Video: Obama authorizes air strikes in Iraq

posted at 8:01 am on August 8, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

After weeks of indecision and inaction, Barack Obama finally authorized military action as well as humanitarian airlifts on behalf of the targets of genocide in Iraq. In a late-evening speech from the State Dining Room, Obama warned that the US would not re-enter Iraq in force, but could not stand idle while a genocide unfolded either:

The strikes will attempt to stop the ISIS march on Irbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous zone:

A senior administration official described the airstrike authorization as “narrow,” but outlined a number of broad contingencies in which they could be launched, including a possible threat to U.S. personnel in Baghdad from possible breaches in a major dam Islamist forces seized Thursday that could flood the Iraqi capital.

U.S. aircraft also are authorized to launch airstrikes if the military determines that Iraqi government and Kurdish forces are unable to break the siege that has stranded tens of thousands of civilians belonging to the minority Yazidi sect atop a barren mountain outside the northern town of Sinjar.

“As we can provide air support to relieve that pressure, the president has given the military the authority to do so,” the senior official said. He said that congressional leaders had been consulted, but that Obama had the legal authority as commander in chief to launch the strikes to protect U.S. personnel and national security interests.

Obama has sent more than 700 U.S. troops to Iraq since June to protect the U.S. Embassy and international airport in Baghdad and facilities in Irbil, and to assess the capabilities of Iraqi forces.

But he repeated his pledge that no ground combat troops would be returned to Iraq, where the last U.S. forces withdrew at the end of 2011.

The Kurds and Iraqis expressed gratitude, but ISIS continued to expand its territorial grip:

At least three more towns were taken by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), witnesses told NBC News on Friday. The seizures of Hamdanyah, Bashiqa and Bartella occurred on Wednesday. A string of victories by the ISIS and its allies have sent Iraq’s minorities – including thousands of Christians – fleeing for their lives, exacerbating the country’s already-dire humanitarian crisis. A senior U.S. defense official told NBC News that “a number of U.S. military aircraft” had successfully delivered food and water and had “safely exited the immediate airspace” around the trapped refugees.

Obama may deny that the US will return to Iraq in force, but as the AP’s Julie Pace argues, events may overtake Obama’s reluctance. The catastrophe in Iraq has already proven Obama wrong, she writes:

While the situation may be evolving quickly, the conditions that returned the U.S. to the brink of military action in Iraq can be traced back months – or to the president’s critics, even years.

As recently as January, Obama was publicly dismissive of the Islamic State group, which at the time was under the al-Qaida banner. In an interview with the New Yorker magazine, he said comparing the upstart group to the terror network established by Osama bin Laden was like comparing a jayvee basketball team to an NBA squad.

“I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian,” Obama said.

Even at the time, U.S. intelligence and defense officials were warning about the threat that could be posed by the Islamic State, which had strengthened in Syria amid the chaos of that country’s bloody civil war. But Obama’s comments reflected his limited appetite for wading back into Iraq or for starting a new military engagement in Syria, where he authorized an air assault last summer after a chemical weapons attack but never gave the order for a strike.

Obama took the correct, and in terms of national and international security, the only possible steps last night in ordering airlifts for the refugees and airstrikes to relieve the siege that threatens to massacre them. However, it also shows that the fantasy world constructed by this administration has collapsed entirely. Obama still insists that only the Iraqis can restore security in Iraq, but that’s clearly impossible in the short run, and continuous denial has now left the Kurds vulnerable to annihilation, too.

The Kurds have spent the last 23 years living in peace and freedom, relying on the US to protect their interests while being caught between the Turks, Iranians, and Iraqis. Walking away from the Kurds after their long support of our efforts to stabilize Iraq even at the expense of their own dreams of independence would be a betrayal that would send shock waves around the world to other groups working with the US — especially in Afghanistan. The Kurds will be the canary in the coal mine of American credibility for decades to come.

In the meantime, it will take more than a couple of airstrikes to stop the genocides of ISIS to come. The so-called Islamic State and its leadership is perhaps the most explicitly bloodthirsty regime to arise in generations or perhaps centuries, and nothing short of utter defeat will stop them from continuing to annihilate all those who do not bow down to them. The US and the West will have come to grips with this reality sooner or later, and in terms of lives lost and the effort necessary to stop ISIS, sooner would be much more preferable.


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He was shamed into it. Or rather his handlers told him he HAD to do this.

Problem is, he won’t see it through and will cut and run as quickly as he can.

ConstantineXI on August 8, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Too little, too late? 0 best pray on his knees that the dam doesn’t burst. This is all on him. ISIS could have easily been put down like the dogs they are.

Bmore on August 8, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Now, he can’t be popular with the Muslims. Poor Obama. /s

Oil Can on August 8, 2014 at 8:06 AM

He was shamed into it. Or rather his handlers told him he HAD to do this.

Problem is, he won’t see it through and will cut and run as quickly as he can.

ConstantineXI on August 8, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Agreed. He has to act tough and concerned. He is transparent.

Mimzey on August 8, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Reluctant CIC who refuses to move that teleprompter under the camera so that he can actually look at the folks directly

SMH

cmsinaz on August 8, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Yep. Finally.

LASue on August 8, 2014 at 8:09 AM

I have been to Kurdistan as recently as February of this year. I was asked to go again last month, but declined for obvious reasons.

We must support the Kurds. If we do not, we might as well all go out and buy Korans or ammunition, because this won’t stop where it is now.

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 8:10 AM

The Kurds have spent the last 23 years living in peace and freedom, relying on the US to protect their interests while being caught between the Turks, Iranians, and Iraqis. Walking away from the Kurds after their long support of our efforts to stabilize Iraq even at the expense of their own dreams of independence would be a betrayal that would send shock waves around the world to other groups working with the US — especially in Afghanistan. The Kurds will be the canary in the coal mine of American credibility for decades to come.

In other words, the Kurds are this generation’s Hmong.

Steve Eggleston on August 8, 2014 at 8:14 AM

I’m not in the mood to dig too deep on this one so I will at least say good for Dog Eater authorizing this, whatever the impetus.

I would like to ask the lefties though, how does this action jive with that Nobel Peace Prize. Also, remember during the Bush era when such fighting was considered an “internal affair”, and killing terrorists only created more terrorists?

Please explain, show your work.

Bishop on August 8, 2014 at 8:15 AM

The so-called Islamic State and its leadership is perhaps the most explicitly bloodthirsty regime to arise in generations or perhaps centuries …

Worse than the Nazis or the Khmer Rouge?

sauropod on August 8, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Note all the “if’s”.

booter on August 8, 2014 at 8:16 AM

What would Hillary do…..the dems will ask soon enough

cmsinaz on August 8, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Everything is politics for this poor, delusioned man.

MT on August 8, 2014 at 8:16 AM

In his live speech Obama is supposedly talking to the American people.
Note how he never once looks into the camera – at the American people – put rather turns his head from side to side.
Who is he looking at? It is an empty room. (Other than few news and White House people.)

No one – he is looking at the teleprompters on each side.

Why didn’t they put his teleprompter on the camera in front of him so he could look into the camera?
(Because he apparently can’t look directly in the camera and read at the same time.)

albill on August 8, 2014 at 8:16 AM

In other words, the Kurds are this generation’s Hmong.

Steve Eggleston on August 8, 2014 at 8:14 AM

I almost wrote that in the post, too.

Ed Morrissey on August 8, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Worse than the Nazis or the Khmer Rouge?

sauropod on August 8, 2014 at 8:15 AM

“Generations” would apply to them, but given the resources available to those regimes, I think ISIS would turn out worse than either. But it would be a close call either way.

Ed Morrissey on August 8, 2014 at 8:19 AM

I thought that line, ‘my fellow Americans’, seemed strange and out of place, since dear leader was looking to the left when he said it instead of directly at the camera. He must have to see them in order to choke the words out. His head was turning faster and faster from side to side as the speech wore on, as if there was a huge crowd he was glaring at. Strange, very strange.

Kissmygrits on August 8, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Worse than the Nazis or the Khmer Rouge?

sauropod on August 8, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Good food for thought, how do you really measure this sort of thing?

In the 21st century these ISIS savages are definitely leading the pack, they’re almost feral in their actions, like wild animals. I know they’re muslim and come from the world’s regional armpit but still, it’s like every last one of them can butcher people in awful ways and seemingly have no remorse or guilt.

Bishop on August 8, 2014 at 8:21 AM

ConstantineXI on August 8, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Agreed. He has to act tough and concerned. He is transparent.

Mimzey on August 8, 2014 at 8:07 AM

And all but his sycophants know this.

Worse than the Nazis or the Khmer Rouge?

sauropod on August 8, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Taking into account the times, numbers and situation, quite possibly.

I almost wrote that in the post, too.

Ed Morrissey on August 8, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Should have. Though I doubt many would make the connection.

cozmo on August 8, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Noah Rothman ‏@NoahCRothman 8m

So, either the president wants the public to know this thing could snowball, or the administration officials do. Their motives differ.

Bmore on August 8, 2014 at 8:23 AM

…it’s like every last one of them can butcher people in awful ways and seemingly have no remorse or guilt.

Bishop on August 8, 2014 at 8:21 AM”
They aren’t butchering people! They’re butchering infidels. And that dehumanizing difference is why they can do it without guilt or remorse.

Does this country have what it takes to cook up some gander sauce? Because without it, it’s just a matter of time until this is happening on our shores.

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Bmore on August 8, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Meh, I think he is wrong.

0bama, and his administration just want to get ISIS to quiet down for a while. While they concentrate on things more important to them.

cozmo on August 8, 2014 at 8:26 AM

…it’s like every last one of them can butcher people in awful ways and seemingly have no remorse or guilt.

Bishop on August 8, 2014 at 8:21 AM”

They aren’t butchering people! They’re butchering infidels. And that dehumanizing difference is why they can do it without guilt or remorse.

Does this country have what it takes to cook up some gander sauce? Because without it, it’s just a matter of time until this is happening on our shores.

Sorry… forgot to close the tag. FIFM

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Part of his calculus against going into Iraq in force might be the implication that leaving in first place was a mistake. Think this current POTUS can do that?

apostic on August 8, 2014 at 8:27 AM

I just looked it up… I was in Kurdistan in April of this year, not February. I won’t be going back until the present unpleasantries are over with.

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Puny strikes?

rob verdi on August 8, 2014 at 8:29 AM

In other words, the Kurds are this generation’s Hmong.

Steve Eggleston on August 8, 2014 at 8:14 AM

I just hope there isn’t a wave of Kurd refugees who settle in MN, and whose offspring eventually wander the Mall Of America in herds of diminutive gang-banger wanna be’s.

I can’t swing a desiccated cat at the MOA without hitting some 5’1″ dude who glares up at me as if he’s Al Capone, not that I visit MOA very often.

Bishop on August 8, 2014 at 8:29 AM

cozmo on August 8, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Agreed.

Bmore on August 8, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Still no comment on the general killed in Afghanistan, I assume? Hasn’t he read about that in the papers yet?

Syzygy on August 8, 2014 at 8:31 AM

The Kurds deserve a state after all the blood and treasure that they spilt and I think that the state really has to include Ninevah with the explicit guarantee that the Kurds act as the protector of the Yazidi and Christians. And ISIS is probably the clearest example of Satanic forces probably I’ve ever seen. The horrific evil that humans are capable of is mind boggling.

Illinidiva on August 8, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Excellent post, Ed.

However, it also shows that the fantasy world constructed by this administration has collapsed entirely. Obama still insists that only the Iraqis can restore security in Iraq, but that’s clearly impossible in the short run, and continuous denial has now left the Kurds vulnerable to annihilation, too.

Reality, alas, has the final vote.

The Kurds will be the canary in the coal mine of American credibility for decades to come.

Weep for the Kurds. And watch Obama finish his destruction of our credibility.

INC on August 8, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Then ISIS is worse because they’re working on religious grounds.

Some of the Nazis were willing to fight to the death but probably all of them would have preferred to live, these jihadi cavemen actively seek death so it’s a win for them no matter what they do.

Bishop on August 8, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Shouldn’t he have done this weeks ago?

gophergirl on August 8, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Still, where are the good Arab/Muslim nations that will stand up and fight these Islamic thugs?

SC.Charlie on August 8, 2014 at 8:37 AM

American combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq because there is no American military solution to the crisis in Iraq

Who thought that?

That an “American military” was the “solution” in Iraq is a strawman. The end game was always to ensure the long term security of Iraq (and the U.S.). The effort is currently failing because the president did not make efforts to secure the peace.

Numerous assessments made by the military recommended a comprehensive institution building exercise. Those reports warned that a failure to make such a commitment would lead to the chaos we see today.

Mr. Obama (and Mr. Biden) failed to negotiate a SOFA (the same SOFA their predecessors largely negotiated), because the number of personnel did not comport with their political objectives and statements. They failed to use the significant sway we had over Al-Maliki (and goodwill with many in parliament) to complete a lasting agreement.

Now, as seems to be the case lately, others will pay the price for that incompetence.

We can argue all day long about the war in Iraq. But once that conflict became fact, we should agree, sans politics, the best way to keep that peace. And the answer is not abandoning the country.

Wars are not solely won on the battlefield and their success is not judged simply by the nature of conflict. Their measure of success is the quality and duration of the peace they produce.

American’s largely need to understand that war is a long process which takes many years of commitment. Very few wars have ever produced lasting benefits without years of hard work which takes place after the last shot is discharged.

Marcus Traianus on August 8, 2014 at 8:37 AM

I just looked it up… I was in Kurdistan in April of this year, not February. I won’t be going back until the present unpleasantries are over with.

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 8:28 AM

When I read that they were getting ready to overrun Erbil I tried to contact a friend from there and his family. He’d gone off weeks and weeks again to Kirkuk to help in some manner. None of them are able to respond to anything. Not sure about any of them. It can’t be good.

hawkdriver on August 8, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Anybody want to start an “iapologizeforobama” website to the rest of the world?

Skywise on August 8, 2014 at 8:38 AM

He was shamed into it. Or rather his handlers told him he HAD to do this.

Problem is, he won’t see it through and will cut and run as quickly as he can.

ConstantineXI on August 8, 2014 at 8:03 AM

That’s it exactly.

He needs to wipe out ISIS while they’re exposed. But he won’t. He’ll hit them just hard enough to disperse them and drive them under cover, making their removal that much harder.

petefrt on August 8, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Bush gave up the Rumsfeld plan for Iraq and instituted the surge right after the 2006 midterms. Will Obama do the same with his own midterm debacle looming? I’d doubt it — at the moment, this is similar to the air cover he offered the Libyan rebels, in that it allows him to be seen doing something, but not to the point he has to risk any serious cred with his hard-core base by authorizing any serious troop involvement. As with Clinton in Bosnia 15 years ago, Obama’s hoping to conduct their action from 10,000 to 30,000 feet.

If it works out for him and ISIS is contained, he’s got at least something to spike the football about going into the midterms. But since ISIS’ fanaticism is equal to that of Hamas, odds are they’ll take any deaths of their own or the people in those areas and just keep throwing more bodies at whatever countermeasures the U.S. employs. It’s not going to be a quick fix, and going up against the immediate gratification president, odds are good Obama’s going to be faced with either upping the ante or face having his bluff called one more time by forces who didn’t get the message American wasn’t the Evil Empire anymore now that Barack was in the White House.

jon1979 on August 8, 2014 at 8:40 AM

When I read that they were getting ready to overrun Erbil I tried to contact a friend from there and his family. He’d gone off weeks and weeks again to Kirkuk to help in some manner. None of them are able to respond to anything. Not sure about any of them. It can’t be good.

hawkdriver on August 8, 2014 at 8:37 AM

I’ve got a friend in the northeast near the Turkish and Syrian borders right now. I suggested he leave in July, but he needs the job and the money. I asked him if there were ATM’s in heaven, because I’m pretty sure that’s the next place he’ll be able to withdraw if he doesn’t get out of there soon.

Just another victim of the Obamaconomy.

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 8:41 AM

The Islamic State is this generation’s Khmeres Rouges. However, the reaction of Progressives in both instances is instructive. Throughout the late Seventies, the Carter Administration did nothing while the Cambodian state genocide was underway, primarily in reaction to the American Left’s revulsion to Nixon and Vietnam.

It took the Vietnamese Army to get rid of the regime. We had little to do with it.

Indeed, sadly, the subsequent Reagan Administration refused to recognize the replacement regime of Heng Samrin in a Kowtow to Deng’s interest in Beijing.

Obama has desperately wanted to make Iraq “Bush’s War” and the Previous Administration’s mistake, but because of his policy of rapid withdrawal and of kowtowing to Iranian foreign policy in the region, he is now reaping the whirlwind.

Unfortunately, so are the Yazidis and the Christians of the Middle East.

victor82 on August 8, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Obama has desperately wanted to make Iraq “Bush’s War” and the Previous Administration’s mistake, but because of his policy of rapid withdrawal and of kowtowing to Iranian foreign policy in the region, he is now reaping the whirlwind.

Unfortunately, so are the Yazidis and the Christians of the Middle East.

victor82 on August 8, 2014 at 8:43 AM

The Iranians are opposing ISIS, as well. ISIS is Sunni. Iran is Shiite. They only stop fighting each other long enough to kill other religions.

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Worse than the Nazis or the Khmer Rouge?

sauropod on August 8, 2014 at 8:15 AM

If giving the right opportunities they probably could be worse, don’t you agree?

Walter L. Newton on August 8, 2014 at 8:45 AM

obama is wrong on so many fronts….Its all Bushs fault, right barky…..the blood is on your hands, so much blood….

crosshugger on August 8, 2014 at 8:45 AM

jon1979 on August 8, 2014 at 8:40 AM

ISIS has victory disease in Iraq. They are flush with cash and able to recruit jihadists. They aren’t doing well in Syria so they are fighting the easy fight.

Giving them a bloody nose now will send them in another direction. Just like a few weeks ago when newsies claimed Baghdad was on the brink of falling. These guys ain’t ten feet tall and indestructible. They are a gang with lots of money and lots of fighters looters.

cozmo on August 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Obama has chosen to lie over and over. There are times when he and his administration have lied when they really didn’t need to. The MSM never calls this WH on their lies anyway.
So, I don’t understand why he is so hesitant about doing something in Iraq. It’s not like the media will remind its consumers that he declared Iraq ‘solved’ throughout 2012. There will be no backlash at home or anywhere else for that matter. Treat it like there has been no previous history, just like every other concern this administration deals with.
The only strategy he’s ever had was to handle each political moment unto itself. Here, he is ‘heroing’ due to the media’s use of the word, “genocide.” But – he really doesn’t want to deal with ISIS or anything else.

DublOh7 on August 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM

ISIS is infinitely worse than both the Nazis and the Khmer Rouge. They just haven’t had enough opportunity or publicity yet. Give them more time. I’m sure they’ll step up to the plate and prove their worthiness for the title eventually.

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Too bad he doesn’t see that Hamas wants to commit genocide of the jewish people.

ctmom on August 8, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Noted Nobel Peace Prize winner starts Iraq War III

Chuck Schick on August 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 8:41 AM

It sickens me beyond words. Not just for the people I know, but for what Kurdistan is and represents. They have always been the cause there worth fighting for. Honest moderates and not just tolerant of others living within their borders, but respectful to others as well. The Kurds were the ones dancing in the streets and waving banners welcoming the Coalition Forces for their emancipation from Hussein’s thumb.

Never really made the nightly news under a media that strived to portray the war in the worst light from the beginning.

And ironic that obama may start bombing a belligerent force that he’s chiefly to blame for coming to power.

hawkdriver on August 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Obama really does not want to do anything to help these people, and political considerations are the only thing that can possibly get him to act. How are these events polling for him?

Anyway, Obama intervened against Kadaffy to protect Sunni jihadists in eastern Libya.

Obama armed Sunni Jihadists in Syria. He armed ISIS.

Obama released 5 top Sunni Jihadists in exchange for US 1 deserter.

Obama has done nothing as ISIS has murdered Shiites, Christians Yazidis and others.

It makes me wonder where this guy actually stands.

forest on August 8, 2014 at 8:51 AM

…what Kurdistan is and represents. They have always been the cause there worth fighting for. Honest moderates and not just tolerant of others living within their borders, but respectful to others as well.

hawkdriver on August 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Nail >> head

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 8:52 AM

It makes me wonder where this guy actually stands.

forest on August 8, 2014 at 8:51 AM

On the white tees.

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 8:53 AM

cozmo on August 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM

They’re returning to Syria with heavy equipment from Iraq and doing better there. They just destroyed an outpost with a Syrian SAA unit called Brigade 93.

They’re posting the pictures of hundreds of SAA they executed and beheaded there.

Not safe for work and not for the feint hearted.

hawkdriver on August 8, 2014 at 8:56 AM

I’d like to give Obama credit for finally doing (the minimum). But the problem with him has always been one thing: leadership. Or lack thereof.

This consensus-gathering community organizer has just never grasped that the chief executive’s job is to LEAD – and that means leading from the front. Leaders by definition shape a vision and then guide others towards their vision.

Obama, in this and everything, simply reacts. Being reactive rather than proactive is never leadership.

And why would he be a leader? He’s never held a leadership position in his life.

THIS is why I opposed him in 2008, even more than his ludicrous leftist politics. Because Presidents MUST lead. He has no idea what that means.

It’s like hiring an airline pilot who is an expert in aviation history and aircraft design but has no idea how to fly a plane. THAT is what liberals did when they elected him.

The debacle with ISIS is just the latest, clearest example that we have no leader.

George W. Bush, whether you love him or hate him, was a leader. He decided what he wanted to happen and then he tried to lead the country that way.

God I miss that.

Maybe we can elect a leader next time.

Professor Blather on August 8, 2014 at 8:57 AM

What a weird speech. He strained to distinguish the situation from the one in Syria by noting that he had a “mandate” in the form of a request from the Iraqi government. Since when do foreign governments enact mandates for the United States to follow.

One easy, understandable, and painless way to distinguish the situation from the one in Syria would be to say that the Kurds have been reliable allies, while the Syrian rebels are untrustworthy to say the least.

But I think the real reason, if we were to be honest, that Americans on all sides of the political spectrum feel the need to help these endangered Iraqis is the nagging sense that we are partially responsible for their plight. Democrats think we’re responsible because we invaded. Republicans think we’re responsible because we pulled out. But we all seem to know that had it not been for our actions, those Yazidis and Christians would not be starving on that mountain today.

Cash on August 8, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Worse than the Nazis or the Khmer Rouge?

sauropod on August 8, 2014 at 8:15 AM

I fear you haven’t seen anything yet.

Cleombrotus on August 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM

But we all seem to know that had it not been for our actions, those Yazidis and Christians would not be starving on that mountain today.

Cash on August 8, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Yup. Pandora’s box comes to mind.

Cleombrotus on August 8, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Usually, I use this event as an opportunity to gloat, taunting my far left, Obama supporting friends. I’d post the above AP article on my Facebook page and say “I told you so!” However, schadenfreude is not on my mind. Intense disgust is. It’s one thing to point out the failures of Obamacare or to identify how this IDIOT used the federal government to attack political dissent. What is happening in Iraq is not the case. This is about the human costs rendered by an incompetent foreign policy devised by an IDIOT who thought more about political gain than the people who were affected by that incompetent foreign policy. Of course, I’d like to believe he had no idea of the depth of the incompetence of his foreign policy, otherwise he would be malicious in a way that I’d find incomprehensible for any human being, with the exception of the murderous tyrants and dictators in world history of course. I truly hope he continues to live in the naïve dream world from which he governs so that he does not see the connection between his actions and the consequences that currently unfold in Iraq because if he did, he’d endure a self –ravaging guilt I’d wish on no person.

AlFromBayShore on August 8, 2014 at 9:08 AM

In an interview with the New Yorker magazine, he said comparing the upstart group to the terror network established by Osama bin Laden was like comparing a jayvee basketball team to an NBA squad.

Even the Cavaliers relanded LeBron. Dear Liar is utterly clueless. Academia fails with its first encounter with the real world.

rbj on August 8, 2014 at 9:08 AM

hawkdriver on August 8, 2014 at 8:56 AM

They are, but I haven’t read much more than little blurbs like that.

While they are surrounding the mountain, there hasn’t been much news of their attacks on Baghdad either.

Though not much has been written lately about their numbers, even less has been reported about them being able to make use of the heavy weapons they acquired. I know news out of there is sparse, but those are some important items that would be more telling than what we are getting.

Cannot go in to it more, gotta’ go do real work for a bit.

cozmo on August 8, 2014 at 9:12 AM

But we all seem to know that had it not been for our actions, those Yazidis and Christians would not be starving on that mountain today.

Cash on August 8, 2014 at 8:58 AM

They have existed to this point because of a promise to protect them from clear back to the first Gulf War.

Operation Provide Comfort and Northern Watch
.

hawkdriver on August 8, 2014 at 9:14 AM

The boy king’s incompetence and ego is going to destroy civilization. That’s what America gets for putting cool before competence.

BettyRuth on August 8, 2014 at 9:17 AM

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”.

Rovin on August 8, 2014 at 9:18 AM

They have existed to this point because of a promise to protect them from clear back to the first Gulf War.

Operation Provide Comfort and Northern Watch.

hawkdriver on August 8, 2014 at 9:14 AM

See? It is Bush’s fault.

/need I?

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Anyway, Obama intervened against Kadaffy to protect Sunni jihadists in eastern Libya.
Obama armed Sunni Jihadists in Syria. He armed ISIS.
Obama released 5 top Sunni Jihadists in exchange for US 1 deserter.
Obama has done nothing as ISIS has murdered Shiites, Christians Yazidis and others.
It makes me wonder where this guy actually stands.
forest on August 8, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Obama is on the side of the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood.
He was planning on them taking over Libya, Syria and now Iraq and more.

albill on August 8, 2014 at 9:19 AM

A dollar short and a day late.

CurtZHP on August 8, 2014 at 9:19 AM

“We bombed some folks”

Buddahpundit on August 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM

he said comparing the upstart group to the terror network established by Osama bin Laden was like comparing a jayvee basketball team to an NBA squad

Epic fail.

It looks like he did as well with this prediction as he does with his March Madness board.

Patriot Vet on August 8, 2014 at 9:23 AM

This is the right move. In fact, it seems apparent that this was a no-brainer from the onset and before as much damage has been done from his waffling (he likes waffles, doesn’t he?).

I also think he lacks any rudiment sense of perspective and near zero geopolitical wisdom that I think it’s just now finally hitting him that we’re actually in the middle of a war (we’re being those of us in civilized societies). All the rhetoric, attacks, and actual declarations (or fatwas, whatever) which have grown and materialized exponentially from civilazation’s savage enemies in the last 20 years including 9/11 weren’t enough for him. That’s still an amazing indication of amateur level understanding though.

Sure am glad he was so hell bent on pulling out only to come to this. Now we get to bomb our own stuff that ISIS has taken over. I bet he hates it to no end to realize everything he holds his predecessor in contempt for is right where he was wrong for the umpteenth time yet again.

anuts on August 8, 2014 at 9:26 AM

It makes me wonder where this guy actually stands.

forest on August 8, 2014 at 8:51 AM

As soon as he finds his Bomber’s Jacket and a Teleprompter, he’ll let you know.

Whiterock on August 8, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Boy King Obama.

The jester John Kerry.

albill on August 8, 2014 at 9:33 AM

The jester John Kerry.

albill on August 8, 2014 at 9:33 AM

He was in Vietnam, dontcha know?

Wino on August 8, 2014 at 9:36 AM

hawkdriver on August 8, 2014 at 9:14 AM

So barbaric; sickening.
I’d seen a few pix of them lining them up atop a ditch that they would eventually tumble into, and chills went down my spine. Nazis started with that routine, but it wasn’t efficient enough for all of the Jews, so they came up with a more effective solution.
Chilling.

pambi on August 8, 2014 at 9:36 AM

..the comments here about The Pantload’s comportment during this speech — moving his gaze from side to side — is interesting. All presidents –JFK, El BJ, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bubba, and the Bushes — stared straight into the camera and delivered their message.

Of late, I also noticed him slouching at his press conferences.

So, it turned out that this is yet another staged affectation by our pathetic Soiled Diaper POTUS.

The War Planner on August 8, 2014 at 9:39 AM

these jihadi cavemen actively seek death so it’s a win for them no matter what they do.

Bishop on August 8, 2014 at 8:34 AM

I’m game to help them, when do we restart the Crusade?

TulsAmerican on August 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Its as if he just read about these terrorists in yesterdays paper. I wonder who made the decision to tell him he has to do something?

Ellis on August 8, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Where is Europe in the middle of this disaster???

Why is it ALWAYS America who has to do what is right??????

KMC1 on August 8, 2014 at 10:01 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

What a despicable person to have as president.

Hope he enjoys ‘eating crow’. His withdrawl from Iraq was a complete and utter disaster. He has facilitated genocide of the Christians in Iraq. The Kurds may be next.

He has also facilitated genocide on Americans with Obamacare.

But at least the seas have stopped rising. Just ask the people in Hawaii. LOL

txdoc on August 8, 2014 at 10:22 AM

He has also facilitated genocide on Americans with Obamacare.

txdoc on August 8, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Which particular ethnic group?

Walter L. Newton on August 8, 2014 at 10:23 AM

He has also facilitated genocide on Americans with Obamacare.

txdoc on August 8, 2014 at 10:22 AM

(I’ll try that again with proper formatiing)

Which particular ethnic group?

Walter L. Newton on August 8, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Hey. hey Obamay, how many kids did you kill today?

307wolverine on August 8, 2014 at 10:25 AM

I am surprised you didn’t mention his idiotic comment where he stated that they way to solve the problems in Iraq is through elections, because it highlighted again how clueless and ignorant he is.

JeffinSac on August 8, 2014 at 10:26 AM

They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney….oh I give up. I hope this is the final straw. The Left will abandon him for invading Iraq and the rest of America will look at him in disgust for doing nothing to stop this disaster.

Then again, talking to my grandmother this morning, she had no idea we were bombing Iraq or that there was even such a thing as ISIS.

joekenha on August 8, 2014 at 10:30 AM

He should have read how Claire Chennault snowed FDR into believing China could be saved with airstrikes and no infantry.

formwiz on August 8, 2014 at 10:38 AM

I thought that line, ‘my fellow Americans’, seemed strange and out of place, since dear leader was looking to the left when he said it instead of directly at the camera. He must have to see them in order to choke the words out. His head was turning faster and faster from side to side as the speech wore on, as if there was a huge crowd he was glaring at. Strange, very strange.
Kissmygrits on August 8, 2014 at 8:20 AM

My reaction also. The physical actions, a high TelePrompTer angle. Head zipping side to side, eyes looking up. Anything that came up on that screen, he would have read it. He Hated doing this. He was dragged to it for political reasons only. This is the only way they operate. But think of the psychological pressure he is exhibiting. A malignant narcissist being made to do something about what he has desperately wanted to ignore. This was an effront to his ego, and it came out in his demeanor throughout.

Cliff by the Ford on August 8, 2014 at 10:55 AM

So President Jarrett finally made a decision.

GarandFan on August 8, 2014 at 11:06 AM

obama owns ISIS, Iraq, and the open borders in the US. The latter will soon see ISIS infiltrate the US. I hope some important heads are cut off. Nothing short will teach them a lesson.

The big irony is that GWB destroyed the eunuch.

“Chimpey” is laughing his azz off. Both should end up in Hell, samey layer.

Schadenfreude on August 8, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Cindy Sheehan was seen picketing at Martha’s Vineyard.

Schadenfreude on August 8, 2014 at 11:12 AM

In the meantime, it will take more than a couple of airstrikes to stop the genocides of ISIS to come. The so-called Islamic State and its leadership is perhaps the most explicitly bloodthirsty regime to arise in generations or perhaps centuries, and nothing short of utter defeat will stop them from continuing to annihilate all those who do not bow down to them. The US and the West will have come to grips with this reality sooner or later, and in terms of lives lost and the effort necessary to stop ISIS, sooner would be much more preferable.

Well said. Clear thinking.

Obama and his crew of faculty lounge liberals are blindered by their idiotic ideology, incapable of measuring the threat or responding to it effectively.

This decision alone must be causing massive cognitive dissonance for Obama and his ship of fools.

novaculus on August 8, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Sinjar = modern day Masada?

jadedad on August 8, 2014 at 11:43 AM

I remember as a kid the red blob moving over Europe that was Communism originating from Russia. ISIS can easily be shown as the black blob moving over the Middle East and where it stops is up to the free world. There will be NO country in the Middle East that will be able to confront ISIS on its own including Israel. This moron we call our president is such a human failure that it is not discussable. Can he not see where this is headed? I do not trust him and I think most of the Middle Eastern nations do not either.

inspectorudy on August 8, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Did he also divulge the date the airstrikes would end, as he did with the Afghan surge?

paul1149 on August 8, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Obama authorizes air strikes in Iraq

..but FAILS TO DEFINE A MISSION OR A STRATEGY FOR ACHIEVING A SOLUTION!!!

So the effort is pre-doomed by TOTAL executive incompetence.

landlines on August 8, 2014 at 12:47 PM

I can imagine before this announcement to the nation, Obama told his advisers….
“OK then I won’t chew gum but I’m using my teleprompters to read this crap”.

Perhaps i need therapy. Because even when I agree with a decision Obama makes (which hardly ever happens) I still find him totally disgusting.

He looked so stupid and out of touch addressing the nation while looking to the corners of the room.

bailey24 on August 8, 2014 at 1:33 PM

“A Christian Holocaust is in our mist. We are actually calling this a Christian genocide… Day by day, it is getting worse and worse. More children are being beheaded. Mothers are being raped and killed. Fathers are being hung. Right now, 300,000 Christians are fleeing Iraq and living in neighboring cities.”

INC on August 8, 2014 at 1:40 PM

People (especially left-wing liberals) forgot that over 3000 Iraquis were being killed each month in fighting between various ethnic factions and/or Sadaaam Hussein’s troops.

Obama stupidly removed the referee (US and international troops), so the bloodshed now resumes with no end in sight. He thinks a little air show will solve this.

But everyone who is NOT a left-wing liberal knows that the most effective solution would be to remove the nut behind the White House doors.

landlines on August 8, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Miss Lamar

Schadenfreude on August 8, 2014 at 2:55 PM

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