to arm the moderate Syrian opposition.

Robert Ford, who was the American ambassador to Syria at the time, said that that decision “absolutely” contributed to the rise of ISIS.

“Had they been better equipped, the moderate elements, say, in 2012 -2013, sure, it would have helped.”

Nonetheless, Crocker told Amanpour, the “most critical fight” for America is not against ISIS, but the formation of an inclusive Iraqi government “that will stand together against a common enemy.”

Some have suggested that the West should work with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to defeat ISIS, their common enemy.

“I personally don't see how Assad is going to help us very much against the Islamic State,” Ford said, referring to the name that ISIS now uses for itself. “The Islamic State has defeated Assad's forces in eastern Syria largely.”

“Assad's forces are growing tired. They just don't have the bodies. They don't have the manpower to retake central and eastern Syria. So I don't see in an operational sense how he's going to help.”

“And politically, it's very damaging with our regional friends – countries like Saudi Arabia, Turkey and others.”

Crocker suggested late last year that Assad could be the “least worst option” in Syria. Now, with the emergence of an “existential enemy” in the form of ISIS, circumstance have changed, he said.

Similarly the two dismissed the idea that America should explicitly work with Iran, which is also fighting in Iraq. American airstrikes and Iranian militiamen were both behind the recent liberation of the Iraqi city of Amerli.

“The worst thing we could do right now as they still struggle through this is to look as though we are supporting Iran and Iran's surrogates inside Iraq,” Crocker said. “That will send the Sunnis completely in the wrong direction.”

Ford agreed.

“The Iranians are promoting the use of Iraqi undisciplined Shia militias, which are themselves guilty of sectarian killings.”

“The second reason that I think that we really can't do much with Iran is that their strategic goal in Syria is to maintain Bashar al-Assad. But it's pretty clear that the continued survival of the Assad regime has both directly and indirectly helped the Islamic State.”

It is only through American leadership, Crocker reiterated, that America will be able to defeat ISIS.

President Obama “has said that he is ending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan…You don't end a war by walking off the battlefield and leaving it to your enemies.”


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  1. Brandon P

    I have voted for Obama 2 times. His domestic policies I agree with, but foreign policy is out right inept and dangerously so. Head in the sand thinking for the USA at this time is beyond poor leadership its dangerous.

    September 10, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      I voted for him once. His cabinet is terrible no matter how great you feel he is personally. Outside of Hagel the team is plain disgusting. May be time to force President's to get opposite party to fill certain amount of cabinet selections. Clinton and Obama both went to the R's for Defense likely because they both realized how GD awful liberals are on defense. We need no more Korea's and Vietnam Wars started by liberals. I just cannot understand how he can tolerate a person who should be in prison like Holder. Worst AG and that takes some doing after Janet.

      September 10, 2014 at 3:56 pm | Reply
      • gb0423

        Liberals are just terrible on defense as evidenced by the fact that they led us in to the worst foreign policy disaster in our country's history..misleading the us into the Iraq War, oh wait, that wasn't the Liberals...never mind.

        September 10, 2014 at 6:48 pm |
    • Tim Gray

      I've not voted for him neither times and I agree his foreign policy is horrendous, though I'm not a fan of his domestic policies either, nor republicans for that matter. He seems to be allowing his generals to create the plans, which I like. Hopefully he stays out of the planning of the military side. I also like the fact that he has forced the hand of Arab leaders to step up it's fight of getting rid of this ideology and not just going after those who are a part of terrorism groups. Getting rid Hitler didn't end the fight in western europe. We had to ban those who promoted the ideas of Nazism and lock up those who espoused those ideas. Same is needed here. Those preaching this brand of Islam are just as guilty as Bin Laden and they need to be treated that way. Stop this evil and perverting of a religion once and for all but to get rid of it, it has to come from within that community.

      September 10, 2014 at 4:11 pm | Reply
      • T. Lee

        Continuing to be so totally misguided by blind devotion to the obviously failed policies of the previous Republican administration @Tim Gray does not serve either you or the nation well.

        It was the Bush administration that attacked an Iraq which had not attacked the US – opening the way for the loss of both blood and treasure of the nation. It was the Bush administration that ran the nation into an almost 1930's style depression because of the always-fails "Horse & Sparrow" economic model Republicans never fail to use regardless of what new name they call it.

        Of course there will be the chorus from you and those like you "yeah, blame Bush" – but who else did all the above to the nation's detriment continuing in many ways to today?

        Hopefully the American voter will not forget – and keep candidates who think as you and those like you kicked to the curb in the next round of elections – or face returning those to office who will just take up where they left off in mismanaging the nation.

        September 10, 2014 at 7:45 pm |
    • natfarrow

      I really don't see the ineptness. What are you looking for, another war in the Middle East? He doesn't need to be in the middle of religious civil wars in the middle east. Now he has a coalition from Europe and the Arab League. By not rushing in made that possible.

      September 10, 2014 at 5:11 pm | Reply
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        September 10, 2014 at 7:55 pm |
      • sonny

        I don't see how Obama is inept? Actually he is brilliant. Firstly, he's not wasting hard earned American Tax dollars by getting heavily involved in yet another Arab War, where you're damned if you do or damned if you don't. Secondly he's incredibly wise by placing together a coalition where other middle east countries get involved and solve their own problem together. All this talk of American Troops rushing in and killing ISIL is almost as bad as those Islamic fundamentalist. Let countries like Saudi, Iran and Iraq deal with this problem and there Muslim brothers with the US providing air power and logistical support. And Lastly the media have nothing better to do and are making ISIL seem bigger than they are. They're just a bunch of Muslim criminal's and ex-criminals from Australia, England. US, Europe and the middle East. These guys are most definitely not world beaters but a bunch of bullies who have not faced a well organised, disciplined military, when they do they will be crushed. Why should the US be that army yet again? Obama stay calm and cool. We all remember who got Bin laden, it wasn't George W " I won the war in Iraq" Bush. It was you.

        September 12, 2014 at 4:41 am |
    • Alexis

      I do fear the IS to, but the way that EBOLA is spreading it is just a wind puff away from spreading.
      It will be the end of IS and alike because when it comes down to it, they don't have the medical training nor know how how to protect themselves from an epidemic like that. If Ebola comes to Irak the country will be on a lock down for sure. None that comes in nor out.

      September 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Reply
    • carlos

      Really? It's laughable u agree with the domestic policy of Pres. Dithers. Poverty rate up, median income down. top 10% gets richer while the bottom 90% is poorer. Obamacare now has a 30% approval and when the employer mandate kicks what out. But Obama told us that once elected the seas will calm and the tide would receed...
      ___________________
      On November 21, 2007, then-candidate Obama said on New Hampshire Public Radio that his Muslim experience would make us safer:
      I truly believe that the day I’m inaugurated, not only the country looks at itself differently, but the world looks at America differently…If I’m reaching out to the Muslim world they understand that I’ve lived in a Muslim country and I may be a Christian, but I also understand their point of view…My sister is half-Indonesian. I traveled there all the way through my college years. And so I’m intimately concerned with what happens in these countries and the cultures and perspective these folks have. And those are powerful tools for us to be able to reach out to the world…then I think the world will have confidence that I am listening to them and that our future and our security is tied up with our ability to work with other countries in the world that will ultimately makes us safer…
      __________
      So you knew what your were getting....

      September 10, 2014 at 6:32 pm | Reply
      • Fred Phred

        Yep Carlos, I knew what I was getting and am thankful for it every day.

        My 401k is up 200%. My job is stable. People have healthcare. That's 3 things that weren't the case a few years ago. You bet your bottom I'm thankful.

        September 10, 2014 at 8:14 pm |
    • Ahem

      True. He has always been a crusader for domestic issues at the expense of foreign policy. But it has caught up with him and now he is exposed as an inept, smarmy embarrassment to the world. "I'll have more flexibility after the election".

      September 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Reply
      • sonny

        Some of you people are either too ignorant or racist to know when you've got a great President. Go Obama, every move you've made so far is intelligent and with reflection.

        September 12, 2014 at 4:51 am |
    • Western Propaganda

      Your foreign policy

      September 10, 2014 at 9:52 pm | Reply
    • swingman

      There are two two evil states of ISes in the middle east one supported by saudi and Qatar called ISIS. Other is suppoted by the US and its allies called ISREAL. Both states commit atrocities need to be punished similarly otherwise no peace.

      September 14, 2014 at 9:49 am | Reply
  2. War What is it good for? absolutely nothing ...say it again!

    I don't want to go to war in or for another country – if a group of people are bothering another country then let the country being bothered do something about it. It's not my land and it's certainly not my interests. All of this from merchants of war and mongers constantly creating wealth by inciting fools to go forward with their foolishness which automatically mobilizes an equally opposing force to which these captains of industry sell their wares of war to both.

    September 10, 2014 at 3:43 pm | Reply
    • steve

      good job Dylan

      September 10, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  3. jim

    Either go in with the intention of destroying ISIS permanently or don't bother. Obama cannot be a reluctant , passive leader any more. No more taking out certain people with limited action. True ,we do need Arab neighbors and Nato to sign on but in the end we need massive air strikes and giving our friends , the Kurds all the weapons they need for the boots on the ground .called for.. They are tough fighters and our only real friend in the region but they are totally outgunned.and need support .I pray Obama can get something right for a change.

    September 10, 2014 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  4. DV

    I don't understand the call of "we need to hear Obama's strategy" on ISIS. No we don't. Did FDR & Dwight D. Eisenhower sit down w/ the NYTimes and tell them their strategy for the D-Day Invasion of Normandy? That would've been suicide... I don't get the politicians or the press at this point. All we need to know is he's working on it and 'we have a strategy in place that will reveal itself shortly"...

    September 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Reply
    • sandramac25

      I have to say I agree. WE don't need to know, and those who DO need to know should all just go to work, reassure the American public and the allied countries in NATO that work is being done. Then DO IT. I always thought fighting a war in the press is insane. Obama can speak reasonably and make sure plans are in place to kick ISIL where it hurts, but once he speaks like the war mongers want him to, it will only foment discussion, rage, and ramp up their plans to kill us. Remember "speak softly and carry a big stick?"

      September 10, 2014 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  5. Frank Brady

    If it wasn't so tragic, it would be comedic. The Middle East has become completely unstable as a direct result of U.S. meddling. As a general proposition, if a foreign country repeatedly attacks nations that have not attacked it, overthrows governments, and kills the residents, the survivors aren't apt to think well of the killers. The Interventionists never learn. This is yet another example of the wisdom of Einstein's definition of insanity: Repeating the same action over and over and expecting a different result.

    September 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Reply
    • Joseph of Aramathia

      You've FAILED to see the root cause. In Islamic nations rule is by whoever is the biggest thug, which is why terrorism is a way of life there. (NOTE: That's why they are trying to use it here too... they want to rule the west.) So if removing a thug creates instability, they weren't very stable to begin with. You can't rule devils but by a bigger devil. And since Islam is a doctrine of the Devil, the people who follow it are basically devils. Therefore, trying to install democracy will not work in the middle east. The only way to deal with them is to send them all home, isolate them totally and then do not care nor pay attention when they kill each other off.

      September 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Reply
      • Dr. Sam Adams

        So you're saying that god–the guy who banged out your wife while she was a virgin, btw–is the biggest devil of them all? Makes sense.

        September 10, 2014 at 4:17 pm |
      • The REAL Truth...

        Seriously, the ignorance displayed by many Americans on the Middle East and ongoing US involvement is incredible. Who do you think put the Shah of Iran and Saddam Hussein into power, along with Assad of Syria and Hussein of Jordan?
        Same with Al-Qaeda and now ISIS.

        Who destabilized the region by invading Iraq, etc. You folks would do best to get educated on the topic before spouting and proving otherwise.

        September 10, 2014 at 7:46 pm |
  6. Joseph of Aramathia

    The wisdom of our fathers was very wise. They looked at hundreds of years of wars with Muslims, who were intent on dominating the world (and incidentaly, they still are) and they found that the only way to be safe from them was to KICK them ALL out of European and north American countries and keep them in their own homes in the Middle east and Africa. When isolate, they do not advance and quickly become outdated and primitive and become no threat to other nations. However, when integrated in the west, they are like a paracite that sucks the blood out of the countries where they live and filters it to terrorist organizations in their homelands, which in turn send out terrorists to the host nations. Therefore, the only way to deal with these sons of the devil is to remove them from all western nations (citizns or not) and return them to their nations of origins. Yes, we should give them the value for their property, minus our costs in having to deal with terrorism... and then just do away with them. As for their oil, we are the ones who built the infrastructure to extract the oil. If it wasn't for us, they would still be goat herders living in tents. Therefore, the oil really should be ours, minus a nominal leasing cost. In other words, to hell with Muslims. They are an offense to all men. Send them all home.

    September 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm | Reply
    • Dude In Dis.

      Are you racist? I thought Islam was not a race.

      September 10, 2014 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  7. JohnRJohnson

    If Obama announces that the US is "all in" in this conflict, then the Arab nations who should be joining the fight will step back. Why should they risk blood and treasure to fight for another country when a super-power has agreed to take on the burden? And, if that super-power does take on the burden, what will happen when it leaves? What I'm reading here is a pre-2003 reaction to the ISIS threat. The Arab states and Iraq have to lead this fight, especially on the ground. They have to be willing to fight for their own existence. Otherwise, they will fall the minute the United States pulls back.

    September 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  8. mindstorms1

    If this is truly a war then everyone should be asked to make sacrifices and not just the men and women involved in the military. I suggest that a war tax be sent to congress to pay for the war. It would be interesting to see how many in congress would vote for such a tax.

    September 10, 2014 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • Dr. Sam Adams

      LOL, are you kidding? Congress loves nothing more than taking your money and giving it defense contractors (their friends).

      September 10, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  9. volsocal

    So, Hillary wanted to arm the "good" Sunnis in Syria. She would have better served our country (and would have been doing her job as Secretary of State) by brokering a better arrangement with Iraq that would have allowed an American security and training force to remain through the present.

    September 10, 2014 at 4:21 pm | Reply
    • paul

      Say thank you to Cheney the Dick,he is the guy who brokered the total withdraw from Iraq and had his pet President sign it

      September 10, 2014 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  10. Dr. Stephen Shore

    I don't know what the uproar is all about. Progressives and the Left have been hammering home and cramming down our throats how wonderful Multiculturalism is and how we must accept the actions of other cultures without question or thought.
    So, ISIS, or whatever their name is are Fine people and they are only practicing their culture and their religion....so we must accept it without question. Why is our Gov't even thinking about another war with them?

    September 10, 2014 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  11. JiminNM

    Well, the U.S. government sure went all in to create ISIS and a host of other terrorist problems. Now, they need to stay out of it and let Russia eliminate ISIS and similar organizations. Russia is plenty capable of doing that for the world.

    September 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  12. Raidon

    You know they are going to hide themselves among civilians or they will be slaughtered by our military. So question is will we send in troops only way to eradicate them?

    September 10, 2014 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  13. Nathan

    Islam is a disgusting, vile, backwards intolerant violent cult and always has been. Anyone who disagrees with me should go learn some History.
    The only way to stop Muslims from blowing stuff up in our countries for their pathetic cult of Islam is to stop Muslims from living in our Countries.
    No Muslims = No Islamic violence.
    Fact.

    September 10, 2014 at 4:39 pm | Reply
    • Faye Red

      Your mind has been polluted with garbage and propaganda Nathan. Islam is a religion of peace. Hatred comes from ignorance. If you want to know about Islam read the Quran. There is a very good publication by Yusuf Ali translated in English. I will pray for almighty to remove the hatred from your heart and save your soul. We are all brothers in humanity and thats what we all should be working towards saving the humanity.

      September 10, 2014 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  14. TomGI

    I strongly encourage Obama to NOT do anything the war criminal Dick Cheney suggests. Regardless of Dick's advice, it will be wrong and should be ignored.

    September 10, 2014 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  15. farook

    I really don't see any difference in what the US have been doing in all the countries they've invaded...let's start from iraq....they invaded iraq in the name of chemical weapons but after killing SADAM and turning the government up side down they left without proving to the world that SADAM possess any chemical weapon....They did what the did cos of their selfish interest.....(OIL)..The war in afghanistan...You don't just leave your country to another mans country to help stabilize it....The afghans know their problems and they are in the right position to tackle it.....Now to Libya.....Because of selfish interest,the west helped the Libyans in killing Mahmodu Gadaffi...Gadaffi rulled liyans for mare than 3 decades and an average liyan citizens have access to good infracstucture....basic amenities....house to live in and good comfort.....The west came in and killed him...(For what)They left and see what is happening in Libya today....(Chaos)Libyans are regretting their actions and will never forgive the west for the invasion....Now back to GAZA....I read a lot of articles and editorials concerning the war in the GAZA strips....Let me tell you....The WAR in gaza will never end..That's just the bitter truth cos most kids grow up without knowing their parents.What they see or meet are potraits...Pictures and they hear of how isrealies kill their parents when they were young....So this kids form millitia groups all in the name of revenge for the killings and this will go on and on for a very longtime because the ones fighting will give birth and a war will satrt,they will get killed by the isrealies and their kids will take over from their.So the whole scenerio is really complicating....I will advise the WEST to allow the ARABS tackle their problems themselves..They sarted it and they know how to end it.

    September 10, 2014 at 4:42 pm | Reply
    • Nathan

      USA doesn't need foreign Oil, keep being a dimwit and ignoring actual facts. USA has plenty of its own oil, go do some research, farook and stop making excuses for uneducated 3rd World Muslims, start taking responsibility for your own actions instead of blaming everyone else.
      You Muslims are pathetic.

      September 10, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Reply
      • farook

        If USA won't gain anything from you they will never offer any help....Let them go to NIGER, and some other poor countries to help them.....They invaded all the countries in question cos they have one or two interest to protect....Maybe they have infrastruture there or they wanna have a base there......Why is russia and China stopping the west from invading SYRIA for a very long time.......WHY

        September 10, 2014 at 5:15 pm |
  16. bobo

    Obama's weakness and quick pull out from Iraq created this..... When a good nation does not lead.... evil people will fill that void!!!

    September 10, 2014 at 4:47 pm | Reply
    • Fred Phred

      You dimwit, we pulled out on Bush's original timetable. Stop listening to Rush Limbaugh, put down the play station, and read a book.

      September 10, 2014 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  17. Art Z Fartzche

    Howzabout this: instead of bringing back all of those ebola-infected people to the US, let's just drop 'em off at the Syria-Iraq border. Problem. Solved.

    September 10, 2014 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  18. p media

    The pro-war propaganda is full tilt now.

    September 10, 2014 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  19. NewIdeas

    "All in" means committing American troops on the ground.

    No Arab state will believe that they have U.S. support and the President's support as long as he's excluding U.S. combat forces. Special Forces advisors are the "we gave you the tools, now it's time to leave" excuse when the U.S. decides to cut their losses.

    September 10, 2014 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  20. BO

    Sadly while Obama golfed, ISIS rose to power right under his noise. Bush even warned him about it. Now here we are...

    September 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm | Reply
    • Fred Phred

      Listen son, don't make me quote presidential vacation numbers and make you look like more of a fool. Everybody here knows quite well who spent more time away on vacation. And that dimwit Bush didn't say anything that wasn't whispered in his ear. A sock puppet has more brains.

      September 10, 2014 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  21. farook

    The problem is when the West invades this arab countries all in the name of BIG BROTHER fron the west trying to stabilise the problem she knows little or nothing about.....They try and change the government in power thereby forcing most of the army generals in power to retire....My question where do you want this army generals to start from.....You want them to go back to their farm land or what kind of business do you want them to start doing.....They have been in the army since inception and they dedicated most of their lives to it and you just want them to live.....I will tell you what they will start doing....After forcing them out the start recruiting young men with similar ideology since they know how to talk to themselves.....Before you know it they form a rebel group against the new government and that's where the problem starts....They give themselves names(ISIS,BOKO HARAM,AL NUSRA etc)The west should change her policies towards the invasion of the ARAB world.....They are humans and not animals,an average arab citizen will continue to hate the west because of the story he was told while growing up...

    September 10, 2014 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  22. grandpopkfm

    If vital American interests are at stake, or if the homeland is itself being endangered, then the US must go in and not come out until Isis is no more. But if the US is not threatened by these thugs then leave them be. But whatever we do let's not do just enough to annoy these people but not enough to deter them.

    September 10, 2014 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  23. Bob

    Couple of points. Crocker cites Libya as a case where a mess arose because we did not go all in. He has the cart before the horse. It seems to me the situation in Libya now would be much better if Ghaddaffi was still there. What did we do in Libya? Very much what we have been doing in Syria, with now close to the same outcome. We allowed/encouraged the arming and funding of Jihadi groups by certain nations in the area – indeed there was a report of a ship full of arms which unloaded in Benghazi for the Jihadis, and we did not stop it because they were fighting Ghaddaffi. Then we helped remove Ghaddaffi, leaving the Jihadis in control. In Syria, much the same, with our allies Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey arming/funding etc these extreme groups – simply because we want to get rid of Assad, as do they, because they are Sunni. So in a way our allies created ISIS, so why would we ally with allies of ISIS against ISIS? As with Libya, this is such convoluted thinking it will only create a new mess.
    As for Ford saying we do not want to upset our allies, what allies? They contributed significantly to the growth of this threat, with scant concern for our interests.
    That said, we should only consider our interests, certainly not ally with these people, and directly deal with ISIS as we see fit by air attack, on behalf of no one else. As the ISIS people flee into Turkey, Saudi Arabia and so on, let them then take responsibility for that aspect of the problem.

    September 10, 2014 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  24. steve

    why don't we just decide to take all the land and make it part of the United States. Take the oil and make them all Americans. It is what they want anyways

    September 10, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  25. eddie2010

    Yeah let's do exactly what we did before that didn't work, so that we can see that this time it won't work either. US foreign policy is not sane. Americans think they appear strong when really they appear weak and confused.

    September 10, 2014 at 5:29 pm | Reply
    • Sniffit

      And afraid...don't forget AFRAID. Besides, it "worked" and "works" every time just like it's intended to. Where do you think the two fools Amanpour interviewed have a nice chunk of their investments?

      September 10, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  26. Sniffit

    Two long-standing old-school interventionists who love to coddle and promote the idea that Murika rules the world by fiat and that military adventurism is the only solution to everything. Yawn.

    Something something fear fear fear fear fear be very afraid fear fear fear fear fear.....the only solution is to dump billions of dollars in the laps of the defense constractors something something they're coming to get you while you make your morning poop....and so on and so forth and so silly.

    September 10, 2014 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  27. Sun

    Well said Ambassadors, but you forgot to say that the Iraqis were in a turning point when they chose a secular inclusive government in 2010, if that had happened we wouldn't have been in a situation where those barbaric have a ground to stand on. I hope that this time the Americans will support and encourage secular politicians to emerge and stand out , they should provide them with all the tools to implement their programs, Iraqis are so thirsty for a change right now and they want it and this is the perfect time to invest on this matter in order to succeed in this fight. The theory of letting the Islamic parties govern was wrong , look what had happened in Egypt and look what has happened in Iraq.

    September 10, 2014 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  28. Sniffit

    And make no mistake: the GOP/Teatrolls will oppose whatever Obama says no matter what he says, so get ready for their game of some of them saying they agree while most others go nuts and criticize and complain and whine. They've been doing it for 6 years now and this won't stop them either. When their guy fails to stop an attack on our soil, they demand everyone must assimilate and be a "patriot" and support whatever he says, but without the on-our-soil tragedy component, they will deliberately arrange for being able to have their cake and eat it too, with some agreeing and some going ballistic...and guess who the MSM will pay the lion's share of attention to. Guess.

    September 10, 2014 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  29. Fernanda Paz

    Robert Ford as an ambassador in Syria? The stage of the World is becoming true. I have no doubt about his skills but better to look rewarding to Ronald Reaggen's government...!

    September 10, 2014 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  30. Sniffit

    "President Obama “has said that he is ending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan…You don't end a war by walking off the battlefield and leaving it to your enemies.”

    TOTALLY DISHONEST. Dubya signed the SOFA that REQUIRED removal of our troops from Iraq and al-Maliki, the Dubya administration's hand-picked replacement for Saddam, refused to re-negotiate it. Obama didn't just burst on to the scene in 2009 and arbitrarily decide to end the war and bring our troops home. Amanpour is a tool of the false equivalence machine.

    September 10, 2014 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  31. klepp0906

    God bless Obama. I'm ready to go back ASAP. For once someone finally gets it. No time to cave to the pacifists and civilians. Screw the polls. Your the president – you have to be familiar with the bell curve. It dictates 80% of our population has an IQ of under 100 yet you allow the polls of the masses to influence decisions such as this?

    We made the mistake of leaving Iraq to begin with to placate the cry babies. I was removed by what amounts to force. We talked daily about how leaving was wrong and all but predicted this as the outcome.

    Fool me once, shame on you...fool me twice.... Well it's starting to look like that won't be the case thank god.

    Time to quit being selfish and support our commander in chief. Time to do what's RIGHT not just for ourselves and not just for our country... But RIGHT period.

    Let's show these terrorists they aren't getting free goats or virgins after all.

    September 10, 2014 at 6:03 pm | Reply
    • KHS

      According to the Bell curve, 50% (fifty, not eighty!) of any given population has an IQ below 100. That's how the IQ is defined.

      September 10, 2014 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  32. Steve

    Let the Countries that are being affected fight them if they don't 'like' them! We always hear how everyone just hates the USA............ until they want us to shed our blood for them! If/when they(ISIS) think they can over run the US, then, let them come – I know that they'll be laid to waste trying to take America from Americans – sure some of us will die but I can guarantee that more of them will!

    September 10, 2014 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  33. Sniffit

    Next up: GOP/Teatrolls attempt to hold hostage any authorization for doing anything about ISIS, Syria and Iraq, demanding ransom in the form of massive GOP/Teatroll agenda wishlist border security measures along the southern border that they know are non-starters and that they could never obtain under the heading of "immigration reform." They will then refuse to provide authorization and funding and proceed to feed their MSM symbiote a torrent of angry talking points about Obama refusing to do anything about ISIS, Iraq and Syria, which the MSM will dutifully print as truthful, legitimate argument without a single critical thought to accompany the reporting.

    September 10, 2014 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  34. Snaffew

    The United States created ISIS. Our flagrant and ill conceived wars against the Middle East has created hundreds of millions of America haters. We took out the gov't we installed (Saddam Hussein), put in another incompetent puppet gov't that is even more corrupt and divided...we accomplished nothing in Afghanistan, and Syria hates us because we are supporting the rebels financially and militarily with weapons. When you kill hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in foreign countries during your "campaigns"...then you will breed millions of "terrorists" that hate you. If Syria dropped some drone strikes on the US and killed tens of thousands of Americans, wouldn't you hate them too? I don't blame the servicemen at all...they are doing their job as well as anyone could ever ask, it is the policy makers I have a beef with. Now we have to spend trillions to take out ISIS? You can never eradicate the enemy, you can only breed contempt and hatred.

    September 10, 2014 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  35. William Nguyen

    US should not shoulder all works that supposed to be carried out by middle eastern nations. Let these nations must
    pay and fight for themselves because ISIS affect

    September 10, 2014 at 6:18 pm | Reply
  36. spoo

    ISIS is an American product, as was Saddam Hussein and other tyrants around the world. They have american arms because the US government gave them to them to topple Assad, now as always, they turn against us. The real policy many in the US want is to destroy Syria as Iraq was destroyed, by removing the leader, the government, the political party, and the army, and then antagonize all factions so they can destroy their own country. The oil is then all ours. The Arab spring is all about that, see how is Libya now. The only intelligent ones were the Egyptians, the military took over control of their country, otherwise they would be like Syria is now.

    September 10, 2014 at 6:23 pm | Reply
    • Tick Jaymes

      Iraq was our second attempt at nation building, the first is Afghanistan and it is forecast that as soon as US troops are gone, the country will fall back into the hands of the Taliban.
      Then we have Libya. Gaddafi got under everyone's skin since the 70's. Yet, he understood the benefits of reproachment and attempted to start a dialogue with the west. After 2004, it was a done deal.
      However, how long did that last?
      Also, the people we are helping now are aligned with the same people who attacked the US embassy and killed our ambassador to Libya. News reports have said that Libya is quickly becoming a failed state. That was the case even before our involvement.

      Obama was never in the military and his experience comes from people who are more interested in kissing his rear to get promoted.
      Our record in nation building has been dismal to say the best.
      Now you see why Russia wanted to keep the US out of the region. Russia has more to lose than the US. Although Russia not in the region itself, however its close proximity makes any threat from the region more real to them.

      September 10, 2014 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  37. Tick Jaymes

    There's no strategy and he is going to plunge the country into another 13 years of war.
    Why?
    His foreign policy evolves around people who are stuck in a time warp in a world where Russia is still the Soviet Union and the US and NATO are still trying to contain the country instead improving relations.
    As part of this alternate universe is that Syria is still a Soviet satellite and all the gulf countries are its allies.

    This is 2014, not 1984, now Syria could be seen more of an ally then the states in the gulf cooperation council, whose citizens openly send money to finance the bloodshed we see. Saudi Arabia is more of a problem than a partner; they backed both Al Qaeda and the Taliban and they tolerate the flow of money from the kingdom to militant groups like isis.
    The government knows this, it has even been featured in reports on CNN.
    We know where the money is coming from, but always hear there is nothing we can do. That's right.

    Even if the US froze the assets of people who are seen as being big contributors to these groups, it will only be a drop in the bucket.
    Why?

    They might be able to stop funding from certain sources, but they can't stop the flow and transfer of cash that is being sent as zakat.

    What is zakat?
    Zakat is the same as the collection plate that is passed around during church service. The money is meant to be spent on things related to the church or their religious doctrine and activities.
    Zakat is a requirement written in the quran in which all muslims have to give. Since this money is given in the spirit of charity, the government doesn't look into. However, the money is pooled together from both moderates and radicals, so there is no way to tell where it came from or where its going.
    Contributions given as zakat is supposed to be used in a cause that is considered sacred to islam, including jihad.

    We won't win.
    We can't stop the funding to the militants as long as these kinds of offerings are made for the purpose of islam and any act that is considered sacred in the quran and since jihad is as sacred as going on the hajj, we will not interrupt the flow of money.
    Who do you think contributed to 9/11, Madrid, London, Boston and more?
    When you have money coming in from almost 2 billion people, trying to stop it is not even an option.

    As for the flow of recruits.
    A good number of these recruits who join isis converted while in prison. These are hardened criminals who've been through the worst their societies have to offer.
    Also, again, jihad is a sacred duty for all muslims and as you can see, there are always a steady stream of recruits willing to die for something that was indoctrinated into them or is taught from a very young age.

    No one understands isis' strategy; they are not concerned for the fighters they send into battle because to them, this is a war of attrition. muslims believe themselves to be an 'army of billions'. They are simply gonna keep on fighting until the enemy runs out of men and that is the case right now for Assad. He is a leader of nation given power to the minorities who could keep a check on the majority. The militants know how bloody thirsty Assad is and what he would do to cling to power. However, using civilians as cover after carrying out an act of aggression is cowardly.

    However, not for muslims;
    "The Quran says very clearly “And do not kill any one whom Allah has forbidden, except for a just cause, and whoever is slain unjustly, We have indeed given to his heir authority, so let him not exceed the just limits in slaying; surely he is aided (Quran 17:33)"

    It means that in war, the killing of civilians is ok as long as its done as part of religion.
    This can also be used to justify terrorism as well since in the verse it didn't specify who.

    We are not fighting a group, we are fighting a religion, we are fighting a civilization.
    Our leaders have to make a choice, either to help our civilization survive or allow it to burn.

    We give these people tolerance and patience and what do we get back in return?
    I don't know how to answer that, maybe you should ask both James Foley and Steven Sotloff and if they can't help us, how about the Yazidis.

    September 10, 2014 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  38. Richard

    Anyone who thinks we can bring peace to the Middle East is delusional. Those who want to go "all in" are unthinking and reflexive. Let's stop and ask what and who we want to protect and direct our help to them. The Kurdish provinces – yes, they help themselves and could use a boost. Iraq – if they get their stuff together. Obama's theme has always been that America's actions should serve the larger purpose of enhancing international legal processes and norms; it's not just about strutting our stuff. He is being pushed by nervous, unreflective and overexcited people.

    September 10, 2014 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • Tick Jaymes

      They say the fighting is justified to protect America's interest safe.
      What investment or interests do I have in the region?
      I haven't bought anything or contributed any money in which I will get anything in return.
      Whose interests are we protecting?
      Whose interests are so important that a young man or woman has to die to protect?
      A lot of soldiers coming from middle and lower class families who can barely pay the mortgages that were being given out like candy that created the housing bubble we are still reeling from.

      So again, whose interests are WE protecting?

      I hope they're not referring to the oil fields.
      During the last war, companies like Haliburton tried to claim their stake in the Iraqi oil fields only to come under attack from militants who basically destroyed all our efforts and successfully foiled our leader's dreams of becoming oil barons.

      Yes, Iraq is in trouble, but it doesn't mean we have to get involved.
      If they didn't want us in then, what makes these clowns believe that the situation would be any different?

      September 10, 2014 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  39. sly

    Fortunately we have the right President for the job – the best foreign policy President of our era.

    President Obama will obviously lead the coalition he assembled last week in Europe, and ISIS will be defeated.

    The threat from any foreign terrorist attacking us will always be there. Thank God Obama has prevented ALL foreign terrorist attacks on our soil. But, the threat from ISIS is, although real, not significant – just another radical Muslim group causing trouble in the middle east.

    I don't think President Obama will have much trouble defeating this group, As I said, no one ever completely eliminates these terrorists, but we will beat them. Just look what happened to Al Queda when President Obama killed Bin Laden, and lately he's been eliminating the African terrorist leaders. Good work Mr. President!

    September 10, 2014 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  40. Tick Jaymes

    For more information on what is offered to those who go to fight for isis go to youtube and look up the infomercials that promote the establishment of the 'new caliphate'. It is not only to regain territory that was once theirs, the new caliphate is a global empire that spans all over the world.

    In their videos, they make reference to the millions of muslims living within our countries and how they can contribute to bring down their governments. You might laugh now and say its impossible.

    But if you look historically, its not.
    The revolutions in the US and elsewhere in the Amercas were carried out by the colonial population mostly. In fact, the American Revolution was not supported by everyone. You will be surprised to know that only 10% of the colonial population supported the revolution.

    So if 10% of a nation's people were able to take down the colonial government of a world power then, it is not surprising that it could happen now.

    However, our government had its own hands tied behind its back.
    We are now more vulnerable because we can't go after those who want to harm us because our government is afraid of looking like a bunch of racists and when they do, they could be portrayed as being anti-islamic.

    Please, learn more about islam and then try to compare it to other cults.
    You will be amazed at our similar islam is to the branch davidian cult or even the jim jones cult.
    Any religion that justifies the killing of people and lying and deception is not meant for the civilized world.

    September 10, 2014 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  41. William Nguyen

    US should not shoulder all works supposed to be done by middle eastern nations because ISIS affect them the most. US can help but these nations must fight and pay for this war. China also has obligation but instead Chinese leaders cowardly choose to hide deep in a bunker and let US take care of this for them so they can save money and weapons for aggression in East and South China Seas.

    September 10, 2014 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  42. carlos

    “The threat we face today comes from the poisonous narrative of Islamist extremism. The terrorist threat was not created by the Iraq war ten years ago. It existed even before the horrific attacks on 9/11.This threat cannot be solved simply by dealing with the perceived grievances over Western foreign policy. We cannot appease this ideology. We have to confront it at home and abroad." PM David Cameron
    ________________________________________________________
    A clear contrast to our lack of leader Obama. It proves that all along that Bush recognized the threat all along and went after it. Obama withdrew fr Iraq and allowed the JV ISIS to fill the vacuum created. Now after dismissing the call to arm the rebels in Syria, is now going to arm the rebels in Syria. Looks like JV time at the WH.

    "When you get farmers dentists and folks who have never fought before going up against a ruthless opposition in Assad," Mr. Obama continued, "the notion that they were in a position to suddenly overturn not only Assad but also ruthless, highly trained jihadists if we just sent a few arms is a fantasy. And I think it's very important for the American people – but maybe more importantly, Washington and the press corps – to understand that." Obama interview with Nora ODonnell.

    September 10, 2014 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • Tick Jaymes

      Bush created the mess.
      Saddam was not related to anything that had to do with 9/11.
      He used faulty intelligence in order to dupe the US and the world into thinking that a real threat was posed by Saddam.
      In fact, right after 9/11, Saddam went after known terrorists who were in Iraq. The most prominent was the killing of Abu Nadal, one of the world's most wanted terrorists. Iraqi intelligence even gave the US information about other terrorists. Gaddafi fought an islamist insurgency himself and even helped provide intelligence on groups all over the region.
      When we went to war in Iraq, it took away vital resources and manpower needed for the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Instead we neglected our responsibility to the afghan people and allowed a corrupt system of government to flourish in Afghanistan.

      Obama is simply carrying the torch that was passed down to him.

      Bush was seen as the worst president until now, however when you have poor leadership back to back, it is hard to tell which is worse since both seem equally as bad.

      September 10, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  43. mike

    I CANNOT BELIEVE CNN put a freaking Ted Cruz opinion piece as the main headline. That is the right wing equivalent of putting a Michael Moore opinion piece up there. C'mon, CNN, are you joking? Do you have any idea who Ted Cruz is or how much of a hate filled bigot he is?

    September 10, 2014 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  44. Wild Ideas

    We've been pulled in and out of Mideast fighting like a yo-yo beginning in 1990 (Desert Shield/Desert Storm). When one thug is knocked down in one country, another thug goes wild in the next one. I don't see any stability in the Mideast within this century – the West will continually be pulled back in. Hate to say this but maybe this "All in" strategy should simply be telling them to get away from the borders – and just use "mini nukes" on the borders – definitely would keep those country's borders secure for decades. It would also send a clear message we will use these again if we are messed with. Hmm... Ted Cruz may want to do this on our Southern Border – He's nuts enough...

    September 10, 2014 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  45. Mike

    Tell you what, let's take the hundreds of millions of dollars fighting another middle eastern war would cost our country and invest it in alternative energy research and development. If the rest of the world didn't need their oil, we could just put a big fence around this giant desert and let them fight it out amongst themselves until they've finally gotten tired of fighting. Wars and atrocities happen all the time in Africa and nobody screams that the US needs to get in there and fix those problems. Why, in the name of God, would any sane country choose to inject itself into the middle of a pan-generational ethnic blood feud on the other side of the world? You know who really has a reason to solve the problems in the middle east? People who live in the middle east.

    Ask any cop who steps into the middle of a family feud, the only thing all the combatants can agree on is that they all hate the cop. We don't need to play that role in these countries.

    September 10, 2014 at 7:45 pm | Reply
    • Fred Phred

      From Mike:
      "Ask any cop who steps into the middle of a family feud, the only thing all the combatants can agree on is that they all hate the cop."

      And I've seen them all start to fight the cop as well.

      That is just sheer brilliance, great analogy. Well done Mike.

      September 10, 2014 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  46. Fred Phred

    Once again the hypocrites come out of the wood work. They blame Obama for not engaging soon enough but once the bill for this comes in, they complain that we're spending too much. Sorry folks you can't have it both ways.

    The goal of this administration was health care and they've started us on that path.So if you want more foreign wars on top of this don't complain about your taxes. Last I checked Iraq was minding its own business until we went in there and spent billions (off the books) and rolled out our MISSION ACCOMPLISHED banners. All because the man in charge was angry that his daddy was targeted at one point by Saddam. Well I hope the price was worth it Junior – 4000 dead. You got your revenge and the poor men and women of our armed services had the wool pulled over their eyes, and saluted you the whole way. They got played liked suckers.

    I love those people that pp in the pool and then complain that the water's yellow. It's because of your vote. Congratulations.

    September 10, 2014 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  47. Will Hudson (founder)

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    September 10, 2014 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  48. carlchampagne

    I absolutely love how calm and methodical President Obama is. The issues in the region are unbelievably complex and deserve every bit of reflection, consideration and planning that Obama is putting into this.

    He clearly wants to get it right, and if that means not jumping immediately into action and waiting a few months, then so be it. The last thing the country and the world needs is an America that fires off like a loose cannon at every provocation.

    He's been laying all the groundwork, getting international support, figuring out what to do about cashflow, working out the intricacies of the relationships between factions, locating bases of operation and movement, and everything else that will be required to contain ISIS and eventually shut them down for good.

    And then there's the plan for what happens after they're removed. I'm sure he's working on that as well. I'm confident that once all the pieces fall into place, President Obama will unleash the full force of American "influence".

    September 10, 2014 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  49. tarek rashad

    Peaceful coexistence between peoples, is sacred and advocated by the Creator God through the arbitrator download Koran ... God said ..lkl you religiously and curriculum ... Almighty God ... in reference to respect for all religions to each other in order to avoid wars taking ..oama people of religions meaning of this verse to resolve peace and harmony

    September 10, 2014 at 8:46 pm | Reply
  50. Western Propaganda

    Obambi: "If you threaten America's "core interests" we will use force" if that isn't a tyrannical statement i don't know what is.

    September 10, 2014 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  51. MsJvantheterrible

    THIS is ISIS...everyone seems to have forgotten. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204941721849415&set=a.2687257227281.2150429.1431937917&type=1&theater

    September 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  52. Faye Red

    Peaceful coexistence is sacred and thought by all true faiths and by Islam. People that don't see this are polluted by hatred. Hatred equals ignorance.

    September 10, 2014 at 11:21 pm | Reply
  53. Dan

    The only way an air war will win this battle, would be to take out Syria's abilities to make war. This means taking out supply depots, take out command/control centers and taking out ISIL in a broad front day and night. Take out their ability to move freely through out the desert, and harass them in the nighttime so that they cannot rest. We have that capability to do this, however we seem not willing to do so. Send 3 fighter squadrons to Saudi Arabia, along with AWAC's and along with the French Air Force we could and will eradicate ISIL to the point where they will not be a threat. Anything else is like spending millions to blow up pickup trucks full of armed men. Really useless.

    To think that counter terrorism efforts will win this alone and advisers to train the Iraqi military is really lame. They are not well equipped, and training will take months that Iraq, the Middle East, and this country does not have.

    September 10, 2014 at 11:27 pm | Reply
    • RLTJ's

      I think the big problem is moral and motivation. There's the mismatch.

      September 11, 2014 at 1:30 am | Reply
    • RLTJ's

      One fought like hell. The other fought with weak knees. Flew away like chickens.

      September 11, 2014 at 1:33 am | Reply
  54. RLTJ's

    I think Western media has been instrumental in promoting a religious war in there.

    A war on religious ground is what some players there want it to fight it. That serves the west only as far as isolating the region. That entrenches the Islamist, in a region that is overwhelmingly Islamic, in the other hand.

    I think President Obama as well as the French only echo some Islamist like Saudi Arabia and Egypt's views. Because true Islamism is in fact an issue in the Islamic world. If ISIL are the true ones then Saudi and Egypt are fakes.

    Maybe "Islamic" in ISIS, IS and ISIL should be Italicized. That would be without bias.

    Because that's what they said their proper names are, so nobody can remove that word out.

    September 11, 2014 at 1:26 am | Reply
  55. Terence Hale

    Hi,
    President Obama talks about military actions however cutting the financial life line is just as important which involve Qatar and Saudi Arabia,

    September 11, 2014 at 1:44 am | Reply
  56. Matt

    Why do you think they behead westerner make threats, they know it will provoke a harsher response. So the goal is to further isolate the Sunni population, which was what allowed them to fill a vacuum in Sunni areas in the first place. So we provide air strikes the Kurds take land threaten the Sunni population, the Shiite burn villages. So it make ISIS popular and the only solution for Sunni's. This is how the Taliban came to power rule of law, harsh and draconian, but compared to the chaos and bandits of the NA and other militias. Who is more likely to shoot me, you have more chance going about your business under the Taliban or ISIS if you follow the rules, the alternative is there are no rules so you are dawned if you do or if you don't.

    September 11, 2014 at 2:43 am | Reply
  57. brmcint

    Our inaction in Syria contributed to the "rise of ISIS," according to CNN. Hard-hitting reporting! Isn't it neat how everyone is suddenly using the word "Islamic State in Iraq and Syria"? I only just started hearing it for the past year or two. It must be a new organization? Wrong. ISIS added on the word "Syria" only recently. When they were founded in early 2006, they called themselves "Islamic State in Iraq." It sounds new to us because at the time, it was more politically expedient to call them "al Qaeda in Iraq." This is the group that we fought in Iraq with airpower, hundreds of thousands of American soldiers, and hundreds of billions of dollars in counterinsurgency assets. But now, it's politically expedient to stop using the term "al Qaeda in Iraq" and actually call them what they call themselves, i.e. ISIS. Why is it politically expedient? Because imagine if last night Obama gave a speech saying, "This is why I think we need to bomb the same exact organization we just got done bombing for nearly 10 years in Iraq... You know how I said the war is over, and it's kind of a highlight of my office..? Well, sometimes, you just gotta pick up where you left off, using the same exact tactics that didn't work but expect a different result this time."

    September 11, 2014 at 3:20 am | Reply
  58. irantravelplanner

    Listening to our"Ambassadors" continue to spout the American hubris...of needing to build Iraq into a "democracy"..After we have so obviously failed is testimony to exactly why we' re in the morass today.Their old tired comments on Iran further indicates why we have been such a failure. Iran, the most pro-American society in the ME, and the ONLY country to whom we have not sold/sent armaments(quite the opposite)..being the ONLY country fighting ISIS..not being seen as critical , even when Iraqi's PM has stated he needs Irn..is beyond belief.

    September 12, 2014 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  59. Paulo Romero

    Frankly Obama's strategy against ISIS is very weak. The members of his coalition at best are very ambiguous about their commitment. The largest Sunni majority countries in the Middle East are facing low-level radical insurgencies themselves. The moderate Syrian opposition is weak and very fratricidal at best . If there are genuine moderates amongst them they will eventually switch sides to the radicals. It's the radicals who are winning in Syria , simply because they are willing to martyr themselves for twisted beliefs. Most of the so-called moderates would rather collect all the donations from the West and rich Gulf states , talk a big game and never show up. Iraq on the other hand requires a loose federation between Sunni , Kurd and Shia. Arming the Kurds against ISIS is good , but not addressing their political needs is a disaster. As for the Iraqi Sunnis their issues have not been addressed either. Once ISIS is pushed out of Iraq the old in-fighting will start again. The American notion of Iraq with a strong , democratic , fair and just central government is purely romantic and completely divorced from reality. The complete failure of Western foreign policy in the Middle East has been evident in the Arab spring which just provided a fertile breeding ground for radical Jihadis to sew chaos. Western style democracy may never work in a region where one's loyalty is first to religion , then family , then tribe , then country. The West needs to wake-up to the fact that a complete failure in International Relations with regards to the Middle East over the last 25 years has resulted in a world-wide radical Jihadist insurgency fuelled by Al Qaeda and the likes of ISIS , Boko Haram and Al Shabaab to name but a few . The age-old doctrine of 'win the people first' then the war, has never been more applicable. The 'people' in this case are the Muslims of the entire world , if the West continues to polarise opinion in the Muslim world then all it will do is breed the next generation of Jihadis.

    September 13, 2014 at 7:22 am | Reply
  60. Lane DiMarco

    Omg.... America does not anymore wars for international bankers! The illuminati has also threatened to nuke the USA if we don't jump on board with their war mongering.

    September 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  61. Lane DiMarco

    Why did England just ban free speech and people are not allowed to discuss 911 and who may have been behind it for real? What if Cameron, Tony Blair, Dick Cheney and Netanyahu want all these ISIS people killed because they know the truth? The truth being 911 was done by Zionist bankers to steal oil? They sure are afraid and panicked about this terror group communicating with the public!!! Why?

    September 24, 2014 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  62. Lane DiMarco

    Why are all these super power countries afraid of ISIS terrorist? I find it hard to believe its about a few journalist being beheaded. What can these terrorists tell the world?

    September 24, 2014 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  63. lARRY mILLER

    O U T NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 15, 2015 at 10:17 pm | Reply

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