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Jimmy Carter: Obama dropped the ball on ISIS threat

US President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Nov. 2.

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Former president Jimmy Carter has criticized the Obama administration’s handling of the crisis in the Middle East and the growing threat of the Islamic State, joining a growing list of the president’s allies who are scrutinizing his strategy in Syria and Iraq.

In an interview with the Fort Worth, Texas Star-Telegram published on Oct. 7, Carter said the US had waited too long to respond to the growing power of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) extremist group, which also goes by the name Islamic State.

“We let the Islamic State build up its money, capability and strength and weapons while it was still in Syria,” Carter said. “Then when [ISIS] moved into Iraq, the Sunni Muslims didn’t object to their being there and about a third of the territory in Iraq was abandoned.”

Carter added that the use of ground troops in addition to the current air campaign could ensure the US succeeds in Iraq. “If we keep on working in Iraq and have some ground troops to follow up when we do our bombing, there is a possibility of success,” he said.

President Barack Obama acknowledged last month that US intelligence did not anticipate the threat that ISIS posed in Iraq but has maintained that arming Syrian rebels would have been untenable, and might have led to militants obtaining arms.

(Courtesy of Liberty Times)








1. drop the ball idiom.

失職;搞砸 (shi1 zhi2; gao3 za2)

例: Don’t drop the ball on this project.


2. follow up v. phr.

跟進;追蹤 (gen1 jin4; zhui1 zong1)

例: I’ll follow up on it and make sure everything is done right.


3. anticipate v.

預期 (hyu4 qi2)

例: It is impossible to anticipate when it will happen.


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