‘Top advisors predict a long, very long campaign’ in Iraq

posted at 8:41 am on August 8, 2014 by Noah Rothman

“We don’t understand real evil, organized evil very well,” said America’s former ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, in an interview with The New York Times. “This is evil incarnate.”

“People like [Islamic State commander] Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi have been in a fight for a decade,” he added. “They are messianic in their vision, and they are not going to stop.”

President Barack Obama authorized military strikes on select targets in Iraq on Thursday aimed only to halt the Islamic State’s advance on the cities of Erbil, the Kurdish capital in the north, and Baghdad. At the same time, however, the president continues to assure the American public that this is not the start of a third Iraq War. For the time being, the introduction of American ground forces has been ruled out.

American military commanders seem to think that the president’s strategy of using airpower alone to reduce the threat posed by the Islamic State fighters is insufficient.

“We must neutralize this enemy,” Army Lt. Gen. Mick Bednarek, U.S. chief of the Office of Security and Cooperation-Iraq told a Military Times reporter. “This is not just an Iraqi issue. This is not just a regional issue.”

He added that, as even those only familiar with the threat posed by the Islamic State through media accounts know, this organization “is not just a violent extremist organization.”

“This is an army,” Bednarek added, “and it takes an army to defeat an army.”

Regardless of the assurances the president has made to a war-weary public, a report in CBS This Morning on Friday indicates that American military officials are aware of just how comprehensive a military campaign aimed at neutralizing this fundamentalist threat will have to be.

“Senior officials describe ISIL forces as swift, effective, and capable of carrying out military mission with quote ‘tremendous military proficiency,’” CBS news reporter Major Garrett reported. “The Iraqi army and Kurdish fighters have been no match for them. Now, from the air, the U.S. will join the fight. Top advisers predict a long, very long military campaign.”

CBS reporter David Martin noted that the humanitarian airlift operation “could foreshadow a much larger military campaign.” He noted that at least 150 American military advisors and an “unknown number of diplomats” remain in Erbil, a city under siege by Islamic State forces.

“Until this week, the Kurdish region had been considered so secure that the United States had chosen it as one of two Iraqi locations safe enough to transfer staffers from the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. But a sense of dread fell over the Kurdish capital on Thursday as the magnitude of the Islamic State threat became clear,” read a McClatchy news report revealing the fear that has overtaken that Iraqi city.

Military officials are already indicating that strikes in Iraq could be far broader than what the president described. “One senior administration official suggested that could include strikes on militants that have captured Iraq’s largest dam near Mosul,” a Wall Street Journal report read.

“We’re laying down a marker here,” an unnamed administration official said. “Just their presence…and the potential threat they pose could lead us to take action if targets present themselves.”

UPDATE: The first strikes on ISIS targets are already underway, according to the Pentagon:


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“This is an army,” Bednarek added, “and it takes an army to defeat an army.”

Then we’re screwed. Cuz Obama ain’t never gonna agree to that.

Doughboy on August 8, 2014 at 8:44 AM

I’m going to end obamas war in iraq
-Hillary on the campaign trail

cmsinaz on August 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Too bad the US is stuck without a CIC.

Bmore on August 8, 2014 at 8:48 AM

We have a bad President.

rob verdi on August 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Obama’s approval rating in polls should go through the roof soon.

Walter L. Newton on August 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Then Obama will just get new top advisors who bow deeply at the waist and say “your suit is the most beautiful in the land, your majesty.”

vityas on August 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM

We’ll stay in Iraq at least until tee time.

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Let’s see…Advisors in a hostile foreign country. President orders air strikes, Promising that there will be no boots on the ground…again.

Welcome to North Vietnam.

kingsjester on August 8, 2014 at 8:51 AM

It will be January, 2017 at the earliest before the US has any hope of having a real commander in chief, and no assurance we will have one then. ISIS has two and a half years to conquer the region and get its hands on the Iranian bomb (you know, the one that doesn’t really exist). It sounds like they are philosophical, though, and acutely aware of how much criticism they would incur if they actually used nukes, so it’s all good.

2ndMAW68 on August 8, 2014 at 8:51 AM

We hardly knew ye, 2011 Iraq withdrawal.

22044 on August 8, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Then arm the Kurds with everything in our inventory short of nukes, they’re willing to fight so give them the means. The Turkomen will join, the Yazidis, everyone will fight if they have more than a rusty sickle to do so.

If the ISIS savages want to reach paradise we should help them using the scariest weapons we own; FAE’s, WP, and MOAB’s come to mind, and napalm is about the spookiest thing you can hit the enemy with. Let ISIS face something more than defenseless civilians, let them worry about being burned to a crisp by a sudden wave of jellied gasoline washing over them.

Bishop on August 8, 2014 at 8:53 AM

LOL

And it seems only yesterday Ebama was telling everyone how we were leaving behind a stable and peaceful Iraq.

Good times, good times.

Midas on August 8, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Nothing like the smell of B.O. in the morning!

Galtian on August 8, 2014 at 8:53 AM

The long war in Iraq will come to an end by the end of this year.

- President Barack Hussein Obama, October 21, 2011

kingsjester on August 8, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Will the West ever wake up to the threat that Islam poses?

Cleombrotus on August 8, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Retweeted by Noah Rothman
BBC Breaking News ‏@BBCBreaking 1m

US military launches air strike against Islamic state artillery near Irbil in #Iraq, @PentagonPresSec tweets http://bbc.in/1zZPrhz

Bmore on August 8, 2014 at 8:57 AM

The long war in Iraq will come to an end by the end of this year.

- President Barack Hussein Obama, October 21, 2011

kingsjester on August 8, 2014 at 8:55 AM

“The war is over, but the fighting continues.”

Wino, just now

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 8:57 AM

“Don’t call my bluff” said the most awesome CIC ever.

BigAlSouth on August 8, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Get down and pray on your knees 0.

Bmore on August 8, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Btw, we still gots any A-10 Warthogs we ain’t using?

BigAlSouth on August 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM

And we have a CIC who is worthless – great

gophergirl on August 8, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Just wondering… has anyone seen that red line that Obama was talking about a few years ago? I know it was around here somewhere…

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 9:02 AM

The tragedy of all of this is just a short time ago…

like 2011, we were still there….and most likely would have kept
the country stable….no way of knowing this for certain, but
it seems a damn shame to now be re-engaging, after pulling up
stakes….

ToddPA on August 8, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Will the West ever wake up to the threat that Islam poses?

Cleombrotus on August 8, 2014 at 8:56 AM

The leftist who are in power in the west are encouraging it. So what do you think the answer to your question is?

bgibbs1000 on August 8, 2014 at 9:03 AM

War re starts……msdnc hacks freaking out a bit

cmsinaz on August 8, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Obama’s approval rating in polls should go through the roof soon.

Walter L. Newton on August 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM

hardly…we already played in that sandbox…..people
are tired of hearing about it. If anything, they’ll blame him
for leaving in 2011.

ToddPA on August 8, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Each bomb dropped will be emblazoned with the official logo of the Nobel Committee.

Bishop on August 8, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Obama’s approval rating in polls should go through the roof soon.

Walter L. Newton on August 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM

An when he refuses to go in and finish the problem, they’ll come crashing down.

As predictable as a troll.

itsspideyman on August 8, 2014 at 9:05 AM

No blood for oil!!!! No blood for oil!!!! Obama’s going to war to enrich his Wall Street buddies. More of that cowboy mentality.

That’s what we’d hear if liberals were consistent.

307wolverine on August 8, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Code pink?

cmsinaz on August 8, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Noah Rothman ‏@NoahCRothman 1m

Ben Rhodes refuses to say whether the United States is at war with ISIS. Concedes that Iraq is, and U.S. supports Iraq.

Noah Rothman ‏@NoahCRothman 1m

This is the second time in less than 1 month that daytime programming interrupted for war news. Has to be unnerving marginal voters.

Noah Rothman ‏@NoahCRothman 2m

NBC News interrupts regular programming to broadcast news of latest strikes inside Iraq. ABC & CBS unchanged.

Bmore on August 8, 2014 at 9:10 AM

The Marxist In Chief to be nominated for another Nobel Peace Prize in 5..4..3..2..1.

bgibbs1000 on August 8, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Code pink?

cmsinaz on August 8, 2014 at 9:09 AM

They’ve set up a few tents in a roadside ditch near Rumsfeldt’s house waiting to slap some handcuffs on him if they get the chance.

Actually about half of them have died of exposure but since their smell is no different than those still living, no one has noticed.

Bishop on August 8, 2014 at 9:12 AM

So, is Obama bombing, bombing, bombing Iraq?

sentinelrules on August 8, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Obama bombs Iraq

Top of drudge

cmsinaz on August 8, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Coming to a decision on this just 2 weeks ago could have saved thousands of people and multiple cities and towns from being overrun.

forest on August 8, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Bishop :)

cmsinaz on August 8, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Now they these demonic degenerates are actually in Kurdistan and the Christian and Yazidi towns it complicates things even more.

forest on August 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

But yeah, I’ve already started making giant paper-mache heads of Dog Eater and I’m collecting old shoes to throw at the heads during the anti-war march.

Libfree and verba are going to join me in DC as we gather tens of thousands of our fellow travelers to protest this outrageous imperialist action by a warmongering preznit.

You are all welcome to join, go to MorOn.org for more information.

Bishop on August 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

He’ll never do it… never commit troops because he’s a pu$$y. He’ll hit the beehive with a stick for several months, enrage the jihadist pieces of $hit even more so that our next President will be left to clean up yet another mess in Barack’s colossal dirty diaper left behind…

dpduq on August 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

I’ll give Obama a small break on this one as it least it will prevent a total genocide from taking place.

Still not thrilled though, given he caused this mess by running from a pacified country in the first place.

Doomberg on August 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Where’s Biden?….

could this be called…a surge?

Electrongod on August 8, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Netanyahu to Obama: “Hey Obama, welcome to the party, pal!”

sentinelrules on August 8, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Oh we understand ‘messianic’ quite well.

SickofLibs on August 8, 2014 at 9:17 AM

let them worry about being burned to a crisp by a sudden wave of jellied gasoline washing over them. Bishop on August 8, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Mmmm… bacon…

Akzed on August 8, 2014 at 9:18 AM

“We don’t understand real evil, organized evil very well,” said America’s former ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, in an interview with The New York Times. “This is evil incarnate.”

“People like [Islamic State commander] Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi have been in a fight for a decade,” he added. “They are messianic in their vision, and they are not going to stop.”

O liberal-nitwit-atheist apologists for Islam, I offer you these words to contemplate. Find me evidence of anything in Christian history — middle ages, Spanish inquisition, anything — which approaches the organized evil that is Islam, and I’ll shut up.

Jaibones on August 8, 2014 at 9:18 AM

“We don’t understand real evil, organized evil very well,” said America’s former ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, in an interview with The New York Times. “This is evil incarnate.”

The concept of evil has been chased from rational discourse. “Evil” is only a reaction by oppressed people against our own bad actions, according to the left. Once we abandon that line of thinking is when the end of the beginning starts.

rbj on August 8, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Will the West ever wake up to the threat that Islam poses?

Cleombrotus on August 8, 2014 at 8:56 AM

There is not a force on this earth that will change their minds.The only solution is splatter their minds all over the sand in great numbers.Pass go,do not stop.Nothing else works.

docflash on August 8, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Not working out the status of forces agreement looks like a REALLY big blunder now, doesn’t it? That decision- all on Obama- will end up costing a LOT of innocent lives.

michaelo on August 8, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Those Christians are trapped over there as a result of Obama’s premature evacuation.

Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

kingsjester on August 8, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Repost:

It probably wouldn’t take much googling to find where in this administration’s rush/haste to “end the war” in Iraq, (so Obama could get his political pat on the back from his far left constituents), a list of top military advisers writing this script without leaving a residual force in place.

Yes, Maliki’s refusal to include Sunnis into Iraq’s political future did hasten this violent revolt, but the power-vacuum was already put in place the day Obama chose his “exit strategy”.

Ben Rhodes is just now saying “there was never a military solution, (on the table), to react to these events now taking place”—either four months ago or a year ago. The “military solution” was the President’s actions/non-actions during the exit of military operations—a clear example of how a community organizer was never prepared for the position of CIC. The deaths of 4000 + of America’s finest may now have been in vain, thanks entirely to Obama’s “choices”.

Update: Chuck Todd: “Of course, no one could have foreseen this”.

Rovin on August 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM

All kidding aside – I hope SOMEONE is convincing him that ISIS must be stopped. On DailyCaller today there is a story proclaiming ISIS won’t stop until it comes to the White House. How easy would it be to come up through Mexico?

djl130 on August 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM

“We don’t understand real evil, organized evil very well,” said America’s former ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, in an interview with The New York Times. “This is evil incarnate.”

Pretty sure these very words were used to describe Saddam Hussein…

JohnGalt23 on August 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM

We have a bad President.
rob verdi on August 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM

We have a terrible President.

albill on August 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Libfree and verba are going to join me in DC as we gather tens of thousands of our fellow travelers to protest this outrageous imperialist action by a warmongering preznit.

You are all welcome to join, go to MorOn.org for more information.

Bishop on August 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Heh.

Jaibones on August 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Some neutron bombs would be handy about now . . .

Imrahil on August 8, 2014 at 9:22 AM

We have a bad President.

rob verdi on August 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM

We have a terrible President.

albill on August 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM

We have a stupid President.

Jaibones on August 8, 2014 at 9:22 AM

War is not the Answer!

Lib/s

Jaibones on August 8, 2014 at 9:23 AM

How easy would it be to come up through Mexico?

djl130 on August 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Impossible. Our southern border is secure.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/immigration/border-security

“We strengthened security at the borders so that we could finally stem the tide of illegal immigrants. We put more boots on the ground on the southern border than at any time
in our history. And today, illegal crossings are down nearly 80 percent from their peak in 2000.”

President Obama, January 29, 2013

See? I told you so.

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 9:23 AM

No blood for oil!!!! No blood for oil!!!! Obama’s going to war to enrich his Wall Street buddies. More of that cowboy mentality.

307wolverine on August 8, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Hahahaha…you guys are killing me.

Jaibones on August 8, 2014 at 9:24 AM

I’ll give Obama a small break on this one as it least it will prevent a total genocide from taking place.

Still not thrilled though, given he caused this mess by running from a pacified country in the first place.

Doomberg on August 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Talk about the definition of a RINO squish. The Marxist In Chief will get no such break from me. He’s at least part of the reason Iraq is in turmoil now and probably worked behind the scenes to bring it about. The worst for us is yet to come under this worthless human garbage occupying our White House.

bgibbs1000 on August 8, 2014 at 9:24 AM

You know the lefties are still going to say it was Bush’s fault for getting involved in the first place. They’ll find some way to make the White house gang look as if they are doing the right thing.

I would be happy about this effort if I thought there was anybody capable of running it. They have fired all the military leaders.

crankyoldlady on August 8, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Chuck Todd defending the heck out of obama….this is a limited mission to give Kurds space………
Don’t blame him…..this is not his war

cmsinaz on August 8, 2014 at 9:27 AM

The new Congressional motor car. Every Congressman will be given one, free of charge:

The Royalty Mobile

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 9:27 AM

This is an army,” Bednarek added, “and it takes an army to defeat an army.”
Then we’re screwed. Cuz Obama ain’t never gonna agree to that.

Doughboy on August 8, 2014 at 8:44 AM

The Peshmerga is the army that will do that job and they are already there. If we give them the air support ammunition and tools that they need and only we can supply in time, they can withstand ISIS.

KW64 on August 8, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Each bomb dropped will be emblazoned with the official logo of the Nobel Committee.

Bishop on August 8, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Well, here’s another one for the HotAir Hall of Fame.

Oh my bad, this is a Noah thread…this post will be discarded
forthwith..

ToddPA on August 8, 2014 at 9:28 AM

crankyoldlady on August 8, 2014 at 9:25 AM

That excuse is dead, it died when Dog Eater proclaimed Iraq was safe, secure, and successful.

Bishop on August 8, 2014 at 9:29 AM

No blood for oil!!!! No blood for oil!!!! Obama’s going to war to enrich his Wall Street buddies. More of that cowboy mentality.

307wolverine on August 8, 2014 at 9:07 AM

THIS!

ToddPA on August 8, 2014 at 9:29 AM

We have a bad President.
rob verdi on August 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM
We have a terrible President.

albill on August 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM
We have a stupid President.

Jaibones on August 8, 2014 at 9:22 AM

We have an imbecile president! Oh, and a POS as well!

texgal on August 8, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Right enemy: Check.
Right approach: Check.

Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle.

Sure, he’s going to screw it up and make us wish we’d just stood on the sidelines and watched the horror unfold. I don’t know just how he’ll pull it off, but we can be confident he will. Maybe by this time next year Iran will be in Irbil or Turkey will be siding with ISIL. Obama is like a box of poisoned chocolates. Will the next one be arsenic or cyanide?

But let’s give the One at least a scattered applause. For the moment at least he’s doing the right thing for once. For the moment.

fadetogray on August 8, 2014 at 9:31 AM

This is a situation of the president’s own making.

We won the war in Iraq and Mr. Obama failed to secure the peace. By refusing to leave in-place a sufficient number of personnel to support the recommended institution building we now find ourselves reengaged militarily.

That could have been avoided by negotiating a SOFA which allocated people in roles that would have further professionalized the Iraqi military and built up the security infrastructure.

Mr Obama refused because he did not like the political optics (and the contradiction with his statements) the number of personnel needed would present. So he left the Iraqi’s largely on their own and in a situation our military said would result in the brutality we see today.

General Bednarek is absolutely correct. This needs to be a scorched earth campaign against a determined enemy. We can coordinate that process with the Iraqi military and more importantly the Peshmerga- who will be the biggest asset in this fight.

Make no mistake, ISIL’s biggest target is the US. That pursuit need to be stopped in its infancy.

ISIL has been largely unchallenged in their brutality. Let’s see how well they stand up once the 30mm and JDAM’s start neutralizing large numbers of personnel.

Godspeed gentlemen.

Marcus Traianus on August 8, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Iowahawk:

Looking forward to a day full of vaporized ISIS choads and silent lefty hypocrites. #ThatsEntertainment

dont taze me bro on August 8, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Maybe Barky should ask the North Vietnamese for advice. They took care of Pol Pot’s murderers in short order and had enough left to send Mao’s legions back to China with a very black eye. But Hanoi is probably not Marxist enough for Barky to work with.

xkaydet65 on August 8, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Right enemy: Check.
Right approach: Check.

Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle.

Sure, he’s going to screw it up and make us wish we’d just stood on the sidelines and watched the horror unfold. I don’t know just how he’ll pull it off, but we can be confident he will. Maybe by this time next year Iran will be in Irbil or Turkey will be siding with ISIL. Obama is like a box of poisoned chocolates. Will the next one be arsenic or cyanide?

But let’s give the One at least a scattered applause. For the moment at least he’s doing the right thing for once. For the moment.

fadetogray on August 8, 2014 at 9:31 AM

And another RINO squish comes out. Not just no but hell no on the scattered applause. He doesn’t get any credit, scattered applause, or whatever for what his actions have caused just because he appears to be doing something about the results of those actions.

bgibbs1000 on August 8, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Quick—some one get ahold of Candy Crowley and find out if ISIS’ advancement is a “terrorist act”.

Rovin on August 8, 2014 at 9:39 AM

…for what his actions have caused just because he appears to be doing something about the results of those actions.

bgibbs1000 on August 8, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Let me go punch a hole in wall. Then you can applaud me for doing a crappy patch job that doesn’t really put it back to normal.

Same difference.

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Airstrikes won’t be much good without people on the ground to direct them. Remember the air campaign in Kosovo in the late 90′s? It was a failure. The Serbs only gave up after we started bombing civilian targets in their capital.

So we’ll eventually need special ops guys in the country to coordinate airstrikes. But then what if the Kurds can’t push back ISIS on their own? Then we’ll need US advisors to help with logistics and command and control. But then how do we protect those guys?

I see a long stagger into another ground war

Mahna Mahna on August 8, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Kerry Not Convinced: Islamic State Slaughtering Christians And Yazidis Showing “Warning Signs Of Genocide”…

But, Israel committed genocide in Gaza or something.

Resist We Much on August 8, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Secretary Swiftboat just wants to see Israel ravaged by the Islamic World in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Kahn.

bgibbs1000 on August 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM

And another RINO squish comes out.

bgibbs1000 on August 8, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Reread what I wrote, my friend. Ever heard the expression “damning with faint praise?”

fadetogray on August 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM

It turns out that there are actually a lot of Kobe Bryants in Iraq.

Resist We Much on August 8, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Gee… if only someone had incarcerated Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi…. oh wait..

This tranquility is killing me.

itsacookbook on August 8, 2014 at 9:46 AM

I see a long stagger into another ground war

Mahna Mahna on August 8, 2014 at 9:42 AM

There is a fatal flaw in your logic. You assume he wants to win the war/defeat the situation. The truth is that he just wants to avoid any bad press. Once the MSM finds another toy to play with, he’ll walk away and let the Kurds, Christians, and any other victims go to hell.

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 9:46 AM

There is a fatal flaw in your logic. You assume he wants to win the war/defeat the situation. The truth is that he just wants to avoid any bad press. Once the MSM finds another toy to play with, he’ll walk away and let the Kurds, Christians, and any other victims go to hell.

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Bingo!

Anyone who thinks otherwise doesn’t get it and is part of the problem.

bgibbs1000 on August 8, 2014 at 9:50 AM

But yeah, I’ve already started making giant paper-mache heads of Dog Eater and I’m collecting old shoes to throw at the heads during the anti-war march.

Libfree and verba are going to join me in DC as we gather tens of thousands of our fellow travelers to protest this outrageous imperialist action by a warmongering preznit.

You are all welcome to join, go to MorOn.org for more information.

Bishop on August 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Do we need to bring our own giant v@gina suits or will they be provided?

HumpBot Salvation on August 8, 2014 at 9:50 AM

I see a long stagger into another ground war

Mahna Mahna on August 8, 2014 at 9:42 AM

It would require Obama to admit a mistake….

….wait a minute…..

….sorry, thought this was a regular administration…..

This one will simply say it said no such thing and march in the troops. And the press will give him cover.

Silly me.

itsspideyman on August 8, 2014 at 9:53 AM

But yeah, I’ve already started making giant paper-mache heads of Dog Eater and I’m collecting old shoes to throw at the heads during the anti-war march.

Libfree and verba are going to join me in DC as we gather tens of thousands of our fellow travelers to protest this outrageous imperialist action by a warmongering preznit.

You are all welcome to join, go to MorOn.org for more information.

Bishop on August 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Do we need to bring our own giant v@gina suits or will they be provided?

HumpBot Salvation on August 8, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Don’t worry. Libfree is busy sewing vajayjay suits for everyone.

Will you be needing a purse, too?

Resist We Much on August 8, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Reread what I wrote, my friend. Ever heard the expression “damning with faint praise?”

fadetogray on August 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Yeah when you actually do that I’ll let you know.

bgibbs1000 on August 8, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Napalm and lots of it

georgealbert on August 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Then arm the Kurds with everything in our inventory short of nukes, they’re willing to fight so give them the means. The Turkomen will join, the Yazidis, everyone will fight if they have more than a rusty sickle to do so.

If the ISIS savages want to reach paradise we should help them using the scariest weapons we own; FAE’s, WP, and MOAB’s come to mind, and napalm is about the spookiest thing you can hit the enemy with. Let ISIS face something more than defenseless civilians, let them worry about being burned to a crisp by a sudden wave of jellied gasoline washing over them.

Bishop on August 8, 2014 at 8:53 AM

That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

Ward Cleaver on August 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM

#Nobleprizewinner

NYCMike on August 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Obama’s approval rating in polls should go through the roof soon.

Walter L. Newton on August 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM

On their way down to the basement unless the LSM has anything to say about it.

bgibbs1000 on August 8, 2014 at 9:57 AM

IS acted stupidly.

Ward Cleaver on August 8, 2014 at 9:57 AM

IS acted stupidly.

Ward Cleaver on August 8, 2014 at 9:57 AM

They are badly misbehaving………….has obaME! thought to have a beer summit with them?

VegasRick on August 8, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Gee… if only someone had incarcerated Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi…. oh wait..

This tranquility is killing me.

itsacookbook on August 8, 2014 at 9:46 AM

.
I know what you meant, but this “tranquility” IS killing some.

listens2glenn on August 8, 2014 at 10:03 AM

IS acted stupidly.

Ward Cleaver
on August 8, 2014 at 9:57 AM

.
No no no no no … ISIS acted rashly.

Israel “acted stupidly.”

listens2glenn on August 8, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Did we ever have / release Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi from gitmo ?

If not, which former prisoner did I read is now busily active over there ?
Did I misread that ?

pambi on August 8, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Best Nobel Peace Prize winner ever.

2lbsTest on August 8, 2014 at 10:11 AM

From NBC…

“The strikes marked a return to U.S. military engagement in Iraq, three years after Obama removed U.S. forces.”

That’s gonna hurt.

Walter L. Newton on August 8, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Walter L. Newton on August 8, 2014 at 10:11 AM

From Nobomba to Obomba?

vnvet on August 8, 2014 at 10:29 AM

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