The U.S. Secretary of State just told the Arab world that the country he represents — the United States of America — is not in charge of the war to stop the murderous rampage of the Islamic State and wipe out ISIS. That’s right, the United States, Kerry declared on a trip to the Middle East, is not in the lead of the multi-national coalition to combat the terror group…a move that apparently diminishes the stature and role of the U.S.
Presumably, Kerry’s non-leadership stance for the U.S. means that our military and intelligence forces may be subject to the command and control, or at least to the substantial influence, of other countries involved in the anti-ISIS fight.
CNSNews.com provides coverage of the Secretary of State’s mission to the Middle East, where he reportedly garnered pledges of support from ten Arab nations in the campaign against the violent jihadist group:
Speaking in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, [Kerry] said Arab nations play “the leading role, really” in a multifaceted coalition whose tasks range from military support to “the effort to repudiate once and for all the dangerous, the offensive, the insulting distortion of Islam that ISIL propaganda attempts to spread throughout the region and the world.”
You can see Kerry’s statement that the United States is not leading this coalition by viewing the short video above.
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The Secretary of State went on, once again, to offer a full-throated defense of Islam as a “peaceful, great religion.” Despite the fact that ISIS calls itself Islamic and purports to carry out holy war in the name of Allah, Kerry argues:
“ISIL attempts to tell people that what they’re doing is somehow based on their notion of Islam and their view of religion,” he said. “No religion, certainly not a peaceful, great religion like Islam, ever condones the kinds of activities that ISIL engages in.”