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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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He was a leading figure in one of the biggest climate change marches to date. But it seems Robert F Kennedy Jr was not so forthcoming when it came to questions about his own carbon footprint. Confronted by a reporter asking if he would give up his phone and car, the environmental lawyer became visibly irate before grabbing the microphone and accusing her of ´destroying democracy´ as a member of the press. The interview in New York yesterday afternoon started with a conversation about the number of flyers produced for the event, which Kennedy Jr claimed was necessary to garner ´people power´.

The Hillary Letters
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Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Alana Goodman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/22/2014 3:29:20 AM     Post Reply
Note: Read the Hillary Clinton-Saul Alinsky Letters here. Previously unpublished correspondence between Hillary Clinton and the late left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky reveal new details about her relationship with the controversial Chicago activist and shed light on her early ideological development. Clinton met with Alinsky several times in 1968 while writing a Wellesley college thesis about his theory of community organizing. Clinton’s relationship with Alinsky, and her support for his philosophy, continued for several years after she entered Yale law school in 1969, two letters obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show. The letters obtained by the Free Beacon are part

Two Redheaded Strangers
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New York Times, by Maureen Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/21/2014 4:41:06 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — WHEN Willie Nelson invites you to get high with him on his bus, you go. The man is the patron saint of pot, after all, and I’m the poster girl for bad pot trips. It seemed like a match made in hash heaven. When Nelson sang at the 9:30 club in D.C. one recent night, I ventured onto the Honeysuckle Rose, as his tour bus and home-away-from-home is called. I was feeling pretty shy about meeting him. The 81-year-old Redheaded Stranger is an icon, one of America’s top songwriters and, as Rolling Stone said, “a hippie’s hippie and

Democrats Are Poised To Hold The
Senate, And It´s Conservative´s Fault

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Townhall, by Derek Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 9/21/2014 12:25:17 PM     Post Reply
I know a lot of people are giddy at the prospect of Republicans taking the Senate this November, but that’s becoming less and less likely. It’s not because Democrats are rallying around a particular mission or set of candidates; it’s because Republicans and conservatives aren’t. It seems like I’m always writing on issues no one wants to hear are mistakes, such as messaging or social issues. But I don’t care. These things have to be said. If these columns are received like a gaseous cousin on a long car trip through the desert, so be it. Crack a window… If things continue on their current course, the GOP will not retake the Senate.

Four teachings from Jesus
that everybody gets wrong

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CNN, by Amy-Jill Levine    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/21/2014 3:52:29 PM     Post Reply
It was once said, “religion is designed to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable.” Jesus’ parables – short stories with moral lessons – were likewise designed to afflict, to draw us in but leave us uncomfortable. These teachings can be read as being about divine love and salvation, sure. But, their first listeners – first century Jews in Galilee and Judea – heard much more challenging messages. Only when we hear the parables as Jesus’ own audience did can we fully experience their power and find ourselves surprised and challenged today. Here are four examples of Jesus’ teachings that everybody gets wrong: 1.

Petition Urges Obama To Let Border-
Jumper Stay In The White House

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Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/21/2014 5:26:31 AM     Post Reply
The man who jumped the White House railing Sept. 19 deserves the right to live in President Barack Obama’s home, just as the president is allowing hundreds of thousands of border-jumping Central Americans to live in Americans’ homeland, says a new tongue-in-cheek petition posted at the White House website. “We urge President Obama to immediately and publicly recognize that Mr. Omar J. Gonzalez, an oppressed migrant, was merely looking for a better life when he entered the White House after going over the classist, divisive and needless fence,” says the petition, which was authored by D.A. King, founder of the Georgia-based

Huma Abedin remains at Hillary
Clinton’s side despite sexting woes
with husband Anthony Weiner

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New York Daily News, by Annie Karni    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/21/2014 5:09:25 AM     Post Reply
When Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign imploded last year amid new sexting revelations, the fallout buffeted his wife, longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Clinton’s inner circle was furious with Weiner, and Abedin’s role with Hillary was said to be in doubt. “Huma has a choice to make,” New York magazine quoted a “close associate” of Abedin’s as saying. “Does she go with Anthony, or does she go with Hillary?” The magazine described Abedin as “traumatized” by the prospect of leaving the inner sanctum. One year later, Abedin’s marriage to Weiner appears intact, and her role in Hillary’s camp is secure. As Clinton’s personal chief

People´s Climate March projects
crowd of over 100,000 people

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New York Daily News, by Connie Lestch    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/21/2014 11:30:33 AM     Post Reply
The forecast is for people, and lots of them. The People’s Climate March is expected to bring more than 100,000 people who want to save the planet to the city Sunday. The march to address climate change, billed as the largest in history, is occurring two days before President Obama and world leaders attend a summit dealing with the same issue at the United Nations. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon — who has fought passionately against global warming — along with celebrities, CEOs and activists are expected to descend on the city for the massive event.

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