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Obama’s authorization of Iraq
airstrikes isn’t connected
to a coherent strategy

Washington Post, by Editorial

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 8/8/2014 11:05:40 PM

PRESIDENT OBAMA was right to order military action to prevent a potential genocide in northern Iraq and to stop forces of the al-Qaeda-derived Islamic State from advancing on Baghdad or the Kurdish capital of Irbil. However, the steps the president authorized on Thursday amount to more of his administration’s half-measures, narrowly tailored to this week’s emergency and unconnected to any coherent strategy to address the conflagration spreading across the Middle East. While U.S. airstrikes and drops of supplies may prevent the terrorist forces from massacring the Yazidi sect or toppling the pro-Western regime in Kurdistan, Mr. Obama lacks a plausible

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Carolina Kat, 8/8/2014 11:21:57 PM     (No. 9958707)

Let me help the WaPo on this one by editing this article to the pertinent information:
"Mr. Obama lacks."

Yes, yes he does.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: planetgeo, 8/8/2014 11:36:23 PM     (No. 9958722)

Oh, but it is. The only problem is that his strategy is not one that will help either Iraq or the United States. Allow me to explain.

Obama has been forced to at least make it look like he is going to help...for humanitarian purposes...when he doesn´t really want to interfere at all. So he has calculated that he can just skate by with what he calls a "containment strategy."

Namely, he won´t try to destroy ISIS, but he´ll make it look like he´s limiting their control of territory. So, he´ll lob a few bombs. Blow up a few meaningless, minor targets. Drop some (but nowhere near enough) humanitarian supplies. And presto...the action President!

But why "containment?" Very important. That accepts ISIS as a controlling force of a part of Iraq. Why? Because that will get him what he actually wants...a negotiated settlement that includes ISIS as a legitimate part of Iraq´s government. Very UN-ish. Very leftist hero-ish.

And in a couple years...BAM! ISIS gobbles up all of Iraq. Obama´s ultimate goal. Yes, it´s definitely a coherent strategy.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 8/8/2014 11:43:56 PM     (No. 9958725)

The air strikes may help the stranded refugees for a few days, or maybe even a week. But then what? ISIS will quickly regroup and resume their reign of terror, now focused on the Kurds.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: FormerNYer, 8/8/2014 11:46:13 PM     (No. 9958728)

Obama lacks a coherent strategy in Iraq, Afganistan, with the economy, dealing with the illegals over running the boarders, energy.
You would actually need someone with brains to have coherent strategies, wait, WaPoop haven´t you endorsed this useless president in 2008 & 2012? Maybe your incoherent Editorial board needs some guidance too?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 8/9/2014 7:11:58 AM     (No. 9958928)

Benghazi on a mountain top.

Al-obama just can´t bring himself to bomb the snot out of his fellow muzzies.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: M2, 8/9/2014 7:13:54 AM     (No. 9958931)

There is an unspoken and devious motivation behind Obama´s pinprick airstrikes and humanitarian efforts. That is, Obama wants ISIL to succeed in advancing Islam to as large a part of the world, in this case, Iraq, as possible. WaPo says this:

Mr. Obama lacks a plausible plan for addressing the larger threat posed by the Islamic State. In recent weeks, senior U.S. officials have described the danger in hair-curling terms: The Islamic State forces, which have captured large numbers of U.S.-supplied heavy weapons, threaten not only the Iraqi and Kurdish governments, but also Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. With hundreds of Western recruits, they have the ambition and capability to launch attacks against targets in Europe and the United States.

If you were a stealth Muslim president of America, which your own words prove, you would want the very scenario described above. Recall that Obama said, and this is a direct quote, "In “Audacity of Hope” he writes: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” The quote comes from page 261 of the paperback edition.

We already know that from his days of allegedly writing the book, his sentiments have not changed about anything. He is still the radical Marxist Muslim he always was, using the cover of Christianity to get past the voters.

continued....

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Reply 7 - Posted by: M2, 8/9/2014 7:14:12 AM     (No. 9958932)

....continued

Recall, too, his slip of the tongue with the Stephanopoulus interview, "...my Muslim faith", which was instantaneously followed by Stephanopoulus´ protective correction, "You mean your Christian faith."

You don´t make mistakes like that. Faith is ingrained and a deep part of a person. Obama was telling the truth.

In his actions in Iraq, he wants nothing to do with containing ISIL. He makes a head feint in that direction but it pains him to his core. One must realize that ISIL is not some rinky-dink group of crazies with shoulder-launchers; they are a hugely powerful and organized army with sophisticated weaponry and they are moving through Iraq like a hot knife through butter.

WaPo sounds annoyed at O´s "lack of strategy", but it makes sense if you are Barack Obama.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Janjan, 8/9/2014 7:57:32 AM     (No. 9958971)

This is a knee jerk reaction meant to appease the whiners in his own Party who see their midterm electoral chances sinking by the day.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Udanja99, 8/9/2014 7:58:30 AM     (No. 9958975)

This is nothing more than slapping a dab of Neosporin on a sucking chest wound. Zippy just wants to do something, anything, so he can get on the plane to his $18 million vacation house on the Vineyard. Beyond that, he doesn´t think or care.

M2 is right on the money. Zippy won´t do anything serious to stop the Muslims, no matter how brutal they become. He´s all in for the caliphate.

Pray to God for the entire world.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: lana720, 8/9/2014 8:03:47 AM     (No. 9958986)

Our military has plans to save Iraq and eliminate ISIS. If we had a prez who actually was present during briefings, he might have absorbed the gravity of the situation - maybe.
The world is not full of unicorns and rainbows. He is as evil, cold and soulless as ISIS.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: brianod1, 8/9/2014 8:07:45 AM     (No. 9958993)

Hard to believe this is in the Washington Post.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: stryker714, 8/9/2014 8:16:04 AM     (No. 9959008)

Obama has some audacity to say he abandoned Iraq because the new government would not be in inclusive. What an excuse. So Mister Kum ba ya, the so-called uniter(not in the US, lol) has one of his hissy fits and throws them all to the wolves. He also probably has a good dose of being vindictive re Bush over-throwing a Sunni ruler, Saddam Hussain.

Just think what is coming/in store for Kuwait, which I have not seen mentioned yet. ISIS and Obama probably can´t wait for the plunder and redistribution of those resources. Would the US defend Kuwait again? Probably not under Obama.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: pineledger, 8/9/2014 9:17:05 AM     (No. 9959087)

Consider the role of choom.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: knarfski, 8/9/2014 9:18:53 AM     (No. 9959092)

Looks like Obama has authorized another piecemeal "strategy" that amounts to little more than showbiz. The MSM will scarcely notice.


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Reply 15 - Posted by: Freeloader, 8/9/2014 9:32:35 AM     (No. 9959112)

Incoherent strategy?...Surely, The Washington Post´s Editorial Board and the rest of the leftist morons who "elected/reelected" this undocumented, Sunni Muslim rabble-rouser in 2008 and 2012, were not expecting another Alexander The Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, George Washington or Abraham Lincoln?---Or were they?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: MDConservative, 8/9/2014 9:51:23 AM     (No. 9959130)

As much as I dislike the current administration, their "strategy" is to have no strategy. The USA has been short on the strategy department in the Middle East since the Shah was deposed. Even RR got his block knocked off mucking around in Lebanon. The US goal was once to ensure Israel´s survival. Now, it seems, we´re hardly interested. And now we take one more swing at the Iraq "tar baby"...make it a good one. After more than a decade the Brer Rabbits, those Mullahs and Ayatollahs, are still having the last laugh in the weeds. Insanity...

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Reply 17 - Posted by: MDConservative, 8/9/2014 9:55:16 AM     (No. 9959134)

Of course, my mistake at #16...the Brer Foxes are the mullahs and ayatollahs...and American foreign policy gurus and Presidents the Brer Rabbit.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: cgood, 8/9/2014 10:02:50 AM     (No. 9959147)

Our increasing vulnerability is as infuriating as it is terrifying. I can never decide who I loathe more: Obama and his administration or the morons who put them in power.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Arby, 8/9/2014 10:12:48 AM     (No. 9959161)

Obama and ´coherent strategy´ in the same sentence? Never.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 8/9/2014 11:07:28 AM     (No. 9959268)

There is a coherent strategy - and the WaPo editorial staff is well aware of what it is: Advance the goals of Cloward-Piven constantly. Overwhelm the system, people, and adaptive mechanisms. Sow chaos...then swoop in with a solution (socialist, of course).

Think of what a propaganda victory Obama has already given ISIS: "The vaunted military might of the US has already flown two sorties, totaling 6 aircraft, on a 2,000 mile round trip flight to destroy one captured artillery piece, its truck, and several other trucks, as well as martyring several mujahhideen. Wait, we will down one of these aircraft; then we will have a severed infidel head to show off on Facebook."

Obama called in the Libyan airstrike while on vacation in South America. At least this time he´s calling for the strike before he goes on (yet-another, taxpayer-funded, in-your-face!) vacation.

And what exotic place did you/will you go to on vacation this year, citizen?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: trapper, 8/9/2014 11:10:37 AM     (No. 9959279)

The assessments here and in the comments appear to be correct. Obama (or rather whomever it is that pulls the puppet strings) DOESN´T want to destroy ISIS. He´s just preventing a rout of the Kurds. Half measures that permit ISIS to continue the fight, but redirect it. Similarly, Israel doesn´t appear to want to destroy Hamas. Israel seems to want Hamas to live to continue the fight. Just a little water here and there around the edges of the fire to direct its path. The fire itself rages on. Why?

Do not think for a moment that any of this is accidental. The only fly in ointment was the Egyptian overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood. But all that did was flip Egypt to the OTHER side of the board. We weren´t told that ISIS was massing for an offensive, but we had the intel. The White House knew. Are we similarly not being told that Shias are massing for a showdown with ISIS? A fight to the death between Sunnis and Shias that is Biblical in scope? Oh, and near as I can make out most of our carriers are either in port or in drydock.

So. What´s the play? What´s going on?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: T-Bubba, 8/9/2014 11:14:19 AM     (No. 9959288)

President Boko Obola. Whattaguy!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 8/9/2014 11:24:58 AM     (No. 9959316)

A show of force will not impress ISIL. The Obama gang has already announced that they won´t continue the attack, but ISIL could probably guess that. ISIL will launch attacks against IRAQ, and the United States (if possible). Expect fighting with ISIL will escalate.

This country needs to develop a long term and short term strategy regarding Islam. It has to span presidencies, and that mean both parties have to support the strategy and stop tearing down what each other does just to score political points. It is a matter of national security. Islam is largely at war with the world, and its their own fault.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Grambo, 8/9/2014 11:30:24 AM     (No. 9959327)

But to give him his due, Obama does a very nice row of deck chairs.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: stevendm, 8/9/2014 11:43:42 AM     (No. 9959353)

How does Obama have authorization to attack a sovereign country? Did he get permission from congress? Was he supporting a UN resolution?

Bush had both and got criticized constantly.



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Reply 26 - Posted by: chicodon, 8/9/2014 12:06:02 PM     (No. 9959398)

I really do think that Valerie Jarrett made this call. It´s all show and no go. It´s meant to do just enough to satisfy the critics yet keep the cash flowing in from the anti-war far left. All Obama did was sign off on it.

When asked by the media whether Obama would be involved in the day to day decision making on these attacks, his spokesman said no. He´s on vacation.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: mulhaven, 8/9/2014 3:01:26 PM     (No. 9959609)

Clearly Obama is not a very intelligent person. His behavior is that of someone who follows instructions. He appears to be a glorified press secretary. His speeches and press sessions bespeak of an organization that is perpetually in a cover up mode. They do not want people to know what they are up to. However, it is quite obvious what they are doing. This is also exemplified by the illegal trashing of emails. Nothing has been specified as to what is intended for the Iraq war zone. It is just phrases spoken from the book of obfuscation. All of the tactics that have been followed could be done by anyone of average intelligence. Real intelligence solves problems and helps mankind. The Obama regime fails in both counts. To repeat, these people are obvious. No intelligence is to be found.

It is extremely disturbing to see the world descend into barbarism with America not exempted. The emerging coalition of fascists is a perilous situation. And no one in Congress speaks outright and forcefully about this issue. What could be more frightening?

Iraqians are doomed to slavery because those who could stop the descent into barbarism are unwilling to do so. Obama speaks and behaves as a juvenile punk who wants to show his disdain for Americans and human freedom. Apparently those who are unaccomplished and frustrated in life want to bring down those who are not.


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Reply 28 - Posted by: tobias, 8/9/2014 3:47:47 PM     (No. 9959656)

Yazidi asked Obama for take out. Take out meal and take out terrorists.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: DiverDan, 8/9/2014 4:07:05 PM     (No. 9959665)

Nice job No. 6 -- agree completely with your description of the traitor.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: rsgonner, 8/9/2014 5:15:52 PM     (No. 9959732)

I used to think obozo was merely incompetent. Now it is clear he is actually supporting the institution of the Caliphate. 2 500 pound bombs for the lo info voters, now on to mom jeans and ice creams. The end game is still unclear, though. He bows to the Saudi King, yet Val Jar was from Iran and presumably has Shia sympathies. ISIS will establish the Caliphate, yet will Turkey and Iran accept it? Or ISIS just the supply of shock troops? Does obozo see them as useful idiots in the grand scheme of the ultimate destruction of the West? One thing is sure: our own useful idiots elected the Destroyer of America and the stupid republicans will let it happen rather than find a backbone (a few notable exceptions like Cruz, Lee, Gowdy and Sessions).

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Reply 31 - Posted by: bighambone, 8/9/2014 6:49:13 PM     (No. 9959792)

It´s going to be a liberal Democrat designed war, and it will stop on a date certain that Obama will decide, and he will then publicly notify the world of that stop date when it is politically advantageous to guess who?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: NotaBene, 8/9/2014 11:48:21 PM     (No. 9959951)

Were Boko Obola against Caliph Ibrahim the first thing to go would be all the bridges over the Euphrates in Syria.

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American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
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What on earth is an ohbee-guynee? Apparently it is a weird Obamaspeak pronunciation of OB/GYN (pronounced oh-bee-gee-why-en). For the president’s benefit, let me specify that means a doctor who delivers babies and takes care of the lady parts. When President Obama announced the departure of Eric Holder from his position as attorney general, he also mentioned his “good friend,” the AG’s wife, Dr. Sharon Malone, and he called her an “ohbee-guynee.” (snip) it almost seems as though someone raised in a fantasized USSR training camp for deep cover agents was inserted into the identity of Barack Obama and loosed upon

Courts Will Decide If Chimps Should
Have Same Rights As Humans

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New York Post, by Lia Eustachewich    Original Article
Posted By: mc squared- 10/4/2014 10:08:43 AM     Post Reply
It’s the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” A New York appeals court next week will consider whether chimps should have the same rights as human beings. The extraordinary proceeding is the result of a lengthy battle by animal-rights activists who argue that animals with human qualities — including chimps — are entitled to human protections, including freedom from captivity. Steven Wise, part of the Nonhuman Rights Project, which is leading the effort, will have to convince a panel of Albany appellate judges that a chimp name Tommy is a “legal person” to get him moved from a cage

We’ve made the
Ebola crisis worse

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Telegraph [UK], by Geoffrey Lean    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 10/3/2014 11:45:50 PM     Post Reply
It is the stuff that nightmares are made of, and day by day it is getting worse. The Ebola epidemic, says Dr Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), is now “the greatest peacetime challenge” since the Second World War. Yet her own organisation’s tardiness, partly caused by cuts, together with reductions in--and misuse of--funds elsewhere, are largely responsible for Ebola spiralling out of control. [Snip] It’s just the beginning. At present the numbers of people infected are thought to be doubling in under 30 days--and the blue-chip US Center for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that, if Ebola

28 words that Democrats
really wish President Obama
didn’t say today

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Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 10/2/2014 10:48:52 PM     Post Reply
President Obama was at Northwestern University on Thursday to deliver an economic speech that, he and his team hoped, would lay out the case for why the public is better off today than they were six years ago -- even if they didn´t feel it in their everday lives. Instead, Obama just gave every Republican ad-maker in the country more fodder for negative ads linking Democratic candidates to him. Here are the four sentences that will draw all of the attention (they come more than two thirds of the way through the speech): "I am not on the ballot this

Ebola is a greater clear and present
threat to America than any terror group -
so why is Obama spending billions bombing
ISIS but only millions blitzing the virus?

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Daily Mail [UK], by Piers Morgan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 10/4/2014 7:00:30 AM     Post Reply
I’m always sceptical when I hear scare-mongering claims about diseases. From bird flu to SARS, we’re repeatedly told it’s going to be the new Plague that will wipe everyone out and then…it doesn’t. Probably because the scare-mongering itself makes people take it seriously enough to prevent it spreading. But there is something very sinister and frightening about this Ebola outbreak, which has so far infected 7,100 and killed 3,300. [Snip] It’s hard to think of a more cack-handed, dangerously inept response than what transpired in Dallas. Consider what we now know: Thomas Eric Duncan, a 42-year-old Liberian citizen, had been

Michelle Obama: U.S. Has Improved
´By Almost Every Economic Measure´

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Breitbart Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 10/4/2014 10:36:54 AM     Post Reply
In a speech in Boston, First Lady Michelle Obama left behind talk of exercise and school lunches, exchanging it all for bald politics by claiming that under her husband the US economy is now better off "by almost every economic measure." The First Lady appeared at the Strand Theater Friday to stump for Martha Coakley´s campaign for Governor of Massachusetts. Coakley needs help badly, as even in blue, blue Massachusetts, the race between Democrat Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker is essentially a toss up. In her remarks, Obama pushed the President´s newest campaign line that he has saved the economy based on

United Airlines Flight 998 From Brussels
To Newark Liberty Met By Hazmat CDC
Officials – Liberian Father and Daughter*

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Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: galloglass- 10/4/2014 3:00:31 PM     Post Reply
Ladies and Gentlemen: Please secure your trays tables and seats into their upright and locked positions, along with any vomit or other Potentially Infectious Materials for our flight staff to pick up as we prepare for arrival to our final destination”…. “And, as always, the staff of United Flight 998 would like to thank you for remaining calm as we transport the Ebola virus to a destination near you”. NEW YORK - A United Airilines flight from Brussels was met by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials today at Newark Liberty International Airport after a passenger on board believed to be from Liberia exhibited possible signs of

Meghan McCain on Secret
Service: ´I hated all of them´

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/3/2014 12:30:44 AM     Post Reply
Meghan McCain joined the dog pile on the Secret Service this week, saying she’s had “nothing but horrible experiences" with the agency and likening the agents to “glorified mall cops.” The 29-year-old author and television personality, who is also the daughter of former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), opened up on Pivot’s “TakePart Live” about some of her interactions with the Secret Service. "I have nothing but horrible experiences with the Secret Service,” McCain said. “One of my friends called them glorified mall cops and I don´t think that´s terribly far off. I found them cliquey. I hated

Michelle Obama Won’t Campaign
For Democrats Because She’s Mad
Over Letter About Potatoes

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Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 10/4/2014 5:00:34 PM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama believes that Democrats running for Congress eagerly desire her presence on the campaign trail during the run-up to the 2014 midterm elections. However, she has avoided helping some Senate Democrats because she’s mad at them for failing to show adequate support for her deeply unpopular attempt to change people’s diets. The Daily Caller is not making this up. The New York Times has reported it. (Snip) Michelle Obama was also especially furious after nearly a dozen Democrats from states where potatoes are a commercial crop joined Republican lawmakers in opposing a decision by the Obama


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