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President Obama Addresses Iraq and Ferguson

Aug 14, 2014|

The President speaks on the situations in Iraq and Ferguson, MO

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This is a CBS news special report a statement by President Obama I'm Dan received you're about to hear the president speaking from Martha's Vineyard CBS news White House correspondent Peter Mayer you're with him there on that Massachusetts island. The statement will be about the turmoil. Over fatal shooting by police and Ferguson Missouri. Well that's right Dan this will be the president's first in person public statement on the the Saint Louis county area since the Saturday shooting of Michael Brown. A we looked for him to elaborate on his earlier written statement calling for calm their and across the nation. Mr. Obama will also likely discuss the Justice Department's role in the investigation. The White House has said. Course handles a federal civil rights and will continue to direct restore. As I need audio problems. Correspondent Peter Mayer is on that Massachusetts island Martha's Vineyard pointing out the Department of Justice. Has a role in in what could be a civil rights related investigation. They were President Obama has to say he'll be speaking from the Edgar town's school it's an elementary school on Martha's Vineyard. That's where he in the Obama family have been vacationing this statement was scheduled just a few hours ago we expected it at 1215. It's now twelve and nine extra time here's the president. Sounds of some sort powerful. That like a big American people on two issues that I've been monitoring closely these last several days. First of all we continue to make progress in carrying out our targeted military operations in Iraq. Last week I authorized to limited missions. Protecting our people and facilities inside of Iraq. And a humanitarian operation to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians stranded on mountain. A week ago we assessed that many thousands. He's leading men women and children have abandoned their positions take refuge on mounts in jar in a desperate attempt to avoid slaughter. We also knew that I sold terrorists were killing and enslaving using the civilians in their custody and laying siege. To the mound. Without food or water they face a terrible choice. Start on the mound or be slaughtered on the ground. That's when America came to help. Well last week the US military conducted humanitarian airdrops. Every night. Delivering more than a 1141000. Meals and 35000. Gallons of fresh water. We were joined in that effort by the United Kingdom and other allies pledged their support. Our military was able to successfully strike arsenal targets around the mountain which improved conditions for civilians to evacuate the mountain safely. Yesterday a small team Americans. Military and civilian. Completed their review of the conditions on the mound. They found the food and water have been reaching those in need. That thousands of people have been evacuated safely each and every night. The civilians who remain continue to leave aided by Kurdish forces and Aziz were helping to facilitate. The safe passage of their families. So bottom line is that the situation. On the mound has greatly improved and Americans should be very proud. Of our efforts because the skill and professionalism or military and the generosity of our people. We broke the iso siege of months in jar we helped vulnerable people reach safety and we helped save many innocent lives. Because these efforts we do not expect there to be in additional operation to evacuate people off the mountain. And it's unlikely that we're gonna need to continue humanitarian air drops on the mound. The majority of the military personnel who conducted the assessment will be leaving Iraq in the coming days. And I just wanna say that as commander in chief I cannot be prouder of the men and women of our military who carried out this humanitarian operation. Almost flawlessly. I'm very grateful to them and I know that those were trapped on the mound are extraordinarily grateful as well. Now the situation remains dire for. Iraqi subject titles terror throughout the country and this includes minorities like you CDs and Iraqi Christians. It also includes many Sunnis. She and Kurtz. We're going to be working on our international partners to provide humanitarian assistance. To those were suffering in Northern Iraq wherever we have capabilities. And we can carry out. Effective missions like the one we carried out government months in Europe without. Committing a combat troops on the ground. We obviously feel a great urge. To provide some humanitarian relief to the situation and I've been very encouraged by. The interest of our international partners in helping on these kinds of efforts as well. We will continue. Airstrikes to protect our people facilities in Iraq. We have increased the delivery of military assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting his soul on the front lines. And perhaps most importantly we are urging Iraqis to come together to turn the tide against Beisel above all by seizing the enormous opportunity of forming a new. Inclusive government under the leadership of prime minister designate a body I have chance to speak to prime minister designate a body. A few days ago and he. Spoke. About the need for the kind of inclusive government. A government that speaks to all the people Barack that is needed right now he's still has challenging task and putting a government together. But we are modestly hopeful. That the Iraqi Government situation is moving in the right direction. Now second one address. Or something has been lenders over the last couple of days and that's the situation and Ferguson Missouri. I know many Americans have been deeply disturbed by the images we've seen in the heartland of our country as police of clash where people protesting. Today I'm like let's all take a step back and think about how going to be moving forward. This morning I received a thorough update on the situation from attorney general Eric Holder who's been falling. And been in communication with his team. I've already tasked the department of justice and the FBI to independently investigate. The death of Michael Brown along with. Local officials on the ground. The department justice is also consulting a local authorities about ways that they can maintain public safety. Without restricting the right of peaceful protest and while avoiding unnecessary escalation. I make clear to the attorney general that we should do what is necessary to help determine exactly what happened. And to see that justice is done. I also just spoke with governor Jay Nixon of us are. I expressed my concern over the violent turn that events have taken on the ground and underscored that now's the time for all of us to reflect on what's happened and find a way. To come together going forward. He is going to be traveling to Ferguson. He is a good man and fine governor and I'm confident that working together. He's Gambill communicate. His desire to make sure that justice is done and his desire to make sure the public safety is. Maintained in an appropriate way. Of course it's important remember how this started we lost a young man Michael brown and heartbreaking. And tragic circumstances. He was eighteen years old. As family will never holds about Michael and their arms again. And when something like this happens. The local authorities including police have a responsibility to be open and transparent about how they are investigating that death. And how they are protecting the people in their communities. There is never an excuse for violence against police. Or. For those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism. Were looting. There's also no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests. Or two throw protesters in jail for lawfully exercising their first amendment rights. And here in the United States of America police should not be bowing or arresting journalists we're just trying to do their jobs. And report to the American people on what they see on the ground. Put simply we all need hold ourselves to a higher standard particularly those of us in positions of authority. I know that emotions are raw right now on Ferguson. And there're certainly passionate differences about what has happened. They're going to be different accounts. How this tragedy occurred. They're going to be differences in terms of what needs to happen going forward. That's part of our democracy but let's remember the world part of one American family. We are united in common values and that includes belief. And equality under the law. And basic respect for public order. And the right to be peaceful public protest. A reverence for the dignity of every single man woman and child among us and the need for accountability. When it comes to our government. So now's the time for healing. Now's the time for peace and home on the streets of Ferguson. Now's the time for an open and transparent process to see that justice is done. And I've asked that the attorney general and the US attorney on the scene. I continued to work with local officials. To move that process forward there will be reporting to me in the coming days. About what's being done to make sure. That happens. Thanks very much urban. And the president did not take any questions walking away from a podium. On Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. Live coverage from CBS news. Let's turn to White House correspondent Peter Mayer covering the president there in Massachusetts he decide the talk about two things first in Iraq. Most of that information we had from the Pentagon last night. That there apparently won't be need for a massive rescue. Of UZD refugees who had been stranded on a mountain in Northern Iraq. A lot of them are doing better apparently. And the president updated us on that but that touchy very. Very raw subject here in the United States. Is the trouble and Ferguson Missouri were an eighteen year old Michael Brown was shot dead. Apparently by a police officer. This past Saturday. Computer where did the president break new ground on that. Well the president Dan just told the nation that the Justice Department's going to do what's necessary. Two help in the investigation and meanwhile he have put the police there unnoticed. That they must have a transparent investigation the president. A spoken very personal terms about the victim of this. The eighteen year old Michael Brown saying that his family will never have the opportunity to hold him again. The president said of course that there is never an excuse for violence and the people should not use what happened there is what he. Described as a cover for looting. And as we know it's been reported widely today Dan a couple of a newspaper reporters were hauled away by police and and detained for some time and then they're released in the president said that the police there should not be bullying journalists. And the president said now's the time for healing peace and calm. On the streets of Ferguson Missouri that CBS news White House correspondent Peter Mayer covering President Obama. On Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts will have a lot more as the day goes on for now this has been a CBS news special report I'm Dan ruby CBS news.