Obama declares mission accomplished in Iraq

posted at 4:41 pm on August 14, 2014 by Noah Rothman

On Thursday, the Pentagon revealed that the Yazidi minorities have been encircled by Islamic State forces on Mt. Sinjar for weeks were in much better shape. Military officials determined that select airstrikes on ISIS positions around the mountain had been successful, and some Yazidis had already evacuated the area.

Defense officials determined that the success of contingency operations against ISIS in western Iraq indicated that no further action would need to be undertaken. In a press conference on Thursday, President Barack Obama confirmed that the mission to save the Yazidis had been a success. He added that, while the U.S. would still execute airstrikes against ISIS forces that threaten American assets or personnel, the rescue phase of the mission in Iraq had been accomplished.

“We broke the ISIL siege of Mt. Sinjar, we helped vulnerable people reach safety, and we helped save many innocent lives,” Obama said. “The majority of the military personnel who conducted the assessment will be leaving Iraq in the coming days.”

Obama did note, however, that the crisis on the ground in Iraq is far from being resolved:

“Now, the situation remains dire for Iraqis subject to ISIL’s terror throughout the country, and this includes minorities like Iraqi Christians,” he added. “It also includes many Sunnis, Shia and Kurds.”

CNN’s Jim Sciutto had an interesting observation about this statement.

Not especially encouraging.

Nor was CNN Pentagon reporter Barbara Starr’s dispatch just following the conclusion of Obama’s declaration of temporary victory.

The United Nations also apparently disagrees with the president.

Those Kurds and Yazidis who had been celebrating America’s entrance into the war in Iraq against the medieval fundamentalists bent on exterminating them must be discouraged by Obama’s declaration of victory.

It is unlikely that the president’s statement marked the end of America’s broader fight against ISIS in Iraq. As the media continues to broadcast images of terror and atrocity in Iraq, the president’s claims of triumph are soon going to appear quite premature.


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But What Difference does it Make?!

Boxtnt on August 14, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Huh?

Oil Can on August 14, 2014 at 4:44 PM

The United Nations also apparently disagrees with the president.

Yeah, but the UN doesn’t have an important golf game to attend to.

Ward Cleaver on August 14, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Somebody needs to find that banner and hang it in the White House Press Room…

Khun Joe on August 14, 2014 at 4:45 PM

It’s all about Benghazi!

Sven on August 14, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Gee, I remember some guy named Bush saying that and the Left called him a stupid dimwit for years. Can we do that to Obama?

Bitter Clinger on August 14, 2014 at 4:46 PM

So the decapitations, crucifixions and hand choppings will continue.

rbj on August 14, 2014 at 4:46 PM

In that entire speech…He says outloud “We” but in his head he hears “I”.

And all of the ‘dids’ are pure dog$hit anyways….

FORWARD!!!

BigWyo on August 14, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Sez the guy who’s never actually accomplished anything, ever, in his whole entire worthless life.

antipc on August 14, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Fore!

d1carter on August 14, 2014 at 4:48 PM

The strikes were unconstitutional by the way.

weedisgood on August 14, 2014 at 4:49 PM

On Thursday, the Pentagon revealed that the Yazidi minorities have been encircled by Islamic State forces on Mt. Sinjar for weeks were in much better shape. Military officials determined that select airstrikes on ISIS positions around the mountain had been successful, and some Yazidis had already evacuated the area.

Noah Rothman on August 14, 2014 at 4:41 PM

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Except the ones already dead.

I wonder what the total percentage of the refugees who went up on that mountain are there PERMANENTLY.

listens2glenn on August 14, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Yet another lie told by the glorious liar-in-chief.

electricfunksandwich on August 14, 2014 at 4:49 PM

My understanding is the Kurds fought through Isis to open up an evacuation route, and common sense says the Yazidis still there are the ones in the worst physical shape.

Southernblogger on August 14, 2014 at 4:50 PM

It’s over…we won!!!…

So says the King…

PatriotRider on August 14, 2014 at 4:50 PM

More disengaged and clueless than ever…and that’s saying something.

22044 on August 14, 2014 at 4:50 PM

What a hilarious dope. He makes Bush look like a mighty lion.

Jaibones on August 14, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Eh, only a few thousand will die. It’s still an overall success. Kinda like Buck Turgidson’s assessment of no more than 10 to 20 million killed, tops. Depending on the breaks.

Doughboy on August 14, 2014 at 4:51 PM

He looks completely defeated. Look at his eyes. I’ve never seen a U.S. President look like that.

JeremiahJohnson on August 14, 2014 at 4:51 PM

I didn’t think Barry could surprise me any longer. I was wrong.

cat_owner on August 14, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Now back to my golf lesson…

PatriotRider on August 14, 2014 at 4:52 PM

He cannot in good conscience go back to dancing and golfing without first declaring victory.

Fenris on August 14, 2014 at 4:52 PM

The strikes were unconstitutional by the way.

weedisgood on August 14, 2014 at 4:49 PM

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Ok, but we’re not mad the strikes were made, but only that he didn’t go through congress (several days earlier), RIGHT ?

listens2glenn on August 14, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Wow, these next two years are going to really be something for the history books…

PatriotRider on August 14, 2014 at 4:53 PM

What is next week going to bring…I can’t wait…

PatriotRider on August 14, 2014 at 4:54 PM

You all shut your traps. It is hard being the Preezy of the United Steezy. Obama just has to finish the back nine with P-Diddy, and then he will get to this Yazzydy business or whatever it is. Rest assured that he has a plan and will unveil it on Sunday when he pops by the White House to check in and pick up his new Big Bertha driver that the Secret Service caddy forgot to bring.

billboy89 on August 14, 2014 at 4:54 PM

And yet ISIS terrorist state is expanding both in Iraq and Syria… Yesterday ISIS took around 8 additional towns and villages in Northern Syria after defeating the Syrian rebels there…

mnjg on August 14, 2014 at 4:54 PM

How does Bark know that mission is accomplished?

Did the NYT use it in a recent headline?

NapaConservative on August 14, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Eh, only a few thousand will die. It’s still an overall success. Kinda like Buck Turgidson’s assessment of no more than 10 to 20 million killed, tops. Depending on the breaks.

Doughboy on August 14, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Aw, com’n – this is supposed to be a happy occasion!

whatcat on August 14, 2014 at 4:55 PM

How many died..?

d1carter on August 14, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Did he hang a banner on the 9th hole??

ToddPA on August 14, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Did Bo come up on his own separate flight again???…

PatriotRider on August 14, 2014 at 4:56 PM

I think Obama really does believe that a few airstrikes is all it takes to win. Afterall, he’s had drones to take out terrorists and airstrikes helped lead to Khaddafy’s ouster (although it took a lot longer than just “days” or “weeks” and with disastrous consequences after-the-fact) so, in his mind, that’s all it takes.

Bitter Clinger on August 14, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Super genius this guy is alright. He doesn’t realize that the political fallout from striking these guys will only come from the far far left, everyone else wants these terrorists dead. Doing what is right doesn’t register with this clown, just what he thinks will get him ahead politically like amnesty…

major dad on August 14, 2014 at 4:59 PM

You mean “Mission Accomplished” as in it took Benghazi, the VA, the IRS, and your other examples of rampant lawlessness and corruption off the radar?

CurtZHP on August 14, 2014 at 4:59 PM

I hope somebody Photoshops the “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” banner into the Obama pic.

Aizen on August 14, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Wow, these next two years are going to really be something for the history books…

PatriotRider on August 14, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Yeah, but whose history books???

The left has already proclaimed Obama as the next coming and that is all that the children in public education will hear…..

Very important to teach your children the truth and that Obama still has 2 years left to keep destroying America.

redguy on August 14, 2014 at 4:59 PM

The strikes were unconstitutional by the way.

weedisgood on August 14, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Technically, the 2002 Authorization to Use Military Force in Iraq is still in effect. But I doubt if Barry would want to hang his hat on that – for political reasons.

TarheelBen on August 14, 2014 at 5:00 PM

I hope somebody Photoshops the “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” banner into the Obama pic.

Aizen on August 14, 2014 at 4:59 PM

http://images.sodahead.com/polls/001194899/obama_shirtless_mission_xlarge.jpeg

redguy on August 14, 2014 at 5:01 PM

ISIS does not seem to think so….

sorrowen on August 14, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Aw, com’n – this is supposed to be a happy occasion!

whatcat on August 14, 2014 at 4:55 PM

ISIS to Yazidis – “See what I mean. I just get carried away. Sorry, everyone. Sorry.”

Doughboy on August 14, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Does anyone know exactly where Barry was when giving this statement?
This is the best pic I could find.
Looks like some kind of event facility, maybe a school cafeteria…
or was he actually already in a building at the golf course and that is how he was able to tee off so quickly after the statement?

Brat on August 14, 2014 at 5:03 PM

The blood and treasure that we will eventually end up paying to fix this most incompetent fool disasters are going to be very high… The question is how in the future are we going to prevent utterly incompetent fool with zero qualifications like Obama from becoming Presidents? The future of our nation depends on finding an answer to this question. Are we going to find a way to reduce the numbers of parasites and idiots from voting? If so, how… What does it take to keep these parasites and morons home on elections day watching TV, playing video games, and eating junk food…

mnjg on August 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Cough – bull$hit – cough

notropis on August 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Just like with the Obama-Democrat Care website that still never functioned, this means that our MSM will completely ignore the plight of these poor people.

MiniTrue is alive and well in the USSA.

jukin3 on August 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

I’m looking forward to the unveiling of the Obama Library…….in each and every classroom.

antipc on August 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A wet fart – Mission Accomplished!

TarasBulbous on August 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM

This is like someone who is 100 pounds overweight losing 10 pounds and declaring their diet has come to a successful ending.

VorDaj on August 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM

ISIS does not seem to think so….

sorrowen on August 14, 2014 at 5:01 PM

I’m reminded what William Shirer wrote int The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Hitler decided to call of the campaign of 1943 against the Russians, declaring it over. However, the Russians didn’t “get the memo”. They smashed through German defenses that were “advancing towards the rear.”

Obama might want to ask ISIS if they think it’s over.

itsspideyman on August 14, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Yeah, but whose history books???

The left has already proclaimed Obama as the next coming and that is all that the children in public education will hear…..

Very important to teach your children the truth and that Obama still has 2 years left to keep destroying America.

redguy on August 14, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Precisely. The history field is loaded with Marxists. They will not let the historical narrative be unkind to this man. They will argue that he did not go far enough, as they always do.

TarasBulbous on August 14, 2014 at 5:09 PM

He looks completely defeated. Look at his eyes. I’ve never seen a U.S. President look like that.

JeremiahJohnson on August 14, 2014 at 4:51 PM

He never had a ‘good look.’

He’s a phony, a front man, a song and dance man.

He’s nothing.

Wait until he’s out of office. We’ll be reading reports of him roaming the streets while MO and the girls are leading separate lives.

If his father is truly the one he claims, you can rest assured that this apple will not fall far from the tree.

Cody1991 on August 14, 2014 at 5:10 PM

To be fair, Dog Eater was operating under his Nobel Peace Prize contract which clearly states that an awardee can only burn, dismember, and vaporize foreigners with military strikes for one week per year.

Bishop on August 14, 2014 at 5:11 PM

PR so Obama can get back to golfing.

albill on August 14, 2014 at 5:11 PM

I’d sure like to have a chat with the spec ops guys that were there. My guess is it would be a far different assesment than what the poli-gon is saying.

What a complete cluster. A chance to both save thousands of lives AND hammer ISIS big time without the usual international pushback. Incompetent, short sighted idiocy.

Expect ISIS to step up violence just to prove they are still very much in charge. This ‘aint over. The only thing that ends is media coverage of the slaughter, now that the won has spoken.

JusDreamin on August 14, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Obama is the kind of man you can depend on to throw you a 10 foot rope if you are 100 feet out in a lake. What a guy! This calls for another peace prize for sure along with humanitarian of the year.

VorDaj on August 14, 2014 at 5:12 PM

By Liz Sly and Craig Whitlock August 14 at 1:35 PM

DAHUK, Iraq —Kurdish officials and Yazidi refugees said Thursday that thousands of desperate Yazidis remain trapped on a mountain in northwestern Iraq, even as President Obama said that an anticipated U.S. operation to rescue them was not needed.

Those who are still stranded on the barren, rocky slopes of Mount Sinjar are mostly the elderly, sick and very young, who were too weak to continue the grueling trek to safety in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region and were left behind by their relatives, the officials and Yazidis said.

Viator on August 14, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Pathological lier or schizophrenic, either way he does not appear to let race riots, genocide, or {insert disaster here} in the way of his own fantasy view of the world or the way it should be.

Professor O says it is so, make it so.

Floriduh Jim on August 14, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Not even a smidgen of a siege.

NavyMom on August 14, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Obama declares mission accomplished in Iraq

Again?

myiq2xu on August 14, 2014 at 5:19 PM

The mission has been a success unless you’re among the thousands still squatting on a rock in the sun with no water and the kids won’t stop crying because they’re hungry and thirsty. Great job, Obolo.

Kissmygrits on August 14, 2014 at 5:20 PM

We have never been at war with Eastasia. We have only ever been at war with Eurasia, and that war, which is a good war, will continue.

NOMOBO on August 14, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Mission Accomplished II for the Choom Gang?

How many do they get for one campaign?

In any case, there are still 4500 people up there, according to Fox.

Stay tuned.

formwiz on August 14, 2014 at 5:21 PM

By Liz Sly and Craig Whitlock August 14 at 1:35 PM

DAHUK, Iraq —Kurdish officials and Yazidi refugees said Thursday that thousands of desperate Yazidis remain trapped on a mountain in northwestern Iraq, even as President Obama said that an anticipated U.S. operation to rescue them was not needed.

Those who are still stranded on the barren, rocky slopes of Mount Sinjar are mostly the elderly, sick and very young, who were too weak to continue the grueling trek to safety in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region and were left behind by their relatives, the officials and Yazidis said.

Viator on August 14, 2014 at 5:12 PM

You see, it would be too expensive to save them and besides if they could make it to America they would probably vote Republican. It is far easier to set-up the cartels with weapons to bring the new “undocumented democrats” right to America’s doorstep.

redguy on August 14, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Now since we gave ISIS a little pin prick, will they come back with a hammer?

Sven on August 14, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Yeah, but whose history books???

Simple, Common Core is rewriting history, you did not know that? Students graduating in a few years, will have a different history.

Techster64 on August 14, 2014 at 5:27 PM

HEY! Who you going to believe, King Barack the Magnificent or your lying eyes?

Besides, The King doesn’t want to miss His tee time.

Priorities, you know.

GarandFan on August 14, 2014 at 5:27 PM

He looks completely defeated. Look at his eyes. I’ve never seen a U.S. President look like that.

JeremiahJohnson on August 14, 2014 at 4:51 PM

He still looks plenty malevolent and soulless to me.

arnold ziffel on August 14, 2014 at 5:31 PM

King Barack the Pathetic. He’s history. Rear view mirror. But where is the rest of Washington? Has no one the backbone, the savvy, to step up. Apparently not. They all should be on that mountain top and left to die. Or, to save us taxpayers the expense, lets send them to Ferguson to die. And then we start over.

steveracer on August 14, 2014 at 5:34 PM

How many times is this mission going to be accomplished?

Cindy Munford on August 14, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Anything to cling to his imagined glorious legacy “He got the US out of Iraq!”

He’ll sacrifice almost anything to secure that legacy — even leaving thousands of innocent people on a dry, barren mountain with no water or shade, and daily temperatures into the hundreds.

Oh I do hate this man.

otlset on August 14, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Anyone besides me remember Sen Aiken’s snarky comment about Vietnam, “Let’s just declare victory and go home”? We know now well that worked out.

jvermeer on August 14, 2014 at 5:41 PM

http://images.sodahead.com/polls/001194899/obama_shirtless_mission_xlarge.jpeg

redguy on August 14, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Good enough. Thanks!

Aizen on August 14, 2014 at 5:46 PM

He is lookin olllllld. And gaunt. Is the stress of the office finally getting to him? Or are all the past present who-knows-he-won’t-release-a-medical-record-to-save-his-life drugs catching up w/ him?

Zoe on August 14, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Can someone explain to me on how obama arrived at this conclusion/?? I know what the pentagon issued but I just find it hard to believe. We didn’t have that many troops there in the first place and how did those tortured folks escape them??. I just don’t get it unless the president is not telling the truth.

garydt on August 14, 2014 at 5:48 PM

This is the very first time I have heard him mention Christians. The very first time.

garydt on August 14, 2014 at 5:51 PM

The blood and treasure that we will eventually end up paying to fix this most incompetent fool disasters are going to be very high… The question is how in the future are we going to prevent utterly incompetent fool with zero qualifications like Obama from becoming Presidents? The future of our nation depends on finding an answer to this question. Are we going to find a way to reduce the numbers of parasites and idiots from voting? If so, how… What does it take to keep these parasites and morons home on elections day watching TV, playing video games, and eating junk food…
mnjg on August 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Give them free ganja the day before the elections. Tell them the Cheetos and and liquor will be delivered the next day but they have to be home to get them.

Cliff by the Ford on August 14, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Lolz!

Bmore on August 14, 2014 at 5:57 PM

The strikes were unconstitutional by the way.

weedisgood on August 14, 2014 at 4:49 PM

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No, the strikes were not unconstitutional, by any way…. where do you get your stupid ideas? Never mind, I don’t care.
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What we need is a young, firebrand Senator who will rush to the microphone and criticize everything the preznit does, says, and thinks, lectures the press at every opportunity about how morally bankrupt and intellectually bereft of solid ideas, new ideas, and effective ideas the current preznit is and, finally a charismatic Senator who will self-promote his upcoming preznitdential run by claiming to be “NOT Ø.” Know anybody like that?

ExpressoBold on August 14, 2014 at 5:58 PM

A week from now, I never said that.

elifino on August 14, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Obama declares mission accomplished in Iraq

Somebody give that man a free tampon.

onomo on August 14, 2014 at 6:19 PM

He looks like a skinny stickman.

bailey24 on August 14, 2014 at 6:20 PM

He is lookin olllllld. And gaunt. Is the stress of the office finally getting to him? Or are all the past present who-knows-he-won’t-release-a-medical-record-to-save-his-life drugs catching up w/ him?

Zoe on August 14, 2014 at 5:46 PM

It’s the first real job he has held in his entire life of privilege. No wonder he’s already worn out.

slickwillie2001 on August 14, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Obama lied while people died.

Has a familiar ring to it, doesn’t it?

Midas on August 14, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Zoe on August 14, 2014 at 5:46 PM

No, it’s way worse than that. It’s the sort of thing that would prematurely age any man by 20 years.

He’s been failing at the most important thing in his life.

His golf game’s been sucking lately.

notropis on August 14, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Guess he read it in the paper.

sadatoni on August 14, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Somebody should bring a “Mission Accomplished” banner to his next campaign event and put it up behind him.

Of course, I’m not responsible for that person being shot dead.

Steve Eggleston on August 14, 2014 at 6:42 PM

ISIS: Muslim believers who KNOW what the koran says.

Mojave Mark on August 14, 2014 at 7:13 PM

In other words, he lied. Color me shocked!

IndieDogg on August 14, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Every time that I think that Obama has hit bottom he finds a new low… how many people has this man killed?

Perhaps a banana peel on the dance floor would miss secret service scrutiny?

Kaffa on August 14, 2014 at 7:39 PM

I guess everyone in isis is dead eh?

No?

Diluculo on August 14, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Obama declares mission accomplished in Iraq

Well, savages are running amok in the best juramentado style, killing Christians, Zoroastrians, any Jew they can find, and any Muslim whom they deem insufficiently such.

To The One, this works out to the Triumph of true Eastern mystical enlightenment over evil Western materialism.

So, by his standards, yes, it ismission accomplished“.

You have to understand that his values system works just a bit differently.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 15, 2014 at 7:14 AM