Kurdish TV: U.S. bombs ISIS targets in Iraq; Update: Airdrops to stranded Yazidis begin

posted at 5:21 pm on August 7, 2014 by Allahpundit

True or false? The Times thinks it’s solid enough to relay the news:

American military forces bombed at least two targets in northern Iraq on Thursday night to rout Islamist insurgents who have trapped tens of thousands of religious minorities in Kurdish areas, Kurdish officials said.

Word of the bombings, reported on Kurdish television from the city of Erbil, came as President Obama was preparing to make a statement in Washington.

Kurdish officials said the bombings targeted fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria who had seized two towns, Gwer and Mahmour.

The Pentagon says it’s nonsense:

Okay, but (a) administration sources told the Times earlier that the White House was considering airstrikes, (b) the Kurds were reportedly reaching out to Turkey for airstrikes too, and (c) the Pentagon might have good reason to deny this even if it’s true, namely, if other operations against ISIS are in motion. Kurdish TV may have tipped off the enemy before it was supposed to.

Let’s get a thread up now, as events are moving fast. Updates to come.

Update: How dire is the situation in Kurdistan?

Kurdish fighters scrambled to set up a defensive line Thursday after militants from the Islamic State seized four strategic towns on a key highway and advanced to positions just minutes from Irbil, the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region

[Kurdish military commander Rosg Nuri] Shawess, who also is a member of the Iraqi government’s national security council, called the situation “extremely critical” as he examined the foremost strong point along the highway. He described the Kurdish military plight as “too much distance to protect, with too few men and not enough weapons.”

“The Americans keep saying they will help us,” he added as surveillance planes or drones, likely American, circled far above the clouds. “Well, if they plan to help they had better do it now.”

The Yazidis starving on Mount Sinjar is bad, ISIS seizing the Mosul Dam is worse, and ISIS overrunning the one solid ally America has in the region is probably worst of all. Maybe the threat to Irbil finally convinced Obama to act. I’m honestly shocked that the jihadis could have the peshmerga so far back on their heels that the capital of Kurdistan could be under threat, but maybe that’s my own ignorance showing. If the Kurds aren’t going to push ISIS back, though, who is? Turkey? The Saudis?

Update: Here we go.

Update: The Turks are in the air too:

Update: And now the Pentagon’s denying the airdrops too, even though ABC’s source is a U.S. official.

Why deny it if it’s happening? What else is going on that might give the Pentagon a reason to play dumb for awhile?

Update: Are we going to play pretend, like it was the Iraqi air force who did this?


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I hope it’s true. Even just limited airstrikes might be enough to rescue these poor people.

Doomberg on August 7, 2014 at 5:25 PM

obama apparently to speak, not confirmed, about food drops to the people on the mountain.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Let’s hope this is true…. Please, God let it be true.

Key West Reader on August 7, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Should have wiped their sorry asses out sooner. What a loser President.

Bmore on August 7, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Pentagon just denied carrying out bombing raids on Iraqi targets.

rottenrobbie on August 7, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Patriot Vet on August 7, 2014 at 5:28 PM

I hope this is true. I didn’t support Libya, but I do support the decimation and eradication of Isis.

Southernblogger on August 7, 2014 at 5:28 PM

ISIS must be CRUSHED! And dispatch the violent subhuman ISIS maniacs to their “paradise” ASAP!!!

otlset on August 7, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Let’s hope this is true…. Please, God let it be true.

Key West Reader on August 7, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Says it all.

Southernblogger on August 7, 2014 at 5:29 PM

So were gonna see some more Hawkmed FUBAR soon?

jake49 on August 7, 2014 at 5:29 PM

It can’t be us, the WH said there is no military solution.

Sven on August 7, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Pentagon Denies Report US Is Bombing ISIS Targets In Iraq

Press reports that US has conducted airstrikes in Iraq completely false. No such action taken.

Patriot Vet on August 7, 2014 at 5:29 PM

It’s over 100 degrees on that mountain and some children and elderly have already been ‘buried’ under/behind rocks.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM

The good war?

Just before vacay

cmsinaz on August 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Whatever action is taken, Obama will be sure to learn about it from the news. While on the golf course.

xNavigator on August 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Totally off topic, and I know this is a big important topic if it’s true we’re bombing Iraq now (and why throw in the one that ends in N?).

But, with less the 3 hours left until the polls close in Tennessee, word is out that Lamar Alexander who voted for the Rubio bill ran last minute deceptive TV ads claiming “last year I voted against amnesty.” What utter lying bs. Indeed, just now many conservative media outlets have called out Lamar for the incredible deception:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/384853/senator-lamar-alexander-releases-ad-dubious-statement-about-his-record-immigration

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/07/Lamar-Alexander-Claims-he-Voted-to-End-Amnesty-in-Deceptive-Ad

Here’s the actual ad on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdQPo0vwgmg

anotherJoe on August 7, 2014 at 5:32 PM

More aspirin factories?

If you want to stop these cutthroats, you’ll need boots on the ground.

How many campaigns have been won by airstrikes alone?

formwiz on August 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

In hindsight, if Bush hadn’t invaded Iraq then Obama wouldn’t need to decide whether to help these people or just wait for them to die.

rogerb on August 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

I bet it was couple of drone strikes….

Or Iranian air force????

Oil Can on August 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

In hindsight, if Bush hadn’t invaded Iraq then Obama wouldn’t need to decide whether to help these people or just wait for them to die.

rogerb on August 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

I hope you forgot the /sarc.

formwiz on August 7, 2014 at 5:34 PM

This would be good, but won’t hold my breath. Besides the Bin Laden raid & the Somalia pirate thing, this would be one of the few things King Barack has authorized I agree with. I am highly skeptical he champions things like this. Much more likely he has to be dragged kicking & screaming all the way to the endzone.

VengeanceIsMine on August 7, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Relief can’t come soon enough for those people who are stranded and facing the Islamic State murderers.

I hope Obama has done the right thing and moved to provide at least some air support and supplies for those stranded and buy them the time they need so they can be rescued.

By the way, that’s what a real ‘humanitarian crisis’ looks like.

The Kurds have proven they deserve independence and statehood and to be recognized in the UN.

thatsafactjack on August 7, 2014 at 5:34 PM

I hope so but I dunno. The Kurds seem to be in retreat and may need something to keep morale up. Also, from where would the US planes have come? Unnoticed?

Plus, would Obama agree to this?

I am really hoping that this is so, but to do so is to hope that Obama is living in reality and, as I say, I dunno. But I pray it is true, and the start of more.

Blaise on August 7, 2014 at 5:34 PM

ISIS has developed into a very large force. Are now going to bomb ISIS all the time or only this time?

Oil Can on August 7, 2014 at 5:36 PM

It could be the US, France (they’ve already offered asylum), Russia (this is right in Putin’s wheelhouse a) Putin as Saviour; b) Russia wants to increase its influence in the region), Turkey (the Kurds have already asked for help), Israel (PR win on the heels of the Gaza war and Syria & Jordan would both likely agree to let them use their airspace because IS is an existential threat to both), or even Egypt (we’ve even supplied them with the aircraft and they loathe IS) with or without other states like Jordan, Syria, etc.

Resist We Much on August 7, 2014 at 5:36 PM

More aspirin factories?

If you want to stop these cutthroats, you’ll need boots on the ground.

How many campaigns have been won by airstrikes alone?

formwiz on August 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Gulf war 1! There wasn’t much left to clean up.

Sven on August 7, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Or Iranian air force????

Oil Can on August 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Add Iran to my list of possibilities.

Resist We Much on August 7, 2014 at 5:37 PM

rogerb on August 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

verbaluce?!?!

Bmore on August 7, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Hmm…bombing Iraq wouldn’t help the Democrats in the midterms. They would rather lose lives than an election.

joekenha on August 7, 2014 at 5:37 PM

In war, truth is the first casualty.~Aeschylus

davidk on August 7, 2014 at 5:37 PM

formwiz on August 7, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Fairly certain rogerb is teasing verbaluce. ; )

Bmore on August 7, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Uh oh – obama’s muslim comrades ain’t gonna be happy – I’ll bet his 72% approval rating among muslim terrorists in the U.S. will take a big hit.

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2014 at 5:38 PM

WTF?!

He wouldn’t have had to bomb them if he had just kept he forces there like he should have and the military asked for. But no he had to be smarter than them.

Now he gets to play hero but unless he’s willing to commit to ground forces again it’s just smoke and mirrors and Obama cannot avoid the fact that he squandered billions of dollars and countless American souls to score political points for his own ego.

He needs to resign. Immediately. He’s a disgrace to the office and this nation.

Skywise on August 7, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Resist We Much on August 7, 2014 at 5:36 PM

That is an understatement.

If the US is not involved in this and the attack on ISIS does any good, the US will look (and be) more impotent than before.

cozmo on August 7, 2014 at 5:39 PM

In hindsight, if Bush hadn’t invaded Iraq then Obama wouldn’t need to decide whether to help these people or just wait for them to die.

rogerb on August 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Probably very true – Saddam Hussein would have already killed them all years ago.

dentarthurdent on August 7, 2014 at 5:39 PM

In hindsight, if Bush hadn’t invaded Iraq then Obama wouldn’t need to decide whether to help these people or just wait for them to die.

rogerb on August 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

I hope you forgot the /sarc.

formwiz on August 7, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Good sarcasm doesn’t need to be tagged.

davidk on August 7, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Oil Can on August 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Add Iran to my list of possibilities.

Resist We Much on August 7, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Doubtful

cozmo on August 7, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Thank God the air drops have begun.

thatsafactjack on August 7, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Maybe this is why Putin canceled his speech, for now.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Hmm…bombing Iraq wouldn’t help the Democrats in the midterms. They would rather lose lives than an election.

joekenha on August 7, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Sad state of affairs. I wish I could argue, but I can’t.

KCB on August 7, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Accidentally miss the food airdrop, putting it right on top of the ISIS dudes.
Leak news about how it was a big mistake and the US will be regrouping and dropping more food in the next couple of days.

THE FOOD IS POISONED.

This just isn’t hard stuff, kids, and these aren’t sophisticated people.

Tard on August 7, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Might well be.

thatsafactjack on August 7, 2014 at 5:41 PM

More aspirin factories?

If you want to stop these cutthroats, you’ll need boots on the ground.

How many campaigns have been won by airstrikes alone?

formwiz on August 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

I love it.

Like little ladies complaining across the back yard fence. You go from thread to thread at the speed of light, complaining that the administration is afraid to do this or that and then as soon as it possibly does this or that, you’re complaining that it won’t do that and this.

And I have two tabs open, one on each Hot Air topic, and flipping back and forth between the tabs is like watching psychotic animation.

“He’s not going to do this, he’s not going to do that. He did this, it should have been done another way. How come he’s not doing it this way?”

I certainly don’t like this administration, nor do I agree with much of anything they do or say, but still, if these subjects weren’t so serious and tragic, I’d be laughing my ass off right now.

Everyone… get a grip.

Walter L. Newton on August 7, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Didn’t Putin send a couple of squadrons of Suhkois to Iraq a few weeks back? If the air strikes were effective then they weren’t Iraqi or Iranian. My guess is Russian or maybe Syrian, they’ve had recent practice in ground attack.

xkaydet65 on August 7, 2014 at 5:41 PM

…and I will end this war in Iraq!

-some dip$hit, circa 2008

crrr6 on August 7, 2014 at 5:41 PM

The US is definitely involved, but maybe oaf wants to make it look like a coalition, possibly even with Putin.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Obama is only going to do what is necessary to give a little bit of an impression that he cares. He really doesn’t care though. I think he gets off on watching all of this chaos, like a pyromaniac watching the world burn. He couldn’t care less about the Kurds.

Mark1971 on August 7, 2014 at 5:42 PM

If the US is not involved in this and the attack on ISIS does any good, the US will look (and be) more impotent than before.

cozmo on August 7, 2014 at 5:39 PM

agreed.

Doubtful

cozmo on August 7, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Doubtful, but still a possibility. I’m just throwing out the possibilities. There are many and the US is only one.

Resist We Much on August 7, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Obama’s dropping the food now so that ISIS will have supplies after they finish off the Kurds and Yazidis.

portlandon on August 7, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Everyone… get a grip.

Walter L. Newton on August 7, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Enjoy your superiority.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 5:43 PM

US military begins humanitarian air drops for 1000s trapped in Iraqi mountains by ISIS

Bombs on Isis is the best humanitarian aid we can give.

Southernblogger on August 7, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Noah Rothman ‏@NoahCRothman 1m

Boom! “@GMA: BREAKING: US official: US military begins humanitarian air drops for 1000s trapped in Iraqi mountains by ISIS – @MarthaRaddatz”

Bmore on August 7, 2014 at 5:44 PM

It could be the US, France (they’ve already offered asylum), Russia (this is right in Putin’s wheelhouse a) Putin as Saviour; b) Russia wants to increase its influence in the region), Turkey (the Kurds have already asked for help), Israel (PR win on the heels of the Gaza war and Syria & Jordan would both likely agree to let them use their airspace because IS is an existential threat to both), or even Egypt (we’ve even supplied them with the aircraft and they loathe IS) with or without other states like Jordan, Syria, etc.

Resist We Much on August 7, 2014 at 5:36 PM

That is an understatement.

If the US is not involved in this and the attack on ISIS does any good, the US will look (and be) more impotent than before.

cozmo on August 7, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Seen this?

“Russian strategic nuclear bombers conducted at least 16 incursions into northwestern U.S. air defense identification zones over the past 10 days, an unusually sharp increase in aerial penetrations, according to U.S. defense officials.

The numerous flight encounters by Tu-95 Russian Bear H bombers prompted the scrambling of U.S. jet fighters on several occasions, and come amid heightened U.S.-Russia tensions over Ukraine. Also, during one bomber incursion near Alaska, a Russian intelligence-gathering jet was detected along with the bombers….”

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/7/russian-bombers-penetrated-us-airspace-least-16-ti/#ixzz39kG6VpoU
Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

workingclass artist on August 7, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Do we know that air bombing has in fact occurred?

davidk on August 7, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Wolfie must be going nuts

cmsinaz on August 7, 2014 at 5:44 PM

How many campaigns have been won by airstrikes alone?

formwiz on August 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Someone already said it above as well. The first gulf war was almost entirely done through air campaigns. The only thing done on the ground was cleanup. If we can reammo the Kurds, get them some additional weapons, and provide air support, ISIS would likely not stand much of a chance, and they longer the stand, the weaker they would become. Would not hurt to get those refugees on the mountain some tents, water and food either.

astonerii on August 7, 2014 at 5:45 PM

BREAKING: US official: US military begins humanitarian air drops for 1000s trapped in Iraqi mountains by ISIS – @MarthaRaddatz
4:34 PM – 7 Aug 2014

Finally. Two days to make that call?

KCB on August 7, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Whatever action is taken, Obama will be sure to learn about it from the news. While on the golf course.

xNavigator on August 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

The Yazidis should pool their last few dollars and buy airtime on ESPN SportsCenter.

slickwillie2001 on August 7, 2014 at 5:45 PM

How many campaigns have been won by airstrikes alone?

Um, ww2 japan rings a bell. Not “alone”, but largely due to airstrikes and firebombings, two in particular strike a chord as definitive winners of a war.

triple on August 7, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Finally. Two days to make that call?

KCB on August 7, 2014 at 5:45 PM

He was busy with balls for the dicktators and homophobes of Africa.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Enjoy your superiority.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 5:43 PM

If that’s all you got, I win. You know what I said is true.

Walter L. Newton on August 7, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I love it.

Like little ladies complaining across the back yard fence. You go from thread to thread at the speed of light, complaining that the administration is afraid to do this or that and then as soon as it possibly does this or that, you’re complaining that it won’t do that and this.

And I have two tabs open, one on each Hot Air topic, and flipping back and forth between the tabs is like watching psychotic animation.

“He’s not going to do this, he’s not going to do that. He did this, it should have been done another way. How come he’s not doing it this way?”

I certainly don’t like this administration, nor do I agree with much of anything they do or say, but still, if these subjects weren’t so serious and tragic, I’d be laughing my ass off right now.

Everyone… get a grip.

Walter L. Newton on August 7, 2014 at 5:41 PM

You are the coming acroos as having the vapors.

Tell Jeff Hi for me.

davidk on August 7, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Bomb these ISIS bastards back to the stone ages, that’s where they want to go anyway. Take out their military equipment from the air and let them see what it’s like trying to fight without heavy artillery.

Tater Salad on August 7, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Even the Pope wants ISIS nuked.

John the Libertarian on August 7, 2014 at 5:49 PM

If that’s all you got, I win. You know what I said is true.

Walter L. Newton on August 7, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I know that you’re not 3. This is a matter of life and death, not of winning candy.

I even like you, and trust that you do good work. Why you haggle against like-minded people is kind of arrogant. That’s all.

I don’t care who wins and loses around here. There are people dying on mountains.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 5:49 PM

You are the coming acroos as having the vapors.

Tell Jeff Hi for me.

davidk on August 7, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Great reply. You certainly told me off.

Walter L. Newton on August 7, 2014 at 5:49 PM

He was busy with the balls for of the dicktators and homophobes of Africa.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Oh Schad – you made a few mistakes in your wording…
There – fixed…

dentarthurdent on August 7, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Maybe it was This: 200,000 Flee Northern Irag Overnight As ISIS Overtakes Largest Christian Stronghold that spurred Obama to act at last.

Where 40,000 stranded and dying of thirst, exposure and hunger wasn’t sufficient, a quarter of a million human being facing extinction in the name of religious freedom finally moved him to action.

thatsafactjack on August 7, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Oh Schad – you made a few mistakes in your wording…
There – fixed…

dentarthurdent on August 7, 2014 at 5:49 PM

You win, and I’m glad for you. I like your version better.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Meet the female colonel leading Kurdish forces into battle against ISIS

http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-08-07/meet-female-colonel-leading-kurdish-forces-battle-against-isis

anotherJoe on August 7, 2014 at 5:51 PM

the dailymail covered this better than all American news outlets combined..(yes its graphic…sorry)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2656905/ISIS-jihadists-seize-two-towns-bear-Baghdad-U-S-tanks-helicopters-stolen-fleeing-western-trained-Iraqi-forces.html

going2mars on August 7, 2014 at 5:51 PM

How many campaigns have been won by airstrikes alone?

Um, ww2 japan rings a bell. Not “alone”, but largely due to airstrikes and firebombings, two in particular strike a chord as definitive winners of a war.

triple on August 7, 2014 at 5:46 PM

We had to get close enough to Tokyo (northern Luzon, Marianas), cut off the supply lines to their empire, bring in the Russians (the Nips had been hoping to use the Russkies as go-betweens), and it still took 5 days for them to decide to surrender and several attempts to derail it still took place.

You want to nuke IS?

What about the innocents you’re trying to save?

formwiz on August 7, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Zaid Benjamin ‏@zaidbenjamin 3m

Press reports that U.S. has conducted airstrikes in #Iraq completely false – John Kirby

davidk on August 7, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Military action is not the answer! These terrorists are just acting irresponsibly. What they need is a lesson on how to be responsible citizens and on how to treat others as they would want to be treated.

ncconservative on August 7, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Finally. Two days to make that call?

KCB on August 7, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Speaking of which, saw your Hello yesterday. It was too late by the time I saw it to bother responding. Hello KCB. ; )

Bmore on August 7, 2014 at 5:52 PM

ISIS must have opened a tea party affiliate or something to get valeries attention. maybe lois lerner called this.

t8stlikchkn on August 7, 2014 at 5:52 PM

I know that you’re not 3. This is a matter of life and death, not of winning candy.

I even like you, and trust that you do good work. Why you haggle against like-minded people is kind of arrogant. That’s all.

I don’t care who wins and loses around here. There are people dying on mountains.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 5:49 PM

That’s right, I agree.

But if you think the swing this way, swing that way overblown rhetoric that I see slipping from one thread to the other makes anyone look serious, then you’re fooling yourself.

If it’s so life and death, then the comments on this thread should be something like…

“I hope to hell this is true.”

That’s all that needs to be said.

It’s not a competition. It’s not a game to see how many ways someone spin rhetoric to make the administration look bad no matter what they do.

Here’s my last comment on this subject.

“I hope to hell this is true.”

Walter L. Newton on August 7, 2014 at 5:52 PM

You win, and I’m glad for you. I like your version better.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 5:51 PM

LOL – you were so close.
I just couldn’t help myself….

dentarthurdent on August 7, 2014 at 5:53 PM

I don’t care who wins and loses around here. There are people dying on mountains.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Well said, Schadenfreude. A great evil has descended on Iraq. People debate the nature of ‘evil’ and they wonder what it looks like. They need wonder no more. ISIS is evil incarnate.

thatsafactjack on August 7, 2014 at 5:53 PM

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/iraq-violence/

Iraq crisis
Iraq
17m
Editor’s note: About sourcing: The New York Times reported bombing in Iraq based on Kurdish television from Erbil. The Wall Street Journal, citing a defense minister for Kurdish forces, also suggested a US operation ‘may be under way.’ – Tom
End of note
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Iraq
30m
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby: ‘Press reports that US has conducted airstrikes in Iraq completely false. No such action taken’ – @PentagonPresSec
End of alert
==============

Arlington, VA, US
38m
Editor’s note: The Pentagon is denying a New York Times report saying US forces have begun to bomb ISIL targets in Iraq. – Tom

canopfor on August 7, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Pope Francis calls for action as Iraqi Christians forced to flee

Resist We Much on August 7, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Vatican started emergency funding July 25… smaller amounts targeted for crisis relief in areas….The first amount went to christians in Mosul.

Most likely trying to arrange deals for refugee placement.

workingclass artist on August 7, 2014 at 5:53 PM

im Rickards ‏@JamesGRickards 26m

White House denies we are bombing #Iraq. Maybe that’s because they think we’re bombing the Islamic State. #NewKidInTown

davidk on August 7, 2014 at 5:53 PM

US Special Forces have been in Erbil and Kurdistan for almost a month.
CBS reports with Erbil threatened air strikes are on the front burner.
US Special Forces working with troops like the Peshmerga can bring down smart bombs as needed. I wonder what air resources we have in the area at this point? Time to wag the dog?

Viator on August 7, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Resist We Much on August 7, 2014 at 5:42 PM

The Iranian air force can barely get a few planes off the ground. That is not in dispute. It would be a huge propaganda victory if they were able to and that is something that would motivate 0bama.

Seen this?

workingclass artist on August 7, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Yes, and it is reassuring rather than ominous. Even with the recon jet with the bombers.

Propaganda on their part, practice on ours.

cozmo on August 7, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Finally. Two days to make that call?

KCB on August 7, 2014 at 5:45 PM

He had that really important party. Deciding to drop food and water to genocide victims has a lot of potential negatives and you wouldn’t want him to rush a decision like that.

talkingpoints on August 7, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Well, I’ll be disappointed if it’s not true. ISIS is the scourge of the earth and should be incinerated. And if we have to put troops on the ground again to do it, so be it. If we DID drop bombs we better make sure we finish the job or they will just pick up where they left off.

scalleywag on August 7, 2014 at 5:54 PM

I hope they drop ammo for them as they need that to.

sorrowen on August 7, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Me thinks, C-5′s airdrop,….B-1′s high above
for JDAM Strikes, F-15′s/AC-130′s to insure/ensure
Mission safety,..jus say’n!!

canopfor on August 7, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Bmore on August 7, 2014 at 5:52 PM

No worries! Good seeing you around.

KCB on August 7, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Here’s my last comment on this subject.

Walter L. Newton on August 7, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Yay!

(Back in the suitcase with Peanut.)

davidk on August 7, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Walter L. Newton on August 7, 2014 at 5:52 PM

People are how/who they are and free to be so.

There is room for lots of criticism.

In addition to your fine last sentence there is this irrefutable truth – ISIS should have been bombed, by obama, when they formed, before they became who they are now.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Military action is not the answer! These terrorists are just acting irresponsibly. What they need is a lesson on how to be responsible citizens and on how to treat others as they would want to be treated.

ncconservative on August 7, 2014 at 5:52 PM

You’re absolutely right.
I call for all of ISIS to be given a 15 minute timeout in the corner – and no TV tonight…..

dentarthurdent on August 7, 2014 at 5:56 PM

So,……………..it took shameing and endless MSM/Blogs to
pressure Hopey The LightBringer!!

canopfor on August 7, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Mahmoona Shah ‏@MahmoonaShah 2m

Canon Andrew White, vicar of St George’s Baghdad: “Everybody is being massacred, slaughtered…” #newsnight #Iraq

davidk on August 7, 2014 at 5:57 PM

triple on August 7, 2014 at 5:46 PM

formwiz on August 7, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Nope, they were starving, out of fuel and out of supplies.

It was the strangling of their shipping lines that did them in.

cozmo on August 7, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Presidentin’ is hard:

Repeek ‏@repeek_com 5m

Obama Weighs Airstrikes Or Aid To Help Trapped… #iraq #obama via http://www.repeek.com http://url.im/1kpLor3 pic.twitter.com/2r9Gw0RjAw

davidk on August 7, 2014 at 5:59 PM

So,……………..it took shameing and endless MSM/Blogs to
pressure Hopey The LightBringer!!

canopfor on August 7, 2014 at 5:57 PM

No, it took the polls, on all matters.

He could cancel his vacation. The Mooch would love it.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 5:59 PM

For political expediency sake, 0 screwed this all up hugely. Worst Ever!!!

Bmore on August 7, 2014 at 5:59 PM

canopfor on August 7, 2014 at 5:57 PM

He can hardly claim that the wave of illegal aliens crashing across our southern border is a major ‘humanitarian crisis’ when the world is confronted with a real one, with women and children, the elderly and infirm, dying on a mountain top in the desert rather than kneel and swear allegiance to a god they don’t believe in and to a conquering army that wouldn’t exist had Obama kept this nation’s world and protected Iraq until it’s own military was capable of defending them against this massive threat.

thatsafactjack on August 7, 2014 at 5:59 PM

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