Sum of all fears: Obama may have to approve airstrikes in Iraq

posted at 9:31 am on June 12, 2014 by Noah Rothman

For a president who owes his 2008 primary and general election victories to his politically beneficial opposition to the conflict in Iraq, it is difficult to think of a more frustrating development than the renewal of that conflict.

For Obama, who campaigned on and successfully achieved a near complete American withdrawal from Iraq, even over the objections of policy makers who warned of the potential for that chronically unstable nation to again erupt in violence, being forced to contemplate revived military action in that country represents a political Sophie’s Choice. Abstain, and risk being haunted by the impression that he presided over the loss of the Middle East having surrendered the tenuous gains in Iraq and allowed conflicts in Syria, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia to metastasize. Accept, and the Obama presidency’s raison d’être – a mandate for retrenchment and a renewed reliance on smart power – collapses.

It’s a tough call, but it wasn’t so difficult a decision when the escalating violence in Iraq was not front page, above the fold material. According to a New York Times report on Tuesday, the United States was approached by the Iraqi government on multiple occasions with request that they carry out airstrikes against targets where extremists were basing. They were refused.

“By March,” the Times reports, “American experts who visited Baghdad were being told that Iraq’s top leaders were hoping that American air power could be used to strike the militants staging and training areas inside Iraq, and help Iraq’s beleaguered forces stop them from crossing into Iraq from Syria.” A report by Eli Lake in The Daily Beast indicates that Iraqi officials have been requesting renewed U.S. air support since November, 2013.

The Times report adds that the same appeal was made in a May 16 phone call between Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Vice President Joe Biden. That was followed by a formal, written request. It was rebuffed, but the United States did provide the Iraqi military with $14 billion in lethal military aid – some of which is turning up in ISIS propaganda videos as the militants celebrate its capture from retreating Iraqi forces.

The most recent reports indicate that the fighting has now nearing Karbala, a holy city for Shiite Muslims and strategically located just 100 kilometers to the southwest of Baghdad. The city of Kirkuk in the Kurdish north has already been surrendered by the Iraqi government, and is reportedly in control of independent Kurdish forces.

The opportunity to strangle, or at least contain, the ISIS baby in its Levant crib having passed, Iraq is now the battlefield of necessity. This threat, too, would be ignored but for the fact that the ISIS threat to Iraq is now an A1 story. American officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told reporters on Tuesday that they were strongly considering the resumption of airstrikes (or “kinetic support”) inside Iraq.

Operationally, some reports indicate, strikes against ISIS fighters and staging areas inside Iraq would not differ dramatically from maned and unmanned airstrikes in other Asian and North African theaters – American counterterror operations which already enjoy broad, bipartisan support and have been a pillar of Obama’s defense strategy.

Americans would, however, view the authorization of force in Iraq quite differently. It represents the collapse of yet another of Obama’s promises. It would cement for his supporters the awareness that Obama can no more reverse the tides of history than he could reverse the tides of the ocean. It would also cede to Republicans a political talking point of immense value. Following those strikes, Republicans could rightfully say that the Iraq War, which was authorized in a bipartisan manner, would also have been executed in a bipartisan manner.

Airstrikes in Iraq would be the politically unpalatable thing to do, but it is unclear whether the president has much of a choice. By avoiding the political headache associated with authorizing limited intervention in Syria, he has invited the throbbing political migraine coupled with the resumption of military operations in Iraq.


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Man, President’n is hard.

MikeInBA on June 12, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Sadly, it will be to order strikes against the Kurds only.

Bishop on June 12, 2014 at 9:33 AM

What an idiot.

forest on June 12, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Present?

Roy Rogers on June 12, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Leading Reacting from behind.

Flange on June 12, 2014 at 9:35 AM

The chickens are coming home to roost.

jmtham156 on June 12, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Moral of the story:

don’t trust the United States.

itsspideyman on June 12, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Imagine the stress this news will be to Obama when he reads about it in today’s papers.

conservative pilgrim on June 12, 2014 at 9:36 AM

According to a New York Times report on Tuesday, the United States was approached by the Iraqi government on multiple occasions with request that they carry out airstrikes against targets where extremists were basing. They were refused.

The first pacifist fascist. Dear Liar’s only enemy is the American people.

rbj on June 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Iraq can govern itself. Couldn’t care less what’s happening internally there.

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM

As long as he doesn’t have to change his tee time.

jmtham156 on June 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Somebody better be very specific as to whom we would be attacking.

mankai on June 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM

I ended the war!!………. ooopsie

cmsinaz on June 12, 2014 at 9:38 AM

God forbid he do nothing and let Bagdad fall.

Of course it will take attention off the VA, Bergdahl, Benghazi, and ObamaCare, and he can always blame Bush!

Evi L. Bloggerlady on June 12, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Smart Power!

kingsjester on June 12, 2014 at 9:39 AM

For those, that can not Un-Lock the article:
(or “kinetic support”)

Iraq Signals Openness to U.S. Airstrikes Against al Qaeda, U.S. Officials Say

June 11, 2014 6:50 p.m. ET
**************************

WASHINGTON—Iraq has privately signaled to the Obama administration that it would allow the U.S. to conduct airstrikes with drones or manned aircraft against al Qaeda militant targets on Iraqi territory, senior U.S. officials said Wednesday.

The Obama administration is considering a number of options, including the possibility of providing “kinetic support” for the Iraqi military fighting al Qaeda rebels who seized two major cities north of Baghdad this week, according to a senior U.S. official who added that no decisions have been made.

Officials declined to say whether the U.S. would consider conducting airstrikes with drones or manned aircraft.

Iraq has long asked the U.S. to provide it with drones that could be used in such strikes, but Washington has balked at supplying them, officials said.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/iraq-signals-openness-to-u-s-airstrikes-against-al-qaeda-u-s-officials-say-1402526823

canopfor on June 12, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Obama won’t do it. He’ll dither until Baghdad falls.

ElectricPhase on June 12, 2014 at 9:40 AM

For Obama, who campaigned on and successfully achieved a near complete American withdrawal from Iraq

Shorter version is “abandoned ignominiously”.

He retreated from geopolitical strength, partly because of an ideological dislike of American strength and partly because he hates being a target. Now we are in big, big trouble. Obama, Hillary, Kerry and the Progressives are absolute unmitigated disasters for the entire world.

MTF on June 12, 2014 at 9:40 AM

CiC!!!

ladyingray on June 12, 2014 at 9:40 AM

I guess community organizing doesn’t prepare you for much other than community organizing.

jmtham156 on June 12, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Don’t step in the leadership.

myiq2xu on June 12, 2014 at 9:41 AM

No problem. I’m sure his community organizin’prepared him for just such a predicament.

Clink on June 12, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Obama schedule:

1:00pm: Take call from Iraq PM.?
1:05pm: Hit the court to shoot hoops.

MikeInBA on June 12, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Iraq can govern itself. Couldn’t care less what’s happening internally there.

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM

It’s just a trumped up crisis by the wing nuts, man. We all know al Queda is on the run, decimated and on the path to defeat. It’s not Obama promised in 2008 that defeating them is of the greatest importance.

/Leftists’ selective policy positions

mankai on June 12, 2014 at 9:42 AM

NATO is Standing Down on Iraq,….woe:

Iraq violence
5m
Turkish minister of interior affairs says there is no change in Mosul, Iraq, hostage situation, but health condition of Turkish hostages is stable – @aytekin_akin
===================================

https://twitter.com/aytekin_akin

Akin Aytekin @aytekin_akin · 16m

Turkish Minister of Interior Affairs says no change in hostage situation, but that their health condition is stable.

Akin Aytekin @aytekin_akin · 30m

BREAKING: NATO says they don’t see a reason for the organization to get involved in Iraq – *NN Turk

canopfor on June 12, 2014 at 9:42 AM

The only airstrike The One will order is on our own Embassy.

vnvet on June 12, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Can that be done from the golf course?

Bmore on June 12, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Obama is more likely to approve air strikes on West Virginia than Iraq.

ConstantineXI on June 12, 2014 at 9:43 AM

And right on cue via realclearpolitics a journalist writes ‘don’t blame obama’

Daniel henninger has an excellent piece there.l ‘ while obama fiddles

cmsinaz on June 12, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Obama has turned this into complete disaster. Every bit of this is on his head. The only “kinetic action” I support out of this mess is impeachment.

claudius on June 12, 2014 at 9:44 AM

And, speaking of reasons to not send American pilots over Iraq… all of those MANPADs from the Libyan gun-running are about to come home to roost.

bofh on June 12, 2014 at 9:45 AM

The White House Blog: President Obama Has Ended the War in Iraq

Twitchy: ‘Holy crap’: Hindsight exposes team Obama’s hat-trick of failure

Thank goodness we’re nearly to the weekend. It’s time for some golf.

Drained Brain on June 12, 2014 at 9:45 AM

I wonder what the ISIS thinks about climate change.

jmtham156 on June 12, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Time for a strongly worded tweet and a hashtag.

gophergirl on June 12, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Iraq can govern itself. Couldn’t care less what’s happening internally there.

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Dude, you must have been very busy in the 90s protesting Clinton’s air war in the Balkans.

mankai on June 12, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Hi Barakie Babe, Mohomad here at ISIS, just want to confirm you are holding off on any air strikes. Thanks Bro! See you in Baghdag Bro! Tell Susan Rice I think she is HOT….

Goodie on June 12, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Can that be done from the golf course?

Bmore on June 12, 2014 at 9:43 AM

roflmao..Good one..Well played sir..:)

Dire Straits on June 12, 2014 at 9:48 AM

The Turks were pretty jazzed when they didn’t let the US use their territory for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. I wonder if they’ll do something to clean up this mess when their own folks are on the line.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on June 12, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Iraq can govern itself. Couldn’t care less what’s happening internally there.

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM

I love when you go Neville Chamberlain so early in the morning

Odie1941 on June 12, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Time for a strongly worded tweet and a hashtag.

gophergirl on June 12, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Agreed..Maybe we can put the First Lady in charge of that since she has had great “success” in that area..:(

PS..Good to see you..:)

Dire Straits on June 12, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Another epic failure of the Obama presidency.

Ellis on June 12, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Sadly, I think that tactically the best we can hope for is a stalemate where all the ‘bad actors’ involved just kill each other. That’s just such a morally and ethically terrible conclusion, considering the people who suffer the most in those circumstances are everyday civilians with no ‘dog in the hunt’ as to who wins, loses, holds power, or ends up dead.

I don’t trust Obama to do the right thing, either. I certainly don’t want a president who ‘pulls the trigger’ with abandon, but there are times when you have to make a decision and stick with it. Bush really screwed up getting us into Iraq, but I respect the fact that he was the one who ultimately made the decision and took responsibility for doing so as CiC. Obama doesn’t take responsibility for anything. It’s as if he’s afloat in a row boat, with nobody at the oars, bobbing up and down with the tide, wondering where he is and what to do.

xNavigator on June 12, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Apparently this is the YoutTube video responsible fro the ISIS attacks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cNDMaEjZng

MikeInBA on June 12, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Iraq can govern itself. Couldn’t care less what’s happening internally there.

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM

rofl..You have a point..Too bad it is on top of your head..:)

Dire Straits on June 12, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Morning Dire :)

cmsinaz on June 12, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Photoshop a ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ flag into one of those ISIS convoys and the decision will be a little easier for him.

Wigglesworth on June 12, 2014 at 9:52 AM

One can only chatter oneself out of a corner of incompetency so often.

Ricard on June 12, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Having served over there trying to prop up the Iraqi police, I can say that there is no amount of motivation that we can impart to the Iraqis that will compel them to save themselves. We could have stayed there 20 years and as long as the dumb Americans were doing everything for them, the Iraqis had no problem letting them while taking their 2 hour afternoon naps.

The only people over there who have been first and foremost concerned with providing their own security are the Kurds. They are staunch allies and Iraqi Kurdistan is an oasis in that area. I am afraid that after 25 years of providing them support we may be about to see another episode like the one that befell the Montagnards in Vietnam. The Kurds are literally surrounded by nations (Turkey and Iran primarily) and other groups that do not want them having sovereignty.

guinneach on June 12, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Where is Jimmy Carter when you need him?/

SC.Charlie on June 12, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Iraq can govern itself. Couldn’t care less what’s happening internally there.

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Agreed. When do we recall the U.S. troops who were sent to Nigeria?

Bishop on June 12, 2014 at 9:54 AM

As we speak, al Qaeda continues to plot against us, and its leadership remains anchored in the border regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. We will disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda, while preventing Afghanistan from again serving as a base for terrorists. And because of our drawdown in Iraq, we are now able to apply the resources necessary to go on offense.

Leftists believed this clown.

No, you won’t disrupt anything, and who needs Afghanistan if you have Iraq… And its oil.

Arm the Kurds.

mankai on June 12, 2014 at 9:54 AM

cmsinaz on June 12, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Good morning..:)

PS..Times like these make me long for those Def Leppard concerts..:)

Dire Straits on June 12, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Iraq can govern itself. Couldn’t care less what’s happening internally there.
libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Bad war! BAD!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 12, 2014 at 9:55 AM

https://twitter.com/NATOSource

NATOSource @NATOSource · 26m

White House: @JoeBiden “told PM Erdogan that the US is prepared to support Turkey’s efforts to bring about the safe return of its citizens”

canopfor on June 12, 2014 at 9:54 AM

canopfor on June 12, 2014 at 9:55 AM

What pisses me off to no end?

Baghdad could fall, and W still won’t come out and say a damn word about it.

budfox on June 12, 2014 at 9:55 AM

For some strange reason, I am very popular up the hill these days.I wonder why?.(Must be my sunny disposition–NAH)

flackcatcher on June 12, 2014 at 9:55 AM

ISIS must be destroyed in both Iraq and Syria… There is no other way around it…

mnjg on June 12, 2014 at 9:56 AM

It’s that damn Nobel Peace Prize getting in the way again. Why did the Nobel Committee have to constrain Dog Eater that way, WHY?

Bishop on June 12, 2014 at 9:57 AM

I thought he had ended that war.

BobMbx on June 12, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Hi Barakie Babe, Mohomad here at ISIS again, just wondering where is that case of Hennesey you promised me? Also, can you help us get a seat at the UN? And maybe some World Series tickets? Thanks Bro!

Goodie on June 12, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Obama is not of U.S., not one of U.S. he is apart from U.S., and when the islamic ones of terror win in Iraq he will be with them inside where he hides the hate.

He has made U.S. shame ourselves due to our lack of ability to elect Americans of U.S. to be in charge. The Generals now obey illegal orders, carry out illegal orders, and soon more evil will come to U.S. all.

Be at the ready to defend yourselves.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 12, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Iraq can govern itself. Couldn’t care less what’s happening internally there.

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Wow that’s a complete admission of abject stupidity if I ever saw one. You claim to be a professor? wowowowow. You aren’t fit to teach basket weaving 101.

dogsoldier on June 12, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Where is Jimmy Carter when you need him?/

SC.Charlie on June 12, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Thanks…I just threw up a little.

JetBoy on June 12, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Nick Charles @danep1954

Yes, Obama didn’t lose Iraq, he gave it away.

sentinelrules on June 12, 2014 at 9:58 AM

The US gets very little of its foreign oil from Iraq.

However, every time that an oil field somewhere is “threatened,” Americans watch gasoline prices rise.

Has anyone driven past a service station this morning?

Alien on June 12, 2014 at 9:58 AM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 12, 2014 at 9:58 AM

It makes me sad to say you are 100% spot on.

dogsoldier on June 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Unless we are willing to go in and obliterate these scum, what is the point in a few airstrikes?

If we do anything, then it better be as WAR and not a child’s game.

Either go in with absolute overwhelming force with the intention of total obliteration of the enemy, or leave it alone.

For now, I would say let the islamists kill the other islamist extremists.

If the extremists prevail, then we can go in and obliterate a much smaller force of them.

astonerii on June 12, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Iraq can govern itself. Couldn’t care less what’s happening internally there.

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Moron… You will care when these f***ing ISIS terrorists start killing Americans all over the world as they get stronger than ever by establishing their state in Syria and Iraq…

mnjg on June 12, 2014 at 10:01 AM

The Bamster will be sending the ACLU to Afghan in 3, 2, 1. Another attack led by John Podesta.

Goodie on June 12, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Iraq can govern itself. Couldn’t care less what’s happening internally there.

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM

LFOD:


This is Obama’s Cat0Strophic Failure, on his WATCH,

as Hopey/Changey side-swiped Libya, smacked into Afghanistan,
then drove Iraq into the Ditch,..with his Foreign Policy Car,

and the licence plate says,

” DontDoStupidSh*t”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(snark)

canopfor on June 12, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Tangled web he did built that.

Tsar of Earth on June 12, 2014 at 10:02 AM

“See what the Tea Party did to Iraq?” -Chuckie Schumer

So ISIS has come into possession of $14B of US arms? If not it will shortly. If we do nothing but allow those weapons to fall into the hands of ISIS, then it will look more like a plan than a mere disaster.

What if we did bomb ISIS and they retaliated by attacking Americans? In America. Tit for tat. And taking credit for it. And daring us to bomb them again and see what happens.

Akzed on June 12, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Time for a strongly worded tweet and a hashtag.

gophergirl on June 12, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Sorry..That totally went over my head on first pass..Sorry I messed up my response..:):)

Dire Straits on June 12, 2014 at 10:03 AM

The US gets very little of its foreign oil from Iraq.

However, every time that an oil field somewhere is “threatened,” Americans watch gasoline prices rise.

Has anyone driven past a service station this morning? – Alien on June 12, 2014 at 9:58 AM

The price of oil is set on the world market. The United States is still a net importer of oil. I believe that we import still around 20% of our crude oil. Perhaps Venezuela will be willing to increase production.

SC.Charlie on June 12, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Indeed dire

Rock on :)

cmsinaz on June 12, 2014 at 10:04 AM

https://twitter.com/markknoller

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 40m

WH stops short of committing to US air strikes on ISIL but commits to help build Iraq’s military capacity to stop ISIL.

Replied to 0 times

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 41m

In statement last night, WH said it will support a new Counterterrorism Fund to help Iraq respond militarily to the ISIL attacks & threats.

Replied to 0 times

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 45m

Will see if the two leaders discuss the deteriorating situation in parts of Iraq due to attacks from al-Qaida inspired militant group ISIL.

canopfor on June 12, 2014 at 10:04 AM

some of which is turning up in ISIS propaganda videos

Noah, you’re a useful idiot.

Quit calling them ‘ISIS’. It’s alQaeda.

faraway on June 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Noah, you wrote:

Accept, and the Obama presidency’s raison d’être – a mandate for retrenchment and a renewed reliance on smart power – collapses.

Well, it was the stated goal, but the true reason for Obama’s presidency was power for the internationalist Left elite. “Smart Power” was merely a marketing ploy to sell to the masses. Obama won’t care about whether he has to bomb Libya, or re-bomb Iraq, so long as he has the media–the marketing arm of the internationalist Left elite–willing to sell his proposition to the plebs.

SmallishBees on June 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Has anyone driven past a service station this morning?

Alien on June 12, 2014 at 9:58 AM

For more than six months, the price of gasoline has had little to do with the supply of oil. Oil production in the US and most of the rest of the world (not counting the falling production in Venezuela and Iran, plus federal lands here) has increased. Not even speculation can account for the fluctuation in prices that I can see.

Though, it is a world oil market and problems in Iraq have just as much effect here.

cozmo on June 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

For a president who owes his 2008 primary and general election victories to his politically beneficial opposition to the conflict in Iraq,

Huh? Where the hell did you get that idea?

Barky owes his 2008 victory to the Vichy GOP’s suicidal and treasonous push for aid and comfort to invading illegals in 2006-2007, which turned the GOP into a pariah among everyone, not least the party’s own base, the fact that McShame – the most detested figure from the treasonous push for illegals – was the candidate (and an awful, retarded, inept one, at that) and to the credit crisis. Barky’s opposition to the Iraq War had little to nothing to do with his election.

As to the primary … guess what killed Shrillary’s bid. It happened during one of the dem primary debates. Shrillary sided with Spitzer’s licenses for illegals and … she was finished. The hag never recovered from that and neither did Spitzer, who saw his approval ratings go from 70% to less than 40 in a matter of weeks.

Were you not around in 2008, or something?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

cmsinaz on June 12, 2014 at 10:04 AM

You and yours do the same..:):)

Dire Straits on June 12, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Shocker of the day ……………. Obama take full responsibility for this failure.

Oops, alternative universe.

SC.Charlie on June 12, 2014 at 10:06 AM

It’s that damn Nobel Peace Prize getting in the way again. Why did the Nobel Committee have to constrain Dog Eater that way, WHY?

Bishop on June 12, 2014 at 9:57 AM

That and the TEA party………………………

VegasRick on June 12, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Can that be done from the golf course?

Bmore on June 12, 2014 at 9:43 AM

There’s an app for that. Think it’s called AngryObamas.

Tsar of Earth on June 12, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Iraq can govern itself. Couldn’t care less what’s happening internally there.

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM

It must really suck to be you, bless your little heart.

trigon on June 12, 2014 at 10:07 AM

BREAKING: NATO says they don’t see a reason for the organization to get involved in Iraq – *NN Turk

canopfor on June 12, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Is this f***ing real or is it a joke? ISIS terrorist taking over one third of Iraq and keeps on advancing and NATO does not see a reason to interfere? These cowards make Chamberlain looks like an ultra hawk…

mnjg on June 12, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Oh yah… A few air strikes…. That will solve the underlying problem of an entrenched Islamic culture. Let’s just double down on the colossal mistake of ever getting sucked into a Muslim country’s problems. Sorry but we need our resources and troop here to control our own borders!

Caseoftheblues on June 12, 2014 at 10:09 AM

The brand new presidential Boeing 747 jet is ready for Obama’s use. Where will he go? Where will he go?

SC.Charlie on June 12, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Iraq can govern itself. Couldn’t care less what’s happening internally there.

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Does loving on Obama’s man muscle ever get old? Do you have any other hobbies?

307wolverine on June 12, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Would it be helpful to know that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of this AlQaeda group, was released by Obama in 2009.

faraway on June 12, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Noah, you’re a useful idiot.

Quit calling them ‘ISIS’. It’s alQaeda.

faraway on June 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Just because he uses the name they have called themselves doesn’t make him an idiot. It makes him precise.

cozmo on June 12, 2014 at 10:10 AM

mnjg on June 12, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Agree with you..But they are also worried about the Russian bear and it seems hungry..:(

Dire Straits on June 12, 2014 at 10:11 AM

I hear rumors that a battalion of ACA Navigators is being mobilized for an air drop outside of Mosul.

God help those poor terrorists.

BobMbx on June 12, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Iraq Detroit can govern itself. Couldn’t care less what’s happening internally there.

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM

HotAirian on June 12, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Obama may have to strike but if strike, we buy. Again.

These guys in Iraq let 800 guys take out 30k of them, They ran like cats running away from a bath. These airstrikes will be a waste of money, but some people just want something done. Anything. We may end up right back where we started.

Everything we have touched in the Middle East has turned to crap. It is entirely possible that if we get involved again, we will make sh!t worst. If that is possible.

coolrepublica on June 12, 2014 at 10:12 AM

BobMbx on June 12, 2014 at 10:11 AM

roflmao..I just fell out of my chair..That was priceless..:)

Dire Straits on June 12, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Where is Jimmy Carter when you need him?/

SC.Charlie on June 12, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Probably stapling together a cardboard Home for Humanity somewhere which will be expeditiously and summarily destroyed by the soon-to-be residing humanity thus crashing the neighborhood’s resale values. Or something.

Tsar of Earth on June 12, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Moral of the story:

don’t trust the United States.

itsspideyman on June 12, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Is this the third or fourth time the Iraqi people have been taught that lesson? I’ve lost count.

ElectricPhase on June 12, 2014 at 10:15 AM

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