On Sept. 8, White House press secretary Josh Earnest spoke for the President and suggested that Barack Obama would need a $5 billion terrorist ‘slush fund’ to battle ISIS and any future terrorist groups that may conflict with U.S. and allied policies. This statement was in response to questions made to Earnest regarding the strategy being compiled by President Obama to deal with the ISIS insurgency.
Yet what Secretary Earnest failed to mention to reporters was the $820 billion U.S. military that is already funded for such a task, and already has assets in and around the conflict zones of Iraq and Syria. Thus there is no need for any additional funding outside of Congress voting a Declaration of War, which occurred a decade ago for both Iraq and Afghanistan.
The purpose behind this $5 billion request was not made public by Secretary Earnest, and appears on the outside to simply be a form of more confusion that relates to last week’s announcement by President Obama that he had no strategy plan prepared to deal with the ISIS threat.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest floated the $5 billion counterterrorism fund as something that “would strengthen the hand of this president and future presidents for dealing with urgent situations like this.”
Earnest offered comments Monday in response to questions about what Obama’s message would be to congressional leaders headed to the White House on Tuesday.
The White House cautioned that the president has not made a final decision on whether to expand military operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). As a result, no final decisions have been made on how operations could be expanded. – The Hill
The U.S. still has 32000 troops with their full battery of equipment residing in Afghanistan, with an equal or greater number of non-U.S. military personnel onsite through private mercenary groups such as Xe (formerly Blackwater). Added to this is a whole fleet of unmanned drones that can perform the workload of hundreds of human soldiers through reconnaissance, tactical strikes, and even forward air support, and combined you have a military presence already paid for, and in place to take on the ISIS threat which at this time is believed to be only 10,000-17,000 militant soldiers.
To believe that the Department of Defense was not prepared for the ‘sudden’ evolving of Al Qaeda militants into their own rebel group negates the belief that the Pentagon has recorded war game scenarios that stretch back to the days of the Cold War and cover every conceivable scenario on global warfare. And more likely, since there is documented proof that the Al Qaeda insurgents who morphed into the group known as ISIS were trained and armed to a certain extent by CIA and MI6 advisers, the real reason President Obama has not come clean with a strategic plan to deal with this growing Islamic threat is that he may have his eyes on an even bigger prize that eluded him last September… the final take down of Bashir Assad in Syria.