Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on June 15, 2014 by Allahpundit

A Shiite militia seized control of an Iraqi town Saturday, blunting the advance toward Baghdad of radical Sunni fighters in a sign that the widespread mobilization of paramilitary forces may be starting to have an impact…

In the town of Muqdadiyah in Diyala province northeast of Baghdad, residents said that the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia had made the difference and that fighters with that Iranian-backed paramilitary movement were in control…

The Sunni and Shiite groups are now facing each other on the northern outskirts of the town, he said, marking a new front line in what is fast becoming a Sunni-Shiite war.

Both sides in the conflict claimed Saturday to have inflicted large numbers of casualties.

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With just a few thousand fighters, the group’s lightning sweep into Mosul and farther south appeared to catch many Iraqi and American officials by surprise. But the gains were actually the realization of a yearslong strategy of state-building that the group itself promoted publicly…

Though the group got its start battling the Americans in Iraq, its success after the occupation ended was largely missed — or played down — by American officials. In the middle of 2012, as the group strengthened and United Nations data showed civilian casualties in Iraq on the rise, Antony J. Blinken, the national security adviser to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., wrote that violence in Iraq was “at historic lows.”…

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who argued in favor of arming Syrian rebels, said last week at an event in New York hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, “this is not just a Syrian problem anymore. I never thought it was just a Syrian problem. I thought it was a regional problem. I could not have predicted, however, the extent to which ISIS could be effective in seizing cities in Iraq and trying to erase boundaries to create an Islamic state.”…

The group’s rise is directly connected to the American legacy in Iraq. The American prisons were fertile recruiting grounds for jihadist leaders, and virtual universities, where leaders would indoctrinate their recruits with hard-line ideologies.

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Iraqi-Americans staged a protest asking the United States to return to Iraq and keep their government from collapsing

Those gathered warned that if American’s don’t return, Iraq will fall to a group even worse than Al-Qaeda.

“This group is bloody, this group is tremendously violent, and this will signal an era that is not good, it will signal the dark days in Iraq,” said Ishak.

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Sen. Rand Paul on Saturday signaled openness to air strikes in Iraq even as he stressed his reluctance to entangle Americans too deeply in an Iraqi fight…

“I think we aided the Iraqi government for a long time, I’m not opposed to continuing to help them with arms,” said Paul, a libertarian-leaning lawmaker.

“I would not rule out air strikes. But I would say, after 10 years, it is appalling to me that they are stripping their uniforms off and running. And it concerns me that we would have to do their fighting for them because they won’t fight for their own country, their own cities.”

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Iraq War veterans in Michigan and across the country are watching with dismay, bitterness and even sadness as the same insurgency they fought against took control of two major cities — Mosul and Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit — last week…

“We spent a lot of time and effort to secure that region of the world and to have it kind of just fall apart,” said Christopher Kolomjec, an attorney from Grosse Pointe Farms, who was a Marine major during heavy fighting in Fallujah in 2006 and 2007.

“You can’t help but be extremely disappointed and frustrated that the sacrifice we made might be in vain. For every veteran who has been to Iraq, it is a constant battle to not become bitter.”…

“The one thing we can’t do is nothing,” he said. “You can’t just turn your back on them.”

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Most of Obama’s detractors engage in what I call “woulda/coulda/shoulda” criticism. That is to say, if the President had only invested more time and effort in negotiating a status of forces agreement with the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, left a residual presence there, enforced his chemical weapons red line in Syria and backed the moderate opposition there, we wouldn’t be seeing the ISIS jihadi rampage playing out in both countries.

But given the limited amount of intervention this administration, Congress, and the public would support, even under the best of circumstances, the U.S. could not have stopped the dynamic that is occurring…

As for Iraq, the al-Maliki government’s insistence on maintaining Shia dominance and privilege, and repressing Sunnis, created the perfect ferment for ISIS’s spread. No amount of U.S. military power summoned by any administration could have compensated for this kind of bad sectarian governance. That and the weak institutions of the Iraqi state have allowed ISIS to thrive.

No matter how much progress the U.S. made in Iraq between 2003 and 2011, the dysfunction that now shapes Iraq’s future was driven by factors set into motion by the very act of the invasion, Iraq’s nature and its location. And those same factors limit now what the U.S. can do; they should make Washington wary of getting sucked back in.

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Iraq is very probably going to divide into three. This is not a good thing, but the window of opportunity for avoiding it may have closed. Yes, to Obama’s shame, he lifted scarcely a finger to keep it from closing. But that is irrelevant to discerning the policy-choices before us. Neither the Sunnis nor the Shia seem able to trust the other to hold the government, a trans-sectarian nationalist civil society identity simply has not emerged in strength (neither has a trans-sectarian party), and most Kurds are merely waiting for the best chance to leave (which I think has to be now). That is, the real question is not whether partition happens, but how. Does it as India’s did, with sectarian violence that kills nearly a million? Does it leave one the Sunni portion governed by ISIL, which will enslave its population, gobble up most of Syria, and carry war into Jordan, Lebanon, Manhattan, etc.? Or does it happen more on our terms, with the most reasonable Sunni militias and strongmen relying upon us for support? With, perhaps, a government admitted by all three sides to be one intended to transition them to partition? If ISIL has to fight against Sunni groups, against the Kurds, against the Shia, and against our help, it has no chance. But if by dumb policy we make the choice for the Sunnis (and the Kurds) to be one of living with ISIL or living under Maliki-ism, its prospects grow immensely…

So a bloody war of partition, which some will call a civil war, is quite possible. If that happens, U.S. policy should be to do what it can to keep the leadership of the Sunni side out of Islamist hands, to encourage the continuance of certain parliamentary democracy and at-least-rhetorical independence from Iran by the Shia side, and everything it can short of NATO-admission to guarantee the security of the Kurds, our natural allies and friends. Behind the scenes, we can hold out the carrot of aid to both sides, and threaten to withhold it or switch if they start slaughtering Christians or other minority groups.

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Obama’s recent miscues are of little relevance to today’s mess. Yes, he was wrong not to arm moderate Syrian rebels earlier in their struggle against the Assad regime. It was worth a try, as he now realizes. And it’s true that the ISIS filled a power vacuum created by the war inside Syria. But Syrian moderates are fighting Assad, not the ISIS. And even if moderates had taken power from Assad with American help—a huge if—they would hardly have been able to discourage the ISIS from crossing the border into Iraq. Were they to somehow have such influence over the ISIS, it would by definition mean that many of these so-called “moderates” are actually like-minded Sunni extremists, just as Obama has feared.

It’s not even clear the situation would be much different if U.S. forces hadn’t left Iraq, under terms negotiated by President Bush, in 2011. There was only so much multi-billion dollar chewing gum and baling wire that could be applied to a country that fundamentally doesn’t want to be a country. Contrary to neocon analysis, our refusal to be drawn in again doesn’t auger a post-Iraq era where we won’t ever use force around the world—a new Vietnam Syndrome in which a generation of liberal Democrats sour on all assertions of American military power.

The U.S. is simply getting more prudent about intervention. In their studies of 19th century imperialism, the British historians Ronald Robinson and John Gallagher found that when the “client state” (South Vietnam or Iraq in our time) threatens to collapse, the major power feels forced to intervene. This allows the weaker power to call the tune in the relationship. After all we’ve been through in Iraq, Obama is rightly insistent that we reverse that dynamic. He wants the Maliki government in Baghdad to get its act together on genuine power-sharing before commencing U.S. military action. It’s the only leverage we have…

The president thought his legacy would include withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq. By the time this plays out, he’s more likely to be remembered for inserting U.S. diplomats into Iraq, where they’ll revise Gertrude Bell and draw a new map of the region. It’s hard to imagine now, but that may come to represent the strong presidential leadership we all still crave.

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Barack Obama had a legacy earlier than any other American president. He was the first black president before he was even inaugurated. Very shortly after that, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. From the start, he was supposed to go down in history as “the Peace President”. This has all turned into a tremendous disadvantage…

Mr Obama is not a pacifist. He sees the utility of force in individual tricky situations. It would not be at all surprising if he uses a bit of it soon, in drone or aerial form, in Iraq. What he does not see is its strategic value. He does not grasp, apparently, that the Pax Americana, under whose protection we have lived since 1945, has existed because it has always been backed by the credible threat of force. Weakness is provocative to bad actors, and some of the world’s worst have now been provoked. This seems to have come as an almost complete surprise to the Obama White House. The Peace President is starting to leave a legacy of war

All my life, many people, by no means all of them on the Left, have complained about the extent of American power. They have seen it as bungling, bullying, crude, even oppressive. Sometimes, particularly in regard to the Middle East, they have been right. Europhiles have sought to counter American power by building up the EU’s strength. Nationalists have sought to expel it and be “ourselves alone”. But they have said these things and made these gestures in the knowledge that US power has been real. Will they be pleased if what they thought they wished for is actually happening? It feels as if the world is in for a more dangerous time than any since the Carter/Brezhnev era of the late Seventies – or worse, because more unpredictable.

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[T]he revolution was never going to be straightforward. This is the true lesson of Iraq. But it is also the lesson from the whole of the so-called Arab Spring. The fact is that as a result of the way these societies have developed and because Islamism of various descriptions became the focal point of opposition to oppression, the removal of the dictatorship is only the beginning not the end of the challenge. Once the regime changes, then out come pouring all the tensions – tribal, ethnic and of course above all religious; and the rebuilding of the country, with functioning institutions and systems of Government, becomes incredibly hard. The extremism de-stabilises the country, hinders the attempts at development, the sectarian divisions become even more acute and the result is the mess we see all over the region. And beyond it. Look at Pakistan or Afghanistan and the same elements are present…

However more than that, in this struggle will be decided many things: the fate of individual countries, the future of the Middle East, and the direction of the relationship between politics and the religion of Islam. This last point will affect us in a large number of ways. It will affect the radicalism within our own societies which now have significant Muslim populations. And it will affect how Islam develops across the world. If the extremism is defeated in the Middle East it will eventually be defeated the world over, because this region is its spiritual home and from this region has been spread the extremist message.

There is no sensible policy for the West based on indifference. This is, in part, our struggle, whether we like it or not.

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Blah blah blah. It’s QOTD time!

coolrepublica on June 15, 2014 at 8:04 PM

…and let them kill each other as much as they can, while we sell cheap outdated firearms and ammo to both sides.

Rix on June 15, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Just minutes ago news came from within the United States Embassy in Baghdad that the Iraqis have shut down internet service for those barricaded inside. Limited text messages via private cell phones are still coming through.

A three word text was released from inside the (Baghdad) Embassy :“Too late; Alamo.

ISIS terrorists operating in Iraq have toppled Fallujah, Ramadi, Tikrit, and Mosul, robbing the Bank of Mosul for more than $450 million dollars. ISIS leaders now claim they are the richest terror group in the world,

http://www.examiner.com/article/breaking-news-update-iraqis-shut-down-internet-at-u-s-embassy-baghdad

Ramirez got this one right too:

http://www.lucianne.com/images/lucianne/DailyPhoto/2014-06-14.jpg

LegendHasIt on June 15, 2014 at 8:03 PM

I hope Alamo doesn’t mean what I think it means.

sharrukin on June 15, 2014 at 8:06 PM

I’m singing in the rain. What a glorious day…….

coolrepublica on June 15, 2014 at 8:06 PM

I’m Thinking The Russkies Don’t Like Our Golfer-in-Chief

Resist We Much on June 15, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Are you kidding?

They love the bumbling boob.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Bluegill has everyone bogged down on that Noah blog. Haha!!

coolrepublica on June 15, 2014 at 8:10 PM

I hope Alamo doesn’t mean what I think it means.

sharrukin on June 15, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Don’t think they are talking car rentals.

katy the mean old lady on June 15, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Just minutes ago news came from within the United States Embassy in Baghdad that the Iraqis have shut down internet service for those barricaded inside. Limited text messages via private cell phones are still coming through.

LegendHasIt on June 15, 2014 at 8:03 PM

That story is a day old.

de rigueur on June 15, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Ratso!

OmahaConservative on June 15, 2014 at 8:11 PM

A small stabilizing force was all that was required to safeguard our investment of nearly a trillion dollars and over 4000 lives in Iraq, and to prevent a possible middle east conflagration that could cut our vital oil supplies and batter our economy and way of life.

anotherJoe on June 15, 2014 at 8:11 PM

I’m Thinking The Russkies Don’t Like Our Golfer-in-Chief

Resist We Much on June 15, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Heck, they haven’t had this much fun since Carter was the boob-in-chief.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Devastating.

What is the problem with the Iraqi government and military?

Why do they lack the character and ability to defend their country?

Obama should never have let things get to this point.

bluegill on June 15, 2014 at 8:12 PM

I’m singing in the rain. What a glorious day…….

coolrepublica on June 15, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Wel, of course. What else to expect from a vapid, self absorbed obamatw@t.

katy the mean old lady on June 15, 2014 at 8:13 PM

coolrepublica on June 15, 2014 at 8:10 PM

We can ignore, or toy with, you and the bluegilled hagfish at the same time.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Pic of the Day: Hmmm… I’m Thinking The Russkies Don’t Like Our Golfer-in-Chief

Resist We Much on June 15, 2014 at 8:08 PM

With Bush it was the leftists and occutard types depicting the president as Hitler. With this one it appears to be the rest of the world. Help me out Sophie. I was told the world was going to love us if Obama was elected. Was I lied to?

Judge_Dredd on June 15, 2014 at 8:13 PM

A small stabilizing force was all that was required to safeguard our investment of nearly a trillion dollars and over 4000 lives in Iraq, and to prevent a possible middle east conflagration that could cut our vital oil supplies and batter our economy and way of life.
anotherJoe on June 15, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Exactly.

bluegill on June 15, 2014 at 8:13 PM

The Yearling is on right now. Jane Wyman really creeped me in this movie when I was a kid…

OmahaConservative on June 15, 2014 at 8:14 PM

coolrepublica on June 15, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Your apparent glee on a thread regarding the implosion of the Middle East, and the impending, unfolding, fall of Bahgdad, is illuminating.

thatsafactjack on June 15, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Devastating.

bluegill on June 15, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Yes, it is.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 8:14 PM

We can ignore, or toy with, you and the bluegilled hagfish at the same time.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 8:13 PM

You wish you could Ignore or play with me. But you and I both know it’s a giant lie. ;-)

coolrepublica on June 15, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Dedicated to Sparkie

Newtie and the Beauty on June 15, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Free wood.

Judge_Dredd on June 15, 2014 at 8:16 PM

You wish you could Ignore or play with me. But you and I both know it’s a giant lie. ;-)
coolrepublica on June 15, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Pee off.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 15, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Exactly.

bluegill on June 15, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Yes, it describes you to a “T”. A SusanT.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Free wood.
Judge_Dredd on June 15, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Always did love the smell of freshly cut wood… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 15, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Propaganda?:

Iran has occupied Iraq, movement leader says

Sheikh Shahab al-Badri, one of the senior movement leaders in Iraq’s Diyala Province, said to al-Qarbiya TV regarding Khomeini posters in the streets of Baquba, capital of Diyala Province, “Posting such pictures shows Iraq is occupied by Iran …”
In response to this question why don’t Diyala officials prevent such measures he said, “In Diyala and all of Iraq a province governor has no authority. All the authority is monopolized in one person and that is Maliki. He does whatever he wants and this is a dictatorship in all aspects of Iraq’s society.”
“All this will only end with the end of Maliki, the end of sectarianism and the end of these criminals… millions displaced, millions killed and millions of others criminalized, raped and tortured, and the war against Ramadi and the killing of residents and their leaders is a case that Maliki has left of his himself, and only with Maliki’s end will this situation come to an end,” he said.

http://www.mojahedin.org/newsen/28842

davidk on June 15, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Pee off.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 15, 2014 at 8:16 PM

I second that moshun. Urine off.

Judge_Dredd on June 15, 2014 at 8:18 PM

coolrepublica on June 15, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Nah, its more fun when you (a lefty troll) and the bluegilled hagfish (an indeterminate troll) trade slobber.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 8:18 PM

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 8:14 PM

True dat.

bluegill on June 15, 2014 at 8:18 PM

What is the problem with the Iraqi government and military?

Why do they lack the character and ability to defend their country?

bluegill on June 15, 2014 at 8:12 PM

It’s NOT their country.

They are Sunni, they are Shia, or they are Kurds. None of them are Iraqi’s.

sharrukin on June 15, 2014 at 8:18 PM

They are Sunni, they are Shia, or they are Kurds. None of them are Iraqi’s.
sharrukin on June 15, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Do you think it will be end up separate countries?

bluegill on June 15, 2014 at 8:19 PM

coolrepublica on June 15, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Your apparent glee on a thread regarding the implosion of the Middle East, and the impending, unfolding, fall of Bahgdad, is illuminating.

thatsafactjack on June 15, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Haha! NOW QOTD is supposed to stay on topic? The Middle East has been imploding before I was born. I am sure you saw the beginning of that implosion and can bear witness. Please tell us how it all begin.

coolrepublica on June 15, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Obama’s Legacy in three words?

Death Over Dishonor To America!

ShainS on June 15, 2014 at 8:20 PM

True dat.

bluegill on June 15, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Nah, you are a pathetic bully wanna’be.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 8:20 PM

and the bluegilled hagfish (an indeterminate troll) trade slobber.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Oh I disagree. I think it’s very determinate. Now where’s KOOLAID? ;)

Judge_Dredd on June 15, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Ah, QOTD. I’m in a good mood so I think I’ll ignore the trolls. Uhm, which ones are the trolls again?

DemetriusPhalerum on June 15, 2014 at 8:21 PM

I’m in a good mood so I think I’ll ignore the trolls.

DemetriusPhalerum on June 15, 2014 at 8:21 PM

That’s okay, we can handle em’.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Ah, QOTD. I’m in a good mood so I think I’ll ignore the trolls. Uhm, which ones are the trolls again?
DemetriusPhalerum on June 15, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Pretend you’re a puddy-tat and certain someones are rubbing you the wrong way…what will you do? What will you do… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 15, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Ah, QOTD. I’m in a good mood so I think I’ll ignore the trolls. Uhm, which ones are the trolls again?

DemetriusPhalerum on June 15, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Didn’t you get the memo? The Middle East is imploding today so YOU are not allowed to be in a good mood.

coolrepublica on June 15, 2014 at 8:23 PM

The Middle East has been imploding before I was born.

There is certainly every indication on this thread alone that the commenter was born yesterday.

de rigueur on June 15, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Bang! There’s one.

DemetriusPhalerum on June 15, 2014 at 8:24 PM

I’m in a good mood so I think I’ll ignore the trolls.

DemetriusPhalerum on June 15, 2014 at 8:21 PM

…YOU are not allowed to be in a good mood.

coolrepublica on June 15, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Looks like they ain’t gonna’ give you that choice.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 8:25 PM

coolrepublica on June 15, 2014 at 8:19 PM

And still, with a husband and a small child, you’re here on this blog, almost continually, sitting in that chair… complaining.

Not much help for ‘the continent of Africa’ in that. Is there.

thatsafactjack on June 15, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Most of Obama’s detractors engage in what I call “woulda/coulda/shoulda” criticism.

I woulda cut five strokes off my score if I would have stayed out of sand traps. I coulda have made that putt on the 15th hole. I shoulda spent more time on my short game and less time on Iraq.

Priorities people. Priorities.

bw222 on June 15, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Some bodies need exercising…and are hongry… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 15, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Are you kidding?

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Sarcasm, coz.

Resist We Much on June 15, 2014 at 8:27 PM

So, on topic, Obambi surrenders, victors act like victors. What am I missing?

DemetriusPhalerum on June 15, 2014 at 8:27 PM

I’m not going anywhere. Deal with it.

Also, I come here not only for the bloggers’ posts but also for the wonderful comment section. There are many fine commenters here, and the official bloggers aren’t the only draw.

If you don’t like people calling out pro-amnesty bloggers,

then that’s your problem.

bluegill on June 15, 2014 at 5:26 PM

I left and was unable to reply to you.

I said nothing about amnesty.
I was referring about your personal attacks.

Mary Katharine Ham, who is pretty useless and invisible as a blogger here, also supports “comprehensive immigration reform” aka amnesty. Given her support for amnesty, maybe it’s a good thing she doesn’t post often………..

In addition to the amnesty issue, Mary Katharine Ham is totally overrated, both as a blogger (has she ever been a “must-read” or influential blogger here?) and as an on-tv personality. Nothing against her personally, but objectively ……………

Like I said, don’t like the bloggers, leave.

Barred on June 15, 2014 at 8:27 PM

You know? Before I was like all anti-Obama & stuff. I worked tirelessly to defeat him. The economy has not gotten better and we are at the lowest point respect-wise in the world. Gas, energy and food are at all-time highs. But coming in here and seeing you sadsacks has turned me into an Obama-liker!

Judge_Dredd on June 15, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Hany Anber ‏@HanyAnber 6m

Iraqi Airways flight# 989 just landed at #Baghdad airport. I believe news of it being under attack is untrue. #Iraq

davidk on June 15, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Do you think it will be end up separate countries?

bluegill on June 15, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Yes. Seperate, or as part of other states. The Shia region may become an Iranian client state, and the Sunni part may be united with the Syrian Sunni regions.

sharrukin on June 15, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Like I said, don’t like the bloggers, leave.

Barred on June 15, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Susan was having Palin hatred withdrawal. MHK was a stand in for Palin.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Our embassy people stand a good chance of being slaughtered and the trashfish really thinks that imaginary stalkers are coming for it.
The obamatw@at is ,hopefully, singing happily during a thunderstorm ans wearing lots of lightening attractive bling.

katy the mean old lady on June 15, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Islam is the enemy of all the rest of mankind. That is the vital.
All else is incidental.

VorDaj on June 15, 2014 at 8:29 PM

The vast majority of the ME are artificial constructs created by ‘other guys’ with a ruler and a pencil. ‘States’ or ‘countries’ does not apply.

DemetriusPhalerum on June 15, 2014 at 8:31 PM

thatsafactjack on June 15, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Promoting the social well-being of the black community is not at the top of her list of priorities. She stated that very plainly this morning.

Hating on people at HA because they criticized the poor Obamas is her top priority.

lineholder on June 15, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Susan was having Palin hatred withdrawal. MHK was a stand in for Palin.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Hmm. Interesting theory. Wonder what would happen if we got SE Cupp too? And Andrea Tarantula! Bill Mumy would probably have to write a new song!

Judge_Dredd on June 15, 2014 at 8:32 PM

coolrepublica on June 15, 2014 at 8:19 PM

And still, with a husband and a small child, you’re here on this blog, almost continually, sitting in that chair… complaining.

Not much help for ‘the continent of Africa’ in that. Is there.

thatsafactjack on June 15, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Praise The Lord who gave us the mobile phone! I get to comment waiting for food in a drivethru. Waiting in long lines at supermarket. Waiting for for things to happen takes time. I am glad technology gave me the power to use that wait time to be with you wonderful folks.

Thanks Steve job!

coolrepublica on June 15, 2014 at 8:32 PM

“The one thing we can’t do is nothing,” he said. “You can’t just turn your back on them.”

Yes you can.

The invasion of Iraq did a lot of bad things, but one thing it didn’t do was shackle Americans to that expensive rat-hole forever.

David Blue on June 15, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Judge_Dredd on June 15, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Life’s rough in the big city… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 15, 2014 at 8:33 PM

coolrepublica on June 15, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Nice try. You can’t walk back what you’ve already admitted. Try as you might.

thatsafactjack on June 15, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Evening, everyone. Sure was
Hot Hot Hot
in Florida this weekend.
.
Looks to be the same in the ME.

Alien on June 15, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Uh-oh the liberal troll loves her phone like hagfish loves hers.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Hmm. Interesting theory. Wonder what would happen if we got SE Cupp too? And Andrea Tarantula! Bill Mumy would probably have to write a new song!

Judge_Dredd on June 15, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Not enough smelling salts in the world. She’d be snorting straight ammonia.

katy the mean old lady on June 15, 2014 at 8:34 PM

coolrepublica on June 15, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Interesting, though, that the only two places you thought to mention revolve around food. That chair must be awfully comfortable… and large.

thatsafactjack on June 15, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Susan was having Palin hatred withdrawal. MHK was a stand in for Palin.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 8:29 PM

I’ve noticed that any attractive conservative female seems — to her — to be a stand in for Palin.

Coincidence? I don’t think so …

ShainS on June 15, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Alien, I clicked expecting to see Ruby Rodd From ‘the fifth element’. Hehe. I have to learn to link youtube stuff.

DemetriusPhalerum on June 15, 2014 at 8:36 PM

owais nazir bhat ‏@kingonb51 3m

. Breaking news // Baghdad airport is literally being assaulted from all directions. ISIS really wants it. #ISIS #Baghdad #airport #Iraq

davidk on June 15, 2014 at 8:36 PM

The lights are going out in Europe:

(Reuters) – Russia and Ukraine failed to resolve a gas pricing dispute at talks and a 0600 GMT deadline for Ukraine to pay $1.95 billion in gas debts still stands, a spokesman for Russian natural gas producer Gazprom said on Monday.

Spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said after talks in Kiev that Russia would switch to an advance payment system if it did not receive the money, meaning Moscow could cut off gas supplies to Ukraine.

Cutting supplies could disrupt the gas flow to the European Union.

kcewa on June 15, 2014 at 8:37 PM

That chair must be awfully comfortable… and large.

thatsafactjack on June 15, 2014 at 8:35 PM

OOOoooo! Cat fight! Cat fight!

Alien on June 15, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Hmm. Interesting theory. Wonder what would happen if we got SE Cupp too? And Andrea Tarantula! Bill Mumy would probably have to write a new song!

Judge_Dredd on June 15, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Why would Will Robinson write songs.

RickB on June 15, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Alien on June 15, 2014 at 8:37 PM

I beg your pardon?

thatsafactjack on June 15, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Nice try. You can’t walk back what you’ve already admitted. Try as you might.

thatsafactjack on June 15, 2014 at 8:33 PM

And I admitted what exactly? I know I have a husband and children. You ask me when I found time. I find time while waiting for sh!t to happen. Is that a complicated concept to you?

coolrepublica on June 15, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Alien, I clicked expecting to see Ruby Rodd From ‘the fifth element’. Hehe. I have to learn to link youtube stuff.

DemetriusPhalerum on June 15, 2014 at 8:36 PM

I’m not certain what that says about you, DP.
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May I call you DP? ‘Cause I can’t remember that Demetrituimisemiecum stuff.

Alien on June 15, 2014 at 8:39 PM

coolrepublica on June 15, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Apparently you are only possessed of a short term memory. Very short.

thatsafactjack on June 15, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Alien, I clicked expecting to see Ruby Rodd From ‘the fifth element’. Hehe. I have to learn to link youtube stuff.
DemetriusPhalerum on June 15, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Come for Ruby Rhod, stay for the Diva… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 15, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on June 15, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Somehow, that would seem more appropriate coming from ALyT.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 8:41 PM

I beg your pardon?

thatsafactjack on June 15, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Sorry, it’s a line from the old comedy “Cheers.”
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And how are you this evening? (he says, hoping to distract from the awkward remark)

Alien on June 15, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Works for me my friend. The name is stolen from Tacitus. Nicely anonymous. So what about Ruby? I don’t exactly identify with the screeching poombah. ‘Count to ten’.

DemetriusPhalerum on June 15, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Why would Will Robinson write songs.

RickB on June 15, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Hagfish hagfish
Roly-poly hagfish
Hagfish hagfish
Eat ‘em up yum!

Judge_Dredd on June 15, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Thanks Steve job!

coolrepublica on June 15, 2014 at 8:32 PM

His first name should have been “hand” – the only job you’ve ever known.

VegasRick on June 15, 2014 at 8:43 PM

I’m sick of all the Obama apologists.

They should just admit he’s failed in virtually every aspect and every policy, that he is not very intelligent and he has surrounded himself similarly unexceptional and unqualified advisers, and that his record is the worst since WWII and working on the worst ever.

Then I might believe they have a trace of honesty in their souls. As it is, I can only conclude they hate America and want to see her diminished at home and abroad, just like their false messiah.

Adjoran on June 15, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Why would Will Robinson write songs.

RickB on June 15, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Perhaps he’s in danger, Will Robinson.

(like you didn’t see that coming?)

Alien on June 15, 2014 at 8:43 PM

OOOoooo! Cat fight! Cat fight!
Alien on June 15, 2014 at 8:37 PM

You OK? I mean, you and puddy-tats don’t exactly see eye-to-eye…you want to eat them, puddy-tat’s doesn’t like being on the menu…

Tricky…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 15, 2014 at 8:43 PM

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