NYT: Obama’s Plan to Fight Terror Groups Falling Apart
5 July 2014 / 0 Comments
Problems with President Barack Obama’s plan to fight terrorism have been exposed by the Islamic insurgents in Iraq, The New York Times reported.
Obama outlined his blueprint for the war on terrorists while speaking in May to West Point graduates, declaring that instead of using American forces to contain violent extremists, the United States would train local troops to fight the threats.
The idea is to prevent expensive wars such as Iraq and Afghanistan that have resulted in a war-weary public reluctant to support further aggression.
But his hopes have quickly unraveled as extremist fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have captured vast regions of those countries in its attempt to create a caliphate in the war-torn zone, the Times said.
The weaknesses in Obama’s plan were highlighted by the quick collapse of the American-trained Iraqi security forces, which have surrendered their weapons and millions of dollars of U.S. military arms while fleeing from the Sunni jihadists.
ISIS has turned from a ragtag bunch of terrorists into a powerful army and administration officials admit it could take months or even years for Iraqis security forces to repel them, the Times said.
The United States will have to be patient while arming and training a “constantly shifting cast of surrogates” to confront the threats it once faced mainly by itself, the newspaper added.
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