President Obama has authorized the U.S. military to execute targeted airstrikes in Iraq.
The President takes no decision more seriously than the use of military force. So it's worth taking a few minutes to make sure you understand exactly what is happening in Iraq right now, who is involved, and why we are taking action. Here are a few answers to some key questions Americans may be asking:
1. What exactly did the President do?
It's that time of year again! We're bringing back the Summer Mailbag edition of West Wing Week. If you've got a question about President Obama's policies, what it's like to work at the White House, or really, anything you've been meaning to ask about his day-to-day life or his Administration, we want to hear from you.
We're asking people across the country to submit their questions on social media -- and administration officials will answer some of them in West Wing Week. Here's how it works:
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This morning, from the South Lawn of the White House, President Obama made a statement on the situation in Iraq, detailing the progress of current American operations in the country:
Good morning. Over the past two days, American pilots and crews have served with courage and skill in the skies over Iraq.
President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the State Dining Room of the White House, Aug. 8, 2014.
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For the first time since the
Obama administration’s “Doing Business in Africa” initiative went into effect, an aviation company has
landed a multi-year deal in Africa. AAR, a global aerospace, government and
defense contractor, recently announced a five-year deal with Kenya Airways.
Under the conditions of this multi-million dollar accord, Kenya Airways agrees
to provide power-by-the-hour component support for its fleet of 737NG aircraft,
while AAR places inventory on site in Nairobi and offers rotable pool support
This week, we talked about the imminent dangers climate change poses to our world; the President made a statement on the crisis in Iraq; he hosted the largest event that any U.S. president has ever held with African heads of state and government -- and he celebrated his 53rd birthday.
Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.
This week, the President hosted about 50 African heads of state for the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, signed a bill to improve care for America's veterans, and expanded flexibility for cell phone users.
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The economy is getting stronger thanks to the grit and resilience of American workers. Last month, total job growth exceeded 200,000 for the sixth straight month, the first time that’s happened since 1997. In fact, our private sector has added 9.9 million jobs for the last 53 straight months, the longest streak on record.
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Tonight, in a statement addressing the current crisis in Iraq, President Obama announced that he authorized two operations in the country -- "targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel, and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death."
Editor's Note: This blog first appeared at Commerce.gov on July 10, 2014.