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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.


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


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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WASHINGTON — The Senate’s minority whip is confident about Republicans being the majority in the 114th Congress — if conservatives can set aside differences and work to combat the massive influx of donor cash that has Democratic campaigns ahead in the money race. Only in the majority, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) stresses, can conservatives make headway on tamping down overregulation, repealing and replacing Obamacare, securing the “chaotic” border, getting Keystone XL moving, and bringing civilized debate back to the upper chamber. And only by realizing the gravity of the battle for November, he argues, can Republicans relegate Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

Secret Service ´was unaware for
FOUR DAYS that man fired
rifle at White House in 2011,
leaving the Obamas furious´

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Daily Mail [UK], by Sophie Jane Evans    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/28/2014 10:38:21 PM     Post Reply
The Secret Service was unaware for four days that a man had fired a high-powered rifle at the White House in 2011 in a ´fumbled´ response that left the Obamas furious, says a new report. Officers allegedly performed a string of security lapses after Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez shot at least seven bullets at the executive mansion in Washington from his car. At the time, President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their older daughter Malia were not at home, but their younger daughter Sasha and Mrs Obama´s mother, Marian Robinson, were inside. It comes as the Secret Service is facing more questions over

Dallas´ Ebola case confirmed
by CDC; first diagnosis in U.S.

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Dallas Morning News [TX], by Sherry Jacobson*    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 9/30/2014 4:58:09 PM     Post Reply
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified the media at 3:32 p.m. Tuesday that Dallas has the first diagnosed Ebola case in the nation. The federal agency scheduled a media briefing at 5:30 p.m. from its headquarters in Atlanta. Dallas County officials are expected to participate. Dallas County went through a day-long anxiety attack Tuesday, waiting to hear if the first Ebola diagnosis in the nation would happen here. An unnamed patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas was placed in isolation while awaiting test results for the dreaded virus. Apparently, the patient had traveled recently to a

Obama: The Country Is Better
Off, People Just Don’t Feel It

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Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 9/29/2014 10:10:27 AM     Post Reply
President Obama firmly believes the United States is better off now than when he took office, even though the American people cannot “feel” it. During an interview with 60 Minutes’ Steve Kroft, Obama said, “the country is definitely better off than when I came into office.” “When I came into office, our economy was in crisis,” Obama said. The president then cited lower unemployment, private sector job growth, and deficit cuts as evidence of his administration’s success. “I can put my record against any leader around the world in terms of digging ourselves out of a terrible, almost unprecedented financial crisis,” Obama said. When

Obama has had accurate intelligence
about ISIS since BEFORE the 2012
election, says administration insider

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Daily Mail (UK), by David Martosko,    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 9/29/2014 5:45:29 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama´s intelligence briefings have provided him with specific information since before he won re-election in 2012 about the growing threat of the terror group now known alternatively as ISIS and ISIL, an administration insider told MailOnline on Monday. ´Unless someone very senior has been shredding the president´s daily briefings and telling him that the dog ate them, highly accurate predictions about ISIL have been showing up in the Oval Office since before the 2012 election,´(snip) ´Any time you´re hired by a boss to advise him about what to do in a high-stakes area, and he ignores you for

Rosie O´Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg
get in shouting match in front
of ´The View´ studio audience

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New York Daily News, by Don Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/30/2014 5:43:43 AM     Post Reply
Well, that didn’t take long. Just two weeks into the new season of “The View,” co-hosts Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg tore into each other during a commercial break — in front of their stunned studio audience. The spat erupted Thursday after Goldberg interrupted O’Donnell to go to a commercial break before the mother of five was finished commenting in a “Hot Topic” discussion about spanking children on the ABC gabfest. O’Donnell refuses to wear an earpiece to stay in contact with producers while the live show is airing, so she had no clue it was time to stop talking.

California becomes first
state to ban plastic bags

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Associated Press, by Fenit Nirappil    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/30/2014 12:51:45 PM     Post Reply
Sacramento, Calif. - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems. A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to take effect in July 2015. Under SB270, plastic bags will be phased out of large grocery stores starting next summer and convenience stores and pharmacies in 2016. The law allows grocers to charge a fee of at least 10 cents for using paper bags. State Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles,

The Difference Between Winners and Whiners
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American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/29/2014 4:59:22 AM     Post Reply
Democrats think conservatives in general, and Tea Partiers in particular, are stupid. Here’s how to reinforce that belief: Sit out the 2014 congressional elections because your favorite candidate lost his primary bid to an establishment Republican. If you live in Kansas, for example, you can suck your thumb while Democrat ringer Greg Orman beats Republican Senator Pat Roberts. If you’re a Kentucky conservative, you can stay home and b***h about Mitch while Alison “Rubberstamp” Grimes heads to Washington. If you’re in Mississippi, you can stay mad at Thad and allow Travis “no repeal” Childers to win. That’ll show those RINOs! It

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