Quotes of the day

posted at 8:31 pm on August 9, 2014 by Allahpundit

The Islamic militants reportedly expanded their drive near Iraqi Kurdistan Saturday despite two U.S. airstrikes aimed at mortar positions and a seven-vehicle convoy to stop the advance on Kurdish capital of Irbil.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the militants appear to have their sights on connecting towns seized along the Kurdish-control territory. The most recent town to be seized was identified as Sheikhan…

Kamil Amin, the spokesman for Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry, said hundreds of Yazidi women below the age of 35 are being held in schools in Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. He said the ministry learned of the captives from their families.

“We think that the terrorists by now consider them slaves and they have vicious plans for them,” Amin told The Associated Press. “We think that these women are going to be used in demeaning ways by those terrorists to satisfy their animalistic urges in a way that contradicts all the human and Islamic values.”

***

The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday said the extremist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) must be confronted forcefully by the U.S., though she stopped short of calling for boots on the ground.

“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,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in a statement…

“Inaction is no longer an option,” according to Feinstein.

***

Thursday morning, the urgency to act in Iraq became clear: Obama’s advisers warned that there would likely be a genocide.

“I had not heard the word ‘genocide’ used in the Situation Room before,” the official said. “That word has a lot of weight.”…

“While we have faced many difficult humanitarian challenges, this was in a different category,” the official said. “This was qualitatively different from even the awful things we have confronted in different parts of the region because of the targeted nature, the scale of it, the fact this is a whole people. That kind of shakes you up, gets your attention.”

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As the tension mounted in Washington, a parallel drama was playing out in Erbil. Kurdish forces who had been fighting the militants in three nearby Christian villages abruptly fell back toward the gates of the city, fanning fears that the city might soon fall. By Thursday morning, people were thronging the airport, desperate for flights out of town.

“The situation near Erbil was becoming more dire than anyone expected,” said a senior administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe the White House’s internal deliberations. “We didn’t want another Benghazi.”

As if that were not enough, the militants had seized a critical dam in Mosul, which controls water levels on the Tigris River as far south as Baghdad. The capture of the dam shook Kurdish officials and fueled the sense of crisis during Thursday’s meetings, with officials worried that the militants could either blow it up or use it to cut off water supplies or as a bargaining chip in negotiating anything they wanted.

“That was one of the trip wires we looked at,” said another senior official. “We look at that dam as a potential threat to our embassy in Baghdad.”

***

While Mr. Obama said in a recent interview with The New York Times that the United States is not going to allow ISIS to create a caliphate that runs through Syria and Iraq, and spoke generally of his interest in working with “partners on the ground,” he has yet to articulate a detailed and systemic strategy for rolling back ISIS’ gains in the region.

In remarks on Saturday before departing for vacation, Mr. Obama acknowledged that ISIS gains in recent months had been “more rapid than the intelligence estimates and, I think, the expectations of policymakers.”…

A senior Kurdish official, who asked not to be named because he was discussing internal deliberations, said Saturday that the Kurdish authorities had asked the Obama administration several weeks ago to provide ammunition, sniper rifles, machine guns, mortars, vehicles and other equipment for their pesh merga fighters. Though the Iraqi government had recently provided some ammunition, he said, the Americans were still assessing the Kurdish request. “Pesh merga forces were forced to withdraw from engagements with ISIS forces because they ran out of ammunition,” said Michael D. Barbero, a retired Army lieutenant general who helped train Iraqi forces from 2009-11. “We should expedite this support to them.”

***

The Obama administration moved quickly this week to try to defend U.S. personnel from an impending advance from the terrorist group ISIS – an offensive that caught the President and his advisers off-guard, and forced him to reconsider his long-standing opposition to new military action in Iraq. But Obama still has not decided on, much less put into motion, any plan to stem ISIS’s expansion, despite having committed military forces…

The terror group’s push towards Erbil isn’t the first ISIS offensive that’s surprised Obama and his advisers. The administration’s slow response to ISIS’s quick advances in both Iraq and Syria is well documented. The White House ignored several warnings before ISIS took over Mosul earlier this summer. And the administration didn’t respond when moderate Syrian rebels warned that ISIS was about to take the strategic border town of Der al Zour.

According to sources close to the discussions, President Obama resisted using military force again in Iraq both because he did not feel confident there was sufficient intelligence on the ground. He was also reluctant to reverse the full pullout of combat forces in Iraq, which fulfilled a key campaign promise.

***

Yet by the White House’s own account, the measures ordered by Mr. Obama are not intended to defeat the Islamic State or even to stop its bloody advances in most of the region. Instead they are limited to protecting two cities where U.S. personnel are stationed and one mass of refugees. The hundreds of thousands of people in Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere threatened by the al-Qaeda forces will receive no U.S. protection. Nor will the terrorists’ hold over the areas they already control, including the large city of Mosul and nearby oil fields, be tested by U.S. airpower…

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.

***

But with Obama’s latest decision to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), the Obama Doctrine has now come into focus: pretend to give a damn about suffering of innocents when it hits the headlines, ignore it the rest of the time

It has been the case in Ukraine, where Vladimir Putin has annexed Crimea and invaded eastern Ukraine. Obama has expressed outrage; Putin has scoffed, and his rebel forces have shot down a passenger airliner, to approximately zero effective action from the West.

It has been the case in Nigeria, where after expressing upset over Boko Haram’s kidnapping of innocent girls and ensuring that the State Department endorse the “power of hashtag,” the Obama administration has done precisely nothing…

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.

***

As I have learned myself very painfully, there is an enormous amount the United States cannot do. It cannot solve Iraq’s political problems. It may not even be able to hold Iraq together. It cannot solve the horror in Syria. It cannot defeat the Taliban. It cannot stop Libya from descending into anarchy. But it can save the people in the Sinjar Mountains, both by dropping supplies to keep them alive, and by bombing ISIS so Kurdish forces can retake the areas nearby. And in so doing, it can stop genocide. Thankfully, Obama is doing just that…

It’s a risk worth taking, in part because in Iraq today, as in Southeast Asia four decades ago, we are culpable. Were it not for our war, and the anarchy it has bred, the Yazidis would likely not be facing imminent death. The reasons Americans want to turn away from Iraq are precisely the reasons we should not.

The impulse toward humanitarian intervention is dangerous. It can easily become hubristic. It can easily be exploited. Its means—which involve state violence—can often undermine its goals. But if crusades are dangerous, indifference is dangerous too. As sick as Americans are of the Middle East, as alien and hopeless as it seems today, we still have moral obligations there, less because we are Americans than because we are human beings.

***

The stronger moral obligation flows from two realities. First, this humanitarian crisis is one our actions directly helped create: The cleansing of Christians, Yezidis and other religious minorities began in the chaos following our invasion of Iraq, and it has taken a more ruthless turn because ISIS profited from the fallout from our too-swift 2011 withdrawal. (Indeed, it’s often using American-made weapons to harry, persecute and kill.)

Second, ISIS represents a more distinctive form of evil even than a butcher like Assad. As the blogger Razib Khan argued last week, the would-be caliphate is “utopian in its fundamentals,” and so its ruthless religious cleansing isn’t just a tyrant’s “tool to instill terror” and consolidate power; it’s the point of gaining power, an end unto itself…

But in this case, such a plan is visible. We do not need to re-invade or restabilize Iraq to deal ISIS a blow and help its victims, because Kurdistan is already relatively stable, and the line of conflict is relatively clear. And the Kurds themselves, crucially, are a known quantity with a longstanding relationship to the United States — something that wasn’t on offer in Libya or Syria.

***

By giving the Kurds breathing room, the president is doing the honorable thing. Throughout America’s decadeslong entanglement in Iraq, it is the Kurds who have been our firmest friends. Right now, Kurds are fighting and dying to protect their homeland, yes, but also to defend Yazidis and Christians who cannot defend themselves. They are fighting for the entire civilized world, and for a country as powerful as our own to not lend them assistance would be genuinely shameful—not least because it is the U.S. invasion of Iraq that has contributed so much to that country’s unraveling.

I am a pessimist. Though I sincerely hope that the limited airstrikes authorized by the president will be enough to force ISIS into retreat, I don’t expect this gruesome war to end tomorrow. We need to start thinking about the Yazidis and the Christians and the other persecuted Iraqis who will need to find shelter somewhere other than Iraq. The United States welcomed as many as 130,000 refugees from South Vietnam after the fall of Saigon in 1975. We might have to welcome just as many from Iraq in the years to come.

***

U.S. warplanes can work to keep ISIS from advancing into Irbil while avoiding the type of intensive campaign that would be needed to drive them out of their new strongholds, such as the city of Mosul, the heart of the so-called caliphate that ISIS declared in June. In a sense, they are preserving the status quo.

While trying to uproot ISIS in a major city like Mosul would be extremely difficult — and also kill a lot of civilians — strikes like today’s involve hitting the advancing militants in more open terrain.

To stick with Obama’s preference of using sports analogies to explain his foreign policy, the U.S. looks to be playing defense against ISIS, not offense. A broader military effort to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria may not be in the cards right now.

Yet this containment policy is arguably what allowed ISIS to gain strength in the first place, initially inside Syria and later in Iraq. Syrian rebels have warned from the outset that allowing the conflict to continue would let extremists take root — an argument that Assad and his backers could make too. As the top Syrian rebel commander at the time warned this reporter in the summer of 2012, when the civil war was escalating: “Leaving Syria like this is very dangerous. It may become another Afghanistan or Iraq.”

***

Whatever the reasoning, relying solely on humanitarian arguments to justify American action could create problems for the Obama administration down the road. While the trapped Yezidis must be rescued, this is not the only objective that limited U.S. military force can and should achieve. In fact, if initial reports are accurate, the first airstrikes were not against ISIS at Sinjar mountain, which is near Syria, but against targets near Erbil, far to the east, nearer the Iranian border. Such strikes are welcome — Kurdish forces have fought alongside the U.S. in more than one war — but the rationale is more strategic than humanitarian. While Americans are unlikely to protest this distinction today, the White House may open itself up to criticism of overstepping its self-defined mandate if it continues to use limited airpower for strategic gains after the immediate humanitarian crisis is resolved.

Consider some parallels with what happened in Libya two years ago. The U.S. and its allies justified United Nations-sanctioned military intervention solely on humanitarian grounds, but went on to use force to help one side of a civil war prevail over the other. This infuriated Russia, which in part led to the subsequent inability of the UN to take any meaningful action in Syria, given Putin’s vow not to be hoodwinked by the West yet again. No, the U.S. doesn’t need a UN Security Council resolution for action in Iraq, as it is undertaking airstrikes at the behest of the Iraqi government. But overstepping the stated goal may well backfire again — by engendering the resentment of the American people, who may feel that the full case for even limited force was never presented to them. The manner in which Obama made the case for action now may severely limit his options for doing what may be needed in the future.

***

“I do think the Kurds used that time that was given by our troop sacrifices in Iraq,” Obama added. “They used that time well, and the Kurdish region is functional the way we would like to see. It is tolerant of other sects and other religions in a way that we would like to see elsewhere. So we do think it’s important to make sure that that space is protected, but, more broadly, what I’ve indicated is that I don’t want to be in the business of being the Iraqi air force. I don’t want to get in the business for that matter of being the Kurdish air force, in the absence of a commitment of the people on the ground to get their act together and do what’s necessary politically to start protecting themselves and to push back against ISIL.”…

The president said that what he is telling every faction in Iraq is: “We will be your partners, but we are not going to do it for you. We’re not sending a bunch of U.S. troops back on the ground to keep a lid on things. You’re going to have to show us that you are willing and ready to try and maintain a unified Iraqi government that is based on compromise. That you are willing to continue to build a nonsectarian, functional security force that is answerable to a civilian government. … We do have a strategic interest in pushing back ISIL. We’re not going to let them create some caliphate through Syria and Iraq, but we can only do that if we know that we’ve got partners on the ground who are capable of filling the void. So if we’re going to reach out to Sunni tribes, if we’re going to reach out to local governors and leaders, they’ve got to have some sense that they’re fighting for something.” Otherwise, Obama said, “We can run [ISIL] off for a certain period of time, but as soon as our planes are gone, they’re coming right back in.”

***

Within hours of U.S. military jets and drones conducting a strike on ISIS artillery that had been used against Kurdish forces defending Irbil, ISIS supporters called for retaliatory attacks against the United States.

“It is a clear message that the war is against Islam and the mujahideen. The mujahideen must strive and seek to execute proactive operations in their own home, America, to discipline America and its criminal soldiers,” Abu al-Ayna al-Khorasani, an administrator of Shumukh al-Islam, the top-tier forum for ISIS propaganda, wrote on his account Friday, according to a translation by the SITE Intelligence group.

Other ISIS supporters railed against the United States using the Twitter handle #AmessagefromISIStoUS, posting images of the wreckage of the twin towers. “Don’t forget 11 Sept .. Maybe US citizens want more like that,” one extremist tweeted.

***

The United States cannot and should not intervene every time there’s a crisis in the world. But when there’s a situation like the one on this mountain—when countless innocent people are facing a massacre, and when we have the ability to help prevent it—the United States can’t just look away. That’s not who we are. We’re Americans. We act. We lead. And that’s what we’re going to do on that mountain. As one American who wrote to me yesterday said, “it is the right thing to do.”

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RATSO!!

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 8:32 PM

[sets out "We Reserve The Right To Serve Whomever We Dang Well Please, DAMMIT!!" signage...activates wireless drink stations and drone delivery service...usual caveats apply...sends out first round of Whatchudrinkin's in Brand-Spankin'-New Double Whatchudrinkin' glasses...enters under "WEEKEND!!"...]

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 8:33 PM

A friend of mine was one of those who participated in the ISIS twitter feed hashtag jack.

One of those absolute gentleman sent her a nasty response.
%^&*&^@!!!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 9, 2014 at 8:34 PM

A friend of mine was one of those who participated in the ISIS twitter feed hashtag jack.
One of those absolute gentleman sent her a nasty response.
%^&*&^@!!!!!
annoyinglittletwerp on August 9, 2014 at 8:34 PM

What did she (and you) expect, ALT? Certainly not a civil reply…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014

In case you missed it:

Two and a half years from resizing the plans to the final coat of lacquer on the deck. I loved most of it. Except running the fiber optics, queuing up the sound system and running the lines for the bilge pump.

cozmo on August 9, 2014 at 1:55 PM

cozmo on August 9, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Well done, Cozmo!!

When can you start on the patio here? ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Ratso!

OmahaConservative on August 9, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 8:38 PM

After I get all the projects mrs. cozmo wants done.

We are still arguing over discussing the deck and pergola.

There is what she wants done, and what can be done.

cozmo on August 9, 2014 at 8:40 PM

running the lines for the bilge pump.

cozmo on August 9, 2014 at 1:55 PM
cozmo on August 9, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Well done, Cozmo!!

When can you start on the patio here? ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 8:38 PM

First things first, Hotair could use a bilge pump.

Fenris on August 9, 2014 at 8:41 PM

The ‘people on the ground’ fighting ISIS ran out of AMMO that our President didn’t send to them a couple of weeks ago because he was trying to get Congress to rescind the CAUF for Iraq.

Now he reaps the rewards of his ‘policy’.

Here, Mr. President, I have a few flocks of roasted crow I’ve been saving up for you.

Now would you quit the golfing, stop the fundraisers, and actually do your damned job? Or if you can’t, do you mind resigning? Joe Biden is a heckuva lot more capable than you are which admittedly isn’t saying much… but any improvement at the top is a step forward.

ajacksonian on August 9, 2014 at 8:41 PM

He was also reluctant to reverse the full pullout of combat forces in Iraq, which fulfilled a key campaign promise.


Obama: ‘Not My Decision’ To Pull Troops Out Of Iraq

‘What red line troop withdrawal? I didn’t draw a red line order any troop withdrawal! The world drew that red line Maliki ordered our troops to leave!’

- President Barack ‘In Charge of Everything; Responsible for Nothing!’ Obama

Resist We Much on August 9, 2014 at 8:42 PM

First things first, Hotair could use a bilge pump.
Fenris on August 9, 2014 at 8:41 PM

I thought QOTD was the only place on HA that had one of those o_O

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Evening y’all!!!

ladyingray on August 9, 2014 at 8:43 PM

I thought QOTD was the only place on HA that had one of those o_O

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Well, I’m still here so maybe not.

Fenris on August 9, 2014 at 8:44 PM

If SCOAMF in chief were a true leader he would lay out the case for action against the islamo-nazis before Congress and aask them to approve military action. This would shed some light on whether the country is on board and it would also make this a collective American effort if approved.

He won’t do this because in my opinion he is incapable of labeling militant Islam for what it really is fascist ideology. ISIS is separate from the issue of Iraq and our path forward with that nation. ISIS is a clear defined enemy of this nation. It is currently exposed and is ripe for a large air campaign. Any president with half a brain would realize this. Unfortunately we have the Marxist SCOAMF.

Meat Fighter on August 9, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Well, I’m still here so maybe not.
Fenris on August 9, 2014 at 8:44 PM

You manage to stay on your best behaviour here, Fenris… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 8:47 PM

The Islamic militants reportedly expanded their drive near Iraqi Kurdistan Saturday despite two U.S. airstrikes aimed at mortar positions and a seven-vehicle convoy to stop the advance on Kurdish capital of Irbil.

At this point only a totally clueless or utterly depraved person would call these sub-animal ISIS “militants”.

VorDaj on August 9, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Evening All.

Um, Cozmo….can you add me to the list for the patio???

CoffeeLover on August 9, 2014 at 8:51 PM

While Mr. Obama said in a recent interview with The New York Times that the United States is not going to allow ISIS to create a caliphate that runs through Syria and Iraq,

Imperialist prig, it’s an internal matter for those nations and they need to settle it themselves.

Bishop on August 9, 2014 at 8:51 PM

In remarks on Saturday before departing for vacation, Mr. Obama acknowledged that ISIS gains in recent months had been “more rapid than the intelligence estimates and, I think, the expectations of policymakers.”…

Well, knock knock, hello, is anyone home? That’s because so much “intelligence” billions are being spent on spying on American’s phone calls, emails and credit card statements instead.

VorDaj on August 9, 2014 at 8:51 PM

I haven’t done one thing constructive all day. The funny thing is I don’t care either.

gophergirl on August 9, 2014 at 8:51 PM

“We think that these women are going to be used in demeaning ways by those terrorists to satisfy their animalistic urges in a way that contradicts all the human and Islamic values.”

Islamic values?

You mean like Anal Jihad and the beheading of all infidels?

* SMH *

ShainS on August 9, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 8:47 PM

So, which are you? ‘Newtie’ or the ‘Beauty” or both?

Fenris on August 9, 2014 at 8:52 PM

gophergirl on August 9, 2014 at 8:51 PM

I say good for you. Sometimes you need a day like that :)

CoffeeLover on August 9, 2014 at 8:53 PM

[sends out a round of Whatchudrinkin's and a Whatheshavin' for Alien's Little Friend...enters under "Slow Night"...]

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 8:53 PM

all the human and Islamic values.”

Islamic values?

You mean like Anal Jihad and the beheading of all infidels?

* SMH *

ShainS on August 9, 2014 at 8:51 PM

He was using the boolean ‘and’, meaning the intersection of human values and Islamic values, which is the empty set.

Fenris on August 9, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Blah blah blah! It’s QOTD time!

coolrepublica on August 9, 2014 at 8:54 PM

An airstrike targeted a 7-vehicle convoy….wow, stop the presses.

ISIS currently has over 1,000 vehicles, scratching 7 from the map is a mere flea bite.

Bishop on August 9, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Has a single Imam in an American mosque denounced ISIS? I don’t suppose they can as ISIS is doing exactly what all Muslim’s “Perfect Man”, Mohammad, did himself and commanded his followers to do.

VorDaj on August 9, 2014 at 8:55 PM

She said, “The grass isn’t going to mow itself.”

Once again, she was right. It did not mow itself.

I’m working on a new invention: grass that mows itself.

(Don’t give me that “dwarf height” stuff — I don’t discriminate against grass.)

Alien on August 9, 2014 at 8:55 PM

So, which are you? ‘Newtie’ or the ‘Beauty” or both?
Fenris on August 9, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Me? I’m a throwaway line from Dennis Miller, Baby!

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Blah blah blah! It’s QOTD time!

coolrepublica on August 9, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Still FLAGGED!

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 8:56 PM

I was just looking @ Twitcy’s coverage of the massive pro-Hamas protest in London.
My GGMA was born/raised in London. My GGPA was born in Poland but raised in London. My great uncle was born in London.
As a Jew I am not welcome in London anymore.
It’s getting to the point where it’s not safe to be a Jew anywhere but Israel.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 9, 2014 at 8:57 PM

He was using the boolean ‘and’, meaning the intersection of human values and Islamic values, which is the empty set.

Fenris on August 9, 2014 at 8:54 PM

LOL.

I’m stealing that … ;-)

ShainS on August 9, 2014 at 8:57 PM

[sends out a round of Whatchudrinkin's and a Whatheshavin' for Alien's Little Friend...enters under "Slow Night"...]

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Evenin’, Beauty.

I noticed last night that my little friend was here, knocking down drinks — about two hours before I got here.

What gives? You wants that I should go back and gets them time-stamp thingies?

Alien on August 9, 2014 at 8:57 PM

I’m working on a new invention: grass that mows itself.

Alien on August 9, 2014 at 8:55 PM

I take it Your Little Friend didn’t have much of a chance to get in his 2¢ worth, did he.

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Cut and paste, baby. Cut and paste. It’s the new Cervantes!

DemetriusPhalerum on August 9, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 8:55 PM

I’m so dense. That’s a great nickname.

Fenris on August 9, 2014 at 8:58 PM

“Billions and billions of stars.”

Who said that?

Alien on August 9, 2014 at 8:59 PM

A friend of mine was one of those who participated in the ISIS twitter feed hashtag jack.

One of those absolute gentleman sent her a nasty response.
%^&*&^@!!!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 9, 2014 at 8:34 PM

ALT: Ted Cruz:0

From IOWA:
==========

https://twitter.com/SenTedCruz

Senator Ted Cruz @SenTedCruz · Aug 8

The Obama foreign policy has created chaos across the globe and has made the world much more dangerous https://soundcloud.com/senator-ted-cruz/sen-ted-cruz-with-simon-conway-1
SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/senator-ted-cruz/sen-ted-cruz-with-simon-conway-1

canopfor on August 9, 2014 at 8:07 PM

canopfor on August 9, 2014 at 8:59 PM

amil Amin, the spokesman for Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry, said hundreds of Yazidi women below the age of 35 are being held in schools in Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. He said the ministry learned of the captives from their families.

“We think that the terrorists by now consider them slaves and they have vicious plans for them,” Amin told The Associated Press. “We think that these women are going to be used in demeaning ways by those terrorists to satisfy their animalistic urges in a way that contradicts all the human and Islamic values.”

May God protect them.

Talk about a war on women? In your face, Pelosi. In. Your. Face.

He Don’t Care.

Key West Reader on August 9, 2014 at 8:59 PM

I noticed last night that my little friend was here, knocking down drinks — about two hours before I got here.
What gives? You wants that I should go back and gets them time-stamp thingies?
Alien on August 9, 2014 at 8:57 PM

I never know when you’re lurkin’, Tall, Dark and Toothsome ;-)

Funny, though–I don’t hear Your Little Friend complainin’… :-D

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Is this a test? And it’s ‘billyuns and billyuns’. K’?

DemetriusPhalerum on August 9, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Someone linked to this excellent J.E. Dyer essay in an earlier thread: It’s on: ISIS vows to ‘raise the flag of Allah in the White House’.

I chuckled at this line: “There are obvious wisecracks to make, such as whether it would be redundant for ISIS to have to raise the “flag of Allah” in the White House.”

ShainS on August 9, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Has a single Imam in an American mosque denounced ISIS? I don’t suppose they can as ISIS is doing exactly what all Muslim’s “Perfect Man”, Mohammad, did himself and commanded his followers to do.

VorDaj on August 9, 2014 at 8:55 PM

They can’t and they won’t.

Key West Reader on August 9, 2014 at 9:02 PM

I’m so dense. That’s a great nickname.
Fenris on August 9, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Not so dense, Fenris–when I chose that moniker back c2009, not many people recognized it as such…

Ask CoffeeLover… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Is this a test? And it’s ‘billyuns and billyuns’. K’?

DemetriusPhalerum on August 9, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Well, yes, OK, it is a test. You have the dialect down.

But you’re gonna be mad at yourself when you find out …

Alien on August 9, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Has anyone asked Barky how many air strikes it will take to destroy all the equipment formerly ours he’s betrayed to our enemies?

How many more of his Taliban friend he plans to release from Gitmo?

How far along Moochelle is on enforcing Martha’s Vineyard’s school lunch program?

viking01 on August 9, 2014 at 9:04 PM

“Billions and billions of stars.”

Who said that?

Alien on August 9, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Alein: Carl Sagan:)

canopfor on August 9, 2014 at 9:04 PM

I never know when you’re lurkin’, Tall, Dark and Toothsome ;-)

Funny, though–I don’t hear Your Little Friend complainin’… :-D

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 9:00 PM

He’s a lightweight. Me, on the other hand … another lightweight.

Alien on August 9, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Two and a half years from resizing the plans to the final coat of lacquer on the deck. I loved most of it. Except running the fiber optics, queuing up the sound system and running the lines for the bilge pump.

cozmo on August 9, 2014 at 1:55 PM

cozmo on August 9, 2014 at 8:35 PM

What did you name your boat.

RickB on August 9, 2014 at 9:05 PM

“Billions and billions of stars.”

Who said that?

Alien on August 9, 2014 at 8:59 PM

It’s either Carl Sagan or Obama at a Hollywood fundraiser …

ShainS on August 9, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Alein: Carl Sagan:)

canopfor on August 9, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Oh, the Canadian spelling …

BZZZZT! Incorrect.

Alien on August 9, 2014 at 9:06 PM

She said, “The grass isn’t going to mow itself.”

Once again, she was right. It did not mow itself.

I’m working on a new invention: grass that mows itself.

(Don’t give me that “dwarf height” stuff — I don’t discriminate against grass.)

Alien on August 9, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Self cleaning oven and self mowing? Seems the wife ain’t got no need for you anymore in the bedroom!

How you doing.

HonestLib on August 9, 2014 at 9:06 PM

He’s a lightweight. Me, on the other hand … another lightweight.
Alien on August 9, 2014 at 9:05 PM

So…once Your Little Friend is down for the count, you only have to worry about getting into half the trouble? :P

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 9:06 PM

It’s either Carl Sagan or Obama at a Hollywood fundraiser …
ShainS on August 9, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Can’t be zero–no stuttering or singing lessons* involved…

*I, I, I, Me, Me, Me

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 9:08 PM

CoffeeLover on August 9, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Okaaay…

gophergirl on August 9, 2014 at 8:51 PM

I got left alone. I got lots done. Including some laundry. And two yards.

coolrepublica on August 9, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Bilge waste.

cozmo on August 9, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Wow Judge Janine….I wished she’d run for office.

CoffeeLover on August 9, 2014 at 9:09 PM

“Billions and billions of stars.”

Who said that?

Alien on August 9, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Killary after bumping her head?

viking01 on August 9, 2014 at 9:10 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 9, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Give it a rest. We all have a hard luck story. None of us are special in the ways of the world. On the other hand, tell it all as I will listen.

HonestLib on August 9, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Good evening all.

wifarmboy on August 9, 2014 at 9:10 PM

NO SH*T:)
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For Obama, Iraq Move Is a Policy Reversal
President Was Early Opponent of Iraq War and Made a Campaign Pledge to End It
Updated Aug. 8, 2014 9:44 a.m. ET
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WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama stepped in front of the cameras on Thursday to utter words he hoped he would never say as commander in chief.

“I’ve therefore authorized targeted airstrikes if necessary to help forces in Iraq,” Mr. Obama said in a statement from the White House. “Today America is coming to help.”

The return to military engagement in Iraq is a reversal for Mr. Obama, whose early opposition to the war that toppled Saddam Hussein, and his promise to end it, fueled his long-shot campaign for the White House.

It also puts a spotlight on what has become a familiar feature of the Obama presidency, in which the leader of the most powerful military in the world has become defined by his reluctance to use it.

“They’re very, very wary,” said Barry Pavel, a former defense official and director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. “There are situations that will come up in the world where that wariness is tested in order to ensure that U.S. national security interests will be protected.”
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http://online.wsj.com/articles/for-obama-iraq-move-is-a-policy-reversal-1407470613

canopfor on August 9, 2014 at 7:38 PM

canopfor on August 9, 2014 at 9:11 PM

coolrepublica on August 9, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Bilge waste.
cozmo on August 9, 2014 at 9:09 PM

[starts bilge pump...]

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Sagan was quoting someone else, I forget who. It hardly seems to matter. Carl did say it.

DemetriusPhalerum on August 9, 2014 at 9:12 PM

What did you name your boat.

RickB on August 9, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Texas, of course.

The nicest 1/96 scale RC model of BB35 ever made, at the time (late 80′s).

cozmo on August 9, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Self cleaning oven and self mowing? Seems the wife ain’t got no need for you anymore in the bedroom!

How you doing.

HonestLib on August 9, 2014 at 9:06 PM

I was fine until you brought up the bedroom thing. Now I’m quietly sobbing into a pillow. You?

Alien on August 9, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Good evening all.

wifarmboy on August 9, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Hey wheatboy, good to see you.

HonestLib on August 9, 2014 at 9:13 PM

In the early 1990s Apple Computer had codenamed a Mac they were developing as “Sagan.”

Carl Sagan heard about it and complained. It was then codenamed BHA for “Butt Head Astronomer.”

viking01 on August 9, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Cozmo; do you have pictures?

DemetriusPhalerum on August 9, 2014 at 9:14 PM

So the Obama administration, and probably Obama himself has been overwhelmed by events in Iraq. How terribly rude for reality to intrude like that; forced to face the simple fact that there are evil people in the world, and that there is a need for military power.

Forced to face the fact that no other country can field a military like that of the US, and that the US Military can be a force for good. Who knew? This must be a terrible blow to the progressives. Now, of course, they find themselves ‘behind the power curve’ as pilots say, and it will take a long time to rebuild what those progressives have destroyed or discarded.

“I have not heard the word genocide used in the situation room before.” the official said. “That word carries a lot of weight.”

As though it has never happened before in human history, as though history was always a myth used to frighten little children, as though it could never happen again, as though it could never happen when the smartest, and brightest, and best education masters of the universe are in charge.

Joseph OHenry on August 9, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Good evening all.
wifarmboy on August 9, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Howdy, WI!

[sends out a round of Whatchudrinkin's ...usual caveats apply...sends a Whatheshavin' to Alien's Little Friend...enters under "Sloe Night"...]

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 9:15 PM

It’s a risk worth taking, in part because in Iraq today, as in Southeast Asia four decades ago, we are culpable. Were it not for our war, and the anarchy it has bred, the Yazidis would likely not be facing imminent death. The reasons Americans want to turn away from Iraq are precisely the reasons we should not.

The impulse toward humanitarian intervention is dangerous. It can easily become hubristic. It can easily be exploited. Its means—which involve state violence—can often undermine its goals. But if crusades are dangerous, indifference is dangerous too. As sick as Americans are of the Middle East, as alien and hopeless as it seems today, we still have moral obligations there, less because we are Americans than because we are human beings.

Beinart, The One, and “enlightened ones” like them shouldn’t be comparing Iraq in 2014 to South Vietnam and Cambodia in 1975. Some of us are old enough to remember the way those b******ds blocked our efforts to help the ARVN and etc. stop the NVA, celebrated when Saigon and Phnom Penh fell, and then used our “military’s failure” there as justification for gutting the military. Buying us Iran, Afghanistan, the Taliban, and ultimately 9/11.

Also, considering their overweening contempt for Christians in general, I personally am not buying their crocodile tears over the Yezidi. And I don’t believe they are particularly shocked or repulsed by ISIS’ atrocities, massacres, enslavements, and etc.

In fact, I think they are quietly cheering for ISIS and enjoying the “spectacle”. And dreaming of when they can do the same to Christians over here.

We now know that they are carried away by a bromance with what they see as the “mystical, enlightened East”. And revile us, the “evil, materialistic West”.

And that they have no intention of opposing ISIS in any meaningful way, because to them, ISIS represents “authentic Islam” in all its primitivist, nihilistic, genocidal glory. Everybody else they define as “Westernized” and therefore “fallen from the True Faith”.

They want the world in darkness, and so does ISIS.

So AFAIC, they can save their shibboleths. I don’t believe them any more, and I’m fairly confident I’m not alone in that estimate.

They should just go play golf, or whatever.

But they should also remember that ISIS hates them, too. And when ISIS attacks us directly (and they will, one day) they won’t care if our “best and brightest” end up on the casualty list.

In fact, they’ll probably celebrate it.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 9, 2014 at 9:15 PM

ISIS Threatens to bring Jihad to obama and raise their flag on White House.

What ingrates. obama made them what they are today and now they’re threatening the White House.

hawkdriver on August 9, 2014 at 9:15 PM

I was fine until you brought up the bedroom thing. Now I’m quietly sobbing into a pillow. You?

Alien on August 9, 2014 at 9:12 PM

As I look down at me left arm…Rod Laver would be proud.

HonestLib on August 9, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Sagan was quoting someone else, I forget who. It hardly seems to matter. Carl did say it.

DemetriusPhalerum on August 9, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Actually no, he didn’t. He just liked to say BILLions in a weird way. They say Feynman wrote it a lot in his textbooks, but I never noticed.

Fenris on August 9, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Sagan was quoting someone else, I forget who. It hardly seems to matter. Carl did say it.

DemetriusPhalerum on August 9, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Oh, c’mon, let’s split some hairs:

“From Cosmos and his frequent appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Sagan became associated with the catchphrase “billions and billions”. Sagan said that he never actually used the phrase in the Cosmos series.[44] The closest that he ever came was in the book Cosmos, where he talked of ‘billions upon billions’”

Alien on August 9, 2014 at 9:17 PM

hawkdriver on August 9, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Long time no speak. Wish you well.

HonestLib on August 9, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Sorry I’m late. I was watching the Thin Man and fell asleep. It’s ok though. I’ve seen it before.

crankyoldlady on August 9, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Good evening all.

wifarmboy on August 9, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Hey wheatboy, good to see you.

HonestLib on August 9, 2014 at 9:13 PM

How do you know he’s not Cheeseboy?

Alien on August 9, 2014 at 9:19 PM

In the early 1990s Apple Computer had codenamed a Mac they were developing as “Sagan.”

Carl Sagan heard about it and complained. It was then codenamed BHA for “Butt Head Astronomer.”

viking01 on August 9, 2014 at 9:14 PM

One of my professors way back when knew him personally, and echoed that sentiment.

Fenris on August 9, 2014 at 9:19 PM

I saw a picture at gatway pundit of a little girl. Cute little dress. Stockings. Shirley Temple from tbe neck down.

From the neck up?

There was no neck up. Those bastards chopped her head off.

I’ve seen some vile shit in my time. This was the worst.

wolly4321 on August 9, 2014 at 9:19 PM

hawkdriver on August 9, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Long time no speak. Wish you well.

HonestLib on August 9, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Busy. Home for the weekend and taking a breath.

hawkdriver on August 9, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Cozmo; do you have pictures?

DemetriusPhalerum on August 9, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Lots of them. I documented the building of it from the first bread-on-butter layers to the fitting out.

Only this one online though.

cozmo on August 9, 2014 at 9:20 PM

As I look down at me left arm…Rod Laver would be proud.

HonestLib on August 9, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Pssst — dating yourself, horribly. Say “Roger Federer.” Or maybe, umm — hell, some tennis player from the current century?

Alien on August 9, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Oh. Ok. ‘Billyuns UPON billyuns’. Nevermind. (Emily Littella)

DemetriusPhalerum on August 9, 2014 at 9:21 PM

“Billions and billions of stars.”

Who said that?

Alien on August 9, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Great question. After using the interwebs, I discovered (and learned to my surprise this):

Sagan did say “billion billion billion atoms” but he never really said “billions and billions” — Johnny Carson said that in a Tonight Show skit parodying Sagan …

ShainS on August 9, 2014 at 9:22 PM

ISIS Threatens to bring Jihad to obama and raise their flag on White House.

What ingrates. obama made them what they are today and now they’re threatening the White House.

hawkdriver on August 9, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Ingrates.

VorDaj on August 9, 2014 at 9:22 PM

It’s getting to the point where it’s not safe to be a Jew anywhere but Israel.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 9, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Last I checked, it’s pretty safe to be a Jew here in Texas. No?

TXUS on August 9, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Sorry I’m late. I was watching the Thin Man and fell asleep. It’s ok though. I’ve seen it before.
crankyoldlady on August 9, 2014 at 9:19 PM

The 1934 version what started the series? Great movie! Love the chemistry between Myrna Loy and William Powell!

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Also on Gateway Pundit.

You couldn’t be a more pathetic excuse for a person than these folks protesting us attacking ISIS.

hawkdriver on August 9, 2014 at 9:23 PM

ISIS Threatens to bring Jihad to obama and raise their flag on White House.

What ingrates. obama made them what they are today and now they’re threatening the White House.

hawkdriver on August 9, 2014 at 9:15 PM

They should be fornicating goats in Obama’s honor. McCain’s too.

VorDaj on August 9, 2014 at 9:24 PM

As a Jew I am not welcome in London anymore.
It’s getting to the point where it’s not safe to be a Jew anywhere but Israel.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 9, 2014 at 8:57 PM

ALT: I think your right,….:)

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canopfor on August 9, 2014 at 9:24 PM

I remember reading that there was opposition to getting into WWII until the administration started running Nazi films using their own propoganda against them. Seeing the atrocities and harangues and Hitler Youth turned people around.

They need to do that now.

crankyoldlady on August 9, 2014 at 9:24 PM

As I look down at me left arm…Rod Laver would be proud.
HonestLib on August 9, 2014 at 9:16 PM

I had a feeling you were in your right mind… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Thx, Coz. I served on BB61. The Texas is special.

DemetriusPhalerum on August 9, 2014 at 9:25 PM

McCain has finally got something right when he says to bomb the hell out of ISIS. Of course, he wants to bomb the hell out of just about everybody so few pay him any mind anymore.

VorDaj on August 9, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Busy. Home for the weekend and taking a breath.

hawkdriver on August 9, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Know the feeling. Hey, even though you gave Mrs. Hawkdriver (NHRN) a big hug and kiss when you got home; trust me on this…out of the blue give her a nice gently touch and tell her how much you love her.

Nudge…nudge!

HonestLib on August 9, 2014 at 9:26 PM

canopfor on August 9, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Oh, the Canadian spelling …

BZZZZT! Incorrect.

Alien on August 9, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Alien: D*mmitts,….so close:)

canopfor on August 9, 2014 at 9:26 PM

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