It begins: Iraq crisis prompts Dems to dump on Obama’s foreign policy

posted at 8:41 am on August 11, 2014 by Noah Rothman

The Wall Street Journal observed on Sunday that President Barack Obama’s approach to foreign policy is drawing awful reviews from the critics. What critics? “James Steinberg, formerly the President’s Deputy Secretary of State, and Robert Ford, formerly his Ambassador to Syria,” and, delivering the unkindest cut of all, “Hillary Rodham Clinton, formerly his loyal Secretary of State.”

Steinberg said Obama’s decision to provide just limited support to the Kurds, and to direct all other aid through the Iraqi government which has intentionally dragged its feet, “just leaves you scratching your head.”

“Nothing we can point to that’s been very successful,” Ford said of Obama’s approach to the Syrian civil war.

President Barack Obama continues to lack a foreign policy doctrine which guides his approach to crises as they arise. With the best of intentions, the president’s admirers routinely try to rectify this oversight by crafting a doctrine for the president, leading to a variety of aborted experiments and unintentionally humorous episodes. One such attempt to define the Obama doctrine recently resulted in this gem: “Don’t do stupid s**t.”

JFK had “support any friend, oppose any foe,” Reagan had “peace through strength,” Obama has “don’t do stupid s**t.”

Over the weekend, the former secretary of state took a long overdue swing at this imbecilic attempt to construct a doctrinal approach to the practice of foreign relations. “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle,” Clinton told The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg.

Clinton accurately called this doctrine a “political message” and “not his world view.” She’s half right: it is a political message – the president’s approach to foreign affairs has always been first and foremost focused on how any action abroad plays at home. But this may just as well be Obama’s worldview as well; he never displayed much interest in statecraft.

It’s not just former administration officials who are dumping all over their old boss. Even The New York Times, which devoted its page one today to an exhaustive look into the crisis in Iraq, cannot but muster a perfunctory implied nod to the “Blame Bush” crowd. The Times’ sources would not play along.

“I cannot help but wonder what would have happened if we had committed to empowering the moderate Syrian opposition last year,” House Foreign Affairs Committee’s leading Democrat Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) said. “Would ISIS have grown as it did?”

If you forgot, the president backed off a policy aimed at containing the crisis in Syria just one year ago, even after delivering a prime time address to the public designed to shore up domestic support for the move, when Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to mediate the civil war with the aim of keeping his client Bashar al-Assad in power. Assad remains in control of Damascus and, one year later, Putin is now in control of the Crimea.

There will be no parachute out of this crisis for Obama, and his Democratic allies know it. As the ship sinks, Obama’s erstwhile allies are saving themselves. It’s an ugly sight, but also a predictable one.


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Black mans greed with a world in need

Privatize It on August 11, 2014 at 8:44 AM

If only basketball season would start again so the media could drool over Obama’s picks…..

Electrongod on August 11, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Obama’s doctrine is “The US is no longer the world’s policeman.”

Steven Den Beste on August 11, 2014 at 8:46 AM

His rank and file boys won’t care, to them a weak America is a better world.

rob verdi on August 11, 2014 at 8:46 AM

What foreign policy?

Remember when Couric grilled Palin on “the Bush Doctrine”?

What is the Obama doctrine? I’d like for a journalist to ask anyone in the Regime that question and then follow up 5 times when the answer isn’t clear.

forest on August 11, 2014 at 8:47 AM

It begins: Iraq crisis prompts Dems to dump on Obama’s foreign policy

I won’t buy it until the MSM points out the hypocrisy in arming the Kurds but refusing to the point of rudeness in supplying Ukraine with anything other than MREs.

Happy Nomad on August 11, 2014 at 8:48 AM

I won’t buy it until the MSM points out the hypocrisy in arming the Kurds but refusing to the point of rudeness in supplying Ukraine with anything other than MREs.

Happy Nomad on August 11, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Moochelle approved MREs???

The world has a figure to maintain…..
you know…..

Electrongod on August 11, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Iraq is “One Of The Great Achievements Of This Administration

It just depends on what definition of “achievement” is.

J_Crater on August 11, 2014 at 8:50 AM

What is the Obama doctrine? I’d like for a journalist to ask anyone in the Regime that question and then follow up 5 times when the answer isn’t clear.

forest on August 11, 2014 at 8:47 AM

For the Obama doctrine look at the history of a particular European country.

Happy Nomad on August 11, 2014 at 8:52 AM

JFK had “support any friend, oppose any foe,” Reagan had “peace through strength,” Obama has “don’t do stupid s**t.”

Hold on now, homophobe, Dog Eater also has the power of the hashtag solemnly displayed by his hulking wife.

#BringBackOurYazidiHeads

Hoooooooo boy, that is some powerful stuff right there.

Bishop on August 11, 2014 at 8:55 AM

What’s hard to understand about any of Obama’s policy, foreign or domestic?: “BUSH! RACISTS!!! BUSH!!! RACISTS!”

Ukiah on August 11, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Hey weed, should we have been in Iraq in the first place?

itsspideyman on August 11, 2014 at 8:55 AM

For the Obama doctrine look at the history of a particular European country.

Happy Nomad on August 11, 2014 at 8:52 AM

In order to surrender, you have to at least have enough courage to get in the fight in the first place.

UnstChem on August 11, 2014 at 8:56 AM

It begins. The attempt by Democrat pols to seem authentic. Is the true definition of a Democratic voter someone who can’t remember back 2 years ago?

nemo on August 11, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Hey weed, should we have been in Iraq in the first place?

itsspideyman on August 11, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Things might be worse if Saddam was still around? Who knows?
His sons were crazier than he was and they would have been the ones in power.
The Islamic state might have been bigger with nuclear weapons by now?
But who knows.

What difference at this point does it make?

redguy on August 11, 2014 at 9:02 AM

It begins. The attempt by Democrat pols to seem authentic. Is the true definition of a Democratic voter someone who can’t remember back 2 years ago?

nemo on August 11, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Democratic voters cannot remember what they did 5 mins ago.
They are the gullible ones that are causing us all to suffer.

redguy on August 11, 2014 at 9:03 AM

For Obama foreign affairs are a nuisance, a distraction from his domestic goal of “fundamental transformation”.

Charlemagne on August 11, 2014 at 9:05 AM

I knew that the Dems were racist.

307wolverine on August 11, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Curiously there’s very little discussion of this on the msm TV news or local news radio this morning other than non-descript “Iraq” problems. (Ok it’s not that surprising)

Skywise on August 11, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Popcorn anyone ?

cmsinaz on August 11, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Oh please. Token Democrats disagree. Read the boards on any news site. They’re all about Bush.

Instead of dealing with the situation forcefully, Obama would rather waste all the lives and effort lost to rebuild Iraq and play it safe.

Dongemaharu on August 11, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Troll free

portlandon on August 11, 2014 at 9:07 AM

It begins. The attempt by Democrat pols to seem authentic. Is the true definition of a Democratic voter someone who can’t remember back 2 years ago?

nemo on August 11, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Au convair mon frycook, they have very long memories but the recall is selective.

For example they will remember that George Bush used the words “strategery” and “nookyaler”, but they won’t remember Dog Eater saying “corpse men” or “speaking Austrian”.

They also remember things that never happened such as Reagan creating AIDS and Cheney sending divers to bomb the Nawlins levees.

Bishop on August 11, 2014 at 9:11 AM

For a man who’s entire plan of action is “don’t do stupid sh*t”, he sure does a lot of stupid sh*t. He can’t even follow his own doctrine.

HotAirian on August 11, 2014 at 9:11 AM

The foundation of all of Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East is the support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

albill on August 11, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Troll free

portlandon on August 11, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Ded Pecker is busy scouring the comment section at DailyKos for some material to blame Bush for democrats turning on obama.

HumpBot Salvation on August 11, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Arming the Kurds? To what extent? With what? How long? Through Baghdad (riiight). Training included? Or, is his usual head nod to a half-assed effort, then another pivot to politics, followed by a cut off of supplies. The World awaits.

vnvet on August 11, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Funny how no one spoke up until it all went south in a very bad way. Just a bunch of lying opportunists.

Aplombed on August 11, 2014 at 9:16 AM

One such attempt to define the Obama doctrine recently resulted in this gem: “Don’t do stupid s**t.”

As doctrines go, that one is not even an accurate description of what Obama does.

Obama’s actual policy is “Do Stupid Shit, Do it Again, and When it Blows Up in Your Face, Blame Bush (and Go Golfing).”

AZCoyote on August 11, 2014 at 9:16 AM

This all seems very raycisss to me.

Tard on August 11, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Meanwhile, in other news, my city has been damaged by thugs in the supposed name of “justice” and honoring a dead teen. Waiting for Hotair to put up a piece. T

Logus on August 11, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Obama’s doctrine is “The US is no longer the world’s policeman.”

Steven Den Beste on August 11, 2014 at 8:46 AM

The Libyans might disagree…

JohnGalt23 on August 11, 2014 at 9:18 AM

barrack has another son that he is mourning in Missouri, another trayvon. Looks like his domestic policy here at home is bearing fruit. Blacks rioting in the streets, looting, chanting kill the police. Just another day in obamas lawless amerika.

crosshugger on August 11, 2014 at 9:19 AM

“Hillary Clinton”?

Huh? Hillary was his secretary of state for over four years. I don’t remember that many protests or statements against these policies during that tenure.

Somewhat disingenuous and overtly, self-serving tripe- don’t you think Mrs. Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton directly owns a big part of this mess.

By the way, The Atlantic please pick up the red courtesy phone. It’s dishonesty calling. They want their mojo back.

Marcus Traianus on August 11, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Obama decided on his policy, “no boots on the ground, the Iraq govt needs to do it itself, denigrate and disown any good Bush did in Iraq and let that effort completely go to waste”, and so on.

Obama is unable to adapt. He’s unable to change course. Rumsfeld (quoting Eisenhower) said “in war, the plan is nothing, planning is everything”. Syria and Iraq are on fire, and all Obama can do is calmly point to plans he made years ago.

/Commander in Chiefin’ be hard

LashRambo on August 11, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Scarborough Is Tired Of GOP ‘Bitching And Moaning’ About Obama Iraq Policy

J

oe Scarborough continued to take on the most hawkish factions of his party on Monday morning.

No stranger to occasional acts of ideological apostasy, the MSNBC host and former Republican congressman has recently broken with the GOP on foreign policy issues. Late last month, Scarborough expressed sharp criticism of Israel for its “indiscriminate” killing in Gaza.

He kept it up on Monday, unloading on Republicans who have continued to “bitch and moan” even after President Obama authorized military action in Iraq.

Scarborough challenged Dan Senor, the neoconservative who served as a spokesperson for the Coalition Provisional Authority at the outset of 2003 Iraq War, to “salute the President.”

Obviously this President responding to a war-weary country that has said, time and time again, we don’t want to be involved in Iraq. We don’t want to be involved in Afghanistan. Let’s face it, Dan: They have been a lot closer to my position on these matters than yours. We’ve had these debates long and hard. But at this point I can even say we need to be involved.

Will you do what a lot of Republicans didn’t do this weekend and salute the President for being involved? I’m so sick and tired of the same people bitching and moaning about this President not doing things [and] when this President does things, instead of supporting him, when we’re at a critical moment, a critical moment in this nation’s history, what do they do? They’ve got to go on the Sunday shows and bitch and moan about a President doing what we all know — what realists, what neocon alike —understand we have to do, we have to confront ISIS. Will you salute the President for taking these steps?

Senor conceded that Obama did indeed deserve credit, but said the President will still have to make a “strategic case for the long haul” in Iraq.

That’s more praise than what was offered Sunday by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who argued the United States never should have withdrawn from Iraq in the first place.

But at least one conservative was charitable to Obama on the Sunday shows. Laura Ingraham gave the President the benefit of the doubt, and even suggested that “Iraq is worse than before we went in to Iraq.”

Ned Pepper on August 11, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Its not his fault yknow
-dems desperate to defend him

cmsinaz on August 11, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Obama’s doctrine is “The US is no longer the world’s policeman.”

Steven Den Beste on August 11, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Not true.
Obama has intervened in conflicts, but only when doing so hurts the US & helps our enemies.

itsnotaboutme on August 11, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Meanwhile, in other news, my city has been damaged by thugs in the supposed name of “justice” and honoring a dead teen. Waiting for Hotair to put up a piece. T

Logus on August 11, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Hey we all know that the only effective way to protest police actions is by storming and looting businesses whose owners had absolutely nothing to do with the police’s conduct.

At least in Obamaworld.

AZCoyote on August 11, 2014 at 9:27 AM

I thought the Obama Doctrine was:

“I heard about this on the news like you people”.

In fact, that’s this man’s entire Presidency.

He’s NOT actually President you know….Valerie is….

ToddPA on August 11, 2014 at 9:30 AM

You know who we’re not hearing from? Colin Powell.

Normally, I wouldn’t care what Powell says, but I look forward to hearing Powell either struggle to get behind Obama or reluctantly chastise his choice for president.

beatcanvas on August 11, 2014 at 9:30 AM

JFK had “support any friend, oppose any foe,” Reagan had “peace through strength,” Obama has “don’t do stupid s**t.”</blockquote>

They failed at that. That’s all they do.

Patriot Vet on August 11, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Hey…Ned Pecker? Get a load of this.

“I cannot help but wonder what would have happened if we had committed to empowering the moderate Syrian opposition last year,” House Foreign Affairs Committee’s leading Democrat Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) said. “Would ISIS have grown as it did?”

democRATS jumping ship. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Blaming Jugears!

Patriot Vet on August 11, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Ned pepper, we can see you’ve pee’d yourself through your silk pajama bottoms.

portlandon on August 11, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Ned Pepper on August 11, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Ah Ned, glad you could chime in during your break on the Obama Fluffing Team. But it’s not really work if you love what you do, right?

307wolverine on August 11, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Hey weed, should we have been in Iraq in the first place?

itsspideyman on August 11, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Things might be worse if Saddam was still around? Who knows?
His sons were crazier than he was and they would have been the ones in power.
The Islamic state might have been bigger with nuclear weapons by now?
But who knows.

What difference at this point does it make?

redguy on August 11, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Thanks redguy, I’ve tried to make that point to our favorite bong hitter.

But weedisgood has hit every thread concerning Iraq with this same diatribe. You said better than I have.

itsspideyman on August 11, 2014 at 9:37 AM

When Ned Peppers clinging to Joe Scarborough like a life preserver, you know the ship is going down quickly.

Its Shark week, Ned. Wiggle your toes.

portlandon on August 11, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Ned Pepper on August 11, 2014 at 9:24 AM

No one cares what Joe Scarborough says or thinks, not even his 4 viewers. You’re an idiot.

Oh and besides, everyone has the right to criticize obama for any reason. Remember, dissent is patriotic.

And straight from Talking Points Memo.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/joe-scarborough-republicans-iraq-bitch-moan

You really don’t have an original thought in that empty little head do you.

HumpBot Salvation on August 11, 2014 at 9:38 AM

When Ned Peppers clinging to Joe Scarborough like a life preserver, you know the ship is going down quickly.

Its Shark week, Ned. Wiggle your toes.

portlandon on August 11, 2014 at 9:37 AM

As HotAirLib would’ve said LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!

HumpBot Salvation on August 11, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Ned Pepper on August 11, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Boy, you’re desperate when you start running to Joe Scarborough for comfort.

Let me clue you in on something buddy. Action is not strategy. I’m glad he’s trying to do something but everything that has gone wrong is because of him. He’s the one who’s push a “disengagement” strategy (as if doing nothing is strategy) and now he’s shocked, shocked mind you when the world doesn’t act in the fashion he’s been taught by every political science professor he’s ever had a Jones for.

Obama better start thinking before he starts doing. But then again, why start now?

itsspideyman on August 11, 2014 at 9:41 AM

When Ned Peppers clinging to Joe Scarborough like a life preserver, you know the ship is going down quickly.

Its Shark week, Ned. Wiggle your toes.

portlandon on August 11, 2014 at 9:37 AM

As HotAirLib would’ve said LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!

HumpBot Salvation on August 11, 2014 at 9:40 AM

C’mon guys…..

…..aw, what the hell!

LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!

itsspideyman on August 11, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Ded Pecker is busy scouring the comment section at DailyKos for some material to blame Bush for democrats turning on obama.

HumpBot Salvation on August 11, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Oops

Ned Pepper on August 11, 2014 at 9:24 AM

My bad, Ded Pecker went to Talking Points for Imbeciles instead of DailyKos this AM.

HumpBot Salvation on August 11, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Ned Pecker,

Should we have gone into Iraq and deposed Saddam? No. IMHO, it would have been better to leave him there. We should have focused on Afghanistan first. But that is all history now, and beside the point.

We are talking about the current president and his actions. Or more importantly, inaction.

Jugears f-ed up in Syria arming ISIS. He ignored the request from the Kurds for help. He didn’t heed the advice from military advisers on the threat that ISIS was, calling them JV. He ignored e request from Baghdad for support when ISIS crossed the border into Iraq and started taking cities and murdering people.

But the single most important thing that lead to this atrocity is Obozo failed to get a new SOFA signed with Iraq. Biden bet his VP on it that it would get done. It didn’t. It took W months if not over a year to get it done when he did it. Jugears didn’t even start trying until a few months out from withdrawal.

Yes. The One gets points for finally doing something. But his problem is that this is ‘limited’. If we don’t have the option to do whatever or takes, more children will have their heads cut off. Jugears has been limited in everything he has done with this. Foremost in his skill in governing.

Patriot Vet on August 11, 2014 at 9:49 AM

The Obama Doctrine was always that the only evil in the world is caused by U.S. policy — mainly by conservative Republicans or those trying to placate or allied with conservative Republicans. That’s it. All the world’s problems boiled down to the progressive ‘root causes’ theory where the U.S. and its past leadership was the root cause.

Put a nobler, higher form of life in the Oval Office like Barack Obama, and all the world’ hot spots would go away because you’d take out the main cause of the trouble, which was American foreign policy. That idea’s pretty much blown up in Obama’s face, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to admit he and his handlers’ world view was wrong, just that things were so screwed up by Bush and previous presidents he can’t turn things around the way he wanted to. Combine that with his beta-male never-do-anything-you-can-be-blamed-for mindset, and you get the moral and intellectual paralysis you see now, and which even other Democrats are finally speaking out against.

jon1979 on August 11, 2014 at 9:49 AM

President Barack Obama continues to lack a foreign policy doctrine which guides his approach to crises as they arise.

Having no plan is itself a plan if you plan to destroy. And just look at the results of his plan.

Akzed on August 11, 2014 at 9:50 AM

That is why you cannot have a liberal as commander-in-chief. As president one has to govern and one cannot govern if your driving factor is what the polls say. Sometimes a president has to do unpopular things for the good of the country; after all, the president takes an oath. But liberals are all about popularity. A Democrat primary is nothing more than a popularity contest. How else could someone with no executive, managerial, business or political experience get into the White House?

Joe Blow on a telephone interview does not have a clue what is good for this country; his vision goes to about the end of his driveway. However, a president with vision could see where ISIS has, or soon will have, the opportunity to kill many Americans in the near future.

supersport667 on August 11, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Iraq is “One Of The Great Achievements Of This Administration”

It just depends on what definition of “achievement” is.

J_Crater on August 11, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Well, to THEM, it is a great achievement – the re-establishment of the Islamic Caliphate.

Key West Reader on August 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The Obama doctrine is to dither dither dither and hope I goes away.

ConstantineXI on August 11, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Meanwhile, Jimmy Carter is laughing his ass off!

GarandFan on August 11, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Looks like our help to the Yazidis on Mt. Sinjar was too little too late. From the U.K. Telegraph:

Mount Sinjar stinks of death. The few Yazidis who have managed to escape its clutches can tell you why. “Dogs were eating the bodies of the dead,” said Haji Khedev Haydev, 65, who ran through the lines of Islamic State jihadists surrounding it.

On Sunday night, I became the first western journalist to reach the mountains where tens of thousands of Yazidis, a previously obscure Middle Eastern sect, have been taking refuge from the Islamic State forces that seized their largest town, Sinjar.

I was on board an Iraqi Army helicopter, and watched as hundreds of refugees ran towards it to receive one of the few deliveries of aid to make it to the mountain. The helicopter dropped water and food from its open gun bays to them as they waited below. General Ahmed Ithwany, who led the mission, told me: “It is death valley. Up to 70 per cent of them are dead.”

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 15,000ft without parachutes and exploded on impact.

TarheelBen on August 11, 2014 at 10:06 AM

If the Demos are getting antsy, it may well be they believe those Border Patrol stories about terrorists crossing into the country.

formwiz on August 11, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Ned Pepper on August 11, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Even when Joe Scarborough is right I don’t give him any credit because he is wrong on so much he doesn’t know he is wrong on. Even I, a rabid racist, gave Obama credit for 10 milliseconds for his very recent action in Iraq.

Should we have gone into Iraq and deposed Saddam? No. IMHO, it would have been better to leave him there.

Patriot Vet on August 11, 2014 at 9:49 AM

How about you ask the Iraqis that question back in early 2003. During that time, there was a massive underground attitude among Iraqis that it was their turn to be rescued by the U.S. Don’t believe me? Just look at the articles written by leftist journalists at the time who volunteered to be human shields in Iraq during that time period.

Just because hindsight has shown that the way we waged war in Iraq was ultimately foolish, doesn’t mean it was the wrong thing to do at the time.

UnstChem on August 11, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Ned’s terrified.

CurtZHP on August 11, 2014 at 10:13 AM

If the Demos are getting antsy, it may well be they believe those Border Patrol stories about terrorists crossing into the country.

formwiz on August 11, 2014 at 10:06 AM

I’m assuming you attempt to perform stand-up every Thursday night at Wit’s End.

UnstChem on August 11, 2014 at 10:16 AM

It begins: Iraq crisis prompts Dems to dump on Obama’s foreign policy

Only an atheists knows how to attack something that doesn’t exist…

right2bright on August 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

You really don’t have an original thought in that empty little head do you.

HumpBot Salvation on August 11, 2014 at 9:38 AM

The living, breathing definition of a talking points machine.

Doomberg on August 11, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Domestic policy is Obama’s strength, why, because it’s easy. You can destroy things, say like heath care, run up deficits,[ while spreading the $$ around to cronies], and of course it’s easier to strike poses. Foreign policy requires thought and is Not easy. Among other difficulties you can’t lie about it. Running from Iraq and opening the door to ISIS is not bright, consequently we, America, has to reengage, which the schmuck will probably foul up also.
“Don’t do stupid s–t” the measure of the man and the ignorant barbarians around him. Grotesque. Please, Valerie Jarrett should be selling vacuum cleaners door to door.

arand on August 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Looks like our help to the Yazidis on Mt. Sinjar was too little too late. From the U.K. Telegraph:

Mount Sinjar stinks of death. The few Yazidis who have managed to escape its clutches can tell you why. “Dogs were eating the bodies of the dead,” said Haji Khedev Haydev, 65, who ran through the lines of Islamic State jihadists surrounding it.

On Sunday night, I became the first western journalist to reach the mountains where tens of thousands of Yazidis, a previously obscure Middle Eastern sect, have been taking refuge from the Islamic State forces that seized their largest town, Sinjar.

I was on board an Iraqi Army helicopter, and watched as hundreds of refugees ran towards it to receive one of the few deliveries of aid to make it to the mountain. The helicopter dropped water and food from its open gun bays to them as they waited below. General Ahmed Ithwany, who led the mission, told me: “It is death valley. Up to 70 per cent of them are dead.”

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 15,000ft without parachutes and exploded on impact.

TarheelBen on August 11, 2014 at 10:06 AM

I’m reminded of William Shirer’s Rise and Fall of the Third Reich when he discussed the starvation of Rommel’s army in Africa as it drove towards Egypt, then the massive input of men and material as they were driven back from El Alamein.

Any Army historian and any good Army general (hell, anyone that understands something about warfare) will tell you the waste of a battle without a plan, and this is what this smacks of. The top of it being this random hodge-podge of action such as this with no conceived strategy.

I know, like weedisgood I keep hitting the same thing and I’ll shut up).

I’m driven by an anger for the waste of lives, both American and Iraqi, brought about by a Commander in Chief who has no conceivable idea what he’s doing.

itsspideyman on August 11, 2014 at 10:34 AM

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

Don’t Do Stupid Sh*t.

smdh

TarasBulbous on August 11, 2014 at 10:35 AM

All decisions made come through the mind and eyes of Susan Rice. BHO does nothing without her approval.

FireBlogger on August 11, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Ned do you favor a dictatorship in Iraq as much as you want one here? Why is it and I have asked this several times but you have failed to answer on why you prefer a dictatorship here in the USA. I don’t run across too many people locally that want to give up their freedom and liberties. Why can’t you answer a simple question.

garydt on August 11, 2014 at 10:43 AM

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

OMG….did the IPods make it?

BobMbx on August 11, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Its the do-nothing GOP House. They haven’t sent up a bill that details the actions that should be taken in response to the ISIS crisis.

“I’m bound by the Constitution. My hands are tied.”

BobMbx on August 11, 2014 at 10:47 AM

I’m driven by an anger for the waste of lives, both American and Iraqi, brought about by a Commander in Chief who has no conceivable idea what he’s doing.

itsspideyman on August 11, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Communist ideology doesn’t allow someone to care whether their “care packages” make it to ground safely or not.

UnstChem on August 11, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Well sh*t, if we’re not going to bother attaching parachutes to several tons of aid from 15,000 feet, can we at least drop the high-impact high-velocity H20 and MREs on ISIS?

TarasBulbous on August 11, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Well sh*t, if we’re not going to bother attaching parachutes to several tons of aid from 15,000 feet, can we at least drop the high-impact high-velocity H20 and MREs on ISIS?

Excellent! That way, if the POS ISIS provide enough cushion, the supplies can still be used.

UnstChem on August 11, 2014 at 11:37 AM

“So sue me!”

Who knew? Obama isn’t a Muslim, he’s a turn-of-the-century Jewish caricature…

jbspry on August 11, 2014 at 11:49 AM

obama diet

Schadenfreude on August 11, 2014 at 11:53 AM

If the Demos are getting antsy, it may well be they believe those Border Patrol stories about terrorists crossing into the country.

formwiz on August 11, 2014 at 10:06 AM

I’m assuming you attempt to perform stand-up every Thursday night at Wit’s End.

UnstChem on August 11, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Never forget, when they thought their asses were on the line, Pelosi Galore and that crowd couldn’t sign off on waterboarding fast enough.

And, yeah, it’s deja boom all over again.

formwiz on August 11, 2014 at 11:56 AM

I can just hear it now, a la Whoopi Goldberg, “What foreign policy? I didn’t say I had a foreign policy, what are you talking about, uh not my fault.”, “Clap clap clap, are you listening to me?”

jake49 on August 11, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Ded Pecker will quote Laura Ingraham and tea…

Schadenfreude on August 11, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Can we name this nameless operation, Operation Urgent Pinprick”?

And second, why do I get the feeling that the Ship of State is sinking, and the Obamacrats are looking for parachutes?

ReggieA on August 11, 2014 at 8:58 PM