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Jeffrey Sachs: Obama Using ISIS Campaign for Political Reasons

By    |   Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 09:38 AM

President Barack Obama based his decision to involve the United States in a campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria for political reasons, economist Jeffrey Sachs told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Obama's insistence to limit U.S. military involvement to airstrikes and advisory roles was against the advice of his military advisors, Sachs explained, adding that the president was concerned about appearing "weak" before the fall elections.

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"Every general that we have read said this doesn't work this way. It's not going to work. What we have is perpetual war. We have to understand why. That's because of domestic politics. This is driven by President Obama not wanting to look weak before the midterm elections," Sachs said Wednesday.

ISIS lured the United States into a fight, and Obama reacted due to public sentiment, Sachs said.

"The president moved in response to the public reaction. ISIS drew us in. This is a huge mistake, a huge blunder, to have gone this way into the middle of this Syrian chaos," he said.

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Sachs, who is the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, admitted Obama did understand that ISIS posed a threat to the U.S., but stressed that the current strategy against the terrorists "isn't going to do it," and was only serving to "create chaos."

"I think he's driven by domestic considerations right now. Of course, he thinks it's a threat, but this is not the way you would address the threat," he said.

Sachs said the current campaign had "no solution," and suggested the U.S. could support other countries to combat ISIS, instead of leading the effort to battle the terrorists.

"Maybe there's a lesson in here that these are wars we shouldn't be in. Maybe there just is a little message, whether it is Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen. They're all a complete mess.

"We do not belong there. That's the basic point. We should be helping these places sort out their own problems. But, what we're doing is not sorting out problems. It's making a growing crisis everywhere," he said.

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President Barack Obama based his decision to involve the United States in a campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria for political reasons, economist Jeffrey Sachs told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
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