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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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.

Whut?

avagreen on June 13, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Bush still has his flight suit, right?
Cheney can’t can take the R2D2 seat.
 
verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

 
DRINK!

rogerb on June 13, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Bush still has his flight suit, right?

verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Why? You still fantasizing over his codpiece? I remember that being all the rage with you leftards.

HumpBot Salvation on June 13, 2014 at 12:48 PM

We ought to stay out of this battle for the Caliphate. As long as they don’t nuke any non-Muslim country, let them once and for all decide which sect is best. We can send some Muslim Americans over to help out on the side prefer.

If the Europeans are worried about their oil supplies, let them express an interest, maybe even vote to allow fracking in their countries. We should open up the Gulf of Mexico, ANWR, and our coast lines to drilling to help replace the lost middle east production. Meanwhile, let the Muslims sort it out!! After they kill off 75$ of their people, we can send in Christian missionaries.

KenInIL on June 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Oh, that laser focus on jobs, er, immigration, er, everything else…

RL on June 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM

This is clearly some of that less war, btw.

rogerb on June 13, 2014 at 12:49 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

The beast who could care less about the U.S.

Can anything scream louder that he’s NOT on our side?

avagreen on June 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Plenty of time to ransack Baghdad…

dogsoldier on June 13, 2014 at 12:44 PM

dogsoldier:

Hot Air knew back in 08/09,
that this was going to be a disaster,
er,…..Hopey that is!:)

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:51 PM

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

verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Is this some kind of diversion, or sumthin?

avagreen on June 13, 2014 at 12:52 PM

That’s not good enough for the “Invaders”……just giving the date of the American air attack for their use and planning isn’t enough….could the Administratin tell them the TIME, and the direction of approach of the Aircraft ?

Geez, the enemy needs more details, they have to prepare, no surprises………Please.

JayTee on June 13, 2014 at 12:52 PM

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

verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

It’s telling that your experience associated with military air operations is limited to the number of times you’ve watched the movie, Star Wars.

blink on June 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM

That’s ridiculous.
I have only seen Star Wars maybe a few times.
I mean, at the most…12? Ok, maybe more than 12.
I don’t think more than 20. For sure not much more.

verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 12:55 PM

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Even earlier, if you check back to ’08. (Maybe even ’07)

avagreen on June 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM

We have a crisis on the southern border, Ukraine is at war, there are problems in Africa and Asia as well, but but GOLF!!!!

dogsoldier on June 13, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Iraq violence
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Stocks turn positive after President Obama says US troops would not be sent to Iraq – @NBCNewsBusiness
Read more on nbcnews.com

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:59 PM

That’s ridiculous.
I have only seen Star Wars maybe a few times.
I mean, at the most…12? Ok, maybe more than 12.
I don’t think more than 20. For sure not much more.

verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Well, we’re all going to see the ISIL overrun the 14th green at Bagdad golf course.

Obama will ask if they mind him playing through..

sentinelrules on June 13, 2014 at 1:01 PM

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Even earlier, if you check back to ’08. (Maybe even ’07)

avagreen on June 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM

We have a crisis on the southern border, Ukraine is at war, there are problems in Africa and Asia as well, but but GOLF!!!!

dogsoldier on June 13, 2014 at 12:59 PM

dogsoldier: Agreed, yes, thats more accurate.:0

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Just the picture makes me want to puke.

leftamark on June 13, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Look for an “immediate decision” – just like the one made on the Keystone pipeline.

GarandFan on June 13, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Here’s Daniel Pipe’s take on this:
http://townhall.com/columnists/danielpipes/2014/06/13/isis-rampages-the-middle-east-shakes-n1851029

avagreen on June 13, 2014 at 1:04 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

You could add:

- hundreds of thousands of poor foreigners are swarming across our southern border, and our BP is changing diapers and acting as babysitters for the illegal alien minors, while criminal cartels openly bring dangerous criminal foreigners (and who knows what else) across the border, unimpeded;

- record numbers of people are receiving disability payments;

- record numbers of people are receiving food stamps;

- we have record levels of public debt (nearly $17 trillion, plus unknown trillions more in unfunded liabilities for entitlement programs);

- after Baghdad falls and an Islamic terrorist state is established in Iraq, Afghanistan will go next.

But Barry won’t let any of that interrupt his summer vacation schedule.

AZCoyote on June 13, 2014 at 1:05 PM

It’s telling that your experience associated with military air operations is limited to the number of times you’ve watched the movie, Star Wars.
 
blink on June 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM

 
That’s ridiculous.
I have only seen Star Wars maybe a few times.
I mean, at the most…12? Ok, maybe more than 12.
I don’t think more than 20. For sure not much more.
 
verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 12:55 PM

 
This is the one with all the snow.

rogerb on June 13, 2014 at 1:05 PM

oh, wait, we’ve dithered to long, now the “insurgents” are in the cities, where our awesome airpower will only fall on civilians, creating more terrorists…

If they had acted days ago, they could have strafed them on the road in their nice columns of shiney new trucks and SUV’s…

Keith_Indy on June 13, 2014 at 1:06 PM

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

Sure, sure. That’s why the decision is coming “as soon as” this weekend. A foreign policy variant on “when seconds count, the police are mere minutes away”, I suppose.

GWB on June 13, 2014 at 1:11 PM

A decision this weekend? ISIS will be in Baghdad by Sunday.

Socratease on June 13, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Look for an “immediate decision” – just like the one made on the Keystone pipeline.

GarandFan on June 13, 2014 at 1:03 PM

GarandFan:Exactly,…:)

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Bergdahl and Baghdad, all in one week. Can we Impeach his arse, now?

kingsjester on June 13, 2014 at 1:13 PM

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Photo: President Obama meets with national security team at the White House – White House flickr

https://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/14226752277/

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Must be hell to be you, verbie.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Bush still has his flight suit, right?

verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

For damned sure he has one (he earned), more than can said for current sissy in the Peoples House.

Wade on June 13, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Just assume now that anything we give this Iraqi government in terms of military equipment will be seen in the Iranian military in a few years.

William Eaton on June 13, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Iraq violence
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White House on Iraq: President Obama will be in touch with national security team on trip to North Dakota, but says he has no timetable for any decisions – @lesleyclark

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Bush has a flight suit which he earned, Obama has a bicycle helmet and Mom Jeans. ‘Nuff said.

kingsjester on June 13, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Bergdahl and Baghdad, all in one week. Can we Impeach his arse, now?

kingsjester on June 13, 2014 at 1:13 PM

kingsjester: D*mn Straight,..yup!:)

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 1:17 PM

I have only seen Star Wars maybe a few times.

verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Then you must have very limited knowledge of military air operations.

blink on June 13, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Probably why I’m not making any comment on that.

verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Obama says none of this has anything to do with the real crisis of global warming….goes golfing before the back nine floods.

dddave on June 13, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Iraq violence
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White House on Iraq: President Obama will be in touch with national security team on trip to North Dakota, but says he has no timetable for any decisions – @lesleyclark

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 1:16 PM

What in the heck is he going to North Dakota for? Probably to see for himself how he can stop fracking.

That should worry us more than anything going on in Iraq.

William Eaton on June 13, 2014 at 1:21 PM

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

…but…a couple of rounds…first!

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2014 at 1:21 PM

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

Oh goody! So ISIS will have even *more* HMMWVs and American weapons! WTF! (That’s the 0bama one, not the regular “WTF”.)

GWB on June 13, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Oh goody! So ISIS will have even *more* HMMWVs and American weapons! WTF! (That’s the 0bama one, not the regular “WTF”.)

GWB on June 13, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Not if the Iranians get it first…

William Eaton on June 13, 2014 at 1:23 PM

That’s going to suck when some of the Benghazi arms are discovered.

rogerb on June 13, 2014 at 1:23 PM

…can’t you guys let him eat his waffles?

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Prez giving the order from the golf course?

RdLake on June 13, 2014 at 1:24 PM

That’s going to suck when some of the Benghazi arms are discovered.

rogerb on June 13, 2014 at 1:23 PM

You mean those Stingers we shipped to Qatar?

Thank you CIA…Screwing up Since 1961…

William Eaton on June 13, 2014 at 1:26 PM

rogerb
That’s going to suck when some of the Benghazi arms are discovered

You can bet Trey Goudy is working on that Venn diagram in his head right now.

can_con on June 13, 2014 at 1:28 PM

No command and control targets??? The it’s time to go to the storage units and take out the napalm, the Willie Peter, and the CBUs. Just pretend these jihadis are the Chicoms at the Chosin.

xkaydet65 on June 13, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Man, I’m telling EVERYONE … this is going to get REAL UGLY before this mental midget leaves office.
The mind boggles at the divergent possibilities of what the Stupid Party is going to inherit in about 900 days.

Missilengr on June 13, 2014 at 1:31 PM

I know … get Killary to hit the RESET button!

Missilengr on June 13, 2014 at 1:31 PM

This decision will be made just as soon as our cinc gets back from a weekend of golf in Palm Springs and reads about the options available in the NYT.

Kissmygrits on June 13, 2014 at 1:31 PM

As long as they don’t nuke any non-Muslim country

Yeah, that’s the hard part, isn’t it?

Missy on June 13, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Iraq violence
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White House on Iraq: President Obama will be in touch with national security team on trip to North Dakota, but says he has no timetable for any decisions – @lesleyclark

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Fixed that for ya fellow canuck!

can_con on June 13, 2014 at 1:34 PM

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

verbaloon on June 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Just for you, Francis! Happy Friday the 13th…

Media Matters…

Despite lingering questions over the continued violence in Iraq, the failure to locate weapons of mass destruction, and the whereabouts of Saddam Hussein, as well as evidence that Bush may have shirked his responsibilities in the Texas Air National Guard (TANG) during the Vietnam War, the print and televised media fawned over Bush’s “grand entrance” and the image of Bush as the “jet pilot” and the “Fighter Dog.”

Chief among the cheerleaders was MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. On the May 1, 2003, edition of Hardball:

MATTHEWS: What’s the importance of the president’s amazing display of leadership tonight?

And that’s the president looking very much like a jet, you know, a high-flying jet star. A guy who is a jet pilot. Has been in the past when he was younger, obviously. What does that image mean to the American people, a guy who can actually get into a supersonic plane and actually fly in an unpressurized cabin like an actual jet pilot?

MATTHEWS: Do you think this role, and I want to talk politically [...], the president deserves everything he’s doing tonight in terms of his leadership. He won the war. He was an effective commander. Everybody recognizes that…

Here’s a president who’s really nonverbal. He’s like Eisenhower. He looks great in a military uniform.

MATTHEWS: We’re proud of our president. Americans love having a guy as president, a guy who has a little swagger, who’s physical, who’s not a complicated guy like [former President Bill] Clinton or even like [former Democratic presidential candidates Michael] Dukakis or [Walter] Mondale, all those guys, [George] McGovern. They want a guy who’s president. Women like a guy who’s president. Check it out. The women like this war. I think we like having a hero as our president. It’s simple.

Del Dolemonte on June 13, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Why don’t you weigh in here. Do you agree that Obama lost Iraq? Do you agree that Obama shouldn’t use air power in some attempt to save his credibility here?

blink on June 13, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Can we agree that we both wish Obama had been more successful getting us out of this mess than Bush and Cheney had been getting us into it?

verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM

For show. All for show.

AshleyTKing on June 13, 2014 at 1:38 PM

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.

Why do I get the impression that the “officials” are more of Obama’s high school prom committee advisors ?

Do they honestly think that taking out that column of jihadis in Toyotas would have been an undertaking on the order of complexity as Operation Overlord ? A single AC-130 sortie would have stopped them in their tracks, and the notion, given that photos were online, that we didn’t know where they were is beyond risible.

F X Muldoon on June 13, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Can we agree that we both wish Obama had been more successful getting us out of this mess than Bush and Cheney had been getting us into it?

Once again you fail to live up to your screen name, Obama is the proximate cause of the current mess through his premature withdrawal of support.

F X Muldoon on June 13, 2014 at 1:45 PM

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Fixed that for ya fellow canuck!

can_con on June 13, 2014 at 1:34 PM

can_con:Well patriot,…a much better improvement haha!:)

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Why don’t you weigh in here. Do you agree that Obama lost Iraq? Do you agree that Obama shouldn’t use air power in some attempt to save his credibility here?
 
blink on June 13, 2014 at 1:29 PM

 
Can we agree that we both wish Obama had been more successful getting us out of this mess than Bush and Cheney had been getting us into it?
 
verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM

 
Obama got us out of Bush and Cheney’s mess in 2011
 

So today, I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over.
 
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/10/21/remarks-president-ending-war-iraq

 
It’s the middle of 2014. This is someone else’s.

rogerb on June 13, 2014 at 1:45 PM

When ever I do get hold of Barry’s academic report cards, I am certain the word ‘futile’ will be listed in the box titled ‘describe Barry’s best qualities.

steveracer on June 13, 2014 at 1:50 PM

William Eaton on June 13

or arms like the F16s we are delivering now to Iraq…

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/Iraq-Seeks-F-16-Fighters-05057/

going2mars on June 13, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Why don’t you weigh in here. Do you agree that Obama lost Iraq? Do you agree that Obama shouldn’t use air power in some attempt to save his credibility here?

blink on June 13, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Can we agree that we both wish Obama had been more successful getting us out of this mess than Bush and Cheney had been getting us into it?

verbaloon on June 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Yeah, it’s not as if Bush didn’t take months and months making his case, and it’s not as if Democrats in Congress voted to give him the authorization…

F-

Del Dolemonte on June 13, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Can we agree that we both wish Obama had been more successful getting us out of this mess than Bush and Cheney had been getting us into it?

Once again you fail to live up to your screen name, Obama is the proximate cause of the current mess through his premature withdrawal of support.

F X Muldoon on June 13, 2014 at 1:45 PM

It was all just a smashing success and a walk in the woods before that, wasn’t it.
/

verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Obama’s time is limited for an air strike. One the insurgents take Bagdad and mix with the population, then what do we do?

Faramir on June 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Yeah, it’s not as if Bush didn’t take months and months making his case, and it’s not as if Democrats in Congress voted to give him the authorization…

F-

Del Dolemonte on June 13, 2014 at 1:54 PM

For sure an F- for that spin.
Which is it Del….
Obama is ‘indecisive’ or he isn’t spending enough time (“months & months”) o make his case?
And starting a war is slightly different that having to deal with the results and fallout of it.
For the record, I make no comparison between the two scenarios…because they’re, you know, totally different.
I gotta say, that ‘BDS’ term…we’re seeing today how it’s really more applicable to his defenders and supplicants.

verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 13, 2014 at 1:54 PM

For sure an F- for that spin.
Which is it Del….
Obama is ‘indecisive’ or he isn’t spending enough time (“months & months”) o make his case?
And starting a war is slightly different that having to deal with the results and fallout of it.
For the record, I make no comparison between the two scenarios…because they’re, you know, totally different.
I gotta say, that ‘BDS’ term…we’re seeing today how it’s really more applicable to his defenders and supplicants.

verbaloon on June 13, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Why did the Democrats demand a re-vote on the Iraq Authorization?

Del Dolemonte on June 13, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Bush still has his flight suit, right?
verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Most skilled pilots do. Obama still has his bicycle helmet, right?

tommyboy on June 13, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Why did the Democrats demand a re-vote on the Iraq Authorization?

Del Dolemonte on June 13, 2014 at 2:07 PM

You are exhibiting the symptoms of BDS.
If you experience a BDS attack lasting more than 4 hours, consult a rationale friend who is well versed in recent US history.

verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Why did the Democrats demand a re-vote on the Iraq Authorization?

Del Dolemonte on June 13, 2014 at 2:07 PM

You are exhibiting the symptoms of BDS.

If you experience a BDS attack lasting more than 4 hours, consult a rationale friend who is well versed in recent US history.

verbaloon on June 13, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Dissent is Patriotic. The Democrat Pants Suit who voted for the Iraq War based on her husband’s intel, not Bush’s intel, told me so.

But you’ll happily vote for her in 2016 anyway.

Del Dolemonte on June 13, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Obama put Libya under Jihadi control, tried to do the same in Egypt, so why would you think he’d do any different in Iraq?

tommyboy on June 13, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Watching the Obama Administration constantly surprise themselves with the completely predictable outcomes of their own policies would be funny if it weren’t so viciously brutal to millions of people. My grandfather used to have a dog that would curl up to sleep, snore for 15 minutes, wake itself up by passing gas into it’s own face, and then repeat that cycle all night long. Should have named it “Democrats.”

JeremiahJohnson on June 13, 2014 at 2:21 PM

“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.

Same ol’ same ol’ and it’s long past old. This sounds more like a phoney sense or urgency in the WH to me.

Bush would never have let it come to this in the first place because it would have been an urgent issue weeks ago. He would have acted before the attack on Mosul and he’d have prevented it. The resurgent Al Qaeda In Syria and Iraq would have been wiped out.

And Bush wouldn’t have telegraphed his intentions and schedule by yapping about it in the press to give the impression President Mulling was on the job and doing something when in fact he wasn’t doing anything more than the talking he was doing in front of the press.

Obama is not just a menace to our county but to civilization. He needs to be throw out of office and the sooner the better.

Dusty on June 13, 2014 at 2:23 PM

But Barry won’t let any of that interrupt his summer vacation schedule.

AZCoyote on June 13, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Give the guy a break….how’s he gonna find out what’s happenin’ in Iraq unless he goes on vacation so he gets the time to read about it.

hawkeye54 on June 13, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Most skilled pilots do. Obama still has his bicycle helmet, right?

tommyboy on June 13, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Right next to his Mom jeans.

Hill60 on June 13, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Bush still has his flight suit, right?
verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Most skilled pilots do. Obama still has his bicycle helmet, right?

tommyboy on June 13, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Sorry, he doesn’t have the helmet anymore. His daughter demanded he give it back.

hawkeye54 on June 13, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Keep mulling, Mr. President, you dipstick! All you’re doing is giving the enemy time to prepare.

He is maddening!

PattyJ on June 13, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Bush has a flight suit which he earned, Obama has a bicycle helmet and Mom Jeans. ‘Nuff said.

kingsjester on June 13, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Don’t forget his teleprompter….couldn’t ride a bike without one.

Indianatime on June 13, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Whatis Obama’s thug regime doing to protect the lives of the
contractors we sent over there?

Amjean on June 13, 2014 at 2:28 PM

How many Americans do we have in Baghdad..?

d1carter on June 13, 2014 at 12:19 PM

More than enough to fit in a Blackhawk on the roof of the embassy…….

GWB on June 13, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Wait, why will there be airstrikes? I thought Chairman Obama came in and totally cleaned up and fixed Iraq.

The Notorious G.O.P on June 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

We ought to stay out of this battle for the Caliphate. As long as they don’t nuke any non-Muslim country, let them once and for all decide which sect is best. We can send some Muslim Americans over to help out on the side prefer.

If the Europeans are worried about their oil supplies, let them express an interest, maybe even vote to allow fracking in their countries. We should open up the Gulf of Mexico, ANWR, and our coast lines to drilling to help replace the lost middle east production. Meanwhile, let the Muslims sort it out!! After they kill off 75$ of their people, we can send in Christian missionaries.

KenInIL on June 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Ken-doll,

That worked out pretty well pre- 9/11, didn’t it?

What anatomically incorrect, dickless, testicle deprived idiots like you don’t understand is the mind set of the Islamic nut cakes. Starting with their self-serving, child molesting ‘prophet’ Mohammed, their goal has always been to conquer the world.

Maybe if weren’t so deprived of a knowledge of history (and a brain), you’d understand it.

ZeusGoose on June 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Resist We Much on June 13, 2014 at 2:20 PM

amazing photos…sickening..
do you find it odd that a British newspaper
can find that many photos of something happening
thousands of miles away …
and we have no (or few) photos of the children
pouring in across our southern border..

says something about courage and the press..

going2mars on June 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Resist We Much on June 13, 2014 at 2:24 PM

great posts..tyvm..as always
wondering..
if BHO traded 5 killers and cash for 1 deserter..
how many killers and how much cash will it
take to get 200 American contractors back..

going2mars on June 13, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Can we agree that we both wish Obama had been more successful getting us out of this mess than Bush and Cheney had been getting us into it?

verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM

WOW….5 1/2 years of total Obama incompetence and your still trying to blame Bush and Cheney? Barry wanted the credit for the stability of Iraq….Which, lets be honest, had nothing to do with any of his policies. Now it’s Bush’s fault that Barry told the world when the United States would be leaving? Total dumb@ss.

Indianatime on June 13, 2014 at 2:48 PM

The Obama Administration has had requests for air strikes and been informed of the rise of Al Qaeda in Iraq for several months by the Iraqi government. Contingency plans should have already been worked out by Obama’s National Security Team, but obviously haven’t. More incompetence in the Obama White House. By the way Obama’s National Security Advisor is none other than the infamous, incompetent Susan Rice. Heads should roll in Washington.

SC.Charlie on June 13, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Ignore Vebulance and other trolls on these threads.

SC.Charlie on June 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Resist We Much on June 13, 2014 at 2:24 PM

That is horrifying if true. If they die or are taken hostage, it HAS to be time for impeachment…

Aplombed on June 13, 2014 at 2:56 PM

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 ISIS is getting ready to take control of all that equipment.

You know, I think Barry kinda likes these ISIS true believers.

TarheelBen on June 13, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Indianatime on June 13, 2014 at 2:48 PM

I am a lil surprised the left would even bring up GWB in this..
when he left office..
Iraq was one nation..
its army being trained
no mass beheadings
no hundreds of thousands fleeing
cleaner water than they have ever seen
better public sewage treatment plants
GIRLS ATTENDING SCHOOL
and citizens voting…

and BHO has turned that into todays news..
how is any of todays news a success??

going2mars on June 13, 2014 at 2:58 PM

also the infant mortality rate has
almost tripled with US help..

good job Susan Rice…good job..
prolly looking for one of those epic failure
bonuses BHO is famous for handing out..

going2mars on June 13, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Whatis Obama’s thug regime doing to protect the lives of the
contractors we sent over there?

Amjean on June 13, 2014 at 2:28 PM

He will only protect them if they join the enemy, like Bergdahl.

The Notorious G.O.P on June 13, 2014 at 3:06 PM

The Democrat Pants Suit who voted for the Iraq War based on her husband’s intel, not Bush’s intel, told me so.

But you’ll happily vote for her in 2016 anyway.

Del Dolemonte on June 13, 2014 at 2:20 PM

For sure not in the primary.
And not for anything having to do with Iraq or her pant suits.
If she is the Dem nom, and the GOP’s isn’t a Bush…I may be voting for a Repub.
Enough with the political dynasties.

verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Ignore Vebulance and other trolls on these threads.

SC.Charlie on June 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Irony

verbaluce on June 13, 2014 at 3:18 PM

I am a lil surprised the left would even bring up GWB in this..
when he left office..
Iraq was one nation..
its army being trained
no mass beheadings
no hundreds of thousands fleeing
cleaner water than they have ever seen
better public sewage treatment plants
GIRLS ATTENDING SCHOOL
and citizens voting…

and BHO has turned that into todays news..
how is any of todays news a success??

going2mars on June 13, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Yes…blame BUSH is all they have left….what they don’t realize is even the uninformed aren’t buying the “Blame GWB” crap anymore.

Indianatime on June 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Indianatime on June 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

at the time of his death
John Kennedy had 11,000 US “advisors” on he ground in Viet Nam..
Johnson raised that number to hundreds of thousands.
I don’t remember Nixon screaming
its all Kennedys fault, all the time,,, for years on end..

going2mars on June 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

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