The president doesnt seem yet to be committed to taking this on, particularly the Syria piece of it, says Peter Feaver, director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and a former adviser for strategic planning on the National Security Council staff of President George W. Bush. Defeating IS necessarily means broadening and lengthening the fight by going into Syria, Mr. Feaver says otherwise the Islamist militants put under pressure in Iraq could just flee across the border into Syria. That would repeat what happened with the Afghan Taliban in the fall of 2001, he says, when they were defeated inside Afghanistan but were able to flee into Pakistan. Rhodes did say in his comments, “We’re not going to be restricted by borders” in protecting Americans from IS. In addition, Feaver says, expanding the fight against IS into Syria would very likely require some US military personnel on the ground, even if limited to advisers and some special forces to assist the Syrian moderate rebels whom the administration is talking about working with.
New Obama Birth Control Fixes for Religious Groups – ABC News
to start using Form 700. The Supreme Court ruled in June that the government can’t force companies like Hobby Lobby to pay for birth control, sending the administration scrambling for a way to ensure their employees can still get birth control one way or another at no added cost. The dual decisions mark the Obama administration’s latest effort to address a long-running conflict that has pitted the White House against churches and other religious groups. The dispute has sparked dozens of legal challenges, fueling an election-year debate about whether religious liberty should trump a woman’s access to health care options. “Today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to providing women with access to coverage for contraception, while respecting religious considerations raised by nonprofit organizations and closely held for-profit companies,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.
Obama’s vacations in line with US average – Yahoo News
. CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) President Barack Obama is criticized whenever he goes on vacation but travel industry data show he’s taken about as much vacation this year as most Americans do. Still, his decision to continue with a two-week holiday in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and play hours of golf amid site web major foreign policy crises, has teed up his critics anew. It’s also forcing the White House to confront the issue of whether there’s ever a good time for a president to go on vacation. Aides deflect the criticism and say Obama travels with the staff and equipment needed to do the job from wherever he may be.
Obama to Consider Airstrikes in Syria Against Terror Group – Yahoo Finance
officials believe he was killed in Syria. Obama authorized a rescue mission of Foley and other Americans held hostage in Syria. The attempt early this summer failed when U.S. forces found the hostages had been moved. The U.S., as is its policy, refused to pay captors a ransom demand of $133 million.