US Launches Airstrikes in Syria While Obama Worries About Global Warming

Barack ObamaPresident Barack Obama, Nobel Peace Prize winner, launched a series of airstrikes into Syria this week, bombing 20 or more targets. Actually, even though I may poke fun at Mr. Peacemaker, bombing the heck out of terrorist cells is probably the most peaceful thing we could possibly do.

You see, one of the terrorist organizations, the Khorasan Group, was reportedly plotting attacks against the United States and other Western targets. Obama described the group as "seasoned al Qaeda operatives in Syria," and military intelligence had recently learned that they were "planning imminent attacks against Western targets to include the U.S. homeland."

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Ack! Yeah, terrorist attacks on American soil are a very, very bad idea for Islamic extremists who don't have a death wish, but unfortunately, most of them do. Something about 72 virgins.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told Good Morning America on Tuesday, "It was on that basis that we struck targets, Khorasan targets, inside Syria. We believe the individuals [who] were plotting and planning it have been eliminated and we’re going to continue, as I said, to assess the effectiveness of our strikes going through today."

In a televised statement from the White House, President Obama said, "Once again, it must be clear to anyone who would plot against America and try to do Americans harm that we will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists who threaten our people."

So with all the turmoil in the Middle East, ISIS growing in size and influence, and so many refugees fleeing their homes ... it's not hard to see that we have a huge global humanitarian problem.

So naturally, the president also went to the U.N. Tuesday to talk about the "threat" that will "define the contours of this century more than any other."

Er, um ... except he wasn't talking about ISIS or Middle East unrest. Nope, Obama was addressing ... climate change.

"Climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it. The alarm bells keep ringing. Our citizens keep marching. We cannot pretend we don’t hear them," the leader of the free world told delegates at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York.

"We have to tackle this global threat before it’s too late."

And that's your Tuesday in global politics, ladies and gents!

Do you think ISIS or climate change is a bigger threat to the global population?

 

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