Obama’s two-front war in Iraq against ISIS and Baghdad a ’10 to 20-year challenge?’

posted at 10:01 am on August 11, 2014 by Noah Rothman

The Obama administration finds itself in the mother of all suboptimal positions in Iraq this morning. Late last week, after months of allowing the linked crises in Syria and Iraq, prompted by the rise of the fundamentalist militant group ISIS, to continue unabated, Obama finally committed to executing limited airstrikes on Islamic State positions.

This contingency operation was aimed only at forestalling that group’s advance on the key cities of Erbil and Baghdad, where American personnel and assets are stationed. All the while, the president and his advisors made it clear that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was, in a fundamental way, responsible for the crisis in the country’s Sunni regions and he had to go. Surprise! Maliki was listening.

Aware that his former benefactors in Washington had run out of patience with him, and his domestic support having disappeared long ago, Maliki appears to have executed something that looks a lot like a coup.

“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,” read a report via Pundit Press late Sunday night. “Now his forces are seizing government buildings in Iraq, have closed the airport, and are surrounding the Green Zone.”

While State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf warned CNN anchors on Monday that many need to “take a step back” from the speculation that has dominated the political press regarding a possible coup in Iraq, her boss appeared to be exercising less caution.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the political crisis in Baghdad on Monday. “We stand absolutely squarely behind President [Fuad] Masum (who) has the responsibility for upholding the constitution of Iraq,” Kerry said. “He is the elected president and at this moment Iraq clearly made a statement that they are looking for change.”

Kerry appeared to accuse Maliki of violating the country’s Constitution on Sunday and, on Monday, the Iraqi president named former Chairman of the Finance Committee Haider Al-Abadi the new prime minister of Iraq. In a letter, Maliki appeared to remain defiant and insisted that no new candidate for the post of prime minister is legitimate.

The administration is today engaged in a two-front war in Iraq; a military front against the medieval Islamic State militia group and a political war against the illegitimate Maliki government in Baghdad. What a predicament.

Meanwhile, the president’s advisors and American officials, speaking on background to the press, continue to give an increasingly apocalyptic assessment of the situation in Iraq. On Monday, NBC reporter Jim Miklaszewski noted that Pentagon officials believe that a new generation of Americans will have to commit to resolving the situation In Iraq.

“All the planning is for these two limited missions; one, to secure that Kurdish area and stop the advance by the ISIS rebels, the other is to protect those Yazidi worshipers that are trapped aboard the mountain,” Miklaszewski said.

He said that the U.S., along with its NATO allies in France and England, are preparing to create a safe corridor for the Yazidis to transit safely out of the area in which they are trapped. How that is to be accomplished without ground forces, he declined to say.

“There’s always somebody in the building looking at the long-term,” Miklaszewski continued, “and it does not look very good to U.S. military officials I’m talking to.”

“Even if we resolve those two situations, and even if ISIS was somehow contained in Iraq, people are now looking at this as being a 10 to 20-year challenge” he concluded.

In related news, confidence in the administration’s handling of America’s foreign affairs has almost entirely evaporated. Unexpectedly.


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We’ve waited long enough. Let’s back the Kurds 100% and tell the rest of Iraq to fall in line, or duck their heads.

Wino on August 11, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Yes sir. Nothing like leading from behind smart power and don’t do stupid s**t foreign policy.

wifarmboy on August 11, 2014 at 10:08 AM

“Even if we resolve those two situations, and even if ISIS was somehow contained in Iraq, people are now looking at this as being a 10 to 20-year challenge” he concluded.

Hmm, suddenly McCain’s proposed 100-year commitment to Iraq doesn’t sound so far-fetched.

Doughboy on August 11, 2014 at 10:09 AM

people are now looking at this as being a 10 to 20-year challenge”

A hearts and mind campaign for Muslims yet unborn. Treat them tenderly, they’ve been oppressed! Your Saudi friends will advise you all the way.

BL@KBIRD on August 11, 2014 at 10:12 AM

It’s not a predicament for the smartest man ever to sit in the Big Chair.

Give a sonorous speech packed with empty platitudes, appear in front of crowds with prearranged swooning fans, distribute a few “Look at me working hard in the Oval Office” pics to the press and bingo bango, everything’s back in order.

Bishop on August 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Hmm, suddenly McCain’s proposed 100-year commitment to Iraq doesn’t sound so far-fetched.

Doughboy on August 11, 2014 at 10:09 AM

I figured we’d basically always be there. We still have 20,000 in the country in regards to the embassy and tens of thousands of private contractors.

CW on August 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM

A preznit with seeds would have a private convo with Maliki:

“Just as we can stop ISIS, we can also clear the way for them to Baghdad. Do you enjoy your head being where it’s currently at or would you rather it be propped on your cooling corpse?”

Bishop on August 11, 2014 at 10:17 AM

McCain knew it would take over 100 years.
Thank Bush for this mess.

weedisgood on August 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Two American aid flights have also made it to the mountain, where they have dropped off more than 36,000 meals and 7,000 gallons of drinking water to help the refugees, and last night two RAF C-130 transport planes were also on the way.

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

“Turkeys Away” (1978) WKRP in Cincinnati

Les Nessman: I’m here with hundreds of people who have gathered to witness what has been described as perhaps the greatest turkey event in Thanksgiving Day history. All we know for sure is that in a very few moments there are going to be a lot of happy people out here. Now the crowd is…

[passers-by gawk at Les]

Les Nessman: The… the crowd is uh… curious but well behaved. And I think I hear something now. Uh… The crowd is moving out into the parking area. And… oh yes! I can see it now. It’s a… it’s a… helicopter and it’s coming this way!

Andy Travis: A helicopter?

Les Nessman: It’s flying something behind it and I can’t quite make it out. It’s a large banner and it says H A P P Y… T H A N K S… giving… from W… K… R… P! What a sight, ladies and gentlemen. What a sight. The ‘copter seems to circling the parking area now. I guess it’s looking for a place to land. No! Something just came out of the back of a helicopter. It’s a dark object, perhaps a skydiver plummeting to the earth from only two thousand feet in the air… There’s a third… No parachutes yet… Those can’t be skydivers. I can’t tell just yet what they are but… Oh my God! They’re turkeys! Oh no! Johnny can you get this? Oh, they’re crashing to the earth right in front of our eyes! One just went through the windshield of a parked car! This is terrible! Everyone’s running around pushing each other. Oh my goodness! Oh, the humanity! People are running about. The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement! Folks, I don’t know how much longer… The crowd is running for their lives. I think I’m going to step inside. I can’t stand here and watch this anymore. No, I can’t go in there. Children are searching for their mothers and oh, not since the Hindenberg tragedy has there been anything like this. I don’t know how much longer I can hold my position here, Johnny. The crowd…

Dr. Johnny Fever: Les? Les? Les, are you there? Les isn’t there. Thanks for that on-the-spot report, Les. For those of you who’ve just tuned in, the Pinedale Shopping Mall has just been bombed with live turkeys. Film at eleven.

J_Crater on August 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Give a sonorous speech packed with empty platitudes, appear in front of crowds with prearranged swooning fans, distribute a few “Look at me working hard in the Oval Office” pics to the press and bingo bango, everything’s back in order.

Bishop on August 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM

You left out a confident game of golf.

Rovin on August 11, 2014 at 10:19 AM

I do not understand. Obama said Iraq was stable, peaceful and Al-Qaeda and Islamic Terrorists were decimated and no longer a threat to anyone and we could leave Iraq without any problems. Didn’t these people get that memo?

Johnnyreb on August 11, 2014 at 10:22 AM

So we’re pulling support from an unpopular leader of a partial country that’s in the midst of a civil war? Last time it was called Viet Nam.

rbj on August 11, 2014 at 10:25 AM

I pledge to end obamas war in iraq
-2016 presidential candidate

cmsinaz on August 11, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Thank Bush for this mess.

weedisgood on August 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

No it’s Grove Cleveland’s fault.

HumpBot Salvation on August 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM

On Monday, NBC reporter Jim Miklaszewski noted that Pentagon officials believe that a new generation of Americans will have to commit to resolving the situation In Iraq.

If true, a few points come to mind:

First, they are going have to give it a name. Maybe Operation Voldemort since this is the war that will not be named.

Second, this is the kind of stuff that should have cancelled the royal vacation. That lazy stupid bastard should be in DC where there are far more resources available for situational awareness.

Third, looks like the Army picked a fine time to cashier all those combat-experienced junior officers.

Finally, it is never too early to talk about the way the filthy stupid bastard used bad intelligence. Mark my words, Obama’s JV comment about ISIS is going to be his mission accomplished moment.

Happy Nomad on August 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Yes sir. Nothing like leading from behind smart power and don’t do stupid s**t foreign policy.

wifarmboy on August 11, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Nothing like leading while wearing a stupid bike helmet and spending the day on vacation with your filthy worthless brats.

Happy Nomad on August 11, 2014 at 10:34 AM

J_Crater on August 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Don’t worry. We can trust him with 100% with Ebola containment. It will never reach the American border.

Oil Can on August 11, 2014 at 10:35 AM

McCain knew it would take over 100 years.
Thank Bush for this mess.

weedisgood on August 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

When Bush left Iraq was stable and the islamic terrorists were defeated… All what would have taken to keep the peace was a force of 25,000 to 30,000 troops station in Iraq for another 10 years… Obama, the most incompetent President ever, decided to leave with no troops left to maintain the peace…

mnjg on August 11, 2014 at 10:36 AM

O/T but shouldn’t The Won talk to all those people, who if he had other sons and daughters would look like him, in Missouri? I’m not a big fan of the out of control tactics of some police departments but two wrongs don’t make a right.

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Good think 0b00ba pink-slipped all those captains and majors.

Akzed on August 11, 2014 at 10:40 AM

*sigh*

libfreeordie on August 10, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Midas on August 11, 2014 at 10:41 AM

McCain knew it would take over 100 years.
Thank Bush for this mess.

weedisgood on August 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

How many years are we committed to Libya?

TarasBulbous on August 11, 2014 at 10:41 AM

J_Crater on August 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Don’t worry. We can trust him with 100% with Ebola containment. It will never reach the American border.

Oil Can on August 11, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Thanks, I feel much safer now. :P

itsspideyman on August 11, 2014 at 10:41 AM

McCain knew it would take over 100 years.
Thank Bush for this mess.

weedisgood on August 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Being that stupid *has* to hurt. At least, I hope it does.

Quite being a f*cking idiot.

Midas on August 11, 2014 at 10:41 AM

McCain knew it would take over 100 years.
Thank Bush for this mess.

weedisgood on August 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Maybe you should have voted for him instead of Dog Eater considering that Dog Eater is showcasing what every sane person knew him to be, a naive fool.

Bishop on August 11, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Those cuts to the Defense budget were just brilliant!

So we have the smallest Army AND Air Force we’ve had since World War 2? So what? What would we ever need the military for, anyway?

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 11, 2014 at 10:42 AM

I pledge to end obamas war in iraq
-2016 presidential candidate

cmsinaz on August 11, 2014 at 10:29 AM

I’m Cindy Sheehan, and I endorse this candidate.

Rovin on August 11, 2014 at 10:44 AM

McCain knew it would take over 100 years.
Thank Bush for this mess.

weedisgood on August 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

How many years are we committed to Libya?

TarasBulbous on August 11, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Or Egypt? Or Syria?

Matter of fact, evidence suggests Obama ARMED ISIS in Syria.

itsspideyman on August 11, 2014 at 10:44 AM

McCain knew it would take over 100 years.
Thank Bush for this mess.

weedisgood on August 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Obama ran on a promise to leave Iraq as soon as possible, and that was one of the very few campaign promises he kept unfortunately.

Bush left a stable Iraq that had just had real elections for the first time in it’s history and just needed a few years to learn how to become a democracy. Obama refused to give them that time and this is what happened because of his ego.

Obama owns the mess in Iraq. You can claim Bush this, and bush that, but Obama inherited a stable Iraq and he blew it on purpose. Obama lied and people are dying. He declared the war over and the Terrorists defeated because he wanted to pad his legacy, plain and simple as that. This was all about him and how History would treat him. He is 100% responsible for this mess and others in the Middle East.

Johnnyreb on August 11, 2014 at 10:45 AM

O/T but shouldn’t The Won talk to all those people, who if he had other sons and daughters would look like him, in Missouri? I’m not a big fan of the out of control tactics of some police departments but two wrongs don’t make a right.

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Well Cindy, the cop acted stupidly by not allowing the upstanding and model citizen youth to take away his gun and shoot him.

HumpBot Salvation on August 11, 2014 at 10:45 AM

So we ought to start a pool. What is Obama going to do first- call world leaders to discuss (Ukraine, Israel/Gaza, Iraq) or is he going to call the parents of that individual killed in St Louis and declare that the Ferguson PD acted stupidly?

Happy Nomad on August 11, 2014 at 10:46 AM

McCain knew it would take over 100 years.
Thank Bush for this mess.

weedisgood on August 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

At what point, exactly, does Captain Kickass start taking any responsibility for anything going wrong on his watch?

Of course, Ron Paul would have been a similar disaster, if there had ever been a remote chance of him getting into the oval office. The world doesn’t become peaceful just because you try to cleanse its aura.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 11, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Maybe you should have voted for him instead of Dog Eater considering that Dog Eater is showcasing what every sane person knew him to be, a naive fool.

Bishop on August 11, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Probably one of the most intelligent statements in the history of the world.

Despite Dog Eater’s extensive training in Communist ideology, testing of that ideology has proven time and time again to be naive on a magnitude of 10′s of powers of degrees.

UnstChem on August 11, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Obama, the most incompetent President ever, decided to leave with no troops left to maintain the peace…

mnjg on August 11, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Your (and the others here likewise willing) willingness to engage in a willful suspension of empirical fact has gone from tragic to sardonically humorous.

Barack Obama is not even remotely incompetent, you refuse to see what his true intentions are because you are so deeply into denial. Once you accept what his true intentions and goals are, but never mind, I doubt you, or anyone else here are capable of that. You would rather engage in hyperbolic rhetorical hyper partisan politics.

oscarwilde on August 11, 2014 at 10:48 AM

HumpBot Salvation on August 11, 2014 at 10:45 AM

But but, he was a “gentle giant”.

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Remember when John McCain said we would need to be there 100 years? And everyone made fun of him? Yeah – I remember that too…

djl130 on August 11, 2014 at 10:49 AM

When Bush left Iraq was stable and the islamic terrorists were defeated… All what would have taken to keep the peace was a force of 25,000 to 30,000 troops station in Iraq for another 10 years… Obama, the most incompetent President ever, decided to leave with no troops left to maintain the peace…

mnjg on August 11, 2014 at 10:36 AM

How can you defeat Islamists in a country full of Muslims?
Here is the problem I have with neo-cons regarding Iraq, you somehow think a different US policy would fix things I fundamentally disagree because the root cause of the problem in that part of the world is Islamic Ideology NOT US policy.

Unless the Islamic ideology and it’s inherent evil nature is addressed, everything else is a band-aid which only delays the inevitable.

Essentially what you are doing is putting the barbarians on a temporary leash.

weedisgood on August 11, 2014 at 10:49 AM

At what point, exactly, does Captain Kickass start taking any responsibility for anything going wrong on his watch?

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 11, 2014 at 10:47 AM

He declares that nobody is madder than he when he reads about it in the paper. Which from the length of time it takes for him to comment and the superficiality of the response must mean that Highights for Children must now be the newspaper of record.

Happy Nomad on August 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Of course, Ron Paul would have been a similar disaster, if there had ever been a remote chance of him getting into the oval office. The world doesn’t become peaceful just because you try to cleanse its aura.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 11, 2014 at 10:47 AM

When it comes to Foreign Policy, no one is matching the intellectual superiority of Ron Paul.
Everything he predicted from the Iraq war disaster to the economic issues have been spot on.

weedisgood on August 11, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Hey WEED what would Saddam and his sons be doing if he was still in power?????. Do you think he would be sitting in office twirling his thumbs the past 11 yrs? We have to worry about the problems that are here now and not going back in time blaming past presidents.

garydt on August 11, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Rovin heh

cmsinaz on August 11, 2014 at 10:55 AM

When Bush left Iraq was stable and the islamic terrorists were defeated… All what would have taken to keep the peace was a force of 25,000 to 30,000 troops station in Iraq for another 10 years… Obama, the most incompetent President ever, decided to leave with no troops left to maintain the peace…

mnjg on August 11, 2014 at 10:36 AM

How can you defeat Islamists in a country full of Muslims?

Violence has been known to work.

Here is the problem I have with neo-cons regarding Iraq,

And there’s your problem. You dismiss the issue of terrorism as “neo-cons” and all thought dries up.

you somehow think a different US policy would fix things I fundamentally disagree because the root cause of the problem in that part of the world is Islamic Ideology NOT US policy.

Unless the Islamic ideology and it’s inherent evil nature is addressed, everything else is a band-aid which only delays the inevitable.

Essentially what you are doing is putting the barbarians on a temporary leash.

weedisgood on August 11, 2014 at 10:49 AM

So are you now advocating nuking all Muslims? That’s the only way to get rid of Islamic ideology.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 11, 2014 at 10:56 AM

“Even if we resolve those two situations, and even if ISIS was somehow contained in Iraq, people are now looking at this as being a 10 to 20-year challenge” he concluded.

Challenge? That challenge is called war. Bwahahahaha!

rhombus on August 11, 2014 at 10:56 AM

When it comes to Foreign Policy, no one is matching the intellectual superiority of Ron Paul.
Everything he predicted from the Iraq war disaster to the economic issues have been spot on.

weedisgood on August 11, 2014 at 10:52 AM

And what does he say to do about it? Wait until they get to our border and “come on in”?

rhombus on August 11, 2014 at 10:57 AM

When it comes to Foreign Policy, no one is matching the intellectual superiority of Ron Paul.
Everything he predicted from the Iraq war disaster to the economic issues have been spot on.

weedisgood on August 11, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Ron Paul’s policies are spot on – 100 years ago. Unfortunately, our country has veered off the constitutional path a long time ago. For those of us that like to live in current-day reality, we reject his foreign policy.

His outspoken statements on the Fed have always been spot-on. That doesn’t mean he’s a prophet on everything else.

UnstChem on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Funny how oaf-bama didn’t give a rat’s azz about public opinion on obama’care’. Now he claims “the people are against…bla, bla, bla”.

Either he’s incompetent or derelict in his duty. Pick one, or both.

Schadenfreude on August 11, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Surprise, surprise, a so called religion that has waged war for 1400 years will require intergenerational commitment ! What kind of schmucks do we have here that this is just starting to occur to them ?
Harf and Kerry can’t even get their story straight, and Obama, of course, on vacation. Essentially he’s tossing in the towel, after all he has a nation to wreck, America, and time to do it.

arand on August 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Thank Bush for this mess.

weedisgood on August 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

No it’s Grove Cleveland’s fault.

HumpBot Salvation on August 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM

I blame Thomas Jefferson. Should have strafed them.

Bmore on August 11, 2014 at 11:14 AM

A two front war?

Can’t wait till Mooch comes down the White House steps singing

Springtime for Barry’s agenda
Midnight for white people here

McCain knew it would take over 100 years.
Thank Bush for this mess.

weedisgood on August 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

No, this is your Choomie homie’s doing.

formwiz on August 11, 2014 at 11:16 AM

For real though, it’s Wilson’s fault for making the U.S. military an international righter of wrongs.

TarasBulbous on August 11, 2014 at 11:16 AM

I blame Thomas Jefferson. Should have strafed them.

Bmore on August 11, 2014 at 11:14 AM

And by strafe, you mean bayonet from the flank.

UnstChem on August 11, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Either he’s incompetent or derelict in his duty. Pick one, or both. Schadenfreude on August 11, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Our border with Mexico was thrown into chaos about the same time as IS, whom 0b00ba armed through Benghazi, invaded Iraq. Citizens from 75 countries have been apprehended at that border this year, including Muslim shiiteholes. IS has been threatening to attack the US. Muslims’ accoutrements have been found on our side of the border for years – Qurans, prayer rugs, etc., and it continues today. It’s fair to say, in light of these things, that 0b00ba has created a Muslim army and unleashed it on the US.

That’s nor merely incompetence or dereliction.

Akzed on August 11, 2014 at 11:27 AM

McCain knew it would take over 100 years.
Thank Bush for this mess.

weedisgood on August 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

You got something drippin’ off your chin.

307wolverine on August 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM

weedisgood on August 11, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Will you please one day post something original. Broken record. I know you’re young and dumb so if you want me to explain Broken Record let me know…or google it. You can handle that…right?

CW on August 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Blame Carter for not having the CIA kill the Ayatollah, in Paris.

Blame obama for not making glass out of the IS convoys, out of Syria.

All else is choomed blabbing. weedisgood needs to hook up with plagiarist Ned Pepper.

Schadenfreude on August 11, 2014 at 11:36 AM

UnstChem on August 11, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Sure, or napalm, his choice. He was POTUS.

Bmore on August 11, 2014 at 11:48 AM

When it comes to Foreign Policy, no one is matching the intellectual superiority of Ron Paul.
Everything he predicted from the Iraq war disaster to the economic issues have been spot on.

weedisgood on August 11, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Being a Luap Nor fanboy does little to add to your credibility or argument.

Athos on August 11, 2014 at 12:27 PM

B. HUSSEIN Obama is the only one who campaigned with a promise that the Mid East was going to just ‘love us’ if only we’d elect him.

Are we feeling the ‘love’ yet?

WhirledPeas on August 11, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Of course, Ron Paul would have been a similar disaster, if there had ever been a remote chance of him getting into the oval office. The world doesn’t become peaceful just because you try to cleanse its aura.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 11, 2014 at 10:47 AM

When it comes to Foreign Policy, no one is matching the intellectual superiority of Ron Paul.
Everything he predicted from the Iraq war disaster to the economic issues have been spot on.

weedisgood on August 11, 2014 at 10:52 AM

No wonder you’re happy with Obama’s foreign policy. It’s basically the same as Ron Paul’s. Cut the defense budget, keep the military at home, and hope the world out there changes and decides to start being nice.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 11, 2014 at 1:05 PM

McCain knew it would take over 100 years.
Thank Bush for this mess.

weedisgood on August 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Preznit Cakeboy had the opportunity to annihilate an entire convoy of ISIS lunatics out in the open desert when they crossed over from Syria. A single B-52 or a couple of A-10′s or AC-130′s could have laid waste to them. But he didn’t because he’s a WORTHLESS PIECE OF CRAP who puts politics ahead of sound foreign policy. Now ISIS is dug in, not out in the desert, but in large cities, which means there is no way there won’t be major civilian casualties incurred in dislodging them, and in a piece of infrastructure (the Mosul dam) which will have to be cleared the hard way with guys going in on foot because bombing it isn’t an option for obvious reasons.

Walter Sobchak on August 11, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Obama took Iraq, a war that was effectively won and a region that was fundamentally stabilized, and threw it into utterly predictable chaos by withdrawing America’s calming influence via a military presence.

The Candyland world view of the Progressives now endangers the planet.

And allows the rise of bestial hordes under the black flag of imperialistic Islam to spread at will.

Now “checked” with pinpricks.

The Jihad is going to require more firepower than that to KILL IT.

And, if these expansionistic maniacs are not destroyed while we are still more powerful, we shall be destroyed by the Jihad as it gains strength.

Utterly predictably.

profitsbeard on August 11, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Obama took Iraq, a war that was effectively won and a region that was fundamentally stabilized, and threw it into utterly predictable chaos by withdrawing America’s calming influence via a military presence.

The Candyland world view of the Progressives now endangers the planet.

And allows the rise of bestial hordes under the black flag of imperialistic Islam to spread at will.

Now “checked” with pinpricks.

The Jihad is going to require more firepower than that to KILL IT.

And, if these expansionistic maniacs are not destroyed while we are still more powerful, we shall be destroyed by the Jihad as it gains strength.

Utterly predictably.

D*MN that George Bush, for putting Barack Obama into office!
It’s clearly his fault, as any Editor at the NYT or Mother Jones can tell you.

orangemtl on August 11, 2014 at 2:08 PM