The Post I Do NOT Want To Compose: Male Domestic Abuse.


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I do not know or understand domestic abuse/violence first hand. That does not stop me from having questions and opinions on domestic abuse/violence. First, domestic abuse is physical, mental and verbal. Domestic violence is usually physical. Both are despicable evil and nasty. Both leave scares. Both should be a violation of criminal laws. I firmly believe if two humans are involved in a relationship, putting your hands on one another in a violent non sexual or playful way is out of bounds and should not be tolerated or accepted. BY EITHER GENDER.

 

Much like with cases of suicide, I do not pretend to understand why men & women choose to stay in abusive/violent relationships or marriages. This escapes me. I do not comprehend why people choose suicide, that also escapes me. Choice, free will, is something we humans possess and have the mental ability to put free will and choices into use on a daily basis when it comes to ending our lives or staying in situations that may end our lives.

 

During my 8 years of college I had the experience of working for a battered women’s shelter in the college town where I attended my institution of higher learning. I started out as security for the shelter and slowly migrated into the position of extractor, which is what we called ourselves for lack of a better term. The battered women’s shelter was funded by the federal government,  that small funding we received, way back then, was rare but significant in that the federal funding allowed us some leeway when it came to legal issues.

 

We were labeled FRIEND OF THE COURTS. That label allowed us, as extractors, to proceed into a battered woman’s place of residence and assist her and her children, to remove them from any and all places with “imminent dangers” to that woman and her children. That made for some very interesting situations during my 6 years as an extractor. Over the course of those 8 years working for the battered women’s shelter, I was privy to many a battered woman’s story. I think I heard just about “it all” in those 8 years.

 

I can honestly say I never did come to understand why women or men stayed. Back then I was under the false and incorrect impression that women were the only ones being battered, abused or victims of domestic violence. I was mistaken.

 

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More than 40% of domestic violence victims are male, report reveals

 

Campaign group Parity claims assaults by wives and girlfriends are often ignored by police and media

 

From Domestic Violence Statistics:

 

Men: The Overlooked Victims of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is considered one of the most pressing issues in American society. Everyone quotes the statistics given by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: 1 in 4 women will be victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives, 1.3 million women are assaulted by their partner every year, 85% of domestic violence reported is against women. However, in a conflicting survey taken by the CDC in 2010, it was found that 40% of the victims of severe, physical domestic violence are men.

 

Despite many findings that show almost equal amounts of abuse perpetrated against men and women, the media and government focus the most attention on the female victims of domestic violence. Men are largely silent on the issue because of the perception that men are physically stronger and should be able to subdue a female attacker easily. Those men who do report physical violence are more likely to be ridiculed–both by law enforcement and by the public–than women are. More money is spent on women’s programs, and more crusades are launched on behalf of women who are victims of domestic violence despite the fact that men are almost equally or in some cases more likely to be victims of both physical and psychological abuse.

 

Although there has been an increase in the number of fatal domestic violence incidents against women, men are more likely to be victims of attacks with a deadly weapon. According to one study, 63% of males as opposed to 15% of females had a deadly weapon used against them in a fight with an intimate partner.

 

What is worse than the statistics, however, is the fact that there has been little research in the area of domestic abuse against men because neither the Justice Department nor any other agencies will fund such research. Because they refuse to do the research, people are able to perpetuate such myths as women are only violent when defending themselves, or that men could more easily leave a violent relationship.

 

Because of lack of funding, there are also few shelters that cater to men. Most shelters available will only take women and children, and some even have an age limit on the boys that they will take in (13 years old).

 

There is some help for male victims of domestic violence. MenWeb (www.batteredmen.com) offers resources for men, as well as a place for them to tell their story. There is also a Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women (1-888-7HELPLINE) operated by a nonprofit in Harmony Maine. Clark University and Bridgewater State University are currently conducting a study on male victims of domestic abuse.

 

Men who suffer domestic violence can only receive help if they break the silence. Not reporting domestic violence because of the stigma attached is the main reason that men currently receive few services, and one of the reasons that studies on the issue are so few.

 

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Figure taken from MenWeb: CDC/DOJ Survey Men more often victims of intimate partner violence. http://www.batteredmen.com/NISVS.htm

 

Philip Cook,”The Truth About Domestic Violence”. From the book Everything You Know is Wrong (Russ Kick, 2002). Published by The Disinformation Company.

 

Domestic Abuse Hotline for Men and Women. http://dahmw.org/

 

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The  statistics on this page have been compiled from various sources.

 

On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.

 

Nearly 3 in 10 women (29%) and 1 in 10 men (10%) in the US have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by a partner and report a related impact on their functioning.

 

Nearly, 15% of women (14.8%) and 4% of men have been injured as a result of IPV that included rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

 

More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

 

Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (48.4% and 48.8%, respectively).

 

IPV (intimate partner violence) alone affects more than 12 million people each year.

 

More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

 

Females ages 18 to 24 and 25 to 34 generally experienced the highest rates of intimate partner violence.

 

From 1994 to 2010, about 4 in 5 victims of intimate partner violence were female.

 

Most female victims of intimate partner violence were previously victimized by the same offender, including 77% of females ages 18 to 24, 76% of females ages 25 to 34, and 81% of females ages 35 to 49.

 

I’ve said it for many years, why stay? I wish I understood the reasons I’ve heard over the years, but to be totally honest, I do not. It’s not love or compassion or respect or honor or cherishing you, it’s as far from love, honor, respect, compassion or cherishing you as it gets. If a snake, gator or zombie were chasing you, your instinct would be to flee for survival. Many men and women do not have the instinct for survival when it comes to domestic abuse/violence.

 

If there is going to be a real serious discussion on domestic abuse/violence, it can not be gender specific.

 

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BOTH genders must be held accountable and treated the exact same when it comes to domestic abuse/violence. Women do not get a free pass when they commit domestic abuse/violence….based on their gender. I know that Janey Rice and Ray Rice are whats called a fighting couple, which means they have been fighting one another since hooking up as high school sweethearts. They BOTH give as good as they get. They have BOTH made a relationship choice to stay together, even get married, after this elevator incident. 

 

I mention the Rice’s only because this seems to be the incident that woke America up to domestic abuse/violence. I believe with all I am, that any form of abuse is unacceptable. I give a flying fuck what gender is responsible for the domestic abuse/violence. I am sick and tired of hearing women say that no woman should ever be hit. Thats a lie. When I hear women tell me a woman can do nothing that should put her in danger of being hit….I want to explain to these dumbasses that if a woman seriously attacks/hits me, no matter who she is, she is getting hit back. I have observed many woman start fights with a man 3 times her height and body weight and kick his ass. You mean to tell me she didn’t deserve to be hit? That man didn’t have a right to defend himself?

 

I dislike ANY one putting their hands on each other. I dislike the attention being on men and not on women. Women don’t deserve to be hit? Men don’t deserve to be hit as well. As a Black man, I hate double standards. Being Black I have dealt with the concept that because of my skin color there is a separate set of rules & standards for me. Now I see the same garbage is applied to domestic abuse/violence in America. Remember how Jay-Z was attacked by his wife’s sister in an elevator as his wife stood by and watched? Solange kicked him, punched him, spit at him while being half assed restrained by a bodyguard. All this was also visible on an elevator security camera. What was Solange’s punishment….she was the subject of stand up comedy routines. Nothing more.

 

Domestic abuse/violence is not a joke, for those involved and for those who are affected. NOBODY deserves to be hit. NOBODY deserves to be abused. NOBODY. Men OR Women.

 

What is domestic abuse?

The Home Office definition of a domestic violence incident is:

  Any incident or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or are family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.

It is the one that The ManKind Initiative uses.

The ManKind Initiative believes that domestic abuse and violence is a social problem where both men and women can be victims.

Statistics

25 key facts about male victims

Prosecutions of Domestic Violence Perpetrators (2012-13)

2010/2011 Scottish Crime and Justice Survey: Partner Abuse: http://tinyurl.com/9n8t5bx

The 90% statistic

Some organisations claim that 90% of men who claim to be victims of domestic abuse, are in fact perpetrators. The ManKind Initiative does not believe this figure is remotely true and does not believe those that use this figure have the interests of male victims of domestic abuse at heart. This figure has not been verified independently nor peer reviewed nor tested.

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NOT All Domestic Violence Is Created Equal: From Ray Rice To Federal Judge Mark Fuller.


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The Race Card: One’s caucasian and one’s Black. Care to guess which one lost his job, and what Federal Judge is still on the bench? The footballer has no direct effect on the next man, but the federal judge……

 

From Brads Blog, check him out, he’s magnificent:

 

NFL’s Ray Rice Loses Job for Knocking Out Wife, Federal Judge Mark Fuller Keeps Lifetime Appointment After Beating Wife Bloody

 

By BRAD FRIEDMAN on 9/10/2014

 

The NFL has been appropriately shamed this week for not taking substantive action immediately in the case of Baltimore Ravens‘ superstar Ray Rice after he knocked his wife out cold in an Atlantic City hotel elevator earlier this year.

 

But what about the failure of the Judicial and Congressional branches, so far, to take any action at all in the case of federal U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller after he beat his wife bloody in an Atlanta hotel room last month?

 

Both Rice and Fuller, as supposedly first-time offenders, were allowed to participate in pre-trial diversion programs to avoid prosecution entirely. Rice agreed to attend domestic abuse counseling for a year. Fuller will have his arrest record expunged after completion of once-weekly domestic abuse counseling for just 24 weeks.

 

Rice was eventually suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

 

Fuller enjoys a lifetime appointment as a federal judge — and can only be removed from his $200,000/year job-for-life if he is impeached and found guilty by Congress.

 

Fuller, a Republican George W. Bush appointee to the federal bench, sits in judgment of others. For example, rather than recuse himself for blatant conflicts of interest, he sent former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman to federal prison for 6.5 years for something that 113 bipartisan former state Attorneys General argue was never a crime before the popular Democratic Governor was charged with it.

 

America was outraged by the video tape showing Rice knocking out his then-fiancée (now wife) in mid-February.

 

America hardly even knows about Judge Fuller dragging his wife around the hotel room by her hair and striking her repeatedly in the mouth, leaving blood behind on the bathroom tub in early August, despite a police report and a 911 call during which his wife begs for police and an ambulance and repeatedly says “Help me, please. Please help me. He’s beating on me.” The 911 dispatcher reportedly says during the call that she can hear the Judge hitting the woman.

 

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Thank you Brads Blog & BRAD FRIEDMAN.

 

 

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From The Washington Post:

 

From Ray Rice to a federal judge, is the system too lenient in domestic violence cases?

 

By Diana Reese

 

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U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller, left, waits with attorney Jeff Brickman for his case to be called in Fulton County Court on Sept. 5 to face charges of misdemeanor battery. (Brant Sanderlin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

 

U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller, who presides in the Middle District of Alabama, has walked away from a domestic violence case with a plea deal that avoids jail time and could expunge the case from his record. He might even be able to return to the bench. For life.

 

“It’s a slap in the face to victims and survivors of domestic violence,” said Ruth Glenn, interim director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and herself a survivor of domestic violence. “It’s sending a horrible message.”

 

And it’s a lot like another domestic violence case in the news this week: that of Ray Rice. Several journalists at Southern newspapers have pointed out the similarities — and they’re calling for the removal of Fuller from the bench. Birmingham, Ala., news columnist John Archibald calls Fuller “a 56-year-old punk kid” who should be impeached. CNN’s senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin also chimed in, explaining that domestic abuse “is a crime to be resolved by the legal system.”

 

Fuller was arrested Aug. 9 after his wife, Kelli, called 911, telling the dispatcher: “He’s beating on me. Please help me.” She was treated by paramedics for cuts to her face.

 

According to various media reports, the couple, from Montgomery, Ala., started arguing during their stay at the downtown Atlanta Ritz-Carlton about his alleged affair with a law clerk, and  it escalated into physical violence. Fuller claimed that his wife threw a glass at him and he was defending himself. Mrs. Fuller said her husband was drunk and that he pulled her hair, hit and kicked her and threw her down.

 

He was charged with misdemeanor battery, which can carry a sentence of up to 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

 

He appeared in Atlanta Magistrate Court  on Friday, accepting a plea deal that requires him to undergo weekly counseling through a domestic violence program for 24 weeks as well as have an alcohol and drug evaluation; if he’s successful, the charge will be removed from his record.

 

It feels like Fuller has failed to accept any responsibility for what happened in that Atlanta hotel room. Nor has he apologized publicly. Although his statement, released through his

attorneys, does express regret, he regrets that his decision to take the plea deal “means that the full and complete facts regarding this incident will likely not come out.”

 

But he’s accepting the deal for “the best interests” of his family, and he goes on to say how “very embarrassing” the incident has been.

 

Fuller’s divorce records from 2012 included accusations of abuse, infidelity and drug use.

 

Fuller is receiving his annual salary of of $199,100 while he undergoes treatment, and he’s been removed from hearing cases. Meanwhile, the chief judge of the 11th Circuit has sent Fuller a complaint as part of the judicial discipline process under federal law. While impeachment is the only way to remove federal judges, who are appointed to life  terms, they can be censured, reprimanded or requested to resign.

 

Fuller was appointed to the bench in 2002 by then-President George W. Bush. He presided over the bribery trial of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy in 2006.

 

There are no statistics on arrest and conviction rates for those who perpetuate domestic violence, said Glenn, but “the consequences, in general, are not enough.”

 

It’s critical, she said, to hold abusers accountable.

 

She was among those attending the ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act on Tuesday (ironic timing considering the events in the news), during which Vice President  Biden called violence against women “the ugliest form” of violence and said victims need a conviction to recover.

 

Diana Reese is a journalist in Overland Park, Kan. Follow her on Twitter at @dianareese.

 

Thank you The Washington Post & Diana Reese

 

Vice-President Joe Biden said that the NFL “did the right thing,” finally, in response to the “brutal” attack by Rice. The White House issued a statement declaring Rice’s actions “contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society.” The statement by WH Press Secretary Josh Earnest, after speaking to the President, went on to say: “Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that’s true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors. Stopping domestic violence is something that’s bigger than football — and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it.”

 

All of that is true. But where is the outrage over Fuller beating his wife bloody just weeks ago and receiving no actual punishment at all? Where are the outraged desk-thumping talking heads? Where are the Senators and Presidential statements decrying the domestic abuse by a sitting federal judge currently enjoying a lifetime appointment, who can only be “fired” by a dysfunctional U.S. Congress? Where are the calls from anyone in that branch of Government to impeach Judge Mark Fuller?

 

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Can you say double standard? Can you say one is more horrific based on the video? Can you say race card played in reverse? One thing about domestic violence, you don’t get to pick which is worse, all domestic violence is unacceptable, no matter the gender or the skin color. Hey N.O.W., why no banners flying over Judge Fuller’s house on Sundays, calling for HIM to resign?

 

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The MilitantNegro™ SoapBox: Dumbfuckery; The NFL & Roger Goodell Are Under Investigation.


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I told myself I was finished writing about Ray & Janey Rice. Watching Deion Sanders talk down and bad about Ray Rice almost made me laugh but instead I decided to write this post.

 

The new bandwagon everybody is now leaping onto is this investigation into NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and whether Goodell should resign his position as NFL commissioner. My questions is this…why should NFL commissioner Goodell do a damn thing? Who did Goodell punch? Whom did Roger Goodell assault?

 

Was NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the elevator? Did Goodell drag Janey Rice from that elevator? Did I miss Goodell punching Ms. Rice?

 

Many disagree with this statement I’m about to make but it’s a fact…..Ray Rice was indicted on March 27th. Ray Rice and Janey Palmer were married on March 28th. Now if they moved on and past Ray knocking her the fuck out in that elevator, and the assault charges were dropped…..and Ray lost his NFL football job and has since been suspended indefinitely….what would YOU like to have happen to Ray, his wife Janey and their daughter?

 

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Here’s the thing folks…you can’t take out all your anger, hatred and emotion at all the domestic violence that this planet contains, on Ray & Janey Rice. Which is exactly what the majority of humanity is doing right now. Ray has been punished to the 9th degree for his punching out his fiancée, double punished in fact. Ray lost two games from the NFL upon his being charged with aggravated assault. Then with the release of the actual punching video, he was fired from the Ravens of Baltimore and suspended indefinitely from all NFL activity.

 

In contrast, and just ponder this for a moment, George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin as did Darren Wilson kill Michael Brown, and neither man has suffered the attention nor anger that Ray Rice is now suffering. Neither man who killed Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown have ever had an investigation screamed for in the manner people are demanding an investigation into NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

 

Miriam Carey, remember her, the young Black woman gunned down in Washington, D.C. by Capital Hill police, with her baby in the backseat, for ramming her car into a White House barrier….remember the screaming for an investigation into her senseless murder? No you don’t remember that because there was no demand for an investigation. NOBODY screamed for Miriam Carey.

 

Need I bring up the brutal beating of 51-year-old Marlene Mardella Pinnock,, by California Highway Patrolman Daniel L. Andrew, who is now on desk duty (administrative leave with pay)? If you think a single punch to the face of Janey Rice is reason to demand an investigation into NFL commissioner Goodell, who was NOT present during that domestic violence…what say YOU about this…..

 

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How many of you screaming for an investigation into the NFL and NFL commissioner Goodell actually demanded the California Highway Patrol commander resign HIS job?

 

I am muthafuckin sick of real serious violence being ignored when it comes to the average American citizen, but everybody and his/her momma is calling for the lynching of Ray Rice and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL nor Roger Goodell are required by law or morality to do a damn thing about Ray & Janey Rice airing their nasty dirty personal laundry in a public casino elevator.

 

The NFL handed down what they considered to be proper punishment before this latest video mysteriously appeared. AFTER the new video was made public, Ray Rice received double jeopardy and was fired from his employment, and suspended from the NFL indefinitely

 

He was sentenced to community service, anger management and domestic violence intervention. Kindly explain what else you folks would have happen to Ray & Janey Rice and their daughter.

 

I do not know the Rice family. I do wish them the best of luck and my blessings to get their family life and their marriage in order and have the best of luck here forward.

 

 

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Ray & Janey Rice, along with their daughter, will need all the best wishes, blessings and good luck they can get.

 

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President Obama’s ISIS Speech On 9/10/14: Outlining A Battle Plan.


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President Obama Addresses the Nation on the ISIL Threat

Important Message

President Obama lays out the strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL.

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Remarks of President Barack Obama Address to the Nation

September 10, 2014
Washington, D.C.

As Prepared for Delivery

My fellow Americans – tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people. Over the last several years, we have consistently taken the fight to terrorists who threaten our country. We took out Osama bin Laden and much of al Qaeda’s leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We’ve targeted al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, and recently eliminated the top commander of its affiliate in Somalia. We’ve done so while bringing more than 140,000 American troops home from Iraq, and drawing down our forces in Afghanistan, where our combat mission will end later this year. Thanks to our military and counterterrorism professionals, America is safer.

Still, we continue to face a terrorist threat. We cannot erase every trace of evil from the world, and small groups of killers have the capacity to do great harm. That was the case before 9/11, and that remains true today. That’s why we must remain vigilant as threats emerge. At this moment, the greatest threats come from the Middle East and North Africa, where radical groups exploit grievances for their own gain. And one of those groups is ISIL – which calls itself the “Islamic State.”

Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.

In a region that has known so much bloodshed, these terrorists are unique in their brutality. They execute captured prisoners. They kill children. They enslave, rape, and force women into marriage. They threatened a religious minority with genocide. In acts of barbarism, they took the lives of two American journalists – Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.

So ISIL poses a threat to the people of Iraq and Syria, and the broader Middle East – including American citizens, personnel and facilities. If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region – including to the United States. While we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland, ISIL leaders have threatened America and our allies. Our intelligence community believes that thousands of foreigners – including Europeans and some Americans – have joined them in Syria and Iraq. Trained and battle-hardened, these fighters could try to return to their home countries and carry out deadly attacks.

I know many Americans are concerned about these threats. Tonight, I want you to know that the United States of America is meeting them with strength and resolve. Last month, I ordered our military to take targeted action against ISIL to stop its advances. Since then, we have conducted more than 150 successful airstrikes in Iraq. These strikes have protected American personnel and facilities, killed ISIL fighters, destroyed weapons, and given space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim key territory. These strikes have helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children.

But this is not our fight alone. American power can make a decisive difference, but we cannot do for Iraqis what they must do for themselves, nor can we take the place of Arab partners in securing their region. That’s why I’ve insisted that additional U.S. action depended upon Iraqis forming an inclusive government, which they have now done in recent days. So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.

Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.

First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.

Second, we will increase our support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. In June, I deployed several hundred American service members to Iraq to assess how we can best support Iraqi Security Forces. Now that those teams have completed their work – and Iraq has formed a government – we will send an additional 475 service members to Iraq. As I have said before, these American forces will not have a combat mission – we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq. But they are needed to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence and equipment. We will also support Iraq’s efforts to stand up National Guard Units to help Sunni communities secure their own freedom from ISIL control.

Across the border, in Syria, we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition. Tonight, I again call on Congress to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters. In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its people; a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all.

Third, we will continue to draw on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks. Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding; improve our intelligence; strengthen our defenses; counter its warped ideology; and stem the flow of foreign fighters into – and out of – the Middle East. And in two weeks, I will chair a meeting of the UN Security Council to further mobilize the international community around this effort.

Fourth, we will continue providing humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced by this terrorist organization. This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who are at grave risk, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities. We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homelands.

This is our strategy. And in each of these four parts of our strategy, America will be joined by a broad coalition of partners. Already, allies are flying planes with us over Iraq; sending arms and assistance to Iraqi Security Forces and the Syrian opposition; sharing intelligence; and providing billions of dollars in humanitarian aid. Secretary Kerry was in Iraq today meeting with the new government and supporting their efforts to promote unity, and in the coming days he will travel across the Middle East and Europe to enlist more partners in this fight, especially Arab nations who can help mobilize Sunni communities in Iraq and Syria to drive these terrorists from their lands. This is American leadership at its best: we stand with people who fight for their own freedom; and we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.

My Administration has also secured bipartisan support for this approach here at home. I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL. But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together. So I welcome congressional support for this effort in order to show the world that Americans are united in confronting this danger.

Now, it will take time to eradicate a cancer like ISIL. And any time we take military action, there are risks involved – especially to the servicemen and women who carry out these missions. But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years. And it is consistent with the approach I outlined earlier this year: to use force against anyone who threatens America’s core interests, but to mobilize partners wherever possible to address broader challenges to international order.

My fellow Americans, we live in a time of great change. Tomorrow marks 13 years since our country was attacked.  Next week marks 6 years since our economy suffered its worst setback since the Great Depression. Yet despite these shocks; through the pain we have felt and the grueling work required to bounce back – America is better positioned today to seize the future than any other nation on Earth.

Our technology companies and universities are unmatched; our manufacturing and auto industries are thriving.  Energy independence is closer than it’s been in decades.  For all the work that remains, our businesses are in the longest uninterrupted stretch of job creation in our history.  Despite all the divisions and discord within our democracy, I see the grit and determination and common goodness of the American people every single day – and that makes me more confident than ever about our country’s future.

Abroad, American leadership is the one constant in an uncertain world. It is America that has the capacity and the will to mobilize the world against terrorists. It is America that has rallied the world against Russian aggression, and in support of the Ukrainian peoples’ right to determine their own destiny. It is America – our scientists, our doctors, our know-how – that can help contain and cure the outbreak of Ebola. It is America that helped remove and destroy Syria’s declared chemical weapons so they cannot pose a threat to the Syrian people – or the world – again. And it is America that is helping Muslim communities around the world not just in the fight against terrorism, but in the fight for opportunity, tolerance, and a more hopeful future.

America, our endless blessings bestow an enduring burden. But as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead. From Europe to Asia – from the far reaches of Africa to war-torn capitals of the Middle East – we stand for freedom, for justice, for dignity. These are values that have guided our nation since its founding.  Tonight, I ask for your support in carrying that leadership forward. I do so as a Commander-in-Chief who could not be prouder of our men and women in uniform – pilots who bravely fly in the face of danger above the Middle East, and service-members who support our partners on the ground.

When we helped prevent the massacre of civilians trapped on a distant mountain, here’s what one of them said. “We owe our American friends our lives. Our children will always remember that there was someone who felt our struggle and made a long journey to protect innocent people.”

That is the difference we make in the world. And our own safety – our own security – depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation, and uphold the values that we stand for – timeless ideals that will endure long after those who offer only hate and destruction have been vanquished from the Earth.

May God bless our troops, and may God bless the United States of America.

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How does a President of The United States Of America ask Americans to risk life fighting in a foreign land for that foreign lands freedoms when we right here in AmeriKKKa have to fight daily for our U.S. Constitutional rights and freedoms? American citizens who are Women, People Of Color and members of the LGBTQA1 community have to battle for our freedoms.

How does POTUSA Barack Hussein Obama fix his mouth to take action against ISIL, but ignore the systematic genocide of Black Americans, and People Of Color, by AmeriKKKan law enforcement agencies RIGHT HERE IN MUTHAFUCKIN AMERIKKKA?

Something is seriously wrong when you care more for Iraq, Israel, Syria, Ukraine than you do for where YOU priside….where you reign as President, The United States Of America.

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