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September 18, 2014

Obama to Meet With National Security Council

Facing decisions on crises in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine, President Barack Obama will meet with his National Security Council this afternoon at the White House in the Situation Room.

The White House announced the 4 p.m. meeting — with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. joining by telephone — early Thursday. The meeting comes as the president is considering whether to expand airstrikes against the Islamic State group into Syria, as well as Iraq, and faces a decision on how to respond to reports of Russian military incursions in Ukraine.

Obama so far has been reluctant to impose either sweeping economic sanctions — which would hurt the United States as well as Russia — or to provide heavy arms to Ukraine. Instead, the United States and Europe have imposed targeted sanctions against a limited number of officials and companies, with no clear effect on the thinking of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

And there’s still no resolution to the disputed presidential election in Afghanistan.

  • Layla

    I wonder if he will have to be introduced?

  • pilsener

    It appears there is no rush to take action on any front.

    If Obama does not want to be involved anywhere, I wish the administration would be honest enough to just say: “It’s not a U.S. problem, and we are not going to be involved. It’s up to the rest of the world to solve their problems.”

    Sorry, I forgot for a moment that this administration doesn’t do honesty!

  • aliswell

    The question is who is dragging him, kicking and screaming, to a meeting?

  • BMarie

    Instead of being at odds with Russia we should be working with them to help solve the problem of Islamic extremists – it is a world problem not a U.S. problem. Everything we have done so far has pushed Putin into a corner where he cannot and will not negotiate with us or he will lose face. It is not the way to deal with an ex-KGB strongman and has only guaranteed more intransigence on Putin’s part. We should be natural allies against the Islamic extremists as Russia has long had many problems with them. This problem needs to be addressed now while there is some hope of containing those inhuman monsters. Let’s arm the Kurds and hit ISIS bases of power with everything we have while we still can or it will soon be too late,

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