Feinstein: We’re going to need more than a few airstrikes on ISIS

posted at 11:31 am on August 9, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

How has Barack Obama’s reactive strategy to the sweep of the Islamic State across Iraq been received so far in Washington? Not well, as critics arose across the partisan spectrum. “It takes an army to defeat an army,” Senator Dianne Feinstein said yesterday in regard to the threat ISIS now poses to the region — and the US:

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein warned Friday of the risk that the insurgent group ISIL could be preparing fighters to attack American and European targets.

“It has become clear that ISIL is recruiting fighters in Western countries, training them to fight its battles in the Middle East and possibly returning them to European and American cities to attack us in our backyard,” the California Democrat said in a statement backing military action authorized by President Barack Obama. “We simply cannot allow this to happen.”

Feinstein called for a broader military campaign against ISIL, not just the targeted missions authorized by the president.

“It takes an army to defeat an army, and I believe that we either confront ISIL now or we will be forced to deal with an even stronger enemy in the future. Inaction is no longer an option. I support actions by the administration to coordinate efforts with Iraq and other allies to use our military strength and targeting expertise to the fullest extent possible,” Feinstein said.

That’s a sharp rebuke to Obama, who has tried to walk a tightrope between his claims of victory in Iraq and the acute need to stop the genocide of Yazidis. Obama spoke earlier today before flying off to his vacation on Marine One reinforcing his remarks on Thursday, promising nothing new. “Once again, America is proud to work” with our allies, Obama insisted, but announced no new efforts on their part other than diplomatic expressions of support. The only call Obama made was for Iraqis to unite, claiming again that “only Iraqis” can secure Iraq. Feinstein very obviously does not want to sit idly by while waiting for Iraqis to wipe out ISIS (or ISIL) in order to remove the threat to American national security.

Neither does Sen. Marco Rubio, her colleague across the aisle:

But America’s security interests extend well beyond the fate of Iraq’s religious minorities. Because ISIS, with thousands of foreign fighters, many of them from the West, will not rest once it has taken Erbil or Baghdad. Its expansionist ideology will lead it to attack U.S. allies in the region and eventually Europe and the United States.

We have seen time and again in recent decades that terrorist groups, once established, use safe havens to launch attacks on the United States and our interests. We ignore this history at our own peril.

Instead of confronting this challenge head on, President Obama has until now avoided taking decisive action. He has let the civil war in Syria simmer for years, creating the space for this jihadist threat to grow and letting instability spread to Syria’s neighbors. Even after ISIS captured Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, in June, the President was hesitant in his response, sending several hundred military advisors but not confronting ISIS directly even as it made military gains. Now, we are rightfully providing food and water to people who face slaughter from extremists who have pledged to kill them. …

ISIS’s continued rise is not just a problem for Iraq or its neighbors. If we do not continue to take decisive action against ISIS now, it will be not just Iraqis or Syrians who continue to suffer, it will likely be Americans, as a result of a terrorist attack on the U.S. homeland or on our personnel overseas. America was faced with the same choice President Clinton faced in the 1990s during the emergence of al Qaeda: take action now, or we will be forced to take action in the future.

It is time to begin reversing this unprecedented tide of jihadist victories. America’s security and the safety of the American people are at stake.

For that matter, so does the Washington Post editorial board. Their editorial scolds Obama for clinging to his “minimalist and unrealistic” policies and start taking the threat seriously:

U.S. officials say that Mr. Obama has refrained from a broader campaign because he believes the Islamic State is “an Iraqi responsibility,” as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel put it. The administration is pushing Iraq’s political factions, sharply divided along sectarian lines, to join in forming a new government; once such a government is formed, Mr. Obama said, “the United States will work with it and other countries in the region to provide increased support.”

The White House is hopeful that a new prime minister could be nominated this weekend. Even if that occurs, it will probably take Iraqis many more weeks to agree on a common political program, if they are able to do so at all. Kurds and Sunnis are demanding a major decentralization of power, and one of the “other countries” that the United States must balance is Iran, which seeks to perpetuate Shiite dominance in Baghdad. Meanwhile, as senior Kurdish leaders told the administration in a visit to Washington last month, Iraqi army and Kurdish forces probably cannot defeat the Islamic State on their own.

It’s past time for Mr. Obama to set aside a policy that is both minimalist and unrealistic. The United States should offer sustained military support to friendly forces that fight the Islamic State, beginning with the Kurds and including moderate Syrian rebels and Iraqi Sunni tribesmen. It should seek to erode the Islamic State’s military power as much as possible with airstrikes. It should not press for a new Iraqi government unless Shiite leaders and their Iranian sponsors agree to a fundamental restructuring of power. And it should forge a political and diplomatic strategy that encompasses both Iraq and Syria and their interrelated conflicts. The primary aim should not be to minimize U.S. involvement — as Mr. Obama would have it — but to defeat the forces that are destroying the region.

Obama spent a lot of time talking about the “weaknesses” of the Iraqi government, but kept insisting that if only Baghdad would reach out to the Sunnis and Kurds, the problems would be solved. The Shi’ites, though, have been facing this existential threat for months and still aren’t cooperating, because they don’t want to give up power and think Iran will bail them out.

Obama also suggested that Iraq’s Sunni neighbors would “join the fight” against ISIS, but … why would they do that? The Saudis in particular have been attempting to push Bashar Assad out of Syria, which led to the vacuum that allowed ISIS to metastasize. Does Obama really think that the Saudis will join a military campaign against ISIS that will benefit Assad, Maliki, and Iran in the short run? Does he think the Jordanians will go to war against ISIS in western Iraq? Why would either of these nations do so when the US insists it will sit it out? The only neighboring nation that would launch military strikes against ISIS might be Israel, which this administration has spent the last several weeks attempting to hamstring while Hamas lobs missiles at civilian population centers.

No one will march into western Iraq to fight ISIS without the US leading the way … which means no one will be fighting ISIS other than the collapsing Iraqi forces for the foreseeable future, and the Kurds who are bravely attempting to protect their homeland from the barbarian horde that threatens to overrun them.

In today’s final question, Obama got challenged on whether he should have left troops in Iraq after all. Obama proceeded to offer a cynical and disingenuous exercise in buck-passing, claiming that it was all Iraq’s fault that American troops were not left in the country. Let’s recall that Obama bragged about bringing all the troops home in the 2012 election, and that it was well known that the US had a clear opening for a follow-on force. Instead, Obama and Joe Biden blew off the negotiations, refusing to even come to the phone in an attempt to salvage them. He got the short-term boost to his approval ratings that he sought at the time, and now when his approval levels are cratering, Obama claims he was helpless to do anything in the face of Iraqi intransigence. Not only will few buy that explanation, those who do will have to explain how being impotent with Maliki makes Obama a foreign-policy genius.

Well, it’s never his fault, right?


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Much as I despise the bastard in chief, I kept hoping and praying up until this morning, the he’d cancel his vacation and, for once, do the country and himself proud.

Not even this was to be. It tells 1001 stories about what a deprived soul he really is.

He always feeds off of carrion, always.

Schadenfreude on August 9, 2014 at 12:02 PM

It is not about competency. Oblamer has a very disturbed soul….there is much evil motivating what he does and what he fails to do. We have become too PC to call evil out for what it is. He not only ignores existential and moral threats, he causes and promotes them. The bill of evil particulars is stunning.

cthemfly on August 9, 2014 at 12:51 PM

They don’t understand who the enemy is, what they really think, etc. ISIS is just the armed manifestation of traditional Sunni Islamic values and beliefs. Some people just cannot accept that…that a large proportion of the Sunni population there can think that way…but they do.

William Eaton on August 9, 2014 at 12:26 PM

+1000

The implications are simply too frightening for them to acknowledge this.

sharrukin on August 9, 2014 at 12:52 PM

The political aspect of this is so freakin’ fun, Preznit Peace Prize having to not only send the warplanes but being told that boots on the ground will eventually have to occur too.

Spin away, lefties, spin spin spin.

Bishop on August 9, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Well, it’s never his fault, right?

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Limbaugh Theorem.

slickwillie2001 on August 9, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Is Whinestein’s hubby trading in armaments now?

viking01 on August 9, 2014 at 12:53 PM

I’m hard to label sometimes.

Walter L. Newton on August 9, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I forgot. And I’m an atheist who celebrate Hanukkah, Passover and Christmas. I believe that the Judaic and Christian religions have a lot to offer in traditions, moral philosophy and comfort to most believers.

I don’t lash out against religion, it has a good place in this world. But when it becomes radicalized, then I hop on the bandwagon.

Walter L. Newton on August 9, 2014 at 12:54 PM

losing Di-Fi and the WaPost on the same weekend, one would think it must be midterm season where the reality of what the majority of Americans begins to matter—for a couple of months and until the citizenry can return to its Xbox games and new season of American Idol…

hillsoftx on August 9, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Do we even have a friggen Army anymore?Who would want to put their lives on the line for this chump anyway?500 Generals have been told that their services are no longer needed as Oslima spits on our military day after day.Clean out our big cities and let the ghetto rats go over there and fight this war!

jeffinsjvca on August 9, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Walter L. Newton on August 9, 2014 at 12:54 PM

And apparently a person who can’t get enough of talking about himself on the internet.

thatsafactjack on August 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

And apparently a person who can’t get enough of talking about himself on the internet.

thatsafactjack on August 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

That’s a fact, Jack!!!

Walter L. Newton on August 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Walter L. Newton on August 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Get back on topic, dilettante.

thatsafactjack on August 9, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Doesn’t it depend on which army Barry O is rooting for ? Come on Diane, don’t assume.

steveracer on August 9, 2014 at 1:02 PM

And apparently a person who can’t get enough of talking about himself on the internet.

thatsafactjack on August 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

And just for you, an addendum:

I was a computer programmer for almost 38 years, but don’t do that anymore, mainly because I’m finding it tough at my age to get new IT work. I’m at my use by date.

Walter L. Newton on August 9, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Get back on topic, dilettante.

thatsafactjack on August 9, 2014 at 1:02 PM

I live in your head. Ignore me. It’s rather easy. Is this all there is to your life?

Walter L. Newton on August 9, 2014 at 1:05 PM

And apparently a person who can’t get enough of talking about himself on the internet.

thatsafactjack on August 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

LOL….

d1carter on August 9, 2014 at 1:05 PM

jeffinsjvca on August 9, 2014 at 12:58 PM

While I understand your complaints, I’d wager that those presently called upon to light up IS’ azzes, are MORE than ready, willing, and highly relieved to FINALLY get the green light.

pambi on August 9, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Encouraging read by J.E. Dyer over at Liberty Unyielsding

ISIS underestimates America. Americans are not unarmed Yazidis. We’re not a nation of Barack Obamas either. We, along with much of the Western world, have reached a point at which our political organization and cultural leadership weigh us down. They are dysfunctional to an increasingly intolerable degree. They don’t work for us, they don’t express what we would express, they don’t do what we would do. There is no foreseeing what will happen over the next few years on this tired old earth, but here’s what will not happen: Americans will not be taken down by any defeat administered to, or through, our official leadership.

Take a stroll over and read the whole thing.
I think she outdid herself.

lynncgb on August 9, 2014 at 1:08 PM

The Obama Doctrine: Pretend To Give A Damn

From the headlines. Well worth the read.

Because Obama doesn’t truly care. At all. He is a master emotional manipulator, capable of achieving effective posturing when it comes to the suffering of innocents. That’s why the media constantly swoon at his “tone” and his “attitude” during his press conferences. They repeatedly praise his “anger” or his “determination.” But they rarely ask just what he’s doing to fight evil.

Any deployment of power will be short-term and ineffective. Obama will do all he can for innocents up until the moment when he doesn’t have to do so. Then he’ll leave them to die.

The article enumerates what he’s actually done, from Egypt through Iraq, as opposed to the rhetoric of the moment.

Stunning summation.

thatsafactjack on August 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Encouraging read by J.E. Dyer over at Liberty Unyielsding

lynncgb on August 9, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Nice.

Skywise on August 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM

With the CIA and now ISIS, Dianne Feinstein has expressed serious disagreement with the administration. But she is not enough. Are there really no other Democrats looking at Obama’s foreign policy debacles who feel a duty to speak up? It doesn’t appear so.

Hagel’s mission as Secretary of Defense is to downsize the U.S. military, not to use it. The Generals and Admirals have been thinned and those left have received the full PC indoctrination. Supporting gay marriage among troops is now more important than combat readiness.

WE ARE ON A VERY DANGEROUS PATH FOR THE U.S. AND THE WORLD.

pilsener on August 9, 2014 at 1:21 PM

But he’s NOT doing anything. That’s the point.

If he followed his own kool-aid that he’s espousing he wouldn’t be intervening. I’d disagree with the policy but (as I said above) I understand the rationale and it’d be proof of real leadership. If he followed his stated values of individual rights and liberties and defending the downtrodden he’d be going in guns ablazing. Depending on what this all involves I’d probably agree with that policy but, as you point out, he’d be ticking off his pacifist liberal supporters.

To lob a few bombs from 2000 miles away isn’t leadership it’s purely to save his political hide and legacy (he thinks). And to paraphrase Bill Maher… that’s cowardly.

Skywise on August 9, 2014 at 12:48 PM

He shouldn’t be doing anything. Bush created this mess.

Democracy in the heart of the Muslim world was one of the dumbest ideas every thought of by the Bush Administration.
There is a reason why Israel is a successful democracy and that’s because they are not Muslims.

weedisgood on August 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Has Feinstein called for impeachment yet?

viking01 on August 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM

*ever*

weedisgood on August 9, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Clusterfark and chief…what does feinstein say about Israel versus hamas.

crosshugger on August 9, 2014 at 1:29 PM

This fuqing moron of a POTUS called ISIS the “JV”, then blames poor “intelligence” for underestimating their strength and resolve.

What a pitiful, little peace of sheet this man is.

Pelosi Schmelosi on August 9, 2014 at 1:31 PM

lynncgb on August 9, 2014 at 1:08 PM

I did take that stroll. You are right.

And she is right. Threatening the White House is no big deal to Americans. It has been rebuilt before. I loved her conclusion.

The spirit of America isn’t located in a building, or in our political platforms, or our national monuments or even our Constitution. The spirit of America is the flame of liberty in the American heart.

Go ahead, ISIS. Break yourselves on the shoals of a challenge to America. ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ.

jazzuscounty on August 9, 2014 at 1:32 PM

And apparently a person who can’t get enough of talking about himself on the internet.

thatsafactjack on August 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Narcissism is ugly.

CW on August 9, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Take a stroll over and read the whole thing.
I think she outdid herself.

lynncgb on August 9, 2014 at 1:08 PM

WOW

gophergirl on August 9, 2014 at 1:34 PM

It doesn’t have to be the US leading the way but it has to be someone leading the way. You can bet it won’t be Obungle. He doesn’t have it in him.

crankyoldlady on August 9, 2014 at 1:35 PM

This fuqing moron of a POTUS called ISIS the “JV”, then blames poor “intelligence” for underestimating their strength and resolve.

What a pitiful, little peace of sheet this man is.

Pelosi Schmelosi on August 9, 2014 at 1:31 PM

He was filled with hubris when he made that comment about ISIL being “JV”.

Now, when confronted with how wrong his estimation was, and how foolish he looks for making such a vapid statement, his response is typical of people who are small and immature. He blames it on someone else under him in the chain of command.

thatsafactjack on August 9, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Feinstein: We’re going to need more than a few airstrikes on ISIS

“There is no military solution for Iraq.”
- B. Obama

corkie on August 9, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Taking the measure of Obama, as we see him cast against the backdrop of a crisis involving a determined enemy, savages who don’t fight by the rules of diplomacy, it makes it evident that we need to think about what we want in the next President… the next Commander-In-Chief.

It seems to me we need a real Commander-In-Chief, not simply a statesman, not just a diplomat, or even a ‘constitutional scholar’…even one who can really read well from a teleprompter.

thatsafactjack on August 9, 2014 at 1:42 PM

To quote David Burge, a.k.a. Iowahawk, from his twitter feed: President Griswold gave a short presser in front of Marine One, a.k.a. the family truckster, and then went off on a vacation.

RPL on August 9, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Never send a law professor in mom jeans on his daughters bike to do mans job.

orangemtl on August 9, 2014 at 1:43 PM

He shouldn’t be doing anything. Bush created this mess.

Democracy in the heart of the Muslim world was one of the dumbest ideas every thought of by the Bush Administration.
There is a reason why Israel is a successful democracy and that’s because they are not Muslims.

weedisgood

God you are stupid. This “MESS” was created when Obama wanted a political win instead of showing leadership and doing what our military advised him to do, which was sign the SOFA!

Democracy is beside the point at this stage. If we don’t stop IS NOW who’s gonna do it? We need to arm the Kurds! Feinstein is right. They have trained them over there and they are coming here. When the attack happens because Obama has not lifted a finger to protect our border, but has actually encouraged all this lawless illegal immigration will that finally be his fault? Again, God you are stupid!!

JAM on August 9, 2014 at 1:45 PM

He shouldn’t be doing anything. Bush created this mess.

Democracy in the heart of the Muslim world was one of the dumbest ideas every thought of by the Bush Administration.
There is a reason why Israel is a successful democracy and that’s because they are not Muslims.

weedisgood on August 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM

And it didn’t survive in Vietnam because the Vietnamese are neither Christians or Jews?

We see democracy struggling here and elsewhere. Time will tell if it will survive even in America.

Democracy and Liberty cannot be conferred upon a people. It cannot be taken for granted. It has to be fought for and, if necessary, paid for with blood. It requires daily maintenance from all Citizens. This is something the Athenians seemed to have understood ages ago, and something the Citizens of the Roman Republic learned the hard way.

On the other hand, we can’t piss away our blood and treasure that benefits only a few while pretending it’s in the name of Freedom. When the time comes that we really need those resources, we find they’re gone.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 9, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Diane Feinstein. “It has become clear that ISIL is recruiting fighters in Western countries, training them to fight its battles in the Middle East and possibly returning them to European and American cities to attack us in our backyard,” the California Democrat said in a statement backing military action authorized by President Barack Obama. “We simply cannot allow this to happen.”

And this is the same dumb b**ch that doesn’t want law abiding American citizens to have the best possible ability to protect themselves by trying to prevent ownership of certain guns because they look bad and/or hold too many bullets in their magazines.

bgibbs1000 on August 9, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein

= Oxymoron Of The Day…

So libs, does this mean Obama is going to “occupy” Iraq like Bush did?

This is so rich…WOW. Had you powerhungry liberals not undermined the previous POTUS, we would not be in this mess either domestically or abroad.

You chickens have indeed come home to roost and I hope you choke on every last feather.

rightConcept on August 9, 2014 at 1:53 PM

All that Obama needs is a few thousand head of cattle to go with all that hat.

flyovermark on August 9, 2014 at 1:59 PM

It’s an absolutely pathetic expression of “leadership” on the part of this administration.

At the end of the day, Obama governs by politics and not doing either what’s needed or what’s best for the situation at hand. This would be downright comical if it wasn’t so troubling that all of this incompetency is eroding the Middle East even further.

What a disgrace.

Aizen on August 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Democracy is beside the point at this stage. If we don’t stop IS NOW who’s gonna do it? We need to arm the Kurds! Feinstein is right. They have trained them over there and they are coming here. When the attack happens because Obama has not lifted a finger to protect our border, but has actually encouraged all this lawless illegal immigration will that finally be his fault? Again, God you are stupid!!

JAM on August 9, 2014 at 1:45 PM

No it’s not!!! whatever will do will still not prevent this from happening again.
Time for us to stay out. Eventually a dictator will emerge and restore order.

weedisgood on August 9, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Great news: Elizabeth Warren has weighed in!

While calling for a negotiated solution, Warren said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a terrorist organization and the U.S. does not negotiate with terrorists.

And some folk want to see her as the next President. Sheesh. This kind of thinking should automatically disqualify her.

ajb3 on August 9, 2014 at 2:01 PM

“It takes an army to defeat an army, and I believe that we either confront ISIL now or we will be forced to deal with an even stronger enemy in the future. Inaction is no longer an option. I support actions by the administration to coordinate efforts with Iraq and other allies to use our military strength and targeting expertise to the fullest extent possible,” Feinstein said.

No longer Bush’s war.

Patriot Vet on August 9, 2014 at 2:04 PM

No longer Bush’s war.

Yea everything was awesome in 2003 when we went into Iraq… until political shills like Feinstein and the rest of the democrats realized they had a better chance of grabbing power by undermining Bush (and the Country).

Good grief they make me sick to my stomach.

rightConcept on August 9, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Bush created this mess.

Dave’sStillNot Here on August 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Sucks being you. Oh, and wipe your chin off and readjust your kneepads, OK?

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/10/21/remarks-president-ending-war-iraq

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. As a candidate for President, I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end — for the sake of our national security and to strengthen American leadership around the world. After taking office, I announced a new strategy that would end our combat mission in Iraq and remove all of our troops by the end of 2011.

As Commander-in-Chief, ensuring the success of this strategy has been one of my highest national security priorities. Last year, I announced the end to our combat mission in Iraq. And to date, we’ve removed more than 100,000 troops. Iraqis have taken full responsibility for their country’s security.

-snip-

So today, I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over.

Over the next two months, our troops in Iraq — tens of thousands of them — will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home. The last American soldier[s] will cross the border out of Iraq with their heads held high, proud of their success, and knowing that the American people stand united in our support for our troops. That is how America’s military efforts in Iraq will end.

-snip-

This December will be a time to reflect on all that we’ve been though in this war. I’ll join the American people in paying tribute to the more than 1 million Americans who have served in Iraq. We’ll honor our many wounded warriors and the nearly 4,500 American patriots — and their Iraqi and coalition partners — who gave their lives to this effort.

And finally, I would note that the end of war in Iraq reflects a larger transition. The tide of war is receding. The drawdown in Iraq allowed us to refocus our fight against al Qaeda and achieve major victories against its leadership — including Osama bin Laden. Now, even as we remove our last troops from Iraq, we’re beginning to bring our troops home from Afghanistan, where we’ve begun a transition to Afghan security and leadership. When I took office, roughly 180,000 troops were deployed in both these wars. And by the end of this year that number will be cut in half, and make no mistake: It will continue to go down.

-snip-

So to sum up, the United States is moving forward from a position of strength. The long war in Iraq will come to an end by the end of this year.

F-

Del Dolemonte on August 9, 2014 at 2:10 PM

He shouldn’t be doing anything. Bush created this mess.

weedisgood on August 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM

So, what? You want Obama to resign and Bush to be put back in office so he can clean up the mess? Or do you just want to stand around with your thumb up your as* muttering, “it’s all Bush’s fault! It’s all Bush’s fault!”

Athanasius on August 9, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Good for you, Senator. Stick by your guns.

Mason on August 9, 2014 at 2:14 PM

“But…..you said you’d respect me in the morning….”

BobMbx on August 9, 2014 at 2:15 PM

From Boston Herald:

While calling for a negotiated solution, [Sen. Elizabeth] Warren said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a terrorist organization and the U.S. does not negotiate with terrorists, while leaving open the possibility the U.S. could assist the Iraqi government negotiating with ISIS.

“The point is there has to be a negotiated solution in Iraq, but we don’t negotiate with terrorists,” Warren said. She said, “This is partially a question of whether the U.S. government negotiates or whether we have the Iraqi government doing these negotiations, and how we help support them as they try to maintain an integrated country, and a country that better represents all of the people who live there.”

Since when is being a mental defective a qualification for a seat in the US Senate?

Athanasius on August 9, 2014 at 2:15 PM

C’mon, you should have Bombed them on the way in from Syria when they were out in the middle of the Desert, miles away from any Iraq Cities.

What’s a satellite spy network for anyway ?

Oh, you were fund raising that night, and then you played Golf the next day….I guess you read about it in the News and decided to do something to stop the Genocide murderers from chopping off heads of kids ?

We ain’t that Stupid Obama, YOU are.

JayTee on August 9, 2014 at 2:17 PM

While calling for a negotiated solution, Warren said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a terrorist organization and the U.S. does not negotiate with terrorists.

So Barry is off the hook? Can’t bomb’em, can’t talk to’em. Whats for lunch?

BobMbx on August 9, 2014 at 2:17 PM

The point is there has to be a negotiated solution in Iraq, but we don’t negotiate with terrorists

Cool, we’ll send you over there to negotiate, but it might take awhile to find the Leader(S). I hope you speak the language and understand the customs of terrorists.

JayTee on August 9, 2014 at 2:18 PM

BobMbx, it depends. Has he gotten to the eighteenth hole yet?

Athanasius on August 9, 2014 at 2:21 PM

take a stroll over and read the whole thing. I think she outdid herself. lynncgb on August 9, 2014 at 1:08pm

One smart lady. She should be posting. Here, again.

Times like these, her opinion and expestise is valued much more than that dude MKH referenced that I had never heard of.

More tban ever, I wish Ed would sign her on.

Takes 1/2 a day to read her posts, but in the end you know the score, in every detail.
She should do a dumbed down version for here. Synopsis. Link the whole piece.

wolly4321 on August 9, 2014 at 2:31 PM

More idiocy…

Ron Paul warned us about this.
Blame Bush.
Saddam Hussein would have taken care of ISIS in less than 24 hours.
This part of the world is best ruled by a dictator.

weedisgood on August 8, 2014 at 3:26 PM

‘Cuz, um, like, ya know, the dictator, Bashir al-Assad, was able to take care of ISIS in Syria in less than 24 hours with chemical weapons and prevent them from moving into Iraq.

Oh wait…

Resist We Much on August 9, 2014 at 2:33 PM

ISIL are not ‘terrorists’. They are an organized army and they are committing atrocities that rank along with the Nazi’s. The only difference is time. ISIL hasn’t had as much time to commit the shear numbers of atrocities committed by the Third Reich, but they’re working on it, and as true devotees and children of the digital age, they’ve sent along video’s of them committing some of these atrocities under the black and white “flag of Allah”.

But these atrocities aren’t confined to the battlefield by a long shot.

Rape is epidemic where ISIL goes and they even demand that parents surrender their “girls and unmarried women” for “ sex jihad“.

ISIS Orders All Women And Girls In Mosul To Undergo Female Genital Mutilation

There is no negotiating with evil.

thatsafactjack on August 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Dope

Jaibones on August 9, 2014 at 2:36 PM

from the Conservative Treehouse
He’s Merely Phoning it in Now -

The president rejected criticism that the military advances by ISIS in Iraq could have been prevented if he had been willing months ago to provide heavy armaments to the Syrian rebels who were fighting against ISIS and the forces of President Bashar al-Assad in that country.

“It’s always been a fantasy,” he said, “this idea that we could provide some light arms or even more sophisticated arms to what was essentially an opposition made up of former doctors, farmers, pharmacists and so forth.

That’s enough proof for me – That’s socialist revolution defense 101 – He’s an ISIS supporter and is only taking this action because his party is demanding it.

Skywise on August 9, 2014 at 2:37 PM

I’m not going to support American boots on the ground in Iraq under a Democrat administration unless the commanders are allowed all that they need and want AND the ROE are what is ascertained to be appropriate by those on the ground, not the political animals back in D.C. The great thing about Dubya was that he did not try to interfere with the commanders. Øbama, know-it-all that he is, gave orders and set restrictions just like he had been an actual combat veteran. The guy can’t even march in step, much less know what ROE ought to be.
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The risks to the republic of a Democrat-initiated military action are too great to support their hare-brained schemes and lack of clear military objectives, especially when these dorks allow politics and voter polls to guide their decision making.
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Bomb away and drone them day and night but no army deserves the infantile expectations and capabilities of a Barack Hussein Øbama. Fcuk NO!

ExpressoBold on August 9, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Blow those bastards to hell…but smartly.

sorrowen on August 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM

He shouldn’t be doing anything. Bush created this mess.

weedisgood on August 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Bush didn’t create ISIS nor did ISIS originate in Iraq.

ISIS arose out of Assad’s reaction to some teenage ‘Arab Spring’ protestors. You know, the Arab Spring that Obama encouraged and supported.

ISIS occupied the void created by the Syrian civil war.

If this were only about one sect of Muslims killing another sect, I wouldn’t give a damn. Obviously, the rest of the world doesn’t and, quite frankly, I’m tired of trying to bring the 21st century to 7th century barbarians.

BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. ISIS is a threat to the national security of the United States and you’d better believe it.

Paul Pot and the Paulistianians had better wake up to the fact that members of a misogynistic, racist, homophobic, bigoted, child-abusing, xenophobic, tribalistic, antisemitic, Christophobic, maniacal, thin-skinned, nihilistic, homicidal, suicidal, totalitarian, 7th century death cult are no more the product of ‘US aggression, imperialism, and colonialism,’ which some of my fellow libertarians and many hard leftists believe than they are the result of poverty, which idiots like Obama, Kerry, Clinton, etc, maintain.

They are SUPREMACISTS who will force you to convert to Islam or behead you because they believe that they must conquer the world and the bloodier and more chaotic it is, the sooner their imam will return. That is all they are about and you people had better wake up pretty damn quick. They know nothing other than force and violence. If you don’t kill the vermin there, many will return to commit terrorist attacks at home.

I’d hate for you to be another Lee Rigby.

If they would stay in thei

Resist We Much on August 9, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Bush created this mess.

Dave’sStillNot Here on August 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Another reason why it sucks to be you?

Our current “Vice President”, who dodged the draft just as many times as his predecessor, the War Criminal Dick Cheney, actually gave Bush credit in 2010 for helping to end the Iraq War:

BAGHDAD — Vice President Joe Biden said after a three-day trip to Baghdad that the American people will see President Barack Obama’s Iraq policy as a success when the “combat mission” ends on schedule Aug. 31. Biden said the administration “will be able to point to it and say, ‘We told you what we’re going to do, and we did it.’”

“I think America wins,” Biden told POLITICO in an end-of-trip interview at the ambassador’s residence in the sprawling U.S. Embassy complex. “I sound corny, but I think America gets credit here in the region. And I think everybody gets credit, from George Bush to [President Obama].

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Biden said improved conditions in Iraq will bolster Democrats with voters in November.

“They are going to take a look and see that the president kept his promise getting troops home, which will give them more confidence in the foreign policy he set,” Biden said.

Of course that last part didn’t turn out so well…

F-

Del Dolemonte on August 9, 2014 at 2:52 PM

They are SUPREMACISTS who will force you to convert to Islam or behead you because they believe that they must conquer the world and the bloodier and more chaotic it is, the sooner their imam will return. That is all they are about and you people had better wake up pretty damn quick. They know nothing other than force and violence. If you don’t kill the vermin there, many will return to commit terrorist attacks at home.

Resist We Much on August 9, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Well said.

With our border collapsed and people entering the nation at will from all over the world it is entirely possible that members of ISIS (ISIL, IS)could enter this nation to commit any crime they chose, at any time they chose.

ISIL has said openly that they will “…raise the flag of Allah over the White House.” and they aren’t kidding in expressing their intent and goal to do it.

They have one overriding goal. They are fanatics who want to speed the return of their imam and they are determined to do what ever they have to do to establish that ‘caliphate’ and attain global dominion for Islam.

This global dominion of Islam, the caliphate, requires them to cut off the head of all unbelievers, all who will not be subjugated.

You’re absolutely right when you say it is best to expunge ISIL ( ISIS, IS) from the face of the planet where they stand, before they have a chance to kill any one we love here at home.

thatsafactjack on August 9, 2014 at 2:57 PM

thatsafactjack on August 9, 2014 at 2:57 PM

It’s hard to try to convince people of the global threat that ISIS poses when too many of them believe that 09.11.01 was an ‘inside job’ and al Qaeda had nothing to do with it.

Resist We Much on August 9, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Great news: Elizabeth Warren has weighed in!

While calling for a negotiated solution, Warren said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a terrorist organization and the U.S. does not negotiate with terrorists.

And some folk want to see her as the next President. Sheesh. This kind of thinking should automatically disqualify her.

ajb3 on August 9, 2014 at 2:01 PM

She not want smoke peace-pipe with big chief of ISIL nation?

slickwillie2001 on August 9, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Resist We Much on August 9, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Assad has been weakened. He is not as powerful as he used to be.
That I blame Obama for.

weedisgood on August 9, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Resist We Much on August 9, 2014 at 3:02 PM

I agree. Still, you’re making an excellent effort.

We’ll keep trying.

The answer to evil like IS ( ISIS, ISIL) can never be negotiation or halfhearted efforts.

The very swift metamorphosis ISIS (ISIL, IS) has made from those ‘youths of the Arab Spring’ you mention to an extremely well armed army moving with amazing speed, taking military objectives with precision, should, in itself, convince many that they are, in fact, a global threat.

That army continues to swell with new recruits and volunteers, joining them from all over the globe. ISIS ( IS, ISIL) is a global force by composition and by intent. Many of those recruits and volunteers will head home to continue the work begun with the army.

thatsafactjack on August 9, 2014 at 3:08 PM

I can imagine supporters of LBJ: Blame Truman for Vietnam.

Blaming a prior President for the current one’s lack of capability, competence or even ability to add 1+1 doesn’t cut it.

Obama could have had peace via the SOFA: an agreement to work with Iraq, station US troops there while the Iraqi military was brought up to snuff for a most dangerous region of the world. That was in the bag, to be had with a signature and convincing the Senate to sign-off on it… a Senate that was then and still is run by Democrats.

By walking away from that the CAUF was still in place. He walked out of a military conflict with war articles still in place. That was NOT Bushes fault, but Obama’s. He preferred to leave a war going than to sign off on PEACE. Remember this is the stupendous, splendiferous Lightbringer here… Mr. Unicorn rider himself with the fairy faeries dancing all around him. President Barack Obama was unwilling to get PEACE when the getting was good.

Thus he wants WAR.

We know he was aware of this when he sent a flunky to Congress a couple of weeks ago to withdraw the CAUF. Yup, he finally realized, years later, that he was STILL on the hook for Iraq. And that HE had pulled out our troops and that HE was downsizing the military while there was STILL a war going on that he REFUSED TO END.

What happened to Mr. Lightbringer? You know that Lucifer guy? The one who promises one thing and delivers another? Seems that he didn’t want the war so badly that he couldn’t accept peace and thus, if you are a Bush hater, decided to KEEP BUSH’S MISTAKE GOING. You know the guy everyone on the Left loves to criticize? Obama was supposed to ‘fix’ Iraq, right? Or at least get us Nixonian ‘peace with dignity’ maybe? Or at least sign off on a peace agreement that was in the can and ready to go? I must have missed it: when was Obama’s pen hand broken that he couldn’t do that?

So without the ability to figure out that signing an end to war was a good thing, he gets more war.

And he is not prepared mentally or emotionally, or intellectually it seems, to wage war.

How hard is it to sell helping the Kurds and Christians in Iraq against ISIS?

Take archival footage of the Einsatzgruppen on one of their execution sprees. Slowly color it and morph it to ISIS doing the EXACT SAME THING and then, on a black screen with large white words put down: NEVER AGAIN.

Remember that? Big old promise after WWII? I mean beyond Rwanda, Chechnya, Burma, the Kurds in Iraq, and a few other choice mass slaughters in the Balkans, Africa and Asia, we have been all up to snuff on preventing that sort of thing, right? OK, we had the cold war and sudden nuclear bad hair days to work with on some of that, but a lot of it is AFTER the chilly conflict ending. Now after deriding 2 Bushes, how about some bad words for Clinton in Rwanda, some horrors in the Balkans, exterminations and ethnic cleansing in Russia, Afghanistan, and a few other choice parts of Africa outside of Rwanda? What was the deal with him not doing the NEVER AGAIN bit? Oh, he was a Democrat, so sorry for mentioning his incapacities.

Then another EEVVVVILLL Bush. Yeah he had some problems too, although he generally had a clue that genocide was a bad thing. He got busy, and not on his golf game, either. Just how many rounds of golf and fundraisers has Obama gone to compared to Bush? Oh, wait, Obama is the beloved LIGHTBRINGER incapable of bringing peace when it is handed to him by the incompetent and EEEVVVILLL Bush. So sorry for pointing out Obama’s problems that are not about race and are about character and capacity.

So maybe, now in his last couple of years, he will take some OJT seriously… oh, I forgot, he has a golf game and some more fundraisers to do while ethnic cleansing he can help STOP happens on his watch. Can’t take the lives of others seriously, you know, and Presidenting is hard and all that. Need to get those bucks.

Say, isn’t it Republicans that are the evil money chasers? Why is Obama chasing money when his job needs doing? Sorry for mentioning that.

So airdrops of supplies, a help, yes. More ammo for the Kurds would be a HUGE HELP. Arms, ammo and supplies for the fleeing Christians, too. And shelter, safe haven and some reliables to help out the Yezidi would be awesome.

Another round of golf.

A few scattered bombings? How about loitering some B-52s with some lovely guided weapons and getting a few spotters into the Kurdish Peshmerga, and letting ISIS get some warm greetings from 50,000′?

A fundraiser.

A President’s job going undone.

Barbarians on the move, and not that many of them, either. But you need ground forces for targeting. You know, boots on the ground or at least special forces and trained spotters able to call in airstrikes with actual real assets nearby unlike Libya where the assets were taking a powder?

Needing more than a few airstrikes doesn’t even begin to explain it. This needs foreign policy acumen, ability to build coalitions and reinforce civilization and put forth that barbarism is barbarism and that NEVER AGAIN means something. Of course if you DO THAT, then the entire Left wing of the Bill Ayers type will leave you high and dry as that is their intention HERE.

So now to act civilized means that Obama would have to cut himself off from his remaining base. No one else trusts him.

But another round of golf is always so relaxing.

ajacksonian on August 9, 2014 at 3:10 PM

You can fight them there, or you can fight them here, but you will have to fight them sooner or later.

leader4hru on August 9, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Assad has been weakened. He is not as powerful as he used to be.
That I blame Obama for.

weedisgood on August 9, 2014 at 3:06 PM

He wasn’t able to wipe them out with chemical weapons before he was ‘weakened,’ but, somehow, you believe that Saddam Hussein could have ‘taken care’ of ISIS in less than 24 hours.

Here’s a suggestion, weedisgood, put down the bong and step away from your computer.

Resist We Much on August 9, 2014 at 3:15 PM

The Liar in Chief never ceases to amaze me. Obama is beyond incompetent. I’m grateful Obama never ran a hot dog cart because he would have screwed that up as well.

leader4hru on August 9, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Choomed one, go have some more.

Some of you are the crème de la crème.

Schadenfreude on August 9, 2014 at 3:21 PM

ajacksonian on August 9, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Kudos, once again.
Nailed it .. ALL of it.

pambi on August 9, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Obama offers no time limit on Iraq military action

Huh? I thought the war was over.

CW on August 9, 2014 at 3:36 PM

pambi on August 9, 2014 at 3:28 PM

My thanks!

I gain no pleasure from being right in my predictions and now I fear for civilization itself. I would much, much prefer to be wrong. Sadly that is not the case.

ajacksonian on August 9, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Iraq Crisis: 150,000 Yazidi, Kurds, Refugees, Surrounded by Islamic Extremists, IS ( ISIS, ISIL) Must Make The Choice To Remain Where They Are In The Mountains And Possibly Die Of Hunger, Thirst, and Exposure, Or Descend The Mountains And Face Death At The Hands of IS ( ISIS, ISIL).

thatsafactjack on August 9, 2014 at 3:50 PM

However, Iraqi officials said that much of the US aid had been “useless” because it was dropped from 15,000ft without parachutes and exploded oin impact.

Brilliant.

You can drop items like beans, rice, and grains if you double bag them (loose outer bag) without a parachute, but not much else.

Why aren’t they using parachutes, or GPS guided parachutes if they are worried about ISIS getting their hands on it?

sharrukin on August 9, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Iraq Crisis: 150,000 Yazidi, Kurds, Refugees, Surrounded by Islamic Extremists, IS ( ISIS, ISIL) Must Make The Choice To Remain Where They Are In The Mountains And Possibly Die Of Hunger, Thirst, and Exposure, Or Descend The Mountains And Face Death At The Hands of IS ( ISIS, ISIL).

thatsafactjack on August 9, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Obama says everyone can kiss his azz

/Spit!

Key West Reader on August 9, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Why aren’t they using parachutes, or GPS guided parachutes if they are worried about ISIS getting their hands on it?

sharrukin on August 9, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Because Obama is on the side of Osama.

Key West Reader on August 9, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Because Obama is on the side of Osama.

Key West Reader on August 9, 2014 at 3:57 PM

That much I know, but I would expect the US military to at least competently deliver what little they have been authorized to do.

sharrukin on August 9, 2014 at 4:00 PM

The Liar in Chief never ceases to amaze me. Obama is beyond incompetent. I’m grateful Obama never ran a hot dog cart because he would have screwed that up as well.

leader4hru on August 9, 2014 at 3:21 PM

He’s not incompetent. He knows EXACTLY what he is doing. And he will continue to implement the muslim/progressive agenda with the help of a limp wristed congress who is too afraid to call a spade a spade. The man is evil.

And, he’s fabulous

going to puke now.

Key West Reader on August 9, 2014 at 4:00 PM

From the Jerusalem Post:

Earlier on Saturday, Obama was quoted in an interview with The New York Times as saying that he doesn’t envision the current Israeli and Palestinian leadership making the necessary decisions for peace.

Peace has to start with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Obama told New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.

It’s like Hamas and its continuing bombardment of Israel doesn’t even factor into The One’s thinking (or lack thereof). All that has to happen is for Netanyahu and Abbas to sing kumbaya, and Hamas will just rush to get in on the party.

Athanasius on August 9, 2014 at 4:01 PM

However, Iraqi officials said that much of the US aid had been “useless” because it was dropped from 15,000ft without parachutes and exploded oin impact.

Brilliant.

You can drop items like beans, rice, and grains if you double bag them (loose outer bag) without a parachute, but not much else.

Why aren’t they using parachutes, or GPS guided parachutes if they are worried about ISIS getting their hands on it?

sharrukin on August 9, 2014 at 3:56 PM

The Obama Doctrine: Pretend That You Give A Damn…Until You Don’t Have To

It has been the case in Syria, where Obama assured the world that should dictator Bashar Assad cross a red line with use of weapons of mass destruction, there would be consequences. There were none. Assad, who Obama said should go, just signed onto another seven-year term. In sum total, the number of dead in Syria now approaches 200,000.

Now, Obama has done the same in Iraq. He will drop a few bombs. He will bluster. Then the world’s attention will turn to some other crisis, and Obama will blithely move on, leaving erstwhile allies to die.

This is no groundbreaking revelation. President Obama has always cared far more about appearances than realities. He bobs like a cork on the waves of crisis, skipping to and fro, always carefully attuning his public emotions to achieve the most sympathetic effect. If brief shows of force are necessary, Obama is unafraid to engage in them. But he is unwilling to make any commitment to taking the lasting action that actually effects change. To do that, he would have to lead rather than follow.

He would have to care.

Barack Obama is an emotional pro and a foreign policy dilettante. And that is an extraordinarily dangerous combination. Popularity is the Obama Doctrine. Ironically, the end result is massive unpopularity – it turns out that world events require prolonged and sustained action rather than posturing. More importantly, the end result is massive casualties.

thatsafactjack on August 9, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Now, Obama has done the same in Iraq. He will drop a few bombs. He will bluster. Then the world’s attention will turn to some other crisis, and Obama will blithely move on, leaving erstwhile allies to die.

thatsafactjack on August 9, 2014 at 4:03 PM

As depressing as that is I suspect it is also very accurate.

I shudder to think what we are going to see if Baghdad falls.

sharrukin on August 9, 2014 at 4:06 PM

That much I know, but I would expect the US military to at least competently deliver what little they have been authorized to do.

sharrukin on August 9, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Keyword/name/check: Chuck “the drunk” Hagel

That’s who’s commanding our Military right now. We need our Generals to step up and speak out…

Oh, wait… By 2013, he had purged our Military of 197 high ranking officers

Oh, and then there is this… “President” Obama fires high ranking Nuclear Chiefs

Oh, and in case anyone wants to look up a list of the Military Generals and Admirals “fired” by Obama, here you go

Carry on. On your own.

Key West Reader on August 9, 2014 at 4:06 PM

He shouldn’t be doing anything. Bush created this mess.

weedisgood on August 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Weed, don’t p!ss on our shoes and tell us it’s raining. Obama is fighting this mess because of his own policy decisions.

After the Surge Bush left Iraq in a condition where a president could come along and help them to a stable form of government. After all, isn’t that what Dems are supposed to be good at, running government. Instead he turned his back on Iraq and lo and behold a meaner form of Taliban comes in and destabilizes the country, forcing him to drop a few bombs to ease his conscience.

I’m happy he’s doing this but this isn’t strategy. There’s no plan this is just a reaction. But perhaps this underscores what Obamas plans are from the beginning, none at all.

itsspideyman on August 9, 2014 at 4:08 PM

You can fight them there, or you can fight them here, but you will have to fight them sooner or later.

leader4hru on August 9, 2014 at 3:11 PM

So, contrary to those who like to dismiss foreign affairs with a wave of a hand and muttering “Not our problem”, it is indeed our problem?

thebrokenrattle on August 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Keyword/name/check: Chuck “the drunk” Hagel

That’s who’s commanding our Military right now. We need our Generals to step up and speak out…

Oh, wait… By 2013, he had purged our Military of 197 high ranking officers

Oh, and then there is this… “President” Obama fires high ranking Nuclear Chiefs

Oh, and in case anyone wants to look up a list of the Military Generals and Admirals “fired” by Obama, here you go

Carry on. On your own.

Key West Reader on August 9, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Yeah I have read about the slo-mo military purges going on.

It isn’t comforting what that all may mean.

One thing is clear is that the US military isn’t in good shape and those officers who are still left tend towards the more politically unprincipled.

sharrukin on August 9, 2014 at 4:13 PM

here’s the thing with liberals like Obama — they’re all “we are one world community, blah-blah-blah, until the $hit hits the fan and someone (like ISIL) needs to be annihilated, and then they’re just pu$$ies.

dpduq on August 9, 2014 at 4:13 PM

here’s the thing with liberals like Obama — they’re all “we are one world community, blah-blah-blah, until the $hit hits the fan and someone (like ISIL) needs to be annihilated, and then they’re just pu$$ies.

dpduq on August 9, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Liberal love is a thousand miles wide and one foot deep. Jackwagons only have courage when there’s three or more of them, and when spooked they scatter like quail.

itsspideyman on August 9, 2014 at 4:17 PM

He shouldn’t be doing anything. Bush created this mess.

weedisgood on August 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM

ZZZZZTTTTTTWrOnG…

The Muslims started this fight. By 2008 we won the fight. In 2009 the Muslims saw a weak kneed community organizing hack with no talent other than reading a screen full of words, and they took action.

After AMERICA won the war in Iraq, Obama gave the country back to his Allies – The Muslims.

Yeah… weed is good – I love weed. But I think you need to smarten up a bit before I snatch you bald headed, young man.

Key West Reader on August 9, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Alert! Breitbart has/had a thread up about Gov. Perry. I clicked on it to read it and a fake Java window popped up “requiring” me to update Java. I could not get out of it or any of the other windows. Finally shut it down via Task Manager. Microsoft Security Essentials quarantined this Trojan 3 times.

This is what Microsoft has on it:

http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/threat/encyclopedia/entry.aspx?name=Ransom%3aJS%2fKrypterade.A&threatid=2147684894

bluefox on August 9, 2014 at 4:31 PM

He shouldn’t be doing anything. Bush created this mess.
weedisgood on August 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM
Weed, don’t p!ss on our shoes and tell us it’s raining. Obama is fighting this mess because of his own policy decisions.
After the Surge Bush left Iraq in a condition where a president could come along and help them to a stable form of government. After all, isn’t that what Dems are supposed to be good at, running government. Instead he turned his back on Iraq and lo and behold a meaner form of Taliban comes in and destabilizes the country, forcing him to drop a few bombs to ease his conscience.
I’m happy he’s doing this but this isn’t strategy. There’s no plan this is just a reaction. But perhaps this underscores what Obamas plans are from the beginning, none at all.
itsspideyman on August 9, 2014 at 4:08 PM
I’ve noticed that Obama even dithers on domestic affairs. I think despite him trying to transform America he has checked out of even doing that. His executive amnesty would likely backfire big time but again it’s a dithering Hail Mary then again most of his executive orders are…

sorrowen on August 9, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Inaction is no longer an option. I support actions by the administration to coordinate efforts with Iraq and other allies to use our military strength and targeting expertise to the fullest extent possible,” Feinstein said.

Oh, today Diane is talking out of the other side of her mouth. She was against the war war before she was for the war. Just how the heck are we going to coordinate efforts with other allies when we have spit in the face and demonized everyone who was or may have been an ally. Sorry DiFi your more than a day late and a dollar short!

Bakokitty on August 9, 2014 at 4:32 PM

One thing is clear is that the US military isn’t in good shape and those officers who are still left tend towards the more politically unprincipled.

sharrukin on August 9, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Be Prepared.

/Boy Scout Oath (I’m not a boy, I had 5 brothers and they recited it weekly)

Key West Reader on August 9, 2014 at 4:36 PM

On old wretched DiFi, I supposed a broken clock can be right twice a day.

Bakokitty on August 9, 2014 at 4:38 PM

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