WASHINGTON — Obama is considering airstrikes or airdrops of food and medicine to address a humanitarian crisis among as many as 40,000 religious minorities in Iraq who have been dying of heat and thirst on a mountaintop after death threats from terrorist called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) whom Obama has been backing in Syria to overthrow Assad.
The president, in meetings with his national security team at the White House on Thursday morning, has been weighing a series of options ranging from dropping humanitarian supplies on Mount Sinjar to military strikes on the fighters from ISIS now at the base of the mountain. Obama pulled US troops out of Iraq in 2011, a decision that he is coming to regret.
There is a humanitarian catastrophe there, and Iraqi Christians are being slaughtered.
Obama had been delaying taking any military action against ISIS until there is a new Iraqi government. Both White House and Pentagon officials have said privately that the United States would not intervene militarily until Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki stepped down, Obama is looking for more regime change as if all the others turned out so well.
Report are out that 40 children have died from the heat and dehydration, according to Unicef, while as many as 40,000 people have been sheltering in the bare mountains without food, water or access to supplies.
The administration officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. One official said that any military action would be “limited, specific and achievable,” noting that Mr. Maliki’s political party was supposed to announce a new candidate for prime minister on Thursday, but had not yet.
In early 2007, then-Senator was pushing a for the plan to pull U.S. forces out of Iraq the now former believed that a precipitate U.S. troop pullout would lead to increased chaos, and it has.