Quotes of the day

posted at 8:31 pm on June 14, 2014 by Allahpundit

Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the shadowy commander of Iran’s paramilitary Quds Force, flew to Iraq this week with dozens of his officers to advise the country’s beleaguered leadership about how to blunt the advance of militant forces on Baghdad, American officials said Friday.

In meeting with General Suleimani, the Iraqis are hosting the mastermind of Iran’s strategy in Iraq when Iraqi Shiite militias trained by Iran fought American troops. The general is also the current architect of Iranian military support in Syria for President Bashar al-Assad.

The contact suggests that the Iraqis see the possibility of significant aid from Iran as a means of pressuring the United States to come to Iraq’s defense with aid of its own. And it highlights the complex web of alliances brought to the fore in the current crisis; both the United States and Iran, traditional antagonists, see it in their interest to come to the aid of an embattled partner to repel the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS…

“Everybody has an interest in checking ISIS,” said Amos Yadlin, a retired general and former head of Israeli military intelligence who is now executive director of Israel’s Institute of National Security Studies.

***

“If we see that the United States takes action against terrorist groups in Iraq, then one can think about it,” Rouhani said at a press conference marking a year since he was elected president.

Both Iranian and American leaders have separately pledged support for the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in fighting advancing fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

“We have said that all countries must unite in combating terrorism. But right now regarding Iraq we have not seen the Americans taking a decision yet,” Rouhani said, mentioning that problems in neighbouring Syria have been made worse by Western support for rebels there.

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The extremist group that is threatening the existence of the Iraqi state was built and grown for years with the help of elite donors from American supposed allies in the Persian Gulf region. There, the threat of Iran, Assad, and the Sunni-Shiite sectarian war trumps the U.S. goal of stability and moderation in the region…

[I]n the years they were getting started, a key component of ISIS’s support came from wealthy individuals in the Arab Gulf States of Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Sometimes the support came with the tacit nod of approval from those regimes; often, it took advantage of poor money laundering protections in those states, according to officials, experts, and leaders of the Syrian opposition, which is fighting ISIS as well as the regime…

When confronted with the problem, Gulf leaders often justify allowing their Salafi constituents to fund Syrian extremist groups by pointing back to what they see as a failed U.S. policy in Syria and a loss of credibility after President Obama reneged on his pledge to strike Assad if the regime used chemical weapons.

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The civil war in Syria would inevitably threaten the stability of Iraq, and potentially turn into a cataclysmic regional conflict. Hence, opponents of intervention in Syria should have realized that the only alternative to intervening in Syria was to send U.S. forces back into Iraq, in order to seal off the Iraq–Syria border and buttress the Iraqi security forces.

But instead of coopting the Syrian resistance, or — the next best thing — sealing the border between Syria and Iraq, we did nothing. By the start of 2013 we had abandoned both the Sunni resistance in Syria and the Sunni heartland in Iraq to Islamist networks, particularly ISIS. The Syrian civil war’s slide across the border into Iraq rapidly became a reality. Violence increased throughout the year until Maliki came begging for American help in November 2013. But Obama hadn’t done anything to stop the region from sliding back into chaos and there was no point in starting now. Maliki left empty-handed, with little choice but to throw himself at the mercy of the Iranians — and hope for survival in a revival of the Wahhabi-Iranian proxy war.

When Obama got to power, a tenuous peace held in the Middle East, and the U.S. stood at the height of its influence and prestige in the region. Of course, the Middle East is a devilishly tricky place; upheaval is always around the corner; and the U.S. can’t single-handedly control any region. But it should be obvious to anyone who takes an honest look at the events of the last five years that the Obama administration’s whole approach to foreign policy was bound to make the Middle East a much more dangerous place.

Obama’s skepticism of American power apparently blinded him to how vital that power was to the maintenance of peace and stability.

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It is hard to know for sure, but odds are Iraq would have continued making progress if at least 10,000 American military advisers were still present. They would not have had to take part in combat, but they would have allowed American diplomats and generals to exert pressure on Maliki to curb his sectarian tendencies, and they would have assisted the Iraqi forces to better find, fix, and finish the insurgents without causing lots of collateral damage.

So why aren’t U.S. troops still there? Obama’s supporters blame Maliki and other Iraqi politicians for not agreeing to give U.S. troops legal immunity from prosecution. They also blame George W. Bush for negotiating a previous Status of Forces Agreement in 2008 that expired at the end of 2011, even though there was a widespread expectation in both Iraq and the United States that a renewal would occur when the time came. But the truth is, as New York Times correspondent Michael Gordon and retired Marine general Bernard Trainor make clear in their definitive book, The Endgame, Obama did not try very hard to achieve a Status of Forces Agreement. He waited to start the negotiations until the middle of 2011 even though the last round of talks in 2008 took a year; he leaked word that, even if an agreement were reached, the United States would send only a tiny force of fewer than 5,000 soldiers that was hardly worth the trouble; he insisted that the Iraqi parliament would have to approve the accord even though Iraqi leaders told their American counterparts this was unlikely and unnecessary; he refused to get directly involved in the negotiations; and then he pulled the plug on the talks when they hit their first major obstacle. Obama’s heart just wasn’t in it. He had won the presidency largely because of his opposition to the Iraq war, and he saw no good reason to prolong America’s troop presence.

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Many of us on the right supported the toppling of Saddam Hussein. He was a terror supporter. In those post-9/11 days, there was reason to believe our government was serious about dealing with terror-supporting regimes as if they were terrorists. If Saddam was the next domino to fall after the Taliban, all to the good — it didn’t seem like he’d be the last.

But then the Bush doctrine morphed from a crackdown on the jihad into a reimagining of the Middle East. When democracy predictably didn’t take, the dreamers decided to define democracy down rather than admit failure. “Democracy” somehow became fully compatible with repressive sharia, and we fantasized that anti-Western Islamic supremacists were democratic allies and that Iran would play a constructive regional role.

It was absurd. Yet it was the unquestioned premise for concluding, in 2008, that a sharia state gravitating ever further into Iran’s orbit — an Iraqi state that was dependent on the loyalty of Shiite militias and was already in a simmering conflict with its restive Sunni minority — could be trusted in the imminent draw-down, then complete absence, of American troops to preserve the security gains hard won by American bravery and know-how…

That kind of insanity does not happen overnight. It happens after more than 20 years of willful blindness to the ideology of our enemies, and more than 20 years without a strategic vision of the global jihadist challenge.

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In 2006, it was Ralph Peters, the retired lieutenant colonel turned columnist, who sketched a map that subdivided Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and envisioned Kurdish, Sunni and Shiite republics emerging from a no-longer-united Iraq. Two years later, The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg imagined similar partings-of-the-ways, with new microstates — an Alawite Republic, an Islamic Emirate of Gaza — taking shape and Afghanistan splitting up as well. Last year, it was Robin Wright’s turn in this newspaper, in a map that (keeping up with events) subdivided Libya as well…

De facto, with the shocking advance of militants toward Baghdad, there are now three states in what we call Iraq: one Kurdish, one Shiite and one Sunni — with the last straddling the Iraq-Syria border and “governed” by jihadists.

This means that Iraq is now part of an arc, extending from Hezbollah’s fiefdom in Lebanon through war-torn Syria, in which official national borders are notional at best. And while full dissolution is not yet upon us, the facts on the ground in Iraq look more and more like Peters’s map than the country that so many Americans died to stabilize and secure.

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This week paints Biden’s judgment in a far different light.

Recent events in Iraq call attention to his prediction nearly a decade ago that the war-torn nation was heading towards a break-up along sectarian lines — and to a prescription he offered to try to manage that reality by granting Sunnis, Shia and Kurds greater autonomy over various parts of the country…

“It’s the only solution,” said Leslie Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations. “The ship hasn’t sailed. It’s still a basis for doing something…I don’t know if it will work. But in terms of what could work, it’s the only thing.”…

”Biden was wrong because the only way Iraq can be partitioned is the way they are doing it now,” veteran national security journalist Tom Ricks wrote on Twitter Friday. “I think we will wind up with a partitioned Iraq — a Shiite south, a Sunni northwest, and a Kurdish northeast,” he added.

***

The major reason using force to defend Iraq’s government is a bad idea is that it always was. Advocates of going into Iraq, like advocates of staying in Iraq in past years, tend to employ sunk costs logic, where the pursuit of a good idea before somehow makes it sensible now. Invocations of dead and wounded Americans’ sacrifice give such thinking added resonance but do not make it sensible…

The idea that we need to fight ISIS because of its potential to use terrorism against the United States suffers similar flaws. During the Iraq War, hawks constantly warned that leaving Iraq would allow terrorist havens to form there. Their mental model was 1990s Afghanistan. They ignored the fact that al Qaeda (the original group that attacked Americans) came from particular conflicts, rather than being some kind of plant that grew in failed states. And even in Afghanistan, the problem was more that the government – the Taliban – allied with al Qaeda, rather than the absence of government. And hawks forgot that U.S. gains in drones and surveillance technology since the 1990s had destroyed havens—now those were easy targets.

Today, we are repeatedly told that ISIS is more brutal than al Qaeda and thus a bigger danger to Americans. But that logic conflates a brutal insurgency with a group focused on attacking Americans. ISIS is a nasty group fond of terrorist violence, radical Islam, and Islamic caliphate, but not an obvious threat to Americans. Conflating morally noxious Islamists with groups bent on killing Americans is one of the errors keeping us at endless war.

***

Whatever the U.S. might do, the president said, will make no difference in the absence of “a serious and sincere effort by Iraq’s leaders to set aside sectarian differences, to promote stability, and account for the legitimate interests of all of Iraq’s communities.”

The elephant in the room, unmentioned by Obama, is what happens if Iraq’s leaders — or the rebels — turn out to be uninterested in compromise. In particular, the president never said anything approaching this: “We will under no circumstances permit the terrorists to take control of Iraq.”

Barack Obama is a man who knows how to use words. It’s possible, then, that this omission was intended to prepare us for the worst.

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22044 on June 14, 2014 at 8:27 PM

ShainS on June 14, 2014 at 8:32 PM

I win.

crankyoldlady on June 14, 2014 at 8:32 PM

MOI!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 8:33 PM

You were right, 22044! :-)

ShainS on June 14, 2014 at 8:33 PM

I win.

crankyoldlady on June 14, 2014 at 8:32 PM

You sound like the POTUS!

;-)

ShainS on June 14, 2014 at 8:33 PM

“It’s 5 O’clock….
Somewhere” – Obama

Electrongod on June 14, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Reuters Poll: Obama’s Approval Ratings Falls Below 37%

What’s worse? Only 18.5% of Independents approve of the job he is doing…

Resist We Much on June 14, 2014 at 8:36 PM

[sets out "We Reserve The Right To Serve Whomever We Dang Well Please!" signage...activates wireless drink stations and drone delivery service...sends out first round of Whatchudrinkin's...usual caveats apply...tosses bar keys to RWM and COL...]

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 8:37 PM

You were right, 22044! :-)

ShainS on June 14, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Glad to serve. :)

Dedicated to HonestLib

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Hey, where is he?

22044 on June 14, 2014 at 8:38 PM

“It’s 5 O’clock….
Somewhere” – Obama

Electrongod on June 14, 2014 at 8:34 PM

The White House says President Obama will take several days to review exactly which course of action he should pursue with his golf clubs in tow …

ShainS on June 14, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Someone on Lcom said:

When Obama promised he’d have Al Qaeda on the run he meant on the run to Baghdad…

viking01 on June 14, 2014 at 8:38 PM

What’s worse? Only 18.5% of Independents approve of the job he is doing…
Resist We Much on June 14, 2014 at 8:36 PM

When that number gets to 18.5% Democrats, RWM… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Hey, where is he?
22044 on June 14, 2014 at 8:38 PM

It’s been about a month, 22044…no sign…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Executive Director Of Human Rights Watch Says ISIS Forces Are Being Inclusive, Unlike Maliki

How this moron can say that when ISIS is releasing Sunni soldiers and policemen, but decapitating Shi’ite soldiers and policemen is beyond me.

Resist We Much on June 14, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Good evening, one and all! How is everyone?

I’ve been out of town for a few days and need to get a message to Doc. If I’m not around when he logs on, I hope someone will point him in this direction.

Doc, I have a friend of mine in Alabama who is very active in politics. They have a pretty strong social network for Conservatives in the state where they exchange info about what’s going on.

I mentioned that you lived in Alabama. Long and short of it that she’s would be interesting in “meeting” you, as a fellow patriot, via Facebook or email. If you’re interested, send an email to kenykay@yahoo.com and I’ll give you her name.

Saw that you’re doing house repairs. Hope it is going well.

lineholder on June 14, 2014 at 8:41 PM

US Army Sgt. Bergdahl freed
3m

Editor’s note: *NN is reporting that the U.S. Army has appointed a general to investigate how and why Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left his base in Afghanistan before he was captured. There has been no formal announcement of this investigation. – Stephanie
Read more on www.*nn.com

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on June 14, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Do I have the wrong game of teacher?

And that’s some memory you have ShainS. Nobody else would have gotten the third line.

Judge_Dredd on June 14, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Reuters Poll: Obama’s Approval Ratings Falls Below 37%

What’s worse? Only 18.5% of Independents approve of the job he is doing…

Resist We Much on June 14, 2014 at 8:36 PM

If you take the AA vote out he would be in just over single digits and I think 10% of the country is mentally deranged.

VegasRick on June 14, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Reuters Poll: Obama’s Approval Ratings Falls Below 37%

What’s worse? Only 18.5% of Independents approve of the job he is doing…

Resist We Much on June 14, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Anyone seen Boehner lately? Does he know Iraq is crumbling? Has anyone told him about the border crisis? Does he know the IRS thingy is still going on.. that no one has gone to jail yet.. like he said in the presser that somebody would. Does he know yet nobody has?

Probably having a meeting on how to keep his Speaker’s seat.

JellyToast on June 14, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Saw that you’re doing house repairs. Hope it is going well.

lineholder on June 14, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Doc is married with children.

crankyoldlady on June 14, 2014 at 8:42 PM

How this moron can say that when ISIS is releasing Sunni soldiers and policemen, but decapitating Shi’ite soldiers and policemen is beyond me.

Resist We Much on June 14, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Looks like a two-organization race for the next Nobel Peace Prize: ISIS and (for the second time) Soetoro …

ShainS on June 14, 2014 at 8:44 PM

https://twitter.com/FoxNewsInsider

FoxNewsInsider @FoxNewsInsider · 4h

‘So Offensive & Hurtful’: Mom of 1st Navy SEAL Killed in Iraq War Blasts Obama http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/06/14/%E2%80%98so-offensive-hurtful%E2%80%99-mom-1st-navy-seal-killed-iraq-war-blasts-obama … @ANHQDC
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‘So Offensive & Hurtful’: Mom of 1st Navy SEAL Killed in Iraq War Blasts Obama

by Fox News Insider // Jun 14 2014 // 3:25pm
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VIDEO:

The mother of the first Navy SEAL killed in the Iraq War was on “America’s News Headquarters” today to discuss the chaos in Iraq.

Debbie Lee described the situation as tragic. She said she has been to Iraq twice – in 2007 and again in 2010 – and she saw firsthand the difference our troops made.

Lee blasted President Barack Obama, saying that he seems to be surprised by everything, from the situation in Iraq to the IRS and VA scandals to the Benghazi attack.

“Everything takes this man by surprise,” she said. “What is he doing in the White House? Why now does he have to sit down and study what’s going on? This should have been done a long time ago.”

Lee said there is a lack of leadership coming from the White House, calling it “disgusting.”

“It has been so offensive and hurtful to me to watch the things that [Obama] has done and lack of support for our troops,” she said.

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/06/14/%E2%80%98so-offensive-hurtful%E2%80%99-mom-1st-navy-seal-killed-iraq-war-blasts-obama

canopfor on June 14, 2014 at 7:28 PM

canopfor on June 14, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Anyone seen Boehner lately? Does he know Iraq is crumbling? Has anyone told him about the border crisis? Does he know the IRS thingy is still going on.. that no one has gone to jail yet.. like he said in the presser that somebody would. Does he know yet nobody has?

Probably having a meeting on how to keep his Speaker’s seat.

JellyToast on June 14, 2014 at 8:42 PM

“It’s 5:00 somewhere.” – Boehner

22044 on June 14, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Doc is married with children.

crankyoldlady on June 14, 2014 at 8:42 PM

It’s not that kind of meet, COL. My fried is married with children, too. This is strictly political, as a means of building a coalition of citizens in the state of AL who are actively involved in politics.

lineholder on June 14, 2014 at 8:45 PM

https://twitter.com/markknoller

https://twitter.com/DeptofDefense

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 37m

Earnest says Pres Obama would be updated further as his national security team works through the weekend on US options in Iraq.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 7h

DOD says the US warships expected to arrive in the Arabian Gulf tonight.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 7h

DOD says the carrier Bush is accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea and the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 7h

Pentagon says the carrier will provide POTUS “additional flexibility should military options be required” in Iraq.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 7h

As Pres Obama weighs military options in Iraq, Pentagon announces aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush ordered to the Arabian Gulf.

canopfor on June 14, 2014 at 7:35 PM

canopfor on June 14, 2014 at 8:45 PM

lineholder on June 14, 2014 at 8:41 PM

I demand that Bmore be banned for posting personal information on lineholder!

/bluegill

ShainS on June 14, 2014 at 8:45 PM

blah blah blah! It’s QOTD time!

coolrepublica on June 14, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Huma had better watch out….

Obama shill Sotomayor apparently was making amorous moves on Killary at a book signing.

viking01 on June 14, 2014 at 8:46 PM

And that’s some memory you have ShainS. Nobody else would have gotten the third line.

Judge_Dredd on June 14, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Heh; that was funny, but — alas — my memory’s not that good anymore.

Actually found it on IMDB quotes …

ShainS on June 14, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Shithot. Excellent QOTD Allah.

Bmore on June 14, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 37m
Earnest says Pres Obama would be updated further as his national security team works through the weekend on US options in Iraq.

canopfor on June 14, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Like I’m working through my YouTube bookmarks, yes? That kind of “working”?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Anyone seen Boehner lately?

JellyToast on June 14, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Great question.

Does he even reside in the U.S. anymore? Maybe he went south of the border to represent those he values more than his fellow US citizens …

ShainS on June 14, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Yesterday Leslie Gelb stated that al-Malaki shutting the Sunnis out of government was the cause of the government’s weakness. Ok, but he neglected to say that obama had 5.5 years to deal with the problem, but did nothing.

paul1149 on June 14, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Actually found it on IMDB quotes …

ShainS on June 14, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Ha. That obscure thing is a quotable quote? Who knew. But nobody had Don Adams’ delivery.

Judge_Dredd on June 14, 2014 at 8:52 PM

ShainS on June 14, 2014 at 8:50 PM

The QT-Orange vote?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 8:52 PM

The beast

H/T- Schade.

It’s for real.

wolly4321 on June 14, 2014 at 8:56 PM

!emit DTOQ s’tI !halb halb halb

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 14, 2014 at 8:57 PM

ISIS is a nasty group fond of terrorist violence, radical Islam, and Islamic caliphate, but not an obvious threat to Americans. Conflating morally noxious Islamists with groups bent on killing Americans is one of the errors keeping us at endless war.

‘See you in New York.’

- ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

And, who released Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi from US custody?

Obama.

Resist We Much on June 14, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Evenin’.
I was friendly with an African-born cashier. she’s black. I really liked her-but she destroyed that today. She thinks that all conservatives/tea party peeps are racist and that the TP wouldn’t have started had zero been white.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Obama.
Resist We Much on June 14, 2014 at 8:59 PM

He’s a thinker, that one…not!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on June 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM

She’s LIV, ALT…if you prefer the friendship/comraderie to the politics, go for it.

Has Little Twerp made Berlin yet? And how are you holding up? Prayers with both of you, ALT!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Good morning America…

oscarwilde on June 14, 2014 at 9:04 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on June 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Hate it when that happens.
No chance, against a brick wall, then ??

pambi on June 14, 2014 at 9:04 PM

And, who released Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi from US custody?

Obama.

Resist We Much on June 14, 2014 at 8:59 PM

RWM: Meanwhile,..as Iraq,..er,..the M.E burns:)

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 2h

Back from the fundraiser and commencement, Pres Obama playing a round of golf at the Sunnylands/Annenberg estate in Racho Mirage.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 4h

The Obamas are spending the weekend as guests at the Rancho Mirage home of WH decorator Michael Smith & US Amb to Spain James Costos.

canopfor on June 14, 2014 at 9:05 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on June 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM

You should have reminded her that if not for conservatives she would have been born picking cotton.

Diluculo on June 14, 2014 at 9:05 PM

And here is the MSM News-Worthy Priority’s:

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 2h

Leading the network evening newscasts: CBS/PBS: Iraq; ABC: Unruly passenger on a plane; NBC: pre-empted by golf.

canopfor on June 14, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 9:04 PM

He’s in Berlin.
Berlin’s about 7 hours ahead of Lubbock-so it’s around 3 am there now.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 14, 2014 at 9:06 PM

You should have reminded her that if not for conservatives she would have been born picking cotton.
Diluculo on June 14, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Try throwing to her the concept that “conservative” refers to the conservation of liberties and freedom…that should get a conversation started… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 9:07 PM

He’s in Berlin.
Berlin’s about 7 hours ahead of Lubbock-so it’s around 3 am there now.
annoyinglittletwerp on June 14, 2014 at 9:06 PM

I would’ve loved to have made it to Berlin, ALT, but Triberg (the Cuckoo Clock Capital of the World) was awesome!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Evenin’.
I was friendly with an African-born cashier. she’s black. I really liked her-but she destroyed that today. She thinks that all conservatives/tea party peeps are racist and that the TP wouldn’t have started had zero been white.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM

That’s a shame. What did you say to annihilate her?

crankyoldlady on June 14, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Iranian Quds Force Arrive In Baghdad: “We Are Here To Defend This City”

Resist We Much on June 14, 2014 at 9:05 PM

There is still a Chance for America to fix what is wrong in Iraq and Iran

oscarwilde on June 14, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Treetop flyer.

wolly4321 on June 14, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Berlin’s about 7 hours ahead of Lubbock-so it’s around 3 am there now.
annoyinglittletwerp on June 14, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Wait…unless Germany’s gone on Daylight Saving Time since c1978, he should only be six hours ahead, ALT…hey, that’s one hour CLOSER to you! :-D

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Arlo Guthrie Golden River

esr1951 on June 14, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Slow news day.

Not sure about how surrounding Baghdad is going to work. ISIS is already overextended.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM

It takes some people longer to figure out the obvious.

cozmo on June 14, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Huma had better watch out….

Obama shill Sotomayor apparently was making amorous moves on Killary at a book signing.

viking01 on June 14, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Kagan seems more to be Killery’s type :O

burrata on June 14, 2014 at 9:12 PM

‘Toon of the Day: Don’t Forget Your Golf Clubs, Mr President!

Resist We Much on June 14, 2014 at 8:34 PM

RWM: Exactly so:0

canopfor on June 14, 2014 at 9:12 PM

oscarwilde on June 14, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Don’t know what that was, it asked me to sign in, which I will not do.

Diluculo on June 14, 2014 at 9:12 PM

That’s a shame. What did you say to annihilate her?

crankyoldlady on June 14, 2014 at 9:09 PM

The correct thing to say would have been to point out that the TP started under Bush. Not that would have made an imprint on her libfreeordie mind.

Judge_Dredd on June 14, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Retweeted by Jake Tapper
Jenan Moussa @jenanmoussa · 4h

#Iraq soldiers seconds before being executed by ISIS. pic.twitter.com/nZKpZK7aaL

https://twitter.com/jenanmoussa/status/477919489556627456/photo/1

canopfor on June 14, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Still on the “A’s” I see.

cozmo on June 14, 2014 at 9:14 PM

So they’re investigating why Bergdahl left? Really. What excuse could there possibly be? They were mean to him? The guy is gonna walk…

sandee on June 14, 2014 at 9:14 PM

The brothels in Germany are #1.

So I hear.

wolly4321 on June 14, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Meanwhile: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/06/14/gay-pride-flag-hoisted-above-us-embassy-in-israel/

rlwo2008 on June 14, 2014 at 9:10 PM

rlwo2008:

Ugh,..don’t tell me they too, are demanding a country!
(sarc)

canopfor on June 14, 2014 at 9:15 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on June 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM

You should have reminded her that if not for conservatives she would have been born picking cotton.

Diluculo on June 14, 2014 at 9:05 PM

This needed a repost

coolrepublica on June 14, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Meanwhile: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/06/14/gay-pride-flag-hoisted-above-us-embassy-in-israel/

rlwo2008 on June 14, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Big deal, remember when US embassy hoisted a gay flag above the embassies in saudi srabia , qatar and nigeria ?
:P

burrata on June 14, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Arlo Guthrie Golden River
esr1951 on June 14, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Fixed your link, ESR…and welcome aboard! Love the Muppets!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Still on the “A’s” I see.
cozmo on June 14, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Well, I DID skip my Archies link, Cozmo… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Autograph – Turn Up the Radio

And next…The B’s!!!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Sorry I’m late.

The Democratic party is the American party of crooks, thieves and waffling cowards that destroy our standing abroad.

Gingotts on June 14, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Huma had better watch out….

Obama shill Sotomayor apparently was making amorous moves on Killary at a book signing.

viking01 on June 14, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Kagan seems more to be Killery’s type :O

burrata on June 14, 2014 at 9:12 PM

It could be a passionate pantsuit love triangle just like years past.

Kagan, Sotomayor and Killary going at it like Killary, Reno and Shalala of orgies past.

viking01 on June 14, 2014 at 9:20 PM

[sends out another round of Whatchudrinkin's...usual caveats apply...enters under "Judge's Verdict"...] ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Ya know,..when is the F***ing Administration going to get a clue,
ISIS/AQ don’t want Political solution!

According to the Muslim Jihadys, even certain Muslims aren’t true believers and one can only imagine what these Goons think of West-
erners!

They want YOU DEAD,..ZERO DISCUSSION!

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 59s

Kerry urges Iraq to ratify election results asap, form new govt & respect rights of Sunni, Kurd, and Shia – in fight in against terrorism.

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Mark Knoller @markknoller · 30s

State Dept: Kerry tells Iraqi FM that US assistance requires Iraqi leaders to forge national unity necessary to confront ISIL/ISIS.

canopfor on June 14, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Arlo Guthrie Golden River
esr1951 on June 14, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Fixed your link, ESR…and welcome aboard! Love the Muppets!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Thanks! It is hard to do this stuff on an iPad!

Love the Arlo Guthrie sound.

esr1951 on June 14, 2014 at 9:22 PM

War in Afghanistan
3m
US Department of Defense identifies 5 soldiers who died in Afghanistan – @KRDONC13
Read more on krdo.com

https://twitter.com/KRDONC13

canopfor on June 14, 2014 at 9:22 PM

viking01 on June 14, 2014 at 9:20 PM

[passes out Listerine and ear syringes...enters under "Major Plumbing Repairs"...]

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Love the Arlo Guthrie sound.
esr1951 on June 14, 2014 at 9:22 PM

I used to have his “Alice’s Restaurant” album…sweet… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 9:23 PM

The brothels in Germany are #1.

So I hear.

wolly4321 on June 14, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Forget it. They don’t shave their pits.

[sends out another round of Whatchudrinkin's...usual caveats apply...enters under "Judge's Verdict"...] ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 14, 2014 at 9:21 PM

No whachumadrinkins for me tonight. I’m not Omaha.

Judge_Dredd on June 14, 2014 at 9:26 PM

oscarwilde on June 14, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Don’t know what that was, it asked me to sign in, which I will not do.

Diluculo on June 14, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Here, this should work better…

There is still a Chance for America to fix what is wrong in Iraq and Iran

oscarwilde on June 14, 2014 at 9:26 PM

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