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Obama’s evolution on ISIS threat
The Hill [DC], by Kristina Wong

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 8/25/2014 10:39:07 AM

The Obama administration says the nation is facing a threat from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) that, in the words of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, is “beyond anything we’ve seen.” Earlier this year, however, President Obama was dismissing ISIS as the junior varsity of al Qaeda. The White House on Friday suggested that assessment is now moot because the group has “gained capacity in the last several months.” A timeline of remarks this year from Obama and other administration officials show an evolution of thinking on ISIS — a change critics say has not come fast enough: Jan. 27: Obama

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: lana720, 8/25/2014 11:32:20 AM     (No. 9980051)

Hint: Hold his head under water in the toilet off the Oval until he gets it.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 8/25/2014 11:36:23 AM     (No. 9980060)

I´ll believe he´s had a conversion when he does something besides talk.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Ichiban, 8/25/2014 12:56:20 PM     (No. 9980254)

... or play golf, or go on vacation, or attend DNC fundraisers, or have extravagant White House parties for black folk, or......

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