CNN: U.S. preparing for airstrikes in Iraq, decision coming as soon as ‘this weekend’

posted at 12:01 pm on June 13, 2014 by Noah Rothman

“There is a real sense of urgency over here at the White House,” reported CNN’s Jim Acosta on Friday. He added that the president is mulling his options for dealing with the situation in Iraq and will make a decision about how to address the worsening crisis as early as this weekend.

Acosta added that Secretary of State John Kerry revealed that the Pentagon has been conducting surveillance operations over Iraq in order to provide the president with a military options should he decide to pursue them.

“We have already taken some immediate steps, including providing enhanced aerial surveillance support to assist the Iraqis in this fight,” Kerry told reporters in London on Friday. “We have also ramped up shipments of military aid to Iraq since the beginning of the year.”

Iraqi officials have requested American air support in order to roll back the onslaught of ISIS fighters who have taken control of a number of major cities over the past several days. CNN’s Barbara Starr also reported that Barbara the aircraft carrier George H. W. Bush has been routed from N. Arabian Sea to Persian Gulf. “Everyone I’ve talked to seems to be ruling out the notion of drones in any significant way,” she said.

However, as CNN also reported on Friday, defense officials are also concerned that airstrikes may not be effective as some hope. “Calls for American air strikes have increased in Washington, but U.S. military planners trying to find a way to help Iraq fend off the militant fighters are worried that such attacks could prove futile, several officials told CNN,” the report read.

Among other complications, U.S. officials don’t have good intelligence about where militants are. Even if they did, the militants don’t have the type of targets — command and control centers, air defense sites, military bases — that lend themselves to aerial attacks, the officials said on condition of not being identified.

Given the political headaches that would result for this administration, one which campaigned on the issue of extricating the United States from Iraq’s internal affairs after seven years of war, the prospect of mounting potentially ineffective strikes against ISIS militants is probably not an enticing one.


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He’s reviewing his options over the next several days…he just read about this problem in papers.

d1carter on June 13, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Barry speaking right now. Marine One behind him where is he going?

Brat on June 13, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Is he going to do it from the 16th hole? Apparently he’s playing golf all weekend.

gophergirl on June 13, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Fore…!

d1carter on June 13, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Barry speaking right now. Marine One behind him where is he going?

Brat on June 13, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Golf weekend

http://twitchy.com/2014/06/13/definition-of-bad-optics-obama-hits-the-links-while-iraq-hits-the-fan/

gophergirl on June 13, 2014 at 12:03 PM

“The World Is Less Violent Than It Has Ever Been”

d1carter on June 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Obama only has a couple of options. He either puts boots on the ground or he creates a new Iraq /Syria caliphate based on terrorism.

HotAirian on June 13, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Obama Surrendered Iraq today

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Noah, read your post and fix the multiple errors.

Aplombed on June 13, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I’ve seen photos of pickup truck convoys full of hundreds of terrorists driving across open desert. Since they are saying that they have only 8,000 fighters are they saying that killing several hundred of them by hitting those convoys isn’t worth anything?
At the very least it would slow them up by forcing them to move in groups of one or two vehicles .

Curmudgeon on June 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM

“Iraq has turned down our offers of help, but are now coming around”…

d1carter on June 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Obama only has a couple of options. He either puts boots on the ground or he creates a new Iraq /Syria caliphate based on terrorism.

HotAirian on June 13, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Boots on the ground are not an option, but boots in the air is.

Oh the irony.

timberline on June 13, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Hillary said this week that her/obama’s biggest achievements are that the world again loves America, they inherited a hateful world and now we’re all peaceful. Send them your gratitude, rubes.

Kerry on Iraq: hawk, dove, hawk now.

Hillary on Iraq: hawk, dove, hawk now.

Leftists, I hope you all choke in obama’s azz, to a T.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Thanks gg.

“Watch this drive”
Remember how the media treated President Bush when he golfed.

Brat on June 13, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Why have those Islamist caravans not been decimated, yet?

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 12:07 PM

“There is a real sense of urgency over here at the White House,”

To bad it is about golf and fundraisers.

Sven on June 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

obama is in Palm Springs today and tomorrow, golfing, loving (not the Mooch), yapping at UCI, golfing some more.

He doesn’t care that his Sharia bros are literally cutting off heads.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

It’s almost getting to be too late for that. Air strikes would have been more effective before the lunatics captured most of the useful parts of the country.

Texas Zombie on June 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Obama is trying to decide which side to bomb. Probably doesn’t really make a difference anymore!!

Deano1952 on June 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Slave of HA and Ned, what’s it like to be you these days?

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

“We have already taken some immediate steps, including providing enhanced aerial surveillance support to assist the Iraqis in this fight,” Kerry told reporters in London on Friday. “We have also ramped up shipments of military aid to Iraq since the beginning of the year.”

And ISIS, per their Twitter taunts two months ago, and apparent happiness today, appreciates all of that extra military aid that is winding up in their hands.

I’m done with this – carpet bomb the place, nuke it, I don’t fucking care. Obliterate as much of Islam as possible in one impressive, terrifying series of actions, and warn the rest that a similar fate potentially awaits them as well.

Midas on June 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Another Summer of Recovery™ down the drain.

Brat on June 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Headed to Palm Springs…

d1carter on June 13, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Noah, read your post and fix the multiple errors.

Aplombed on June 13, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Does he adopt any other f*ckwitted bigoted leftist bullshit talking points about conservatives in this one?

Midas on June 13, 2014 at 12:11 PM

It’s probably too late. However, the Sunni/Shia war is in full swing. Encourage both sides to fight. Divide and distract from the US.

Oil Can on June 13, 2014 at 12:11 PM

“We have already taken some immediate steps, including providing enhanced aerial surveillance support to assist the Iraqis in this fight,” Kerry told reporters in London on Friday. “We have also ramped up shipments of military aid to Iraq since the beginning of the year.”

The Iraqi soldiers were giving some of the best technology money can buy and they freaking ran and left them behind for ISIS. I would not send one gun to Iraq right now and if it so going o end in an Iraqi soldier’s hand.

coolrepublica on June 13, 2014 at 12:11 PM

This extreme violence brought to you courtesy of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee.

Remember the old days when killing terrorists only created more terrorists? Man, I miss those days, good times.

Bishop on June 13, 2014 at 12:11 PM

If Iraq can’t contain things on their own, and they obviously can’t, it’s hard to see what limited airstrikes will do other than waste a lot of US money.

clearbluesky on June 13, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Let’s recap:

- veterans are dying waiting on care
- 100 million Americans are out of work
- thousands of Americans in Iraq may be killed this weekend
- thousands of our Iraqi allies may die this weekend
- Baghdad is about to be routed this weekend

And Obama is jetting off for golf.

This is not funny folks.

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Wasn’t it just in the last day or so that Obama was bleating on about how much less violent the world was now?

Bmore, feel free to post those links again without warning, I don’t give a f*ck.

Midas on June 13, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Ironic.

Obama is using the Bush to bomb Iraq.

Hear that Lefties, Obama is now Bush.

sentinelrules on June 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Noah, read your post and fix the multiple errors.

Aplombed on June 13, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Does he adopt any other f*ckwitted bigoted leftist bullshit talking points about conservatives in this one?

Midas on June 13, 2014 at 12:11 PM

What are you two babbling about?

katy the mean old lady on June 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Bet the Iraqi people are breathing easier now that Zero has asked his politico-packed security council to come up with plans that he will be reviewing in the next couple of days. What a ….

itsacookbook on June 13, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Who knew that Hope and Change the settings on the minigun to continuous fire.

Bishop on June 13, 2014 at 12:14 PM

subZero is headed out west for fundraising and golf. Wowowow talk about being indifferent.

With all the problems we currently face at home and abroad the last thing King Putt should be doing is screwing off.

dogsoldier on June 13, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Remember the old days when killing terrorists only created more terrorists? Man, I miss those days, good times.

Bishop on June 13, 2014 at 12:11 PM

But also recall that obama said that there is no more terrorism and the word was eliminated from all communication.

I love to watch marxists and fascists on display.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Well, he’s against Iraq being overrun by Islamic radicals, but not “rigidly” so.

vlad martel on June 13, 2014 at 12:14 PM

It’s almost getting to be too late for that. Air strikes would have been more effective before the lunatics captured most of the useful parts of the country.

Texas Zombie on June 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

And before they captured an incredible amount of heavy weaponry and other equipment of ours that was left behind as the Iraqis fled.

As an aside, it would be somewhat unfair for the world to continue to deride the French for being cowardly when faced with war – all of those jokes really need to be converted to Iraq jokes, to be fair.

Midas on June 13, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Lean Forward from the hatch of the Spectre gunship to verify the ordinance is landing on target.

Bishop on June 13, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Can’t make a decision until after the Father’s day weekend in Palm Springs…

d1carter on June 13, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 15s

Pres Obama says US ability to plan possible military action in Iraq “is gonna take several days.” Says it will not “happen overnight.”

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Mark Knoller @markknoller · 1m

Pres Obama says ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) poses a threat to Iraq and eventually to American interests as well.

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Mark Knoller @markknoller · 30s

Pres Obama says civil war in Syria has been spilling over into Iraq for some time.

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Mark Knoller @markknoller · 1m

Pres Obama calls the ISIL “a vicious organization” and says it’s in US interests to make sure they don’t getter a broader foothold in Iraq.

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Mark Knoller @markknoller · 32s

POTUS says this should be a wakeup call for Iraqi leaders – they have to make hard choices and compromises to protect their nation & people.

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Mark Knoller @markknoller · 26s

“We will not be sending US troops back into combat in Iraq,” says Pres Obama but will be reviewing other options from natl security team.

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:12 PM

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Obama is trying to decide which side to bomb. Probably doesn’t really make a difference anymore!!

Deano1952 on June 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Thread winner!

txdoc on June 13, 2014 at 12:17 PM

“There is a real sense of urgency over here at the White House,”…

(I mean seriously, what am I supposed to offer as a comment.)

Tsar of Earth on June 13, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Retweeted by NBC News
Chuck Todd @chucktodd · 1m

So it also sounds like POTUS wants some assurances from Maliki about what he will give up politically before helping

NBC News @NBCNews · 8s
Obama: U.S. will ‘do our part’ but Iraq is ultimately responsible for quelling violence http://nbcnews.to/1xUAPQh

Retweeted by NBC News
Chuck Todd @chucktodd · 1m

POTUS says no ground troops. Says he wants other options to help Iraq and will contemplate in the “days ahead”.
NBC News @NBCNews · now

Obama: We will not be sending troops back into Iraq http://nbcnews.to/1xUAPQh

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NBC News @NBCNews · 7s
Obama: Iraq violence could pose threat to American interests http://nbcnews.to/1mRPKC6

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:05 PM
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Retweeted by NBC News
Chuck Todd @chucktodd · 1m

POTUS uses phrase “selective military action”. Fits the framework of nat security policy he laid out at West Point. Small footprints. Drones

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NBC News @NBCNews · 11s

Obama on Iraq: ‘This is a regional problem and it is going to be a long-term problem’ http://nbcnews.to/1xUAPQh
View summary

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Retweeted by NBC News
Kelly O’Donnell @KellyO · 1m

Obama “We have enormous interests there…”American people have made huge investments & sacrifices” in Iraq

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:17 PM

What are you two babbling about?

katy the mean old lady on June 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Head over to the Labrador thread to see Noah regurgitate the lefty talking point that conservatives/Brat’s victory over Cantor had something to do with his Jewish religion.

Midas on June 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Too late

Let the Sunnis and Shia fight it out.

So we have the Saudis vs the Iranians by proxy.

We need to quarantine the area.. This plague must ultimately be destroyed. Neither variant of the disease is good for the human race.

CrazyGene on June 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM

A few bombs on the desolate landscape should take care of it . . . it’s the old Clinton Doctrine of shooting some camels in the butt and declaring victory.

rplat on June 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM

How many Americans do we have in Baghdad..?

d1carter on June 13, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Neville Chamberlain would be so proud!

NewyoricanInTheSouth on June 13, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Iraq violence
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Report: Pentagon to move aircraft carrier into Persian Gulf in case of potential airstrikes in Iraq – @barbarastarrCNN

Iraq violence
13m
President Obama says US will not be sending troops to combat in Iraq but will be reviewing other options to help bolster support in region – live video
End of alert

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Japan surrendered on board the USS Missouri

Obama surrendered Iraq in the Rose Garden, then jets off for a round of golf.

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 26s

“We will not be sending US troops back into combat in Iraq,” says Pres Obama but will be reviewing other options from natl security team.

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:12 PM

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Zero is afraid it will make him look foolish and the act will be unpopular.

More political thinking from an adolescent amateur. He doesn’t care how many die because of his screw up.

dogsoldier on June 13, 2014 at 12:19 PM

sentinelrules on June 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

To tweak the lefties, I’ve been wearing my “W Still the President” shirt from 2004 while gardening and doing yard work this week. Mostly conservative neighbors just grin but I did notice a strange look from the mailman.

Brat on June 13, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Can’t make a decision until after the Father’s day weekend in Palm Springs…

d1carter on June 13, 2014 at 12:15 PM

I think this next phase against Islam needs to fought with “Wetworks” not so much with boots on the ground. Bribes, payments, assassinations, special forces, and air strikes that what we need. All stick and carrot. We should probably stop all visa from Muslim countries.

Plus, we need a missile defense for just in case.

Oil Can on June 13, 2014 at 12:20 PM

The Associated Press @AP · 5s

MORE: Obama says U.S. military help won’t succeed unless Iraq’s government addresses sectarian differences: http://apne.ws/1joPZ6F

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/us-iraqi-insurgency-threatens-american-interests

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:20 PM

the president is mulling his options

=

Dithering.

Bmore on June 13, 2014 at 12:20 PM

How many Americans do we have in Baghdad..?

d1carter on June 13, 2014 at 12:19 PM

I wonder if they are thinking about how Benghazi turned out. Frankly, anyone working for Zero needs to think on that, long and hard.

dogsoldier on June 13, 2014 at 12:21 PM

We need to quarantine the area.. This plague must ultimately be destroyed. Neither variant of the disease is good for the human race.

CrazyGene on June 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM

We need to change your name to not so crazy. Good points.

Oil Can on June 13, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Oil Can on June 13, 2014 at 12:20 PM

No, we need to go in there and kill every last one of them.

dogsoldier on June 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Extreme urgency= sometime after Obama’s golf weekend in Palm Springs.

LASue on June 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM

NO Sh*t Sherlock:

https://twitter.com/APDiploWriter

Matt Lee @APDiploWriter · 10s

Is it a good idea to tell ISIL they have a couple days before any possible US action? #Iraq

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Dithering.

Bmore on June 13, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Wiping all that egg off his stupid face is hard.

Just two days ago he said to students “don’t be cynical; you live in the best of times” :)

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 12:23 PM

The terrorists that is. Most of you knew what I meant but there are a couple idiot trolls, so I decided to clarify.

dogsoldier on June 13, 2014 at 12:23 PM

10 under par at a US Open? Obama is concerned.

And El Tri just had a goal disallowed in Brazil. The linesman must be racist. Obama will have the Justice Dept on top of that.

Iraq? What?

kcewa on June 13, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Head over to the Labrador thread to see Noah regurgitate the lefty talking point that conservatives/Brat’s victory over Cantor had something to do with his Jewish religion.

Midas on June 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Not seeing that at all. Read it again.

katy the mean old lady on June 13, 2014 at 12:24 PM

The terrorists that is. Most of you knew what I meant but there are a couple idiot trolls, so I decided to clarify.

dogsoldier on June 13, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Thanks for that. Very thoughtful of you.

kcewa on June 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM

As an aside, it would be somewhat unfair for the world to continue to deride the French for being cowardly when faced with war – all of those jokes really need to be converted to Iraq jokes, to be fair.

Midas on June 13, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Yeah that’s no joke.

Why are there so many trees lining the main boulevard in Baghdad? Because the Iraqi parliament heard Al Qaeda likes to march in the shade…

Ba da bing! Tip your waiters n’ waitresses.

Texas Zombie on June 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Matt Lee @APDiploWriter · 10s

Is it a good idea to tell ISIL they have a couple days before any possible US action? #Iraq

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Matt, Zero has to give the terrorists enough time to take the US Embassy and do what they do. THEN he can do something ineffective, but politically attractive.

dogsoldier on June 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM

According to Obama, the world is less violent than ever.

What happened in the past 48 hours to change this?

Racism?

sentinelrules on June 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM

kcewa on June 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM

You’re welcome. I wouldn’t want anyone getting the wrong idea.

dogsoldier on June 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM

No, we need to go in there and kill every last one of them.

dogsoldier on June 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM

We are fighting 13th Centuries of crap. That place will never be civilized. Just beat the tar out of them if threaten us and then let them live in their Islamic “paradise”.

I rather not in go there. If a country continues to be a problem, then there is always the nuclear option. It’s much cheaper in terms of lives and treasure then boots on the ground.

I do realize by opinion will never be implemented…but it should.

Oil Can on June 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM

So is it the ISIS or ISIL…? I’m confused.

d1carter on June 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM

“We have also ramped up shipments of military aid to Iraq since the beginning of the year.”

Sure, send all that delicious high tech US Military Hardware over there so the Iraqi army can run away and turn it all over to the ISIS.

It’s Obama’s way of arming Al Qaeda.

Why is it everything Obama does is wrong? Can’t he do some thing right for one, even by accident?

Joseph OHenry on June 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM

ISIS now spreading out their caravans.

Great job, experts.

Bishop on June 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM

The Nobel Peace Prize 2009
Barack H. Obama

Barack H. Obama – Facts

Born: 4 August 1961, Honolulu, HI, USA

Residence at the time of the award: USA
 
Prize motivation: “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”
 
Role: 44th President of the United States of America

Field: arms control and disarmament, world organizing
 
http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2009/obama-facts.html

rogerb on June 13, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Given the political headaches that would result for this administration, one which campaigned on the issue of extricating the United States from Iraq’s internal affairs after seven years of war, the prospect of mounting potentially ineffective strikes against ISIS militants is probably not an enticing one.

For this Administration, everything / all decisions are political. Furthermore, the political optics are all about protecting the Administration and advancing their agendas.

It’s no surprise that we’re seeing spin about the ‘likely’ ineffectiveness of using US airpower against ISIS in support of the Iraqi Army.

I strongly suspect that what’s really driving the decision making is the fear within the inner circle of having to admit that their unilateral surrender to completely pull out of Iraq in 2010-11 was a feckless and naive decision combined with a fear having downed aircrew captured by ISIS.

Let’s also not forget that the current leader of ISIS was a US captive in Iraq and released by Obama during his unilateral surrender.

At West Point, Obama talked about ‘how wars end’. Wars end by either the utter defeat of the enemy or reaching a peace agreement with that enemy that is backed by a viable deterrent in the even that the agreement is broken by the enemy. That’s not how Obama ‘ended’ the war in Iraq. He snatched defeat from the jaws of victory achieved in 2007-8. But one of the problems we face is that not only can Obama and others (because of PC) really identify our enemy, they have far more in common with the agenda of the enemy than they have in defending the US / Western Civilization.

Athos on June 13, 2014 at 12:29 PM

As Dr. K says, Obama’s never run even an ice cream stand. Now, we expect him to run a war?

BuckeyeSam on June 13, 2014 at 12:29 PM

the president is mulling his options

=

Dithering.

Bmore on June 13, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Bmore:

One would think,that Special Operation Air Strike Forward
Controllers would be in position for some AQ snuffation!!

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM

For those who missed Obama’s briefing: Iraq’s on it’s own. My crack foreign policy team is coming up with options which I will carefully consider. Gotta run if I’m getting in 18 holes.

polly2150 on June 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM

The terrorists that is. Most of you knew what I meant but there are a couple idiot trolls, so I decided to clarify.

dogsoldier on June 13, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Well, I do recall the dancing in the streets on 9/11.

So, I’m fine either way. One could argue the eventuality.

Tsar of Earth on June 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM

CNN’s Barbara Starr also reported that Barbara the aircraft carrier George H. W. Bush has been routed from N. Arabian Sea to Persian Gulf.

Barbara the Aircraft Carrier? Is this a children’s book, or do we have an aircraft carrier named Barbara?

Are you eschewing definite articles for some reason?

Akzed on June 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Obama was mulling his options while Chris Stevens burned to death.

Make no mistake, this is the Surrender of Iraq.

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM

ISIS now spreading out their caravans.

Great job, experts.

Bishop on June 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Why were they not pulverized in the last few days?

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Obama has now decided to do . . . nothing.

To every American family who lost a loved one fighting in Iraq (or Afghanistan, which will fall next), I am deeply sorry that your enormous sacrifice was made for
. . . nothing.

You deserved better. Much better.

AZCoyote on June 13, 2014 at 12:32 PM

But one of the problems we face is that not only can Obama and others (because of PC) really identify our enemy, they have far more in common with the agenda of the enemy than they have in defending the US / Western Civilization.

Athos on June 13, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Are you missing a not in the “not only…our enemy…” part of that sentence?

BuckeyeSam on June 13, 2014 at 12:33 PM

By the time this ‘government’ gets its act together, there won’t be a government in Baghdad to assist, unless you’re planning to send aid to ISIS.

Another Drew on June 13, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Iraq needs to remember the aid that Obama sent to Benghazi.

Oh, wait….

BuckeyeSam on June 13, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Heh. He meant the aircraft carrier George H.W. & Barbara Bush!

Brat on June 13, 2014 at 12:35 PM

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER MULLS BOMBING EIGHTH COUNTRY

Chuck Schick on June 13, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Matt Lee @APDiploWriter · 1m

Not so urgently, apparently. RT @guardiannews: Obama ‘urgently’ considering air assault on targets in Syria and Iraq http://gu.com/p/3q4ze/tf

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/13/obama-urgent-air-assault-isis-syria-iraq?CMP=twt_fd

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Barbara the Aircraft Carrier? Is this a children’s book, or do we have an aircraft carrier named Barbara?

Are you eschewing definite articles for some reason?

Akzed on June 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Barbara Bush

Sven on June 13, 2014 at 12:37 PM

BuckeyeSam on June 13, 2014 at 12:33 PM

But one of the problems we face is that not only can Obama and others (because of PC) not really identify our enemy as the enemy, they have far more in common with the agenda of the enemy than they have in defending the US / Western Civilization.

I think that’s a little clearer. Thx

Athos on June 13, 2014 at 12:38 PM

CNN: U.S. preparing for airstrikes in Iraq.

Well, isn’t that ducky. If one pilot gets captured then Obama can empty out Gitmo in exhange for him. Then it’s: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

Meanwhile, for the rest of us, it’s move out of cities and start digging our underground shelters.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on June 13, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Oil Can on June 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Whether we like it or not, we are responsible for Iraq. Some responsibilities are very unpleasant, but we must never shirk them.

Especially when people’s lives and liberty hang in the balance.

We are Americans, and that means something, something important.

dogsoldier on June 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Iraq violence
2m
Facebook spokesperson on reports that several social media services have been cut off amid Iraq conflict: ‘We are disturbed by reports of access issues in Iraq and are investigating’ – @mashable
Read more on mashable.com

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:40 PM

CNN: U.S. preparing for airstrikes in Iraq, decision coming as soon as ‘this weekend’
posted at 12:01 pm on June 13, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Bush still has his flight suit, right?
Cheney can’t take the R2D2 seat.

verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

CNN: U.S. preparing for airstrikes in Iraq, decision coming as soon as ‘this weekend’
posted at 12:01 pm on June 13, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Bush still has his flight suit, right?
Cheney can’t can take the R2D2 seat.

verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Iraq Vets Disheartened by Insurgency Presence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZOMpXc22Qc

The Associated Press @AP · 1m
VIDEO: U.S. veterans from the war in Iraq say they’re disheartened to see an insurgency gaining ground there: http://apne.ws/1lt14rn

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM

BUT GOLF and FUNDRAISING (four days? wow)

http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/local/2014/06/12/palm-springs-road-closures-obama/10382797/%C2%B4

The couple are scheduled to arrive at the Palm Springs International Airport on Friday for a four-day visit.

Plenty of time to ransack Baghdad…

dogsoldier on June 13, 2014 at 12:44 PM

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER MULLS BOMBING EIGHTH COUNTRY

Chuck Schick on June 13, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Only eight?

kcewa on June 13, 2014 at 12:44 PM

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