Obama assures nation his political commitment to inaction trumps international security

posted at 1:31 pm on June 13, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Just before boarding Marine One on Friday, President Barack Obama took the opportunity to speak to the press about the escalating crisis in Iraq. With ISIS militants overrunning key Iraqi positions, sacking cities, and forcing thousands of U.S.-trained Iraqi troops into surrender, Baghdad has publicly asked Washington for immediate kinetic military assistance.

In response to this crisis, the president assured the nation that he has asked his staff to prepare a set of options for him in order to address this pressing and immediate military threat. To that end, as reports indicate, the United States has redirected the aircraft carrier George H. W. Bush to the Persian Gulf and has been conducting surveillance flights over Iraq to identify potential targets.

However, as Obama said on Friday, his apparent commitment to the political goals which propelled him into office – namely, a commitment to American retrenchment and especially the extrication of U.S. forces from the Iraqi theater – trumps the immediate security needs of a region in crisis.

“This is not solely or even primarily a military challenge,” Obama told reporters. He placed the burden of the present crisis on the Iraqi government, which the president said has fostered an atmosphere of sectarian mistrust by excluding Sunni groups from broader representation in the central government.

Obama insisted that internal political reforms must be forthcoming. “In the absence of this type of political effort, short-term military action, including any assistance we might provide, won’t succeed,” he insisted.

“Iraq’s neighbors also have a responsibility to support this process,” Obama said, “The United States will do our part, but understand that ultimately it is up to the Iraqis, as a sovereign nation, to solve their problems.”

Asked if the Syrian civil war is “spilling over the Iraq border,” Obama insisted that he believed that this had been “happening for some time.” Indeed. In fact, the threat of the Syrian conflict spilling over its borders was among the reasons why the United States needed to act to contain that conflict. At least, that is what the president said in his prime time address to the nation in September, 2013.

Obama added that Iraq, “which was initially resistant to some of our offers of help,” has now been scared into cooperating with the United States. As the New York Times reported, however, the Iraqi government has been asking for airstrikes since at least March. The Daily Beast reported that Iraqi officials were interested in applying U.S. airpower to the worsening situation near the Syrian border since November of last year. Instead, they received millions of dollars in American weaponry, much of which is now falling into ISIS hands as Iraqi soldiers retreat.

Again, Obama implicitly confessed to this tactical failure:

“The United States has poured a lot of money into these Iraqi security forces,” Obama insisted. “And we devoted a lot of training to Iraqi security forces.”

“The fact that they are not willing to stand and fight and defend their post against admittedly hardened terrorists, but not terrorists who are overwhelming in numbers, indicates that there’s a problem with morale, there’s a problem in terms of commitment, and ultimately that’s rooted in the problems that have plagued the country for a very long time,” he added.

Finally, Obama concluded by saying that, while the threat in Iraq is immediate, growing by the hour, and fast-moving, America’s response to it will be none of those things. “People should not anticipate that this is something that is going to happen overnight,” Obama said. “The United States is not simply going to involve itself in a military action in the absence of a political plan by the Iraqis that gives us some assurance that they’re prepared to work together.”

The collapse of the American strategy of providing assistance from the sidelines having become apparent, Obama remains inexplicably unable to commit to a change of course.

While political reforms inside Iraq are critical, the president’s priorities are misplaced. There is no question internal reforms in Iraq are necessary. The pressing threat to international security posed by the possible collapse of the Iraqi state, however, is not setting the conditions conducive to a prolonged reconciliation process. That comes later. The first step should be ensuring stability.

The American people do not want to reengage in Iraq, and many wish that the United States had never toppled the Saddam Hussein regime in the first place. But no one can rewrite history. The reality is that America has a responsibility for Iraq’s security today, and the president is shirking that responsibility.

The threat posed by Syrian instability is clear – it has engulfed Iraq. The threat posed by Iraqi instability is clear – it is now drawing in Iran. A regional war is now a very real possibility. The United States can engage in that theater on its terms now, or wait and engage in it on less favorable terms down the road. But, for the globe’s only superpower, there is no avoiding engagement.

The president, meanwhile, must come to terms with the fact that his legacy achievement, the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq, is coming apart. But he better not take long. The world is on fire.


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Reward your friends and punish your enemies. So if Iran wants to help out in Iraq, I’m sure Obama can find a reward for that.

Joseph OHenry on June 13, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Our Feckless Leader.

myiq2xu on June 13, 2014 at 1:36 PM

“Under my administration your energy costs will forcibly rise”.

His promise is fulfilled.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 1:36 PM

How this incompetent fool became president is an indictment of Bush.

weedisgood on June 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM

How this incompetent fool became president is an indictment of Bush.

weedisgood on June 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Choomerica, choomerica

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Iraq violence
7m
Pentagon: Cannot confirm presence of Iranian special forces in Iraq – @Reuters
End of alert

Iraq violence
17m
White House on Iraq: Can’t confirm if the US is moving a military carrier into the region, refers reporters to Department of Defense – @lesleyclark
see original on twitter.com

canopfor on June 13, 2014 at 1:38 PM

I asked this on another thread that was swamped by libfree comments/responses.

Y’all reckon the ISIS force is using those weapons we speculate were shipped out of Benghazi?

DanMan on June 13, 2014 at 1:38 PM

How this incompetent fool became president is an indictment of Bush.

weedisgood on June 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM

I blame the fools who brung him, twice. Enjoy him, stupid world. Schadenfreude, pure!

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Dems are ecstatic over this. They set up this failure just to say “I told you so.”

Red Creek on June 13, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Just before boarding Marine One

In a move reminiscent of another US surrender during the Fall of Saigon, Obama surrendered Iraq.

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Another invertebrate .
Between him and the house ” leadership ”
there must be a surplus of bones in DC .

Lucano on June 13, 2014 at 1:39 PM

He’ll likely just wait it out and then claim victory or blame someone else if it gets even worse. One of the best posts I’ve ever seen regarding what to watch for:
 

How can this be? Obama has been following the same scandal checklist since Fast & Furious, it ALWAYS works.

»»»

1 Disbelief – He just found out about it, usually from the newspapers.

2 Outrage – NOBODY is madder about it than Obama

3 Bargaining – Promises to “get to the bottom of it” and “hold people accountable”

4 Radio silence – Sorry, can’t comment on ongoing investigations

5 Opacity – Delays or denies documents or testimony while claiming to cooperate

6 Enlightenment – Pronounces the whole thing a “phony scandal” from the GOP

7 Nostalgia – Dude, that was like, two years ago – old news!

Adjoran on June 3, 2014 at 5:20 PM

rogerb on June 13, 2014 at 1:39 PM

obama golfs in Palm Springs today and tomorrow. Don’t disturb him.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Congrats Noah on your blogs here. You are a big hit.

100 comments or bust.

coolrepublica on June 13, 2014 at 1:40 PM

How much worse and it possibly get before Obama leaves office?

joekenha on June 13, 2014 at 1:40 PM

So how’s that “leading from behind” strategy working out now, eh?/SARC

conservative hispanic on June 13, 2014 at 1:40 PM

joekenha on June 13, 2014 at 1:40 PM

*can

Proofreading is my friend.

joekenha on June 13, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Obama – First Leader To Surrender, Then Golf

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 1:42 PM

This crisis will end with Revelation 15:2. No stopping it now – who’s going to? Yobama?

Dirty Creature on June 13, 2014 at 1:42 PM

The president, meanwhile, must come to terms with the fact that his legacy achievement, the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq, is coming apart. But he better not take long. The world is on fire.

…who do you think you are?…don’t be telling him how to campaign…and when too golf!

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2014 at 1:42 PM

obama is the Schultz of America.

Enjoy him, fools of the USA and the world.

“obama, obama, obama” — the cheering fools in 2008, in coitus

You got him! I hope he destroys you all.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 1:42 PM

The jihadi spring is in full bloom.

obama fertilized it.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Zero would be fiddling as the world burns but playing a fiddle takes practice and effort so it’s beyond the Zero’s grasp.

Flange on June 13, 2014 at 1:44 PM

DanMan on June 13, 2014 at 1:38 PM
I believe we were told many times that the
weapons were headed to Syria and that’s
where these ” new ” terrorists came from .
Another piece of the puzzle fits in .

Lucano on June 13, 2014 at 1:45 PM

“The fact that they are not willing to stand and fight and defend their post against admittedly hardened terrorists, but not terrorists who are overwhelming in numbers, indicates that there’s a problem with morale, there’s a problem in terms of commitment, and ultimately that’s rooted in the problems that have plagued the country for a very long time,” he added.

Translation: It’s not my fault.

Of course, the issue isn’t the intransigence and corruption of the Iraqi leadership or the bravery or cowardice of he Iraqis.

The issue is what’s in our national interests.

Is it in our national interests to see Iraq, with all its oil wealth, become a vassal state of Iran?

If ISIS wins, is it in our national interests to see an area the size of Iraq, with all its oil wealth, be a safe haven for terrorists who wish to kill our allies and ourselves?

BLOC on June 13, 2014 at 1:46 PM

obama golfs in Palm Springs today and tomorrow. Don’t disturb him.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 1:40 PM

I read “marine one” and assumed that meant he’s heading for the golf course … did you get “Palm Springs” from the press somewhere or have you been following his schedule ;-)

gh on June 13, 2014 at 1:46 PM

“Iraq’s neighbors also have a responsibility to support this process,”

Translation.
Iran…the ball is in your court.

“The United States is not simply going to involve itself in a military action in the absence of a political plan by the Iraqis that gives us some assurance that they’re prepared to work together.”

Translation.
We are willing to render every assistance short of actual help.

The reality is that America has a responsibility for Iraq’s security today

No, its charity.

They were the enemy and the US is being nice by helping them. There is no such responsibility. Their nation. Their burden.

The threat posed by Syrian instability is clear – it has engulfed Iraq.

The United States is helping to create that instability by backing the rebels…so maybe just stop?

sharrukin on June 13, 2014 at 1:46 PM

What will stop AQ from coming for the trolls in NYC now?

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 1:46 PM

“Have my helo pick me up on the 18th fairway after I finish my round”

BobMbx on June 13, 2014 at 1:46 PM

It really is amazing to see how the world has fallen apart after Obama took office. I never would have thought that one persons incompetence could be so disastrous.

The Notorious G.O.P on June 13, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Congrats Noah on your blogs here. You are a big hit.

100 comments or bust.

coolrepublica on June 13, 2014 at 1:40 PM

…I think Thad Cochran is looking for you!…………he wants to relive…his ‘old days’ on the farm.

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Obama assures Americans that his inaction, ignorance, and outright stupidity will destroy the country and throw the world into chaos, so all is good. Allahu akbar.

What is it going to take to have congress act to fix this inept, corrupt, ineffective, and destructive administration? Do we have to wait for someone honest to come along and point out a punishable crime done by obama, or can we get rid of him based on the fact that he’s an incompetent idiot who is doing damage to the nation? We can’t afford another couple of years of this bunghole and his buddies.

I’ll never vote for a democrat, but if congress doesn’t do something to mitigate the damage this complete moron is doing I’ll never vote republican again either. Tea Party independents or write ins. That’s it.

Diluculo on June 13, 2014 at 1:48 PM

U.S. Community Organizer-in-Chief will convene meeting with principals in order to open a new conversation between Iraqi adversaries with the ultimate goal of developing a broader, more inclusive narrative.

mkenorthshore on June 13, 2014 at 1:48 PM

“This is not solely or even primarily a military challenge,” Obama told reporters. He placed the burden of the present crisis on the Iraqi government, which the president said has fostered an atmosphere of sectarian mistrust by excluding Sunni groups from broader representation in the central government.

Wow. That will provide great comfort to folks getting their heads cut off. Way to go Zero.

dogsoldier on June 13, 2014 at 1:48 PM

conservative hispanic on June 13, 2014 at 1:40 PM

‘Leading from behind’ is just spinning about abdicating responsibility and letting the enemy / others manipulate you by pulling on the short and curlies….

For this Administration, everything is political…and today it remains all about appeasing not only the progressive-fascist base, but our enemies. After all, it’s the official viewpoint of this Administration that the US is the sole cause of all of the turmoil and problems in the world – and not the actions of those motivated by evil and embracing an 8th century theocracy.

It’s not politically expedient for this Admin to support Iraq. It’s not American’s being killed in Iraq – and the shills and appratchiks have already started to revise history to blame Bush.

Athos on June 13, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Rosetta Stone offers Pashto lessons for everyone. Or get the Pashto/Russian combo pack for 50% off.

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 1:49 PM

It really is amazing to see how the world has fallen apart after Obama took office. I never would have thought that one persons incompetence could be so disastrous.

The Notorious G.O.P on June 13, 2014 at 1:47 PM

In the combined forces of an evil media and collaboration from the “opposition” party.

the_nile on June 13, 2014 at 1:50 PM

“This is not solely or even primarily a military challenge,” Obama told reporters. He placed the burden blame of the present crisis on the Iraqi government, which the president said has fostered an atmosphere of sectarian mistrust by excluding Sunni groups from broader representation in the central government.

Clarity

BobMbx on June 13, 2014 at 1:50 PM

What a Cluster ! Did Barry major in CF in college ? He is very good at it.

steveracer on June 13, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Fore!

cmsinaz on June 13, 2014 at 1:52 PM

This is not solely or even primarily a miltitary challenge?!

Seriously, is this guy delusional? The ISIS are on a bloody rampage and he thinks that they will accept a timeout while Maliki rights the political situation?

can_con on June 13, 2014 at 1:52 PM

“The fact that they are not willing to stand and fight and defend their post against admittedly hardened terrorists, but not terrorists who are overwhelming in numbers, indicates that there’s a problem with morale, there’s a problem in terms of commitment, and ultimately that’s rooted in the problems that have plagued the country for a very long time,” he added.

Who the hell is this limp wrist-ed sap to opine on any military person, anywhere in the world and their “willingness to defend their post”

Know why their moral has suffered? Because you pulled out American troops, assets and support prematurely in 2011. You then celebrated said pull out as a political victory then and up until this week – as a defining moment of your prowess and accomplishment as POTUS.

Result #385 of electing a moron AA hire.

Odie1941 on June 13, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Just before boarding Marine One on Friday, President Barack Obama

If that helicopter driver was a real patriot he would dive that bird nose down into the ground.

Maybe ban worthy, but that’s exactly how I feel.

NOMOBO on June 13, 2014 at 1:54 PM

When a house is on fire, you don’t waste time berating the owner on how poorly he kept up his lawn. You help put the fire out.

SAZMD on June 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

The lsm only wantsxto focus on w and getting in there at all

Nevermind the last 6 years

Shameful

cmsinaz on June 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

What a Cluster ! Did Barry major in CF in college ? He is very good at it.

steveracer on June 13, 2014 at 1:51 PM

He didn’t actually do anything in college. I doubt he even showed up regularly. They gave him “social” promotion.

dogsoldier on June 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

OMG. Three or four iron?

mkenorthshore on June 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Hotair’s blog headlines are the best.

Chuckles3 on June 13, 2014 at 1:56 PM

…I think Thad Cochran is looking for you!…………he wants to relive…his ‘old days’ on the farm.

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Since you would know more about “old” stuff and farms, it’s only fair that you take that one. :-) But please tell him that when he wants fresh, new and exciting days to phone me. My number is 555-212-burn. Lol

coolrepublica on June 13, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Anyway, he is on his way to golf on the west coast and just doesn’t have time for this crap! What a horrible leader, the laughing stock of the world!

rjoco1 on June 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

did you get “Palm Springs” from the press somewhere or have you been following his schedule ;-)

gh on June 13, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Neither

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

He’s awesome…..what leadership
-lapdogs

cmsinaz on June 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

It’s best not to go on political whims…O’s legacy is trashed anyway.

sorrowen on June 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

can_con on June 13, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Obama got the best of both worlds. He’s stupid AND crazy. Great mix.

dogsoldier on June 13, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Did he say what he would do to protect US citizens on Iraq? I just read an article that 200 are under seige at an air force base. Another Benghazi or will they be taken hostage and traded for more Gitmo prisoners. For an administration so worried about politics, screwing up our success in Iraq os bad enough, allowing American deaths or hostages because of his incompetence will be devastating.

Ellis on June 13, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Funny thing, and they don’t even deserve it.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 1:58 PM

How many Americans in Iraq will Obama let die today?

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Finished with his remarks, Obama embarked from the White House to California – with a brief stop in North Dakota – where he will raise money for Democrats and presumably play some awesome golf.

We know this is at least a mini-vacation because Michelle is along for the trip. She doesn’t go anywhere with him these days unless there’s recreation involved.

Fallon on June 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Where is the House today? Golfing?

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Allahpundit worthy headline from Noah Rothman.

Good show.

BKennedy on June 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM

…the media…seems confused lately!

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM

In the Middle East, the End of the Beginning

Reminds me of this everlasting scene from an old favorite movie of mine…

Table of Damascus

Seven Percent Solution on June 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM

This guy, what about the 200 US civilian contractors surrounded at Balan AB? ARe you going to leave them behind too?

jake49 on June 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Jun 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm faraway
FLASH: 200 U.S. contractors surrounded by jihadists in Iraq

The phone is ringing Mr. President.

can_con on June 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM

can_con on June 13, 2014 at 1:52 PM
Obama got the best of both worlds. He’s stupid AND crazy. Great mix.
dogsoldier on June 13, 2014 at 1:58 PM
I would say narcisstic,delusional and stupid. We have mass arad on arad genocide going on and all this punk does is talk. Crucifixions and beheadings are going on and all he does is talk….

sorrowen on June 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM

..and I’m off to Palm Springs. See ya. YOLO!

mjbrooks3 on June 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM

This guy, what about the 200 US civilian contractors surrounded at Balan AB? ARe you going to leave them behind too?

jake49 on June 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM

They would be better off phoning Tehran.

sharrukin on June 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

trumps international security

Hilarious, is that the meme now?

That POTUS has to go stop every war in the world, else he puts “international security” at risk?

Noah’s loving his move to the forum of the lowest common denominator, looks like.

everdiso on June 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

This is the middle eastern version of mafia on mafia violence plus ancient and barbaric forms of execution.

sorrowen on June 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

How much worse can it possibly get before Obama leaves office?

joekenha

Always my question, day after day, as things grow worse and worse. Who could have foreseen this day a year ago? What horrible events will we be experiencing a year from now?

Ms. Contrarian Scientist on June 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Obama tells Iraqis to ‘solve their problems’ while they are in the midst of a crisis.

The President’s attitude reminds me of people who tell the homeless person asking for a dollar to ‘get a job’.

Perhaps good advice in the long run, but callous and arrogant when delivered in a time of crisis and extreme need for help.

s1im on June 13, 2014 at 2:05 PM

My number is 555-212-burn. Lol

coolrepublica on June 13, 2014 at 1:56 PM

If you have to announce that it was a burn, then it wasn’t.

Flange on June 13, 2014 at 2:05 PM

See, this here is a great illustration of the difference between Conservatives and leftists:

Conservatives would rather kill terrorists in order to save an innocent life whereas a leftist would rather appease a terrorist and enable them to take the lives of the innocent.

Leftism is responsible for the deaths of 100′s of millions of people world wide in the last 125 +/- years; whether directly (Zedong, Stalin, Hitler, Sanger, Pot, etc), or by enabling it (Obama throwing the civilians of Iraq to the wolves right now). There’s no reason to think they’d ever stop killing the innocent (or enabling it); it’s what they do.

BMG on June 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

This is the middle eastern version of mafia on mafia violence plus ancient and barbaric forms of execution.

sorrowen on June 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Except thousands of Americans are in serious danger of being killed or taken hostage this weekend. Other than that, yea, you’re right.

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Hilarious, is that the meme now?

everdiso on June 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

200 American civilians trapped at Balan Air Base.

That’s not a meme, idiot.

sharrukin on June 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Don’t just Do Something, Barack – Eat your waffle!

Another Drew on June 13, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Hilarious, is that the meme now?

That POTUS has to go stop every war in the world, else he puts “international security” at risk?

Noah’s loving his move to the forum of the lowest common denominator, looks like.

everdiso on June 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

OK liberal fool, why don’t you enlighten us with your low IQ which war should we stop and which war should we let go?

mnjg on June 13, 2014 at 2:08 PM

I don’t have a issue with these Stone Age people killing eachother they have been doing it since time began they won’t stop now. As for Americans in danger they need to get hell out of there!

sorrowen on June 13, 2014 at 2:09 PM

If he had approved the XL, we might not be as bad off price of gas wise as we are now. The mess he has let go on and on in Syria and now Iraq could end up costing us all big time at the pump. How anyone could still be blaming Bush for any of this today is idiotic. His last appearance was a photo op when daddy Bush landed his parachute. Neither presidents Bush or Obama know how to deal with the Islamic extremists.

Kissmygrits on June 13, 2014 at 2:10 PM

This is the middle eastern version of mafia on mafia violence plus ancient and barbaric forms of execution.

sorrowen on June 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

But with much larger bad consequences on our national interests…

mnjg on June 13, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Rosetta Stone offers Pashto lessons for everyone. Or get the Pashto/Russian combo pack for 50% off.

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Speaking of nuts speaking Pashto, the Daily Mail has an article about Bergdahl’s dad. Seems during junior’s captivity, daddy was stalking and harassing a couple of young ladies on his Idaho UPS route (peeking in their windows, taking things from their yard, etc.). It got so bad they had to call the police.

And this is the crackpot Barry was hugging in the WH rose garden just a couple of weeks ago.

This administration is clueless, on every level.

AZCoyote on June 13, 2014 at 2:11 PM

“The fact that they are not willing to stand and fight and defend their post against admittedly hardened terrorists, but not terrorists who are overwhelming in numbers, indicates that there’s a problem with morale, there’s a problem in terms of commitment, and ultimately that’s rooted in the problems that have plagued the country for a very long time,” he added.

Sounds like he could be describing Bergdahl.

s1im on June 13, 2014 at 2:12 PM

“daddy was stalking and harassing a couple of young ladies” … in the White House you say? Where have I heard that before?

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Obama tells Iraqis to ‘solve their problems’ while they are in the midst of a crisis.

The President’s attitude reminds me of people who tell the homeless person asking for a dollar to ‘get a job’.

Perhaps good advice in the long run, but callous and arrogant when delivered in a time of crisis and extreme need for help.

s1im on June 13, 2014 at 2:05 PM

You mean telling that hobo to ‘get a job’…..after spending 10yrs, tens of billions of dollars, and thousands of lives freeing, protecting, and training that hobo to defend and take care of himself.

Not so callous and arrogant, really.

everdiso on June 13, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Obama plans to gather a large group of welfare recipients and have them picket one of the ISIS staging areas–but only if they can find a core ISIS staging area.

BuckeyeSam on June 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM

And oh yeah..having that hobo then reject any contract or agreement with him for continuing help and security.

everdiso on June 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM

RWM, and Obama just signaled that he won’t send any military in there to rescue them. They are on their own.

This is the Fall of Saigon, but Obama is the only one with a helicopter.

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM

A regional war is now a very real possibility. The United States can engage in that theater on its terms now, or wait and engage in it on less favorable terms down the road. But, for the globe’s only superpower, there is no avoiding engagement.

This is absolutely true.
However, reading through the above “clips” from Obama’s speech, in the context of a LIV’s knowledge, nothing he said seems unreasonable.

This is a characteristic I noticed early on about his speeches: to people who aren’t reading news and blogs from a variety of sources several hours a day, he sounds like he has control of the situation-of-the-moment, his proposals appear carefully considered and rational, and his action plans (if one can call them that) make “sense” to the politically naive, especially in foreign policy.

Thus, the people who complain about him appear to be “wing-nuts” in comparison.

The failure of the faux journalists to present the same sort of analysis (and hard questions) regularly presented at HA and elsewhere contribute to this one-sided view of the Obama administration.

That they all lost control of the Bergdahl narrative just points out the extent of the damage of the last decade (the spin started well before his 2008 campaign).

AesopFan on June 13, 2014 at 2:17 PM

But with much larger bad consequences on our national interests…

mnjg on June 13, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Domestic gang violence kills many more americans than international terrorists do.

everdiso on June 13, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Can’t we just nuke ‘em all and get it over with already?

el hombre on June 13, 2014 at 2:18 PM

everpisso is delusional, as always.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Domestic gang violence kills many more americans than international terrorists do.

everdiso on June 13, 2014 at 2:18 PM

So, you want us to arrest more gang members? What city would you like to start in?

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 2:19 PM

This is the Fall of Saigon, but Obama is the only one with a helicopter.

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Vietnam seems to be doing fine nowadays without US help.

everdiso on June 13, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Vietnam seems to be doing fine nowadays without US help.

everdiso on June 13, 2014 at 2:19 PM

The islami-spring types are watching your head.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 2:21 PM

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