WaPo: Thousands of Yazidis still trapped on Mt. Sinjar despite Pentagon demurral on rescue

posted at 8:01 am on August 14, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, the Obama administration finally began talking about a military operation to rescue the Yazidis stuck on Mount Sinjar, besieged by ISIS forces intent on slaughtering the tens of thousands displaced from their homes. The Pentagon then leaked that the military had in fact landed special forces on Mount Sinjar to determine whether a rescue operation could be made soon enough to make a difference. Late last night, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that a rescue operation would be unnecessary:

Special operations forces sent to Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq have concluded there are far fewer refugees stranded there, making a rescue mission to help them off the mountain less likely.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the announcement at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland Wednesday night. NPR’s David Welna, who was traveling with Hagel, reports:

“They estimate that about a thousand [Yazidi refugees] have been leaving a day and that only several thousand of them are left on the mountain, and that those who are left there have sufficient provisions to remain there for now. So they seemed to conclude that those who are there will be able to make their way off the mountain without a rescue effort made.” …

While an evacuation might not happen, the U.S. “will continue to provide humanitarian assistance as needed and will protect U.S. personnel and facilities,” according to a statement from the Pentagon press office.

The Pentagon’s sunny assessment also concluded that the ISIS siege has been broken by the US airstrikes around Mount Sinjar:

Defense Department officials said late Wednesday that United States airstrikes and Kurdish fighters had broken the Islamic militants’ siege of Mount Sinjar, allowing thousands of the Yazidis trapped there to escape. …

The speed with which the Obama administration announced that the siege had been broken may cause some consternation overseas, given the increasingly dire descriptions from aid agencies about the crisis on Mount Sinjar. The United Nations on Wednesday announced its highest level of emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq.

The Yazidis and the Kurds would concur that this is too optimistic by half. According to the Washington Post, those “several thousand” that remain are the least likely to be able to get themselves off the mountain — including many children:

Kurdish officials and Yazidi refugees said Thursday that thousands of desperate Yazidis remain trapped on a mountain in northwestern Iraq, even as the Pentagon appeared to back away from launching a rescue mission to save them.

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.

The governor of the Kurdistan’s Dahuk province, where most of the Yazidis have fled, said he was told on Wednesday to prepare to receive 15,000 Yazidis who were to be airlifted from the mountain by the U.S. military. Although it is impossible to confirm whether there are that many Yazidis in need of rescue, Farhad Atruchi said he believes that a large number remain trapped and are unable to leave because they are too weak to make the journey.

Some of them are children. Others are too old or sick to continue the long walk to safety and were left behind by relatives fleeing the Aug. 3 onslaught against the town of Sinjar by fighters with the extremist Islamic State.

“For me, this is not correct,” he said of an assessment by the U.S. military that most of the Yazidis appeared now to have escaped. “I don’t know the exact number, whether it is 10,000 or 15,000 or 5,000, but they are there.”

The rescue was always going to be a difficult project no matter what. An airlift was highly impractical, especially under fire. It would have taken hundreds of sorties by helicopter to get the people off the mountain by air, even if everything went perfectly. Opening up a ground corridor to move that many people would have needed a substantial number of boots on the ground, including combat operations as ISIS would have attacked in force. That could have been accomplished by Peshmerga forces on the ground with American logistical support, but even that would have been risking US forces in the kind of combat situation that the administration wants to avoid.

Have the Yazidis really been able to escape the trap all by themselves?  Or are we looking for a way out? After all, even the slaughter of “several thousand” civilians is still a genocide; Saddam Hussein killed 5,000 in Halabja in what has always been considered a genocidal attack on the Kurds. If they have been left there to die when the possibility of rescue remains (a substantially large if on both counts), then the US will eventually have to answer for it.


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So they’re liars. I’m so disappointed.

Marcus on August 14, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Have the Yazidis really been able to escape the trap all by themselves?

No. Nor has Obama’s puny airstrikes done anything to help them. If there are less Yazidis than thought its due to the following reasons: death, Kurds have been able to sometimes open up a land corridor (before the airstrikes) and the Iraq Air Force has been flying people off the mountain. All of that was happening while Obama was ignoring the problem.

Zaggs on August 14, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Meanwhile, Obama dithers dithers dithers golfs, parties, dithers, fundraises, dithers, golfs, and parties some more.

ConstantineXI on August 14, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the announcement at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland Wednesday night. NPR’s David Welna, who was traveling with Hagel, reports:

“They estimate that about a thousand [Yazidi refugees] have been leaving a day and that only several thousand of them are left on the mountain, and that those who are left there have sufficient provisions to remain there for now. So they seemed to conclude that those who are there will be able to make their way off the mountain without a rescue effort made.”

So basically we’re abandoning them. If they survive under their own accord, great. If not, tough crap. It’s not worth the political hit Obama would take back home.

Doughboy on August 14, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Well the front page of the Strib this morning said all is well and Obama rules.

So when they all die who will be blamed – definitely not king dictator.

gophergirl on August 14, 2014 at 8:15 AM

The poor Yazdis only needed to call Christopher Stevens, et.al. to understand how “help” would “arrive”. F$%$G lying scumbag POS potus.

MistyLane on August 14, 2014 at 8:16 AM

let them die. it’s tee time for BOZO.

independent76 on August 14, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Well the front page of the Strib this morning said all is well and Obama rules.

So when they all die who will be blamed – definitely not king dictator.

gophergirl on August 14, 2014 at 8:15 AM

They’ll try to spin it by claiming there was nothing that could be done to save them. The same BS they tried to feed us on Benghazi. And the media will go along with it. If they’re content to bury stories about the VA and dead veterans, they won’t lose a wink of sleep over thousands of Yazidis dying(even the kids).

Doughboy on August 14, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Have the Yazidis really been able to escape the trap all by themselves? Or are we looking for a way out? After all, even the slaughter of “several thousand” civilians is still a genocide;

When the immigration debate was raging a couple weeks ago, as filthy parasites were pouring over the border at the invitation of Obama; the left kept referencing the MS St. Louis and how refusing to let in Jews fleeing Germany ultimately lead to the death of about 250 of the 937 seeking asylum in the death camps of Nazi Germany.

Well, several thousand is more than 250. If the left were to be consistent, they would want the United States to do all that was necessary until not one Yazidi was trapped on that mountain.

Happy Nomad on August 14, 2014 at 8:19 AM

SMH

cmsinaz on August 14, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Ding ding ding spot on doughboy

cmsinaz on August 14, 2014 at 8:21 AM

They’ll try to spin it by claiming there was nothing that could be done to save them. The same BS they tried to feed us on Benghazi. And the media will go along with it. If they’re content to bury stories about the VA and dead veterans, they won’t lose a wink of sleep over thousands of Yazidis dying(even the kids).

Doughboy on August 14, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Hey, it’s not like these elderly and kids are illegal aliens or Muslims…. Not a potential Dem voting block? Expendable.

MistyLane on August 14, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Well, that settles that. Next?

Viator on August 14, 2014 at 8:23 AM

This is simply incredible… We are going to pay very heavy price for this insane incompetence… In addition to Obama and Hagel do not forget Martin Dempsey the worst chairman of the joint chief of staff… This man is the worst military general in the last 100 years because he agrees with coward Obama that we must not fight any war…

mnjg on August 14, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Good job Liberals, the world is about to witness yet another genocide at your hands.

TarasBulbous on August 14, 2014 at 8:31 AM

The people are saved the way Obamacare met its target signups.

rob verdi on August 14, 2014 at 8:37 AM

“determine whether a rescue operation could be made soon enough to make a difference” President Horseshit does nothing for two years then decides it’s too late to do anything, so lets them rot. Sounds like Benghazi.

wdkeller on August 14, 2014 at 8:38 AM

This man is the worst military general in the last 100 years because he agrees with coward Obama that we must not fight any war…

mnjg on August 14, 2014 at 8:30 AM

We don’t make generals anymore. We make politicians in uniform. For flag officers, it isn’t about doing what is right, what protects this nation, what is good for the troops. It is all about getting the next star and/or next assignment.

Happy Nomad on August 14, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Special operations forces sent to Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq have concluded there are far fewer refugees stranded there, making a rescue mission to help them off the mountain less likely.

This is typical leftist logic. In other words, there is no logic.

Less people to rescue means the operation would be easier and, therefore, more likely.

InterestedObserver on August 14, 2014 at 8:43 AM

We don’t make generals anymore. We make politicians in uniform. For flag officers, it isn’t about doing what is right, what protects this nation, what is good for the troops. It is all about getting the next star and/or next assignment.

Happy Nomad on August 14, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Yes there is a lot of politics in the top echelon of the Pentagon but this general Dempsey is the really the worst the Pentagon has produced in over a century if not more… The man simply does not want to fight any war…

mnjg on August 14, 2014 at 8:43 AM

My heart is pounding and I have tears in my eyes.

How can this be? How can this be?

How are these evil monsters in control of our government?

Oh. My. Lord.

Turn MD Red on August 14, 2014 at 8:43 AM

We really think the party that supports the genocide of 40 million babies is going to care about a few thousand Yazis?

hillsoftx on August 14, 2014 at 8:46 AM

When the immigration debate was raging a couple weeks ago, as filthy parasites were pouring over the border at the invitation of Obama; the left kept referencing the MS St. Louis and how refusing to let in Jews fleeing Germany ultimately lead to the death of about 250 of the 937 seeking asylum in the death camps of Nazi Germany.

Well, several thousand is more than 250. If the left were to be consistent, they would want the United States to do all that was necessary until not one Yazidi was trapped on that mountain.

Happy Nomad on August 14, 2014 at 8:19 AM

If the left were consistent, they would admit that they were the ones who wouldn’t let those Jews into the United States.

I’m always interested to see them evoke the Holocaust in “other” contexts. Considering how much they hate Israel and the fact that you find at least as many Holocaust deniers on the left as you do on the far right.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 14, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Yes there is a lot of politics in the top echelon of the Pentagon but this general Dempsey is the really the worst the Pentagon has produced in over a century if not more… The man simply does not want to fight any war…

mnjg on August 14, 2014 at 8:43 AM

I’d say Mike Mullen is a contender for the “worst in a century” award. He’s the one that pushed the social agenda in the DoD including repeal of DADT.

Happy Nomad on August 14, 2014 at 8:48 AM

TarasBulbous on August 14, 2014 at 8:31 AM

They don’t give a rats backside unless it makes them look bad.

Fore!

dogsoldier on August 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM

I’ve been following this closely. Near as I can tell tell there was 1 drone strike “near Sinjar” yesterday. Near as I can tell, there was 1 food/water air drop operation conducted by the U.S. (7,000 gallons of water) several days ago. Iraqi choppers have been doing the rest, 3-4 per day. The PKK have been evacuating some of the Yasidi down the north side of the mountain into Syria, then back over to Kurdish Iraq. A 15 hour “trail of tears”, where the weak are left to die.

Yet, I just heard the Pentagon spokesman say “THANKS TO OUR AIR STRIKES, OUR HUMANITARIAN AID, WE HAVE FACILITATED THE SAFE PASSAGE OF THE YAZIDI FROM THE MOUNTAIN. CRISIS OVER.”

Browndog on August 14, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Less people to rescue means the operation would be easier and, therefore, more likely.

THIS^^

Browndog on August 14, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Maybe if the Yazidis offer some campaign contributions to the DNC…..

jmtham156 on August 14, 2014 at 9:11 AM

If the regime lies to us about keeping our doctors, we must now assume they will lie to us about everything. If dear leader can tell someone to give their elderly mother a pain pill in lieu of an operation, we now can see they are willing to let thousands die stranded on a mountain top. I’m sure the evil in their hearts was always there, we just now are seeing the depth of it on full display.

Kissmygrits on August 14, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Yes there is a lot of politics in the top echelon of the Pentagon but this general Dempsey is the really the worst the Pentagon has produced in over a century if not more… The man simply does not want to fight any war…

mnjg on August 14, 2014 at 8:43 AM

I’d say Mike Mullen is a contender for the “worst in a century” award. He’s the one that pushed the social agenda in the DoD including repeal of DADT.

Happy Nomad on August 14, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Patton would’ve shot both of them on first sight.

TXUS on August 14, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Well, no one’s ever accused this administration of being too keen on the idea of rescuing people overseas from imminent slaughter at the hands of radical Islamists.

Bruce MacMahon on August 14, 2014 at 9:30 AM

This can’t be true. Last night, lester… err… everdiso told me it was all taken care of thanks to the king barack the merciful and benevolent. You mean he lied again? It simply can’t be!

stvnscott on August 14, 2014 at 9:36 AM

I wonder what it feels like to be a liberal leftist watching their Dear Leader leaving thousands of people to be slaughtered. I wonder what kind of twisted logic you tell yourself to make yourself feel better? What is it? Does the Agenda have such a grip on you that even you will throw away lives to protect and advance it?

How can anyone see the pictures and hear the stories and decide, “hey, it’s all good so long as the politics work out”? At some point a human being decides these acts of horror must be stopped, and if they have the power they commit to doing what’s right.

So, maybe, liberals for all of their preaching about being conscious of the plight of others, in fact have no conscience at all. And they hate children.

goflyers on August 14, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Some should tell those Yazidis that if they promise to vote Democrat they will be whisked to out southern border.

Viator on August 14, 2014 at 9:42 AM

So the lesson is if you’re going to be a victim of genocide, don’t do it in an election year.

NukeRidingCowboy on August 14, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Obamacrats realized rescue was impossible without serious military commitment. So they declared rescue no longer needed.

petefrt on August 14, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Some should tell those Yazidis that if they promise to vote Democrat they will be whisked to our southern border.

Viator on August 14, 2014 at 9:42 AM

+100

petefrt on August 14, 2014 at 9:46 AM

So, if no rescue attempt is needed then why is the UK sending troops to help them get out? or is just obama leading from behind again?

ConservativePartyNow on August 14, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Obama. Coward.

Key West Reader on August 14, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Most of these people are starving and dehydrated, and apparently Mr. Obama expects them to just walk dozens of miles out of those mountains back to their cities and towns, even after hearing of all the people who died just on the journey into the mountains.

I guess Mr. Obama still has his “Congo Problem”:

Well, look, if that’s the criteria by which we are making decisions on the deployment of U.S. forces, then by that argument you would have three hundred thousand troops in the Congo right now, where millions have been slaughtered as a consequence of ethnic strife, which we haven’t done. We would be deploying unilaterally and occupying the Sudan, which we haven’t done.

It should be noted that Mr. Obama did not cure the Congo problem and hence, how can he be expected to have any empathy for starving Iraqis?

unclesmrgol on August 14, 2014 at 9:58 AM

The rescue was always going to be a difficult project no matter what. An airlift was highly impractical, especially under fire.

You are lying, Ed. Mr. Obama says that the siege has been broken; therefore there would be no fire. Heh.

unclesmrgol on August 14, 2014 at 10:01 AM

ConservativePartyNow on August 14, 2014 at 9:49 AM

I believe the UK changed their minds as they’re not
needed now .

Lucano on August 14, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Can I see the real assessment, please? Not the prewritten one.

Cliff by the Ford on August 14, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Obama Doctrine: Let Them Die

faraway on August 14, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Obama Doctrine: Let Them Die

faraway on August 14, 2014 at 10:15 AM

#LetThemDie

Let them die on the mountains, let them die in the streets of St. Louis and Chicago. Obama don’t care. He partyayin’. Yo.

Key West Reader on August 14, 2014 at 10:17 AM

The speed with which the Obama administration announced that the siege had been broken may cause some consternation overseas

Problem solved! Back to the golf course. Until the next crisis.

GarandFan on August 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM

jim56 must be very well pleased.

Bitter Clinger on August 14, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Wait, I think I’ve figured this out. It’s all because of a video. Can’t we arrest someone in Los Angeles and make believe the Yazidis, especially the aged, dehydrated and starved, shall bound down the mountain now like gazelles? /Jen Psaki

#ItsAllFixedOK?

MistyLane on August 14, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Read this in your best Thurston Howell III voice.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obamas-danced-nearly-every-song-good-time-was-had-all_802918.html

Embrace the suck, Yazidis / POTUS

MistyLane on August 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

DId anyone else notice that all of the people except one, in the photo are men? WHere are the women and children? What about the male psyche that says to help the women and children – every outstretched hand in that photo is attached to a male.

Hmmmmmm -

MN J on August 14, 2014 at 10:58 AM

…but the kids at our southern border are apparently more important than the kids being crucified and beheaded.

There is no consistency coming out of this administration. It’s all immediate political expedience.

freedomfirst on August 14, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Can I see the real assessment, please? Not the prewritten one.

Cliff by the Ford on August 14, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Yep.
I was thinking it was along the lines of the “telephone” game. Operators on the ground probably came up with an assessment that is vastly different from the one that was reported by Hagel.

freedomfirst on August 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Heard this last night on the radio news break,
that they were calling off the airlifts, my jaw
dropped!!!!

canopfor on August 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Who knows what the truth is any more? Both sides have a political interest in telling their version of the story. Who knows…

PattyJ on August 14, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Benghazi writ large.

let them die. it’s tee time for BOZO.

independent76 on August 14, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Hey, it sings

Tee time for Preezy and Reggie
Barry is happy and gay
We’re golfing to a slower pace
Look out, here comes the Latin race

Tee time for Preezy and Reggie
Midnight on Sinjar for all

formwiz on August 14, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Emperor Imperious reader the first is dealing with a REAL crisis, figuring out what to order for lunch, before getting back to the golf course.

dogsoldier on August 14, 2014 at 11:18 AM

The Syrian Kurds saved the Yazidis, not Obama!

Syrian Kurdish officials said soon after Yazidis fled their villages, they began fighting to create a safe passage. They clashed with Islamic State fighters upon entering Iraq, losing at least 9 fighters, but by Aug. 7 had secured a safe valley passage, cramming Yazidis into jeeps, trucks and cars to bring them some 25 miles (40 kilometers) away. Some of the ill were even rushed to hospital.

“We answered their cries for help. They were in danger and we opened a safe passage for them into safety,” said military official Omar Ali. “We saw that we had to help them and protect them; they are Kurds and part of our nation.”

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/syrian-kurdish-fighters-rescue-stranded-yazidis

luckybogey on August 14, 2014 at 11:22 AM

In making a decision on this let us not forget the history and the mistakes of both republicrats, demicans and democrats and the West, in general.

Iraq was a creation of the West after WWI. The West had put all kinds of thugs in charge including S Hussein. The first Iraq war was unnecessary. Bush I/Baker telling April Glaspie to tell Hussein “we have no opinion on your Arab-Arab Conflicts” is worth reviewing since 24 years have gone by and the endless war these mistakes have engendered including mass so-called humanitarian immigrations of people to the United States who do not share our views about our legal system were caused by both parties (remember Iraq was an ally in the 1980s war with Iran and we provided serious, serious aid):

Hussein had three problems with Kuwait:
• A border dispute dating back to Great Britain’s artificial drawing of the lines after World War I.

• Kuwait was allegedly slant drilling into Iraq’s oil fields and stealing its oil.

• Kuwait was violating its OPEC production agreements in order to drive down the price of oil and bankrupt Iraq.

This last point is interesting because it was essentially a strong-arm tactic Kuwait was using to win concessions from Iraq. Iraq was vulnerable to this tactic because it had borrowed money from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to wage war against Iran in the 1980s. Kuwait and Saudi Arabia had loaned this money because they too were afraid of the revolutionary regime in Iran. The U.S., Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, were all complicit in the war against Iran, and all of them hoped to benefit from it. But now Kuwait was using the loans it had made to Iraq as leverage to win profitable concessions from Hussein with regard to the border dispute and their slant drilling. And Kuwait was turning up the heat by also violating its production agreement. This reduced oil prices generally, and Iraq’s oil income in particular.

That summer, the State Department informed Hussein that his dispute with Kuwait was a local matter, and that the U.S. didn’t have a diplomatic duty to protect Kuwait if Iraq used military force. This is verified by State Department testimony—during 1990—before congressional committees. But the U.S. tale doesn’t end there.

Saddam Hussein told the United States Ambassador to Baghdad that he would not use force against Kuwait provided that the Emir of Kuwait—in a summit that was supposed to occur in July 1990—agreed to end his nation’s “economic warfare.”
The Ambassador, April Glaspie, told Hussein: “We have no opinion on your Arab-Arab conflicts, such as your dispute with Kuwait. Secretary (of State James) Baker has directed me to emphasize the instruction, first given to Iraq in the 1960′s, that the Kuwait issue is not associated with America.” She added, “We hope you can solve this problem using any suitable methods via Klibi or via President Mubarak. All that we hope is that these issues are solved quickly.” And Glaspie was confident that there was still time to solve the matter and so shortly thereafter went on vacation.

The Emir of Kuwait was a no-show for the summit. Why?

He had assurances from the Pentagon (directed by Dick Cheney) that it would defend Kuwait—even though there was no formal agreement compelling the U.S. to protect them, and even though the U.S. State Department had given Hussein assurances they wouldn’t get involved. Hussein, believing he had permission, attacked Kuwait.

Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait was not the start of a campaign to conquer the whole region, as the first Bush administration claimed to the American public. It was, instead, a local dispute, primarily over broken business agreements, that was escalated into a major crisis by Bush administration confusion, incompetence and lies about the true cause of the conflict. And it’s really not all that surprising. When you have a government as bloated in size as ours, snafu’s and miscommunication become the rule. Put another way, it’s impossible for the right hand to know what the left hand is doing, especially when there are dozens of left hands.

Syria is something of the same thing WRT stupid government policies. We went about the arming of Syrian revolutionaries using the Benghazi-Turkey back door without knowing who they were. And now we have chaos.

We need to do something to rescue these people because our stupid interventions of the past have led directly to what we now see unfolding in this part of the world.

Falcon46 on August 14, 2014 at 11:23 AM

There are several scenarios possible:
1. The intelligence is correct and there are not many left alive on the mountain. The able bodied have escaped and what is left is old, sick, young and the dead. Hardly worth bothering the president’s vacation over.
2. The intellingence is correct and it shows the refugee problem on the mountain as bad as everyone thought and obama is lying or spinning it to avoid action. Remember obamacare enrollment numbers?
3. The intelligence is incorrect due to faulty methods and the problem is as bad as everyone thought.
4. The intelligence is correct and the political decision is that it is too late to do anything. Any attempt to rescue survivors now would underline how many could have been saved if action had been taken earlier.
All are bad and the country should be ashamed that the president sat on his hands and did squat. But no worries: Obama is now focused like a laser beam on Ferguson, MO. Don’t look at me I didn’t vote for him. Twice.

warmairfan on August 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM

So basically we’re abandoning them. If they survive under their own accord, great. If not, tough crap. It’s not worth the political hit Obama would take back home.

Doughboy on August 14, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Pretty much. But Obama has personal issues with stopping the genocide in Iraq. Actually sending troops on a combat mission in Iraq (not just a self-serving “reconnaissance” that downplays the slaughter, or a humanitarian aid mission) would be an undeniable, tacit admission he was wrong to pull out completely.

Obama isn’t capable of making that admission. He’ll let the slaughter continue, he’ll permit ISIS to grow in strength and consolidate their gains, and he’ll leave the flaming mess for the next president before he will admit an error of this magnitude.

The fate of the world is in the hands of an incompetent, petty fool whose only agenda is his personal narrative of greatness.

novaculus on August 14, 2014 at 11:48 AM

I suppose the media will stop covering the story here on the survivors left on that mountain. How will we know what happens to them in the end? I don’t trust anything coming out of our media and especially the Obama regime. We will have to rely on the foreign media or perhaps ISIS will brag on how they let all those people die on that mountain.

garydt on August 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM

obama danced the night away.

ISIS is the only thing not deteriorating under obama.

Schadenfreude on August 14, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Everybody knows that these Iraq Christian children are not OUR kids. OUR kids come across the border from Mexico, or so they say.

Old Country Boy on August 14, 2014 at 12:07 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 5:06 PM

Please stop using the term “boots on the ground.” It has got a bit creepy. It’s dehumanizing to the actual men and women who risk their lives.

Esaus Message on August 18, 2014 at 8:22 AM