Obama warns of ‘jihadists’ in Iraq, confirms ‘emergency situation’ may require military force

posted at 2:01 pm on June 12, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Asked to address the escalating crisis in Iraq on Thursday, President Barack Obama appeared to concede that the use of military force was an option for stemming the tide of ISIS rebels rapidly gaining control of strategic points across that country. He said that the United States has a interest in preventing “jihadists” from gaining footholds in Iraq and Syria, and added that there are “things that need to be done militarily.”

“I don’t rule out anything,” Obama said, “because we do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria, for that matter.”

The president stressed the need for internal political reforms in Iraq which are aimed at creating an atmosphere of inclusion for the country’s Sunni population.

“I think it’s fair to say that in our consultations with the Iraqis, there will be some short-term, immediate things that need to be done militarily, and our national security team is looking at all the options,” the president said. “But there this should be also a wake-up call for the Iraqi government.”

“What’s happened over the last couple of days, I think, underscores the importance of the point that I made at my West Point speech,” Obama continued. “The need for us to have a more robust, regional approach to partnering and training partner countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa.”

He noted that American power could be more smartly applied by training and equipping foreign governments to provide for their own defenses.

“In the short-term, we have to deal with what clearly is an emergency situation in Iraq,” Obama added.


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He must of read the Newspaper.

Bigbullets on June 12, 2014 at 2:03 PM

“I don’t rule out anything,” Obama said


… including doing as LITTLE as possible.

PolAgnostic on June 12, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Obama lied, people died.

John the Libertarian on June 12, 2014 at 2:04 PM

When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

I love it when Obama beclowns himself.

Bigbullets on June 12, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Well.. He is going to have to do something unless he wants a repeat of Saigon.

Illinidiva on June 12, 2014 at 2:05 PM

This guy is an idiot.

HomeoftheBrave on June 12, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Quit calling leftist thugs “liberal and progressive”.

They Never are.

See the border and how they are for the abuse of children.

See Iraq, Hamas, Syria, Baghdad, and etc.

These are anti-humanitarians, with stuffed pockets, for votes. Period.

They believe in nothing else except their own Utopian idealism, with full pockets.

The oaf, who’s chief, will go to Palm Springs tomorrow/Sat, to golf, rake in dough, make love, and the heads are being cut off and kids are being raped and sold into prostitution. He doesn’t care.

Don’t miss this idiocy on display.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 2:05 PM

How bad is it? Will Al Qaeda sack the US embassy in Iraq? Should everyone just pull out now?

El_Terrible on June 12, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Obozo back in Dec. 2011

But the president, who came to power promising to end the war, said that for all the suffering, the result was success.

“We knew this day would come. We’ve known it for some time. But still there is something profound about the end of a war that has lasted so long,” said Obama. “It’s harder to end a war than begin one. Everything that American troops have done in Iraq – all the fighting, all the dying, the bleeding and the building and the training and the partnering, all of it has landed to this moment of success.”

Flange on June 12, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Well.. He is going to have to do something unless he wants a repeat of Saigon.

Illinidiva on June 12, 2014 at 2:05 PM

In addition…heads being chopped off, with videos.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Any personnel we have in Baghdad are either going to die in the compound or they are barely going to make it out in a Huey. History repeats itself. LBJ please pick up the white courtesy phone….

HomeoftheBrave on June 12, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Asked to address the escalating crisis in Iraq on Thursday, President Barack Obama appeared to concede that the use of military force was an option for stemming the tide of ISIS rebels rapidly gaining control of strategic points across that country. He said that the United States has a interest in preventing “jihadists” from gaining footholds in Iraq and Syria, and added that there are “things that need to be done militarily.”

Wow! I could have sworn the filthy Rat-eared bastard did a victory lap about Iraq and his no military needed approach.

Happy Nomad on June 12, 2014 at 2:07 PM

this looks weird next to the “world is less violent than ever” headline…

Sachiko on June 12, 2014 at 2:07 PM

How come the convoys toward Baghdad are not pulverized, yet?

obama loves his bros, that’s why.

Where are the trolls?

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Oh good grief!

He’s going to get more good guys killed. Hope they aren’t ours.

freedomfirst on June 12, 2014 at 2:08 PM

obama/Hillary/Rice/Power’s Arab Spring is a bloody international tragedy.

Name one people/state who are free/freer, due to the cabal, above, I triple dare you.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Where’s the responsible youtube video?

freedomfirst on June 12, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Pretty stark contrast in the two threads at the top of the page. Might have to exercise military action in Iraq on the right and World less violent on the left side.

Oldnuke on June 12, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Obama action plan

#1 order all media and photographers out of Iraq

faraway on June 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Rumor has it that Col. Braddock is being recalled from retirement.

BobMbx on June 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

You really got Al Qaeda on the run there, sport!!

jdpaz on June 12, 2014 at 2:11 PM

The Bergdahl Swap squirrel did it’s job.

faraway on June 12, 2014 at 2:11 PM

“The need for us to have a more robust, regional approach to partnering and training partner countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa.”

He noted that American power could be more smartly applied by training and equipping foreign governments to provide for their own defenses.

Why not tell the president all those smart ideas…

the_nile on June 12, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Pretty stark contrast in the two threads at the top of the page. Might have to exercise military action in Iraq on the right and World less violent on the left side.

Oldnuke on June 12, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Take comfort in the knowledge that his position on both is evolving.

BobMbx on June 12, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Did he finally get mad?

Cheese Wheel on June 12, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Obama’s presidency is falling apart like a Mexican space shuttle!

Chuck Schick on June 12, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Why this is all happening, it looks like the Republican House establishment is trying to sneak in a new Majority Leader, blue state Kevin McCarthy that is worse than Cantor. Especially on amnesty! Insane. This is really going to get a large part of the base upset. They need to select a red state candidate that everyone can be happy with, NOT AMNESTY PUSHING McCARTHY! Did the establishment not learn anything from Cantor’s defeat?

anotherJoe on June 12, 2014 at 2:12 PM

The left will laud him if he does something or laud him if he does nothing.

Gay Marriage is the most important issue facing humanity and guides all of their political calculations.

mankai on June 12, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Any personnel we have in Baghdad are either going to die in the compound or they are barely going to make it out in a Huey. History repeats itself. LBJ please pick up the white courtesy phone….

HomeoftheBrave on June 12, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Obama is doing this to get stuff for his post presidential “library” (as if the filthy bastard even knows how to read beyond the words that appear on TOTUS). Gerald Ford got the steps shown in the screenshot for this thread. Obama wants the charred gate with the State Department seal on it or something.

Happy Nomad on June 12, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Looks like it would be a bad time to visit any Iraqi asprin factories.

tommyboy on June 12, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Osama is dead, Al Qaeda is alive.

El_Terrible on June 12, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Obama: George W. Bush was right. Shhhhh!!!

Steve Z on June 12, 2014 at 2:13 PM

this looks weird next to the “world is less violent than ever” headline…

Sachiko on June 12, 2014 at 2:07 PM

But not next to “war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength”…

the_nile on June 12, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Funny how you broadcast your withdrawal and the bad guys just wait for you to leave. Who could’ve predicted that??!!

jdpaz on June 12, 2014 at 2:14 PM

So will he be backing ISIS as his inclinations would lead him or Iran as Biden’s inclinations would lead him? He certainly won’t be backing Maliki.

Steve Eggleston on June 12, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Didn’t you just say the world is a “less violent” place ya DUMB@$$?

Pelosi Schmelosi on June 12, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Obama, for God’s sake resign.

SC.Charlie on June 12, 2014 at 2:15 PM

“What’s happened over the last couple of days, I think, underscores the importance of the point that I made at my West Point speech,” Obama continued. “The need for us to have a more robust, regional approach to partnering and training partner countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa.”

Hey Barry, thats what we were doing when you pulled everyone out!

Sven on June 12, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Is going to give back that Nobel Peace Prize???…

PatriotRider on June 12, 2014 at 2:16 PM

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/biden-once-called-iraq-one-obamas-great-achievments_794909.html

Biden Once Called Iraq One of Obama’s ‘Great Achievements’

Genius.

PappyD61 on June 12, 2014 at 2:16 PM

What is this president talking about? Doesn’t he know that “this is the way war ends in the 21st century”? On his watch, anyway?

de rigueur on June 12, 2014 at 2:16 PM

“In the short-term, we have to deal with what clearly is an emergency situation in Iraq this country that I abandoned to its dismal fate,” Obama added.

Missy on June 12, 2014 at 2:17 PM

You really got Al Qaeda on the run there, sport!!

jdpaz on June 12, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Well, to be sure, he never said, “Al Qaeda is on the run away.” For all we know, the whole time he meant “on the run toward us.”

brentspolemics on June 12, 2014 at 2:18 PM

The president stressed the need for internal political reforms in Iraq which are aimed at creating an atmosphere of inclusion for the country’s Sunni population.

Good luck with that…

William Eaton on June 12, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Looks like it would be a bad time to visit any Iraqi asprin factories.

tommyboy on June 12, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Monica under the desk, good times. You know there’s a guy under obama’s desk while he calls world leaders.
Compared to now, Bill seems harmless.

Cheese Wheel on June 12, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Al Qaeda is on the run…to Baghdad.

WestVirginiaRebel on June 12, 2014 at 2:18 PM

ISIS rebels

They are all natural born Iraqis Noah? On whose authority do you assert this?

Akzed on June 12, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Apparently all Obama’s got is a screwdriver, and so he’s screwing everything up!

otlset on June 12, 2014 at 2:19 PM

“Now would be a good time for Obama to remind the world that climate change is the greatest threat…”

PatriotRider on June 12, 2014 at 2:19 PM

American air support for Iranian ground troops.

Ben Hur on June 12, 2014 at 2:19 PM

ISIS rebels

Next I guess you’ll be calling the “freedom fighters.”

“They’re like the George Washingtons of Iraq.”

Akzed on June 12, 2014 at 2:19 PM

American air support for Iranian ground troops.

Ben Hur on June 12, 2014 at 2:19 PM

The irony…

PatriotRider on June 12, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Obama warns of ‘jihadists’ in Iraq, confirms ‘emergency situation’ may require military force

What difference, at this point, does it make?

redguy on June 12, 2014 at 2:22 PM

underscores the importance of the point that I made at my West Point speech,” Obama continued.

A little less talk, a little more action, you moron. If you knew it was so freaking important, why wasn’t this a fait accompli long before you expounded upon your deep mind-thoughts at West Point? Or do you not realize that you are actually responsible for making this crap happen? You’re not supposed to just watch the news and see what’s happening — make some freaking news, idiot.

jdpaz on June 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Maybe we could send Bowe Bergdahl to Iraq and an advance force…

PatriotRider on June 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

I’m sure they’re quaking in their boots, er, sandals. Especially considering how he is with red lines and all.

Occams Stubble on June 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

No. No. No. None of this is our problem, we shouldn’t be paying for anything in Iraq or Afghanistan or Israel for that matter. I want my tax dollars going to things in the U.S., period!

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

as an…

can’y type today…

PatriotRider on June 12, 2014 at 2:24 PM

No. No. No. None of this is our problem, we shouldn’t be paying for anything in Iraq or Afghanistan or Israel for that matter. I want my tax dollars going to things in the U.S., period!

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

So you’re against amnesty.

the_nile on June 12, 2014 at 2:24 PM

otlset on June 12, 2014 at 2:19 PM

That’s funny right there. I’m stealing that.

jdpaz on June 12, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Close to 10 trillion dollars of waste on wars and the Iraqis still can’t protect themselves.
‘Artificial peace’ as Ron Paul puts it.
This was always going to happen at some point when the US pulls back resources.
I say let it burn. We shouldn’t be spending money on people who hate us anyway.
Good job Bush

weedisgood on June 12, 2014 at 2:25 PM

” regional approach to partnering”??? You mean partnering with Al Qaeda

jake49 on June 12, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Wow, he actually called them “jihadists”? I thought in the Obama era, “jihad” had been redefined to mean a search for peace and enlightenment – or something.

TarheelBen on June 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM

So you’re against amnesty.

the_nile on June 12, 2014 at 2:24 PM

She clearly doesn’t support Michelle obozo’s attempts to rescue those poor Nigerian school girls.

Flange on June 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM

No. No. No. None of this is our problem, we shouldn’t be paying for anything in Iraq or Afghanistan or Israel for that matter. I want my tax dollars going to things in the U.S., period!

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

How about abortions in Mexico? We pay for those because of Obama.

Cheese Wheel on June 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM

No. No. No. None of this is our problem, we shouldn’t be paying for anything in Iraq or Afghanistan or Israel for that matter. I want my tax dollars going to things in the U.S., period!

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Bwahahahahaahahhahahaahahahaa. You dummy.

HotAirian on June 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM

None of this is our problem

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Please remind us what happened the last time AQ took over a country. Hint, review the time period Sept 2001.

faraway on June 12, 2014 at 2:28 PM

And Vladimir Putin orders up another bowl of popcorn, as he watches the comedy unfolding in front of him…

bimmcorp on June 12, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Why do Terrorists drive Toyotas instead of GM vehicles?

Electrongod on June 12, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Obama warns of ‘jihadists’

…I think it takes ‘ONE‘…to know one!

KOOLAID2 on June 12, 2014 at 2:28 PM

I thought in the Obama era, “jihad” had been redefined to mean a search for peace and enlightenment – or something.

TarheelBen on June 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM

And it’s NASA’s new mission.

jdpaz on June 12, 2014 at 2:29 PM

He noted that American power could be more smartly applied by training and equipping foreign governments to provide for their own defenses.

Going to take a lot more than that. The Iraqi military forces ran away from an enemy they outnumbered 15 to 1.

butch on June 12, 2014 at 2:29 PM

No. No. No. None of this is our problem, we shouldn’t be paying for anything in Iraq or Afghanistan or Israel for that matter. I want my tax dollars going to things in the U.S., period!

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Chicken with head cut off on display.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 2:29 PM

This fvuckwit could have just left some security forces in there to prevent this from happening, but he had to go out of his way to appease Code Pink. Now it’s predictably collapsing and he wants to invade again. Un-fuccking-believable.

crrr6 on June 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Flashback Thursday, zero edition…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Why do Terrorists drive Toyotas instead of GM vehicles?

Electrongod on June 12, 2014 at 2:28 PM

They’ve been recalled.

jdpaz on June 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Close to 10 trillion dollars of waste on wars and the Iraqis still can’t protect themselves.
‘Artificial peace’ as Ron Paul puts it.
This was always going to happen at some point when the US pulls back resources.
I say let it burn. We shouldn’t be spending money on people who hate us anyway.
Good job Bush

weedisgood on June 12, 2014 at 2:25 PM

And Al Quada is on the run……

Electrongod on June 12, 2014 at 2:31 PM

No. No. No. None of this is our problem, we shouldn’t be paying for anything in Iraq or Afghanistan or Israel for that matter. I want my tax dollars going to things in the U.S., period!

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

The last time I checked the economies of the world run on oil.

sentinelrules on June 12, 2014 at 2:31 PM

“….and our national security team is looking at all the options,”

He has a national security team? When did that happen?

ColBubba on June 12, 2014 at 2:32 PM

FLASHBACK: Obama Boasts He’s “Leaving Behind A Stable And Self-Reliant Iraq”… Resist We Much on June 12, 2014 at 2:08 PM

He did. He left that Iraq waaay behind.

Akzed on June 12, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Wow, he actually called them “jihadists”? I thought in the Obama era, “jihad” had been redefined to mean a search for peace and enlightenment – or something.

TarheelBen on June 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Playing on our fears.

Ben Hur on June 12, 2014 at 2:32 PM

This guy has not ended any wars. He just walked away from them.

They – the Islamic believers – have not ended the war against the west.

This pres is really a dweeb. Sorry, dweebs.

TerryW on June 12, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Noah, you know you’re supposed to give an opinion here, right?

Scopper on June 12, 2014 at 2:34 PM

According to Obama, immigration reform is a matter of urgency.

Not the fall of Iraq.

sentinelrules on June 12, 2014 at 2:34 PM

I want my tax dollars going to things in the U.S., period!

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Planned Parenthood counseling for minors wanting into BDSM, that sort of thing?

de rigueur on June 12, 2014 at 2:34 PM

He noted that American power could be more smartly applied by training and equipping foreign governments to provide for their own defenses.

Umm, isn’t that what we supposedly did in Iraq (and is the plan for Afghanistan)? Real life, real-time events seem to be contradicting that approach.

Oh, and perhaps releasing high-threat terrorists ain’t such a good idea.

Mayday on June 12, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Does this mean that Obama is canceling his golf and fundraising trip to Palm Springs this weekend?

myiq2xu on June 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

I want my tax dollars going to things in the U.S., period!

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Like housing, feeding, medically treating, and educating hundreds of thousands of poor Honduran, El Salvadoran, Guatamalan, etc., “economic refugees”?

AZCoyote on June 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Well.. He is going to have to do something unless he wants a repeat of Saigon.

Illinidiva on June 12, 2014 at 2:05 PM

1. That’s exactly what The One and his minions do want. It’s been their wet-dream since they got there.

2. However, the Bergdahl debacle’ has now warned them that the American people probably won’t be cheering them for doing a repeat of “The Last Helicopter Out”.

3. If it happens between now and November (I’m betting on sometime in the next two weeks), the expected Democrat losses in House and Senate races could turn into a Democrat poll massacre at the Little Big Horn level. (If you’re from the Commonwealth countries, think Isandlwana or Majuba Hill.) Because it will confirm everything non-progressives have always suspected about progressives; namely, that they like our enemies more than they like us.

My money is on Baghdad falls, Afghanistan goes next, and they take the American Democrat Party down with them.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Close to 10 trillion dollars of waste on wars and the Iraqis still can’t protect themselves.

weedisgood on June 12, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Uh, weed brain, I think 10 trillion is a little high. The largest annual deficit during the Bush years was about 400 billion and the “entire” national debt when he left office was around 10 trillion.

TarheelBen on June 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

So will he be backing ISIS as his inclinations would lead him or Iran as Biden’s inclinations would lead him? He certainly won’t be backing Maliki.

Steve Eggleston on June 12, 2014 at 2:14 PM

…remember when the MSM trumpeted how Biden strengthened the ‘ticket’ because of his vast array of foreign policy exposure…to supplement the inexperience of the community orgainizer?
…I’ve got their… ‘exposure’….Right Here!

KOOLAID2 on June 12, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Good job Bush

weedisgood on June 12, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Hey there, Cheech!! FYI, Iraq was stable and in the long, slow process of becoming a free, democratic nation when George W. Bush left office. Then your boy entered the picture and summarily capitulated, gave up the hard fought gains of liberty, and handed the fledgling nation and her people over to those who WILL annihilate them. You have not seen nuthin’ yet. Wait until you learn of the carnage that will be the Iraqi citizenry as a result of your boy’s naivety and colossal ignorance of the situation. The blood is on the Dog Eater’s hands, and his alone.

Just don’t bogart that joint, my friend…pass it on to Barack…the game’s on tonight…

bimmcorp on June 12, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Does this mean that Obama is canceling his golf and fundraising trip to Palm Springs this weekend?

myiq2xu on June 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Not until after our embassy in Baghdad has fallen.

Sven on June 12, 2014 at 2:38 PM

No. No. No. None of this is our problem, we shouldn’t be paying for anything in Iraq or Afghanistan or Israel for that matter. I want my tax dollars going to things in the U.S., period!

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Might feel differently when they’re on your doorstep .

( Did o just say wack -a – mole ? )
F…ing genius .

Lucano on June 12, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Uh oh. Preznit stompyfoot is getting wee-weed up…

Galtian on June 12, 2014 at 2:39 PM

“I think it’s fair to say that in our consultations with the Iraqis, there will be some short-term, immediate things that need to be done militarily, and our national security team is looking at all the options,” the president said. “But there this should be also a wake-up call for the Iraqi government.”

Hey numb nuts!? Iraq asked for help with this problem a month ago, and a year ago. And you refused them any military support. Specifically air support to take out ISIS camps. Now that it is in the news and making you look bad, it is time for action! Incompetent!

Patriot Vet on June 12, 2014 at 2:39 PM

I want my tax dollars going to things in the U.S., period!

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Like the rebuilding of fallen buildings?

Electrongod on June 12, 2014 at 2:39 PM

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