Coup underway in Iraq Confirmed. Video added

posted at 7:04 pm on August 10, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

This was popped up in the headlines, and details are still sketchy, but something potentially big is afoot in Iraq. (And for once, we’re not talking about their being under attack by ISIS.) We were first tipped off on Twitter as well as a quick draw compilation of tweets from inside Iraq provided at Pundit Press. Here are a few, along with Pundit Press’s summary, keeping in mind that this isn’t confirmed yet:

Iraq’s parliament just chose a new President who refused to rename Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki to a third term. Maliki declared the move unconstitutional and his own State of Law Party pulled support from him. Now his forces are seizing government buildings in Iraq, have closed the airport, and are surrounding the Green Zone.

His speech refusing to step down occurred at midnight and was followed by the military action.

Assuming this is true – and a lot of reporters are picking up on it already – it sounds like somebody wanted al-Maliki out, but he’s not inclined to go. Actually, the WSJ predicted there was trouble afoot in the naming of the new PM earlier this week.

Baghdad’s Political Rifts Lurk Ahead of Deadline to Select Prime Minister

AGHDAD—As Sunni Islamist militants stabbed further into northern Iraq this week, sparking U.S. airstrikes against them, lawmakers in Baghdad appeared as divided as ever in choosing a new prime minister to form a government by Sunday’s deadline.

Iraqi politicians have been meeting in Baghdad this weekend before a constitutional deadline to form a new prime minister and government by midnight on Sunday. And no broadly acceptable alternative to Mr. Maliki appears to have emerged, further complicating the political situation.

If that impasse persists past the weekend, it could force a reassessment of the U.S. military intervention that many Iraqis see as essential to arresting the Islamist militants’ startling advances this year.

Allahpundit was already making some predictions within minutes of the news breaking.

It’s difficult to imagine a worse time for this (not that there’s a good time, mind you) when the country is under attack from an Islamic terrorist army on several fronts. Having their internal government structure break down just seems to invite more external problems. And if al-Maliki really arrests the new president (a Kurd) as threatened, that may indeed be the excuse the Kurds need to head for the exits.

Stay tuned. I’m sure there will be more coming from one or the other of us as this develops.

UPDATE 1: (Jazz) CNN is finally on the story and has film of tanks in the streets outside the Green Zone.

UPDATE 2: (Jazz) Some of the media is starting to pick up on this now. Looks legitimate.

TROOPS loyal to controversial Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki have sealed off Baghdad’s “Green Zone” in an apparent coup.

“There is a huge security presence, police and army, especially around the Green Zone,” the highly-protected district that houses Iraq’s key institutions, a high-ranking police officer has confirmed to AFP.

He said the deployment started at around 10:30 pm Iraq time, just 90 minutes before Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced on state television he would file a complaint against the president for violating the constitution.

“There is security everywhere in Baghdad, these are very unusual measures that look like those we impose for a state of emergency,” the police official said.

UPDATE 3: (Jazz) Some video from CNN with a bit more analysis and early scenes from the Green Zone.


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I agree with Allahpundit.

tanked59 on August 10, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Out with one incompetent tyrant.

And if a Kurd gets put in, it may not be possible for Maliki to get rid of him. In fact trying to do so just might get his own hide hung out to dry.

ajacksonian on August 10, 2014 at 7:10 PM

“I’ll stake my vice-presidency on Maliki.”

-Joe Biden

Wethal on August 10, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Coup underway in Iraq “The Country formerly known as Iraq”?

FIFM

[h/t Zerohedge: Hundreds Of Yazidis Found In ISIS Mass Grave, Many Buried Alive]

ShainS on August 10, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Coup underway in Iraq?

Really? What was your first clue?

bgibbs1000 on August 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Maliki is backed by Iran and has allowed Iran to use Iraq to send weapons and soldiers to Syria. Obama, pulling US forces out of Iraq opened the door for all of this to happen. Now, here we are, having armed, trained and supplied ISIS is our idiotic leadership praying no one in the freaking media rats them out to the general public.

OldSarg on August 10, 2014 at 7:13 PM

So are Maliki and Dear Liar having a contest to see who’s more incompetent?

rbj on August 10, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Popcorn time.
Butter & salt on mine.
Too bad innocents will bear the brunt again.

LeftCoastRight on August 10, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Here is more (via Drudge) Massive security deployment around Baghdad ‘green zone’: officials : http://news.yahoo.com/massive-security-deployment-around-baghdad-green-zone-officials-221851583.html;_ylt=AwrSyCXp8OdTwRcAS7HQtDMD

coolapic on August 10, 2014 at 7:13 PM

It’s the “Hey, Let’s All Get Beheaded by ISIS” Revolution

forest on August 10, 2014 at 7:17 PM

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

Iraq crisis
Iran

24m
State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq and Iran tweets that he ‘fully supports President of Iraq Fouad Masoum after Prime Minister Maliki accused Masoum of violating constitution – @brett_mcgurk
see original on twitter.com
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Iraq
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More: Special forces deployed after Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki gives speech indicating he would not drop bid for 3rd term – @Reuters
Read more on trust.org
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Baghdad, Baghdad, IQ
1h
Police: Special forces loyal to Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki deployed in strategic areas of Baghdad – @Reuters

canopfor on August 10, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Everything that American troops have done in Iraq, all the fighting and all the dying, the bleeding and the building, and the training and the partnering — all of it has led to this moment of success

We’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq.

Barack Obama, December 2011

Two down, one to go.

Socratease on August 10, 2014 at 7:19 PM

My God. Maliki is a piece of garbage.

Jack_Burton on August 10, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Brett McGurkVerified account
@brett_mcgurk

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (Iraq and Iran) @statedept
Washington, D.C.
m.state.gov/md213058.htm

Brett McGurk @brett_mcgurk · 1h

Fully support President of #Iraq Fuad Masum as guarantor of the Constitution and a PM nominee who can build a national consensus.

canopfor on August 10, 2014 at 7:21 PM

I wonder if this move more Sunnis to ISIS. If this coup is true then watch Shias and Sunnis start to shooting each in the street.

This is could be the another milestone in the greater Sunni/Shia civil war.

Oil Can on August 10, 2014 at 7:22 PM

KAOS Erupto!!

canopfor on August 10, 2014 at 7:22 PM

al-Maliki believed he could game his way to all-power in Iraq.

He couldn’t.

He believed the could intimidate the Sunni minority and get away with it.

He got ISIS instead.

He thought Iran was going to ‘help’ him to at least go after ISIS.

Iran is too busy in Syria to ‘help’ Maliki.

Now the dictator wannabe is going to do the old police/special forces vs military.

You know, Kurds are Sunni’s and they are fighting ISIS AND getting external help in doing that.

Which means they are ALSO protecting Shia.

al-Maliki couldn’t accomplish any of that. Period.

He doesn’t have just what is coming at him to worry about – but his ‘supporters’ may not like having been lied to and having such an incompetent in charge.

Backstabbing is an ancient custom in that part of the world.

He deserves it.

ajacksonian on August 10, 2014 at 7:24 PM

A coup in Iraq would make things easy for the U.S. Abandon Maliki and deal with the Kurds exclusively from now on

I agree 100% with AP.

Come on Obama, your the doofus who said never let a crisis got to waste…this is your chance to get a victory. Declare Kurdistan an independent state, arm the heck out of them, and give them some air support and they can take Northern Iraq. Then let the Shia and Sunnis battle for the rest of that dump.

A friendly Kurdistan would also be a perfect place to use airpower whack Sunni Jihadists whenever we want….or maybe….Iran.

This is a opportunity for America to salvage something out of this whole mess (and get a real victory) that has lasted for more than a decade, which means I know Obama will blow it.

William Eaton on August 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Bram Janssen
@BramJanssen

Videographer – The Associated Press.
Iraq
vimeo.com/bramjanssen

https://twitter.com/BramJanssen

Retweeted by Bram Janssen
Qubad Talabani @qubadjt · 1h

@enlightenkurd @Remziya @RamiAlLolah I just spoke to him 3 minutes ago, he is fine and no hostile troop presence in his vicinity

Bram Janssen @BramJanssen · 1h

Dep. PM of Kurdish reg. @qubadjt says on twitter he spoke to Pres Fouad Masoum. “He is fine and no hostile troop presence in his vicinity”.

Retweeted by Bram Janssen
Remco Andersen @RemcoAnd · 1h

Aid agencies, except Red Crescent, nowhere to be seen near crossing. @UNHCRIraq spox: we can’t go cause of safety concerns.

Bram Janssen @BramJanssen · 2h

Until now, nothing but rumors. Keep that in mind when following twitter. #maliki #iraq

Bram Janssen @BramJanssen · 2h

Lot of unconfirmed reports about #Maliki’s forces surrounding the greenzone in #Baghdad. If this is true, where’s this going? #iraq

canopfor on August 10, 2014 at 7:29 PM

French Third Republic redux.

frost_ on August 10, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Can’t remember stuff like this happening when Saddam Hussein was in charge…

JohnGalt23 on August 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM

The Kurds have demonstrated:

- Diplomatic acumen in getting help from multiple Nations against ISIS

- Military capacity and having as its only flaw having expected Obama to have supplied them with ammo TWO WEEKS AGO

- Political competence at not being power-hungry and acting like civilized people

Basically everything we would look for in an ally.

Obama will backstab them the moment he gets a chance. Luckily if the Kurds start to beat back ISIS, then they can ask their kin in Syria for help in opening a wider front and getting another supply line open.

In two years there may not be an Iraq as we know it or a Syria as we know it.

ajacksonian on August 10, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Gag.. this has the stench of the CIA all about it…

Skywise on August 10, 2014 at 7:33 PM

ajacksonian on August 10, 2014 at 7:24 PM

The Kurds are Sunni, but for now at least their nationalistic pride is dwarfing any Islamic feelings they might have had. They have been wanting a nation state for hundreds of years…they are not going to let this chance slip without a massive fight or let Islam get in the way.

Now one day they could become more Islamic, and therefore become a problem for infidels, but not now. Naked, uncontrolled nationalism sometimes is a good thing.

William Eaton on August 10, 2014 at 7:34 PM

A coup in Iraq would make things easy for the U.S. Abandon Maliki and deal with the Kurds exclusively from now on
===============================================

Tru Dats:

https://twitter.com/AP

The Associated Press @AP · 30s

U.S. planes, drones strike militants firing on minority Yazidis;

Kurdish forces retake 2 towns in Iraq:

http://apne.ws/1sLuN29

canopfor on August 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Can’t remember stuff like this happening when Saddam Hussein was in charge…

JohnGalt23 on August 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Only because Hussein killed his opposition (sometimes with chemical weapons) before they became a credible threat to him.

Steve Eggleston on August 10, 2014 at 7:36 PM

You know this makes Obama happy.

Axion on August 10, 2014 at 7:37 PM

This is a shock. It’s almost as if Muslims are incapable of maintaining any sort of civilized society.
/

WhatSlushfund on August 10, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Coup underway in Iraq?

Makes sense.

World events spinning out of control just as Snuggles goes for a bike ride with one of his filthy worthless brats. Back in September sign hung over the doorknob to the White House.

Happy Nomad on August 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

William Eaton on August 10, 2014 at 7:34 PM

In general the Kurds detest terrorists – they are cowards. They can’t stand and fight like Kurds can.

Arabs remember the last Arab army that was successful.

It was led by a Kurd.

Saladin.

And Richard the Lionhearted spoke highly of him.

Kurds are NOT Arabs and they prefer the civilized way of doing things. They have protected the Yezidi against everyone, including Saddam. And yet the Yezidi are pacifist devil worshipers who believe that evil must be distracted and appeased for good things to happen. The Kurds adopted their symbol as their territorial emblem.

Try and find THAT amongst Arabs.

Heck try and find it anywhere in Europe these days.

ajacksonian on August 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Qubad TalabaniVerified account
@qubadjt

Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government. Proud to continue serving the people of Kurdistan.

https://twitter.com/qubadjt

Retweeted by Qubad Talabani
Liz Sly @LizSly · 19m

A war is raging in Baghdad over Maliki’s @StateofLaw Twitter feed. But he retains full control of its Facebook page. #coup h/t @zalali

Retweeted by Qubad Talabani
Zaid Al-Ali @zalali · 40m

Clearly there is a fight for control over @StateofLaw. Account has now swung back in favor of Maliki.

Retweeted by Qubad Talabani
Jim Sciutto @jimsciutto · 57m

US expressing clear support for Iraqi president Masum over PM #Maliki via State’s @brett_mcgurk No mincing words this time. #Iraq

canopfor on August 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

This is a shock. It’s almost as if Muslims are incapable of maintaining any sort of civilized society.
/

WhatSlushfund on August 10, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Well they could were it not for those Greek homos.

Happy Nomad on August 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

I agree 100% with AP.

Come on Obama, your the doofus who said never let a crisis got to waste…this is your chance to get a victory. Declare Kurdistan an independent state, arm the heck out of them, and give them some air support and they can take Northern Iraq. Then let the Shia and Sunnis battle for the rest of that dump.

A friendly Kurdistan would also be a perfect place to use airpower whack Sunni Jihadists whenever we want….or maybe….Iran.

This is a opportunity for America to salvage something out of this whole mess (and get a real victory) that has lasted for more than a decade, which means I know Obama will blow it.

William Eaton on August 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Teh SCOAMT won’t do that because the Kurds weren’t enemies of Teh Eeeeevil Boooooosh.

Steve Eggleston on August 10, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Obama will backstab them [the Kurds] the moment he gets a chance.

ajacksonian on August 10, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Ain’t that the truth …

ShainS on August 10, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Really? What was your first clue?

bgibbs1000 on August 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Reports that no one can find Obama.

VorDaj on August 10, 2014 at 7:40 PM

French Third Republic redux.

frost_ on August 10, 2014 at 7:29 PM

The Shia are kind of like a Islamic version of the French…just look at their battlefield performance so far.

William Eaton on August 10, 2014 at 7:41 PM

With a different CIC this would make me feel better.

gophergirl on August 10, 2014 at 7:41 PM

https://twitter.com/APDiploWriter

Matt Lee @APDiploWriter · 8m

Oh, that. What could possibly go wrong in #Iraq during #SecKerry’s 6-hour flight from #Burma to Darwin, #Australia?

Matt Lee @APDiploWriter · 12m

Oh good. “#Iraq PM to file complaint against new president” http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_289563/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=LxLUBVGf
=========================================

Iraqi PM to file complaint against new president

By SAMEER N. YACOUB and VIVIAN SALAMA
Published: 10 minutes ago
*************************

BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraq’s embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in a surprise speech late Sunday, resisted calls for his resignation and accused the country’s new president of violating the constitution, plunging the government into a political crisis at a time it is battling advances by Islamic State militants.

Al-Maliki is seeking a third-term as prime minister, but the latest crisis has prompted even his closest allies to call for his resignation. A parliament session scheduled for Monday to discuss the election and who might lead the next Iraqi government was postponed until Aug. 19.
(More…)
==========

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_289563/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=LxLUBVGf

canopfor on August 10, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Teh SCOAMT won’t do that because the Kurds weren’t enemies of Teh Eeeeevil Boooooosh.

Steve Eggleston on August 10, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Even worse – they like Americans.

Subdivisions in Kurd territory could be dropped into any US suburb and you wouldn’t notice the difference.

They have a mountain warfare ethos and culture. ISIS made the wrong enemies of the Kurds… after the Gurkha I would say the Kurds are the next best native fighters on the planet. They take extreme pride in that. They don’t need to stab you in the back, they will take you down fully armed from in front and then say what a great fighter you were. I like that in a people.

ajacksonian on August 10, 2014 at 7:44 PM

canopfor on August 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

LOL…Good God…Get ready for the U.S. state dept vs. Maliki twitter war.

William Eaton on August 10, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Coup underway in Iraq?

Really? What was your first clue?

bgibbs1000 on August 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Reports that no one can find Obama.

VorDaj on August 10, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Heh.

He’s likely either on the course looking for the murderer of Nicole and Ron … or playing Spades with Reggie down at Martha’s Bathhouse.

ShainS on August 10, 2014 at 7:44 PM

The need to arm and train the Kurds has been a no brainer for months. Start the anti-tank weapons and heavy arms flowing. If Obomba fails in this regard, it’s all on his head.

vnvet on August 10, 2014 at 7:44 PM

This is exactly why Bush created the SOFA. Too bad dear leader couldn’t be bothered to realize that giving up on the war isn’t the same as ending it, much less winning it.

Stoic Patriot on August 10, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Urgent …. Security forces surround Masoum residence in Baghdad
Monday, 11 August 2014 01:57

Baghdad (AIN) –Security forces surrounded the residence of the Iraqi President Fuad Masoum inside the Green Zone of central Baghdad.

A source from inside the Green Zone reported to AIN “Security forces surrounded the residence of the Iraqi President Fuad Masoum and forbid the entrance and departure of any person out of or inside the Green Zone.”

“The denial of some security sides of the reports over heavy deployment or surrounding Masoum’s residence is not accredited,” the source added.(More…)
==========================

http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/index.php/security-news/56521-urgent–security-forces-surround-masoum-residence-in-baghdad-.html

http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/

canopfor on August 10, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Obama will backstab them [the Kurds] the moment he gets a chance.

ajacksonian on August 10, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Ain’t that the truth …

ShainS on August 10, 2014 at 7:39 PM

+1000

Part of Kurdish territory is in Turkey, and Obama has been using Turkey (and Qatar) in his “truce” negotiations as to Gaza.

Wethal on August 10, 2014 at 7:46 PM

The world is falling apart.

But we do have terrific golf at the final round of the PGA.

sentinelrules on August 10, 2014 at 7:47 PM

He’s likely either on the course looking for the murderer of Nicole and Ron … or playing Spades with Reggie down at Martha’s Bathhouse.

ShainS on August 10, 2014 at 7:44 PM

It’s after dark, so we can rule out door number 1.

Steve Eggleston on August 10, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Obama’s Diem.

rob verdi on August 10, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Prezy Mile Wide Inch Deep will really be unhappy when his “body man” reads this to him from the paper in the morning….

HatfieldMcCoy on August 10, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Only because Hussein killed his opposition (sometimes with chemical weapons) before they became a credible threat to him.

Steve Eggleston on August 10, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Since the whole ISIS thing broke, one of the thoughts going through my head has been: “I’m guessing these were the type of folk Saddam had fed into woodchippers.”

Extreme threats. Extreme measures. And a part of the world we simply know very little about…

JohnGalt23 on August 10, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Whose gonna break the news to the POS that his vacay-cay might have to be cut short?

wyntre on August 10, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Maliki wasn’t even supposed to be prime minister; Sunni Allawi was the original choice the firs time, IIRC, but Obama forced Allawi to step aside because he thought Shiite Maliki would be the “uniter.”

(And no doubt because Obama wanted to suck up to Iran for “help” in nuclear negotiations).

Maliki promptly started arresting Sunni politicians after taking office. Obama looked the other way because this was a “local political matter.”

Wethal on August 10, 2014 at 7:51 PM

I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens. I don’t expect any kind of miracle.

SC.Charlie on August 10, 2014 at 7:51 PM

State of Law
@StateofLaw

Iraq
slc.iq

https://twitter.com/StateofLaw

State of Law @StateofLaw · 43m

عاجل : دولة رئيس الوزراء يدعو جميع ابناء الشعب العراقي الحضور الفاعل والقوي لاحباط عملية التجاوز على الدستور http://fb.me/6DjepQB9S

Urgent: Prime Minister calls on all the sons of the Iraqi people active presence and strong to thwart the process of overtaking on the Constitution http: //

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1529421090620507

canopfor on August 10, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Gag.. this has the stench of the CIA all about it…

Skywise on August 10, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Well it would be the first thing the CIA showed any level of competence in doing for the last twenty five years. So no, it wasn’t the CIA.

lowandslow on August 10, 2014 at 7:52 PM

+1000

Part of Kurdish territory is in Turkey, and Obama has been using Turkey (and Qatar) in his “truce” negotiations as to Gaza.

Wethal on August 10, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Turkey has a problem: by 2050 they will be a majority Kurdish Nation.

Now the Turks have been giving air support to the Kurds.

You know, it isn’t just Israel that can give up land for peace…and Turkey has been unable to do anything against the spread of Kurdish culture or population which refuses to assimilate. The US isn’t the only country with that problem. The Kurds resorted to a strange form of terrorism in Turkey known as ‘standing up to the bully and stopping him from killing your people’ for a few decades. The Turks didn’t like that very much. Now they are positively worried. And Iran isn’t doing much to help Turkey being busy with Syria and all.

Then there all those effective people from a warrior culture just south of the border that will be the ethnic majority in your own Nation, possibly in your lifetime if things go south. Wouldn’t helping them, like, you know, buy your own people a break and get on the good side ASAP?

The Middle East: where the Kurds actually believe Woodrow Wilson would enforce the Treaty of Vienna. They still do, strangely enough. Well that might actually come about, some assembly required.

ajacksonian on August 10, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Can’t remember stuff like this happening when Saddam Hussein was in charge…

JohnGalt23 on August 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Really? Let me refresh your memory. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran%E2%80%93Iraq_War

Doomberg on August 10, 2014 at 7:52 PM

I don’t know why you guys are wondering where Obama is. He won’t even find out about this until he sees it on the news.

trubble on August 10, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Who is going to tell Obama or will he have to read about it in the morning newspapers?

SC.Charlie on August 10, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Happy Nomad on August 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Yup. I KNEW something was going down this weekend.

wyntre on August 10, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Say whats:

State of Law @StateofLaw · 2h

يؤكد ائتلاف دولة القانون التزامه الكامل بالدستور. وسيتم إعلان اسم المرشح البديل المقبول من كل الأطراف قريبا

Coalition confirms its full commitment to the rule of law to the Constitution. The announcement will be

CM alternative candidate acceptable to all parties soon

canopfor on August 10, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Can’t remember stuff like this happening when Saddam Hussein was in charge…

JohnGalt23 on August 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM

You’re a pathetic piece of work.

hawkdriver on August 10, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Since the whole ISIS thing broke, one of the thoughts going through my head has been: “I’m guessing these were the type of folk Saddam had fed into woodchippers.”

Extreme threats. Extreme measures. And a part of the world we simply know very little about…

JohnGalt23 on August 10, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Hussein was feeding everybody into the woodchippers in what could fairly be described as the modern incarnation of Stalin.

Whose gonna break the news to the POS that his vacay-cay might have to be cut short?

wyntre on August 10, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Nobody will be madder than Teh SCOAMT when he reads about this tomorrow in the papers after his morning SportsCenter overload.

Steve Eggleston on August 10, 2014 at 7:55 PM

OK, I’ll say it… Just wait until Obama finds out about this on TV. Geez, you guys are getting slow. Must be the weekend.

307wolverine on August 10, 2014 at 7:56 PM

canopfor on August 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

LOL…Good God…Get ready for the U.S. state dept vs. Maliki twitter war.

William Eaton on August 10, 2014 at 7:44 PM

William Eaton: Lol,….ya HashTag OneUpmanShip:)

canopfor on August 10, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Extreme threats. Extreme measures. And a part of the world we simply know very little about…

JohnGalt23 on August 10, 2014 at 7:50 PM

And what do you know about the children of Halabja?

hawkdriver on August 10, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Man, that Cairo Speech just keeps on giving.

Bishop on August 10, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Nobody will be madder than Teh SCOAMT when he reads about this tomorrow in the papers after his morning SportsCenter overload.

Steve Eggleston on August 10, 2014 at 7:55 PM

But HUSSEIN knows what the press is going to report BEFORE they REPORT IT.

The story tomorrow will be “Obama is AWESOME!!!!!” from the LSM.

ConstantineXI on August 10, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Well it would be the first thing the CIA showed any level of competence in doing for the last twenty five years. So no, it wasn’t the CIA.

lowandslow on August 10, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Q: How do you know the CIA isn’t involved?

A: It is being done competently.

That really should be the tagline to bring down every conspiracy theory of the past 30 years.

ajacksonian on August 10, 2014 at 7:57 PM

OTOH,

Maybe the POS KNEW about this and wanted to be sure to get out of Dodge.

I’ve been seeing rumors about some big announcement on August 17, when he is due back in DC for 2 days.

wyntre on August 10, 2014 at 7:57 PM

OK, I’ll say it… Just wait until Obama finds out about this on TV. Geez, you guys are getting slow. Must be the weekend.

307wolverine on August 10, 2014 at 7:56 PM

You missed it by thatmuch :-)

And Teh SCOAMT’s media of choice for “hard” news is newspapers; he goes to the TV mostly for the sports.

Steve Eggleston on August 10, 2014 at 7:58 PM

So,…for a Sunday,..the Journalists are in NEWS DEFCON Sumpins:

Matt Lee @APDiploWriter · 57s

“While security concerns extremely high in #Iraq, limited move out of abundance of caution rather than specific threat,” per @statedeptspox.

https://twitter.com/statedeptspox

Matt Lee @APDiploWriter · 10s

.@statedept moves more staff from consulate Erbil to #Jordan, “staffing in Baghdad remains the same,” per @statedeptspox. #Iraq

https://twitter.com/StateDept

canopfor on August 10, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Man, that Cairo Speech just keeps on giving.

Bishop on August 10, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Obama has always thought he can change the world with speeches.

Turns out he was right.

ConstantineXI on August 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM

–snip– as Snuggles goes for a bike ride with one of his filthy worthless brats. -snip-

Happy Nomad on August 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Hey, easy on the kids. They’re not independent agents until they go to college (or the equivalent of a little time on their own if they chose not to go). If they then turn out to be like their parents, then they are fair game for comments.

Kevin K. on August 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Interventionism abroad only yields more deaths and more chaos.

Anyone still doubt this reality?

fatlibertarianinokc on August 10, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Results for #coup

https://twitter.com/hashtag/coup?src=hash

canopfor on August 10, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Hey, easy on the kids. They’re not independent agents until they go to college (or the equivalent of a little time on their own if they chose not to go). If they then turn out to be like their parents, then they are fair game for comments.

Kevin K. on August 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM

His kids will turn out to be at least as bad as Chelsea Clinton. Just not (quite) as ugly.

ConstantineXI on August 10, 2014 at 8:01 PM

The Kurds resorted to a strange form of terrorism in Turkey known as ‘standing up to the bully and stopping him from killing your people’ for a few decades. The Turks didn’t like that very much.
ajacksonian on August 10, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Well, they saw what the Turks did to the Armenians.

IIRC, Obama promised to denounce the Armenian genocide once in office.

Then he realized 1) Turkey was part of NATO; and 2) he could get re-elected without the Armenian-American vote.

Wethal on August 10, 2014 at 8:02 PM

And Teh SCOAMT’s media of choice for “hard” news is newspapers; he goes to the TV mostly for the sports.

Steve Eggleston on August 10, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Geez, I really did blow it, huh?

*facepalm*

307wolverine on August 10, 2014 at 8:02 PM

fatlibertarianinokc on August 10, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Running from war and not getting peace only gets more war.

Peace is not the status quo of humanity since the dawn of time. It must be created and sustained. Once you are in one you finish it.

ajacksonian on August 10, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Geez, I really did blow it, huh?

*facepalm*

307wolverine on August 10, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Considering newsprint will be more-or-less extinct about the same time he leaves office, not really.

Steve Eggleston on August 10, 2014 at 8:04 PM

And what do you know about the children of Halabja?

hawkdriver on August 10, 2014 at 7:57 PM

That less of them died than have died under ISIS? That if ISIS were ever to take Halabja, they would be shown far less mercy than Saddam Hussein showed them.

Oh, and BTW, it’s not just JohnGalt23 saying it now:

Laura Ingraham: ‘Iraq Is Worse Off’ Now Than Under Saddam

Take it up with Ms Ingraham…

JohnGalt23 on August 10, 2014 at 8:04 PM

https://twitter.com/act4america

Retweeted by Brigitte Gabriel
LindaPJ @PJStrikeForce · 3h

#ISIS Using #DHS Mohamed Elibiary Comments On Inevitable Caliphate 2 Recruit http://wp.me/p2CcQu-7sN #TCOT #CCOT #USA

https://twitter.com/PJStrikeForce/status/498577074123071488/photo/1

canopfor on August 10, 2014 at 8:04 PM

No worries, everyone. LSM has it covered.

Actual Reuters Headline:

“Obama Balances World Crises With Golf, Time Off”

wyntre on August 10, 2014 at 8:04 PM

*sigh*

libfreeordie on August 10, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Del Dolemonte on August 10, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq and Iran

WTF?

faraway on August 10, 2014 at 8:07 PM

No worries, everyone. LSM has it covered.

Actual Reuters Headline:

“Obama Balances World Crises With Golf, Time Off”

wyntre on August 10, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Before the 1:34 pm EDT dispatch goes down the memory hole, somebody might want to save it.

The full headline is even more repugnant: No optical illusion: Obama balances world crises with golf, time off

Steve Eggleston on August 10, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Hope and Change !!

/

viking01 on August 10, 2014 at 8:08 PM

The world is falling apart.

But we do have terrific golf at the final round of the PGA.

sentinelrules on August 10, 2014 at 7:47 PM

So true!

CTSherman on August 10, 2014 at 8:08 PM

This is worse.

I can guarantee you that this is what happened: a 21st Century version of the Diem Coup run by the Gentry Liberals in Washington,

Only Teheran got wind of what was going on and brought the hammer down quick.

victor82 on August 10, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Wethal on August 10, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Yes the Kurds took note of the prior Armenian genocides of the late 19th and early 20th century. That is another thing I like about them: they take care to notice these little survival hints and prepare for them.

America turned a blind eye to them. Wilson didn’t want to do anything and then wouldn’t go to war against an ally of Germany because he worried about the employees of Singer in the Ottoman territories. Mind you he knew about the genocide going on as his Ambassador not only reported it to him, but resigned when he did nothing about it.

Still the Kurds thought the post-War treaty was going to be guaranteed…still they noted what we did and didn’t do, too. For them it isn’t us judging them, it is them judging the US. But then they are faced with the modern version of the Einsatzgruppen gone jihadi. I wouldn’t want to get on the bad side of the Kurds.

ajacksonian on August 10, 2014 at 8:10 PM

So true!

CTSherman on August 10, 2014 at 8:08 PM

I don’t watch TV. But I’m following on ESPN. What a barnburner…!

JohnGalt23 on August 10, 2014 at 8:11 PM

I’m not seeing a ‘coup’. Can someone please explain.

faraway on August 10, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Maliki wasn’t even supposed to be prime minister; Sunni Allawi was the original choice the firs time, IIRC, but Obama forced Allawi to step aside because he thought Shiite Maliki would be the “uniter.”

Wethal on August 10, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Allawi took office as Prime Minister in 2006. I’m pretty sure Obama only took office in January 2009.

This situation has been screwed up from start to finish by both the Bush and Obama administrations. From the initial flawed decision to invade, to the stupid policy of disbanding the Iraqi military, the commitment to nation-building in a nation that collectively hates us, arming various private militias and factions, etc. Of course, calling the entire war a mistake gets one labeled an “isolationist.”

AngusMc on August 10, 2014 at 8:14 PM

BeHold The Power Of StateCraft:

Will Antonin ‏@Will_Antonin 1h

Biden, 2010: Iraq’s stability will be one of Obama’s greatest achievements. http://is.gd/dKG2bd #Iraq #ISIS #coup
====================================================

FLASHBACK: Biden in 2010: Iraq’s Stability Will Be ‘One of the Great Achievements’ of Obama Administration

http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/06/12/flashback-biden-2010-iraq%E2%80%99s-stability-will-be-%E2%80%98one-great-achievements%E2%80%99-obama-admin

canopfor on August 10, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Iraq crisis
13m

State Department relocates number of staff from Consulate Erbil to Consulate in Basrah amid security concerns in Iraq – @statedeptspox

canopfor on August 10, 2014 at 8:18 PM

I can guarantee you that this is what happened: a 21st Century version of the Diem Coup run by the Gentry Liberals in Washington,

Only Teheran got wind of what was going on and brought the hammer down quick.

victor82 on August 10, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Yep!

butch on August 10, 2014 at 8:19 PM

I’m not seeing a ‘coup’. Can someone please explain.

I would if I knew the details of the Iraqi Constitution. You would think the press would look into that. Heh.

lowandslow on August 10, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Well it would be the first thing the CIA showed any level of competence in doing for the last twenty five years. So no, it wasn’t the CIA.
lowandslow on August 10, 2014 at 7:52 PM

The night is young.

Skywise on August 10, 2014 at 8:21 PM

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