Obama insists he is merely hostage to events in the Middle East

posted at 6:41 pm on June 19, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Amid escalating violence in Iraq, the president announced on Thursday that he had come to the pained decision to commit up to 300 special forces troops to secure American interests in Baghdad and to train and equip local security forces. While he spent much of his time behind the podium assuring a war-weary nation that he was not committing to new military operations in Iraq, he left the door open to take “targeted and precise military action if and when we determine that the situation on the ground requires it.”

President Obama also did his best to dissociate himself and his administration from the roots of the present crisis in Iraq by referencing the months of debate which preceded the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Obama did betray the fact, however, that several of the actions he took since taking office in 2009 also contributed to the present crisis.

When asked if he regretted not securing a Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq in 2011 which would have left a residual American troop presence behind to secure the fragile peace won following the 2007 troop “surge,” Obama didn’t answer the question. Instead, he insisted that a SOFA was beyond his administration’s control.

“Keep in mind, that wasn’t a decision made by me. That was a decision made by the Iraqi government,” Obama said. Noting that the U.S. offered to leave behind a “modest” troop presence, he noted that Maliki’s government refused to extend legal immunity to American troops.

This is true, but the Obama administration did not use one ounce of the maximum leverage over Nouri al-Maliki that they had at the time in order to secure legal immunity as part of a SOFA. As Commentary’s Peter Wehner noted, this process was chronicled in depth by the New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins:

“The leaders of all the major Iraqi parties had privately told American commanders that they wanted several thousand military personnel to remain, to train Iraqi forces and to help track down insurgents,” Filkins said. “The commanders told me that Maliki, too, said that he wanted to keep troops in Iraq. But he argued that the long-standing agreement that gave American soldiers immunity from Iraqi courts was increasingly unpopular; parliament would forbid the troops to stay unless they were subject to local law.”

President Obama, too, was ambivalent about retaining even a small force in Iraq. For several months, American officials told me, they were unable to answer basic questions in meetings with Iraqis—like how many troops they wanted to leave behind—because the Administration had not decided. “We got no guidance from the White House,” [James Jeffrey, the Amerian [sic] Ambassador to Iraq at the time] told me. “We didn’t know where the President was. Maliki kept saying, ‘I don’t know what I have to sell.’” At one meeting, Maliki said that he was willing to sign an executive agreement granting the soldiers permission to stay, if he didn’t have to persuade the parliament to accept immunity. The Obama Administration quickly rejected the idea. “The American attitude was: Let’s get out of here as quickly as possible,” Sami al-Askari, the Iraqi member of parliament, said.

From this account, it would seem that the White House viewed the minor obstacle presented by the immunity question as a welcome roadblock which they could use to prevent any residual force agreement. Filkins claims that the president was, in fact, quite pleased by this outcome.

“Ben Rhodes, the U.S. deputy national-security adviser, told me that Obama believes a full withdrawal was the right decision,” he wrote.

Obama’s behavior during the 2012 presidential debates seems to corroborate the impression Rhodes left Filkins. “What I would not have done is left 10,000 troops in Iraq that would tie us down,” Obama insisted, via Guy Benson. “That certainly would not help us in the Middle East.”

Had a SOFA been negotiated, it may have helped prevent the present crisis from spiraling out of control. Of course, the present crisis in Iraq may have been avoided entirely if ISIS, along with other anti-Bashar al-Assad forces, been contained in Syria.

“Obviously what’s happened in Syria, in part, is the result of Iran coming in hot and heavy on one side,” the president observed. That’s no way to talk about a regional partner with whom we have “shared interests” in Iraq.

“If its view of the region only is solely through sectarian frames, they could find themselves fighting in a whole lot of places,” Obama continued. “That’s probably not good for the Iranian economy for the Iranian people over the long-term either.”

“I suspect that there are folks in Iran that recognize that,” he added. “An Iraq in chaos on their borders is probably not in that their interest, but old habits die hard.”

Pursuing regional hegemony through indirect military action via proxies like Hezbollah (which continues to fight alongside pro-Assad forces in Syria) is absolutely in what Iran views as its national interests. Furthermore, chaos on Iran’s western border is, while suboptimal, acceptable if it secures for Tehran to a puppet government in Baghdad – as it apparently is, in the absence of an American counterweight.

Obama confessed in this moment to the fact that the present crisis in Iraq is the result of the West’s refusal to act on its rhetorical commitment to containing the Syrian civil war. Even the president claimed, while making the case to the nation in favor of intervention in Syria during a September, 2013 prime time address, that containing that conflict would prevent greater conflicts down the road.

Well, down the road we are, and it’s been quite a rocky one.

The president’s supporters are oddly comforted by the notion that the commander-in-chief is a hostage to forces beyond his control. The most zealous of them insist that any suggestion that Obama can exercise agency over events subscribe to the theory that the president is a superhero. This is puerile foolishness.

It is true that the president cannot shape events in the past, but he can take preventative measures now which prevent a greater crisis from developing later on. Obama passed on one such opportunity in 2011 and again in 2013. Today, he has another opportunity to contain a rapidly expanding conflict in the Middle East. Let’s all pray he decides that this crisis is within his power to address.


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Can we trade him for another deserter?

dentarthurdent on June 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Obama needs to admit he’s incompetent as POTUS, though as DOTUS*, he’s doing just fine.

More and more…Alinsky; Cloward-Piven seem likely, especially given Obama’s upbringing.

——-
* DOTUS – Destroyer Of The United States

ProfShadow on June 19, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Its amusing, the left despises the US as the destroyer, but as the Post America world burns to the ground they flail in a desperate attempt to avoid any responsibility.

rob verdi on June 19, 2014 at 6:47 PM

He owns nothing. What a tiny little man. No gravitas…no character.

CW on June 19, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Funny that he uses the term “hostage” to describe his capitulation to Iran (no, not “ha-ha” funny).

Steve Eggleston on June 19, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Empty suit. Empty chair. Empty promises. Empty handed.

Flange on June 19, 2014 at 6:52 PM

i, a stranger and afraid
In a world I never made.

~~ A.E. Houseman

RedPepper on June 19, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Now dear leader wants to negotiate with Maliki. Seriously. This is just like drawing a red line in the sand with Assad and we all know how well this worked out.

Kissmygrits on June 19, 2014 at 6:53 PM

“That wasn’t a decision made by me.”

I thought 0 was supposed to be so smart. A non decision is a decision, right?

Bmore on June 19, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Had a SOFA been negotiated, it may have helped prevent the present crisis from spiraling out of control.

And it would have been replaced by a different crisis.

Should Iraq become an American colony?

If not then the troops have to come home sometime. Iraq is NOT a strategic location given the US bases in the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia. Sooner or later the Iraqi’s have to stand on their own, and if they cannot manage that after a decade of training, then they never will.

Of course, the present crisis in Iraq may have been avoided entirely if ISIS, along with other anti-Bashar al-Assad forces, been contained in Syria.

Maybe the United States and its allies should stop supporting terrorist groups?

sharrukin on June 19, 2014 at 6:54 PM

I think the word is feckless…

major dad on June 19, 2014 at 6:54 PM

To be fair, Obama never signed on for any of the actual hard work or decision-making of the presidency. He just wanted hopenchange.

obladioblada on June 19, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Weak Leaders react to events;
Strong Leaders create events.

Another Drew on June 19, 2014 at 6:55 PM

I know how Barry feels… being a former citizen but now a hostage and all.

cthemfly on June 19, 2014 at 6:56 PM

What a loser.

forest on June 19, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Perhaps I should have said, indecision.

Bmore on June 19, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Teddy Roosevelt is rolling over in his grave.

rbj on June 19, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Too bad none of his inner sanctum have the cajones to tell him he’d be happier if he just washed his hands of being POTUS. If he just walked away from it he could ponder and mull all the nation’s problems rather than try and come up with solutions.

katiejane on June 19, 2014 at 6:57 PM

At any rate he as with some probably thought a sofa was a place to sit or stash his bong.

Bmore on June 19, 2014 at 6:57 PM

sharrukin on June 19, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Is Germany an American Colony?

Another Drew on June 19, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Is Germany an American Colony?

Another Drew on June 19, 2014 at 6:57 PM

No. It’s an ally.

Is Iraq an ally?

Is Karzai of Afghanistan an ally?

Is Pakistan an ally?

Is Saudi Arabia an ally?

Will they ever be?

sharrukin on June 19, 2014 at 6:59 PM

This student council geek has more tells than a rookie at poker table.

Every time he gets defensive about his many shortcomings he starts gesturing and chopping along the top of the lectern.

Body language betrays him badly – not that we need it to detect his lies.

jangle12 on June 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Of course it wasn’t a decision made by him, everything goes through Valerie.

Sven on June 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Translation: even when he leads from his behind, it’s Dubya’s fault.

Should Iraq become an American colony?

Maybe that’s the reality here.

When the world works, there’s a world cop.

The Romans, the Limeys, even the Soviets.

They ran those places and kept the crazies in line.

Maybe imperialism isn’t so bad.

God knows, most of the places that went independent in the 20 years after WWII weren’t even remotely ready for it and their people were better off then than now.

Maybe the United States and its allies should stop supporting terrorist groups?

sharrukin on June 19, 2014 at 6:54 PM

The US isn’t doing that.

The Choom Gang is.

formwiz on June 19, 2014 at 7:01 PM

merely hostage to events

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the “Leader of the Free World” and the “Most Powerful Man on Earth.”

tominsd on June 19, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Oh, if ONLY he were a hostage.

INSTEAD OF US!

Diluculo on June 19, 2014 at 7:02 PM

We will all rally behind Obama and we will build a strong country/

redyoshii on June 19, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Actually, the American people would love to ship Obama over to the Middle East as a hostage of the Taliban, thereby granting him the reality he feels, and freeing the American people of this lying, cheating, incompetent administration and individual.

leader4hru on June 19, 2014 at 7:03 PM

It looks like all those untracked but likely illegal overseas donations to Obama’s campaign are paying off big time.

talkingpoints on June 19, 2014 at 7:03 PM

God knows, most of the places that went independent in the 20 years after WWII weren’t even remotely ready for it and their people were better off then than now.

I don’t care if they are better off or not. It’s of little to no benefit to rule such places.

The US isn’t doing that.

The Choom Gang is.

formwiz on June 19, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Well that band of incompetents were elected TWICE.

They run Washington DC.

sharrukin on June 19, 2014 at 7:03 PM

But when it came to Kaddafi, well then release the Kraken.

300 soldiers, a number chosen to try and both appease the rabid lefties and make the rest of America believe he isn’t a spineless noodle.

Bishop on June 19, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Maybe he trade himself for some POWs.

Flange on June 19, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Hostage to events? A true leader shapes events.

Sven on June 19, 2014 at 7:06 PM

But when it came to Kaddafi, well then release the Kraken.

300 soldiers, a number chosen to try and both appease the rabid lefties and make the rest of America believe he isn’t a spineless noodle.

Bishop on June 19, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Persians like to slaughter 300 at a time.

Steve Eggleston on June 19, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Fool!

Hostages have some value.
I don’t think I’d be willing to exchange anything for him.

freedomfirst on June 19, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Obama insists he is merely hostage to events in the Middle East

But apparently the maroon considers himself an expert on every thing else.

arnold ziffel on June 19, 2014 at 7:11 PM

It’s almost like someone kidnapped poor little Barry and told him he had to be president for eight years.

slickwillie2001 on June 19, 2014 at 7:11 PM

With all the tools at your disposal, and that’s your best excuse, you should resign today. You are not fit for POTUS.

Red Creek on June 19, 2014 at 7:11 PM

300 troops.

Someone watch Spartacus again?

irongrampa on June 19, 2014 at 7:11 PM

What happened to Yes We Can??

Whitey Ford on June 19, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Keep in mind, that wasn’t a decision made by me.

I didn’t build that.

ghostwalker1 on June 19, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Obama to Amb. Stevens, Ukrainians, and Iraqis: “Let em burn”

faraway on June 19, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Old And Busted: Obama Brags About Withdrawing All U.S. Troops From Iraq.

New And Hot: Obama Says It “Wasn’t His Decision”

Via Free Beacon:

Asked if he had any “regrets” about not leaving a residual force in Iraq, Obama advised reporters to “Keep in mind, that wasn’t a decision made by me. That was a decision made by the Iraqi government.”

Back in 2011, Obama proudly touted the small number of troops remaining in Iraq as one of his foremost accomplishments. “When I came into office,” he boasted at the time, “I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end. As Commander in Chief, I ended our combat mission last year and pledged to keep our commitment to remove all our troops by the end of 2011. To date, we’ve removed more than 100,000 troops from Iraq.”

In 2011 and 2012, the news was rife with triumphant quotes from Obama about the withdrawal: “After nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over.” “Change is turning the page on a decade of war so we can do some nation building here at home.” He even announced that he and Maliki were “in full agreement about how to move forward.”

But at a press conference Thursday, Obama suddenly sought to distance himself from the withdrawal: “We offered a modest residual force to help continue to train and advise Iraqi security forces. We had a core requirement which we require in any situation where we have U.S. troops overseas, and that is that they are provided immunity,” he explained. “The Iraqi government and prime minister Maliki declined to provide us that immunity.”

Keep reading…

Resist We Much on June 19, 2014 at 7:17 PM

If only Barry were as quick to accept blame as he is to grab credit.

myiq2xu on June 19, 2014 at 7:20 PM

This is history in the making. We are watching a presidency unravel like never before. This marxist wannabe is in wayyyy over his head. The video of his stammering press conferences will be very unkind when viewed through the lens of history.

The world is burning, and Barry in literally mentally locked up.

This country may also burn sooner than you think.

Exninja on June 19, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Weak Leaders react to events;
Strong Leaders create events.

Another Drew on June 19, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Hostage to events? A true leader shapes events.

Sven on June 19, 2014 at 7:06 PM

What about a “leader” who makes no decision?

Alien on June 19, 2014 at 7:26 PM

What a pathetic loser this fool is.

AZCoyote on June 19, 2014 at 7:26 PM

the immunity question was a big deal, and it always bugged me how badly the iraqi government wanted to gain control of our troops in this manner, but if pressed it could have been worked out.
but it was a built in excuse to get out fully under the guise of looking out for the soldiers.
and if we had left 15k or so scattered around the country how many would be dead this week?
iraqis chose their government, now they need to live it.
elections matter.

Back in 2011, Obama proudly touted the small number of troops remaining in Iraq as one of his foremost accomplishments. “When I came into office,” he boasted at the time, “I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end. As Commander in Chief, I ended our combat mission last year and pledged to keep our commitment to remove all our troops by the end of 2011. To date, we’ve removed more than 100,000 troops from Iraq.”
Resist We Much on June 19, 2014 at 7:17 PM

I knew I had seen that before but could not find it, thanks for posting that.

dmacleo on June 19, 2014 at 7:27 PM

What a pathetic loser this fool is.

AZCoyote on June 19, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Imagine the celebrations all over the country on election night 2016.

faraway on June 19, 2014 at 7:28 PM

If the press wasn’t in bed with him and the left, saying he was hostage to events in Iraq would be at least a Carter moment.

rlwo2008 on June 19, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Obama just pawn in game of life…

sandee on June 19, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Obama’s behavior during the 2012 presidential debates seems to corroborate the impression Rhodes left Filkins. “What I would not have done is left 10,000 troops in Iraq that would tie us down,” Obama insisted, via Guy Benson. “That certainly would not help us in the Middle East.”

The exchange is even more revealing:

Romney: ‘With regards to Iraq, you and I agreed, I believe, that there should be a status of forces agreement.’

Obama: ‘That’s not true.’

Romney: ‘Oh, you didn’t want a status of forces agreement?’

Obama: ‘No. What I would not have done is left 10,000 troops in Iraq that would tie us down. That certainly would not help us in the Middle East.’

Resist We Much on June 19, 2014 at 7:39 PM

The most important part of Filkins’ article:

n September, 2010, with the Iraqi government stalled by inconclusive parliamentary elections, a group of political leaders was invited to the Iranian holy city of Qom for a celebration of the Eid al Fitr holiday. Once there, they were quietly summoned to a meeting of another sort. Their host was Qassem Suleimani, the head of the Quds Force, the Iranian paramilitary corps. For nearly a decade, Suleimani had loomed over Iraq as a powerful, shadowy influence: he had flooded the country with agents, brokered political deals, and smuggled in sophisticated bombs to kill American soldiers. Iran’s goals in Iraq were twofold: to bleed the Americans and to bolster the power of its Shiite clients.

In parliamentary elections the previous March, Maliki’s Shiite Islamist alliance, the State of Law, had suffered an embarrassing loss. The greatest share of votes went to a secular, pro-Western coalition called Iraqiya, led by Ayad Allawi, a persistent enemy of the Iranians. “These were election results we could only have dreamed of,” a former American diplomat told me. “The surge had worked. The war was winding down. And, for the first time in the history of the Arab world, a secular, Western-leaning alliance won a free and fair election.”

But even though Allawi’s group had won the most votes, it had not captured a majority, leaving both him and Maliki scrambling for coalition partners. And despite the gratifying election results, American officials said, the Obama Administration concluded that backing Allawi would be too difficult if he was opposed by Shiites and by their supporters in Iran. “There was no way that the Shia were not going to provide the next Prime Minister,” James Jeffrey, the American Ambassador at the time, told me. “Iraq will not work if they don’t. Allawi was a goner.”

Shortly after the elections, an Iraqi judge, under pressure from the Prime Minister, awarded Maliki first chance to form a government. The ruling directly contradicted the Iraqi constitution, but American officials did not contest it. “The intent of the constitution was clear, and we had the notes of the people who drafted it,” Sky, the civilian adviser, said. “The Americans had already weighed in for Maliki.”

Obama created this situation, no doubt to suck up to Iran for a nuclear deal by putting a Shiite in power in Iraq.

Wethal on June 19, 2014 at 7:41 PM

I thought 0 was supposed to be so smart. A non decision is a decision, right?

Bmore on June 19, 2014 at 6:54 PM

“If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice…”

PointnClick on June 19, 2014 at 7:41 PM

This is true, but the Obama administration did not use one ounce of the maximum leverage over Nouri al-Maliki that they had at the time in order to secure legal immunity as part of a SOFA.

Because exuding Maximum Awesomeness and Cool didn’t sway the Iraqis like it did the sheeple faithful in 2008…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 19, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Well, at least he’s got the oceans receding.

de rigueur on June 19, 2014 at 7:44 PM

I guess he couldn’t toss The Race Card(TM) on this one so he chose The Victim Card (TM). Both cards are the last refuges of a narcissistic scoundrel.

Nahanni on June 19, 2014 at 7:44 PM

I thought 0 was supposed to be so smart. A non decision is a decision, right?
Bmore on June 19, 2014 at 6:54 PM

If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice…”
PointnClick on June 19, 2014 at 7:41 PM

MUCH better… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 19, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Sir Golfsalot was not around…..

mouell on June 19, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Both cards are the last refuges of a narcissistic scoundrel.
Nahanni on June 19, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Scoundrels have at least one likeable quality.

zero is no scoundrel.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 19, 2014 at 7:50 PM

http://www.breakingnews.com/

Iraq violence
8m
Report: US Secretary of State Kerry expected to travel to Iraq ‘soon,’ congressional sources say – @AFP
Read more on yahoo.com

canopfor on June 19, 2014 at 7:50 PM

When asked if he regretted not securing a Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq in 2011 which would have left a residual American troop presence behind to secure the fragile peace won following the 2007 troop “surge,” Obama didn’t answer the question. Instead, he insisted that a SOFA was beyond his administration’s control.

I’m a VICTIM!

GarandFan on June 19, 2014 at 7:54 PM

God knows, most of the places that went independent in the 20 years after WWII weren’t even remotely ready for it and their people were better off then than now.

I don’t care if they are better off or not. It’s of little to no benefit to rule such places.

Cheap oil, natural resources, lots of willing labor?

Nawwww, not worth any of it.

The US isn’t doing that.

The Choom Gang is.

Well that band of incompetents were elected TWICE.

They run Washington DC.

sharrukin on June 19, 2014 at 7:03 PM

They may have been elected once, but they stole it the second time.

formwiz on June 19, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Its amusing, the left despises the US as the destroyer, but as the Post America world burns to the ground they flail in a desperate attempt to avoid any responsibility.

rob verdi on June 19, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Amen to that. This is the most irresponsible, corrupt, worthless administration in the history of this country. I only hope we can make it through 2 more years of this POS… and the rest of the leftists in government at all levels who follow this “doctrine”. These people make me sick.. and afraid for the country I love.

vamp57mw on June 19, 2014 at 7:58 PM

The Limbaugh Theorum in full display.

From Rush:

“[Obama] gets away with everything precisely by appearing to have no involvement with it … He gets away with not being tied to [the IRS scandal] like he’s not tied to the jobs numbers, he’s not tied to the debt, he’s not tied to the economy. He’s not tied to anything going wrong.”

tru2tx on June 19, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Imagine the celebrations all over the country on election night 2016.

faraway on June 19, 2014 at 7:28 PM

I’m sorry but his evil twin is lurking her fat ass around.

arnold ziffel on June 19, 2014 at 7:59 PM

There is an old joke whose punchline is, “Not me, sir. I’m just the bridesmaid.”

i, a stranger and afraid
In a world I never made.

~~ A.E. Houseman

RedPepper on June 19, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Is this my old friend from Scrappleface days? If so, good to see you.

onlineanalyst on June 19, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Cheap oil,

Iran sells its oil on the open market same way Texas does. There is no real gain involved either way.

natural resources,

Not much and the same market conditions for oil applies to natural resources.

lots of willing labor?

formwiz on June 19, 2014 at 7:57 PM

You don’t know Arabs.

Ask a contractor who has worked in Saudi Arabia, or one of the Gulf States.

sharrukin on June 19, 2014 at 8:02 PM

“If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice…”

PointnClick on June 19, 2014 at 7:41 PM

“I will choose free will.”

freedomfirst on June 19, 2014 at 8:03 PM

I recall that a former president with more steel in his spine observed, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

onlineanalyst on June 19, 2014 at 8:08 PM

I don’t get it. He can’t be re-elected. Why can’t he stand by the decisions he has made? This guy is incapable of taking responsibility for ANYTHING. I know in my heart he is a blithering idiot, but good grief. Grow a freaking pair.

JAGonzo on June 19, 2014 at 8:08 PM

onlineanalyst: Yes, it’s me — good to see you too — did you know Scott Ott moved to Texas?

RedPepper on June 19, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Obama owns this disaster even if he pretends his incompetence and laziness make him a bystander. Obama is the result of victim politics and the world is paying the price. He must resign.

Ellis on June 19, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Hostage? Oh noes….

#BringBackOurBarackOnSecondThoughtKeepHim

Left Coast Right Mind on June 19, 2014 at 8:17 PM

myiq2xu @ 7:20PM

Ronald Reagan — ‘There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.’

Which pretty much limits what this administration can accomplish, because only one person is allowed to be credited with any (and all) success.

Another Drew on June 19, 2014 at 8:18 PM

OT: What’s with obama’s purple eye shadow?

I’m struggling to keep my hatred for this man and everything he does from totally consuming me.

Harbingeing on June 19, 2014 at 8:18 PM

onlineanalyst: Yes, it’s me — good to see you too — did you know Scott Ott moved to Texas?

RedPepper on June 19, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Sorry for the O/T, folks. Are you kidding? I thought Scott had an elected position in PA.

onlineanalyst on June 19, 2014 at 8:21 PM

I’m struggling to keep my hatred for this man and everything he does from totally consuming me.

Harbingeing on June 19, 2014 at 8:18 PM

You are not alone.

esr1951 on June 19, 2014 at 8:22 PM

The exchange is even more revealing: Romney: ‘With regards to Iraq, you and I agreed, I believe, that there should be a status of forces agreement.’ Obama: ‘That’s not true.’ Romney: ‘Oh, you didn’t want a status of forces agreement?’ Obama: ‘No. What I would not have done is left 10,000 troops in Iraq that would tie us down. That certainly would not help us in the Middle East.’ Resist We Much on June 19, 2014 at 7:39 PM

And that demolishes his excuse for not getting the SOFA.

He didn’t wan’t one and any excuse to walk away was good enough.

Good work, Maam.

wolly4321 on June 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

onlineanalyst: Yup. I believe Scott lost his last election.

BTW, I regret to say, I don’t have your email address any more (long story). We should catch up, but not on HotAir. Suggestions?

RedPepper on June 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

RedPepper on June 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Scott probably has my email addy. So do camojack, upnorthlurkin, prettyold, and possumtrot if you keep in touch with any of them. I don’t do facebook.

onlineanalyst on June 19, 2014 at 8:38 PM

I’m struggling to keep my hatred for this man and everything he does from totally consuming me.

Harbingeing on June 19, 2014 at 8:18 PM

You are not alone.

esr1951 on June 19, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Count me among the many.
By the time 2017 rolls around, many of us will have PTS. What a shame!

freedomfirst on June 19, 2014 at 8:39 PM

onlineanalyst: My old email account with yahoo got deleted. I lost all the email addresses I had stored there.

You can try sending a note to CononOfSamos at AOL.com ; if I don’t reply, I’ll look for you here at HotAir and I’ll figure out another option.

Til then.

RedPepper on June 19, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Can we trade him for another deserter?
dentarthurdent on June 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM

-
Yes.

diogenes on June 19, 2014 at 8:49 PM

i, a stranger and afraid
In a world I never made.

~~ A.E. Houseman
RedPepper on June 19, 2014 at 6:52 PM

That was a 20 megaton post.

Cliff by the Ford on June 19, 2014 at 8:52 PM

“Today, he has another opportunity to contain a rapidly expanding conflict in the Middle East. Let’s all pray he decides that this crisis is within his power to address.”

Don;t hold your breath – you will die.

disguted by the elites on June 19, 2014 at 8:57 PM

onlineanalyst: Make that CononOfSamosMail at AOL.

RedPepper on June 19, 2014 at 9:13 PM

In other words, he is leading from his behind again.

redware on June 19, 2014 at 9:13 PM

He has to make it clear that he will not make any decisions he could possibly be held accountable for, so ironically he will do little to nothing, which history will hold him accountable for (and ONLY history, since the voters and press are not doing so).

xNavigator on June 19, 2014 at 9:17 PM

He is a loser. We can’t fire him, but can we stop paying him?

steveracer on June 19, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Can I make it easy for everyone? Obama is the living example of the condition called Narcissistic Personality Disorder. A very dangerous disease if the person who has it also wields power.

Here is the wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_personality_disorder

…”Some people diagnosed with a narcissistic personality disorder are characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance. They have a sense of entitlement and demonstrate grandiosity in their beliefs and behavior. They have a strong need for admiration, but lack feelings of empathy.[5]

Symptoms of this disorder, as defined by the DSM-IV-TR, include:[1]

Expects to be recognized as superior and special, without superior accomplishments
Expects constant attention, admiration and positive reinforcement from others
Envies others and believes others envy him/her
Is preoccupied with thoughts and fantasies of great success, enormous attractiveness, power, intelligence
Lacks the ability to empathize with the feelings or desires of others
Is arrogant in attitudes and behavior
Has expectations of special treatment that are unrealistic

Other symptoms in addition to the ones defined by DSM-IV-TR include: Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends, has trouble keeping healthy relationships with others, easily hurt or rejected, appears unemotional, and exaggerating special achievements and talents, setting unrealistic goals for himself/herself.[6]

Narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by an over-inflated sense of self-importance, as well as dramatic, emotional behavior that is in the same category as antisocial and borderline personality disorders. [7]

In addition to these symptoms, the person may display arrogance, show superiority, and seek power.[8]“…

They also refuse or are unable to accept responsibility for anything that goes wrong. It is always, ALWAYS somebody else’s fault.

There is nothing we can do but ride it out, and hope to GOD that Hillary doesn’t make it in, because she’s him…in a pants suit and hairspray!

archer52 on June 19, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Cliff by the Ford on June 19, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Glad you liked it.

RedPepper on June 19, 2014 at 9:20 PM

300 troops.

Someone watch Spartacus again?

irongrampa on June 19, 2014 at 7:11 PM

I was thinking more along the lines of “WE ARE SPARTA!!!”

Of course, those 300 were led by the fearless warrior King Leonidas. And we are lead by… well, you know.

SubmarineDoc on June 19, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Obama insists he is merely hostage to events in the Middle East

How many terrorists are we going to have to trade to get him back?

SubmarineDoc on June 19, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Glad you liked it.
RedPepper on June 19, 2014 at 9:20 PM

It got me to thinking, it is hard for people to grasp the maliciousness of this man. He plays the victim of circumstance, if fact insists upon it.. This man deserves a true Greek Comedy/Tragedy play written about him I think.

Cliff by the Ford on June 19, 2014 at 10:16 PM

The characters. A honey mouthed, black hearted (is that racist?) Peacock of a King. A physically and mentally dominant Queen, who despises her subjects. A Robespierre like mother figure, say a high priestess, who controls and mollifies him. The msm Chorus. The ghost of Bush the Younger.

Cliff by the Ford on June 19, 2014 at 10:26 PM

“Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job” — GWB, the prescient

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2014 at 10:58 PM

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