Open thread: Obama to speak on Iraq at 4:45 ET; Update: Obama cuts Maliki loose

posted at 4:39 pm on August 11, 2014 by Allahpundit

It’s almost 4:45 as this post is going live so you have maybe 20 minutes to get to a TV before he comes to the podium.

If anything newsy comes out of this, I’m going to guess it’ll have less to do with the state of operations against ISIS and much more to do with the state of Maliki’s legitimacy as prime minister in the eyes of the White House. Is O about to take the first step towards formally recognizing Kurdistan?

While we wait, here’s something fun from Stephen Hayes — the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency essentially accusing Obama of lying his way through the 2012 presidential campaign:

When bin Laden was killed “there was a sense that maybe this threat would go away. We all had those hopes, including me. But I also remembered my many years in Afghanistan and Iraq [fighting insurgents]…We kept decapitating the leadership of these groups, and more leaders would just appear from the ranks to take their place. That’s when I realized that decapitation alone was a failed strategy.”

When Kitfield asked whether Flynn felt “like a lone voice in the administration warning that the terrorist threat was growing, not receding,” Flynn acknowledged that he did and took a direct shot at one of the central claims of Obama’s 2012 campaign. “So when asked if the terrorists were on the run, we couldn’t respond with any answer but ‘no.’ When asked if the terrorists were defeated, we had to say ‘no.’ Anyone who answers ‘yes’ to either of those questions either doesn’t know what they are talking about, they are misinformed, or they are flat out lying.”

Flynn didn’t say which descriptor best fits the president.

ISIS was building an army capable of running a fledgling caliphate in Syria and Iraq and Team Hopenchange was printing “Bin Laden Is Dead and General Motors Is Alive” bumper stickers. But don’t you dare complain. You stand at attention and salute, wingnut.

Update: Are these airstrikes achieving anything?

“In the immediate areas where we have focused our strikes, we’ve had a very temporary effect and we may have blunted some tactical decisions to move in those directions, further east to Irbil,” Army Lt Gen William Mayville told reporters on Monday, providing a dour view of the “limited strikes” president Barack Obama authorized on Thursday.

“What I expect Isil to do is to look for other things to do, to pick up and move elsewhere. So I in no way want to suggest that we have effectively contained or that we are somehow breaking the momentum of the threat posed by Isil.”

Update: Yep, pretty newsy. He emphasized that he and Biden phoned Iraq’s newly appointed prime minister to congratulate him and encouraged him to form a new government ASAP. The word “Maliki” wasn’t uttered once. Apparently, as far as the U.S. is concerned, the Maliki era in Iraq is over. If he doesn’t go quietly, maybe the Kurdistan era is about to begin.

Update: Heh:


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The trolls around here seem to have gone into deep hiding.

Obama has gotten so bad now even his cult can’t spin it.

Meremortal on August 11, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Hard to spin a ton of shit…….

redguy on August 11, 2014 at 6:53 PM

ps

All you new brown people who just waded the Rio Grande,,, watching these Democrats dump all these brown people in Iraq, Libya ect .should be a wake up to the real world of commies using race to buy votes then throwing the used up brown people in the trash heap.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Yup, Obama and the dems have little use for the blacks anymore…..they are on their own…..
They are not shy when it comes time to get “theirs”……

redguy on August 11, 2014 at 6:55 PM

I’m guessing he has sex the same way.

Fast, predictable, and unremarkable.

BobMbx on August 11, 2014 at 5:16 PM

And probably by himself since no one could possibly give or receive his pleasure more than he alone.

BacaDog on August 11, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Joe Scarborough is ashamed of all of you!

/

somewhatconcerned on August 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM

OT – Robin Williams dead at age 63

Athos on August 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM

OT – Robin Williams dead at age 63

Athos on August 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Just saw that…

ConstantineXI on August 11, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Athos on August 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Oh, sheeze !
:-(

pambi on August 11, 2014 at 7:07 PM

RIP Robin Williams

cmsinaz on August 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM

FLASHBACK: Obama Promises No Vacations For Himself As President…

wifarmboy on August 11, 2014 at 5:55 PM

but of course

expiration dates my friend…

cmsinaz on August 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Isn’t “cutting loose” pretty much the Spite House jive theme for “business vacation as usual”?

viking01 on August 11, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Hard to spin a ton of shit…….

redguy on August 11, 2014 at 6:53 PM

It can be done with enough turbo power. Stay tuned.

spiritof61 on August 11, 2014 at 7:21 PM

The trolls around here seem to have gone into deep hiding.

Obama has gotten so bad now even his cult can’t spin it.

Meremortal on August 11, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Oh, wait until the next federally fudged economic numbers come out, or when a Republican politician brings up the Constitution, or any post dealing with immigration…

OT – Robin Williams dead at age 63

Athos on August 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM

May he Rest in Peace.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 11, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Hard to spin a ton of shit…….

redguy on August 11, 2014 at 6:53 PM

It can be done with enough turbo power. Stay tuned.

spiritof61 on August 11, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Isn’t that what wind farms are for?

(Besides smacking birds out of the sky, of course.)

viking01 on August 11, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Hard to spin a ton of shit…….
redguy on August 11, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Harder still to polish diarrhea.

AH_C on August 11, 2014 at 7:26 PM

FLASHBACK: Obama Promises No Vacations For Himself As President…

wifarmboy on August 11, 2014 at 5:55 PM

but of course

expiration dates my friend…

cmsinaz on August 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM

The problem is, his expiration dates are measured in nanoseconds… and everything is based on ‘the ends justifies the means’.

Athos on August 11, 2014 at 7:27 PM

It’s almost 4:45 as this post is going live so you have maybe 20 minutes to get to a TV before he comes to the podium.

Yeah, the Fuehrer used to do that…built up the tension or something…wouldn’t doubt that our Dear Leader has intensely studied those old UFA newsreels from the Golden Age of Fascism.

At least the Russians had to take Adolf seriously unlike Obozo…I’m thinking that when He first took office Putin was wary, like, all this nonsense was a masterminded ploy and this administration was up to something so dastardly the Russians were afraid they wouldn’t know how to counter the threat.

Then they realized that Obozo really is what is on the tin, relaxed and probably wet themselves laughing over how the American people could be so dumb as to elect this crooked dullard to the White House. Hell, they’re still laughing years later.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 11, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Athos on August 11, 2014 at 7:27 PM

indeed

cmsinaz on August 11, 2014 at 7:34 PM

OT – Robin Williams dead at age 63

Athos on August 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Suicide. Such a shame. My heart goes out to his family.

GrannyDee on August 11, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Williams, who introduced his frenetic style on late 1970s TV series “Mork & Mindy” and had struggled with addiction in the past, had entered a Minnesota rehabilitation center last month to help him maintain sobriety.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/11/us-people-robinwilliams-idUSKBN0GB28520140811

“Cocaine is God’s way of telling you you make too much money”~Robin Williams

davidk on August 11, 2014 at 8:01 PM

OT – Robin Williams dead at age 63

Athos on August 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Another liberal grave to pi$$ on. This is costing me a fortune in air fare.

Xavier on August 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Another liberal grave to pi$$ on. This is costing me a fortune in air fare.

Xavier on August 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Gazing into my crystal ball let me be the first to say “Buh-bye”.

Oldnuke on August 11, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Update: Are these airstrikes achieving anything?

Not much at all. If they were serious they would bring in the A-10′s.

VorDaj on August 11, 2014 at 6:03 PM

I would trade almost anything to drive a warthog down a ISIS convoy. Pickle, paddle, pull.

partsnlabor on August 11, 2014 at 8:21 PM

A double would be impossible to find. How many weak weedy effeminate looking Kenyans can you find with gigantic ears?

His buddies in Hollywood could probably make a CGI hologram Obama double though.

ConstantineXI on August 11, 2014 at 5:02 PM
A cardboard cut out will do nicely, thank you.

partsnlabor on August 11, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Our President IS a cardboard cutout.

idalily on August 11, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Xavier on August 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Simply classless.

Athos on August 11, 2014 at 8:28 PM

It’s Bush’s Maliki’s fault!

evergreen on August 11, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Xavier on August 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Could you show less class? regardless of whether or not you cared for his politics or religious views (etc. etc.)the lack of compassion you show for the deceased and his family is sickening. You have no more compassion than a rabid dog.

katee bayer on August 11, 2014 at 8:47 PM

I missed it, but my question is, did he have a putter or a driver in his hand when he spoke?

Missilengr on August 11, 2014 at 9:04 PM

he and Biden phoned Iraq’s newly appointed prime minister to congratulate him

Wow. A phone call. That’s gravitas.

faraway on August 11, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Xavier on August 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Callers to Mark Levin have been telling how much he has done for the military, through the USO and personally.

Sure, he was probably liberal, given his profession… But he seemed at least to be a patriot and a guy who cared about the people who risk their lives to see that you have the freedom to be a classless blowhard.

LegendHasIt on August 11, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Another liberal grave to pi$$ on. This is costing me a fortune in air fare.

Xavier on August 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

You spend your time peeing on graves? You are broke.

Bmore on August 11, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Did someone bother to ask what his plan is?

Didn’t think so.

formwiz on August 11, 2014 at 9:48 PM

I am calling a press conference immediately to inform obama that I am cutting him loose.

crosshugger on August 11, 2014 at 9:54 PM

OT – Robin Williams dead at age 63

Athos on August 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Suicide. Such a shame. My heart goes out to his family.

GrannyDee on August 11, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Sad indeed.

RIP Robin Williams…Thanks for the laughs.

workingclass artist on August 11, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Robin Williams was the first “blue” comedy album I owned, on vinyl no less; his jokes about “Roots” had me howling even though I was slightly unsure about the exact context of the material.

Too bad, Williams was funnier than hell in “Good Morning Vietnam”. Just goes to show that even scads of dough can’t buy you happiness.

Bishop on August 11, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Another liberal grave to pi$$ on. This is costing me a fortune in air fare.

Xavier on August 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Z———-

Del Dolemonte on August 11, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Update: Are these airstrikes achieving anything?

Not much at all. If they were serious they would bring in the A-10′s.

VorDaj on August 11, 2014 at 6:03 PM

I would trade almost anything to drive a warthog down a ISIS convoy. Pickle, paddle, pull.

partsnlabor on August 11, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Well since we don’t have air bases or infrastructure in Iraq anymore – we have to fly FA-18′s off the USS George H.W. Bush carrier…..ironic I know….

redguy on August 11, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Too bad this country doesn’t have an honest president who will stand up and say to the American people, “We can’t talk about being ‘war -weary’, when the enemy thinks in millennia. Militant islam wants to behead all of us, so WAKE UP, AMERICA! THIS IS WAR.”

fred5678 on August 12, 2014 at 12:14 AM

Beyond my “pay grade” to figure all of this out.

Better consult with Obama.

Oh, that’s right, he’s on a vacation vacation.

Is Michelle with him this time?

Big butt alert!

Nope, wasn’t referring to Hillary.

Sherman1864 on August 12, 2014 at 1:07 AM

Hard to spin a ton of shit…….

redguy on August 11, 2014 at 6:53 PM

This is so true. And, yet, the mainstream media keeps trying to do it.

Theophile on August 12, 2014 at 1:11 AM

When bin Laden was killed “there was a sense that maybe this threat would go away. We all had those hopes, including me. But I also remembered my many years in Afghanistan and Iraq [fighting insurgents]…We kept decapitating the leadership of these groups, and more leaders would just appear from the ranks to take their place. That’s when I realized that decapitation alone was a failed strategy.”

Please tell me that intelligence professionals considered worthy of heading up the DIA are not really so naive as to think killing bin Laden would make Al Qaeda dry up and blow away.

It was blindingly obvious from 9/11 on that the left wanted to kill bin Laden and declare victory. And I know the media was so short-sighted that they thought killing bin Laden would be enough. But I never thought anyone in the intelligence community could be that blind.

Which is why I suspect he’s lying — just spinning a story plausible enough that the media would buy it.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 12, 2014 at 1:19 AM

You can’t spell CRISIS without ISIS!

WhatsAMattaU on August 12, 2014 at 1:21 AM

Del Dolemonte on August 11, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Too effin generous

Athos on August 12, 2014 at 1:26 AM

The Koran was on par with the Old Testament. It is the a-Hadith and The Sura that screwed everything up.

“The Sayings of MoHamMad”

Key West Reader on August 11, 2014 at 6:11 PM

I’ve read the Koran and the Old Testament. They are nowhere close to being “on par.”

Although it is very true that if you’ve read the Koran without reading the Hadith, you probably have a very misleading view of Islam.

But the Koran is short, only about two-thirds the size of the New Testament, while the Hadith is much longer, and not as widely available.

The other major difference between the Koran and the Old Testament is that the Koran has absolutely no problem completely contradicting itself. When the Koran contradicts itself, you simply find out which of the contradictory readings came later, and assume that it “abrogated” the earlier “scripture.”

The Koran really doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same paragraph as the Old or New Testament, both of which were compiled from the writings of multiple people over a period of time. The Koran was the work of a single man, even if major chunks of it are clearly taken from common Jewish fables, Christian rumors and stories wihout historical backing, and Hindu mythology.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 12, 2014 at 1:44 AM

Another liberal grave to pi$$ on. This is costing me a fortune in air fare.

Xavier on August 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

You missed the Daily KOS post. Try a different URL.

tphillip on August 12, 2014 at 7:58 AM

Terp Mole: Obama kept parroting “ISIL” (not ISIS). If ISIS was JayVee, guess now they’re officially ISIL?Seems our Murtad-in-Chief just coopted and legitimated their “Levant” Caliphate propaganda claim.

TarheelBen: If the Islamonazis are claiming the “Levant” as part of their Caliphate, it means they’re claiming Lebanon, Jordan and Israel, in addition to Syria.

Notwithstanding al-Baghdadi denials, ISIS terrorists have been battling alongside Hamas (and vice versa) for some time. Only yesterday, ISIS celebrated a “martyr” in Gaza.

ISIS is Muslim Brotherhood. They’re all under Obama’s big tent.

Terp Mole on August 12, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Terp Mole on August 12, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Their title is gonna get pretty long if they decide to include bits of Africa and the Saudis, lol.

Ebola on August 12, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Remy did a video about Saudis in Audis.

I think there’s another one in the works: Yazidis eating Wheaties.

Galtian on August 12, 2014 at 4:28 PM

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